There are many NCHA shows held all across the United States and the world for all levels of competitors. Each NCHA sanctioned show is classified into Weekend Shows and Limited Age Events. The competitions that are produced by the NCHA are considered the highest level of competition in the association. They include the Triple Crown Events, National Championships, and the Mercuria World Series of Cutting and World Finals.
The weekend shows are designed with the rider’s ability in mind, regardless of the
Limited Age Events
The limited age events place a restriction on the age of horse in which a rider can compete on. Classes will be broken down horses age first and then rider’s eligibility. The most popular limited age events in the association are the Triple Crown Events.
Triple Crown Events
The Triple Crown Events are three of the most elite shows in the industry. It is comprised of three events; the Futurity, the Super Stakes, and the Summer Spectacular.
The Super Stakes is for 4-year-olds, and its companion event, the NCHA Super Stakes Classic for 5/6-year-olds, is held in April. Contestants, which are the offspring of subscribed stallions, are nominated as weanlings, putting the spotlight on the breeder’s art. There is a purse of $3 million and is contested over 20 days in March and April. This is the only show in the Triple Crown series that is considered a "closed show", due to the Stallion and Foal Program.
The Summer Spectacular is held in July and is the final leg of the NCHA Triple Crown of Cutting and is contested over 20 days. It features the NCHA Derby for 4-year-olds, and the NCHA Classic Challenge for 5/6-year-olds and offers a purse of over $2 million. As the third jewel in the NCHA Triple Crown, the NCHA Derby has seen just three Open horses, and one Non-Pro horse
National Championship Shows
There are two National Championship shows each during the year. The Eastern National Championships held in Jackson, MI and the Western National Championships held in Denver, CO. These events welcome members who compete at the weekend show level. These events are designed with the Weekend Cutters in mind who have hauled throughout the year and want to compete in a Championship style event. The Competition consists of 10 different classes + the youth Jr. and Sr. classes with an
added money purse of $150,000.
Mercuria World Series of Cutting
The Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting has become a highlight of the annual cutting horse competition year attracting highly competitive horses and riders to the event in their quest for NCHA World Champion and Horse of the Year honors. Offering cutting in an entertaining, fast-paced format, the event has drawn crowds in the thousands from across the United States, and Canada.
In the World Series of Cutting events, horses and riders compete in
The NCHA Mercuria World Finals take place every year during the Futurity. In order to be qualified to compete in the World Finals, competitors must be in the Top Fifteen of total earnings from the approved World Series of Cutting shows. The youth division will have their own world finals and point year which will take place during the Summer Spectacular. The World Champion is recognized in each class based on total earnings throughout the point year.