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Program Overview

Cutters of all experience and participation levels can now compete for NCHA titles.

The National Circuit Program was conceived and implemented with the goal of promoting and growing the sport of cutting at a local level.  it allows world-wide weekend cutters the opportunity to earn national recognition through local competition.  The program divides the NCHA membership population into fourteen (14) geographic groups called "circuits."

Cutters earn points within one (1) circuit by competing in NCHA-approved weekedn competitions.  Both types of approved weekend shows, Championship and Challenger shows, award circuit points.  Earned points are tracked by the NCHA office and used to determine circuit championship qualifiers, national circuit championship qualifiers and year end circuit award recipients. 

Every approved Championship / Weekend Show continues to offer TWO ways to earn recognition:

  1. Points towards circuit standings 
  2. Money continues to count towards world standings

2022 National Circuit Year End Award List

1stMapes Trophy
1stGist Custom Buckle
2ndGist Custom Buckle
2ndTrophy Wood Stirrups
3rdAward Wooden Plaque
3rdTrophy Spur Straps
4thAward Wooden Plaque
4thAward Leather Notebook
5thAward Wooden Plaque
5thAward Leather Notebook

The National Circuit Program does not change the current World Finals structure; competitors can work towards both simultaneously.

Shows that are not Championship shows return to being called Challenger shows.  They are shows that earn circuit points - entry level competitors are able to earn points towards qualifying for their circuit finals while still offering an affordable and simple show structure. All NCHA weekend Championship shows are point-earning circuit shows

The National Circuit Program will make it easier than ever for club cutters, smaller cutting organizations, and all areas of the cutting world to compete at an NCHA-sanctioned event.

Circuit Designations - Circuit List


Full Circuit Program Rules - 2023

The 14 circuits are created with local growth in mind. Members will be limited to earning points in one circuit to provide cutters with the best opportunity for success. Your circuit designation is based on your address on file with NCHA, but members can select another circuit for themselves or their horses if they do not compete where they live.

More Questions - view the FAQs

Circuit Finals - Are you Qualified?


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