NCHA Western National Championships Kick Off in Reno Tahoe

2012-04-27

The Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority is pleased to welcome the National Cutting Horse Association Western National Championships, being held at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center from Sunday, April 29 – May 6, 2012.  
 
The prestigious NCHA Western National Championships are expected to bring competitors and associates from 22 U.S. states, as well as Canada. The Western National Championships have been held in Ogden, Utah since 1995, and 2012 marks the first time this event has changed locations.  
 
“We are very excited that the Western Nationals will be in Reno,” said NCHA President Keith Deaville. “The city’s location, quality and quantity of hotels and restaurants, reputation for great hospitality and the desire to roll out the red carpet for cutters will help make this a great show for our members."  
 
With more than 20,000 members, the NCHA is one of the largest and most prestigious equine associations. Its members are not just competitors, but aficionados who live and breathe a lifestyle many Americans only see in movies. According to NCHA, three-quarters of its members live on more than 120 acres of rural land; the average member has 10 horses and six dozen head of cattle; at least two people per household are involved with training and caring for horses; and, the average member spends 27 days per year at cutting horse events.  
 
NCHA expects to have approximately 1,000 entries, with total purses from the eight-day event exceeding $200,000. The RSCVA estimates the direct, local economic impact of the National Cutting Horse Association Western National Championships will exceed $2.7 million.