The Reno-Sparks Convention & Visitors Authority is pleased to announce the National Cutting Horse Association Western National Championships will be held in Reno Tahoe, April 28 – May 8, 2012.
The prestigious NCHA Western National Championships are expected to bring more than 2,400 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 next year,” 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.
“We are ecstatic to welcome NCHA to Reno Tahoe for the Western National Championships in 2012,” said RSCVA Interim President & CEO Joe Kelley. “This is an affluent group of experts who are very serious competitors, but they’re also very friendly and warm. They will be welcomed wholeheartedly by this community.”
NCHA events have seen the number of entries double over the past decade, and the organization expects to have approximately 1,000 entries, with total purses from the 11-day event exceeding $200,000. NCHA reports that past Western Regional Championships have resulted in a local economic impact of more than $3.4 million.