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.