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Horse cutting championships this week
by Tribune Staff
Apr 29, 2012 | 978 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
RENO — The National Cutting Horse Association Western National Championships began Sunday at the Reno-Sparks Livestock Events Center and continue through May 6.

The event is expected to bring competitors and associates from 22 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,” NCHA President Keith Deaville said in a press release. “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.”

Cutting is an equestrian event where a horse and rider are judged on their ability to separate a single animal away from a cattle herd and keep it away for a short period of time.

The NCHA has more than 20,000 members. 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.

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