OGDEN -- The National Cutting Horse Association Western National Championships presented by the Four Sixes Ranch, has attracted 915 entries, an all-time record in its 15-year history at the Golden Spike Arena at the Weber County Fairgrounds.
The show begins today, and runs through May 9.
Entry numbers are up 35 percent from last year, including each of the 10 added-money classes. Added-money also increased 67 percent, totaling $200,000. This means every finalist in each of the added-money classes will take home a larger check than last year. Total prize money is more than $411,000, nearly doubling last year's purse.
Classes begin each day at 8 a.m. with free admission to the public. In addition to the cutting action, there will be NYCHA activities, a team roping on May 2, a golf tournament May 3, a steak fry luncheon May 7, and other special events.
Qualifications for the Western National Championships are based on competing in weekend shows across the United States and Canada during 2009. The top ten qualifiers in each of the 12 NCHA classes from each area and each affiliate are eligible to compete.
The AQHA/NCHA Affiliate Challenge will again bring the team concept to the competition. This added challenge allows competitors to compete for team points as well as individual recognition. The highest placing affiliate will receive a check for $7,500, while the reserve champion will receive a $5,000 check.
A complete daily schedule and list of classes are available on the NCHA Web site at www.nchacutting.com.