The National Working Cow Horse Association (NWCHA) is an organization deeply rooted in farm and ranch work and is dedicated to promoting ranching, agriculture and the working cow horse. Our mission is to promote and recognize, in a fun, family-oriented environment, the hard work, commitment and dedication of ranching, agriculture and the working cow horse; and to encourage the development and breeding of better working cow horses.
NWCHA competitions consist of timed sorting and roping type events designed to show the athletic ability, strength and commitment of the working cow horse. The NWCHA show enviroment is relaxed and supportive of all riders and horse breeds. All of our events are designed to simulate real working ranch situations but are designed to allow riders at all levels to compete. Some of the events include numbering, range roping, herding, calf doctoring and range sorting. Descriptions of these events can be seen on the NWCHA show information page as well as show dates and locations.
NWCHA members compete for national points for both themselves and their horses. Riders and horses accumulate points separately. A horse's points remain with the horse for its lifetime while the rider's points start over each season. At the end of each NWCHA season the National office will award and recognize riders with high points in each division, the horse of the year and several Ranch Hands. The Ranch Hand awards are voted on by NWCHA members and given to those members who have displayed superior horsemanship throughout the season. More information on how points are accumulated can be seen in the rulebook.
Founded in 2013 in the state of Tennessee, the NWCHA has already expanded to Kentucky and Georgia and is looking to expand to other states. This is an exciting opportunity for horse men and women across the United States to host shows in their area and bring awareness to the working cow horse and other local agricultural programs. The National office located in Springfield, TN offers great support to their hosts and is looking forward to continued growth. We are also working with our partners and sponsors to help our hosts and contestants by offering some great awards. If you have an arena and desire to have fun, then contact the NWCHA at 615-210-6530 and get on the list to host a show. For more information on the NWCHA and how you can be a part of this great organization, contact us today.
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