On Sept. 27, NCHA and the National Western Complex of Denver, Colo., reached an agreement to host the NCHA Western National Championships presented by 6666 Ranch in Denver, April 28-May 9, 2014. It has previously been in Reno, Nev., and Ogden, Utah.
While NCHA did not solicit bids for the Western National Championships, Denver and Nampa, Idaho, submitted bids along with Reno.
After analyzing the bids, the final contenders were Denver and Reno, and NCHA appreciates the hard work by the committees representing those two sites. It was a very difficult choice for the Executive Committee because of the impact the selection has on so many members and the challenges they face because of the sheer size and mountain ranges of the West.
After reviewing the very competitive bids, the Executive Committee requested staff investigate the potential for having championship shows in both locations. After thoroughly reviewing the financial impact of two shows, available dates at the facilities and access to cattle, it became clear that having a total of three championship shows per year is not feasible at this time.
However, the NCHA Executive Committee has established an outstanding compromise plan that addresses the needs of the greatest number of members by rotating the event between Midwestern (Denver or similar) and Western (Reno or other) locations on an annual basis through at least 2017.
For the 2014 site selection, the committee voted to go to Denver because of the city’s competitive financial bid, number of anticipated entries and drive time. Substantial numbers of NCHA members called and/or emailed in support of both Reno and Denver.
That is why the Executive Committee has made a commitment to rotating the Western Nationals to accommodate the largest number of NCHA members on an annual basis.
NCHA members have until November 10 to qualify to compete in the Eastern Nationals to be held in Jackson, Miss., and the Western Nationals in Denver. Qualification requires that an entry fee be paid and the rider rides to the herd in the event in which they wish to qualify. A total of $200,000-added is offered at each event, along with a significant prize package that includes RooHide saddles, Gist Silversmith belt buckles, Joey Jemison chaps, 5 Star Equine saddle pads and Platinum Performance and Lubrisyn products.