Innovative Slot Format Coming to NCHA

Western Bloodstock and the National Cutting Horse Association team up to offer nearly $2 million at two slot cuttings in 2015.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

For Slot Cutting No. 1, all horses must be entered in the NCHA Summer Spectacular. And all 100 slots must be sold in that division in order for that division of the slot cutting to be held. (Credit: NCHA)

It's an innovative format inspired by the Diamonds & Dirt barrel race, and soon it will have a major impact on the cutting horse industry. Western Bloodstock Ltd. and the National Cutting Horse Association have teamed up to present Showdown in Cowtown, two slot cuttings set for July and December 2015. 

Open, non-pro and unlimited amateur divisions will be offered with slot payments $5,000, $3,500 and $2,500 respectively. The open division boasts a $450,000 purse, $300,000 for the non-pro and $200,000 for the unlimited amateur. There is one condition, though – all 100 slots must be sold in that division in order for that division of the slot cutting to be held. Should all 100 slots be sold, the open champion will ride off with $100,000; payouts will go down to 20th place, which will earn $10,000. (Scroll down to see the non-pro and unlimited amateur purses and payouts.) 

To enter Slot Cutting No. 1 in July, 4-, 5- and 6-year-old horses must be entered in either the open, non-pro, unlimited amateur or amateur at the NCHA Summer Spectacular. Slots become available June 1. Open riders may ride two horses, but non-pro and unlimited amateurs may only ride one horse. Each owner may only own one slot in each division. 

The preliminary rounds for Slot Cutting No. 1 are slated for July 9-10 at Silverado Arena in Weatherford, Texas. Twenty horses will advance to the finals (no ties). Exact dates for the finals have yet to be announced, but the finals will be held at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center during the NCHA Summer Spectacular. In order for the payout to work out as planned, no ties will be allowed; in the event of a tie, there will be a work-off to determine the championship. 

Slots also become available June 1 for Slot Cutting No. 2 in December. 

The slot cuttings will not count for NCHA Horse of the Year points, nor will the money go toward world standings. However, amateur earnings will go toward lifetime earnings (but not eligibility earnings). 

To learn more and to purchase slots, visit

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