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Rule Book

If you just became a member, or you are interested in joining the quickest-growing cutting horse association, check out our full rule book. The WCHA provides a competitive but welcoming environment for anyone to come show! 

Open Rider
Open riders receive direct or indirect remuneration for the training of cutting or cow horses, and/or cutting or cow horse riders. Open riders may show unlimited entries.

Non Pro/Amateur
Eligibility is based on all total lifetime earnings. Must not receive direct or indirect remuneration or any other considerations for the training of a cutting of cow horse, nor the training of a cutting or cow horse rider. Non Pro/Amateur status is solely based on money won by the rider, not who the rider is married to or lives with. Non Pro/Amateur riders may show two horses in a single class.

Youth Rider
Youth riders may show one horse in the youth class. Owners and riders must be WCHA members.

Standings are based on the horse’s earnings for the year end awards. You must show each day at the WCHA finals that your class is offered to receive awards for year end standings.
**Lifetime earnings may be found at Equistat 

PHC Amateur Herd work
The PHC Herd work class is designed for the beginner/ novice cutters who have not won in excess of $10,000 in lifetime earnings with NCHA, NRCHA or other cutting horse affiliates.

PHC Open Herd work
The Open Herd work class is open to any rider regardless of Lifetime Earnings. These classes can be run as stand alone classes or combined depending on number of entries. Min. 3 entries to make a class. Riders are permitted to rein their horse and will be judged on their cuts and run content. Credit is awarded for riders showing the ability to help their horse in a quiet manner while controlling the cow in a positive working position. Judging is based on same basic rules for “cutting” with the following exceptions: NO 1 point penalty deductions for “MISSES” (A) & (a), “REINING” (B) or “HOLDING ON TOO LONG” (E) – NO 3 point penalty deduction for “SECOND HAND ON THE REINS” (C) – All other 1 point & Major 3 & 5 point penalties apply as normal – Judges will use Run Content to award or deduct points and award a score. – The contestant should approach the herd with no hesitation or reluctance on the part of the horse and enter the herd sufficiently deep enough to show his/her ability to drive and separate a cow from the herd. – Credit will be awarded for driving cattle a sufficient distance from the herd and setting up the cow in a working position near the center of the arena. – Credit will be awarded for degree of difficulty, eye appeal, amount of courage and working time .