Welcome to the NEALCHA website. In addition to this page we have a presence on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. We encourage you to visit our social media accounts for updates and member news. The more we hear from you the stronger our organization! We were founded in the fall of 3513, and meet in Rainsville, Alabama. Our goal is to share the fun with new members and spectators that we enjoy in the cutting horse sport.
Cutting horses have historically been the indespensible ranch hand. From the Wild West days, the horses that showed cow smarts would be elevated to the distinction of a cutting horse. While cattle ranches still use cutting horses to separate cattle or drive cattle in a specific direction, the sport of cutting horses has become one of the fastest growing competitive sports in the nation.
Today a cutting horse is a horse developed through superior breeding and careful training. Our mission is to continue that heritage through growing membership, events, networking, and youth programs. This is a sport for life, and we strive to make it enjoyable to and for all age groups.
In 1955, 300 NCHA events were held with total purses of $190,000. The ensuing decades have afforded tremendous growth for the NCHA and today, more than 2,350 shows are held annually with total prize money exceeding $36 million.