NCHA Hires Sam Rose as Director of Judges

The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) is excited to share the hiring of Sam Rose of Gainesville, Texas, as the NCHA Director of Judges.

Rose has a wealth of knowledge when it comes to judging horses with certifications in the American Quarter Horse Association and National Reined Cow Horse Association in addition to holding his NCHA judge’s card. He has been an NCHA judge since 1999, being an AAAA judge for the last 20 years with 178 credits to his name.

“It is a big job, and I’m ready to go with it,” said Rose. “I’d like to personally thank Pete Fanning and Russell McCord, and the others that came before me. I thank Pete for the work he did with Andy [Adams] on the recertification courses. Going forward, we’re going to do more education. We have a great group of judges, and we’ll continue to improve and grow as we go.”

In addition to his widespread horse judging knowledge, Rose also has historical ties to the cutting horse and equine industry at large. Rose has trained and shown multiple world champion horses across various disciplines.

“We are happy to have Sam join the team,” said Jay Winborn, NCHA executive director. “Sam has an extensive amount of knowledge when it comes to judging horses and judging cutting horses specifically. I am confident his skill set, and experience will only continue to prosper the NCHA Judges program.”

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