National Youth Cutting Horse Association Announces 2021 NYCHA BraveHearts Shootout

The National Youth Cutting Horse Association (NYCHA) is honored and excited to partner with BraveHearts to host the 2021 NYCHA BraveHearts Shootout.

This exciting event will feature our regional champions in both the junior and senior divisions from each of the eight NCHA regions alongside veterans from the BraveHearts program in a team cutting invitational. Each team will consist of a youth regional champion partnered with a veteran, who will be trained by some of the industry’s top trainers from around the country.

“We are excited and honored to be a part of this event,” Michael Simmons, NCHA director of youth, said. “Not only will this be an amazing event to watch, I believe it is important for our youth to share the sport they love and doing that while honoring our veterans makes it that much more special.”

The BraveHearts program has been nationally recognized for providing equine-assisted services to veterans. BraveHearts has the largest equine-based program in the nation for military veterans comprised of riding, ground activities, and gentling wild mustangs.

“BraveHearts is an organization where people can find their greatness through healing horsemanship,” Meggan Hill McQueeney, BraveHearts president, said.  “The Shootout event, in partnership with the NYCHA affords military veterans an amazing opportunity like no other.  We are honored to begin planning this and look forward to how many people and horses will be touched by it.”

This event will be held in conjunction with the NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular and the NYCHA Youth Convention Week in July of 2021 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Following the competition, NYCHA will host a banquet and dance that will honor all of the competitors from the event along with the veterans, active duty military and their families.

If you are interested in volunteering during this event, please contact Michael Simmons at, Amy Lippincott at or Meggan Hill-MeQueeney at More event details will be released online at in the coming months.

 About the NCHA:
The National Cutting Horse Association was established in 1946 by a group of 13 cowboys and ranchers who wanted to promote competition, standardize rules and preserve the cutting horses’ western heritage. Since then, the NCHA sanctions nearly 1,600 cutting horse events worldwide, awarding more than $35 million annually. NCHA produced events include the NCHA Triple Crown, World Finals, and the NYCHA Youth World Finals held each year at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas, and two NCHA National Championships in Jackson, Mississippi, and Denver, Colorado. More information can be found at

 About the NYCHA:
The National Youth Cutting Horse Association (NYCHA), was formed in 1993 to offer youth members the opportunity to develop their horsemanship skills, practice sportsmanship and discipline, develop leadership skills and learn responsibility in caring for their horses and themselves. The NYCHA strives to offer programs and opportunities to fit the needs and abilities of all horses and riders.

The NYCHA was also designed to provide an engaging western lifestyle experience through two strategies; competition and life experience. Competition opportunities are offered on local, regional, and national levels. The life experience portion includes leadership, community involvement, education, sportsmanship, and lifelong friendships.

 NCHA Mission Statement:
“The NCHA promotes and celebrates the cutting horse, whose origin on Western ranches allows us to support ranching and its western heritage. By establishing rules for the conduct of cutting horse shows, NCHA strives to give cutters a level playing field and a progressive class structure, which accommodates everyone from the beginner to the advanced competitor. NCHA draws on the diverse talents and background of its members and encourages their participation in helping it achieve these goals.”  

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