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Great Lakes Circuit Finals

May 6, 2021, 10:55 AM by National Cutting Horse Association
Illinois CHA will host the Great Lakes Circuit Finals in Du Quoin, IL


FORT WORTH – The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) is excited to announce that the Illinois Cutting Horse Association was selected to produce the 2021 NCHA Great Lakes Circuit Finals. The Great Lakes Circuit Finals is scheduled for October 22-24 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds in Du Quoin, Illinois.

“We welcome everybody to attend and enjoy,” said Leroy Hamann, Illinois CHA president. “We are thinking about having a breakfast, a good ole chuckwagon type breakfast, to get everybody together before the show starts. Then we will be off and cutting.”

The NCHA Great Lakes Circuit Finals will invite the top 30 competitors from the Great Lakes Circuit to compete this fall in each of the NCHA weekend classes. For the 2021 event, all youth members who have designated the Great Lakes Circuit for this point year will be allowed to enter regardless of their place in the year-end standings.

“For years, the Illinois CHA has done a great job hosting events for our members in the mid-west,” said Jay Winborn, NCHA executive director. “I am confident that this show will be no different, and the Illinois CHA’s plans for this show paired with the midwestern hospitality this region is known for will make this circuit finals stand out.”

For additional information on the National Circuit Program and the most up to date circuit standings, visit


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Mike Simmons

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Chairman: Mitch Farris R6

Vice-Chair: Amy Lippincott R7

Shannon Collier (23) R7

Michelle Cowan (22) R8

Casey Crouch (23) R7

Sherry Cowan (24) R2

Barb Himsel (21) R4

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 Purpose of the NYCHA

  • Improve and promote the cutting horse industry
  • Improve and develop the capabilities of youth in the breeding, raising and showing of cutting horses
  • Develop scholarship, leadership, community interest and participation of youth interested in cutting horses
  • Encourage moral character, sportsmanship and clean living among all its members
  • Allow the youth members to learn about the leadership of the NCHA by working in conjunction with the NCHA Youth Committee
  • Acquaint the youth members with the structure and functions of the NCHA

It is a constant goal for the NCHA to do its best to work with and fundraise for our youth members. There is no greater pleasure than watching the children of our industry grow up and become successful adults. All efforts of the NYCHA Officers, Youth Committee Members, and Youth Coordinator are committed to encouraging education and growing funding for scholarships for the youth that will become the future of our industry. Sponsors and donors are always appreciated. Be a part of the future with us!

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