In the interest of both animal welfare and the health and safety of our competitors, whenever the BOM weather app for the showgrounds nearest location reaches greater than 33 degrees Celcius, the show will be halted and then recommenced when the temperature is  33 degrees C or less. If excessive humidity is also a factor where conditions are considered to be detrimental to animal health and competitor safety, then the show committee will suspend the show at their discretion.

The commitee will do everything to ensure that this break occurs between events, however with events that have very large entry numbers there is a chance that these events will be halted before all herds have been completed. In such cases the event will halted on completion of the current herd and then be recommenced when conditions are more suited. On recommencement of the show it may be neccessary to complete the days program under lights.

Q. Am I eligle to compete in the Grass Roots Class?

    • To be eligible to compete, a competitor must be a financial NCHA member or take out a day membership
    • To be eligible you must NOT have won 3 NCHA cutting events in any class NOR won $500 or more in any NCHA cutting classes. If you win 3 events or exceed $500 in winnings you may remain in the class until the end of the points year
    • A competitors run will consist of cutting two cows with two minutes working time per run
    • The event will be judged under the same rules as all NCHA events
    • Dress code and all other NCHA rules and policies apply as per NCHA rule book
    • As per Rookies classes the rider does not have to own the horse
    • On payment of a second entry fee, at the time of initial entry submission, you may enter the same horse twice in the same event however only your highest score will count towards placings and points
    • Once a Grass Roots competitor achieves earnings of $500 or they win 3 events they will be awarded an achievement badge One horse one rider however a horse may be entered in.



Q. What is a Beginner Horse?

A horse will be eligible for the Beginner Horse class if they:

  • Have never won a one handed cutting event
  • Have never finalled in an NCHA aged event
  • Have won less than $250 in earnings
  • Have not previously won an SQCHA or NCHA title of any description
  • Has won less than three SQCHA Beginner classes

Once a horse has won three beginner classes or a one handed event they are no longer able to compete as a Beginner Horse.

The onus of eligibility lies with the competitor. If the SQCHA believe the horse is not eligible to show as a Beginner Horse they reserve the right to withhold prizemoney . There is no Hi Point award for a Beginner Horse.



Q. What happens if I have to scratch my entry?
A. If you notify the SHOW SECRETARY 48 hours before the commencement of the show you will receive a FULL refund.

However if you scratch later than the 48 hour period you will be obligated to pay a full entry fee and no refunds will be given.

The reasons for this is that after that time all draws have been made, cattle numbers finalised and ordered and Prizemoney allocated and printed.


Q. Can I compete if I am not a member of the NCHA?
A. If you are not a paid up member of the NCHA then you can only compete in the Beginners, Snaffle Bit, Rookies and Youth as a DAY MEMBER. As a day member you are required to pay a fee of $22 per event per day..

You are also required to sign a Non Members Waiver form. It would be appreciated if you could do this before the show and hand it to the Club Secretary before you compete. To download the form click here.



Q. When do I have to pay my entry fees?
A. The SQCHA is an affiliate club of the NCHA and as a result we are required to follow the NCHA rules and regulations. It is clearly stated in the NCHA rule book that all entry fees are paid at the same time of entry.

No competitor will be allowed to compete at any SQCHA show if the entry fee has not been paid in full. If you pay your entry fee after the show draws have been made public you can enter as a late entry and you will be placed at the end of the first available herd and no extra cattle will be added.


    Q. What is a late entry?
A. A closing date for acceptance of nominations is always advertised in the NCHA Chatta or on this website. Any entries that come in after that advertised date is declared a late entry.

Under NCHA rules and regulations a late entry shall be placed and the end of the first available herd and no extra cattle are required to be allocated for that entry.