NCHA Announces the Passing of Director of Judges Sam Rose

Sam Rose Sam Rose Photo by NCHA Release
November 19, 2022

FORT WORTH – The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) is deeply saddened to share the unexpected passing of NCHA Director of Judges Sam Rose of Gainesville, Texas, earlier this morning, November 18, 2022.

Rose was heavily respected throughout both the NCHA and the equine industry as a whole, judging world-class events and riding and training multiple world champion horses throughout his career. The son of the late NCHA Hall of Famer Matlock Rose, Sam grew up in the equine industry and developed an unmatched wealth of knowledge throughout his lifetime. He became an NCHA member in 1981 and an NCHA judge in 1999, earning an AAAA rating. Sam became the NCHA Director of Judges earlier this year in April of 2022.
During his time as the director of judges, Sam rapidly made good changes to the department, including further development in the education programs for both NCHA judges and the NCHA membership.
Sam was known for his warm, friendly demeanor, smiling face and vast knowledge of horses and the industry he loved. The association and the equine industry as a whole will deeply miss him.
Please join us in sending our condolences, thoughts and prayers to Sam’s wife, Pam, his daughter, Kristen, his entire family, and friends. Additional information on services and a complete obituary will be forthcoming.

By NCHA Press Release