If I were to teach learn to ride lessons at a stable that is non-competitive and predominantly English riders, I would loose my Amateur status. This is not a big deal for me. However, not only would I loose my Amateur status, I would also loose my NonPro status. You see, the NCHA (National Cutting Horse Association) is rather strict. I have actually just regained my Amateur status as I have not competed, or taken any form of re-numeration for horse related activities for 5 years! That's right - 5!! It does not matter if the horse events had nothing to do with cutting. Heck, I didn't even have to ride a horse. It would still get me bumped into the Open or Professional category. It doesn't matter that I've never actually competed or earned money cutting. Wow! Those are some eye opening rules!
I get it - that it's purpose is to protect the people who don't train.
So after a conversation with my cutting trainer, my lesson giving never got off the ground. Too bad. I have a lot I could share with newcomers.