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Friday's first-round leaders
The first rounds of four classes of the Mercuria NCHA World Finals were held in Fort Worth’s Watt Arena Friday.
In the $5,000 Novice, Pinkolena Boon, ridden by Bill Pierce for Wiggins Quarter Horses of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, marked 221 for a two-point win over Hes Gotta Be Good.
Pinkolena Boon is by Peptoboonsmal out of Miss Cee Olena. The 7-year-old mare has earnings of more than $60,000. She moved up from seventh to sixth in the standings with her go-round win.
Big Bow Pepto is by Peptoboonsmal out of $898,000 producer Bowmans Little Jewel.
Big Bow Pepto has earned more than $147,000 and was champion of the 6666 Ranch NCHA Eastern Nationals in the Open in 2014.
Love The Reys is by Dual Rey out of Lovies Lass, by Grays Starlight. Mitchell made the 2014 Non-Pro and Limited Non-Pro finals at the NCHA Futurity on the mare. The go-round win moved Love The Reys from 10th to seventh in the year-end standings.
Lil Luigi Long Legs has a $548 lead over Bea Pure Cat and Jill Roth in the World Champion’s race.
Ms Nita is byNitas Wood out of Teninas Tango, by Freckles Fancy Twist. The 8-year-old mare has earned more than $60,000.
Schmoyer, who made the $15,000 Amateur World Finals on Shesa Pepto Teaspoon in 2014, was also a finalist in two classes at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Eastern National Championships that year. His go-round win also sealed his lead for the 2016 World Championship. Read more . . .
Beasley leading Amateurs
Julie Beasley of Montgomery, Alabama, brings a lead of 217 into Saturday’s final day of first-round competition in the Rios of Mercedes Amateur division at the Jerry’s Chevrolet NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance.
Five riders, Natalie Newby, Grace Ann Vangilder, Bella Anderson, Bill Paxton and Catherine Wunder, have posted 216s. Beasley is riding Metallic Twister, bred by Charlie Israel by Metallic Cat out of Some Kinda Twister. Read more...
Entries up for NCHA Futurity
Entries in the Open Class of the NCHA Jerry’s Chevrolet National Cutting Horse Association Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance, are up 12.2% over last year. The increase in Open Class participation is reflected across the board in all major divisions with the event’s prize fund exceeding $3,500,000.
The NCHA Futurity began November 17 in Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas, and concludes with the Open Class finals on Saturday, December 10. For the first time in the show’s 55-year history, with the assistance of $100,000 in Bonus dollars contributed by Jerry’s Chevrolet and Great American Insurance Group, the top six Open Class finalists are each projected to take home checks of more than $100,000. The winner’s share is estimated at over $200,000. Read more . . .
NCHA Show Photography RFP
NCHA is soliciting bids for the position and designation as the “Official Photographer of the NCHA Triple Crown and National Championships Events.” Details for the bids are outlined here.
This request for proposal will be open for bids until 12:00 pm, December 15, 2016 and must be submitted to photoRFP@NCHAcutting.com.
Reyzin gets the vote at Congress
Phil Rapp and Reyzin marked 226 to win the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting Open finals at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio on October 13.
Kaitlyn Wimberly of Millsap, Texas, padded her lead in the NCHA Non-Pro World Standings with a 227-point win in the Mercuria Non-Pro finals on Light N Lily.
Reyzin, owned by Gale Force Quarter Horses of Conway, South Carolina, marked 222 in the go-round to qualify sixth in the seven-horse field. Her 226 in the finals gave her a three-point margin over R.L. Chartier on Gary and Karen Fields’ A Little Bossy. Read more...
NCHA launches Challenger Shows
New format offers fun, affordability
The National Cutting Horse Association has launched the Challenger Series, a new format of Weekend Shows aimed at giving weekend cutters a fun and affordable entryway to the sport. Challenger Shows will complement the existing NCHA Championship Shows, with lower cost and more flexibility for show producers.
"The Challenger Series is a brand new format, building on the foundation of the Grassroots Program," said NCHA President Chuck Smith (pictured). "The Challenger Series will make it easier for show producers and affiliates to create shows tailored to their unique situations.
"It also gives new people and current members who are just cutting for fun a better experience, while being rewarded for their efforts.”
The time-tested features of the traditional Championship Shows will continue, with a few new features.
Beginning with the 2017 point year, an awards and recognition program will be introduced for the new Challenger Shows, but Affiliates and other show producers may begin offering Challenger Shows (with no added money) even during the remainder of the 2016 point year. Added-money Challenger Shows will be allowed starting December 28, with the new point year. Read more...
Stallion subscription, foal nominations coming due
Foal Owners: Remember to send in your registration papers for foals that have already been nominated. (2011-2016 Foaling Years) December 31, 2016, is the deadline to nominate your 2016 foals to the Super Stakes for only $200! Nomination fees paid after the grace period will be subject to penalties. Click here for the foal nomination form.