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In the news . . .
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...
Wayne Long services
NCHA member Wayne Long of Decatur, Texas, passed away September 21 in Fort Worth. Services will be held Sunday, September 25 at 2 p.m. at Decatur Church of Christ, 2601 Hwy 51 South in Decatur.
Long joined NCHA in 1982 and owned many great horses over the following years. He won the NCHA Derby in 2003 on Shes A Cuttin Cat, just nine weeks after having hip replacement surgery. Read more . . .
John Carmichael services
NCHA member John Carmichael of Dallas, Texas, passed away suddenly on September 21. Services will be held Monday, September 26 at 10 a.m. at Fellowship Bible Church, 9330 North Central Expressway in Dallas.
Carmichael took up cutting at age 60 through his friendship with NCHA Hall of Fame Rider Jack Newton. Despite the late start, he showed an aptitude for the sport, winning the $35,000 Non-Pro championship on Catmerize last spring at the NCHA Western Nationals in Denver.
Nominations due for Zane Schulte Award
October 1 is the deadline to nominate a professional cutting horse trainer for the prestigious Zane Schulte Memorial Award.
In honor and memory of Zane Schulte, the son of Thomas and Barbra Schulte, it is awarded annually to a professional trainer who exemplifies the character by which Zane Schulte is remembered: integrity, service, values, respect of their peers, contribution to the industry and excellence in the arena. Each year's winner is presented with a special bronze trophy at the NCHA Futurity.
Nominations for the 2016 award will close October 1.
Complete the online form or see page 139 of the September Chatter to nominate a worthy professional trainer.
Setnicka, Bozeman win Mercuria at El Rancho
Grant Setnicka on Ichis My Choice and Stuart Bozeman on Checkers Live Oak, won the Open and Non-Pro finals, respectively, of the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at El Rancho Futurity Friday. Both horse and rider teams were claiming their second major wins of the year.
Setnicka, who tied for top score of 226 in the go-round, came back with a 229 in the finals to beat veteran rider Tom Shelly and Metalic Al by one point. The win was worth $13,676, taking Ichis My Choice’s career earnings over the quarter-million dollar mark.
Fresh from his win in the Non-Pro NCHA Classic Challenge, Stuart Bozeman of Idalou, Texas, and Checkers Live Oak marked 225 to earn $11,146 in the Mercuria finals at El Rancho. Janet Westfall placed second on Just As Reckless with a 221. Read more...
Take the road less traveled to the Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity, presented by Wrangler
On October 12-16, the Calgary Stampede will welcome hundreds of competitors from across North America to the annual Cutting Horse Futurity, presented by Wrangler. Some will fly in.
Others will come, hauling horses from thousands of miles away. The end goal is the prestigious competition in the state-of-the-art Agrium Western Event Centre. But getting here, and enjoying the city and surrounding countryside can make the experience just that much more memorable.
Calgary's Kristina Barnes visited with 2015 Open and Non-Pro champions, Russ Elrod and Carl Gerwien. Read more . . .
Stallion subscription, foal nominations coming due
Stallion Owners: October 1, 2016, is the deadline to subscribe your stallion for the 2017 Breeding Season for only $2,600! Subscription fees paid after the end of the grace period will be subject to penalties. Click here for the stallion subscription form.
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.
Time to Ride Challenge opens for registration
The Time to Ride Challenge, in its third year in 2016, is now open for registration. Stables, clubs, businesses, and all other horse professionals are welcomed to visit timetoride.com and take the first step towards growing their businesses by introducing new people to horses and expanding the entire industry.
The Challenge will award $100,000 cash and prizes and take place June 1 through September 30. Registration is free and available now at www.timetoride.com.
Since 2014, the Challenge has introduced over 60,000 people to horses through first-time horse experiences with the support and involvement of hundreds of stables, clubs and equine businesses nationwide. “Hosts” plan engaging, hands-on horse events designed to connect families interested in horses to opportunities in their area such as riding lessons, camps, and trail rides. By reaching a new segment of their community, businesses add to their own client base while supporting the entire horse industry.
“It’s critically important to the future of the horse community to focus on welcoming new participants,” stated Patti Colbert, Time to Ride spokesperson. “The Challenge gives rewards and recognition to the hardworking horse professionals who are doing the valuable work of teaching new people the very basics and giving them a path to grow into lifelong equestrians. Without those riding instructors, summer camps, and youth leaders who are teaching kids how to ride, where does our next generation of owners, competitors, and breeders come from?”
This year, cash prizes have been expanded to over $75,000 including new incentives that will pay cash awards to more winners than ever before. For the first time, the first 100 hosts to introduce 100 newcomers to horses will automatically win $100 cash!
2015 Futurity DVD
The 2015 NCHA World Championship Futurity Open Finals is available to purchase on DVD. Relive the excitement as you watch the RIDE TV broadcast from December 19th, 2015. Purchase DVD.