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Grace period for the Super Stakes Payment #1 ends January 25,2017, payments received postmarked after this date will have a 50% late fee.
NCHA to unveil new website
With the new year upon us, the National Cutting Horse Association has some exciting news.
On Monday, January 23rd at 12 AM Central Time the new NCHACUTTING.com will be live.
We encourage you to please visit the new site and let us know what you think.
Jay Moss Cougar wins Mercuria at Augusta
Gaylon Wells and Jay Moss Cougar marked 223 for a four-point win in the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the Augusta Futurity January 21.
Curry Diehl and Cats Lena scored a 219 for second place.
Jay Moss Cougar earned $9,104 for the win, owned by Shannon Lamb of Boerne, Texas. The 9-year-old gelding, bred by Bill and Catherine Lacy, is by High Brow Cougar out of Ariel Rey. The earner of $130,000 previously won a Mercuria finals at El Rancho Futurity, with Bill Lacy in the Non-Pro division in 2014.
Wells, a Zane Schulte Memorial Award recipient, finished third in the 2016 NCHA World Standings riding Rue Du Ichi. Read more...
Rapp's Reydioactive in Mercuria Non-Pro at Augusta
Mary Ann Rapp of Weatherford, Texas, marked 222 on Im Reydioactive to win the Non-Pro division of the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the Augusta Futurity on January 21. The $7,600 paycheck took Im Reydioactive’s career earnings over the $100,000 mark.
Rapp, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame inductee with $4.4 million in earnings, was scoring her second Mercuria World Series win. She topped the Battle in the Saddle with Toy Engine in 2012.
Top qualifier Lindy Ashlock marked 220 on Little Miss One Time to place second. Read more...
Services pending for Murlene Mowery
Murlene Mowery, of Millsap, Texas, a treasure trove of NCHA history, passed away January 21, following a brief illness.
Mowery, a long-time secretary of several NCHA affiliates, had been a go-to member of NCHA’s show department in recent years. She was inducted into the NCHA Members Hall of Fame in 2009 for her years of contributions to the Association.
A 1948 graduate of Henrietta (Texas) High School, she married cutting horse trainer Bill Mowery, and worked many years as office manager for a luxury hotel’s restaurant in Scottsdale, Arizona. She “moonlighted” as a show secretary. But she never had time to become a cutter herself.
“I rode one once, and decided to leave that to my husband and the boys,” she said. “I really didn’t have time because I had a full-time job, plus being a secretary, plus homework.” Read more...
VP Candidates announced
Two candidates have been selected for the 2017 Vice President election, said Lewis Wray, Chairman of the Officer Nominating Committee. Those two candidates are:
- Garry Merritt of King, NC
- Ron Pietrafeso of Elbert, CO
Ballots with background information on the two candidates will be sent via email and mail to all NCHA members no later than April 10, 2017 with votes due by midnight on May 22. Tthe votes will be tabulated on Tuesday, May 23.
Additionally, information on the two candidates will appear in the April and May issues of the Cutting Horse Chatter and on the NCHA website. Please feel free to notify other NCHA members of the Vice Presidential candidates.
Dates to remember
NCHA has announced the following tentative dates for its major events in 2017:
- 6666 NCHA Eastern National Championships, Jackson, Mississippi, March 6-18.
- Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes, Fort Worth, Texas, March 23-April 15.
- NCHA Scottsdale National Championships, Scottsdale, Arizona, May 4-11.
- NCHA Convention, Grapevine, Texas, June 2-4.
- 6666 NCHA Denver National Championships, Denver, Colorado, June 23-30.
- NCHA Summer Spectacular, Fort Worth, Texas, July 16-August 6.
- Great American Insurance NCHA Futurity, presented by Jerry's Chevrolet, Fort Worth, Texas, November 16-December 10. (Updated)
Second Spot wins the 2016 NCHA Futurity
Second Spot and Matt Gaines brought down a packed house with a 229 in the Open finals of the Jerry’s Chevrolet NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance December 10 in Fort Worth. That gave Gary and Shannon Barker’s homebred mare a seven-point lead for the win.
Second Spot is by Spots Hot out of Reycy Moon, a Cats Moonshine mare that earned $209,000.
Austin Shepard took the reserve championship on Lew Hall’s Sir Long Legs with a 222. Read more...
2016 NCHA Futurity Sales shine
The 2016 NCHA Futurity Sales, produced by Western Bloodstock Ltd, affirmed the strength of the cutting horse economy in a dazzling week of sales. The $23,235 average was the second-highest in NCHA Futurity Sales history with 701 horses, from 893 offered, selling for a total of $16,287,700.
“It was an amazing sale that reflects the dedication and commitment of so many people to the cutting industry and to the popularity of the sport of cutting,” said Jeremy Barwick, co-owner with his wife Candace of Western Bloodstock Ltd. “We are so grateful to the consignors, buyers, breeders, trainers, riders, and our terrific sales staff.”
The NCHA Futurity Cutting Horse Sale on Saturday, December 10, capped the week with finished cutting horses sold while working cattle. Magic Metallic LTE $128,537, a 6-year-old in training with Beau Galyean, was the high seller at $140,000. Consigned by Fults Ranch, the Metallic Cat daughter, out of Sweet Abra, was purchased by Waco Bend Ranch, Graham, Tex. Magic Metallic is a full sister to the earners of $639,983, including Metallic Rebel LTE $195,124 and Sweet Metallic $157,607. Read more... Results ...
NCHA and Monaco Rare Coins announce partnership
Monaco Rare Coins becomes the Official Gold, Silver and Rare Coin Buyer and Seller of the NCHA
The National Cutting Horse Association is pleased to announce a marketing partnership with Monaco Rare Coins to be named the “Exclusive Gold, Silver and Rare Coin Buyer and Seller” of the NCHA.
Monaco Rare Coins’ marketing partnership will involve a number of exciting activations, which include digital and social media engagement with NCHA fans and members and a retail booth at the NCHA Triple Crown (Fort Worth, TX) and the NCHA Western National (Scottsdale, AZ) where fans will be able to learn more and purchase gold and silver rare coins.
“We are excited to announce this new marketing partnership with our friends at Monaco Rare Coins,” said NCHA President Chuck Smith. “We believe their unique products are perfectly targeted for the NCHA fans and members.”
Monaco’s Vice President and Numismatic Expert, Adam Crum, has his own personal history within the cutting horse world, which proved to be key to this new marketing partnership. “I couldn’t be more proud to have Monaco Rare Coins partnering with NCHA, a leader in the equine sports world,” said Mr. Crum. “My connection to the NCHA goes back to the late 1960s. Following the sport always reminds me how much I love the horses, the sport, and the people. When this marketing opportunity presented itself, I knew it was a perfect fit.” Read more...
Horizon Yachts Senior Tour continues in 2017
The popular Horizon Yachts NCHA Senior Tour will return in 2017. Launched in 2015, the popular program gives cutters 60 years old and up new opportunities at weekend shows.
“We’re excited to be on board with Horizon Yachts for the third straight year,” said NCHA President Chuck Smith. “The Senior Tour will continue in 2017 in the same format that has been so successful the past two years.”
The Senior Tour competitions are a class-within-a-class offered at any approved NCHA Championship show. Senior World Champions and Top 15 finalists in all eligible classes will be crowned at the World Champions Award Banquet at the 2017 NCHA Futurity.
The Tour is open to any contestant age 60 and older who meets all other NCHA rules regarding their status and membership. 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...