Record Win for Phil Rapp
NCHA Hall of Fame Rider Phil Rapp, cutting’s all-time leading money earner, with more than $8.8 million, won the 2017 Houston NCHA Mercuria World Series Open Finals on Saturday, March 4, with 227 points on Dont Stopp Believin, by Dual Rey.
It was Rapp’s tenth win in a Mercuria Finals, a record number for the series. In addition, Dont Stopp Believin LTE $224,933 is out of Dont Look Twice, who won the Mercuria Finals eight times, a record number for an individual horse.
Dont Stopp Believin is the first Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting winner out of a Mercuria winner.
Mar 12, 2017, 10:56
Triple Play for Austin Shepard
On Tuesday, March 7, in Jackson, Miss., Austin Shepard claimed an unparalled first, second and third, riding Deluxe Checks, Paradox Cat, and Wendels Grace, in the $25,000 Novice Finals of the 2017 NCHA 6666 Eastern Nationals. Eastern Nationals veteran open winner Guy Woods placed fourth in the $25,000 Novice Finals with 219 points on Ichi Sangria.
Deluxe Checks LTE $135,809, who qualified for the finals on the bubble, with 215.5 points, took no prisoners with a 228-point performance midway through the second set of the 28-horse finals. Paradox Cat, who drew first to work in the first set, scored 222 points for reserve; and Wendels Grace, the last horse to work in the finals, scored 220.5 points for third.
Mar 12, 2017, 10:49
Shepard & Shepard: Eastern Nationals Open Co-Champs
Sam and Austin Shepard, riding Twistful Thinking and Deluxe Checks, respectively, tied with 224 points to claim co-champion titles in the 2017 NCHA 6666 Eastern Nationals Open Finals. It was the first time a father and son team have tied in an NCHA event, and it gave Austin a record seven Eastern Nationals Open championships, as well as his second win during the 2017 event, where he placed first, second and third in the $25,000 Novice division showing Deluxe Checks, Paradox Cat, and Wendels Grace.
Plan Smart Ride Acat, with Josh Dozier, placed third with 222.5 points. The Finals finish was a close mirror to the Open go-round won by Deluxe Checks with 223 points, followed by Twistful Thinking with 222 points and Plan Smart Ride Acat with 221.5.
Mar 12, 2017, 10:48
Rheins Reigns at NCHA Eastern Nationals
Rhein and Amanda Standish have had a good week at the NCHA 6666 Eastern Nationals in Jackson, Miss. On Tuesday, Austin Shepard showed their mare Deluxe Checks, by Im Countin Checks, to win the $25,000 Novice finals with 228 points. On Wednesday, Deluxe Checks and Shepard won the Open go-round, and on Thursday, the duo came back to tie for the Open championship.
On Friday, Rhein Standish scored 219 points as champion of the $15,000 Amateur on Countin On Stella, by Im Countin Checks. Jodi Henderson, Rockwall, Tex., marked 216.5 points riding RL Velvet Revolver, by Cat Ichi, for reserve. John Martin, riding Ray Too Smart, by Dual Smart Rey; Keith McMahan, aboard Pale Face Jose, by CD Olena; and Chet Simoneaux, on My Paulena, by Dox Badger Man, split 3rd,4th, and 5th with 216 points.
Mar 12, 2017, 10:46
NCHA - The New Website and Ads
We always appreciate your feedback and will continue to make strides to have the website be as functional and comfortable as the old one was for our users.
The old NCHA website was built in 1999 when most everyone’s web experience was new. Think about what your cell looked like in 1999.
One of the important new features our organization now has available on the new platform is the ability to deliver targeted advertising for our sponsors and partners.
As done for listeners and viewers on television and radio paid advertising allows them to deliver free programming. This works because it helps pay for the very existence of the outlet. Otherwise, in order to simply exist, these outlets would need to charge their audience. This is why other media outlets such as SiriusXM or HBO don’t need advertising; because they charge their audience to have the privilege of receiving them.
Feb 21, 2017, 08:04
Ike Futurity & Classic
Reyzurbetsonthiscat cashed in at The Ike Futurity & Classic, held from January 27 to February 4, 2017, at the Ike Hamiliton Expo Center, West Monroe, La. Ridden by Craig Thompson for Barnwell Ramsey, Huntersville, NC, the Bets Hesa Cat son scored 223 points to win the 4-Year-Old Open Finals and the 4-Year-Old Gelding Open for a total of $24,854. Reyzurbetsonthiscat is a half-brother to Melodys Pepto LTE $135,369 and Jay Moss Cougar LTE $120,175.
Hes Real Special scored 220 points as reserve champion in both classes under Casey Green, for Leigh and Holly Bilton, Alberta, Can. Sired by Dual Smart Rey, Hes Real Special is out of Special Nu Kitty LTE $301,268.
These were the fourth and fifth consecutive championships for Reyzurbetsonthiscat , who won the 2017 Augusta Futurity Open with Thompson, as well as the 2016 NCHA Amateur Futurity and Senior Amateur under Ramsey, and has unofficial career earnings of $57,121. Hes Real Special also earned money in the 2016 NCHA Futurity, as an open semi-finalist with Green, and has unofficial career earnings of $31,857.
Feb 21, 2017, 08:03
Mom's day @ Bonanza Cutting
Moms Wins at Bonanza Cutting
Moms Stylish Player, by Lizzys Gotta Player, open champion of the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes and NCHA Derby, staked another major claim with a 228-point win on Saturday, February 11, in the 2017 Bonanza 5/6-Year-Old Cutting, Weatherford, Tex., under Kenny Platt.
Peeptos Cat, by Cat Ichi, scored 223 points for the reserve championship with Matt Gaines, while Metallic Rebel, by Metallic Cat; CR Gotcha Covered, by Dualin Boon; and Play Miss Boonsmal, by Peptoboonsmal, tied with the third highest score of 221 points under Beau Galyean, Tarin Rice and Eddie Flynn, respectively.
Low-key in the first go-round with 217 points, Moms Stylish Player came back to score 225 points and tie Reyzin The Cash LTE $256,682, by Dual Rey, and Play Miss Boonsmal LTE $36,310, for high score of the second round.
Feb 21, 2017, 08:01
NCHA - Job Opening: Chief Financial Officer
JOB TITLE: Chief Financial Officer
SUMMARY: This position is primarily responsible for directing the organization's financial planning and accounting practices. Additionally, this position manages the administrative and business management functions of the Association Headquarters consistent with the policy direction of the Executive Director and the goals of the Association. Minimal travel required.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Focus on process improvement and business enhancements. Responsible for all internal business processes and procedures.
Oversees and directs budgeting, audit, tax, accounting, purchasing, real estate, long-range forecasting, and insurance activities for the organization.
Feb 21, 2017, 07:58
Cade Shepard and Gary Gonsalves win Mercuria WSOC in Las Vegas
Hall of Fame Rider Gary Gonsalves and Reyzin The Cash marked 227 to win the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the Mane Event Saturday evening, February 18. Non-Pro Hall of Famer Cade Shepard and Gini One Time won their division with a 228. The show was held in the South Point Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
This was Gonsalves’ ninth trip to the Mercuria finals, but his first win in the prestigious series, open to horses of all ages. Reyzin The Cash collected $8,061 from the $43,216 Open purse.
Bred and owned by Tom Bailey’s Iron Rose Ranch of Carbondale, Colorado, Reyzin The Cash is a 6-year-old by Dual Rey out of Spookys Cash. An NCHA Futurity finalist, Spookys Cash earned more than $284,000 and has produced earners of $560,000. Spookys Cash is a daughter of $1.4 million producer San Starlight.
Feb 21, 2017, 07:55
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 24-December 17.
Jan 14, 2017, 06:17
NCHA 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.
Jan 14, 2017, 06:15
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.
Dec 8, 2016, 07:19
Ramsey takes Rios of Mercedes Amateur
Barnwell Ramsey of Huntersville, North Carolina marked 222 for a 4.5-point win in the Rios of Mercedes Amateur finals Tuesday at the Jerry's Chevrolet NCHA Futurity presented by Great American Insurance. He rode Reyzurbetsonthiscat, a Bet Hesa Cat gelding bred by Linda Holsey. The gelding is out of Ariel Rey, a mare Kathy Daughn rode to win the West Texas Futurity, and an earner of $99,000. Ariel Rey's babies include Melodys Pepto ($135,000) and Jay Moss Cougar ($120,000).
Ramsey has been a finalist seven times at the Super Stakes and NCHA Summer Spectacular, but this was his first NCHA Futurity finals. He's also a semi-finalist in Wednesday's Unlimited Amateur.
Dec 8, 2016, 07:17
Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales results
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Dec 8, 2016, 06:20
NCHA Futurity Entries Increase 12.2% - $3,500,000 purse offered
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 begins 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.
Nov 14, 2016, 09:43
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.
Nov 14, 2016, 07:44
Fast-forward to 2006, and the contestants at the NCHA Futurity will be divvying up more than $3.7 million--over a hundred times the offering of that first year. Total purses at NCHA-approved shows now exceed $39 million annually.
In the beginning, there was the horse . . .
Nowadays, cutters compete for millions of dollars in prizes.
It wasn't always that way.
A nineteenth century cowboy transplanted to the present day would probably be perplexed by the modern world's high-tech marvels. But he'd still feel right at home at a cutting horse show.
When American cowboys of the 1800s began using their best horses to separate individual cows from a herd, it was part of the daily job. They would never have imagined cutting as one of the world's most popular equine sports. But each year, thousands of cutting events--from Austin to Australia--attract riders aged eight to eighty.
Nov 2, 2016, 19:45
Message from NCHA President Chuck Smith
There appears to be some confusion concerning the action taken by the Executive Committee at its August 22, 2016 meeting to adopt a recommendation from the Non-Pro/Amateur Review Committee relating to the modification of the existing amateur exception rules effective in the 2017 point year. I am sending this correspondence to all directors in order to clarify any confusion that may exist.
The Amateur 10yr/$15,000 Exception Rule, which is currently in the Rule Book, allows past trainers who have trained astride in other equine disciplines to return to the Amateur division if certain requirements are met. That exception was recommended in 2009 as part of the Non Pro Amateur Task Force Proposal, was vetted by the Amateur Committee, was recommended to the Executive Committee by majority vote by the Amateur Committee and has been in the Rule Book since 2010 (See page 152 of the NCHA Rule Book).
Oct 11, 2016, 13:38
TAKE THE ROAD LESS TRAVELLED 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.
We spoke with two of the top competitors from 2015 about the competition, and the importance of enjoying the scenery along the way. Russ Elrod, the 2015 Open Futurity Champion, resides in Terrebonne, Oregon. Carl Gerwien, the 2015 Non Pro Futurity Champion, lives just outside of Calgary near the town of Nanton, Alberta.
Sep 16, 2016, 10:16
NCHA - A message from Chuck Smith
My objective as President and Interim Executive Director of the NCHA is to move this Association forward by meeting the needs of our membership.
Every member is important to us, from grassroots to triple crown, from amateur to professional.
As always, our challenge is to get as many people riding cutting horses as possible, and to provide a broad enough selection of classes and activities that we are able to offer an enjoyable, satisfying experience to all of our members.
Sep 16, 2016, 10:15