New CFO for NCHA
NCHA wishes to extend a warm welcome to Barb Benedum, Chief Financial Officer.
"I am excited to join the NCHA team and be a part of one of the finest equine associations in the country. I plan to use my education and experience, combined with my passion for the equine industry, to further the NCHA mission and goals," says Ms. Benedum.
Barb comes to NCHA with extensive experience in Finance and Accounting. For the last seven years, Barb was the Treasurer for The Ohio Quarter Horse Association, home of The All American Quarter Horse Congress. In her role at OQHA, she worked with a team that facilitated some of the largest horse shows in the country. Barb also worked with committees to organize and implement long-term strategic plans, including the development of The Ohio Quarter Horse Foundation. It is through this experience that Barb hopes to continue to grow the NCHA long-term goals and financial obligations.
May 26, 2017, 17:43
New Vice President for NCHA is Ron Pietrafeso
NCHA is pleased to announce Ron Pietrafeso will assume the position of NCHA Vice President as determined by ballot vote. Ballots were tabulated yesterday, May 22nd, in the election for NCHA Vice President position. A total of 2,307 ballots were received and tabulated by the independent voting firm Simply Voting of Montreal, Canada.
Results of the election had Ron Pietrafeso of Elbert, Colorado, receiving a total of 1,537 votes and Garry Merritt of King, North Carolina, receiving 770 votes. Pietrafeso will assume his duties as Vice President at the general membership meeting on June 4, 2017, during the NCHA Convention in Grapevine, Texas.
May 26, 2017, 17:42
Starlights Lil Cat
Starlights Lil Cat, ridden by Monty Buntin for Steven and Stacy Morgan of Lincoln, California, marked 224 to win the $25,000 Novice finals at the NCHA Scottsdale Nationals Friday.
Royal Red Play and Todd Adolf took the reserve championship with a 220.5, while top qualifier Daintys Kual Kitty, ridden by Morgan Cromer, was third at 220.
Starlights Lil Cat is a 7-year-old mare bred by Scott Gaddy by WR This Cats Smart out of Starlights CD. She had earned $70,162 prior to Scottsdale, including a win in last fall’s Utah Classic. She was also a Pacific Coast Futurity finalist as a 3-year-old.
May 18, 2017, 16:08
Gritty's Got It
Top qualifier Dual N Gritty held true to form with a 222-point win in the finals of the $5,000 Novice class at the NCHA Scottsdale National Championships Saturday morning. She had marked a 221 to lead the go-round.
One Time At Night took the reserve championship with a 219.5, while Sandman Rey finished third with a 219.
Cody Lamont rode the winner for KT Ranch of Roosevelt, Utah. Dual N Gritty was bred by Scott Amos by Neat Little Cat out of Lilleth Merada. Amos was a limited age finalist on Lilleth Merada.
May 18, 2017, 16:06
Junior and Senior Ranch Riding at 2016 Lucas Oil World
Nicole Pietrafeso, Elbert, Colo., scored 218 points on Purely Badger to win the 2016 Scottsdale Nationals Senior Youth championship. Claire Shelton, Krum, Tex., riding Boon Style scored 212 points to take the reserve championship, while Kylie Kaufman, Clovis, Calif. and Simple Livin, placed third with 211.
Nicole and 11-year-old Purely Badger LTE $93,660, sired by Reys Dual Badger and owned by Ron and Adrienne Pietrafeso, were finalists in the 2016 NCHA $50,000 Amateur World Finals, as well as in the 2016 NYCHA Senior Youth World Finals. They were also $50,000 Amateur and Senior Youth finalists in 2016, at the NCHA Western Nationals.
May 18, 2017, 15:47
Morgan and Monty
Morgan Cromer, riding Bea Pure Cat, and Monty Buntin, on Starlights Lil Cat, each scored 223 points to tie as co-champions of the 2016 NCHA Scottsdale Nationals. Gavin Jordan placed third with 220.5 points aboard CR Kittys Gotta Gun.
Bea Pure Cat LTE $121,572, an 8-year-old gelded son of High Brow Cat, is owned by Jill and William Roth, Paso Robles, Calif. Jill Roth showed the full brother to 2012 NCHA Futurity Open champion He Bea Cat LTE $356,219 as the 2016 Mercuria NCHA World Finals $25,000 Novice Non-Pro champion and World Champion. Roth and Bea Pure Cat also won the 2015 Pacific Coast 5/6 Amateur Unlimited Gelding and the 5/6 Amateur Unlimited Senior divisions.
May 18, 2017, 15:47
Kimberly Irons, San Jose, Calif., scored 220 points on Caviar Cat to top the $50,000 Amateur go-round, where riders with scores of 212 points and above advanced to the finals at the NCHA Scottsdale Nationals. Mia Webster, Bend, Oregon, marked 219.5 points on Lean This Rey, the second-highest score, and Brian Butlin, Scottsdale, Ariz., was third-highest with 217.5 points riding El Gato Bonito.
Kimberly Irons and Caviar Cat won the 2016 Pacific Coast Futurity 5/6 $25,000 Amateur and also placed sixth in the Amateur Finals. They also placed in the 2016 Breeders Invitational 5/6 Amateur and Unlimited Amateur divisions.
May 18, 2017, 15:45
Lauren McIntire, Santa Barbara, Calif., scored 221 points on Peptos Chic Olena, as the high-scoring rider in the $35,000 Non-Pro go-round Sunday at the NCHA Scottsdale National Championships. Riders who scored 207 points or above advanced to Monday’s finals, including Shelley Wold, Murrieta, Calif., who scored 218.5 points, the go-round’s second-highest mark, on Shotgun Sean, and Gianna Pietrafeso, Elbert, Colo., with 218 points riding Smokin Tap.
Lauren McIntire lifetime earner of $29,269, won the 2016 Pacific Coast Winter Roundup 5/6 Non-Pro championship and Non-Pro Gelding division on I Like It This Rey. Peptos Chic Olena, by Sweet Lil Pepto, her NCHA Scottsdale Nationals mount, was an NCHA Open World Finals and NCHA World Series finalist 12 times between 2012 and 2016.
May 18, 2017, 15:44
Three Champions at Scottsdale Nationals
Colleen Pearse $50,000 Amateur Champion
Colleen Pearse, Sturgeon County, Alberta, Can., and her gelding Reys Hot Wheels, fifth-placed in last Friday’s $2,000 Limit Rider Finals, moved up in class on Monday with a 219.5-point win in the 2016 $50,000 Amateur Finals at the NCHA Scottsdale National Championships. Kimberly Irons, San Jose, Calif., winner of the $50,000 Amateur go-round, marked 219 on 7-year-old Caviar Cat LTE $81,037, by High Brow Cat, to claim the reserve championship, and Nate Valley, Encinitas, Calif., placed third with 218 points riding 7-year-old Two Smart Cat LTE $78,406, by WR This Cats Smart.
In addition to their showing in last week’s $2,000 Limit Rider Finals, Pearse and Reys Hot Wheels also placed sixth last December in the NCHA World Finals $2,000 Limit Rider division, and Pearse showed Sway Cat as a finalist in $35,000 Non-Pro division of last year’s NCHA Western Nationals.
May 18, 2017, 15:42
Donna Flanigan, Livermore, Calif., scored 221 points Tuesday on Too Kool to claim the championship of the NCHA Scottsdale Nationals $25,000 Novice Non-Pro. Janice Eaton, Peachland, British Columbia, Can, and Scootin Solano took reserve with 220 points, while Ken Schultz, Sacrameto, Calif., placed third with 216.5 points riding Reys Of Starlight.
Donna Flanigan, the NCHA earner of $246,974, bred Too Kool LTE $39,598, by WR This Cats Smart, out of a Grays Starlight granddaughter, who produced one other NCHA money earner, Too Kool’s 2007 full sister, This Kats Kool LTE $180,219. Flanigan showed This Kats Kool to place third in the 2011 Pacific Coast 4-Year-Old Futurity Non-Pro and as champion of of reserve in 11 other non-pro limited age events.
Flanigan’s most significant win on Too Kool came as 2015 Non-Pro 4-Year-Old Champion of the Pacific Coast Winter Roundup. Trainer Tom Long also showed the mare as an open 5/6 finalist in the 2016 Pacific Coast Futurity, as well as in the 2016 Pacific Coast Derby.
May 18, 2017, 15:39
Roth Wins Non-Pro
Bea Pure Cat set a high bar in the inaugural NCHA Scottsdale Nationals. The 8-year-old gelding, Open Co-Champion under Morgan Cromer on Friday, came back on the last day of competition to score 224 points and claim the Non-Pro championship for his owner, Jill Roth, Paso Robles, Calif.
Kim Adolf, Morristown, Ariz., winner of the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro championship on Athenitall, scored 223 points on Smooth Criminal Cat to earn the Non-Pro reserve championship, and Scott Maling, Scottsdale, Ariz., placed third with 220 points riding Smooth Flying (DNA).
Bea Pure Cat LTE $127,011, an 8-year-old gelded son of High Brow Cat, is a full brother to 2012 NCHA Futurity Open champion He Bea Cat LTE $356,219. Roth, the NCHA earner of $186,768, showed Bea Pure Cat last year as champion of the 2016 Mercuria NCHA World Finals $25,000 Novice Non-Pro and was World Champion of that division, as well. The pair also won the 2015 Pacific Coast 5/6 Amateur Unlimited, 5/6 Amateur Unlimited Gelding, and the 5/6 Amateur Unlimited Senior divisions.
May 18, 2017, 15:37
Inaugural Scottsdale Event for NCHA
Cutting horse enthusiasts from across the West celebrated the return of a major National Cutting Horse Association event to Arizona by competing at the Scottsdale Nationals. Over 400 horses, their exhibitors and trainers took advantage to show at the air-conditioned WestWorld of Scottsdale, May 4th thru 10th, 2017. With $100,000 added money the competition could not have been tougher for seasoned veterans, and new cutters all competing for cash and prizes.
There is a lot of history for cutting horses in Arizona. Back in the 1970’s Arizona hosted the largest NCHA cuttings in America at the Maricopa feed lots. This new event in Scottsdale was the biggest NCHA cutting in the Grand Canyon State in many years, and is expected to grow. The NCHA is fully committed to growing the Scottsdale Nationals. There is tremendous potential to draw cutters from California, and the rest of the West.
The NCHA Scottsdale Nationals for 2018 promises to deliver with the best from this year, while still making improvements for exhibitors, vendors and sponsors.
May 18, 2017, 15:36
Vendors Paradise at NCHA Scottsdale Nationals
The National Cutting Horse Association has launched a new venue to better accommodate Western and Plains States cutting competitors. The NCHA Scottsdale Nationals and the NCHA Denver Nationals will provide an opportunity for more weekend competitors in all divisions to test their skills at one or both of these premiere events.
The Scottsdale Nationals, which concluded on Wednesday, May 10, after a seven-day run at WestWorld in Scottsdale, Ariz., has already proven a great success with cutters from the West Coast to Canada to Texas, as well all points east and west of the Continental Divide, and Hawaii. Many owners and riders, like Christine King, owner of Reytheon, the horse Faith Farris rode to claim the Junior Youth championship, are also from Arizona.
May 18, 2017, 15:35
Six-Figure Jump: Cutting Sire Metallic Cat Shatters Super Stakes Record
Cutting Sire Metallic Cat Shatters Super Stakes Record
Numbers from the recent 2017 Lucas Oil/National Cutting Horse Association Super Stakes are in, making it official that Metallic Cat is now that event’s highest earning sire. Sixty-nine of his foals won more than $831,500 across multiple divisions, which is the richest single-show payout in NCHA Super Stakes history. Metallic Cat foals finished Champion and Reserve Champion in the 4-Year-Old Super Stakes Open and topped the 5/6-Year-Old Classic Open, victories that helped their sire lay claim to nearly a third of the 2017 Super Stakes rich purse of $3.1 million.
Apr 30, 2017, 13:02
Meradas Little Sue
Meradas Little Sue, three-times NCHA World Champion, 1996 NCHA Horse of the Year, and NCHA earner of $670,098, was put to rest on April 21, 2017, twenty-seven years to the day after she was foaled, in 1990. She spent her final years at Circle Y Ranch in Millsap, Tex., under the devoted care of Penny Youngblood and Nancy Pearce, who purchased her in December 2014, at the Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales.
Apr 29, 2017, 13:29
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