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Norman BruceNorman Bruce, 1935 - 2015
Norman Bruce, 80, Rutledge, Ga., breeder of champion cutting horses and inductee into the NCHA Members Hall of Fame, as well as the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame, passed away on Sunday, November 29, 2015.

Before he owned cutting horses, Bruce breed and showed AQHA halter and performance horses. In 1970, he earned his first check riding in an NCHA event and never looked back.

Bruce was influential in the cutting horse world as a supporter and past president of the Southeast's Area 18 Cutting Horse Association. He also served as president of the Augusta Futurity and as an NCHA Executive Committee member.

Services are pending at Wages Funeral Home, Snellville, Georgia.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the NYCHA or CIA through the NCHA Foundation, 260 Bailey Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76107. Read more...

Lindy Burch NCHA Futurity Open Semis Stats
by Sally Harrison
On Friday, November 27, after nine days of first and second go-round trials, 76 horses qualified for the 2015 NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finals, the final portal to the NCHA Futurity Open Finals. The Open Semi-Finals will be held on Friday, December 11; the Finals, with a winner’s purse of $200,000, begins at 6:00 pm, on Saturday, December 12.

Lindy Burch, the longest-standing past NCHA Futurity Open champion among this year’s Open Semi-Finals contenders, won the prestigious event 35 years ago aboard Mis Royal Mahogany. Tarin Rice, co-champion of the 2012 Futurity on He Bea Cat, is the group’s latest winner, while Ronnie Rice, Tarin’s uncle, is the only 2015 Open Semi-Finalist with more than one NCHA Futurity Open championship win. Ronnie won the 1998 Futurity riding Dainty Playgirl; in 2001, he claimed the win on San Tule Freckles; and in 2012, he was co-champion riding CR Tuff Hearted Cat.
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McKenzie MerrillMerril tops day one of Non-Pro Futurity competition
by Jessica Harms
The cutting action continued on Sat., Nov. 28 in Cowtown as the 2015 NCHA Futurity welcomed more competitors and spectators to the grounds of the Will Rogers Memorial Complex.

In the Non-Pro competition of the NCHA Futurity in Will Rogers Coliseum, McKenzie Merrill of Grandview, Texas, and her horse Justa Lil Catfight posted the high score of the day. Their 219 topped the 63-horse field of the day. Justa Lil Catfight is by High Brow Cat and out of Justapepto.

On Sunday, visitors can enjoy the Art of Cutting art exhibit and sale, brought to you by the NCHA Foundation where more than 20 well-known western artists will be featured. The event will kick off with cocktails at the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame followed by the reception, show and sale in the Oak Room at the Fort Worth Science and History Museum. Visit www.nchafoundation.org or the NCHA Members Relations booth in the exhibit hall for more information. Read more . . . Watch the live webcast here.

WebcastCatch the excitement on live webcasts
Cutting horse fans can watch all of the 2015 NCHA Futurity, Mercuria NCHA World Finals, Western Bloodstock Showdown in Cowtown and the Careity Celebrity Cutting on their desktop computer or mobile device.

The Celebrity Cutting will follow the $316,000 Open finals of the Western Bloodstock Showdown in Cowtown on December 4. First-round entries for the Open Showdown include past futurity champions He Bea Cat, Horse of the Year winners Kit Kat Sugar, Dont Look Twice, Junie Wood, Reyzin and Saguaro Ichi, World Champion One Time Choice, leading World Champion contender Special Nu Baby, and the great Third Cutting.

All the action surrounding the 2015 NCHA Futurity will be webcast live, with special pay-per-view coverage of the Open Semi-Finals (December 11) and Finals (December 12), the Non-Pro Semi-Finals (December 9) and Finals (December 10), and the Open and Non-Pro World Finals on November 27, 28 and December 3 and 5. Viewers can register and log on for webcasts at nchacutting.com.

Pay-per-view charges for the webcasts will be:

Non-Pro Futurity Semi-Finals $4.95
Non-Pro Futurity Finals $9.95
Open Futurity Semi-Finals $14.95
Open Futurity Finals $24.95 Or all 4 nights for $38.95
World Finals $4.95 each Or all nights 4 for $14.95

A special two-hour telecast of the open Futurity Finals will be presented on RideTV on Saturday, December 19 at 6:00 p.m. Central Time. RideTV is available on select cable and satellite providers including Dish Network. Check your provider or go to ridetv.com for more information.

Celebrity CuttingTickets available for celebrity double header
Each year, celebrity riders team up with top cutting horses to introduce the sport to an enthusiastic new audience at the Careity Celebrity Cutting. On December 4, the time-honored formula will take a new twist as some of the cutting horse world’s most celebrated older horses face off in the Western Bloodstock NCHA Showdown in Cowtown just prior to the Celebrity Cutting.

Tickets are now available online, or they can be purchased at the Careity Booth in the Amon G. Carter Exhibit Hall during the 2015 NCHA Futurity. Proceeds help support the Careity Foundation’s comprehensive program for cancer patients.

This year’s Celebrity cutters include entertainers Tanya Tucker, Lyle Lovett, the ever-popular Bob Kingsley and Jay Novacek, honored veteran Dan Nevins and more.

And the list of contenders for the Showdown in Cowtown includes equine superstars such as Kit Kat Sugar, Junie Wood, Dont Look Twice, Third Cutting, Reyzin, Saguaro Ichi, A Little Bossy, Special Nu Baby, One Time Choice and many more. The 15-horses for the finals will be determined in a go-round scheduled for November 17.

The Careity Foundation’s tickets are the only way to watch these special events live and in person in Will Rogers Coliseum, as the regular Futurity and World Finals passes and seating reservations are not valid for this special, charitable event.

However, if you can’t make it to the show, you can tune in to the live webcast at nchacutting.com.

NCHA Intercollegiate Judging Contest Scheduled
Judges History will be made in Fort Worth, Texas, December 2 – 4 when approximately 100 students will compete in the inaugural NCHA Intercollegiate Cutting Horse Judging Contest. The NCHA, in conjunction with Texas A&M Agri-Life Extension, will host collegiate judging teams and coaches from across the nation during the 2015 NCHA World Championship Futurity.

Contestants will be treated to a judging seminar featuring NCHA Director of Judges, Russell McCord Wednesday afternoon then Thursday take a rulebook test, judge a penalty clip test and two sets of horses from the second go-round of the Non-Pro Futurity via video. Winning teams and top 10 high scoring individuals will be determined based on a total composite score and recognized during an awards dinner Thursday evening. The top 10 individuals will judge live horses Friday, in the Watt arena, during the World Finals of weekend classes. The overall high point contestant will be recognized and invited to judge from the "6th Box" during the NCHA/Western Bloodstock Showdown in Cowtown Open Finals the evening of December 4. Read more ...

Inside the Judges Stand: The new challenge system
In Episode 10, NCHA Director of Judges Russell McCord looks at the new challenge system.


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