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NCHA Vice President Ballots
Ballots for the office of Vice President have been emailed and mailed to all members. Voting closes at midnight on June 13. If you have not received your ballot or would like more information on how to vote on-line, contact Pam Robison in the NCHA office.

In March of 2015, the NCHA Executive Committee voted to require each member to hold an individual membership; thus, eliminating joint memberships. For those lifetime members with joint memberships, it was voted to split those into two separate memberships. Each membership would then be entitled to two votes in any director or officer election. If you have a joint lifetime membership and are not sure whether you used your two votes, contact Pam Robison.

Convention news you can use!
The NCHA Convention is fast approaching so please make your plans today! NCHA members are scheduled to meet on June 24 – 26, 2016, in Grapevine, Texas, at the beautiful Hilton DFW Lakes Hotel. The hotel room cutoff date is June 6, so be sure and make your hotel reservations as soon as possible to ensure you are able to get the NCHA group rate of $126/night. You may make your hotel reservations here. To make phone reservations, please dial 1-800-984-1344 and ask for the NCHA Convention rate. For those flying in, the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle.

You may register for the Convention here and find the schedule of committee meetings and other events here. Be sure and register by June 15. After June 15, the registration fee increases to $175.

This year, we are rolling out the red carpet and putting on our best western dressy attire to celebrate the accomplishments of NCHA’s Hall of Fame inductees. It is a lifelong accomplishment to be included in the Riders, Non-Pro, Horse and Members Halls of Fame for many. We hope you’ll join us Saturday night, June 25 for this great event.

Non-Pro title for Holly Muench
Holly Muench of Marietta, Oklahoma and CD Pretty Cat marked 222 for a four-point win in the Non-Pro finals on May 6 at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships in Denver.

CD Pretty Cat is an 8-year-old gelding bred by M.R. Austin by Pretty Boy Cat out of Katie May CD, by CD Olena. He brought earning of more than $25,000 to the Western Nationals.

Jody Radomske of Weatherford, Texas, and Shesa Spoonful A Fun marked 220.5 to win the $15,000 Novice Non-Pro finals. The 7-year-old homebred mare  is by Hes A Peptospoonful out of Opus Cat, a 2003 NCHA Futurity finalist with Tim Smith.

Scott Chartier marked 219.5 to win the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro finals on Halreyzn Swinger. Chartier was the Non-Pro champion this spring at the NCHA Eastern Nationals on Halreyzn Swinger, as well as being a $5,000 Novice Non-Pro finalist at that show. Read more...

The NCHA Western National Championships were presented by the legendary 6666 Ranch of Guthrie, Texas. The ranch stands some of the most well-respected Quarter Horse stallions in the industry, with elite broodmares that produce superior individuals for cutting, ranch work and racing.

Summer Cutting Spectacular entries
After reviewing multiple facets of the Great American Insurance Summer Cutting Spectacular, including updated entry numbers after the first payment, NCHA will maintain the deadlines and penalty structure that has been in place for multiple years. We anticipate a great show with the Western Bloodstock Showdown in Cowtown slot cuttings, opportunities for our youth members through the Youth World Finals and the Faith Mountain Ranch Youth Scholarship cutting and the Best of the West Trade Show.

NCHA names Terry Bassett to key post
The National Cutting Horse Association has named Terry Bassett of Colorado Springs, Colorado, as its Chief Marketing Officer.

In his new role, Bassett will serve as the lead business development officer of the association, developing strategies that will improve NCHA’s bottom line, grow its fan base and add new members and new participants.

Bassett comes to NCHA after five years as Executive Vice President of Sales and
Partnership Marketing at Professional Bull Riding, Inc where lead a team to secure
significant growth in new sponsorship revenue and merchandising and licensing profit
and 95%+ rate for partnership renewals.

Prior to joining PBR, Bassett held senior marketing positions in the automotive racing
industry, and with the National Football League's Miami Dolphins. Read more...

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!

NCHA Vice President elections
Statements from the 2016 NCHA Vice President candidates, Ron Pietrafeso and Phil Rapp, are online.

Ballots for the NCHA Vice President election will be mailed to all members on or before April 30, 2016, and votes need to be received by midnight on June 13.

The results will be announced on June 14. The new Vice President will take office during the 2016 NCHA Convention, June 24-26 in Grapevine, Texas. The Vice President will become President-Elect the following year, and will become NCHA President in 2018.

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.


Sponsors enhance NCHA Triple Crown payouts
The National Cutting Horse Association has welcomed the support of three new purse sponsors at NCHA’s Triple Crown events.

Fults Ranch of Amarillo, Texas, the home of Metallic Cat, will contribute $25,000 to the winner’s paycheck in the 4-year-old Open division of the NCHA Super Stakes this spring. Faith Mountain Ranch will add $25,000 to the winner’s check in the 5/6-year-old Open division of the NCHA Super Stakes Classic. And Circle Y Ranch will add $25,000 to the winner’s check in the 4-year-old Open division of the NCHA Derby, held during the NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular.

The NCHA Super Stakes, which will be held in Fort Worth, Texas March 24-April 16, and the NCHA Derby, scheduled for July in Fort Worth, complete the Triple Crown, which began with last December’s NCHA Futurity. .

Metallic Cat, who won the 2008 NCHA Futurity and was the top money earner of his age group in NCHA Triple Crown events, has already sired earners of nearly $6 million from just three crops to compete. His offspring include Stevie Rey Von, winner of the 2015 NCHA Futurity. MetallicCat.com

Faith Mountain Ranch is a spiritual retreat based in Boerne, in the scenic Texas Hill Country.

Circle Y Ranch of Millsap, Texas, is the home of NCHA Hall of Fame Horse and $2 million sire Im Countin Checks. Circle Y is also renowned for their elite band of broodmares, with produce earnings of more than $6 million. CircleYQuarterHorses.com.

Read more . . .

Payout Task Force Recommendations
As we've informed you throughout the past several weeks, a payout task force reviewed and took a holistic approach to purse distribution and calculations at NCHA's Triple Crown events with the following primary objectives in mind:

  • Create simple, clear and consistent rules for NCHA events to increase understanding and transparency to payouts and awards.
  • Eliminate Guaranteed Payouts to manage financial risk more effectively.
  • Retain philosophy to pay competitors as strong and as deep as practical especially in the Non Pro and amateur classes.
  • Keep NCHA events as the best value cutting in the industry based on entry fee vs. payout potential.

That task force included representatives from multiple segments of the industry and those recommendations were submitted to and passed by the Executive Committee to improve the payout distribution, starting at the 2016 Lucas Oil/NCHA Super Stakes.

You can click here to view the revised guidelines that will govern payouts at the Triple Crown events at this year's Lucas Oil Super Stakes, along with the estimates of the open and non-pro in the 4-year-old classes and 5/6-year-old classes at the Lucas Oil Super Stakes. THESE ARE ESTIMATES ONLY based on last year's entries, so actual payouts will be determined by entries in each class.

With this change, the grace period for the first payment of the Lucas Oil Super Stakes will be extended to Monday, February 1. Entries MUST BE postmarked by this date to not pay the penalty. If you have any questions, please contact the show department by calling (817) 244-6188.

Earnings Level Update Opportunity
NCHA is excited to announce that you can now upgrade your Achievement Award Buckles to cherish every earnings milestone. Click on the photo to find out more information on the new "Earnings Level Update Opportunity," as well as pick out some beautiful accessories to accommodate your new buckle!

NCHA Convention
June 24-26, 2016
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Grapevine, Texas

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