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Vice President candidates nominated
We received word from the Officer Nominating Committee Chair Chuck Smith that two candidates have been selected for the 2016 Vice President election. Those two candidates are:

  • Ron Pietrafeso of Elbert, CO
  • Phil Rapp of Weatherford, TX

Ballots with background information on the two candidates will be sent via email and mail to all NCHA members by no later than April 30, 2016 with the votes tabulated on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 (due by midnight on June 13). Additionally, information on the two candidates will appear in the April and May issues of the Cutting Horse Chatter and on the NCHA website.

San Antonio to kick off Mercuria NCHA World Series
The San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo will host the first event this year for the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting. Star-studded fields will ride to the herd in the first round of the Open and Non-Pro, with the finals of the $25,000-added events scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 14.

World Champion Riders Matt Gaines, Pete Branch, Lindy Burch, Chubby Turner, Kobie Wood and Faron Hightower are among the 41 entries in the Open division.

Highlighting the Non-Pro division are Joe Howard Williamson, Mary Jo Milner, Constance Jaeggi and Dan Hanson, who own a combined 15 NCHA Non-Pro World titles.

Williamson, Milner and Jaeggi will be riding Sweet Little Cats, Saguaro Ichi, and Smooth Asa Zee, respectively, horses the played a role in their most recent World Championships. Read more ...

Sixth annual Runnin' WJ Benefit Cutting set for Feb. 19-20
The sixth annual Runnin’ WJ Ranch Benefit Cutting will be held February 19-20 in Texarkana, Texas. The popular show benefits Texarkana’s Runnin’ WJ Ranch, a Christian non-profit which opened its doors for therapeutic riding classes in 2001.

More than 200 students participate each week, undergoing dramatic physical and psychological improvement from their therapy.

Runnin’ WJ Ranch has now expanded into a training facility for the American Federation of Cowboy Churches. The AFCC will receive training from the Runnin’ WJ Ranch to offer therapeutic riding programs at their 250 facilities throughout the United States. Seven AFCC are already in training, with five more scheduled to begin in 2016.

The Benefit Cutting will give cutters the chance to meet the volunteers who make Runnin’ WJ Ranch’s programs possible, and watch students as they experience therapy sessions. There will also be a steak  dinner on Friday night. Read more...

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. FaithMountainRanch.com.

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.

2015 Eastern Nationals and Western Nationals Rules for entry.
Eastern Nationals to be held March 7-19, 2016 in Jackson MS.
(Entries Dues: January 29, 2016)

Western Nationals to be held April 27-May 6, 2016 in Denver CO.
(Entries Dues: March 21, 2016)

To make entry into the 2015 Eastern/Western Nationals you Must:

  • Be A Current member for 2016 ( event is after grace period of 2015 membership)
  • Must have been a member in 2015 in good standing.
  • Must have been eligible for the class you are entering in 2015.
  • If a horse class, your horse must have been eligible in 2015.
    The owner must have been a member in 2015 and be a member for 2016.
  • Youth members must have been a member in 2015, and have a current 2016 membership.
  • You did not have to ride to the herd in a class or ride to herd in an affiliate show.

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!

Members Hall of Fame nominations open
The NCHA Members Hall of Fame was established to recognize those individuals who have made outstanding and unusual contributions to the NCHA basic purpose, which is the public exhibition and constant promotion of the Cutting Horse. We are proud to honor these individuals who have exhibited a high moral character, good sportsmanship, fairness, and an exemplary contribution of time, effort and interest in NCHA and its basic endeavors.

The criteria and form for submitting nominations to the Members Hall of Fame were recently updated. Nominations may be submitted at any time but should be received in the NCHA offices by no later than March 1 of each year to be considered for induction that year. Nominations are kept on file and included for review for five years.

The Members Hall of Fame was specifically established to recognize individuals for accomplishments OUT of the cutting pen. In order to honor those individuals, we need help in locating those deserving persons. If you feel you know of someone that qualifies for the NCHA Members Hall of Fame, please review the criteria, complete the nomination form, and send in a maximum of five letters of support to the NCHA outlining their accomplishments.

You can find a list of previous inductees in the NCHA Members Hall of Fame on the NCHA website. Please look it over and see who you feel is missing! If you need any further information or have any questions, please contact Pam Robison in the NCHA offices at (817) 244-6188, ext. 111.

NCHA Super Stakes Stallion/Foal program
Update on the NCHA Super Stakes Stallion/Foal program. For more than 20 years, the Super Stakes has been one of the most successful stallion incentive programs in all of the equine world. Traditionally, the Super Stakes added more than $500,000 annually to the show.

However, to take some of the burden off of stallion owners and to grow the purse, NCHA expanded the program to accept foal nominations starting in 2011. There were several recognized advantages to this change:

  • Share the investment in the program between stallion owners and breeders
  • Award foal nominator awards in addition to stallion awards (in 2015, more than $64,000 was paid out to nominators)
  • Grow a substantially larger purse for Super Stakes-eligible horses

Overall, the program has been wildly successful - at least 2,000 foals have been nominated each year since the new program was introduced. Read More . . .

San Antonio
Mercuria Open Draw
and Non-Pro Draw

Live Webcast
(Feb 14th Only)

March 7-19, 2016
Schedule  Entry Form

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NCHA Convention
June 24-26, 2016
Hilton DFW Lakes Hotel
Grapevine, Texas
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