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RW Rockin and Lloyd Cox Top Open Semi-Finals
It was quite a challenging Open semi-finals at the Lucas Oil/NCHA Super Stakes, on March 31 in Fort Worth, Texas. RW Rockin and Lloyd Cox, Longmont, Colo., worked second in the second bunch to take the lead with a nice 220, a score that held to the conclusion of the 54-entry semi-finals. It took a score of 216 or better to advance to the Open finals, which will take place Sat., April 4. The 26 horses that advanced will have a shot at a nearly $400,000 total purse.
RW Rockin (Dual Rey x Boon San Kitty x High Brow Cat) is a 5-year-old mare bred by Walton's Rocking W Ranch. She arrived at the Super Stakes with $185,524 in earnings. Jesse Lennox started the horse and though the mare showed plenty of early promise, she ran in to trouble during the first round of the Open at the 2013 NCHA Futurity. It was at that show that Monty Johnson, Amarillo, Texas purchased RW Rockin.
Cox started riding the mare and at the 2014 NCHA Super Stakes they finished fifth in the Open. Read more . . .
Sitton Tops Tuesday Non-Pro Classic Scores
Ken Sitton, Freeport, Texas, and JJS Catless Merada topped Tuesday's Non-Pro Classic scores at the 2015 Lucas Oil/NCHA Super Stakes with a 219.5 after working toward the end of the second set.
The performance comes as no surprise from the gelding that has cut his way to more than $127,000. Purchased by Sitton earlier this year, the gelding was previously owned by Iron Rose Ranch and ridden by the ranch's resident trainer, Michael Cooper. The two were Reserve at the Breeder's Invitational last year and made the finals at all five of the aged-events Cooper entered him in. Cooper also won the Abilene Spectacular and made the finals at the NCHA Super Stakes Classic on him.
JJS Cats Merada, by Cats Merada out of Madelena by Smart Little Lena, was bred by Kenneth Hammett, Houston, Texas. Read more . . .
Cutting Horses Back to Cowtown
Cowboys Flock to Will Rogers for Millions in Payouts
The National Cutting Horse Association will host the second jewel of its "Triple Crown" March 26 through April 18 in Fort Worth, and NCHA is pleased to welcome Lucas Oil as the title sponsor of the event.
Lucas Oil manufactures and sells high quality products in consumer, industrial and agricultural markets around the world. Lucas Oil offers more than 100 oil, grease, and fuel additive products – all designed to improve performance and increase mileage in trucks, automobiles, heavy-duty equipment, tractors, boats, motorcycles and recreational vehicles. NCHA is pleased to partner with Lucas Oil in celebrating cutting's important role within the cowboy traditions of horsemanship, ranching and the American West as well as welcome them to one of cutting's premier events.
"We are excited about NCHA's new partnership with Lucas Oil," said NCHA Executive Director Jim Bret Campbell. "As a cattle rancher, Mr. Lucas understands the agricultural community and whole-heartedly supports it. We believe this this will be an excellent fit for both parties." Read more . . .
Champions crowned at Eastern Nationals
It was a repeat feat that concluded the Open divisions at the NCHA Eastern National Championships, presented by 6666 Ranch, in Jackson, Mississippi. Cat Sheree and Austin Shepard, Summerdale, Ala., marked a 223 for the Open Championship. The mare is owned by Buster Quirk's Plantation Farms LLC, Denham Springs, La.
Cat Sheree (High Brow CD x Nurse Sheree x Peptoboonsmal) pegged two wins at Jackson, starting with a first-place finish in the $15,000 Novice division with a 223.
Eastern Nationals Champions include:
- $15,000 Novice: Cat Sheree ridden by Austin Shepard
- $5,000 Novice: Ichi Sangria ridden by Guy Woods and Poundcake Deluxe ridden by Cullen Chartier
- Open: Cat Sheree ridden by Austin Shepard
- $15,000 Amateur: Millie Jo Rosenberg on Mr Peppy Pepto
- Junior Youth: Cade Shepard on Pepto Stylish Babe
- Senior Youth: Sheridan Clark on Short N Smooth
- $2,000 Limited Rider: Shae Forby on Cats Miller Time
- $35,000 Non-Pro: Colt Moore on Highwood Dancer and Sandra Patton on Magic Abbie
- $15,000 Novice Non-Pro: Alexa Stephas on Once You Go Black
- $5,000 Novice Non-Pro: Page Bowman on Athena Mad Man
- $50,000 Amateur: Wendy Johnson on Lily Shea Rey
- Non-Pro: Lauren Chartier on Cees Little Poo
VP candidates announced
Two candidates have been selected for the 2015 Vice President election. They are:
- Jerry Louie of Chico, California
- Lewis Wray of Russellville, Arkansas
Ballots with background information on the two candidates will be sent via email and by mail to all NCHA members by no later than April 30, 2015 with the results announced on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 (votes due by midnight on June 8).
Information on the two candidates will appear in the May and June issues of the Cutting Horse Chatter and on the NCHA website. Please feel free to notify other NCHA members of our Vice Presidential candidates.
Family-Owned Horse Rule
We are excited to begin 2015 with some great opportunities for our NCHA family, here is the information and online form for the new Family Owned Horse Rule, with this new rule relating to horse ownership there will be increased opportunities for family members to show in NCHA classes, it will be necessary for members to submit a Family Registration Form (PDF to print and mail or Online) on horses that will be shown by Immediate family members that are not listed on the ownership. The form must be completed prior to the family member showing the horse.
The new Standing Rule 51.a.4 reads as follows: “If a member who holds an NCHA non-professional and/or amateur card publicly exhibits in any contest, whether approved or unapproved, a cutting horse not owned by the member or by the member’s immediate family, as defined herein, said card can be automatically revoked. Additional penalties for ownership rule violations may include loss of Non-Professional/Amateur status for up to life of the member, up to three (3) years suspension from the NCHA, up to a maximum of $10,000 fine. Any other member who aids and abets the rule violator will be subject to the same penalties depending on the severity of the incident.
NCHA Medication - Know Before You Show Document Updated
NCHA wants to remind all exhibitors, owners and veterinarians treating horses leading up to the NCHA World Championship Futurity about the medication and welfare rules included in Rule 35A in the NCHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations. NCHA’s medication and drug testing policy has been developed over multiple years to, first and foremost, protect the welfare and prolong the competitiveness of the equine athletes who compete in cutting. Through this policy, NCHA has galvanized its position regarding the safety of the horses and a level playing field for its events.
For complete rules regarding allowable therapeutic medications and forbidden substances, exhibitors, trainers and veterinarians should familiarize themselves with all rules included in the NCHA Handbook. Additionally, NCHA provides a “Know Before You Show,” reference guide for the benefit of members and exhibitors. Please click here to see the updated Know Before You Show.
Prior to this year’s Futurity, the Know Before You show guide has been expanded to include guidelines regarding joint injections (which require a medication report to be filed if using a conditionally permitted corticosteroid within 7 days of competition) and dosing guidelines for permitted nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, which must be within industry and standards for treatment thresholds.
If you or your veterinarian have any questions about allowable/disallowed medications, call Julie Davis at the NCHA office at (817) 244-6188.
New NCHA Senior World Tour Presented by Horizon Yachts, Inc.
The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) is pleased to announce the new Horizon/NCHA Senior World Tour to take place during the 2015 point year. The Senior Tour will give open, non-pro and amateur riders who are 60 years of age or older and meet all other NCHA rules regarding status and membership the chance to compete for a Horizon Senior World Championship. Read More