In the news . . .
Second Spot takes the first spot
Second Spot, ridden by NCHA Hall of Famer Matt Gaines for Gary and Shannon Barker of Madill, Oklahoma, marked 225 to lead the Open semi-finalists Friday night at the Jerry’s Chevrolet NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance.
Twenty horses marked 216.5 or better to advance to Saturday’s finals.
The Barkers’ homebred mare is by Spots Hot out of Reycy Moon, a Cats Moonshine mare that earned $209,000, mostly with Gaines. Reycy Moon won the Cattlemen’s Derby, and was reserve champion at the Brazos Bash and Tunica. Read more...
Winner's market at NCHA Futurity Sales
It was a winner’s market for buyers and sellers at the Preferred Breeders Sale Sessions I and II, on Wednesday and Thursday, December 7 and 8, during the NCHA Futurity Sales in Fort Worth, Tex., where 88 percent of the 349 horses offered sold for $4,324,600. Session II set the standard with an average of $17,290 on 145 horses sold, while Session I set the bar with 90.5 percent sold from 178 through the ring.
The high-seller from both sessions, at $93,000, was Desires Smart Lena, a 2002 mare by Smart Little Lena, who sold on Thursday. Consigned by Old Tascosa and last bred to Dual Rey on May 22, Desires Smart Lena is the dam of Desires Blue Trinity LTE $190,038, as well as three other NCHA earners, for a total of $321,075 in offspring earnings. She was purchased by Dr. Richard Beck, Hemet, Calif.
Desires High Fives at $85,000 was the second-highest seller from both sessions. The 2015 High Brow Cat colt was consigned by Rockin 5 Ranch and purchased by Richard Taggard, Henderson, Nev. His dam, Desire Some Freckles LTE $205,444, has produced earners of $1.2 million, including Thundercat LTE $306,644, a full brother to Desires Some Five. Read more... Results ...
Horizon Yachts Senior Tour continues in 2017
The popular Horizon Yachts NCHA Senior Tour will return in 2017. Launched in 2015, the popular program gives cutters 60 years old and up new opportunities at weekend shows.
“We’re excited to be on board with Horizon Yachts for the third straight year,” said NCHA President Chuck Smith. “The Senior Tour will continue in 2017 in the same format that has been so successful the past two years.”
The Senior Tour competitions are a class-within-a-class offered at any approved NCHA Championship show. Senior World Champions and Top 15 finalists in all eligible classes will be crowned at the World Champions Award Banquet at the 2017 NCHA Futurity.
The Tour is open to any contestant age 60 and older who meets all other NCHA rules regarding their status and membership. Read more ...
NCHA Show Photography RFP
NCHA is soliciting bids for the position and designation as the “Official Photographer of the NCHA Triple Crown and National Championships Events.” Details for the bids are outlined here.
This request for proposal will be open for bids until 12:00 pm, December 15, 2016 and must be submitted to photoRFP@NCHAcutting.com.
NCHA launches Challenger Shows
New format offers fun, affordability
The National Cutting Horse Association has launched the Challenger Series, a new format of Weekend Shows aimed at giving weekend cutters a fun and affordable entryway to the sport. Challenger Shows will complement the existing NCHA Championship Shows, with lower cost and more flexibility for show producers.
"The Challenger Series is a brand new format, building on the foundation of the Grassroots Program," said NCHA President Chuck Smith (pictured). "The Challenger Series will make it easier for show producers and affiliates to create shows tailored to their unique situations.
"It also gives new people and current members who are just cutting for fun a better experience, while being rewarded for their efforts.”
The time-tested features of the traditional Championship Shows will continue, with a few new features.
Beginning with the 2017 point year, an awards and recognition program will be introduced for the new Challenger Shows, but Affiliates and other show producers may begin offering Challenger Shows (with no added money) even during the remainder of the 2016 point year. Added-money Challenger Shows will be allowed starting December 28, with the new point year. Read more...
Stallion subscription, foal nominations coming due
Foal Owners: Remember to send in your registration papers for foals that have already been nominated. (2011-2016 Foaling Years) December 31, 2016, is the deadline to nominate your 2016 foals to the Super Stakes for only $200! Nomination fees paid after the grace period will be subject to penalties. Click here for the foal nomination form.