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NCHA Super Stakes
Boonbay Cat and Brad Mitchell, second to work in the 21-horse Super Stakes Gelding Finals Tuesday, took the lead with 219 points and never looked back. One Time Smarty and Gary Gonsalves, who had drawn first and scored 216 points, claimed the reserve championship title.
“It was actually easier going early,” said Mitchell, who had drawn last to work in the last set, on the last day of the second go-round. “I had a little trouble getting my first cow cut, but my second cow was a good one and the horse is really cowy and a good athlete.” Read more . . .
The National Cutting Horse Association hosts the second jewel of its “Triple Crown” through April 19 in the NCHA Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic in Fort Worth, Texas, at the Will Rogers Memorial Center.
This year, NCHA is excited to announce the number of entries has surpassed that of the 2013 NCHA Super Stakes, proving that cutting is alive and well worldwide.
“As the second jewel of the NCHA Triple Crown, the NCHA Super Stakes highlights the best horses of the world and continues the journey they started at the Futurity,” said Jim Bret Campbell, NCHA Executive Director. “Last December, we saw one of the deepest sets of 3-year-olds ever, so I know we can look forward to a great cutting in the city of Cowboys and Culture.” Read More . . .
Make your Convention reservations now
Make your plans to attend the 2014 NCHA Convention in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah. The dates are June 20 – 22 at the Little America Hotel. You may make your hotel reservations on-line or by calling 1-800-437-5288 and identifying yourself as attending the NCHA Convention. You can find more information on the beautiful hotel here. Make your hotel reservations before May 29 to ensure getting the lower NCHA rate.
You can register for the Convention by downloading the form or by contacting Pam Robison (email) in the NCHA offices. Please make sure your registration reaches the NCHA office before June 16 to pay the lower fee of $100. After that date, and for on-site, registration will be $125.
Be sure and arrive in time to participate in a bus tour to beautiful Park City and Olympic Park on Thursday, June 19. Adventuresome souls will be able to ride the bobsled reaching speeds of over 70 mph and experience 4 Gs of force. Read more . . .
Register now for the convention!
Time to Ride "100 Day Horse Challenge" to launch June 1
Time to Ride, an initiative of the American Horse Council, today announced an aggressive grassroots effort designed to engage 100,000 new people with horses in a 100-day period.
The “100 Day Horse Challenge” is a nationwide campaign that will expose at least 100,000 new people to horse activities while providing $100,000 in cash and prizes to participating stables, organizations and businesses. The program will enlist 1,000 stables, horse clubs, venues, organizations, or individuals to register as an official Time to Ride “Host” and compete in the 100 Day Horse Challenge, which kicks off June 1. Participating hosts will be divided into small, medium, and large divisions by size, and challenged to provide an interactive horse experience to as many new participants as possible. Entry-level activities may include riding, grooming, learning about horsemanship, and more.
“This program incentivizes the segment of our industry that can truly open the doors to a first-ever horse experience for thousands of people,” explained Patti Colbert, a Time to Ride spokesperson. “It will also educate our hosts on some best practices in growing their businesses.”
Individual cash prizes up to $25,000 as well as stable equipment, feed, veterinary supplies, and more will be awarded to the hosts that garner the greatest number of new, verified horse enthusiasts. Read more . . .
AQHA/NCHA Weekend Locations Announced!
NCHA, along with the American Quarter Horse Association, is pleased to announce the 2014 AQHA/NCHA Cutting Weekend locations that will host three days of fun-filled cutting action for weekend cutters.
The shows kick off May 30 and run through June 1 at 25 select locations across the United States and Canada. AQHA/NCHA weekend historically hosts the largest weekend competitions of the year with many locations offering live music, cookouts and more family-oriented activities as well as increased payouts. As an added bonus, AQHA/NCHA Weekend cutters have the chance to qualify for the AQHA World Championship Show, which annually provides a tremendous value opportunity for cutters with great purses and a run at a coveted world championship trophy.
"AQHA/NCHA Weekend is one of the most important events of the year because it highlights weekend cutters," NCHA Executive Director Jim Bret Campbell said. "As always, we are excited to partner with AQHA on what we know will be a successful weekend of great cutting competitions across the nation. We look forward to cheering those qualifying competitors on at the 2014 AQHA World Show." Read more . . .