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NCHA Futurity update
One Time Choice, the mare that will officially become the 2013 NCHA World Champion tomorrow, marked 228 to win the third round of the Mercuria NCHA Open World Finals in the Watt Arena last night.
Chubby Turner, who at 65 is the oldest rider to win an Open World Championship, had the crowd roaring as One Time Choice put a score on the board that was six points higher than her nearest rival.
Turner trains One Time Choice for the Jaeggi family’s J Five Horse Ranch of Weatherford, Texas. The 6-year-old mare, bred by Walt and Lou Ann Burdette, is by One Time Pepto and is the first NCHA money earner for her dam, Hickory Choice, by SR Instant Choice. Read more in the all new online Daily Chatter . . .
NCHA Futurity/Mercuria World Finals webcast update
After receiving multiple questions and concerns about the 2013 NCHA Futurity and Mercuria World Finals webcasts, NCHA leadership voted to move up the viewing time for members and fans to view the webcasts.
While there remains a responsibility to the sponsors and vendors who are financially supporting the show, along with meeting the requirements of the State of Texas through the Texas Major Events Trust Fund, the NCHA Executive Committee is also responsive to the members and fans who simply cannot make the trip to Fort Worth.
In response to members’ requests, the World Finals go-rounds will be available at 10 a.m. the following day (ie. the Nov. 29 go-round will be available to view at 10 a.m. Nov. 30) and will remain available for members to watch at their convenience.
In addition, the open and non-pro semifinals and amateur/non-pro finals will be made available for viewing on Sunday, Dec. 15. As a reminder, the NCHA Futurity Open finals (and segments from many other parts of the show) will air at 2 p.m. EST Dec. 21 and again at 7:30 p.m. EST Dec. 23 on RFD-TV. Read more . . .
Special activities at the Futurity
NCHA Then & Now – The history and development of the modern-day NCHA Judging System
Spend the evening with legendary horsemen, including Buster Welch, on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 6:00pm in the Round Up Inn, and watch how the sport of cutting has evolved over the decades. A cocktail reception with cash bar and free hors d’oeuvres will accompany a Q&A moderated by Bill Riddle. This is a free event sponsored by NCHA.
Tribute to High Brow Cat
It’s a name synonymous with success in the cutting pen, but many have not had the chance to meet this legendary stallion in person. On Dec.13, NCHA will pay tribute to cutting’s all-time leading sire, High Brow Cat, as he makes a special appearance in the coliseum.
As always, Cowboy Santa will be available in the Best of the West Tradeshow for photos, but this year he’s bringing something extra to the event. On designated days, Cowboy Santa will have toys available for kids, courtesy of the Happy Toy Maker.
The Best of the West Tradeshow will host several live bands, courtesy of Western Bloodstock, on the lifestyle stage throughout the Futurity. Scheduled musicians include Randy Brown, Jason Cassidy and more. Check the main show schedule for full details.
For information on these and other events taking place during the 2013 NCHA World Championship Futurity, visit nchashows.com.
On-site tickets sales for the Futurity will be available through the NCHA Member and Guest Relations Center at the Best of the West Trade Show only, while general admission will be available at the door. For the World Finals, on-site tickets will be available at the NCHA Member and Guest Relations Center and at the box office at Watt Arena on the days of the Non-Pro and Open Finals: November 29-30 and December 5 & 7.
Reminders on NCHA Medication Policy
NCHA’s Medication Policy contained in the NCHA Handbook of Rules and Regulations is designed, first and foremost, to protect the welfare of the horses competing while also protecting the integrity of the competition. As a reminder to all exhibitors, horses competing at the 2013 NCHA World Championship Futurity will be randomly selected for drug testing. In addition, the winner of each class will be tested in accordance with NCHA Policies.
In response to recent public statements regarding the use of Firocoxib (Equioxx) as a therapeutic agent, the NCHA would like to bring the following to your attention:
- Firocoxib is a therapeutic medication that is approved for use as a NSAID under the permitted medication section of the NCHA medication rules.
- Recent research that is published in the Equine Veterinary Journal (EVJ) shows that multiple day therapeutic doses used at recommended dosages prior to competition will likely not exceed the established maximum threshold concentration (240 ng/ml) published in the NCHA rules. NCHA Guidelines provide that the last therapeutic dose can be given 6 hours or longer prior to competition. Please remember that these are guidelines only. It is considered a violation of the Medication Rules if a test result shows the presence of a forbidden substance, permitted medications in levels that exceed the amounts allowed in the NCHA Rules and Guidelines or the presence of more than one non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) listed in NCHA’s Rules and Guidelines. Please consult the NCHA Handbook of Rules and Regulations prior to administering any medications for the complete rules governing use of medications or ban of prohibited substances.
- If a different NSAID is going to be used for competition, Firocoxib should be discontinued 7 days prior to the use of the second NSAID to minimize the chances of incurring discipline associated with the presence of more than one NSAID in the horse’s system.
Questions about the NCHA Medication Policy can be directed to Julie Davis at the NCHA office.