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Legacy Series to feature Buster Welch
Five-time NCHA Futurity champion Buster Welch will return to Will Rogers Coliseum at 10 a.m. on Friday, October 16 as NCHA kicks off its Legacy Series benefiting the National Cutting Horse Association Foundation.
Red Steagall will guide the audience through the history of the horses, people and wonderful stories that have shaped the National Cutting Horse Association. Buster Welch will be joined by special guests Bob Byrd, Billy Rank Cogdell, Tom Lyons, Lex Graham, Dick Gaines, Terry Riddle, Dennis Funderburgh, Jon Means and Sam Wilson.
A champagne reception will follow the presentation. For more information, or to RSVP, contact Rebecca Brian.
Congress hosts Mercuria World Series event
World Champions and champion contenders have converged on the All American Quarter Horse Congress this week for the final event in this year’s Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting.
Twenty-seven Open horses will go in Wednesday’s first round of the Open, with 31 Non-Pros riding Thursday morning to qualify for Thursday evening’s finals.
In the Open, all eyes will be on Matt Gaines riding Barker Ranch’s Special Nu Baby. The mare has built up a big lead in the 2015 World Standings, and she has won the last three Mercuria World Series finals in a row.
Challenging her will be two-time World Champion One Time Choice, ridden by Chubby Turner for J Five Ranch; World Champion Stallion Auspicious Cat, ridden by Ed Dufurrena for Dos Cats Partners; World Champion Stallion Mississippi Cat, ridden by Josh Dozier for Vick Etheridge. Former World Champions Kobie Wood, Austin Shepard and Lindy Burch will also be in the hunt.
In the Non-Pro division, World Champions Mary Jo Milner, Joe Howard Williamson, Stephanie Haymes, Brandon Dufurrena, Constance Jaeggi and Paula Wood will be in the spotlight, along with Hall of Famers Kelsey Conn and Alexis Stephas.
Watch the webcast Wednesday and Thursday.
Record $3.2 Million for Walton Dispersal
by Sally Harrison
It was the end of an era and the beginning of a new one, when the final hammer fell on Tuesday, September 22, for Alice Walton's Rocking W Ranch Absolute Dispersal, produced by Western Bloodstock Ltd. at Rocking W Ranch in Millsap, Texas. Eighty-nine horses and embryos, the culmination of five decades of Walton's selective breeding, sold for $3,230,500, with an average of $36,298. Seven horses sold for $100,000 or more; five brought $200,000 or more.
"We knew it was going to be a great sale," said Jeremy Barwick, owner of Western Bloodstock Ltd. "But it was truly phenomenal."
The sale topper, Boon San, a leading sire in 2014, sold to Robert Patton Jr. for $500,000. Sired by High Brow Cat and out of NCHA Horse of the Year Boon San Kitty, the 12-year-old stallion was one of 11 horses purchased by Patton, including the sale's second-highest seller at $410,000, 5-year-old Boon San Baby LTE $197,332, with her 2016 embryo by The Boon. Read more...
Major League Baseball owner Bobby Patton scores with Boon San
by Sally Harrison
The showcase Parker County, Texas horse ranch Bobby Patton had just purchased was an investment. Looking ahead, Patton envisioned keeping a few barrel racing horses there for his daughter Rachel, 15, who rides barrels and shows steers in 4-H competition. Then a friend casually mentioned Wal-Mart heiress Alice Walton's upcoming cutting horse dispersal sale, just days away, on September 22, at Walton's Parker County ranch.
"None of this was really pursuant to a grand plan," said Patton, 52, a Fort Worth businessman, investor, and co-owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who found himself the owner of 11 blue-blooded cutting horses at the tune of $1.8 million, at the conclusion of Walton's Rocking W Ranch dispersal.
"I didn't know anything about cutting horses, but it got me to thinking and one thing led to another. I looked at it as a business, and thought if these people (who work for Rocking W Ranch) are going to be out of a job, I'll take a leap of faith that Alice Walton hires good people and hire them for my ranch. Then we'll have good people and a good facility, possibly two of the hardest things to find. And that's when I approached Jesse (Lennox, Rocking W's resident trainer). Read more...
Inside the Judges Stand:Reworks
In the eighth episode of this popular series, NCHA Director of Judges Russell McCord looks at reworks.
NCHA European Championship slated for 2015
The first NCHA European Championship will take place during Equita Lyon Oct. 28 – Nov. 1, 2015. A cumulative score between two go-rounds will crown the Champions of the much-anticipated event.
Divisions will include Open, Non-Pro, $15,000 Amateur and Youth. Riders will qualify by competing in NCHA-approved shows or NCHA-approved Grass Roots Cuttings. The top 25 riders plus ties with the most points on Sept. 30, 2015 will be qualified for the NCHA European Championship.
“This event was created to give European show producers incentive to organize approved shows and to encourage riders to compete,” said European secretary Peggy Parage. “Right now show producers are more interested in organizing approved events because they want to give riders the opportunity to get points for the European Championship. And second the riders want to invest more time and money to compete in approved shows because they want to ride for those points and try to qualify for the European Championship. So we hope that the sport of cutting will get more popular in Europe and that the cutting industry will grow again.”
For more information on the 2015 NCHA European Championship, visit www.nchaeurope.com
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.