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NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular
Wednesday, July 23, 2014, Will Rogers Coliseum: One day, four finals, 123 finalists, 12 hours of competition. NCHA Derby Amateur champion Blakley Colgrove, 12, and her sister Madalyn, 14, NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur champion, were among many amateur riders who qualified for two or more Rios of Mercedes Summer Spectacular Amateur finals on Wednesday.
Pictured are champions Taylor Carbo, Blakley Colgrove, John Brengard and Madalyn Colgrove. Read more in the Daily Chatter . . .
Cutting Gains Recognition on CBS This Morning
The National Cowgirl Hall of Fame hosted its annual Cowgirl U at the Paws Up Resort in Montana back in April and welcomed a group of women that were eager to celebrate the not only the west, but women of the west. Lindy Burch was among the honorees in attendance as well as five-time World Champion bron rider Jan Youren. The NCHA is well-represented by Burch, who was the first woman to ever win the NCHA Open Futurity on Ms Royal Mahogony. She also became the first woman to win the NCHA Open World Championship in 2000 when she rode Bet Yer Blue Boons to the claim the title.
Cowgirl U: Preserving spirit of women in Old West
World champs star at Calgary
Reigning NCHA Open World Champion One Time Choice and Non-Pro World Champion Mary Jo Milner dominated their respective divisions of the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the Calgary Stampede on Wednesday, July 9. One Time Choice, ridden by Chubby Turner for the Jaeggi Family’s J Five Horse Ranch Mgmt, marked 226 as the last contestant in the Open finals. Her $8,900 paycheck took the late-blooming mare’s career earnings over $212,000.
Mary Jo Milner, who claimed her eighth World Championship in 2013, marked 219 on Smooth Asa Zee to win by three points over David Anderson on CD Peptofilly.
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Parking Changes for the Great American Insurance NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular
Due to the construction occurring at the Will Rogers Memorial Complex, along with changes in the way that Standard Parking is managing the parking at the complex, exhibitors and spectators will experience some changes at this year's Great American Insurance Summer Spectacular.
Standard Parking has implemented the automatic ticketing system that has been used at other equine events for the past several years. For those parking less than two hours on the complex, the total cost will actually be less than the flat $5 fee that was charged in the past.
Exhibitors, spectators and vendors who will be attending the show multiple days can still purchase a multi-day pass that will allow them access through any of the automated gates for $5/day.
To purchase a pass, if you enter the complex through any of the automatic gates, pull a ticket and take it to the Standard Parking Office on the west side of the John Justin Arena. NCHA has worked with the City of Fort Worth to keep Gate 42 off Trail Drive open and manned from 6 a.m. until midnight each day for the convenience of those entering with trailers to unload or hauling in for the day. Anyone who arrives between midnight and 6 a.m. can enter the Burnett/Tandy entrance, pull a ticket, and purchase a pass the next day at the Standard Parking office.
NCHA will continue to work with the City of Fort Worth and Standard Parking to find ways to make this change convenient for exhibitors.
Standing Committee Recommendations from 2014 NCHA Convention
The NCHA Standing Committees met during the 2014 NCHA Convention June 20-22 at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. The committees are tasked with making recommendations to the NCHA Board of Directors and Executive Committee regarding the Association's rules and policies and reviewing agenda items and rule recommendations submitted by NCHA members.
Each committee reviewed agenda items through an open portion of the meeting where any Convention attendee could comment on or ask questions about a particular agenda item. During the closed portion of the meeting, only committee members may comment on an item and vote.
Committee recommendations were presented to the board of directors and general membership meetings June 22. The recommendations were forwarded to the NCHA Executive Committee for consideration and approval in August.
To review each Committee's recommendations, please click here.
Vesicular stomatitis detected in Texas
Five horses with vesicular stomatitis have been detected in far southwest Texas, and cutters should be aware of the resulting travel restrictions and veterinary precautions. The USDA Animal and Plant Inspection Service confirmed the infection of the five horses.
VS can cause blisters and sores in the mouth and on the tongue, muzzle, teats or hooves of horses, cattle, swine, sheep, goats, llamas and a number of other animals. Lesions usually will heal in two or three weeks. Because of the contagious nature of VS and its resemblance to other diseases such as foot and mouth disease (FMD), animal health officials urge livestock owners and caretakers to report these symptoms to their veterinarian immediately. Most animals recover well with supportive care by a veterinarian, but some lesions can be painful.
The Texas Animal Health Commission updates advisories about travel restrictions to other states, but advises that you contact the state of destination for the latest information. At the time of this posting, California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Vermont, Canada, and the European Union were listed on the TAHC website. This list is subject to change.
Take special note of the Calgary Stampede’s website for updates regarding the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting.
CuttingHorseTrainingOnline.com Becomes Official NCHA Educational Partner
CuttingHorseTrainingOnline.com, the leading sport online training resource, has joined the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) corporate partner group as an official NCHA Educational Partner.
"Cutting Horse Training Online has developed a valuable library of training and sport knowledge for almost any cutter," said NCHA Executive Director Jim Bret Campbell. "Coupled with NCHA's Cutting Horse Academy program, Cutting Horse Training Online allows NCHA to provide an even broader educational avenue for those interested in learning more about the sport or improving their skills." Read more . . .