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John Carmichael tops $35K Non-Pro
John Carmichael of Dallas, Texas, marked 218 to win the $35,000 Non-Pro finals on Catmerize at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships in Denver Wednesday.

Paige Morse of Ogden, Utah took the reserve title with a 217 on Exotic Ride.

Catmerize was bred by Three Trees Ranch by High Brow Cat out of Merada Missy, a full sister to three-time World Champion Meradas Little Sue.

Carmichael, who was also a $35,000 Non-Pro finalist on Nitros Real Deal at this year’s Eastern Nationals, was a $50,000 Amateur finalist on that horse at the Western Nationals. In limited age competition, he’s been an Unlimited Amateur finalist at the NCHA Super Stakes Classic (Miss Metallic Chick) and the Bonanza (Rockin Smart) this spring. Read more...

The NCHA Western National Championships are presented by the legendary 6666 Ranch of Guthrie, Texas. The ranch stands some of the most well-respected Quarter Horse stallions in the industry, with elite broodmares that produce superior individuals for cutting, ranch work and racing.

Dave Behnen, 1942-2016
Longtime NCHA member Dave Behnen, 73, of Weatherford, Texas, passed away May 4. Behnen was an NCHA member for more than 30 years, and served as an NCHA Director for Missouri in 2012-2014.

Behnen was first involved in cutting in 1969 and renewed his commitment to the sport in the early 1980s. He was a great fan of Quixote Mac, and when he was finally able to buy the stallion after a five-year retirement, Behnen celebrated Don Pooley's 2002 World Championship with the horse.

Behnen was an enthusiastic and successful Non-Pro who won The State of Missouri, Ozark Mountain and Solid Gold Futurities back in the early 1990s. He was a Non-Pro finalist multiple times at NCHA Triple Crown events.

Visitation will be Noon to 2 p.m. Monday, May 9 at White's Funeral Home, 130 Houston Ave, in Weatherford, followed by services at 2 pm.

Foal nominations approach deadline
Nominations of 2015 foals for the NCHA Super Stakes Program are closing in on two thousand with just a few days left before the deadline. The grace period for nominating any foals from 2011 through 2015 ends May 11.

“To date, we’ve received 1,956 foal nominations for the 2015 foaling year, so we’re just 44 away from reaching 2,000,” said NCHA Treasurer Angie Highland. “We are currently in the grace period for the rollback deadline. Members have until May 11 to send their nominations to the NCHA Office.”

NCHA names Terry Bassett to key post
The National Cutting Horse Association has named Terry Bassett of Colorado Springs, Colorado, as its Chief Marketing Officer.

In his new role, Bassett will serve as the lead business development officer of the association, developing strategies that will improve NCHA’s bottom line, grow its fan base and add new members and new participants.

Bassett comes to NCHA after five years as Executive Vice President of Sales and Partnership Marketing at Professional Bull Riding, Inc. He helped PBR secure more than $27 million in new sponsorship revenue, and grew its merchandising and licensing business by 84%. Prior to joining PBR, Bassett held senior marketing positions in the auto racing industry, and with the National Footbal League’s Miami Dolphins. Read more...

Request a rule
Do you see a rule that NCHA should change or add to the Official Handbook of Rules & Regulations? You can be a part of the process by completing the Rule Change Proposal Form by May 14. Properly completed forms will be considered by chairs of NCHA's Standing Committees for possible inclusion as an agenda item at the 2016 NCHA Convention. Questions? Email Pam Robison or call (817) 244-6188.

Time to Ride Challenge opens for registration
The Time to Ride Challenge, in its third year in 2016, is now open for registration. Stables, clubs, businesses, and all other horse professionals are welcomed to visit timetoride.com and take the first step towards growing their businesses by introducing new people to horses and expanding the entire industry.

The Challenge will award $100,000 cash and prizes and take place June 1 through September 30. Registration is free and available now at www.timetoride.com.

Since 2014, the Challenge has introduced over 60,000 people to horses through first-time horse experiences with the support and involvement of hundreds of stables, clubs and equine businesses nationwide. “Hosts” plan engaging, hands-on horse events designed to connect families interested in horses to opportunities in their area such as riding lessons, camps, and trail rides. By reaching a new segment of their community, businesses add to their own client base while supporting the entire horse industry.

“It’s critically important to the future of the horse community to focus on welcoming new participants,” stated Patti Colbert, Time to Ride spokesperson. “The Challenge gives rewards and recognition to the hardworking horse professionals who are doing the valuable work of teaching new people the very basics and giving them a path to grow into lifelong equestrians. Without those riding instructors, summer camps, and youth leaders who are teaching kids how to ride, where does our next generation of owners, competitors, and breeders come from?”

This year, cash prizes have been expanded to over $75,000 including new incentives that will pay cash awards to more winners than ever before. For the first time, the first 100 hosts to introduce 100 newcomers to horses will automatically win $100 cash!

NCHA Vice President elections
Statements from the 2016 NCHA Vice President candidates, Ron Pietrafeso and Phil Rapp, are online.

Ballots for the NCHA Vice President election will be mailed to all members on or before April 30, 2016, and votes need to be received by midnight on June 13.

The results will be announced on June 14. The new Vice President will take office during the 2016 NCHA Convention, June 24-26 in Grapevine, Texas. The Vice President will become President-Elect the following year, and will become NCHA President in 2018.

2015 Futurity DVD
The 2015 NCHA World Championship Futurity Open Finals is available to purchase on DVD. Relive the excitement as you watch the RIDE TV broadcast from December 19th, 2015. Purchase DVD.


Sponsors enhance NCHA Triple Crown payouts
The National Cutting Horse Association has welcomed the support of three new purse sponsors at NCHA’s Triple Crown events.

Fults Ranch of Amarillo, Texas, the home of Metallic Cat, will contribute $25,000 to the winner’s paycheck in the 4-year-old Open division of the NCHA Super Stakes this spring. Faith Mountain Ranch will add $25,000 to the winner’s check in the 5/6-year-old Open division of the NCHA Super Stakes Classic. And Circle Y Ranch will add $25,000 to the winner’s check in the 4-year-old Open division of the NCHA Derby, held during the NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular.

The NCHA Super Stakes, which will be held in Fort Worth, Texas March 24-April 16, and the NCHA Derby, scheduled for July in Fort Worth, complete the Triple Crown, which began with last December’s NCHA Futurity. .

Metallic Cat, who won the 2008 NCHA Futurity and was the top money earner of his age group in NCHA Triple Crown events, has already sired earners of nearly $6 million from just three crops to compete. His offspring include Stevie Rey Von, winner of the 2015 NCHA Futurity. MetallicCat.com

Faith Mountain Ranch is a spiritual retreat based in Boerne, in the scenic Texas Hill Country.

Circle Y Ranch of Millsap, Texas, is the home of NCHA Hall of Fame Horse and $2 million sire Im Countin Checks. Circle Y is also renowned for their elite band of broodmares, with produce earnings of more than $6 million. CircleYQuarterHorses.com.

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Payout Task Force Recommendations
As we've informed you throughout the past several weeks, a payout task force reviewed and took a holistic approach to purse distribution and calculations at NCHA's Triple Crown events with the following primary objectives in mind:

  • Create simple, clear and consistent rules for NCHA events to increase understanding and transparency to payouts and awards.
  • Eliminate Guaranteed Payouts to manage financial risk more effectively.
  • Retain philosophy to pay competitors as strong and as deep as practical especially in the Non Pro and amateur classes.
  • Keep NCHA events as the best value cutting in the industry based on entry fee vs. payout potential.

That task force included representatives from multiple segments of the industry and those recommendations were submitted to and passed by the Executive Committee to improve the payout distribution, starting at the 2016 Lucas Oil/NCHA Super Stakes.

You can click here to view the revised guidelines that will govern payouts at the Triple Crown events at this year's Lucas Oil Super Stakes, along with the estimates of the open and non-pro in the 4-year-old classes and 5/6-year-old classes at the Lucas Oil Super Stakes. THESE ARE ESTIMATES ONLY based on last year's entries, so actual payouts will be determined by entries in each class.

With this change, the grace period for the first payment of the Lucas Oil Super Stakes will be extended to Monday, February 1. Entries MUST BE postmarked by this date to not pay the penalty. If you have any questions, please contact the show department by calling (817) 244-6188.

Earnings Level Update Opportunity
NCHA is excited to announce that you can now upgrade your Achievement Award Buckles to cherish every earnings milestone. Click on the photo to find out more information on the new "Earnings Level Update Opportunity," as well as pick out some beautiful accessories to accommodate your new buckle!

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