New stall contact for NCHA Futurity:
Keith Clearman (325) 518-8693
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Scott Weems services
NCHA member Scott Weems, DVM, died peacefully in his home, surrounded by his wife and children on Oct 14, at the age of 59. Scott first began practicing veterinary medicine in Las Vegas, NM. Moving on to Colorado and eventually opening Weems & Stephens Equine Hospital in 1984 in Aubrey, Texas.
Scott Weems, DVM Equine Medicine and Surgery began offering ambulatory service through central Oregon in the spring 2007. The practice quickly grew into Sisters Equine.
A Celebration of Life is scheduled at 2 pm on October 30 at Shiloh Ranch Cowboy Church, 15699 SW Bussett Rd., Powell Butte, OR 97753. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Shiloh Ranch Cowboy Church/10:17 Cattle Project-Scott Weems. P.O. Box 177, Powell Butte, OR 97753.
Condolences can be sent to: Weems Family, P.O. Box 1992, Sisters, OR 97759.
Reyzin gets the vote at Congress
Phil Rapp and Reyzin marked 226 to win the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting Open finals at the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio on October 13.
Kaitlyn Wimberly of Millsap, Texas, padded her lead in the NCHA Non-Pro World Standings with a 227-point win in the Mercuria Non-Pro finals on Light N Lily.
Reyzin, owned by Gale Force Quarter Horses of Conway, South Carolina, marked 222 in the go-round to qualify sixth in the seven-horse field. Her 226 in the finals gave her a three-point margin over R.L. Chartier on Gary and Karen Fields’ A Little Bossy. Read more...
Message from NCHA President Chuck Smith
There appears to be some confusion concerning the action taken by the Executive Committee at its August 22, 2016 meeting to adopt a recommendation from the Non-Pro/Amateur Review Committee relating to the modification of the existing amateur exception rules effective in the 2017 point year. I am sending this correspondence to all directors in order to clarify any confusion that may exist.
The Amateur 10yr/$15,000 Exception Rule, which is currently in the Rule Book, allows past trainers who have trained astride in other equine disciplines to return to the Amateur division if certain requirements are met. That exception was recommended in 2009 as part of the Non Pro Amateur Task Force Proposal, was vetted by the Amateur Committee, was recommended to the Executive Committee by majority vote by the Amateur Committee and has been in the Rule Book since 2010 (See page 152 of the NCHA Rule Book).
The most recent recommendation from the Non Pro Amateur Review Committee that was considered and approved by the Executive Committee in its August 22, 2016 meeting was simply a modification of the time and monetary limits contained in the current exception rule. The adopted modification is applicable to the potential conversion to amateur status of a former trainer who trained astride in another equine discipline and to the potential conversion from non pro to amateur status for former trainer’s families. Neither the existing exception rule, nor the adopted modification to the exception rule, allow any former cutting horse trainer or assistant cutting horse trainer to qualify for Amateur status under any circumstances. The Executive Committee strongly endorsed these changes and these changes currently stand as approved.
The motion as approved by the Executive Committee was as follows: Read more...
NCHA launches Challenger Shows
New format offers fun, affordability
The National Cutting Horse Association has launched the Challenger Series, a new format of Weekend Shows aimed at giving weekend cutters a fun and affordable entryway to the sport. Challenger Shows will complement the existing NCHA Championship Shows, with lower cost and more flexibility for show producers.
"The Challenger Series is a brand new format, building on the foundation of the Grassroots Program," said NCHA President Chuck Smith (pictured). "The Challenger Series will make it easier for show producers and affiliates to create shows tailored to their unique situations.
"It also gives new people and current members who are just cutting for fun a better experience, while being rewarded for their efforts.”
The time-tested features of the traditional Championship Shows will continue, with a few new features.
Beginning with the 2017 point year, an awards and recognition program will be introduced for the new Challenger Shows, but Affiliates and other show producers may begin offering Challenger Shows (with no added money) even during the remainder of the 2016 point year. Added-money Challenger Shows will be allowed starting December 28, with the new point year. Read more...
Stallion subscription, foal nominations coming due
Foal Owners: Remember to send in your registration papers for foals that have already been nominated. (2011-2016 Foaling Years) December 31, 2016, is the deadline to nominate your 2016 foals to the Super Stakes for only $200! Nomination fees paid after the grace period will be subject to penalties. Click here for the foal nomination form.