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Doug Pritchett takes Unltd Amateur Derby
Doug Pritchett of Quinlan, Texas, and Dual Glen Rey 012 marked 219.5 to win the Rios of Mercedes Unlimited Amateur Derby, presented by Bar RR Ranches Wednesday at the NCHA Summer Spectacular, presented by Great American Insurance.

Pritchett rode Dual Glen Rey 012, a Dual Rey x Stylish Amanda mare bred by James Eakin. Stylish Amanda earned more than $100,000 and now has offspring earnings of more than $400,000.

Pritchett, who has won Limited Non-Pro senior championships at the NCHA Futurity and Derby in recent years, was scoring his first finals win in Will Rogers Coliseum. He took home more than $8,200, including $2,500 from Bar RR Ranches. Read more...

Amateur Classic Challenge to Zach Bahm
Zachary Bahm, 27, of Stillwater, Oklahoma, marked 218.5 to win the Rios of Mercedes Amateur Classic Challenge, presented by Bar RR Ranches Wednesday at the NCHA Summer Spectacular, presented by Great American Insurance.

Sadye Simpson of Nemo, Texas, and Colton Smith of Geary, Oklahoma, shared the reserve championship at 217.

Bahm rode Metallic N Blu, a 5-year-old Metallic Cat x Haidas Little Lass mare bred by Donald and Jane Wolf. Bahm had placed in the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Amateur and Unlimited Amateur, and the Arbuckle Mountain Unlimited Amateur earlier this year. Read more...

John Hulsey smokes Amateur Derby
John Hulsey, 63, and R Smokin Cat marked 219 for a five-point win in the Rios of Mercedes Amateur Derby presented by Bar RR Ranches Wednesday at the NCHA Summer Spectacular, presented by Great American Insurance.

Robert Thigpen Jr. took the reserve championship with a 214 on Barbies Blue Cat.

Hulsey, an auto parts dealer from Gainesville, Georgia, bred R Smokin Cat by Dual R Smokin out of Playgirls Cat, a High Brow Cat mare that has produced three NCHA money earners. Read more...

Calgary to the Max
This Cats Max and Travis Rempel marked 225 to win the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the Calgary Stampede on July 13. Carol Ward won her third Non-Pro Mercuria at Calgary, setting a record.

This Cats Max is bred and owned by by Doug Wiens of Lindell Beach, British Columbia. The 7-year-old is by WR This Cats Smart out of PF Docs Med, by Peppys Formula. Dustin Gonnet won the Calgary Derby and Silver Slate Futurity with the gelding. His latest win takes him over the $100,000 mark in career earnings.

Carol Ward became the first Non-Pro to win three championships at one location in the Mercuria NCHA World Series. She marked 221 on Spooked By A Cat to earn $10,936. She had previously won at Calgary in 2011 and 2012 riding Lil Dulce Lu.

Spooked By A Cat is a 10-year-old gelding bred by Jeff Barnes by Cat Ichi out of $1.3 million producer San Starlight. Read more...

Stallion subscription, foal nominations coming due
Stallion Owners: October 1, 2016, is the deadline to subscribe your stallion for the 2017 Breeding Season for only $2,600! Subscription fees paid after the end of the grace period will be subject to penalties. Click here for the stallion subscription form.

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.

Click here for a listing of current subscribed stallions or nominated foals. Read more...

The 2016-2017 NCHA Executive Committee

With its roots in the history of the West, the National Cutting Horse Association had its eyes on the future as the association concluded its annual convention in Grapevine, Texas on June 26.

“We need to preserve our Western heritage in these changing times,” said incoming NCHA President Chuck Smith of Canal Winchester, Ohio. “At the same time, we’re in a changing world, with increasing technology and faster communications. We should embrace that technology and use it to help us show the rest of the country and the rest of the world what the cutting horse is all about.”

At the convention, Smith took the gavel from retiring President Jo Ellard of Dallas, Texas. Other incoming officers are President Elect Lewis Wray of Russellville, Arkansas; and Vice President Phil Rapp of Weatherford, Texas. Read more...

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NCHA seeking Content and Communications Manager
The National Cutting Horse Association has an opening for a Content and Communications Manager who will be responsible for maintaining consistency of external communication and content through all distribution channels as well as updating and creating content on NCHA's new website. Read more...

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!

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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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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