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GLORY ANN KURTZ RESIGNS HER NCHA MEMBERSHIP, WITHDRAWS HER REQUESTS TO REVIEW NCHA BOOKS AND RECORDS AND REQUESTS THAT THE NCHA DISMISS LAWSUIT
As you will recall, the NCHA recently sought direction from the Court in connection with several requests made by Glory Ann Kurtz to review certain books and records of the NCHA containing information treated as confidential under NCHA policies and agreements. The NCHA requested the Court to enter a protective order concerning the confidential information before the information was made available for inspection and copying by Ms. Kurtz.
On June 15, 2013, the NCHA received a certified letter from Ms. Kurtz stating that she is withdrawing all of her requests to review NCHA books and records, is resigning her membership in the NCHA effective immediately and is requesting that the NCHA dismiss its lawsuit. Click here to view a copy of Ms. Kurtz's letter and click here to view the NCHA's response.
As a result of these developments, the NCHA will inform the Court that it no longer needs guidance from the Court concerning the requests made by Ms. Kurtz.
Jo Ellard elected NCHA Vice President
Ballots were tabulated today in the election for NCHA Vice President. A total of 2,585 ballots were tabulated under the direction of the accounting firm Whitley Penn LLP.
Results of the election had Jo Ellard of Dallas, Texas receiving a total of 1,890 votes and Monty Johnson of Amarillo, Texas receiving 695 votes. Ellard will assume her duties as Vice President at the general membership meeting on June 23, 2013 during the NCHA Convention at the Omni in Fort Worth, Texas.
New ownership for Western Bloodstock
Western Bloodstock, for over 20 years the premier sale company for the cutting horse industry, has been sold by Ben Emison and Milt Bradford to Jeremy and Candace Barwick of Stephenville, Tex.
"I could not be happier," said Emison, 75, a licensed auctioner with over 40 years experience in the cutting horse business.
"Milt and I are still going to be on the Western Bloodstock team. Don't look for any changes, except for having a young guy with a lot of bright ideas to move things forward.
"Jeremy knows as much as I do about the horse industry," added Emison, who first met Barwick at a Silverbrook Ranch Sale in the late nineties, when Barwick was a teenager, and has known Candace and her family for 30 years. Read more ...
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PRESS RELEASE--SATURDAY, MAY 25, 2013 3:25 P.M.
The House of Representatives and The Senate discharged members of the Conference Committee on S.B. 1678--the Major Events Trust Fund and Events Trust Fund legislation--without adjusting the differences between the Senate version and the House version. The Senate then concurred in the House of Representatives version. That has the effect of finally passing the bill. Accordingly, S.B. 1678 is now on its way to the Governor's Office where presumably, he will sign it into law.
The bill in its current version includes changes to the current law that are supported by NCHA, the Comptroller, the applicants to the State (cities and counties) and event promoters.
The main changes to the statute that are included in S.B 1678 include:
1. Cap on small events and conference events. The finally passed version authorizes a county or city to submit no more than 10 applications which generate under $200K in tax implications for ETF assistance during a 12 month period and a MAXIMUM of only 3 of the 10 events can be non-sporting events (i.e. - conferences).
2. Multi-year contracts. The bill clarifies that a multi-year events (with multi year contracts) are eligible for funding and will ease the “competitive bid process for site location” in the out years of a multi-year contract.
3. Capital Improvements Cap. Capital improvements at a non-public facility are limited to 5% of the cost of the improvement if the improvement derives most of its value in subsequent uses. The bill also prohibits using money from the fund to construct an arena or conduct usual and customary maintenance of a facility.
4. Model contract. The comptroller may adopt and publish a model contract (this is important because many cities have seen their application disqualified due to non-conforming contracts).
5. Contingency Clauses. The bill clarifies that a city can execute an agreement with a contingency clause without the state disqualifying the application
6. "Clawbacks". The bill authorizes the comptroller to conduct a before and after comparison of the attendance numbers and reduce the amount disbursed to a city proportionately if the attendance is “significantly lower”.
NCHA was involved in every detail and aspect of the passage of this legislation. NCHA was able to rely upon the very credible good will of NCHA members, which we have all invested in creating over the last few years through the Political Action Committee, to insure the continuation of the Major Events Trust Fund and the participation of the NCHA in that fund. Many Senators and House members were constructive in the process which ultimately produced this legislative product. The legislation contains a number of elements which will improve the participation in the METF for the Association and its partner--the City of Ft. Worth. We look forward to working with the Comptroller's Office to make the program as efficient and productive as possible.
Jemison Enterprises Joins NCHA as Official Chap Maker
Jemison Enterprises, owned by Joey and Connie Jemison of Weatherford, Tex., has been named the official chap maker of the National Cutting Horse Association and is a new addition to the NCHA line-up of corporate partners.
“The quality and craftsmanship of Jemison chaps is virtually unequaled,” said NCHA President Ernie Beutenmiller, Jr. “Joey Jemison’s work is done completely by hand and his chaps are of recognizable styling that any cutter would be proud to wear." Read more.
Jim Bret Campbell Selected as National Cutting Horse Association Executive Director
The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA), the world governing body for the sport of cutting, has selected Jim Bret Campbell to serve as its Executive Director beginning June 10.
Jim Bret Campbell brings over 15 years of experience in association management and marketing to the NCHA having served most recently as the Director of Communications and Member Relations for the Texas Cattle Feeders Association in Amarillo and previously as the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications at the 285,000-member American Quarter Horse Association, where his responsibilities included overseeing the production of the association’s two major publications and their online counterparts. He is also credited with leading the development of several programs including the Ranching Heritage Breeders and Ranching Heritage Challenge. Read more
USDA Institutes New Animal Disease Traceability Program, Applies to All Livestock Moving Interstate Including Horses
The new rules will be effective March 11, 2013. Additional Information.
2013 Point Year
Following a recommendation from the Open Show Committee to adjust the end of the point year to allow time to prepare for the NCHA World Finals, the Executive Committee approved the point year to end on November 10, 2013. The Open Show Committee will review this item again at the Convention in June. Read more . . .
NYCHA Trainer Auction – "Buy Now" Option
So you say you missed your opportunity to bid on some of the industry's Top trainers at a great price? It’s not too late! To find out which trainers are available for “buy now,” contact NCHA Youth Coordinator, Dayna Smith at 817-244-6188. For a complete list of all trainers who donated visit nychatrainerauction.com. All proceeds from the auction directly benefit the NYCHA.
For 2012 foals, the stallion does not need to be subscribed in order for the foal to be nominated. The foal nomination form can be found on the NCHA web site.