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Slot Cutting offers big bucks to cutters
NCHA, in partnership with Western Bloodstock, Ltd., has announced The Showdown in Cowtown, two new slot cuttings that will run in conjunction with the 2015 Great American Insurance NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular and the 2015 NCHA World Championship Futurity. These events will offer riders in three divisions - Open, Non-Pro and Amateur - a shot at cashing in on what could be the biggest paychecks of their cutting careers.

The first Slot Cutting will be open to horses ages 4 to 6 that are entered in the 2015 NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular. The second Slot Cutting during the NCHA Futurity will be open to any horse age 4 and up. Based on selling 100 slots in each division, the Open Champions will receive $100,000, the Non-Pro Champions $60,000 and the Amateur Champions $30,000 in each Slot Cutting.

There will be only 100 slots sold in each division. Each division will consist of one go-round and a 20-horse finals. All 20 places in each division will be paid with 20th place receiving twice the cost of the slot fee. In the event of a tie, there will be a work-off to determine a champion. The go-round for the Summer slot cutting will be at the Silverado Arena, Weatherford, Texas, July 9-10, with the finals to take place at the Will Rogers Memorial Center (dates to be announced). December’s slot cutting will be held at the Will Rogers Memorial Center (dates to be announced). Read more . . .

Lizzys Gotta Player – 1995 to 2015
Lizzys Gotta Player, 2004 NCHA World Champion Stallion and sire of 61 NCHA money earners with $2 million and an average of $31,771, died May 12, following colic surgery. He was owned all of his life by Drummond Land & Cattle Company and buried on the Drummond Ranch near Pawhuska, Okla.

Bred by Oxbow Ranch and sired by Freckles Playboy, Lizzys Gotta Player was a full brother-in-blood to the noteworthy sire and dam's sire Freckles Merada, whose offspring included Meradas Little Sue $670,098, at one time the sport's all-time leading female money earner. Read more . . .

Travel restrictions due to VS
Travel restrictions introduced following recent outbreaks of Vesicular stomatitis in several states may affect cutters planning on attending some shows. Check the travel requirements of your state or country of destination before transporting livestock.

“Some states and other countries may restrict movement of, or impose additional requirements for susceptible species moving from states with active cases of VS,” says the Texas Animal Health Commission. “It is important for shippers or haulers of livestock to contact states of destination well in advance of scheduled movements to determine their entry requirements. For international export information, the USDA Veterinary Services office in Austin, Texas, should be contacted.”

Other recent outbreaks of VS have been reported in Utah, New Mexico and Arizona.

Canada, home of the upcoming Calgary Stampede, currently has restricted travel of horses that have been in the affected states. Read more . . .

Convention news you can use
The NCHA Convention is fast approaching so please make your plans today! NCHA members are scheduled to meet on June 19 – 21, 2015, in Grapevine, Texas, at the beautiful Hilton DFW Lakes Hotel. Be sure and make your hotel reservations as soon as possible to ensure you are able to get the NCHA group rate of $126/night. You may make your hotel reservations here. To make phone reservations, please dial 1-800-984-1344 and ask for the NCHA Convention rate. For those flying in, the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle.

Standing Committee Chairs are working on the agendas for their committees now. If you have a rule (or potential rule) that you feel should be addressed by a specific committee, please fill out the Rule Change Proposal Form here. The deadline for submitting is May 15. The agendas for all committees will be posted on the NCHA website in advance of the Convention.

This year, we are rolling out the red carpet and putting on our best western dressy attire to celebrate the accomplishments of NCHA’s Hall of Fame inductees. It is a lifelong accomplishment to be included in the Riders, Non-Pro, Horse and Members Halls of Fame for many. I hope you’ll join us Saturday night, June 20 for this great event. Through a grant from the Dogwood Foundation, the evening will include a full, table-service banquet. Everyone who is registered for the Convention is invited to attend the banquet as part of their registration fee of $100. As this is a plated dinner, we are asking spouses or others who are not attending the Convention meetings to pay a fee of $25. The night will feature live music, video tributes to our inductees and a great meal. Don’t miss this chance to honor our legends. Read more . . .

$400,000 Purse Brings Cutting Horse Competitors to Reno
More than $400,000 in cash and prizes was doled out in Reno April 26 through May 5 during the NCHA Western National Championships presented by the 6666 Ranch.

Steve Schlesinger and Catlena Rey marked 223 to win the Open finals for Ted and Lauren Cooper of Shingle Springs, California Wednesday at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships in Reno, Nevada. Dustin Gonnet and This Cats Got Style, champions of the $15,000 Novice earlier in the show, took the reserve title in the Open with a 219.

Catlena Rey is an 8-year-old High Brow Cat gelding bred by John Harrah out of Miss Reylena, a Smart Little Lena mare that earned $71,000. Read more...

VP candidates announced
Two candidates have been selected for the 2015 Vice President election. They are:

  • Jerry Louie of Chico, California
  • Lewis Wray of Russellville, Arkansas

Ballots with background information on the two candidates will be sent via email and by mail to all NCHA members by no later than April 30, 2015 with the results announced on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 (votes due by midnight on June 8).

Information on the two candidates will appear in the May and June issues of the Cutting Horse Chatter and on the NCHA website. Please feel free to notify other NCHA members of our Vice Presidential candidates.

Family-Owned Horse Rule
We are excited to begin 2015 with some great opportunities for our NCHA family, here is the information and online form for the new Family Owned Horse Rule, with this new rule relating to horse ownership there will be increased opportunities for family members to show in NCHA classes, it will be necessary for members to submit a Family Registration Form (PDF to print and mail or Online) on horses that will be shown by Immediate family members that are not listed on the ownership. The form must be completed prior to the family member showing the horse.

The new Standing Rule 51.a.4 reads as follows: “If a member who holds an NCHA non-professional and/or amateur card publicly exhibits in any contest, whether approved or unapproved, a cutting horse not owned by the member or by the member’s immediate family, as defined herein, said card can be automatically revoked. Additional penalties for ownership rule violations may include loss of Non-Professional/Amateur status for up to life of the member, up to three (3) years suspension from the NCHA, up to a maximum of $10,000 fine. Any other member who aids and abets the rule violator will be subject to the same penalties depending on the severity of the incident.

NCHA Medication - Know Before You Show Document Updated
NCHA wants to remind all exhibitors, owners and veterinarians treating horses leading up to the NCHA World Championship Futurity about the medication and welfare rules included in Rule 35A in the NCHA Official Handbook of Rules and Regulations. NCHA’s medication and drug testing policy has been developed over multiple years to, first and foremost, protect the welfare and prolong the competitiveness of the equine athletes who compete in cutting. Through this policy, NCHA has galvanized its position regarding the safety of the horses and a level playing field for its events.

For complete rules regarding allowable therapeutic medications and forbidden substances, exhibitors, trainers and veterinarians should familiarize themselves with all rules included in the NCHA Handbook. Additionally, NCHA provides a “Know Before You Show,” reference guide for the benefit of members and exhibitors. Please click here to see the updated Know Before You Show.

Prior to this year’s Futurity, the Know Before You show guide has been expanded to include guidelines regarding joint injections (which require a medication report to be filed if using a conditionally permitted corticosteroid within 7 days of competition) and dosing guidelines for permitted nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory medications, which must be within industry and standards for treatment thresholds.

If you or your veterinarian have any questions about allowable/disallowed medications, call Julie Davis at the NCHA office at (817) 244-6188.

New NCHA Senior World Tour Presented by Horizon Yachts, Inc.
The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) is pleased to announce the new Horizon/NCHA Senior World Tour to take place during the 2015 point year. The Senior Tour will give open, non-pro and amateur riders who are 60 years of age or older and meet all other NCHA rules regarding status and membership the chance to compete for a Horizon Senior World Championship. Read More


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