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$400,000 Purse Brings Cutting Horse Competitors to Reno
More than $400,000 in cash and prizes will be doled out in Reno April 26 through May 5 when cutting horse competitors from across the nation take to the arena at the Reno Livestock Events Center during the National Cutting Horse Association's Western National Championships presented by the 6666 Ranch.

Competition will feature a full slate of events, including open and non-professional, as well as several offerings for amateur, youth and novice riders. Many of the industry's top trainers will showcase their best horses in pursuit of the coveted Open Championship, which will be awarded on Tues, April 28. On Sat., May 2, the kids take to the arena when the Junior and Senior Youth riders will be introduced in the grand entry before they head to the herd and vie for $16,000 in scholarship money and prizes galore.

Admission the Western Nationals is free and the event will also feature a western lifestyle trade show, offering clothing, custom leather and gift items. Action kicks off each day at 8 a.m.

"This event showcases the weekend competitors, which is where the sport cutting begins for many lifelong members," said NCHA Executive Director Jim Bret Campbell. "These are the folks that haul all year, weekend after weekend, and truly love the sport. It's a great time to celebrate their commitment to cutting, and it allows the NCHA to give back to this imperative group."

For more information on the NCHA Western Nationals including draws, results hotel info and more, click here.

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...

Cutters rally for Dewayne Stamper
The NCHA would like to extend appreciation to the Palo Duro Cutting Horse Association for helping a cutter in need during their show this past weekend.

After learning that 4A judge and longtime NCHA member Dewayne Stamper of Locust Grove, Okla., lost his home to an electrical fire, the club's show secretary, Cheryl Callis, announced that they would be raising funds to help assist Stamper. In doing so, competitors and attendants contributed $5,600 and, as Callis pointed out, this was during a small show that only had about 100 entries. Read more...

Two tops for 2015 NCHA Super Stakes
Smooth Talkin Style, reserve champion of the 2014 NCHA Open Futurity under Lloyd Cox, and Dont Stopp Believin with Phil Rapp, each scored 223 points on Saturday to reign as co-champions of the 2015 Open Super Stakes. Adelle and Lindy Burch claimed the second-highest mark with 221.5 points.

“I’m really comfortable on him and he gives me a reason to be comfortable,” said Cox of Smooth Talkin Style, sired by Smooth As A Cat, bred by Gail Holmes, and owned by Holmes and Dottie Hill. “He reads the situation really good, and on top of that he has ability.”

This was the first Super Stakes win for Cox, 50,  the Super Stakes reserve champion in 2003, on TR Dual Rey, and in 1996, on High Brows Nurse, and an NCHA Riders Hall of Fame member with earnings of $6.9 million.

Dont Stopp Believin, by Dual Rey, gave NCHA Hall of Fame rider Phil Rapp, lifetime earner of $8.4 million, a record third Super Stakes win. Rapp’s first was in 1994, aboard Dont Stopp Believin’s maternal great-granddam Tap O Lena. His second was in 2006, on Dual Smart Rey. Read more...

Cade Shepard, 13, struck fear in the hearts of more than a few non-pro competitors on Saturday, with an eleventh-hour, 217.5-point win in the 23-horse NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Finals.

With his win on Twistful Thinking, Cade became the youngest rider in history to win an NCHA Non-Pro Triple Crown event. The previous record was held by Kelle Earnheart, winner at 15, of the 2000 NCHA Non-Pro Derby on Justa Swinging Jane. Read more...

Cutters claimed their share of more than $2 million in purses at the Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic which concluded April 18. Read more . . .

Request for Proposal for 2016 and 2017 Western National Championships
The NCHA is seeking potential facilities to host the 2016 and 2017 NCHA Western National Championships, presented by 6666 Ranch. Those parties interested in submitting a proposal may find additional information here.

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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