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Sweet Lil Amanda tops Day 4
Sweet Lil Amanda, shown by Matt Miller, was the high-scoring horse on Sunday with 218.5 points, One Catty Cupid, with Austin Shepard, and Dual Rey Mink, under Gary Bellenfant tied in the last set of the day with 218 points, for the second-highest score.

“She’s an awesome little mare,” said Miller of Sweet Lil Amanda, owned by Chris and Tracy Brengard. “She’s been my favorite one to work every day. She tries hard every time and has a lot of integrity.

“I was a little nervous about the cattle. One of the cows that we had picked ran someone over right before us, so we were using a little more feel, when we cut.” Read more . . .

A Little Bossy means business
R.L. Chartier and A Little Bossy won their second Mercuria NCHA World Series event of the year at the American Royal Show in Kansas City. They marked 226 in the finals to beat leading Horse of the Year contender Junie Wood by two and a half points.

In the Non-Pro finals at the American Royal, Allie Roger of Weatherford, Texas, marked 222 on Billy Joe Rey for a four-point win over Mica Chartier on SL Jaybird. Like the Open winner, R.L. Chartier on A Little Bossy, Roger and Billy Joe Rey also won the Mercuria finals at San Antonio this year. Read more . . .

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.

Eastern and Western National Championships
Eastern National Championships will be held in Jackson, MS (March 9 - 21, 2015) and Western National Championships will be held in Reno, Nevada (April 26 - May 5, 2015). Make your plans to attend. Schedules will be posted soon.

Purse structure of the NCHA Eastern and Western National Championships was approved by the NCHA Executive Committee at their meeting in Fort Worth on August 25-26.

In response to concerns about costs and decreasing entries at the Four Sixes Eastern and Western Championships, the entry fee for the 2014 point year Championships (held in 2015) has been reduced from $600 to $500. Additionally, all contestants in the horse classes will be allowed to show three horses. All contestants in the rider classes will be able to show two horses. This does not include the Youth classes.

To better position the shows financially, added money for the 2014 point year Championships will be $15,000 per class, an overall reduction from $200,000 to $150,000.

To better support the affiliates, exhibitors will be required to compete at one affiliate-approved show to qualify for the Eastern and Western Championships beginning with the 2015 point year (for the Championships held in 2016).

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

NYCHA Mercuria Logo Design Contest
The Mercuria Committee challenged the NYCHA Mmembers to create a new logo for the 2015 Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting. Read More . . .

Updates to Family-Owned Horse Rule
Changes to the family-owned horse rule was approved by the NCHA Executive Committee at their meeting in Fort Worth on August 25-26.

At the 2014 NCHA Convention, several standing committees recommended changes to the family-owned horse rule. The rule that has been approved by the NCHA Executive Committee contains the same verbiage as AQHA uses. It is an established rule that has proven to work and has increased participation and entries.

Additionally, all age restrictions pertaining to a family-owned horse, have been removed at both the limited age event and weekend level. The updated rule is designed to encourage more participation in he sport.

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.

“For purposes of this rule ‘immediate family’ shall mean the member’s spouse, child, stepchild, parent, grandparents, grandchild, step-parent, sibling, half-sibling, step-sibling, spouse’s parent, spouse’s step-parent, sibling’s spouse, half-sibling’s spouse, step-sibling’s spouse, sibling’s child, sibling’s step-child, half-sibling’s child, half-sibling’s step-child, step-sibling’s child, step-sibling’s step-child, parent’s sibling, parent’s half-sibling, parent’s step-sibling, parent’s sibling’s child, parent’s sibling’s stepchild, parent’s half sibling’s child, parent’s half sibling’s stepchild, parent’s step sibling child, parent’s step sibling’s stepchild, legal ward or legal guardian.”

An ownership form must be filed with the NCHA office indicating the family relationship between the owner of the horse and the exhibitor prior to showing. This rule will go into effect with the 2015 point year.

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