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NCHA Committee Recommendations
During the NCHA Convention held June 19 – 21, the NCHA Standing Committees met and formulated recommendations that will be sent to the Executive Committee for potential approval at their fall meeting. Agenda items are not listed if the committee took “No Action” or “Tabled” the item. (View Recommendations)
Inside the Judges Stand: Rule 13
In the first episode of this new series, NCHA Director of Judges Russell McCord takes a closer look at a new note to Rule 13 to help you understand clean and hot quits.
Cyndi Cat wins PCCHA Derby Mercuria Open
Cyndi Cat, shown by Mike Wood for Dr. Gerald Dorros, Wilson, Wyo., nailed a 227-point win in the PCCHA Derby Mercuria Open on Saturday, June 13 in Las Vegas.
"Cyndi Cat has a really good, low style, so I try to play on that fact and cut some cows that she can keep in the middle and show off her good points," said Wood, who also placed fourth with 222 points on Smart Stingrey, owned by Michelle LeMaster.
Back in action after a three month respite, following their winning 2014 NCHA Non-Pro World Championship campaign, Constance Jaeggi and Saguaro Ichi never missed a beat in the PCCHA Derby Mercuria Non-Pro.
“My first cow was really, really tough and kind of set the pace for the rest of the run,” said Jaeggi, who scored 227 points for the win. “He had time off, but he doesn’t need much work and he gets back in shape pretty quick.” Read more . . .
NCHA STATEMENT CONCERNING WESTERN NATIONALS
There have been a number of allegations and innuendos through social media and general "gossip" regarding the bids for the 2017 and 2018 NCHA Western National Championships. In a continuing effort to keep our membership accurately informed of the Association’s operations, I would like to update you on the facts relating to the current bid process for those shows:
- The 2016 Western Nationals will be in Denver, as contracted in 2014.
- An RFP (request for proposal) was sent to cities that indicated an interest in hosting the 2017-2018 Western Nationals.
- An initial deadline of Monday, June 1, 2015, was set for the return of the RFP's by interested parties.
- To date, equine facilities in four cities have submitted proposals. Those cities were Denver, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Scottsdale.
- As of this date, no equine facility in Reno, Nevada, has submitted any proposal to the NCHA to host the 2017/2018 Western Nationals.
- NCHA Executive Committee Member Jerry Louie DID NOT hand deliver a proposal from any equine facility in Reno to the NCHA office to host the 2017/2018 Western Nationals on any date.
- NCHA President Bruce Richerson DID NOT instruct any NCHA staff to accept ANY bid for the 2017/2018 Western Nationals delivered to the NCHA past the current deadline.
It is important for the membership to understand and leadership to demonstrate that NCHA is first and foremost about integrity and transparency. I will continue to keep you informed about the bid process. – Jim Bret Campbell, NCHA Executive Director
NCHA European Championship slated for 2015
The first NCHA European Championship will take place during Equita Lyon Oct. 28 – Nov. 1, 2015. A cumulative score between two go-rounds will crown the Champions of the much-anticipated event.
Divisions will include Open, Non-Pro, $15,000 Amateur and Youth. Riders will qualify by competing in NCHA-approved shows or NCHA-approved Grass Roots Cuttings. The top 25 riders plus ties with the most points on Sept. 30, 2015 will be qualified for the NCHA European Championship.
“This event was created to give European show producers incentive to organize approved shows and to encourage riders to compete,” said European secretary Peggy Parage. “Right now show producers are more interested in organizing approved events because they want to give riders the opportunity to get points for the European Championship. And second the riders want to invest more time and money to compete in approved shows because they want to ride for those points and try to qualify for the European Championship. So we hope that the sport of cutting will get more popular in Europe and that the cutting industry will grow again.”
For more information on the 2015 NCHA European Championship, visit www.nchaeurope.com
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