In the news . . .
Pat Jacobs, 1937-2016
Long-time NCHA member Pat Jacobs, 79, passed away August 29. Jacobs was an NCHA Members Hall of Fame inductee, and he also received the NCHA Judges Distinguished Service Award.
A popular musician and raconteur, Jacobs showed against the sport’s legends, and he judged cuttings for more than 40 years, including the first monitored show. He placed the longest running advertisement in the history of NCHA’s Cutting Horse Chatter magazine. Read more...
A viewing will be held at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Ashland Ks at 7:00pm on Friday Sept 2, 2016. The funeral will take place at 10:00 am Saturday, Sept. 3. A celebration of life will be held in this area at a later date.
NCHA Leadership Change
The National Cutting Horse Association announces that, effective immediately, Jim Bret Campbell is no longer serving as the Executive Director of the NCHA. The Association has decided to move in a different direction, and both parties have agreed that this transition is in the best interest of all involved.
The NCHA thanks Jim Bret Campbell for his service and wishes him the best of luck in the future.
The NCHA will immediately begin its search for a new Executive Director. NCHA President Chuck Smith will serve as interim Executive Director until a new Executive Director is identified to take the Association into the future.
--NCHA Executive Committee
Glitter does it again
Glitter Done and Adan Banuelos marked 226 at the West Texas Futurity on August 20 to win their second Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting finals this year.
Julie Jarma and SS Blacks Lil Kitty marked 227 to win the Non-Pro division, and that was also their second Mercuria win.
Banuelos and Glitter Done won the Mercuria at the Pacific Coast Derby in June.
Non-Pro winner Julie Jarma led the qualifiers with a 225 before coming back to take the finals with a 227 for a six-point winning margin over World Standings leader Kaitlyn Wimberly on Sir Stylish Lizzy. Read more...
Futurity payment due
The 5th payment of the 2016 Futurity is due September the first with a ten day grace. Late fees are 4 times the amount due if postmarked after the grace period.
Double entry privileges end September 1st, so make sure to do your double entries before the 1st.
Transfers from Open to Non-Pro and a named Non-Pro to Open must be done with this payment to avoid a late transfer fee.
B.1. "A horse (not a Slot) may be transferred to or from either division (Open & NonPro) on or before September 1st without penalty, and may be transferred until the final payment by payment of 100.00 transfer fee.
B.4. "A horse entered in the NonPro may transfer to the Open only if the horse was named on the first payment entry form."
Please remember to send copy of horse papers front and back if you have not done so.
Repeat for Moms Stylish Player!
Super Stakes champion Moms Stylish Player and Kenny Platt marked 228 to win the NCHA Derby finals August 6 as the 2016 NCHA Summer Spectacular, presented by Great American Insurance, reached a thrilling conclusion in Fort Worth, Texas.
The winner’s check for $64,327, including $25,000 sponsored by Circle Y Ranch, will take the gelding’s career earnings over $200,000. Platt and owner Robert Tregemba of Castle Rock, Colorado, have been enjoying a banner year in 2016, with wins in the Super Stakes and Derby, plus a Novice championship on Little Lenas Cat at the NCHA Western Nationals.
Platt, 28, rode seventh in the second set and took three cows that showed off his horse’s speed, power and tenacity.
“We had talked about my third cow before I went down there,” he said. “It was a real ugly cow and I was a little skeptical about it. Grant Setnicka really liked it and he said, ‘let’s just cut it right now.’ I cut it and it was . . . if there’s any better feeling in the world, I have not felt it yet. It was pretty unbelievable there at the end.” Read more...
Triple Crown triumph
Armando Costa Neto, 24, and his gritty mare Watch Me Whip marked 223.5 to win the NCHA Non-Pro Derby Saturday evening at the NCHA Summer Spectacular, presented by Great American Insurance in Fort Worth, Texas.
Along with their win in the NCHA Futurity, and co-championship at the NCHA Super Stakes, that made them the sport’s first Non-Pro Triple Crown winners, and installed Watch Me Whip as the Non-Pro Horse of the Year for 2016.
“This mare does so good every time,” Costa said. “We’re just a partnership. We know what our job is. When it’s time to come and get some big scores, that mare can hold the tough cows.” Read more...
Stallion subscription, foal nominations coming due
Stallion Owners: October 1, 2016, is the deadline to subscribe your stallion for the 2017 Breeding Season for only $2,600! Subscription fees paid after the end of the grace period will be subject to penalties. Click here for the stallion subscription form.
Foal Owners: Remember to send in your registration papers for foals that have already been nominated. (2011-2016 Foaling Years) December 31, 2016, is the deadline to nominate your 2016 foals to the Super Stakes for only $200! Nomination fees paid after the grace period will be subject to penalties. Click here for the foal nomination form.
Time to Ride Challenge opens for registration
The Time to Ride Challenge, in its third year in 2016, is now open for registration. Stables, clubs, businesses, and all other horse professionals are welcomed to visit timetoride.com and take the first step towards growing their businesses by introducing new people to horses and expanding the entire industry.
The Challenge will award $100,000 cash and prizes and take place June 1 through September 30. Registration is free and available now at www.timetoride.com.
Since 2014, the Challenge has introduced over 60,000 people to horses through first-time horse experiences with the support and involvement of hundreds of stables, clubs and equine businesses nationwide. “Hosts” plan engaging, hands-on horse events designed to connect families interested in horses to opportunities in their area such as riding lessons, camps, and trail rides. By reaching a new segment of their community, businesses add to their own client base while supporting the entire horse industry.
“It’s critically important to the future of the horse community to focus on welcoming new participants,” stated Patti Colbert, Time to Ride spokesperson. “The Challenge gives rewards and recognition to the hardworking horse professionals who are doing the valuable work of teaching new people the very basics and giving them a path to grow into lifelong equestrians. Without those riding instructors, summer camps, and youth leaders who are teaching kids how to ride, where does our next generation of owners, competitors, and breeders come from?”
This year, cash prizes have been expanded to over $75,000 including new incentives that will pay cash awards to more winners than ever before. For the first time, the first 100 hosts to introduce 100 newcomers to horses will automatically win $100 cash!
2015 Futurity DVD
The 2015 NCHA World Championship Futurity Open Finals is available to purchase on DVD. Relive the excitement as you watch the RIDE TV broadcast from December 19th, 2015. Purchase DVD.