Features at NCHA Super Stakes
There will be some new twists to the NCHA Super Stakes, which
opened in Fort Worth, Texas on Tuesday, March 28. this year's
show introduced an Open Wildcard Round, a $10,000 Novice Horse
Class, and a $200,000 Non-Pro class. Read the details here.
Big Sale at the Super Stakes
See the complete listing for Western
Super Stakes Sale which is coming up April 14-15.
Change Made to Entry Schedules
Beginning with entries for the 2007 NCHA Futurity, payments must
be postmarked or received in the NCHA office by the date listed
in the payment schedule. There will no longer be a 10-day grace
period for payments. The grace period will also be dropped for
the 2007 NCHA Super Stakes and 2007 NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular.
the initial payment for the 2007 NCHA Futurity is due October
1, 2006, so it must be postmarked or hand delivered to the NCHA
office by October 1. Late entries will be assessed late fees according
to published schedules.
Nationals Champions Crowned
The winners have been crowned at the Wayne Hodges Trailers * Outlaw
National Championships. The show was held in Jackson, Mississippi,
March 6-17. Jim Langdale of Quitman, Georgia, won a year´s
use of a trailer when his horse, Widows Intentions, marked 225,
the highest score of the show. Austin Shepard rode Widows Intentions
in the high-point run in the Open finals. It was Shepard´s
third Open championship at the Eastern Nationals in the past four
Mississippi Cutting Horse Association edged the Florida Cutting
Horse Association by just 15 points to win the AQHA/NCHA
Affiliate Challenge, in which affiliates earn points based
on their members´ participation and performance. North Mississippi
earned $7,500 from the award´s $27,000 distribution. The
AQHA/NCHA Affiliate Challenge will also be a feature of the 2005
Wayne Hodges * Outlaw Conversions Western
National Championships, to be held in Ogden, Utah, April 27-May
the show in the Daily
Chatter and in the May issue of Cutting Horse Chatter.
Here's a look at the Champions:
Nationals Youth Activities
Check out this special photo
collection to see what National Youth Cutting Horse Association
members were up to at the Eastern National Championships with
a Grand Entry, Team Cutting, Pizza Party and more.
The announcement that a clone of all-time leading producer Royal
Blue Boon has been foaled in Oklahoma has generated headline stories
on the major networks, in dozens of metropolitan dailies, and
in media outlets as far a field as South Africa, Romania and China.
Sally Harrison previewed the ground-breaking story in the
Fort Worth Business Press, did a follow-up on Smart
Little Lena's clones, and she has a feature on the subject
in the April issue of Cutting
Horse Chatter. The American Quarter Horse Association
has outlined their current position on registration of clones
on their website.
Marion, Bill Collins to be Honored
Anne Marion of Fort Worth, Texas, and Bill Collins of Calgary,
Alberta, are among the people and horses who will be inducted
into the American
Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame in 2007. Marion,
president of Burnett Ranches, Ltd., is a well known philanthropist
who sponsored the Jim Reno statue, "The Finalist" which
stands in front of the NCHA office in Fort Worth. Bill Collins
has been a popular ambassador for cutting for more than 50 years,
and he was instrumental in bringing cutting competition to the
Discounts Offered to NCHA Members
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Cutting Academy, a series of grass roots cutting clinics to
be held throughout the country, will be launched on April 22 in
DuQuoin, Illinois. Four clinics will be scheduled annually in
different locations, with the emphasis on the education and presentation
of showing horses.
NCHA Cutting Academy clinic will start off with an overview by
NCHA by Executive Director Jeff Hooper, and will continue with
a session on judging and rules conducted by NCHA Director of Judges
Russell McCord. The afternoon session will focus on live works,
with evaluations and critiques of each ride by some of the industry´s
clinic will be held June 10 at Rivers Bend Ranch, Stanley, Virginia.
for information on the other upcoming clinics in Louisiana and
California. (Dates and locations to be announced.).
Davis at the NCHA office for more information or if you are
interested in attending one of these clinics.
Velvet to Screen this Month
On Wednesday, April 19, the 1944 classic National
Velvet, winner of two Academy Awards, will be shown at Fort
of Modern Art, a quarter-mile from Will Rogers Memorial Center,
benefiting the Lone Star Film Society.
This is a
rare opportunity to see the classic movie starring Elizabeth Taylor,
Mickey Rooney, Angela Landsbury and more on the big screen. Children
are encouraged to come, as the movie is about a young girl who
takes a renegade horse and wins the Grand National Steeplechase.
Admission is $7.50 Movie starts at 7 pm.
Building Systems Sponsors NCHA Futurity
With a brand new website
for cutters, NCI Building Systems, Inc. will be the title
sponsor of the NCHA World Championship Futurity. NCI's support
of cutting's showcase event, along with purse enhancements already
approved by the NCHA Executive Committee, will help raise the
added money for the NCHA Futurity to $625,000 compared to $300,000
Systems is one of the largest integrated manufacturers and marketers
of metal building components, custom engineered metal building
systems and metal coil coaters in North America.
Based in Houston,
Texas, NCI Building Systems has 34 facilities located in the United
States and Mexico.
NCHA Convention at Worthington in Fort Worth, Texas
The 2006 NCHA Convention will be held at the Renaissance
Worthington Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas on June 23-25. Located
in historic downtown Fort Worth, the Worthington has hosted the
NCHA Convention four times in the past.
You may book
your hotel room reservations by dialing 1-800-433-5677 and identifying
yourself with the NCHA Convention in order to get the discounted
group rate. Please remember that the hotel rooms for the NCHA
Convention are only being held under our group rate through May
24, 2006, so be sure to make your reservations early.
Race Is On In 2006
CD Lights, owned by Danny Motes and Winston Hansma, has more than
twice the earnings of his nearest rival in the Open
standings for the 2006 point year. Riding Could I Would I, Squeaks
My Alias and Kit Dualena, two-time Non-Pro World Champion Joe
Howard Williamson has a significant margin over Kathy Boone and
Julie Wells in the Non-Pro
standings. Less than $50 separates Diane Burns from Richard Mendenhall
in the $10,000
you can keep up with the standings
in all NCHA-approved classes online every week.
Your Membership Active
March 1 is the deadline for renewing your NCHA
membership for 2006. If you had an active membership in 2005,
but did not renew by March 1, you will no longer be eligible to
show horses in NCHA competition, and beginning with the April
issue, you will no longer receive the award-winning Cutting
Horse Chatter magazine until your membership is renewed.
If you're headed to the NCHA Super Stakes, check out the Green
Oaks Hotel in Fort Worth, Texas. They offer a 10% discount
to NCHA members who make their reservations 60 days out, and 5%
for those who make reservations 30 days out. That deal works for
all three NCHA shows in Fort Worth. Call (800) 433-2174 for more
information. With the recent closing of several Fort Worth area
hotels, it's especially important to book your rooms early.
Stallion Service Program
Why spend more for breeding fees if you don´t have to? Breedings
donated to the NYCHA
Stallion Service Program can be purchased on a first-come,
first-serve basis for 60% of the advertised breeding fees. Here´s
a sample of the breedings we have available for purchase: Bobs
Freckle, Smart Lil Highbrow, Its Just About Me, Mylanta Lena,
Squeak Toy, Tumbleweed Smith, That Sly Cat. To purchase any of
the breedings, contact Danette
McGuire, NCHA Youth Coordinator at (817) 244-6188. All proceeds
benefit the National Youth Cutting Horse Association.
Riders May Apply for Judges Card
Riders who have earned $100,000are invited to apply for an NCHA
Judges card. The Applicant Clinic will be held on Sunday, July
16, 2006 during the Summer Cutting Spectacular in Fort Worth,
Texas. This clinic is specifically targeted to only
those members who have won over $100,000 in lifetime earnings.
If you meet this requirement and are interesting in attending,
Davis at 817-244-6188 extension 158 to register. The deadline
to apply is July 10, 2006. The regular Judges Applicant Clinic
for those winning $25,000+ in lifetime earnings will be held in
the Spring of 2007.
Affiliates in Area 10 have organized a stallion
auction to benefit Olan Hightower of Chappell Hill, Texas.
The auction ends May 1.
Two more Judge
Recertification Seminars will be held this year held in conjunction
with major shows. It is mandatory that all NCHA carded judges
attend a recertification seminar in 2006.
- Reno, Nevada
– May 13, 2006, 1:00 p.m. (in conjunction with the PCCHA
- Fort Worth,
Texas – July, 29, 2006, 8:00 a.m. (in conjunction with
the NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular)
Power Brochure Available
Horse Council offers a comprehensive and entertaining look
at the economics of today´s horse industry in its new American
Horsepower brochure. The full-color
brochure is based on statistics and information from the Economic
Impact of the Horse Industry on the United States study that was
commissioned by the American Horse Council Foundation.
Horse Council at 202-296-4031 to purchase copies of the brochure.
NCHA Director of Judges Russell McCord and announcer Tom
Holt have recorded a new audio CD that examines NCHA's contest
rules. The insightful commentary can help you show your horse
better and improve your scores. The price for the Rules
and Regulations Audio CD is just $10.00, or $10.83 for
Texas residents (to cover sales tax). There are no shipping and
handling charges except for foreign orders. Visa or MasterCard
are accepted. Fax your order to Holly Davis at (817) 244-2015,
or email Holly for
Video and Audio CD Special
NCHA is offering a special multi-media package deal in 2006.
You can get the Judges
Rules and Guidelines in your choice of VHS or DVD, plus
the Judges Rules and Regulations Audio CD for the low,
low price of only $29.95. Texas residents will pay an additional
$2.47 sales tax ($32.42).
no shipping and handling charges except for foreign orders.
Visa or MasterCard are accepted. Fax your order to Holly Davis
at (817) 244-2015, or email Holly
for more information.
The deadline for advertising in the June Cutting Horse Chatter
is May 1. Contact Shawn
McCoy today at (817) 244-6188, ext. 160 or (817) 980-4754
or for Western states advertisers, Loretta
Jeppesen at (541) 461-5756 or (541) 225-7935.
Media Kit and Rate Card and Advertising
Contract are now online.
Get your NCHA membership today and receive a subscription
to the NCHA's award-winning monthly magazine, Cutting Horse
Chatter. You can join quickly and easily right now, just click
on this link to join online. If you have questions or need
additional information about membership please contact the membership
department at 817-244-6188 or email Julie
Davis or Peggy
Equine Experience Video
Bob Kingsley hosts "The Ultimate Equine Experience: Your
Guide to Owning A Cutting Horse, a new, one-hour
video that features professional and non-professional cutting
competitors who provide expert, first-hand experience on how
to get involved in cutting. How to select a trainer, purchasing
a cutting horse, and what level of involvement best suits
you are some of the issues addressed in this video.
can be yours for $14.95 plus $5.95 S&H.
You can also
relive some of the great moments of cutting horse history with
tapes of many of the past Triple Crown events, available
from the NCHA Video Library. Tapes are $29.95, plus $5.95
for shipping and handling. Call the NCHA Marketing
Department at (817) 244-6188 for more information about ordering.
And right now, there's a special, limited-time offer on the 2003
NCHA World Championship Futurity and 2004 Super Stakes videos
together for $49.95 plus $5.95 shipping and handling.