James Kenney, 91, passed away on February 9, just 10 days short
of the NCHA Open World Finals, which he had planned to attend.
His stallion, Bobs Hickory Rio, ridden by Boyd Rice, carried a
formidable lead in Open competition, and went on to win the World
Championship. Kenney, an NCHA Hall of Fame member, succumbed to
complications from a fall at his home on February 3. Ranked among
NCHA Open Top 10 in 1958 and 1959 aboard Joe’s Last, and
again in 1966 on Jose Uno, Kenney won the 1968 Futurity on the
Jose Uno daughter Uno Princess.
services were held on Monday, February 13 in Del Rio, Texas. In
lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to
the James L. Kenney Memorial Fund which will benefit NCHA Charities.
Race Is On In 2006
CD Lights, owned by Danny Motes and Winston Hansma, has shot to
a $7,500 lead in the Open
standings for the 2006 point year. Two-time Non-Pro
World Champion Joe Howard Williamson is on top in that division
with Could I Wood I.
of Alabama has hit the lead in the $3,000
Novice Non-Pro class, riding Little Badger Smart. This is
the first year the class has gained official recognition, and
it will be featured in the 2006 World Finals, along with the National
Championships, to be held in the spring of 2007.
you can keep up with all the standings
online every week.
Nationals Around the Corner
The draw for the Wayne Hodges Trailers * Outlaw Conversions Eastern
National Championships will be held today, and working
orders will be posted online by this evening. The show begins
March 6 in Jackson, Mississippi, and continues through March 18.
The $151,000-added South
Coast Winter Championship and the $1.3 million-added MillionHeir
Classic are scheduled to get underway tomorrow at the new
Coast Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, tomorrow.
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
Julie Davis, NCHA’s Membership Services Manager, will
also be on hand to answer questions relating to NCHA membership
and Non-Pro and Amateur status.
Your Membership Active
March 1 is the deadline for renewing your NCHA
membership for 2006. If you had an active membership in 2005,
but have not renewed 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.
Stakes Payments Due
Final payments for the NCHA
Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic are due March 1. That's
also the entry deadline for the Amateur
Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic.
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
Stallion Service Program
Why spend more for breeding fees if you don’t have to? All
remaining 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. To
purchase any of the remaining breedings, contact Danette
McGuire, NCHA Youth Coordinator at (817) 244-6188. All proceeds
benefit the National Youth Cutting Horse Association.
Urges Action on Immigration Bill
Horse Council is urging citizens in the horse industry to
their senators in support of comprehensive
immigration reform that "ensures U.S. employers have
access to a legal and stable workforce." HR4437, passed by
the House of Representatives in December, is now in the judicial
committee in the Senate, and the matter is expected to be considered
in the coming weeks.
and H-2B foreign worker programs do not adequately address the
needs of the horse industry or other American businesses that
depend on foreign workers for jobs that are not filled by American
worker," said an AHC spokesperson. "Without provisions
in place that address these needs, the horse industry could face
a major labor shortage that will have severe affects on the industry
and the U.S. economy."
There will be a series of Judge
Recertification Seminars in 2006 held in conjunction with
three major shows starting with the Eastern National Championship
in March. It is mandatory that all NCHA carded judges attend at
least one of these recertification seminars in 2006.
Mississippi – March 2006 (Seminar date – March 11)
- Reno, Nevada
– May 2006 (in conjunction with the PCCHA Derby/Classic/Challenge)
- Fort Worth,
Texas – July 2006 (in conjunction with the NCHA Summer
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 more information.
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 April Cutting Horse
Chatter is March 1. It's the same date for the Super
Stakes Program. 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.
2006 breeding season upon us, Shawn
and Loretta can
also help you plan a complete advertising campaign.
Media Kit and Rate Card and Advertising
Contract are now online.
Line Becomes Latest NCHA Sponsor
With its promise of the best quality products at the best value,
Finish Line Horse Products has become the newest
corporate sponsor on the NCHA roster.
Finish Line will provide products to competitors at all six
major shows produced by the National Cutting Horse Association.
"We're extremely delighted to welcome Finish Line supplements
to our NCHA sponsorship roster," said Jeff Hooper, NCHA Executive
Director. "Finish Line is a great company because they believe
in and fully guarantee all their products. Among other things,
this sponsorship will enable cutters who haven't yet discovered
the benefits of Finish Line supplements the opportunity to try
the products for themselves."
has been making natural horse supplements for every horse and
discipline since the 1970's. Their products were developed by
a family of horse trainers whose equine expertise dates back to
Roosevelt's Rough Riders in the early 1900's.
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.