In the news . . .
Reminder: 4th payment for the 2016 NCHA Futurity
is due July 1.
Glitter Done gets down in Mercuria finals
Adan Banuelos and Glitter Done marked 227.5 to prevail in a tight finish in the Mecuria NCHA World Series of Cutting Open finals at the Pacific Coast Derby Saturday. Lindy Burch on Stylish Bet and Gary Gonsalves on Reyzin The Cash both scored 227 to split second in the South Point Arena in Las Vegas.
Bred and owned by Susan Hearst, Glitter Done is a 9-year-old mare by Dual Smart Rey out of Tinsels Lady Cat, by High Brow Cat.
Kaitlyn Wimberly of Millsap, Texas, extended her lead in the 2016 NCHA World Non-Pro Standings by marking 227 to win the Non-Pro finals of the Mercuria event at the Pacific Coast Derby. She rode Light N Lily to a two-point victory over Jessica Banuelos on Highbrow Time.
Light N Lily was bred by Wimberly’s dad, Billy Martin, by Light N Lena out of Meradas Oh Cay, by Freckles Merada. Meradas Oh Cay’s progeny earnings topped $600,000 with this latest win. Read more...
Phil Rapp wins VP election
Ballots have been tabulated in the election for NCHA Vice President. A total of 2,977 ballots were received and tabulated by the independent voting firm Simply Voting of Montreal, Canada.
Results of the election had Phil Rapp of Weatherford, Texas, receiving a total of 1,960 votes and Ron Pietrafeso of Elbert, Colorado, receiving 1,017 votes.
Rapp will assume his duties as Vice President at the general membership meeting on June 26, 2016, during the NCHA Convention in Grapevine, Texas.
Convention news you can use!
The NCHA Convention is fast approaching so please make your plans today! NCHA members are scheduled to meet on June 24 – 26, 2016, in Grapevine, Texas, at the beautiful Hilton DFW Lakes Hotel. The hotel room cutoff date is June 6, so be sure and make your hotel reservations as soon as possible to ensure you are able to get the NCHA group rate of $126/night. You may make your hotel reservations here. To make phone reservations, please dial 1-800-984-1344 and ask for the NCHA Convention rate. For those flying in, the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle.
This year, we are rolling out the red carpet and putting on our best western dressy attire to celebrate the accomplishments of NCHA’s Hall of Fame inductees. It is a lifelong accomplishment to be included in the Riders, Non-Pro, Horse and Members Halls of Fame for many. We hope you’ll join us Saturday night, June 25 for this great event.
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.
Sponsors enhance NCHA Triple Crown payouts
The National Cutting Horse Association has welcomed the support of three new purse sponsors at NCHA’s Triple Crown events.
Fults Ranch of Amarillo, Texas, the home of Metallic Cat, will contribute $25,000 to the winner’s paycheck in the 4-year-old Open division of the NCHA Super Stakes this spring. Faith Mountain Ranch will add $25,000 to the winner’s check in the 5/6-year-old Open division of the NCHA Super Stakes Classic. And Circle Y Ranch will add $25,000 to the winner’s check in the 4-year-old Open division of the NCHA Derby, held during the NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular.
The NCHA Super Stakes, which will be held in Fort Worth, Texas March 24-April 16, and the NCHA Derby, scheduled for July in Fort Worth, complete the Triple Crown, which began with last December’s NCHA Futurity. .
Metallic Cat, who won the 2008 NCHA Futurity and was the top money earner of his age group in NCHA Triple Crown events, has already sired earners of nearly $6 million from just three crops to compete. His offspring include Stevie Rey Von, winner of the 2015 NCHA Futurity. MetallicCat.com
Faith Mountain Ranch is a spiritual retreat based in Boerne, in the scenic Texas Hill Country.
Circle Y Ranch of Millsap, Texas, is the home of NCHA Hall of Fame Horse and $2 million sire Im Countin Checks. Circle Y is also renowned for their elite band of broodmares, with produce earnings of more than $6 million. CircleYQuarterHorses.com.
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Payout Task Force Recommendations
As we've informed you throughout the past several weeks, a payout task force reviewed and took a holistic approach to purse distribution and calculations at NCHA's Triple Crown events with the following primary objectives in mind:
- Create simple, clear and consistent rules for NCHA events to increase understanding and transparency to payouts and awards.
- Eliminate Guaranteed Payouts to manage financial risk more effectively.
- Retain philosophy to pay competitors as strong and as deep as practical especially in the Non Pro and amateur classes.
- Keep NCHA events as the best value cutting in the industry based on entry fee vs. payout potential.
That task force included representatives from multiple segments of the industry and those recommendations were submitted to and passed by the Executive Committee to improve the payout distribution, starting at the 2016 Lucas Oil/NCHA Super Stakes.
You can click here to view the revised guidelines that will govern payouts at the Triple Crown events at this year's Lucas Oil Super Stakes, along with the estimates of the open and non-pro in the 4-year-old classes and 5/6-year-old classes at the Lucas Oil Super Stakes. THESE ARE ESTIMATES ONLY based on last year's entries, so actual payouts will be determined by entries in each class.
With this change, the grace period for the first payment of the Lucas Oil Super Stakes will be extended to Monday, February 1. Entries MUST BE postmarked by this date to not pay the penalty. If you have any questions, please contact the show department by calling (817) 244-6188.
Earnings Level Update Opportunity
NCHA is excited to announce that you can now upgrade your Achievement Award Buckles to cherish every earnings milestone. Click on the photo to find out more information on the new "Earnings Level Update Opportunity," as well as pick out some beautiful accessories to accommodate your new buckle!