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Two tops for 2015 NCHA Super Stakes
Smooth Talkin Style, reserve champion of the 2014 NCHA Open Futurity under Lloyd Cox, and Dont Stopp Believin with Phil Rapp, each scored 223 points on Saturday to reign as co-champions of the 2015 Open Super Stakes. Adelle and Lindy Burch claimed the second-highest mark with 221.5 points.
“I’m really comfortable on him and he gives me a reason to be comfortable,” said Cox of Smooth Talkin Style, sired by Smooth As A Cat, bred by Gail Holmes, and owned by Holmes and Dottie Hill. “He reads the situation really good, and on top of that he has ability.”
This was the first Super Stakes win for Cox, 50, the Super Stakes reserve champion in 2003, on TR Dual Rey, and in 1996, on High Brows Nurse, and an NCHA Riders Hall of Fame member with earnings of $6.9 million.
Dont Stopp Believin, by Dual Rey, gave NCHA Hall of Fame rider Phil Rapp, lifetime earner of $8.4 million, a record third Super Stakes win. Rapp’s first was in 1994, aboard Dont Stopp Believin’s maternal great-granddam Tap O Lena. His second was in 2006, on Dual Smart Rey. Read more...
Cade Shepard, 13, struck fear in the hearts of more than a few non-pro competitors on Saturday, with an eleventh-hour, 217.5-point win in the 23-horse NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Finals.
With his win on Twistful Thinking, Cade became the youngest rider in history to win an NCHA Non-Pro Triple Crown event. The previous record was held by Kelle Earnheart, winner at 15, of the 2000 NCHA Non-Pro Derby on Justa Swinging Jane. Read more...
Cutters claimed their share of more than $2 million in purses at the Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic which concluded April 18. Read more . . .
- Classic John Deere Division: Gold From Home, ridden by Jon Burgess for Hare Quarter Horses
- Classic Open: Junie Wood, ridden by John Mitchell for Slate River Ranch
- Classic Non-Pro: Steven Feiner on Lil Rattler
- Classic Non-Pro Ltd: Sheridan Clark on Meradas Puddy Cat
- Rios of Mercedes Super Stakes Amateur: Cody Erwin on Pickinupstrangers
- Rios of Mercedes Classic Amateur: Patty Walker on CR Kittys Gotta Gun and R.B. Garza on Cat Stevens, co-champions
- Super Stakes Unlimited Amateur: Bobby Ray Hawkins on Reybellion
- Classic Unlimited Amateur: Alexis Stephas on Once You Go Black
- Super Stakes John Deere Division: Stars Freckled Girl, ridden by Greg Wright.
- Super Stakes Non-Pro Ltd: Nathan Lacy on Driven Me Crazy
- Super Stakes Non-Pro: Cade Shepard on Twistful Thinking
- Super Stakes Open: Smooth Talkin Style, ridden by Lloyd Cox for Holmes & Hill and Dont Stopp Believin, ridden by Phil Rapp for Phil & Mary Ann Rapp
Cutting Horses Back to Cowtown
Cowboys Flock to Will Rogers for Millions in Payouts
The National Cutting Horse Association will host the second jewel of its "Triple Crown" March 26 through April 18 in Fort Worth, and NCHA is pleased to welcome Lucas Oil as the title sponsor of the event.
Lucas Oil manufactures and sells high quality products in consumer, industrial and agricultural markets around the world. Lucas Oil offers more than 100 oil, grease, and fuel additive products – all designed to improve performance and increase mileage in trucks, automobiles, heavy-duty equipment, tractors, boats, motorcycles and recreational vehicles. NCHA is pleased to partner with Lucas Oil in celebrating cutting's important role within the cowboy traditions of horsemanship, ranching and the American West as well as welcome them to one of cutting's premier events.
"We are excited about NCHA's new partnership with Lucas Oil," said NCHA Executive Director Jim Bret Campbell. "As a cattle rancher, Mr. Lucas understands the agricultural community and whole-heartedly supports it. We believe this this will be an excellent fit for both parties." Read more . . .
Request for Proposal for 2016 and 2017 Western National Championships
The NCHA is seeking potential facilities to host the 2016 and 2017 NCHA Western National Championships, presented by 6666 Ranch. Those parties interested in submitting a proposal may find additional information here.
VP candidates announced
Two candidates have been selected for the 2015 Vice President election. They are:
- Jerry Louie of Chico, California
- Lewis Wray of Russellville, Arkansas
Ballots with background information on the two candidates will be sent via email and by mail to all NCHA members by no later than April 30, 2015 with the results announced on Tuesday, June 9, 2015 (votes due by midnight on June 8).
Information on the two candidates will appear in the May and June issues of the Cutting Horse Chatter and on the NCHA website. Please feel free to notify other NCHA members of our Vice Presidential candidates.
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