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Peptos Chic Olena takes Mercuria win
Peptos Chic Olena and Todd Bimat marked 227 for a one-point win over Auspicious Cat in the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the Idaho Futurity on August 31. The win, worth $10,529, was the biggest yet for the 7-year-old daughter of Sweet Lil Pepto.

Ashley Snider of Bluffdale, Texas and Sly Chance marked 228 to win the Non-Pro finals of the Mercuria NCHA World Series, earning $10,087. Rieta Dufurrena was second with a 225 on Miss Ella Rey. Read more . . .

Updates to Family-Owned Horse Rule and National Championships Entries
Changes to the family-owned horse rule and the entry and purse structure of the NCHA Eastern and Western National Championships were approved by the NCHA Executive Committee at their meeting in Fort Worth on August 25-26.

At the 2014 NCHA Convention, several standing committees recommended changes to the family-owned horse rule. The rule that has been approved by the NCHA Executive Committee contains the same verbiage as AQHA uses. It is an established rule that has proven to work and has increased participation and entries.

Additionally, all age restrictions pertaining to a family-owned horse, have been removed at both the limited age event and weekend level. The updated rule is designed to encourage more participation in the sport.

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.

“For purposes of this rule ‘immediate family’ shall mean the member’s spouse, child, stepchild, parent, grandparents, grandchild, step-parent, sibling, half-sibling, step-sibling, spouse’s parent, spouse’s step-parent, sibling’s spouse, half-sibling’s spouse, step-sibling’s spouse, sibling’s child, sibling’s step-child, half-sibling’s child, half-sibling’s step-child, step-sibling’s child, step-sibling’s step-child, parent’s sibling, parent’s half-sibling, parent’s step-sibling, parent’s sibling’s child, parent’s sibling’s stepchild, parent’s half sibling’s child, parent’s half sibling’s stepchild, parent’s step sibling child, parent’s step sibling’s stepchild, legal ward or legal guardian.”
An ownership form must be filed with the NCHA office indicating the family relationship between the owner of the horse and the exhibitor prior to showing. This rule will go into effect with the 2015 point year.

Eastern and Western National Championships
In response to concerns about costs and decreasing entries at the Four Sixes Eastern and Western Championships, the entry fee for the 2014 point year Championships (held in 2015) has been reduced from $600 to $500. Additionally, all contestants in the horse classes will be allowed to show three horses. All contestants in the rider classes will be able to show two horses. This does not include the Youth classes.

To better position the shows financially, added money for the 2014 point year Championships will be $15,000 per class, an overall reduction from $200,000 to $150,000.

To better support the affiliates, exhibitors will be required to compete at one affiliate-approved show to qualify for the Eastern and Western Championships beginning with the 2015 point year (for the Championships held in 2016).

Additional Recommendations
The Executive Committee reviewed all of the standing committee recommendations from the NCHA Convention and all of the final rules and recommendations will be distributed as soon as the minutes are completed.

Nominations open for Zane Schulte Award
In honor and memory of Zane Schulte, the son of Thomas and Barbra Schulte, to be awarded annually to a professional trainer who exemplifies the character by which Zane Schulte is remembered: integrity, service, values, respect of their peers, contribution to the industry and excellence in the arena. Each year's winner is presented with a special bronze Zane Schulte Award trophy at the NCHA Futurity.

Nominations for the 2014 award are open through October 1. Nominate a trainer here.

Metallic Cat’s Offspring Reach $1 Million in Earnings
NCHA would like to congratulate the Fults Ranch on the success of their stallion, Metallic Cat. Metallic Cat’s offspring recently reached the $1 million mark in NCHA earnings with just one foal crop in the show pen.

Following the 2014 Great American Insurance Summer Cutting Spectacular, horses sired by Metallic Cat had earned $1,127,008. The young sire had offspring in every Derby finals with the exception of the John Deere Open, including two Open Finalists – Red Metallica, ridden by Beau Galyean, and Metallic Savanah, ridden by Wes Galyean. In the Non-Pro, Cody Hedlund made the finals on Meteles Cat, and Kelsey Weeks on Metallic Jones. Ashley Galyean also earned the Limited Non-Pro Reserve title on her horse, Sweet Metallic, and several also showed up in the Amateur finals.

Metallic Cat, a corporate partner of the NCHA, made his debut at the 2008 NCHA World Championship Futurity where he carried Beau Galyean to the Open Championship. The horse went on to earn the 2009 NCHA Horse of the Year award and was inducted into the NCHA Hall of Fame last year. With lifetime earnings of $637,711, Metallic Cat is the highest money earning stallion in the past 32 years.

Judges Recertification Seminar

All NCHA approved judges are required to attend at least one Recertification Seminar in 2014. The remaining seminars before the 2014 Futurity are:

  • October 9th at 12:00 noon at the Congress in Columbus, Ohio. (room to be determined)
  • October 14th at 4:00 p.m. (tentative date and time) before the Calgary Stampede Futurity. (room to be determined. All Canadian Judges must attend. Canadian ONLY Judges should contact Kevin Tienkamp for registration.
  • October 20th at 4:00 p.m. (tentative date and time) in Paso Robles, California at the Pacific Coast Futurity. (room to be determined)
  • Make-Up Seminar or The Final Seminar will be held on November 20th (or one day prior to the 2014 Futurity) at the Will Rogers Complex, Fort Worth, Texas. (The exact location and time will be determined).

NCHA Judges who do not attend a recertification seminar in 2014; will no longer be eligible to judge and will be removed from the judges list. All judges who have been removed from the list must wait twelve (12) months before reapplying for a new judge's card. Sign up now.

Standing Committee Recommendations from 2014 NCHA Convention
The NCHA Standing Committees met during the 2014 NCHA Convention June 20-22 at the Little America Hotel in Salt Lake City, Utah. The committees are tasked with making recommendations to the NCHA Board of Directors and Executive Committee regarding the Association's rules and policies and reviewing agenda items and rule recommendations submitted by NCHA members.

Each committee reviewed agenda items through an open portion of the meeting where any Convention attendee could comment on or ask questions about a particular agenda item. During the closed portion of the meeting, only committee members may comment on an item and vote.

Committee recommendations were presented to the board of directors and general membership meetings June 22. The recommendations were forwarded to the NCHA Executive Committee for consideration and approval in August.

To review each Committee's recommendations, please click here.

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