In the news . . .
Mercuria widens Special Nu Baby's lead
Matt Gaines and Barker Ranch's Special Nu Baby, by Dual Rey, marked 229 to win the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting Open finals at the South Point Equestrian Center's "Mane Event" on August 22. The $10,407 paycheck will extend their substantial lead in the 2015 World Champion's race. It was the second Mercuria win this year for the 9-year-old mare, who marked a 230 when she won at the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo back in February.
Fifteen-year-old Brandon Westfall of Los Olivos, California, marked 228 on Gentle Ben to win the Mercuria Non-Pro finals, earning $6,541. Brandon Dufurrena of Gainesville, Texas was second with a 223 on Purple Reyn, whil Madalyn Colgrove was third with a 220 on Smart Whittle Margie. It was Westfall's second Mercuria World Series win with Gentle Ben. The team also won at the Pacific Coast Derby in 2014. Read more...
Inside the Judges Stand: Riding with a Loose Rein
In the sixth episode of this popular series, NCHA Director of Judges Russell McCord looks at riding with a loose rein.
Zane Schulte nominations open
Nominations are now being accepted online for the the Zane Schulte Memorial Award, which will be presented at the 2015 NCHA Futurity 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.
The cutting edge for animal welfare
by Sally Harrison
The National Cutting Horse Association, producer of the world’s richest equine events outside of racing and a leader in animal welfare, recently unveiled a custom-built horse ambulance to be available on-site at all major NCHA events.
“We were the first western stock horse performance association to develop a medication policy and now we are the first to provide an on-site ambulance with a specially trained emergency team,” said Lindy Burch, past president of the association and chairman of its Horse and Cattle Welfare Committee.
“Hopefully we never have an accident, but if we do, we can safely and easily move an animal into the ambulance, where it can be stabilized by our on-site veterinarian, and transported from the arena to an emergency equine veterinary clinic.”
Jerry Durant, owner of Durant Auto Group and a cutting horse owner, has donated the use of a new Chevy pickup for the ambulance during the NCHA shows.
The ambulance was custom built by Kyle Zanetti Trailers, Weatherford, Tex., with input from Burch, NCHA Welfare Committee member Chris Benedict, and two equine sports veterinary specialists. Its many features include a hydraulic ramp and a winch-operated Becker sling system to stabilize or suspend a horse, depending on its injuries.
NCHA Committee Recommendations
During the NCHA Convention held June 19 – 21, the NCHA Standing Committees met and formulated recommendations that will be sent to the Executive Committee for potential approval at their fall meeting. Agenda items are not listed if the committee took “No Action” or “Tabled” the item. (View Recommendations).
NCHA European Championship slated for 2015
The first NCHA European Championship will take place during Equita Lyon Oct. 28 – Nov. 1, 2015. A cumulative score between two go-rounds will crown the Champions of the much-anticipated event.
Divisions will include Open, Non-Pro, $15,000 Amateur and Youth. Riders will qualify by competing in NCHA-approved shows or NCHA-approved Grass Roots Cuttings. The top 25 riders plus ties with the most points on Sept. 30, 2015 will be qualified for the NCHA European Championship.
“This event was created to give European show producers incentive to organize approved shows and to encourage riders to compete,” said European secretary Peggy Parage. “Right now show producers are more interested in organizing approved events because they want to give riders the opportunity to get points for the European Championship. And second the riders want to invest more time and money to compete in approved shows because they want to ride for those points and try to qualify for the European Championship. So we hope that the sport of cutting will get more popular in Europe and that the cutting industry will grow again.”
For more information on the 2015 NCHA European Championship, visit www.nchaeurope.com
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