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Houston sets the stage for World Series

It's rodeo time in Houston and that means the second stop for the 2014 Mercuria World Series of Cutting Tour. The Open and Non-Pro draws are posted and are proof that this is one cutting you won’t want to miss.

The 2014 Houston Mercuria Champions, as well as the 2014 Mercuria World Finals Show Champions, Boyd Rice and CR Sun Reys, are entered. The mare, who is owned by Center Ranch and is by Dual Rey and out of Play Peek A Boon, has been a crowd favorite since Rice showed the mare at the 2011 NCHA World Championship Futurity. They posted an all-time record during the World Finals when they earned a cumulative 934 points through four go-rounds in Fort Worth and tied the all-time high score with a 233. The now 7-year-old mare has earned more than $275,000 with Rice, the 2014 National Reined Cow Horse Association’s World Greatest Horseman and NCHA Hall of Fame Rider.

Other top contenders on Houston’s roster include the recent San Antonio Mercuria Champions: Matt Gaines and Special Nu Baby, who wowed the audience with a 230-point run as the last horse in the Open finals a few weeks ago, which brought the mare’s earnings past the $350,000 mark.  Also on the list are: 2012 NCHA Open Futurity Co-Champions, Ronnie Rice and CR Tuff Hearted Cat; 2014 & 2013 NCHA Open World Champions Chubby Turner and One Time Choice; NCHA World Champion and National Cowgirl Hall of Fame Inductee Lindy Burch with her great mare, Louellas Cat, and World Champion Stallion, Auspicious Cat, with rider Ed Dufurrena. Cutting’s all-time leading money earner Phil Rapp is also headed to Houston with Reyzin, a horse he and his wife, Mary Ann, have ridden to more than $275,000. Read more . . .

"Special" start to the Mercuria NCHA World Series
The 2015 NCHA World Series of Cutting couldn't have had a better kick off than the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo on Feb 14 and 15. The Open and Non-Pro finals welcomed a packed house as visitors flocked to the stands, many of whom were witnessing cutting for the first time. World renowned rodeo announcer Hadley Barrett joined forces with NCHA World Champion Chubby Turner, to provide commentary throughout the finals.

Matt Gaines drew last on Special Nu Baby, owned by Gary and Shannon Barker, to take the competition by storm with a 230-point run. The 9-year-old mare added $11,094 to the her existing $342,000 record.

"Being last in the bunch, there weren't a lot of options left," said Gaines. "I don't know how good those cattle were. That mare just made them good. She was spot on. The last cow worried me a little bit because it got right up under to start with. I was really proud of her. She stayed really smart and stayed where she needed to."

In the Non-Pro, Dan Hansen rode Woody By Lucky, aka "Freak," to a 221 to win the finals as the first horse out in the set. The win added $8,300 to the gelding's $681,000 record and Hansen's $1.6 million in earnings. Read more . . .

Cutters Prepare to Jazz it up in Jackson
Cutters from around the globe will flock to the Kirk Fordice Equestrian Center in Jackson, Miss., March 9 – 21, as they vie for more than $400,000 in payouts, buckles and prizes in pursuit of a National Cutting Horse Association Eastern National Championship title.

The event, presented by the Four Sixes Ranch, caters to the weekend competitors of the NCHA that have hauled the previous year. From novice riders to seasoned professionals, there's a class for everyone, and chance to win some big checks. The event opens at 8 a.m. daily and is free to spectators. It also features a Western lifestyle tradeshow with vendors from all over. From tack and jewelry to western apparel and home décor, the shopping experience and southern hospitality of Jackson serve as the backdrop for one of the most-anticipated cutting events of the year. Read more . . .

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.

Cowtown Showdown
The National Cutting Horse Association has selected four NCHA Hall of Fame Riders to represent the Association at the 2015 Markel AQHA Cowtown Showdown, presented by the City of Fort Worth,  March 7 at 5 pm at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in celebration of the American Quarter Horse Association’s 75th Anniversary.

The NCHA will be joined by the National Reined Cow Horse Association and the National Reining Horse Association as each group celebrates the talents and versatility of the American Quarter Horse by showcasing the skills of their specific disciplines. Their performances will be judged by past AQHA Professional Horsemen and Horsewomen of the Year. Also joining this elite group of talented professionals will be horses and riders from six historic ranches, including Burnett Ranches, the King Ranch, Pitchfork Land & Cattle Co. and more,  that have consecutively bred American Quarter Horses for the past 75 years. This group will compete in a class similar to AQHA Ranch Versatility by showcasing their skills in cow work, roping and ranch-type trail obstacles.

Adding to the excitement of this exclusive equine event, Grammy award winner Lyle Lovett will perform the National Anthem before he displays his own riding talents in the NRHA group. Read more . . .

Members Hall of Fame nominations open
The criteria and form for submitting nominations to the Members Hall of Fame were recently updated. Nominations may be submitted at any time but should be received in the NCHA offices by no later than March 1 of each year to be considered for induction that year. Nominations are kept on file and included for review for five years.

The Members Hall of Fame was specifically established to recognize individuals for accomplishments out of the cutting pen. In order to honor those individuals, we need help in locating those deserving persons. If you feel you know of someone that qualifies for the NCHA Members Hall of Fame, please review the criteria, complete the nomination form, and send in a maximum of five letters of support to the NCHA outlining their accomplishments. Read more . . .

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


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