In the news . . .
Reyzin to the top
Reyzin and Phil Rapp marked 231 Saturday to win the fourth round and the Mercuria NCHA World Finals Open championship in Fort Worth.
A Little Bossy and R.L. Chartier took the World Championship, while NRR Cat King Cole, ridden by Tracy Barton, is the Reserve World Champion.
Reyzin, owned by Lori and Bobby Gale of Conway, South Carolina, strung together scores of 219, 221, 224.5 and 231 for the top total of 895.5. That gave earnings of $18,346 to win the World Finals title by $121 over Ichis My Choice, ridden by Grant Setnicka for J5 Horse Ranch. She finished sixth in the year-end standings.
A Little Bossy earned $98,246 for the year to earn his World Championship. The 11-year-old gelding is ridden by R.L. Chartier for Gary and Karen Fields of Weatherford, Texas. He’s by CD Lights out of the Smart Little Lena mare Pistol Smart, and he’ll be inducted into the NCHA Hall of Fame at the Convention next June.
Chartier’s rivals in the World Finals included his brother, Cullen, on Little Pepto Cat, and their father, Randy, on Cat Black I.
Reserve World Champion and Champion Stallion NRR Cat King Cole is a High Brow Cat son owned by North Ridge Ranch and ridden by Tracy Barton.
The World Champion Mare is Paula Wood’s Donas Suen Boon, by Boon Too Suen, trained by Kobie Wood. Donas Suen Boon finished fourth in the World Standings. Read more...
Wimberly wins Mercuria World Finals
Kaitlyn Wimberly of Millsap, Texas, brought a big lead to the 2016 Mercuria NCHA World Finals, but she didn’t stop there. She kept piling on the points with Light N Lily in the Watt Arena until she emerged with wins in the non-working finals, the Show Championship and the World Championship.
Wimberly strung together scores of 227, 221, 200 and 223.5 for a cumulative 871.5. That earned her $19,312, a lead of nearly $5,000 for the World Finals title. For the year, she collected $131,436, the second highest Non-Pro bankroll in history.
April Widman won the Reserve World Championship riding Woodys Baby. She will also be recognized as the top rider of a single horse through the year. Read more...
In the $5,000 Novice, Mike Wood and Buzzted marked 222.5 to win the second round and the non-working finals to earn a winning $3,981 at the World Finals.
Bred by Billy Martin by Light N Lena and owned by Christine King of Scottsdale, Arizona, Buzzted has career earnings of $230,000.
He finished the year in third place behind World Champion Hes Gotta Be Good, ridden by Tom Long for Phyllis Sorbet; and CR Kitts Gotta Gun, ridden by Gavin Jordan for Patty Walker.
This is the third straight year Wood has won the $5,000 Novice at the Mercuria NCHA World Finals. He scored with Scoot Justa Lil in 2014 and with Clays Little Kit Cat last year.
After winning the first round, Ed Wold and Big Bow Pepto tied for third in the second round to take the pencil final by half a point. That gave him $3,889 to win the Mercuria NCHA World Finals in the $50,000 Novice.
Bred by Alexa Stent, Big Bow Pepto is by Peptoboonsmal. He has earned more than $147,000 and was champion of the 6666 Ranch NCHA Eastern Nationals in the Open in 2014.
Shane Crawford of Mount Olive, Mississippi marked 218 to win the second round on his way to the World Championship. He rode War Dually to finish the year with earnings of $49,818. Karen Boughnou and Copenhagen Cat is Reserve World Champion with $40,202.
Jill Roth of Paso Robles, California, won the second round with a 225, the non-working finals, the Show Championship and the World Championship in the $25,000 Novice Non-Pro, riding Bea Pure Cat.
Bea Pure Cat was bred by Jim Crawford and is a full brother to 2012 NCHA Futurity champ He Bea Cat. Bea Pure Cat has earned more than $114,000. He got $3,797 of that at the World Finals, and finished the year with $35,518.
Lil Luigi Long Legs, shown by Sherry Graham, is the Reserve World Champion with $32,148.
Eric Schmoyer of Macungie, Pennsylvania, was batting a thousand at the Mercuria NCHA World Finals. He won all three rounds of the $15,000 Amateur division on Ms Nita to take the show title as well as the World Championship.
Ms Nita was bred by Kathleen Moore by Nitas Wood.
Schmoyer marked 222 and 220.5 in the go-rounds to win the pencil finals by more than 11 points. His $2,820 at the World Finals gave him the show championship and his $17,670 for the World Championship.
Jim Townsend is the Reserve World Champion with $13,394. Read more...
Beasley leading Amateurs
Julie Beasley of Montgomery, Alabama, brings a lead of 217 into Saturday’s final day of first-round competition in the Rios of Mercedes Amateur division at the Jerry’s Chevrolet NCHA Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance.
Five riders, Natalie Newby, Grace Ann Vangilder, Bella Anderson, Bill Paxton and Catherine Wunder, have posted 216s. Beasley is riding Metallic Twister, bred by Charlie Israel by Metallic Cat out of Some Kinda Twister. Read more...
NCHA Show Photography RFP
NCHA is soliciting bids for the position and designation as the “Official Photographer of the NCHA Triple Crown and National Championships Events.” Details for the bids are outlined here.
This request for proposal will be open for bids until 12:00 pm, December 15, 2016 and must be submitted to photoRFP@NCHAcutting.com.
NCHA launches Challenger Shows
New format offers fun, affordability
The National Cutting Horse Association has launched the Challenger Series, a new format of Weekend Shows aimed at giving weekend cutters a fun and affordable entryway to the sport. Challenger Shows will complement the existing NCHA Championship Shows, with lower cost and more flexibility for show producers.
"The Challenger Series is a brand new format, building on the foundation of the Grassroots Program," said NCHA President Chuck Smith (pictured). "The Challenger Series will make it easier for show producers and affiliates to create shows tailored to their unique situations.
"It also gives new people and current members who are just cutting for fun a better experience, while being rewarded for their efforts.”
The time-tested features of the traditional Championship Shows will continue, with a few new features.
Beginning with the 2017 point year, an awards and recognition program will be introduced for the new Challenger Shows, but Affiliates and other show producers may begin offering Challenger Shows (with no added money) even during the remainder of the 2016 point year. Added-money Challenger Shows will be allowed starting December 28, with the new point year. Read more...
Stallion subscription, foal nominations coming due
Foal Owners: Remember to send in your registration papers for foals that have already been nominated. (2011-2016 Foaling Years) December 31, 2016, is the deadline to nominate your 2016 foals to the Super Stakes for only $200! Nomination fees paid after the grace period will be subject to penalties. Click here for the foal nomination form.