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Final Payment for 2016 NCHA Futurity is due Oct. 1.
Combo, Senior and Ltd Open classes are also due.


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In the news . . .

Message from NCHA President Chuck Smith
There appears to be some confusion concerning the action taken by the Executive Committee at its August 22, 2016 meeting to adopt a recommendation from the Non-Pro/Amateur Review Committee relating to the modification of the existing amateur exception rules effective in the 2017 point year. I am sending this correspondence to all directors in order to clarify any confusion that may exist.

The Amateur 10yr/$15,000 Exception Rule, which is currently in the Rule Book, allows past trainers who have trained astride in other equine disciplines to return to the Amateur division if certain requirements are met. That exception was recommended in 2009 as part of the Non Pro Amateur Task Force Proposal, was vetted by the Amateur Committee, was recommended to the Executive Committee by majority vote by the Amateur Committee and has been in the Rule Book since 2010 (See page 152 of the NCHA Rule Book).

The most recent recommendation from the Non Pro Amateur Review Committee that was considered and approved by the Executive Committee in its August 22, 2016 meeting was simply a modification of the time and monetary limits contained in the current exception rule. The adopted modification is applicable to the potential conversion to amateur status of a former trainer who trained astride in another equine discipline and to the potential conversion from non pro to amateur status for former trainer’s families. Neither the existing exception rule, nor the adopted modification to the exception rule, allow any former cutting horse trainer or assistant cutting horse trainer to qualify for Amateur status under any circumstances. The Executive Committee strongly endorsed these changes and these changes currently stand as approved.

The motion as approved by the Executive Committee was as follows: Read more...


Nominations due for Zane Schulte Award
October 1 is the deadline to nominate a professional cutting horse trainer for the prestigious Zane Schulte Memorial Award.

In honor and memory of Zane Schulte, the son of Thomas and Barbra Schulte, it is 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 trophy at the NCHA Futurity.

Nominations for the 2016 award will close October 1.

Complete the online form or see page 139 of the September Chatter to nominate a worthy professional trainer.


Pat Jacobs services
There will be a memorial service for Pat Jacobs at 7 p.m. on Saturday, October 8 at St. Ann Catholic Church, 700 SW Alsbury, Burleson, Texas. 

There will be western swing music and finger food.


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...


Setnicka, Bozeman win Mercuria at El Rancho
Grant Setnicka on Ichis My Choice and Stuart Bozeman on Checkers Live Oak, won the Open and Non-Pro finals, respectively, of the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at El Rancho Futurity Friday. Both horse and rider teams were claiming their second major wins of the year.

Setnicka, who tied for top score of 226 in the go-round, came back with a 229 in the finals to beat veteran rider Tom Shelly and Metalic Al by one point. The win was worth $13,676, taking Ichis My Choice’s career earnings over the quarter-million dollar mark.

Fresh from his win in the Non-Pro NCHA Classic Challenge, Stuart Bozeman of Idalou, Texas, and Checkers Live Oak marked 225 to earn $11,146 in the Mercuria finals at El Rancho. Janet Westfall placed second on Just As Reckless with a 221. Read more...


Take the road less traveled to the Calgary Stampede Cutting Horse Futurity, presented by Wrangler
On October 12-16, the Calgary Stampede will welcome hundreds of competitors from across North America to the annual Cutting Horse Futurity, presented by Wrangler. Some will fly in.

Others will come, hauling horses from thousands of miles away. The end goal is the prestigious competition in the state-of-the-art Agrium Western Event Centre. But getting here, and enjoying the city and surrounding countryside can make the experience just that much more memorable.

Calgary's Kristina Barnes visited with 2015 Open and Non-Pro champions, Russ Elrod and Carl Gerwien. Read more . . .


Stallion subscription, foal nominations coming due
Stallion Owners: October 1, 2016, is the deadline to subscribe your stallion for the 2017 Breeding Season for only $2,600! Subscription fees paid after the end of the grace period will be subject to penalties. Click here for the stallion subscription form.

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.

Click here for a listing of current subscribed stallions or nominated foals. Read more...






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