Offering a total of $50,000 in added money at each series event, the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting has become a highlight of the annual cutting horse competition year attracting highly competitive horses and riders to the event in their quest for NCHA World Champion and Horse of the Year honors.
Offering cutting in an entertaining, fast-paced format, the event has drawn crowds in the thousands from across the United States, and Canada.
“The Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting and the Mercuria NCHA World Championship Finals has become a valued showcase for the seasoned cutting horse,” said NCHA Past President Ernie Beutenmiller Jr. “Along with that, is the opportunity to see the sport expand through the exposure of these veteran horses to a new audience. The growth of the event in Canada and Europe has served as testimony to the global appeal of the sport, as well.”
In the series, horses and riders compete in non-professional or open competition. Mercuria and NCHA add a total of $25,000 to each event, with an additional $25,000 provided by the host organization. A whopping $400,000 in added money will be awarded across the event series, with an additional $200,000 added to the Mercuria NCHA World Championship Finals held in conjunction with the NCHA Futurity in December.
“Joining NCHA in the recognition of these athletes fits the goals of Mercuria in the support of communities in which Mercuria conducts business,” said Mike Redenbaugh, Mercuria, President. “NCHA members are largely rural and the majority live in states where cutting horse competitions thrive.”
Ashley Davis Claims 5K N/NP Win
Ashley Davis and CDs Pepto Gal won the $5,000 Novice Non-Pro. Hart Photography.
Ashley Reese Davis, Texarkana, Tex., scored 214 points on CDs Pepto Gal to win the $5,000 Novice/Non-Pro championship on Wednesday, at the NCHA 6666 Eastern Nationals in Jackson, Miss. Priscilla Crawley Wilson, Rosenberg, Tex., scored 213 points on Yadayadayadatime for the reserve championship, while Becky Elliott, Estill, S.C., placed third with 212 points on Lafite R Hot.
Davis, with NCHA lifetime earnings of $66,702, placed as an NCHA Eastern Nationals Senior Youth finalist in 2008, 2009 and 2011, riding Bald Face Dually. In 2015, she placed as a non-pro finalist in The Non-Pro Cutting, and also earned reserve in the Non-Pro Limited division, with Haida The Cat.
CDs Pepto Gal LTE $21,449, by High Brow CD, was reserve champion under McCall Hansma in the 2016 Breeders Invitational 5/6 Non-Pro Limited, as well a non-pro 5/6 finalist with Hansma in The Non-Pro Cutting. The 7-year-old mare is out of Little Pepto Gal LTE $490,951, the 2002 NCHA Horse of the Year and producer of earners of $874,656, including CDs Pepto Gal’s three-quarter brother, Little Pepto Cat LTE $416,514.
Reserve champion Priscilla Wilson on Yadayadayadatime.
In addition to her reserve championship in the $5,000 Novice/Non-Pro, Priscilla Wilson, also placed fourth with Yadayadayadatime and eleventh on Total Reycall in Tuesday’s $25,000 Novice Non-Pro Finals. Wilson, with NCHA lifetime earnings of $297,611, also placed with Yadayadayadatime in the finals of the 2017 Augusta Futurity 5/6 Non-Pro and with Puddy Isas Puddydoes in the Augusta Futurity 4-Year-Old Non-Pro division.
Five-year-old Yadayadayadatime LTE $32,449 is by One Time Pepto and a half-brother to Yadacat LTE $93,609.
Becky Elliott had ridden horses for years, before she discovered cutting in 1988, while visiting Augusta, Ga., home of the Augusta Futurity. Since that introduction, Elliott has earned more than $400,000 in NCHA competition and watched her daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth and Skip Queen, become accomplished cutters. Elizabeth, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame rider and 2009 NCHA Non-Pro World Champion, has earned $1.5 million, while Skip, an NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame rider turned professional, has earned $2 million.
Six-year-old Lafite R Hot LTE $15,480 is by Spots Hot and out of the High Brow Cat daughter Cateau Lafite.