Bosque Ranch and the NCHA teamed up to celebrate the achievements of the top riders in the NYCHA.
FORT WORTH – The inaugural Bosque Ranch NYCHA Benefit celebrated the achievements of the top five riders in the National Youth Cutting Horse Association (NYCHA) on February 4, 2023, at the renowned Bosque Ranch in Weatherford, Texas, as they competed for over $19,000 in scholarships.
Bosque Ranch strives to create an experience for the spectator while greatly enhancing the opportunities for riders that are not horse-aged specific to enhance the performance horse industry. This notion paired with the mission of the NYCHA to develop and grow youth members both in and out of the arena provided the landscape for a perfect evening of entertainment and fundraising opportunities.
Taylor Sheridan, Bosque Ranch owner, says, “The future of all performance horse industries lies squarely at the feet of our youth competitors. Creating opportunities for these young athletes to showcase their skill and their horses’ talent preserves the great heritage of the cutting horse and hopefully inspires more youth to pursue cutting as a pastime and a lifestyle.”
The competitors included Makayla Cowan of Ardmore, Okla., who rode Most Stylish Player to a 75 and first place finish, Faith Farris of Midway, Texas, Aden Bernhagen of Corsicana, Texas, Logan Harlan of Lincoln, Calif., and Brinley Lippincott of Cypress, Texas.
Following the competition, competitors and exhibitors alike enjoyed a cocktail reception in the infamous Nic’s Bar, dinner presented by Bosque Ranch's Executive Chef, Levi Gardner in association with Hurtado Barbecue and briskets provided by the 6666 Ranch and a special musical performance by Vincent Neil Emerson. An additional draw included members of the cast of Yellowstone in attendance to support the benefit.
“This was a fantastic event to showcase our NYCHA members to the local community,” said Jay Winborn, NCHA executive director. “Our youth are just as passionate about sharing the sport of cutting as they are with competing, and I thank Taylor for giving us this opportunity to showcase our sport in a new way. We greatly appreciate what Taylor continues to do to promote our way of life, and I’d also like to sincerely thank Megan, Kim, Brandon, Levi and the rest of the Bosque Ranch staff for all of their hard work to make this event so great. We are very excited to continue this event next year.”
Information for the 2024 Bosque Ranch NYCHA Benefit will be forthcoming. Please visit bosqueranchheadquarters.com to learn more about upcoming events at Bosque Ranch or NYCHA.us to learn more about the National Youth Cutting Horse Association and how you can support the future of the National Cutting Horse Association.