Let me introduce myself. I am Raymond Shumate. I am a native of Bluefield, West Virginia. I served in the United States Air Force for 5 years before starting my horse training career
in 1982. I began my training endeavor with Pat Earnheart in Hernando, Mississippi. From there I moved to south Texas to work for Sam Wilson. I also worked in Colorado, Chappell Hill, Texas for Jon White and at the Slate River Ranch in Virginia
before returning to south Texas to finish my horse training career. I had the privilege of working for the same owner for 20 years.
I began producing the Waco Texas Futurity in 2009. Prior to that I served on the board and as president of the Waller County Cutting Horse Association. I am currently on the LAE show producers committee and a past NCHA director. I am also a AAAA
My training experience has varied from hauling Open horses in the top 15, showing in limited age events and hauling Amateurs, Non-Pros and Youth competitors for the top 15.
I believe that my highlight as an NCHA member is the transformation of the Waco Futurity into the success that it is today. This aged event coupled with weekend shows is a fun show environment for all involved. We strive to make it better and
more user friendly each year.
My vision for the NCHA would be to have ongoing, consistent information dissemination to its members. I feel that the organization could improve on how we educate our members – from new members all the way to enlightening existing members
on the varied aspects of our industry. I want to aid our members in accessing pertinent information when it comes to new rules, rule changes or clarifications. I want to share the ins and outs of producing a show with our members. I want breeders
to share their expertise in this aspect of the industry. And lastly, I want exhibitors to be filled with knowledge about judging procedures. I think that if the hows and whys of our sport are elaborated on, we can all be a more cohesive unit.
I would love to see a social media campaign for FAQs, little known facts, and explanation of rules.
I want to thoughtfully consider all petitions presented to me without making hasty decisions. If someone comes to me with a proposal, question, or problem, I want to delve into this with as much research as possible. Therefore, I can feel confident
in my answer.
I want to make the NCHA a premier organization with national notoriety. I would like to procure more corporate sponsors. I would also like to see our sport presented across a wider variety of media – ideally RFD TV or the Cowboy
I would like to have a member recognition/appreciation program for longevity, contributions and accomplishments outside of the Members Hall of Fame. There are many members that may never reach the Hall Of Fame criteria, but have left
their mark nonetheless. This is one way to encourage member retention.
Please consider me for your vote for NCHA vice president. I am passionate about this organization and the sport that we represent which maintains our western heritage. Please feel free to contact with me by phone 936-870-8561 or email
firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or concerns.