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NCHA LogoThe NCHA Convention is fast approaching so please make your plans today! NCHA members are scheduled to meet on June 24 – 26, 2016, in Grapevine, Texas, at the beautiful Hilton DFW Lakes Hotel. The hotel room cutoff date is June 6, so be sure and make your hotel reservations as soon as possible to ensure you are able to get the NCHA group rate of $126/night. You may make your hotel reservations here. To make phone reservations, please dial 1-800-984-1344 and ask for the NCHA Convention rate. For those flying in, the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle.

You may register for the Convention here and find the schedule of committee meetings and other events here. Be sure and register by June 15. After June 15, the registration fee increases to $175.

This year, we are rolling out the red carpet and putting on our best western dressy attire to celebrate the accomplishments of NCHA’s Hall of Fame inductees. It is a lifelong accomplishment to be included in the Riders, Non-Pro, Horse and Members Halls of Fame for many. We hope you’ll join us Saturday night, June 25 for this great event. Through a grant from the Dogwood Foundation, the evening will include a full, table-service banquet. Everyone who is registered for the Convention is invited to attend the banquet as part of their registration fee of $125. As this is a plated dinner, we are asking spouses or others who are not attending the Convention meetings to pay a fee of $50. The night will feature live music, video tributes to our inductees and a great meal. Don’t miss this chance to honor our legends.

As a reminder, directors MUST be registered for the Convention and attend the regional directors meetings (on Saturday morning) and both board of directors meetings (Friday evening and Sunday morning) to be counted as present for the Convention. You cannot miss two consecutive Conventions or two during your three year term and maintain your place on the board.

Join us Thursday, June 23 for the 6th Annual Zack T Wood Memorial Golf Tournament sponsored by T-Cross Ranches and the Norris Foundation. The 4-man scramble starts at 1:00pm at Sky Creek Golf Club in Keller, Texas. You may register here. Hole sponsorships are available and benefit the NCHA Foundation. For more information, please contact Rebecca Brian.

We look forward to seeing you all in June. If you have any questions or want to register for the Convention, please contact Pam Robison in the NCHA office at (817) 244-6188.

Three to be inducted into NCHA Members Hall of Fame

NCHA LogoRobert Charles Brown of Tallulah, Louisiana; Jerry Durant of Weatherford, Texas; and Bob Mayfield of Wills Point, Texas, will be inducted into the NCHA Members Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 25 at the 2016 NCHA Convention.

All three inductees have been enthusiastic cutters and NCHA supporters for decades.

Brown has served as an affiliate officer and as an NCHA director for many years, and he has been involved with several of the sport’s biggest limited age events, including the Southern and Tunica Futurities, the Cotton Stakes and The Ike Derby & Classic.

Durant, a prominent auto dealer and civic leader in North Texas, has been a successful breeder, owner and rider of cutting horses. He has owned reserve champions in four of NCHA’s Triple Crown shows and he was won Non-Pro championships at Augusta, Gold Coast and the Brazos Bash. Durant has been a long-time supporter of NCHA events and programs, and is the title sponsor of the 2016 NCHA Futurity.

Mayfield, who served as NCHA President in 2007, was a long-time NCHA director who has been active in Area 24 for more than three decades. Always active in the community, he was named Wills Point Man of the Year. After serving as a fireman, he became probably the first NCHA President to have delivered a baby.

Riders, Non-Pros and horses will also be inducted into the Hall of Fame on June 25.

The Riders Hall of Fame will welcome Tarin Rice and Mike Wood.

Non-Pro Hall of Fame inductees will be Bill Cowan, Cody Hedlund, Nelson Knight, Ty Moore, Cade Shepard, and Kaitlyn Wimberly.

Going into the Horses Hall of Fame are Junie Wood and Special Nu Baby.

The Hall of Fame Banquet will be held during the NCHA Convention at the Hilton DFW Lakes, 1800 Hwy 26 East, Grapevine, Texas.

Foal nominations approach deadline

Super StakesNominations of 2015 foals for the NCHA Super Stakes Program are closing in on two thousand with just a few days left before the deadline. The grace period for nominating any foals from 2011 through 2015 ends May 11.

“To date, we’ve received 1,956 foal nominations for the 2015 foaling year, so we’re just 44 away from reaching 2,000,” said NCHA Treasurer Angie Highland. “We are currently in the grace period for the rollback deadline. Members have until May 11 to send their nominations to the NCHA Office.”

NCHA names Terry Bassett to key post

Terry Bassett

Terry Bassett

The National Cutting Horse Association has named Terry Bassett of Colorado Springs, Colorado, as its Chief Marketing Officer.

In his new role, Bassett will serve as the lead business development officer of the association, developing strategies that will improve NCHA’s bottom line, grow its fan base and add new members and new participants.

Bassett comes to NCHA after five years as Executive Vice President of Sales and Partnership Marketing at Professional Bull Riding, Inc where lead a team to secure significant growth in new sponsorship revenue and merchandising and licensing profit and 95%+ rate for partnership renewals.

Prior to joining PBR, Bassett held senior marketing positions in the automotive racing industry, and with the National Football League’s Miami Dolphins.

“We’re very excited to bring someone with Terry’s talent, experience, and proven ability onto our team,” said Jim Bret Campbell, Executive Director of the NCHA. “He will work closely with our sponsors, industry partners and prospects as we move forward with NCHA’s marketing efforts.”

Bassett began working for NCHA on May 1 at the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships being held in Denver through May 6.

Based in Fort Worth, Texas, the National Cutting Horse Association has members around the world. It produces and oversees cutting horse shows that pay out in excess of $35 million annually.
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NCHA Western Nationals kick off April 27

NCHA Western NationalsThe 21st annual 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships will kick off in Denver’s National Western Events Center on April 27 and run through May 6. With $150,000 in added money, the prestigious show has attracted more than 700 entries from across the United States and Canada who will vie for National titles for the 2015 point year in 12 divisions of NCHA competition.

The Western Nationals spotlights the National Cutting Horse Association’s grassroots cutters whose support of weekend shows drives NCHA’s growth, and the talent assembled at this year’s Western Nationals gets a five-star rating.

The Open and Novice classes will see NCHA Hall of Fame riders going head-to-head including Tracy Barton, Pete Branch, Randy Chartier, Scott Martin, Russ Miller, Mike Wood, and Guy Woods, along with recent NCHA Super Stakes Champion Kenny Platt. They will also be meeting former Western Nationals Champions Scott Amos, Lawson Hadlock, Roper Curtiss, and Will Nuttall.

The NCHA Western National Championships are presented by the legendary 6666 Ranch of Guthrie, Texas. The ranch stands some of the most well-respected Quarter Horse stallions in the industry, with elite broodmares that produce superior individuals for cutting, ranch work and racing.

Each year, contestants from around the world compete for more than $30 million in prizes in National Cutting Horse Association produced or approved shows. For more information, visit