Travel restrictions due to VS

Travel restrictions introduced following recent outbreaks of Vesicular stomatitis in several states may affect cutters planning on attending some shows.

Check the travel requirements of your state or country of destination before transporting livestock.

Vesicular stomatitis has most recently been identified in Pecos County, Texas.

“Some states and other countries may restrict movement of, or impose additional requirements for susceptible species moving from states with active cases of VS,” says the Texas Animal Health Commission. “It is important for shippers or haulers of livestock to contact states of destination well in advance of scheduled movements to determine their entry requirements. For international export information, the USDA Veterinary Services office in Austin, Texas, should be contacted.”

Other recent outbreaks of VS have been reported in Utah, New Mexico and Arizona.

Canada, home of the upcoming Calgary Stampede, currently has restricted travel of horses that have been in the affected states.


Butlin “Whisps” $5,000 Novice/Non-Pro

In the $5,000 Novice/Non-Pro finals of this year’s NCHA Western Nationals, Brian Butlin topped the leader board on his horse This Whisps A Cat after marking a 217 in the finals.

The Arizona cutter purchased the mare (WR This Cats Smart x Miss Whisp x Docs Okie Quixote) in May of last year. She was bred by Thomas Mertle, Windsor, Calif., and has earned just over $40,000 in the show pen. She was a finalist at the 2012 PCCHA Fall Classic/Challenge in the Limited Non-Pro, the 2012 El Rancho Cutting Classic in the $50,000 Amateur and the the 2012 NCHA Western Nationals Championships in the $15,000 Novice/Non-Pro with her previous owner, M K Maxeiner.

Butlin’s win in Reno places his earnings right at $80,000.

Slot Cutting offers big bucks to cutters

Western BloodstockNCHA, in partnership with Western Bloodstock, Ltd., has announced The Showdown in Cowtown, two new slot cuttings that will run in conjunction with the 2015 Great American Insurance NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular and the 2015 NCHA World Championship Futurity. These events will offer riders in three divisions – Open, Non-Pro and Amateur – a shot at cashing in on what could be the biggest paychecks of their cutting careers.

The first Slot Cutting will be open to horses ages 4 to 6 that are entered in the 2015 NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular. The second Slot Cutting during the NCHA Futurity will be open to any horse age 4 and up. Based on selling 100 slots in each division, the Open Champions will receive $100,000, the Non-Pro Champions $60,000 and the Amateur Champions $30,000 in each Slot Cutting.

There will be only 100 slots sold in each division. Each division will consist of one go-round and a 20-horse finals. All 20 places in each division will be paid with 20th place receiving twice the cost of the slot fee. In the event of a tie, there will be a work-off to determine a champion. The go-round for the Summer slot cutting will be at the Silverado Arena, Weatherford, Texas, July 9-10, with the finals to take place at the Will Rogers Memorial Center (dates to be announced). December’s slot cutting will be held at the Will Rogers Memorial Center (dates to be announced).

“I want to thank Jeremy and Candace Barwick and Western Bloodstock for bringing a slot cutting into our sport as a great addition for multiple reasons,’ said NCHA Executive Director Jim Bret Campbell. “First of all, from a competitor’s and owner’s standpoint, it’s going to offer huge payouts and give those horses an even greater chance at increasing their earnings. Second, these events will feature some of NCHA’s greatest horses and riders and will be incredible to watch. The Showdown will offer a great avenue for us to promote our sport and both Triple Crown events. We look forward to the possibilities this concept will introduce.”

Slot Purchases
Slots for the summer Slot Cutting will be available June 1. Once purchased, the owner retains that slot forever as long as the annual slot fee is paid. Slots are transferrable. Each owner may only possess one slot in each division; however, an owner can purchase a slot(s) owned by someone else from year-to-year. An Open rider may own a slot and show a horse owned by another slot owner in the Open division.

To purchase slots, contact Western Bloodstock, Ltd. (817) 594-9210;

Barbi Madgwick Sweeps $15,000 Novice/Non-Pro

Barbi Madgwick, Melba, Idaho, hauled her horse Sweet Southern Grace to Reno for the NCHA Western Nationals and picked up $4,020 for doing so. The two cut to a 221 in the $15,000 Novice/Non-Pro finals to earn top honors and best the 25-horse field by three points. Their efforts proved consistent as the win came after the two also led the go-round with a 221.5-point run the day before.

Madgwick and her paint mare, appropriately referred to as “Grace,” cut fourth in the first set of the finals to secure the win.

Sweet Southern Grace (Sweet Lil Pepto x Lil Southern Grace [PT] x Grays Starlight) has earned $33,514 now after her win in Reno. Madgwick, who has been showing for 20 years, has reached earnings in excess of $210,000.

Convention news you can use

NCHA LogoThe NCHA Convention is fast approaching so please make your plans today! NCHA members are scheduled to meet on June 19 – 21, 2015, in Grapevine, Texas, at the beautiful Hilton DFW Lakes Hotel. 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.

Standing Committee Chairs are working on the agendas for their committees now. If you have a rule (or potential rule) that you feel should be addressed by a specific committee, please fill out the Rule Change Proposal Form here. The deadline for submitting is May 15. The agendas for all committees will be posted on the NCHA website in advance of the Convention.

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. I hope you’ll join us Saturday night, June 20 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 $100. As this is a plated dinner, we are asking spouses or others who are not attending the Convention meetings to pay a fee of $25. The night will feature live music, video tributes to our inductees and a great meal. Don’t miss this chance to honor our legends.

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 $125.

Join us Thursday June 18th 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 1:30pm at The Tribute at the Colony Golf Course. 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.