“Back the Blue” with NCHA

With the assistance of Cutting Horse Central, the National Cutting Horse Association is inviting local law enforcement and their families to come join us for a special opening ceremony for the Open and Non Pro NCHA Derby Finals at on August 6 at 3 p.m. in Fort Worth’s Will Rogers Coliseum during the NCHA Summer Spectacular, presented by Great American Insurance.

  • Free ticket for ALL local law enforcement officers, fire fighters, first responders and their families
  • Be part of this special event and stay to watch the NCHA Great American Insurance Summer Cutting Spectacular championship finals featuring some of the top Cutting Horses and riders in the world!
  • All officers are invited to the arena as we honor them in a special opening ceremony and show our support
  • The Fort Worth Mounted Patrol and Weatherford Sheriff’s Posse will present the colors
  • Everyone is invited to wear blue colors to show your support
    We will have special Back the Blue bracelets and American flags available to the first 600 people to come through the doors
  • Special guest performance by up and coming local country singer Garrett Bradford and performing his new song “I Back The Blue”
  • Ceremonies start at 3 p.m. sharp so please come early to get your seat

NYCHA auction raises $79,200

NYCHAThe generosity of donors and sponsors helped raise $79,200 for NYCHA and Cooks Children’s Hospital Friday night at the annual NYCHA Awards Gala.

An egg from Holly Is Smooth, the mare that carried Lane Cooper to a record 233 Thursday in the NYCHA Senior Scholarship cutting, was donated by Gary Rosenbach of Rose Valley Ranch and purchased by Steve and Michelle Anderson for $30,000 to top the auction.

A breeding to Smooth As A Cat (the sire of Holly Is Smooth), was donated by Manion Ranch and purchased by Silverbrook Ranches for $11,000.

Western Bloodstock Ltd. provided the auctioneer and bid spotters.

Chad and Amie Bushaw’s Crown Ranch sponsored the evening’s entertainment, Jason Cassidy.

Item Price Buyer Donor
Smooth As A Cat Breeding $11,000 Silverbrook Ranches Manion Ranch
Shorty’s Custom Hat $1,000 Bill Pierce Shorty’s Hattery
Big Island Condo $3,000 Kevin/Melissa Dukes Debbi Rousey
Don Bell Art $1,500 Bryant Slaughter Don Bell
Day of Fishing $1,200 Paula Wood Hydie McAlister
Prom Dress – 1 $550 Stacey Croft Beechfork Ranch
Prom Dress – 3 $1,650 Daryl Shelton Beechfork Ranch
Tom Watson Flag $2,700 Doug Varnadore Tom & Hilary Watson
Gulf Shores AL Condo $2,300 William Cole Henderson Auction Svcs
Brooks/Dunn $1,500 Phil Rapp Barbra Brooks
Brooks/Dunn $1,300 Michael Cooper Barbra Brooks
Puppy $2,000 Mauldin’s Chad/Amie Bushaw
Long Range Rifle $5,200 Jeremy Barwick McAlister Investment Real Estate/Best of The West TV Show
PBR Tickets $1,300 Mike Wood – Texas Jim Haworth
Maui Condo $2,500 David Stone Dr Lisa Stephens
Lifetime NCHA Membership $1,000 Mike Wood – Texas NCHA
Roven Estate Trip $5,700 H McAlister/S Beach Charles and Stephanie Roven
2017 NCHA Fut Tickets $1,000 Phil Rapp NCHA
K Kelly Spurs $1,500 Chris Thibodeaux Kerry Kelly Custom Bits and Spurs
TCU Baseball Tickets $700 Jeremy Barwick Lee Tennison
Ranchology Necklace $600 Robin Packard Ranchology, Inc
Holly Is Smooth Egg $30,000 Steve/Michelle Anderson Gary Rosenbach of Rose Valley Ranch

Credit goes to the Youth Finals Committee: Sharon Beach, Chairman; Jeanine Slaughter – World Finals Chair; Jody McGlothlin – Leadrship Conference Chair, Officer Training Co-Chair; Janet Cagley – Family Fun Night – Co-Chair, Chelsa Crouch – Family Fun Night – Co Chair & Shirt Designer; Johnna Shelton – Volunteer Initiative, Office Training Co-Chair; Amie Bushaw – Program & Live Auction Chair; Tracy Farris – Arts & Crafts Chair.

Youth Week sponsors include:

  • Faith Mountain Ranch
  • Edward Jones & Tommy Neal
  • John & Lica Pinkston
  • Callahan Famimly
  • Anderson Cattle Co
  • Miles & Becky Elliott
  • Dennis Moreland Tack
  • Horseware Ireland
  • David & Kim Murray
  • Hydie McAlister
  • Daryl & Johnna Shelton
  • Veda’s Awesome Framing
  • Bill & Mary Lee Dixon
  • Henderson Auctions
  • Lawrence Klamon Jr
  • Gist Silversmiths
  • Classic Equine
  • Martin Saddlery
  • Kerry Kelley Bits & Spurs
  • Matthews Cutting Horses
  • Sean Ryon Western Store
  • Mike Wood
  • Skip & Elizabeth Queen
  • Linda Holsey
  • Jimmy & Carolyn Farris
  • Gus & Janic Trocjac
  • Lynann Farris
  • Farris Insurance
  • Jody & Clay Cerny
  • Stephen & Becky Drake
  • Raymond Shumate
  • Jay & Devon Klamon
  • Billy Emerson
  • Pocket Stable
  • Skip Hobbs
  • Cowboy Trailer Sales
  • Chickadees Embroidery
  • KW Design Group
  • Rios of Mercedes
  • Cinch/Cruel Girl
  • J3 Cutting Horses
  • Jackpot Ranch
  • Horsemen for Christ
  • Big Sky Internet Design
  • Lamb Ranch
  • Sarco Creek Ranch
  • Farris Ranch
  • Cutting Horse Central

Kadee Belle Hall:
Under the influence of cutting

An Oklahoma cowgirl follows in her family’s footsteps of cutting championships.

For Kadee Belle Hall, cutting isn’t just a rodeo sport, but a way of life. She comes from a long line of notable cutters, such as her father, Shannon Hall, who has a decorated past as an Open cutting horse champion. Now, Hall has her own title: National High School Girls Cutting Champion.

Kadee Belle Hall

Kadee Belle Hall with with Senorita Spoon.

Hall, who will be a senior at Velma-Alma High School this fall, has proven that, while high school may be ending soon, her competitive drive remains. Hall traveled to Gillette, Wyoming for the National High School Finals Rodeo in July to compete for a national title.

Hall competed in the reined cow horse, breakaway and barrel racing, but ultimately, cutting was her “sweet-spot” at this finals.

“I have shown cutting horses for a while now,” Hall said. “My horse is Senorita Spoon (owned by Billy Emerson). I have become very confident and comfortable on her. We know each other inside and out…I knew that she would give me 100%.”

Hall hasn’t always been as passionate about cutting as she is now. For a while, she gave up cutting to focus on school sports and other hobbies, but when her sister won a national title of her own, all of that changed.

“When my older sister, Whitney, won Nationals, I decided to start showing again.”

Hall’s sister, Whitney, is also an extremely decorated cutter. From showing in the National Cutting Horse Association in both Youth and Non-Professional classes, as well as competing in both high school and collegiate rodeo, Whitney has established herself as a strong competitor in the cutting and roping pens. Whitney helped Kadee Belle in her early cutting days.

“When we were young, she taught me how to cut my cows by using toy horses and cows,” Hall said. “She was never a nice cow. [Whitney] has always been there to encourage me…She is the first person I call after I show.”

While her sister’s guidance and encouragement has played a large factor in where she is today, Hall’s largest influence has been her father, Shannon.

“He is one of the best. He can make a horse do anything and they do it well,” Hall said.

numberThere is no doubt that family ties have influenced Hall’s riding abilities, and they have also helped her learn to strategize and get through challenging situations inside and outside of the cutting pen. On the way to the National High School Finals Rodeo, Hall’s family stopped to honor a close family friend, Don Strain, at his funeral.

“Don was a hero to me,” Hall said. “He was a great friend. He always encouraged me. He told me at [Oklahoma State High School Rodeo Finals] that he would be at Nationals to watch me show. I put a ribbon on my back number to make sure he was there with me, and his wonderful wife, Kathy, came to watch me in the short-go, which made that moment extra special.”

With emotions running high and a last-hole draw in the final round, Hall was going to have to get her mental game prepared.

“I was dead last,” Hall said. “I knew I needed a 142 or better to win it. I tried to just calm down and go cut…When the buzzer went off, I felt so relieved.”

Hall was in shock when they announced her score of 145.5, and she knew that she was the National Champion.

“I had finally accomplished my dream…When I saw my dad, he was crying and I just couldn’t help it,” Hall said. “When I saw how proud he was, it made my whole day.”

Hall was instantly swarmed by reporters and friends offering congratulations. It hadn’t even sunken in what she had just accomplished.

Even with a huge title to her name, Hall has a rodeo motto that she is sticking to. It is advice that we could all take to heart.

“Always do your best, have fun and live with the results,” Hall said. “I went in to Nationals knowing that I could do it, but also knowing that, whatever is in God’s will, that is what I want to happen. Win, lose or draw.”

Hall doesn’t know exactly what’s next for her, but one thing she knows for sure is that she wants to continue to rodeo.

Rodeo is made easier with friends and family to support you through long weekends and performance slumps. Between her parents, sisters, friends and sponsors, Hall knows the importance of a support team in a sport like rodeo.

“Support systems are very important,” Hall said, “When…you kind of just want to quit, they are right there to pick you up and tell you to keep going. My freshman year, I didn’t even make it back to the short-go…my support system was there to…make me try again, and thankfully they did or I wouldn’t have been [back] there to win it.”

Hall wants to thank some of those members of her support team, such as her sponsors, OE Nutralics and Pioneer Cellular. She also wants to thank her friends and family for the encouragement and kind words. Lastly, she wants to thank Don Strain and Greg Welch for being her guardian angels and helping her accomplish her dreams.

Spotlight on achievement at NYCHA Awards Gala

NYCHAThe National Youth Cutting Horse Association Awards Gala is Friday July 29, 2016 in the RoundUp Inn at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum Complex, beginning at 6:30pm.

As always, the evening will spotlight the achievements of NYCHA members from throughout the year, as well as at the NCHA Summer Spectacular.

New this year to the Gala will be the 1st Annual NYCHA Live Auction benefiting the NYCHA and Cooks Children Hospital. Please join us for dinner, awards and auction followed by dancing and live entertainment from Jason Cassidy.  If you are not able to attend the Awards Gala, phone bids will be accepted with prior approval.

For more information please contact Sharon Beach – sharonbeach@vrfmail.com  – 817-992-5257 or Jody McGlothlin – jodymcglothlin@gmail.com – 901-634-5090.  Phone bid approval deadline is July 29 – 5:00pm. Check the National Youth Cutting Horse Association Facebook page for updates on donated items.

2016 NYCHA LIVE AUCTION ITEMS

  • Custom Cowboy Hat from Shorty’s Hattery of Oklahoma City
  • 4 tickets to 2017 PBR Iron Cowboy (Jim Haworth)
  • 4 tickets to 2017 American Rodeo (Jim Haworth)
  • 7 day/6 night condo – Kailua Kona Hawaii – Big Island
  • 2 bd/2bth – based on availability, across from White Sands Beach and 1 mile from Kahaluu Beach (Debbi Rousey)
  • 10 week old “Shorty Jack” Jack Russell Terrier, tri-colored female puppy.  Up to date on puppy shots and crate trained.   If you have been around weekend shows and met the Bushaw’s Super Dog, this puppy is Super Dog’s full sister (Amie Bushaw)
  • 7 day/6 night condo – Gulf Shores, Alabama – 3bd/2bth (Henderson Auctions)
  • 1 NCHA Lifetime Membership (NCHA)
  • Don Bell Framed Art (Don Bell)
  • Day of Redfish and Speckled Trout fishing off the Texas Gulf Coast in Port O’Connor  (Hydie McAlister)
  • The Best of the West Long Range Hunting Rifle, 7mmag, with a Black with Tan Webbing stock, Black cerekote on action and barrel, and topped off with a 3-12×42 Huskemaw Blue Diamond scope.  It is data’d with 168gr Berger Vlds.  Pairing valued at over $4,000 (Hydie McAlister and Tim Strickland of McAlister Investment Real Estate)
  • 7 day/6 night Maui beach front condo – Hale Mahina Resort – 2bd/2bth, sleeps up to 6 (Dr. Lisa Stephens)
  • Wine Country Trip (Stephanie Haymes Roven)
  • 2016 NCHA Futurity Finals Tickets
  • PGA Tom Watson signed memorabilia (Hiliary Watson)
  • Kerry Kelley Spurs
  • Brooks & Dunn/Reba Las Vegas tickets (Barbara Brooks)

Bar RR Ranches support Amateur finals

Finalists in the Rios of Mercedes Amateur classes at the 2016 NCHA Summer Spectacular presented by Great American Insurance will will find the payoffs enhanced by Bar RR Ranches of Bartonville, Texas.

Bar RR Ranches, the home of royally bred stallion Crimson Bet (Metallic Cat x Bet Yer Blue Boons), has added a total of $10,000 to the Rios of Mercedes Amateur purses. The money will be split evenly, with $2,500 going to each class:

  • Rios of Mercedes NCHA Derby Amateur presented by Bar RR Ranches.
  • Rios of Mercedes NCHA Derby Unlimited Amateur presented by Bar RR Ranches.
  • Rios of Mercedes NCHA Classic Challenge Amateur presented by Bar RR Ranches.
  • Rios of Mercedes NCHA Classic Challenge Unlimited Amateur presented by Bar RR Ranches.

In addition, Jim Haworth of Southwest City, Missouri; and James Bankston of Fort Worth, Texas, are contributing $500 each to Rios of Mercedes Amateur purse at the 2016 NCHA Summer Spectacular.