Showdown in Cowtown starts this week

The Western Bloodstock NCHA Showdown in Cowtown, an innovative slot cutting held in conjunction with the 2015 NCHA Summer Spectacular, gets underway this week with go-rounds at Silverado on the Brazos, Weatherford, Texas.

The event, for 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old horses that are also entered in the Summer Spectacular, will have go-rounds for Open and Unlimited Amateurs on July 9, and Non-Pros on July 10.

Finals in each division will be held in Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, with the Open on Sunday, July 12, the Unlimited Amateur on Sunday, July 19, and the Non-Pro on Monday, July 27.

The Open and Non-Pro will take 12 horses to the finals, and the Unlimited Amateur will take 10 to the finals. Winner’s payouts will be $60,000 for the Open, $35,000 for the Non-Pro, and $20,000 for the Unlimited Amateur. In the event of  a tie, there will be a work-off for the championship.

The Open field has attracted a host of stars including Horse of the Year Junie Wood, NCHA Futurity champions Dual Smart Kitty, He Bea Cat and CR Tuff Hearted Cat, as well as Open winners in Will Rogers Coliseum like Smooth Talkin Style, Dont Stopp Believn, TGI Playtime and Buzzted.

Owners who purchased a slot for this unique event will retain that slot in future years, as long as they pay the annual slot ownership fee.

Live webcasts of the go-rounds and finals will be available.

Cutters take to Calgary

The 2015 Calgary Stampede welcomed NCHA’s top horses and riders competing in the NCHA Mercuria World Series of Cutting this week as they vie for $50,000 in added money offered at the event. Many of these riders are battling it out to secure their World standings as they prepare for the Mercuria NCHA World Finals to take place in Fort Worth in November during the NCHA Futurity.

With nearly $45,000 in earnings for 2015, Special Nu Baby a dynamic mare owned by Gary and Shannon Barker, has been piloted by Matt Gaines to top the field thus far as they hold the No.1 slot headed into the Canadian competition. Other popular teams ready to take on the Stampede include Lindy Burch and Stylish Bet, who currently sit No. 4 in the Open standings, and One Time Choice and Chubby Turner the 2013 and 2014 NCHA Open World Champions that also claimed the Open win in Calgary last year. The competition has also attracted numerous highly skilled riders from the Canadian area including Dustin Gonnet and This Cats Got Style, the pair that finished second during last year’s Mercuria event.

In the Non-Pro, Constance Jaeggi and her gelding Saguaro Ichi, who were last year’s Non-Pro World Champions and are fresh off a victory at the PCCHA Derby Mercuria in Las Vegas, marked 221.5 for second in the first round of the Non-Pro. Multiple World Champion Joe Howard Williamson led the Non-Pro go-round with a 222 on Sweet Little Cat. Two-time World Champion and current leader in the World standings, Dan Hansen will also show in the finals on Play Corn.

For more information on the 2015 Calgary Stampede and the Mercuria cutting, click here.