NCHA European Championship slated for 2015

EquitaThe first NCHA European Championship will take place during Equita Lyon Oct. 28 – Nov. 1, 2015. A cumulative score between two go-rounds will crown the Champions of the much-anticipated event.

Divisions will include Open, Non-Pro, $15,000 Amateur and Youth. Riders will qualify by competing in NCHA-approved shows or NCHA-approved Grass Roots Cuttings. The top 25 riders plus ties with the most points on Sept. 30, 2015 will be qualified for the NCHA European Championship.

“This event was created to give European show producers incentive to organize approved shows and to encourage riders to compete,” said European secretary Peggy Parage. “Right now show producers are more interested in organizing approved events because they want to give riders the opportunity to get points for the European Championship. And second the riders want to invest more time and money to compete in approved shows because they want to ride for those points and try to qualify for the European Championship. So we hope that the sport of cutting will get more popular in Europe and that the cutting industry will grow again.”

For more information on the 2015 NCHA European Championship, visit

AUS vs USA Challenge underway

ncha_australiaThe Australia vs. USA International Non-Pro Challenge is underway in conjunction with the 2015 Australian NCHA Futurity in Tamworth, New South Wales.

Representing the USA are NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame inductees Kelsey Conn, Hope Mitchell, Alexis Stephas and Carol Ward, along with Ray Baldwin Debbie Day, C.H. DeHaan and Jim Nichols.

The schedule has round 1 on May 28, round 2 on May 29, with the finals May 30.

The Australia vs. USA Challenge traces its roots back more than 20 years ago, and has been held in both countries. The format has the host rider providing two horses, one for him/herself, and the other for the visiting Non-Pro. They draw to see who rides which horse in the first round, and then they switch horses for the second round, with all contestants advancing to the finals.

The Australian Futurity, which concludes June 7, is the richest event for cutting horses outside the United States, with an estimated purse of A$700,000.

Welcome Reception at the NCHA Convention

NCHA LogoWe are proud to have Thomas Moore Feed as a sponsor of the Welcome Reception to kick off the 2015 NCHA Convention. Join us on Thursday, June 18 at the Hilton DFW Lakes Hotel in Grapevine, Texas at 7:00 p.m. There will be hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a speaker from the City of Fort Worth. The reception will take place at the adjacent Austin Ranch property in a beautiful indoor/outdoor setting. You will also be able to pick up your name badge at early registration beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the lobby area that evening.

The 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.

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 1:00pm at the Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club, 600 Promontory Drive, Keller, TX 76248 Tel: (817) 498-1414. 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.

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.