San Antonio to kick off Mercuria NCHA World Series

San Antonio Stock ShowThe San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo will host the first event this year for the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting. Star-studded fields will ride to the herd in the first round of the Open and Non-Pro, with the finals of the $25,000-added events scheduled to begin at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 14.

World Champion Riders Matt Gaines, Pete Branch, Lindy Burch, Chubby Turner, Kobie Wood and Faron Hightower are among the 41 entries in the Open division.

The Open field includes Super Stakes Champion Olenasduallyfeather, recent NCHA Futurity Reserve Champion Bet Shes Smooth, NCHA Non-Pro Futurity Champions Donas Suen Boon and Woodys Bad Boy, and two-time Mercuria NCHA World Finals winner CR Sun Reys,

Highlighting the Non-Pro division are Joe Howard Williamson, Mary Jo Milner, Constance Jaeggi and Dan Hanson, who own a combined 15 NCHA Non-Pro World titles.

Williamson, Milner and Jaeggi will be riding Sweet Little Cats, Saguaro Ichi, and Smooth Asa Zee, respectively, horses the played a role in their most recent World Championships.

Offering a total of $50,000 in added money at each series event, the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting has become a highlight of the annual cutting horse competition year attracting highly competitive horses and riders to the event in their quest for NCHA World Champion and Horse of the Year honors.

2016 Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting Tentative Schedule:

  • February 13-14, San Antonio Stock Show, San Antonio, Texas
  • February 26-27, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Houston, Texas
  • June 17-18, PCCHA Derby – Classic Challenge, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • July 11-13, Calgary Stampede, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • August TBA, Las Vegas CHA Futurity, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • August 29-30, Idaho Futurity, Nampa, Idaho
  • September 15-16, El Rancho Futurity, Rancho Murieta, California
  • October TBA, All American Quarter Horse Congress, Columbus, Ohio

Sixth annual Runnin’ WJ Benefit Cutting set for February 19-20

Runnin' WJ RanchThe sixth annual Runnin’ WJ Ranch Benefit Cutting will be held February 19-20 in Texarkana, Texas. The popular show benefits Texarkana’s Runnin’ WJ Ranch, a Christian non-profit which opened its doors for therapeutic riding classes in 2001.

More than 200 students participate each week, undergoing dramatic physical and psychological improvement from their therapy.

Runnin’ WJ Ranch has now expanded into a training facility for the American Federation of Cowboy Churches. The AFCC will receive training from the Runnin’ WJ Ranch to offer therapeutic riding programs at their 250 facilities throughout the United States. Seven AFCC are already in training, with five more scheduled to begin in 2016.

The Benefit Cutting will give cutters the chance to meet the volunteers who make Runnin’ WJ Ranch’s programs possible, and watch students as they experience therapy sessions. There will also be a steak  dinner on Friday night.

Those unable to attend can support Runnin’ WJ Ranch’s work by

  • Sponsoring a class
  • Sending a much-needed monthly donation to help with the upkeep of the horses
  • Donating any amount

For more information, visit runninwjranch.org.

Sponsors enhance NCHA Triple Crown payouts

The National Cutting Horse Association has welcomed the support of three new purse sponsors at NCHA’s Triple Crown events.

Fults Ranch of Amarillo, Texas, the home of Metallic Cat, will contribute $25,000 to the winner’s paycheck in the 4-year-old Open division of the NCHA Super Stakes this spring. Faith Mountain Ranch will add $25,000 to the winner’s check in the 5/6-year-old Open division of the NCHA Super Stakes Classic. And Circle Y Ranch will add $25,000 to the winner’s check in the 4-year-old Open division of the NCHA Derby, held during the NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular.

The NCHA Super Stakes, which will be held in Fort Worth, Texas March 24-April 16, and the NCHA Derby, scheduled for July in Fort Worth, complete the Triple Crown, which began with last December’s NCHA Futurity. .

Metallic Cat, who won the 2008 NCHA Futurity and was the top money earner of his age group in NCHA Triple Crown events, has already sired earners of nearly $6 million from just three crops to compete. His offspring include Stevie Rey Von, winner of the 2015 NCHA Futurity. MetallicCat.com

Faith Mountain Ranch is a spiritual retreat based in Boerne, in the scenic Texas Hill Country. FaithMountainRanch.com.

Circle Y Ranch of Millsap, Texas, is the home of NCHA Hall of Fame Horse and $2 million sire Im Countin Checks. Circle Y is also renowned for their elite band of broodmares, with produce earnings of more than $6 million. CircleYQuarterHorses.com.

As cutting’s most prestigious competitions, the NCHA Triple Crown events typically pay out more than $8 million annually to contestants from around the world.

For more information about the National Cutting Horse Association, visit NCHACutting.com or call (817) 244-6188.

NCHA President’s Tour

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 1ST, 2015.

ENJOY A FUN-FILLED DAY OF PRESIDENTIAL TOURS

COST IS $75 PER PERSON—RESERVATIONS REQUIRED NCHA BOOTH

JOHN F. KENNEDY 6TH FLOOR MUSEUM @ DEALEY PLAZA,

GEORGE W. BUSH PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY AND MUSEUM,

RECEPTION @ NCHA PRESIDENT JO ELLARD’S DALLAS HOME

HIGHLAND PARK CHRISTMAS LIGHT TOUR

9:00 AM. BUS DEPARTS FRONT ENTRANCE (CIRCULAR DRIVE OFF LANCASTER) OF WILL ROGERS COLISEUM.
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10:00 JOHN F. KENNEDY 6TH FLOOR MUSEUM-photo- Where were you on November 22, 1963 when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated? The Nation remembers the moment when, at 12:40 PM CST, newscaster Walter Cronkite broadcast the news that President John F. Kennedy had been shot in Dallas, Texas. Everyone sat glued to the TV and radio to learn the fate of our President. Classrooms across America sat in silence waiting for the school superintendent to announce over the PA system that our President was dead. The Sixth Floor Museum is the crime scene. Visitors will see historic images, news footage, artifacts including the assassination rifle, and stand mere feet from where Lee Harvey Oswald sat in his “snipers perch”. This is truly one of the most moving exhibits of all time.

12 NOON. LUNCH AND SHOPPING @ NORTHPARK MALL.

2:00 PM. GEORGE W. BUSH PRESIDENTIAL MUSEUM-photo- The permanent exhibit explores important issues and events of the Administration of President George W. Bush as framed by four themes: freedom, opportunity, compassion, and responsibility. Experience a compelling exhibit of the events of 911 including a remnant of one of the fallen towers, the events surrounding Hurricane Katrina, and relive Desert Storm. Enjoy an authentic replica of the Oval Office and have your picture taken sitting in President Bush’s actual office chair. Be amazed at President & Mrs. Bush’s gifts from foreign Heads of State from around the World.
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4:30 PM. RECEPTION @ NCHA PRESIDENT JO ELLARD’S HOME-photo- “I am thrilled that you are coming to my home after a day of touring the amazing museums of US Presidents, John F. Kennedy and George W. Bush. I welcome you and look forward to meeting each of you as you take time out of your NCHA Futurity schedule. -Jo.”

7:30 PM HIGHLAND PARK CHRISTMAS LIGHT TOUR—photo—On the return trip to Fort Worth, you will be treated to a tour of the Highland Park Christmas Lights. In one of the oldest most elite neighborhoods of Dallas, the residents produce a Christmas Light extravaganza unlike any you have seen before.

10:00 PM ARRIVE WILL ROGERS COLISEUM.