2010 NCHA Affiliate of the Year: 3.5 Amigos

Affiliate of the Year

Don Pooley accepts the Affiliate of the Year Award from Chris Benedict.

3.5 Amigos CuttingĀ  Horse Association has been named NCHA Affiliate of the Year for 2010. Affiliate president Don Pooley accepted the award at the NCHA Convention in Oklahoma City on June 18.

Secretary Marcy Blanchard said they host four or five shows each year, with fresh cattle in every class. In addition to circuit awards at every show, they teamed up with Central Texas CHA, Bluebonnet CHA, Nueces Canyon CHA and Land of Leather Productions to award a truck to the person who earned the most points in 2010, with Mark Mills driving away in the prize. Money was riased through various silent and live auctions throughout the year.

“A person had to be a member of each association for their points to count,” Blanchard explained. “I think this helped all affiliates last year with participation.

“As secretary for 3.5 Amigos and Central Texas CHA, I chose to do something different this year. For 2011, a saddle will be awarded to the Open, Non-Pro and Amateur rider having the most points at the end of the year. Being a member of both affiliates is necessary in order for your points to count. This will allow all riders a chance to win a saddle, and should increase participation.”

3.5 Amigos plans to host a limited age event with a few weekend classes for their Labor Day show. Activities will include a cutters’ team roping, a bridleless/saddleless cutting, and a small bullriding.

“These extra activities should get the cutters to have fun by participating in and watching some extra events that we do not offer at regular shows,” Blanchard said. “Hopefully, the cutters will relax, mingle, and enjoy the company of each other!”

Reserve Affiliate of the Year

J.B. McLamb accepts the Reserve Affiliate of the Year award on behalf of West Central Texas CHA.

The West Central Texas Cutting Horse Association was named Reserve Affiliate of the Year. They have been an NCHA affiliate since 1961 and entries and memberships have doubled since president Kevin Parker and secretary Dana Parker began leading the organization a few years ago.

Like 3.5 Amigos, WCTCHA furnishes all of the year-end awards.

WCTCHA gives awards to three places in each class, including the limited age events, along with helper awards and sponsor gifts.