2012 VP candidate Mike Rutherford Jr.

Proven Leadership
Dedicated to Improving NCHA

Mike RutherfordI am a native Texan, raised in Houston and presently residing on a ranch outside of Austin, Texas, and the father of three.

I am an active cutter, competing in both weekend and limited aged events for over twenty years, rising through the ranks of $2,000 rider, amateur, to non-pro. With family ties to cutting since the early 1960s, I presently serve on the Board of Directors of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, and was a past Chairman of the Cutting Horse Committee of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.

As Chairman of the cutting committee of the HLSR, I implemented logistical changes to the cutting competition, increased purses and added classes that resulted in an increase of entries from 520 entries to an average of 804 entries during my tenure.

I am a past Chairman of NCHA’s Long Range Planning Committee and presently serve on NCHA’s Audit and Finance Committee.

I have extensive business experience in the Oil and Gas Exploration Industry (domestic and international) ranching, real estate, investments, thoroughbred breeding and racing, and international video rental business.

I have worked with our past Executive Director to successfully pass legislation in Texas that the NCHA presently derives the direct benefit. As Chairman of our Long Range Planning Committee, I originated and implemented changes to NCHA bylaws that placed the governance of our association in the hands of our elected directors through the executive committee. Thus, precluding any single individual or small group of individuals, from exercising control over the association. I also worked to formalize the governance of our PAC by the Executive Committee and modernized language therein.

Bringing back the World Finals and including it as part of the Futurity was a great decision by our Executive Committee, and further steps are needed to ensure a healthy and growing weekend part of our sport. With the support of our weekend warriors our sport can continue to grow, “as a house is built from the foundation up, not the roof down.” I believe that a stronger amateur division with greater monies available for purses and prizes will enhance the Open class, increase sales of horses (private and public), training of horses and provide more marketable product for our staff to increase sponsor participation.

If elected, I strongly believe it will be a benefit to the NCHA and I will bring a strong track record of achievements to our sport. Together we can increase purses for both the Open as well as the Amateur classes, resulting in a stronger sport for all to enjoy.

In closing, I would appreciate your vote.

Thank you and hope to see ya at a cutting soon,

–Mike G. Rutherford, Jr.