VP Candidates announced

Two candidates have been selected for the 2017 Vice President election, said Lewis Wray, Chairman of the Officer Nominating Committee.  Those two candidates are:

  • Garry Merritt of King, NC
  • Ron Pietrafeso of Elbert, CO

Ballots with background information on the two candidates will be sent via email and mail to all NCHA members no later than April 10, 2017 with votes due by midnight on May 22. Tthe votes will be tabulated on Tuesday, May 23.

Additionally, information on the two candidates will appear in the April and May issues of the Cutting Horse Chatter and on the NCHA website. Please feel free to notify other NCHA members of the Vice Presidential candidates.


Dates to remember

NCHA has announced the following tentative dates for its major events in 2017:

  • 6666 NCHA Eastern National Championships, Jackson, Mississippi, March 6-18.
  • Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes, Fort Worth, Texas, March 23-April 15.
  • NCHA Scottsdale National Championships, Scottsdale, Arizona, May 4-11.
  • NCHA Convention, Grapevine, Texas, June 2-4.
  • 6666 NCHA Denver National Championships, Denver, Colorado, June 23-30.
  • NCHA Summer Spectacular, Fort Worth, Texas, July 16-August 6.
  • Great American Insurance NCHA Futurity, presented by Jerry’s Chevrolet, Fort Worth, Texas, November 24-December 17.

NCHA Executive Director opening


General Description of Position:
The Executive Director is the chief administrative executive officer of NCHA and reports to and is responsible to the chief elected officer (President) of the Association and the Executive Committee. The Executive Director provides the leadership, management and vision necessary to ensure the Association will effectively increase member satisfaction, grow members, purses, services, revenue and programs. The Executive Director directs all aspects of the Association and is responsible for the staff and the financial assets of NCHA. The Executive Director is responsible for promoting and marketing the Association and the sport of cutting. The Executive Director implements and is responsible for implementing the goals and objectives of the Association.

Applicant Qualifications:
The NCHA is looking for candidates with the following qualifications:

  • Demonstrated leadership and managerial excellence.
  • Passion and understanding of the western lifestyle.
  • Intimate knowledge of the sport of cutting.
  • Proven ability to work effectively with a large and diverse Board.
  • Proven ability to build a strong and effective team. This includes attracting superior talent, accurately assessing strengths and developmental needs, and a willingness to make changes.
  • Proven ability to manage budgets and lead annual and strategic planning process.
  • Proven ability to implement efficient business processes.
  • Superior knowledge of management functions within a complex structure.
  • Proven track record in a customer service based, membership environment desirable.
  • BA, BS degree in a related field.

Applicant Experience:
The NCHA is looking for candidates with the following types of experience:

  • Significant senior management experience, ideally in customer driven environment with multiple and diverse constituencies.
  • Experience overseeing a multimillion dollar budget and a staff of 25 or more.
  • Experience in a senior staff position of a non-profit organization.
  • Proven leadership skills and outstanding written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
  • Experience in public speaking and marketing of products and services
  • Experience developing innovative approaches, programs and events.
  • Experience dealing with legal matters and managing outside counsel.
  • Horse industry experience a must. Cutting Horse industry experience preferred.
  • Membership association experience preferred.
  • Travel will be required.

Application Period: 
NCHA will accept applications for the Executive Director position from 12/15/2016 to 1/15/2017.

Application Procedure:
Please send resume and cover letter to nchacareers@nchacutting.com

NCHA and Monaco Rare Coins announce partnership

Monaco Rare Coins becomes the Official Gold, Silver and Rare Coin Buyer and Seller of the NCHA

The National Cutting Horse Association is pleased to announce a marketing partnership with Monaco Rare Coins to be named the “Exclusive Gold, Silver and Rare Coin Buyer and Seller” of the NCHA.

Monaco Rare Coins’ marketing partnership will involve a number of exciting activations, which include digital and social media engagement with NCHA fans and members and a retail booth at the NCHA Triple Crown (Fort Worth, TX) and the NCHA Western National (Scottsdale, AZ) where fans will be able to learn more and purchase gold and silver rare coins.

“We are excited to announce this new marketing partnership with our friends at Monaco Rare Coins,” said NCHA President Chuck Smith. “We believe their unique products are perfectly targeted for the NCHA fans and members.”

Monaco’s Vice President and Numismatic Expert, Adam Crum, has his own personal history within the cutting horse world, which proved to be key to this new marketing partnership. “I couldn’t be more proud to have Monaco Rare Coins partnering with NCHA, a leader in the equine sports world,” said Mr. Crum. “My connection to the NCHA goes back to the late 1960s. Following the sport always reminds me how much I love the horses, the sport, and the people. When this marketing opportunity presented itself, I knew it was a perfect fit.”

NCHA is currently in its 70th year and strives to consistently honor the heritage of the cutting horse industry. The partnership with Monaco Rare Coins correlates with each company’s vision and mission and speaks to the commitment of tradition upheld by cutting fans.

About Monaco Gold and Rare Coins
Monaco Rare Coins is a trusted leader in the rare coin collecting and precious metals investment world. We offer a unique, vast and impressive array of resources for investors and collectors alike.

At Monaco, you’ll find the finest rare coins available, an experienced and knowledgeable staff of professionals ready and willing to serve your needs, and a broad range of programs and products to fit most any budget.

Through Monaco you have immediate access to our inventory of a wide range of investment-grade coins, valued in excess of $10,000,000.

You can rely on Monaco’s dedication to a two-way buy-and-sell market for rare coins and precious metals products. We are actively involved in all aspects of the rare coin trade, the wholesale market, the collector market, the international market and auctions.
With this expertise and experience, as well as our access to the most intriguing rare coins available, Monaco Rare Coins is uniquely suited to helping you find the best rare coin value the market has to offer.

About the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA)
The NCHA features two great athletes: One horse and one rider must act as one unit to form a symbolic competition team. They are equals in the competition, anticipating the other’s actions, which is accomplished by intensive training during which both the horse and the rider learn to move in tandem. It truly is a sport that demands both physical and mental prowess in both athletes.

Based in Fort Worth, Texas, the National Cutting Horse Association is globally influential with members around the world. The NCHA governs the sport sanctioning over 1,800 events annually with over $36,000,000 in prize money. The organization’s premier events include the NCHA Triple Crown, the NCHA Mercuria World Finals, and the NCHA Youth World Finals events held in Fort Worth TX. The Mercuria World Series of Cutting is held at eight (8) locations throughout North America. Locations include South Point Casino in Las Vegas, Calgary Stampede, Houston Livestock Show & Ohio Quarter Horse Congress, as well as three NCHA National events in Jackson, MI; Scottsdale, AZ; and Denver, CO.

NCHA Futurity Sales soar with 2-Year-Old and Gala results

Top seller Summer Shandy at $375,000.

Top seller Summer Shandy at $375,000.

Session II of the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale, on Tuesday, December 6 at Will Roger Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, saw 81 horses sell for an average of $27,572, and three that sold for $100,000 or more, including the sale topper, Summer Shandy, at $375,000.

On Tuesday evening, the Select Yearling Sale and Gala saw 37 horses sell for an average of $59,905. Smooth Walkin Style, a full sister to 2015 NCHA Open Horse of the Year Smooth Talkin Style LTE $300,379, was the high seller at $200,000. The Smooth As A Cat filly, out of Stylish Play Lena LTE $289,524, a leading producer of earners of $1.5 million, was consigned by her breeder Double Dove Ranch and purchased by Circle Y Ranch, Millsap, Tex.

Misty Reyn, the second highest-selling select yearling at $150,000 was consigned by Arcese and Oswood and purchased by Glenn and Debbie Drake, Napa, Calif. The Dual Rey filly, out of Cat Mist, by High Brow Cat, is a three-quarter sister to ARC Catty Dual LTE $168,762, the dam of One Catty Cupid LTE $130,172.

Desires Got Style, consigned by Rockin 5 Ranch, brought $125,000, from Phil Hanson, Weatherford, Tex. The Docs Stylish Oak filly is out of Desire Some Freckles LTE $205,444, dam of earners of $1.2 million.

Whip Then Nae Nae, by Dual Smart Rey, sold for $100,000 to Rocking P Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex. Consigned by Rocking L Cutting Horses, she is out of Sly Playgirl $343,467, whose first performer is three this year.

Summer Shandy, in training with Andy Christensen, topped the day and the NCHA 2-Year-Old Sale sessions at $375,000. The Metallic Cat daughter, out of Pippis Longstocking LTE $72,046, by Dual Smart Rey, was consigned by Dry Creek Ranch and purchased by Rocking P Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex.

Rey Luis, by Dual Smart Rey and a full brother to Whip Then Nae Nae (yearling, above), was the second highest seller at $172,000. Consigned by Crown Ranch/Chad Bushaw and in training with Chris Hanson, he was purchased by Daniel Burkes, Gold Canyon, Ariz.

Metallic Lil Playboy, consigned by and in training with Hayden Upton, sold on Tuesday for $100,000 to Richard Carney, Kemp, Tex. The Metallic Cat son is out of Stylish Sharon, by Docs Stylish Oak, dam of Sir Stylish Liizzy LTE $219,884.

The NCHA Futurity Sales continue on Wednesday, December 7, with the Select Cow Dog Demonstration and Sale followed by the Preferred Breeders Sale Session I.