The 2016-2017 NCHA Executive Committee
With its roots in the history of the West, the National Cutting Horse Association had its eyes on the future as the association concluded its annual convention in Grapevine, Texas on June 26.
“We need to preserve our Western heritage in these changing times,” said incoming NCHA President Chuck Smith of Canal Winchester, Ohio. “At the same time, we’re in a changing world, with increasing technology and faster communications. We should embrace that technology and use it to help us show the rest of the country and the rest of the world what the cutting horse is all about.”
At the convention, Smith took the gavel from retiring President Jo Ellard of Dallas, Texas. Other incoming officers are President Elect Lewis Wray of Russellville, Arkansas; and Vice President Phil Rapp of Weatherford, Texas.
Newcomers to the 14-member NCHA Executive Committee are Tatum Rice of Weatherford, Texas; Jay Klamon of Alto, Georgia, and Matt Miller of Poolville, Texas. Jeff Fisk of Walton, Kentucky was also re-elected to the Executive Committee.
The annual convention brings together the NCHA’s directors and standing committees to develop proposals which will be considered for adoption by the Executive Committee at their meeting in August 2016.
Common threads through the meetings were making the sport more accessible to entry-level cutters, ways to recognize competitors’ achievements, preserving the sport’s heritage in the coming decades, and increasing purses.
The NCHA celebrated its Hall of Fame Gala, presented by the Dogwood Foundation, on June 25. The banquet saw Robert Charles Brown of Tallulah, Louisiana; Jerry Durant of Weatherford, Texas; and Bob Mayfield of Wills Point, Texas; inducted into the Members Hall of Fame, NCHA’s most prestigious honor.
Junie Wood and Special Nu Baby were inducted into the NCHA Horses Hall of Fame. Junie Wood is owned by Glade Knight’s Slate River Ranch in Weatherford, Texas, and trained by John Mitchell. Special Nu Baby is owned by Gary and Shannon Barker of Madill, Oklahoma, and was trained by Matt Gaines.
Tarin Rice of Centerville, Texas, and Mike Wood of Scottsdale, Arizona, were inducted into the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame.
Going into the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame were Bill Cowan of Ardmore, Oklahoma; Cody Hedlund of Lipan, Texas; Nelson Knight of Richmond, Virginia; Ty Moore of Madill, Oklahoma; Cade Shepard of Summerdale, Alabama; Dix Turnbow of Brenham, Texas; and Kaitlyn Wimberly of Millsap, Texas.
High Brow Cat was recognized as the leading sire of American Quarter Horse cutting horses for 2015. Rockin W was the leading freshman sire of American Quarter Horse cutting horses, and Miss Ella Rey was the leading dam of American Quarter Horse Association cutting horses.
The Alberta (Canada) Cutting Horse Association received NCHA’s Affliliate of the Year Award.
Celebrating its 70th year in 2016, the National Cutting Horse Association is based in Fort Worth, Texas, and has members around the world. For more information, visit nchacutting.com.