Convention news you can use!

NCHA LogoThe NCHA Convention is fast approaching so please make your plans today! NCHA members are scheduled to meet on June 24 – 26, 2016, in Grapevine, Texas, at the beautiful Hilton DFW Lakes Hotel. The hotel room cutoff date is June 6, so be sure and make your hotel reservations as soon as possible to ensure you are able to get the NCHA group rate of $126/night. You may make your hotel reservations here. To make phone reservations, please dial 1-800-984-1344 and ask for the NCHA Convention rate. For those flying in, the hotel offers a complimentary shuttle.

You may register for the Convention here and find the schedule of committee meetings and other events here. Be sure and register by June 15. After June 15, the registration fee increases to $175.

This year, we are rolling out the red carpet and putting on our best western dressy attire to celebrate the accomplishments of NCHA’s Hall of Fame inductees. It is a lifelong accomplishment to be included in the Riders, Non-Pro, Horse and Members Halls of Fame for many. We hope you’ll join us Saturday night, June 25 for this great event. Through a grant from the Dogwood Foundation, the evening will include a full, table-service banquet. Everyone who is registered for the Convention is invited to attend the banquet as part of their registration fee of $125. As this is a plated dinner, we are asking spouses or others who are not attending the Convention meetings to pay a fee of $50. The night will feature live music, video tributes to our inductees and a great meal. Don’t miss this chance to honor our legends.

As a reminder, directors MUST be registered for the Convention and attend the regional directors meetings (on Saturday morning) and both board of directors meetings (Friday evening and Sunday morning) to be counted as present for the Convention. You cannot miss two consecutive Conventions or two during your three year term and maintain your place on the board.

Join us Thursday, June 23 for the 6th Annual Zack T Wood Memorial Golf Tournament sponsored by T-Cross Ranches and the Norris Foundation. The 4-man scramble starts at 1:00pm at Sky Creek Golf Club in Keller, Texas. You may register here. Hole sponsorships are available and benefit the NCHA Foundation. For more information, please contact Rebecca Brian.

We look forward to seeing you all in June. If you have any questions or want to register for the Convention, please contact Pam Robison in the NCHA office at (817) 244-6188.

Foal nominations approach deadline

Super StakesNominations of 2015 foals for the NCHA Super Stakes Program are closing in on two thousand with just a few days left before the deadline. The grace period for nominating any foals from 2011 through 2015 ends May 11.

“To date, we’ve received 1,956 foal nominations for the 2015 foaling year, so we’re just 44 away from reaching 2,000,” said NCHA Treasurer Angie Highland. “We are currently in the grace period for the rollback deadline. Members have until May 11 to send their nominations to the NCHA Office.”

NCHA Intercollegiate Judging Contest Scheduled

JudgesHistory will be made in Fort Worth, Texas, December 2 – 4 when approximately 100 students will compete in the inaugural NCHA Intercollegiate Cutting Horse Judging Contest. The NCHA, in conjunction with Texas A&M Agri-Life Extension, will host collegiate judging teams and coaches from across the nation during the 2015 NCHA World Championship Futurity.

Contestants will be treated to a judging seminar featuring NCHA Director of Judges, Russell McCord Wednesday afternoon then Thursday take a rulebook test, judge a penalty clip test and two sets of horses from the second go-round of the Non-Pro Futurity via video. Winning teams and top 10 high scoring individuals will be determined based on a total composite score and recognized during an awards dinner Thursday evening. The top 10 individuals will judge live horses Friday, in the Watt arena, during the World Finals of weekend classes. The overall high point contestant will be recognized and invited to judge from the “6th Box” during the NCHA/Western Bloodstock Showdown in Cowtown Open Finals the evening of December 4.

This will be many of the students’ first trip to Fort Worth and exposure to the NCHA and the exciting sport of cutting. They will have the opportunity to win one or more of many awards including scholarships, boots, stirrups, trophies, buckles, books, vests, jeans and shirts. The NCHA and TAMU plan to make this judging contest an exciting, educational and memorable event for future equine event judges and cutting industry participants.

Sponsors for the event include Rio of Mercedes Boots, Jimmy & Lisa Bankston, NCHA, Arthur Noble, Gist Buckles, Dr. Gary Potter, Nettles Stirrups – Madisonville, Tx, Derby Jones, First Eye Care – Arlington, TX, Dan Yeager, Cowboy Trailer Sales – Crockett, Tx, Ronnie Smith, Cinch/Cruel Girl Clothing, Danny Rosato, Tioga Territory, Wade Smith, 4 Counties Books, Danny Miller, Tennessee Walker, Melinda Harris Montgomery, and Missy Lyons.

For information, donations and volunteering for this event contact: Sharon Beach – sharonbeach@vrfmail.com, 817-992-5257 or Dennis Sigler – dsigler@tamu.edu, 979-862-3595.

Tickets available for celebrity double header

celebrityEach year, celebrity riders team up with top cutting horses to introduce the sport to an enthusiastic new audience at the Careity Celebrity Cutting. On December 4, the time-honored formula will take a new twist as some of the cutting horse world’s most celebrated older horses face off in the Western Bloodstock NCHA Showdown in Cowtown just prior to the Celebrity Cutting.

Tickets are now available online, or they can be purchased at the Careity Booth in the Amon G. Carter Exhibit Hall during the 2015 NCHA Futurity. Proceeds help support the Careity Foundation’s comprehensive program for cancer patients.

This year’s Celebrity cutters include entertainers Tanya Tucker, Lyle Lovett, the ever-popular Bob Kingsley and Jay Novacek, honored veteran Dan Nevins and more.

And the list of contenders for the Showdown in Cowtown includes equine superstars such as Kit Kat Sugar, Junie Wood, Dont Look Twice, Third Cutting, Reyzin, Saguaro Ichi, A Little Bossy, Special Nu Baby, One Time Choice and many more. The 15-horses for the finals will be determined in a go-round scheduled for November 17.

The Careity Foundation’s tickets are the only way to watch these special events live and in person in Will Rogers Coliseum, as the regular Futurity and World Finals passes and seating reservations are not valid for this special, charitable event.

However, if you can’t make it to the show, you can tune in to the live webcast at nchacutting.com.

Catch the excitement on live webcasts

webcastCutting horse fans can watch all of the 2015 NCHA Futurity, Mercuria NCHA World Finals, Western Bloodstock Showdown in Cowtown and the Careity Celebrity Cutting on their desktop computer or mobile device.

The Celebrity Cutting will follow the $316,000 Open finals of the Western Bloodstock Showdown in Cowtown on December 4. First-round entries for the Open Showdown include past futurity champions He Bea Cat, Horse of the Year winners Kit Kat Sugar, Dont Look Twice, Junie Wood, Reyzin and Saguaro Ichi, leading World Champion contender Special Nu Baby, and the great Third Cutting.

All the action surrounding the 2015 NCHA Futurity will be webcast live, with special pay-per-view coverage of the Open Semi-Finals (December 11) and Finals (December 12), the Non-Pro Semi-Finals (December 9) and Finals (December 10), and the Open and Non-Pro World Finals on November 27, 28 and December 3 and 5. Viewers can register and log on for webcasts at nchacutting.com.

Pay-per-view charges for the webcasts will be:

Non-Pro Futurity Semi-Finals $4.95
Non-Pro Futurity Finals $9.95
Open Futurity Semi-Finals $14.95
Open Futurity Finals $24.95 Or all 4 nights for $38.95
World Finals $4.95 each Or all nights 4 for $14.95

A special two-hour telecast of the open Futurity Finals will be presented on RideTV on Saturday, December 19 at 6:00 p.m. Central Time. RideTV is available on select cable and satellite providers including Dish Network. Check your provider or go to ridetv.com for more information.