NCHA Show Photography Request for Proposal (RFP)

NCHA LogoNCHA is soliciting bids for the position and designation as the “Official Photographer of the NCHA Triple Crown and National Championships Events.”  Details for the bids are outlined below.
This request for proposal will be open for bids until 12:00 pm, December 15, 2016 and must be submitted to

This RFP relates to the NCHA shows described below produced by the National Cutting Horse Association.

Triple Crown events

  • Super Stakes, Fort Worth TX, March-April
  • Summer Spectacular and Youth World Finals, Fort Worth TX, July
  • NCHA Futurity and World Finals, Fort Worth TX, November-December

NCHA Nationals

  • Eastern National Championships, Jackson MS, March
  • Western National Championships, Scottsdale AZ, May
  • Rocky Mountain National Championships, Denver CO, June

The Term of the contract will be from January 1, 2017 through December 31st, 2018.  This contract may be extended at NCHA’s option for a one year by notifying the Photographer before September 1st 2018.

Photographer will own the exclusive rights to sell these official photos for five years from the completion of each show, but all photos will be the sole property of the NCHA

NCHJA reserves the right for NCHA staff or NCHA contractors to shoot additional photographs at any time during these events.

NCHA will provide at all events:

  1. Adequate booth space and utility and broadband internet connections.
  2. Three parking passes including set-up and tear-down dates for Fort Worth shows.
  3. Media credentials and arena access only to photographers and journalists from traditional media outlets; and restrict use of strobe lights.

Photographer RFP Guidelines:

  1. Shoot all event go-rounds, finals, award presentations, banquets and other activities.
  2. A second photographer will be needed to cover a second arena at the Fort Worth shows on certain days when two arenas are operating.
  3. A second photographer will be needed to cover the days of Finals of the Amateur, Non-Pro and Open classes for the three Triple Crown shows and as necessary in earlier rounds to ensure a reasonable quality photo is available for every contestant.
  4. Produce and sell official action, awards and activities photos taken at the events to contestants and the general public. Activities may include banquets, parties, sponsor promotions, etc. Photographer will be given adequate notice of any such activities.
  5. Photographer will submit with this RFP a retail photo price list.
  6. Maintain a library of official images for future purchase by contestants and the general public.
  7. Provide all photo files to the NCHA on a USB 3.0 hard drive no later than Monday afternoon following the conclusion of the event. NCHA will use these for editorial and promotional purposes including distribution to media outlets until the end of the term of the photographer’s exclusive rights, at which time NCHA may use them for any purpose.
  8. Provide biographies of all photographers and event staff.
  9. Provide at least three professional references.
  10. Help maintain a restricted area for the security of authorized NCHA staff and contractors at all events.
  11. Provide detailed revenue sharing plan with NCHA from the sale of the official photos.

A message from Chuck Smith

My objective as President and Interim Executive Director of the NCHA is to move this Association forward by meeting the needs of our membership.

Every member is important to us, from grassroots to triple crown, from amateur to professional.

As always, our challenge is to get as many people riding cutting horses as possible, and to provide a broad enough selection of classes and activities that we are able to offer an enjoyable, satisfying experience to all of our members.

Our greatest asset is the cutting horse itself. It’s an easy sell once a beginner has his or her first ride. Our goal should be to help them go forward from that initial experience. We are constantly searching for ways to make our sport more affordable so that we can welcome more cutters, and keep them engaged.

We need to adapt to ever-changing markets. We need to find ways to tailor the cutting experience to a wide variety of local conditions. We need to leverage new technology to help us move forward into the future.

No one in our association can achieve these things alone. But working together, we can make it happen.

Stallion subscription, foal nominations coming due

Super StakesStallion Owners: October 1, 2016, is the deadline to subscribe your stallion for the 2017 Breeding Season for only $2,600! Subscription fees paid after the end of the grace period will be subject to penalties.

A 10-day grace period applies to this deadline. The grace period ends close of business on October 11, 2016.

This payment will make 2018 foals eligible to be nominated for the 2022 Super Stakes and the 2023 & 2024 Super Stakes Classic.

Click here for the stallion subscription form.

Foal Owners: Remember to send in your registration papers for foals that have already been nominated. (2011-2016 Foaling Years)

December 31, 2016, is the deadline to nominate your 2016 foals to the Super Stakes for only $200! Nomination fees paid after the grace period will be subject to penalties.

A 10-day grace period applies to this deadline. The grace period ends close of business on January 11, 2017.

Click here for the foal nomination form.

Forms may be submitted using one of the following options.

National Cutting Horse Association
Stallion/Foal Program
260 Bailey Ave
Fort Worth, Texas 76102

Click here to visit the NCHA website for a listing of current subscribed stallions or nominated foals.



NCHA convention develops proposals for the future

The 2016-2017 NCHA Executive Committee

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

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.