NCHA European Championship slated for 2015

EquitaThe first NCHA European Championship will take place during Equita Lyon Oct. 28 – Nov. 1, 2015. A cumulative score between two go-rounds will crown the Champions of the much-anticipated event.

Divisions will include Open, Non-Pro, $15,000 Amateur and Youth. Riders will qualify by competing in NCHA-approved shows or NCHA-approved Grass Roots Cuttings. The top 25 riders plus ties with the most points on Sept. 30, 2015 will be qualified for the NCHA European Championship.

“This event was created to give European show producers incentive to organize approved shows and to encourage riders to compete,” said European secretary Peggy Parage. “Right now show producers are more interested in organizing approved events because they want to give riders the opportunity to get points for the European Championship. And second the riders want to invest more time and money to compete in approved shows because they want to ride for those points and try to qualify for the European Championship. So we hope that the sport of cutting will get more popular in Europe and that the cutting industry will grow again.”

For more information on the 2015 NCHA European Championship, visit

Welcome Reception at the NCHA Convention

NCHA LogoWe are proud to have Thomas Moore Feed as a sponsor of the Welcome Reception to kick off the 2015 NCHA Convention. Join us on Thursday, June 18 at the Hilton DFW Lakes Hotel in Grapevine, Texas at 7:00 p.m. There will be hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar and a speaker from the City of Fort Worth. The reception will take place at the adjacent Austin Ranch property in a beautiful indoor/outdoor setting. You will also be able to pick up your name badge at early registration beginning at 5:00 p.m. in the lobby area that evening.

The NCHA Convention is fast approaching so please make your plans today! NCHA members are scheduled to meet on June 19 – 21, 2015, in Grapevine, Texas, at the beautiful Hilton DFW Lakes Hotel. 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.

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. I hope you’ll join us Saturday night, June 20 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 $100. As this is a plated dinner, we are asking spouses or others who are not attending the Convention meetings to pay a fee of $25. The night will feature live music, video tributes to our inductees and a great meal. Don’t miss this chance to honor our legends.

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 $125.

Join us Thursday June 18th 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 the Sky Creek Ranch Golf Club, 600 Promontory Drive, Keller, TX 76248 Tel: (817) 498-1414. 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.

Cowtown Showdown

The National Cutting Horse Association has selected four NCHA Hall of Fame Riders to represent the Association at the 2015 Markel AQHA Cowtown Showdown, presented by the City of Fort Worth,  March 7 at 5 pm at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in celebration of the American Quarter Horse Association’s 75th Anniversary.

The NCHA will be joined by the National Reined Cow Horse Association and the National Reining Horse Association as each group celebrates the talents and versatility of the American Quarter Horse by showcasing the skills of their specific disciplines. Their performances will be judged by past AQHA Professional Horsemen and Horsewomen of the Year. Also joining this elite group of talented professionals will be horses and riders from six historic ranches, including Burnett Ranches, the King Ranch, Pitchfork Land & Cattle Co. and more,  that have consecutively bred American Quarter Horses for the past 75 years. This group will compete in a class similar to AQHA Ranch Versatility by showcasing their skills in cow work, roping and ranch-type trail obstacles.

Adding to the excitement of this exclusive equine event, Grammy award winner Lyle Lovett will perform the National Anthem before he displays his own riding talents in the NRHA group.

Lloyd Cox
lloyd-coxLloyd Cox is a member of the NCHA Rider Hall of Fame and NCHA’s No.3 leading money earner with more than $6.6 million to his name. He recently claimed the 2014 NCHA Open Futurity Reserve title on Smooth Talkin Style, owned by Gail Holmes. Cox also won the 2010 NCHA Futurity Open Championship aboard One Time Royalty. His mount for the Cowtown Showdown, RW Rockin, is a 2010 mare (Dual Rey x Boon San Kitty) that has more than $150,000 in lifetime earnings. RW Rockin was Reserve at the 2014 Breeders Invitational and fifth at the 2014 NCHA Super Stakes with trainer Cox. RW Rockin is owned by Monty Johnson of Weatherford, Texas.

John Mitchell
mitchell_johnJohnny Mitchell, originally from Australia, resides in Weatherford, Texas. Mitchell, also an NCHA Riders Hall of Fame inductee, has lifetime earnings of more than $3.3 million. In 2014, Mitchell piloted Junie Wood to win the NCHA Super Stakes with a 229. Junie Wood is a 2010 mare (Nitas Wood x Tuffs Junie) owned by the Slate River Ranch. The great mare also earned the 2013 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity Championshiop with Craig Crumpler. Last year, she was awarded the 2014 NCHA Open Horse of the Year honors after closing in on lifetime earnings of more than $260,000.

James Payne
payne_jamesNCHA Riders Hall of Fame Member James Payne started his career in the reining industry, but soon changed to the cutting horse business. Payne’s lifetime earnings exceed $1.4 million, which includes his win at the 2014 NCHA Classic Challenge Open on Once In A Blu Boon. Payne now resides in Overbrook, Oklahoma. Once In A Blu Boon is a 2008 stallion (Peptoboonsmal x Autumn Boon) owned by Charlotte Farms of Rosston, Texas. Once In A Blu Boon has lifetime earnings of more than $318,000, and was bred by the legendary Bill Freeman.

 Clay Johnson
clay-johnson-mugshotClay Johnson was the 2013 NCHA Open Futurity Champion aboard Dual Smart Kitty. Johnson’s lifetime earnings have reached more than $775,000 with numerous Open Championship titles under his belt. Dual Smart Kitty (Dual Smart Rey x Cats Peptolena) is owned by Rusty and Shelley Simpson from Nemo, Texas, and, at the age of 5, has already earned $314,000 under Clay Johnson. She was also a leading contender for the 2014 NCHA Horse of the Year Award after winning the Abilene Spectacular and making numerous other Open finals in 2014.

The NRHA will be represented by Lyle Lovett, Shawn Flarida, Dell Hendricks and Tim McQuay. Boyd Rice, Jake Teleford, Todd Crawford and Todd Bergen will represent the NRCHA.

The Cowtown Showdown Auction will offer unique AQHA 75th Anniversary commemorative items, including: a limited-edition AQHA 75th Anniversary sporting rifle by Cimarron Firearms Co., a custom made Double J Saddle signed by AQHA Hall of Fame Inductees, a custom AQHA 75th Anniversary buckle, an AQHA 75th Anniversary John Deere Gator and an all-expense-paid trip to the 2015 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas.

General admission tickets can be purchased for $7.50 (kids under 12 free) by clicking HERE.

Members Hall of Fame Nominations

NCHA LogoThe recognition as a member of the Members Hall of Fame is the highest recognition the National Cutting Horse Association can bestow on an individual.

The eligibility requirements and nomination form will be available for members to submit nominations to the attention of the Executive Director in the NCHA office. The Executive Director will review the nomination packets to determine those individuals that have met eligibility criteria.  Names and nomination information are then forwarded to the selection committee who recommend the selections after careful examination of the packets. The Chairman of the Members Hall of Fame committee will present those selected members to the Executive Committee for final approval to the Members of Hall of Fame.

Nomination Criteria for entering into Members Hall of Fame:
The inductees will be selected based on the totality of their contributions to the National Cutting Horse Association. These will include, but will not be limited to, the consideration of the individual’s quality and years of service and/or contributions that resulted in significant improvement to the association, or caused significant growth and improvement, leading to the betterment of the Association.

The contributions to the Association should extend through, but will not be limited to, all levels in the NCHA: Affiliate, Area, Regional, and National. The committee will carefully consider the nominee’s character and integrity and the consistency with which these qualities are exhibited.

Eligibility Criteria:

  1. The contributions must have been influential to and supportive to the growth of the NCHA.
  2. The individual must have made both outstanding and significant contributions to the NCHA.
  3. The individual should display leadership qualities as exemplified by being an ambassador for the NCHA and the sport of cutting by participating and exhibiting leadership in civic, community, state, regional, and national public service or business related activities. Additionally, the individual should demonstrate a concern for the welfare of others, especially as related to NCHA activities that may directly or indirectly benefit the NCHA.
  4. Nominee may be either living or deceased.

    Non Eligibility exceptions:

  5. If, in the opinion of the Hall of Fame committee, an individual has been detrimental or harmful to the good character and welfare of the association, the nomination will not be considered. Additionally, if an individual is on probation or suspension list at the time of nomination and/or commits an infraction of the association, the nomination will not be considered.
  6. An individual cannot be inducted into the members Hall of Fame while currently serving on the Executive Committee.
  7. An individual cannot be inducted into the members Hall of Fame while currently employed by NCHA.

Vice President candidate Dick Mulligan

As a child I always wanted a horse. It didn’t happen. As a young man, through my family’s involvement in the Thoroughbred horse racing industry, I had the opportunity to observe the equine athlete and the people who owned, trained and rode those superb athletes.

When I moved to Wyoming 37 years ago, I discovered the cutting horse on which the owner could compete. I was hooked! I wanted to show, which led me to become a member of the NCHA. Eventually, at the urging of friends, I was nominated and elected as a Director of the NCHA representing Wyoming. My commitment to the NCHA has been and continues to be as follows:

  • Member of NCHA since 1983.
  • Lifetime NCHA member.
  • Director representing Wyoming since 2007.
  • Member of Long Range Planning Committee for 6 years.
  • Chairman of Long Range Planning Committee 2012 to 2014.
  • Vice Chairman Long Range Planning Committee 2010 to 2012.
  • Nominating Committee for Selection of Candidates for Vice-President 2013.
  • President’s Governance Task Force Member 2014.
  • Member of Wyoming Cutting Horse Association since 1983.
  • Director, Past President and Past Vice President of WCHA.

Some accomplishments during my tenure as a member of the LRPC include drafting and presenting several Amendments to the Constitution and By-Laws which were adopted by the members of the NCHA in two successive years. The amendments include additional confidentiality protections to the election process and attendance requirements for Directors at the annual convention.

If elected, I would continue to support:

  • NCHA Constitution and By-Laws.
  • The Rule Book.
  • World Finals.
  • Grievance and Appeal procedures.
  • Youth Program and Scholarships.
  • Triple Crown Events.
  • Affiliate Organizations and Weekend Events.
  • Protection of the equine athlete through the Horse Welfare Task Force.
  • Transparent and Open Management.
  • I would be open to a revision to the following:
    • Restructuring of the NCHA approved classes.
    • Restructuring the Governance System.
    • Realignment of the Decision Making Process.

If elected I would bring my past experiences as a judge, lawyer and mayor of a major city to assist the NCHA and its members in furthering the goals of the membership and the NCHA.

My wife, Brenda, and I live in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Our five children also live in Jackson Hole and we are the proud grandparents of 5 grandchildren. My commitment to family—both personal and the cutting family of friends—is of primary importance to me.

It has been an honor to serve the members of the NCHA and if elected, I will continue to dedicate my efforts to strengthen the NCHA. I would appreciate your vote. Thank you.

—Dick Mulligan