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.



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 Super Stakes begins March 25

The 2016 Lucas Oil National Cutting Horse Association Super Stakes begins March 25, at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas. The multi-million dollar show runs through April 16.

The Super Stakes, for 4-year-old cutting horses and the Super Stakes Classic, for 5/6-year-old horses, has attracted more than 2,400 entries.

Established in 1981, the Super Stakes is the second jewel of the NCHA’s Triple Crown of Cutting, bracketed by the NCHA Futurity in November/December and the NCHA Derby in July. No horse has swept the Triple Crown since Chiquita Pistol in 2002/2003, so all eyes will be on this year’s Triple Crown contender, 2015 NCHA Futurity Champion Stevie Rey Von, who is scheduled to compete with trainer Ed Dufurrena on April 7, during the first qualifying round for the Super Stakes.

The Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes offers an array of classes to accommodate all riders, from amateurs and non-professionals to the world’s top cutting horse trainers.

On top of the usual multi-million dollar purse, Fults Ranch of Amarillo, Texas, the home of Metallic Cat, will add $25,000 to the winner’s paycheck in the 4-year-old Open division of the NCHA Super Stakes. Faith Mountain Ranch will add $25,000 to the winner’s check in the 5/6-year-old Open division of the NCHA Super Stakes Classic.

Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, the National Cutting Horse Association was formed in Fort Worth, Texas in 1946. NCHA’s headquarters remain in Fort Worth, but the sport has spread around the world, with more than 2,000 approved shows each year paying out tens of millions of dollars to contestants at all levels of ability.

Sponsors enhance NCHA Triple Crown payouts

The National Cutting Horse Association has welcomed the support of three new purse sponsors at NCHA’s Triple Crown events.

Fults Ranch of Amarillo, Texas, the home of Metallic Cat, will contribute $25,000 to the winner’s paycheck in the 4-year-old Open division of the NCHA Super Stakes this spring. Faith Mountain Ranch will add $25,000 to the winner’s check in the 5/6-year-old Open division of the NCHA Super Stakes Classic. And Circle Y Ranch will add $25,000 to the winner’s check in the 4-year-old Open division of the NCHA Derby, held during the NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular.

The NCHA Super Stakes, which will be held in Fort Worth, Texas March 24-April 16, and the NCHA Derby, scheduled for July in Fort Worth, complete the Triple Crown, which began with last December’s NCHA Futurity. .

Metallic Cat, who won the 2008 NCHA Futurity and was the top money earner of his age group in NCHA Triple Crown events, has already sired earners of nearly $6 million from just three crops to compete. His offspring include Stevie Rey Von, winner of the 2015 NCHA Futurity.

Faith Mountain Ranch is a spiritual retreat based in Boerne, in the scenic Texas Hill Country.

Circle Y Ranch of Millsap, Texas, is the home of NCHA Hall of Fame Horse and $2 million sire Im Countin Checks. Circle Y is also renowned for their elite band of broodmares, with produce earnings of more than $6 million.

As cutting’s most prestigious competitions, the NCHA Triple Crown events typically pay out more than $8 million annually to contestants from around the world.

For more information about the National Cutting Horse Association, visit or call (817) 244-6188.

Nathan Lacy Marks a 219 to Win the Limited Non-Pro

LACYIn his fourth time to show under the bright lights in Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas, Nathan Lacy rode Driven Me Crazy to the Championship in the Limited Non-Pro division of the Lucas Oil/NCHA Super Stakes. Lacy, who’s from Crested Butte, Colo., topped the 70-entry division and took home a prize check for $11,151. Lacy now has earned better than $50,000 in the cutting pen.

He was pleased with his horse – one he trained, from start to finish. Lacy purchased Driven Me Crazy as a yearling at the 2012 NCHA Futurity sale. His plan was to buy the gelding, train him for a year, and then sell the horse through the sales at the 2013 NCHA Futurity. It was a scenario that Lacy had previously found successful. But, sometimes plans don’t always go as expected, and this was one of those occasions. Driven Me Crazy suffered a bout of EPM as a 2-year-old, which put him behind on the training schedule.

“Grant Setnicka really helped me get him caught up,” Lacy said about what happened next. “He turned into a show horse and I decided to keep him. He was so good for me – everything I wanted, he just did it. Before the NCHA Futurity, I went to Lloyd Cox’s place and he really helped me finish the horse, plus he helped me with my showmanship. I realized then I had a really, really good show horse.”

Driven Me Crazy made his debut at the 2014 NCHA Futurity, where he made the Limited Non-Pro finals and the Non-Pro semifinals with Lacy. During the time between the Futurity and the Super Stakes, Lacy showed his gelding at weekend cuttings in Arizona and Colorado.

Driven Me Crazy (Hydrive Cat x Stylin Tonette x Docs Stylish Oak) was bred by Karen Griffin from California. Hydrive Cat is a stallion who earned $410,627 in the cutting pen. He’s had several successful babies, including Overdrive ($149,226) and SDP Hydriven Hicapoo ($99,401). The dam, Stylin Tonette, earned a couple of thousand dollars as a cutter. Her foals’ earnings are edging up to the $100,000 mark. Driven Me Crazy is her most successful offspring, while One Wiah, by One Time Pepto, is her No. 2 earner, with about $40,000 on his record.

Lacy and his talented Driven Me Crazy marked a 214 in the first go of the Non-Pro at the Super Stakes, but then ran into troubles in the second go and scored a 198.

“In the first go, my horse did everything right but in the second go he just kind of came unraveled,” Lacy said. “I wanted to make sure I came up in this pen, and when I did I was pushing the cow a little too much. He started to come up. I was worried about making sure he sucked back in that turn. I wasn’t able to get that done in the second go.”

Even then, Lacy secured a favorable spot in the Limited Non-Pro finals. He and Driven Me Crazy worked third in the set. The cow Lacy liked best was worked beforehand, so he opted for something different for his first cut.

“I just wanted to make sure everything was clean and that I gave my horse an opportunity to cut and do what he needed to do,” Lacy said. “Everything worked out great because he stayed in the middle of the pen.”

After the second cow, Lacy was appreciating his horse’s dedication and talent even more.

“My horse just got better and better.” Lacy said. “ I wanted to make sure I controlled the cow and kept it in the center of the pen. I felt like the more I rode him into that stop, the better he got. That built my confidence and I think it built his confidence, as well.”

Lacy’s family has been in the cutting horse industry for many years. His dad, Bill Lacy, owns a construction business in Colorado and has ridden horses as a hobby. Nathan Lacy, 26, rode cutting horses as a child, but took a hiatus during his high school and college years so  he could devote more time to playing hockey. After two years of academia and competitive hockey at a college in Playmouth, N.H., Lacy returned home to Colorado so he could help his dad with the construction business and also ride horses. Slowly but surely, riding horses moved up on the young man’s priority list. Lacy eventually decided to make a living in the cutting business – buying, riding and selling horses.

“I like waking up and riding horses,” Lacy said. “I prefer to do something I enjoy every day, opposed to doing something that’s going to be stressful. I’d rather wake up and be happy doing what I do every day.”