NCHA Western Nationals kick off April 27

NCHA Western NationalsThe 21st annual 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships will kick off in Denver’s National Western Events Center on April 27 and run through May 6. With $150,000 in added money, the prestigious show has attracted more than 700 entries from across the United States and Canada who will vie for National titles for the 2015 point year in 12 divisions of NCHA competition.

The Western Nationals spotlights the National Cutting Horse Association’s grassroots cutters whose support of weekend shows drives NCHA’s growth, and the talent assembled at this year’s Western Nationals gets a five-star rating.

The Open and Novice classes will see NCHA Hall of Fame riders going head-to-head including Tracy Barton, Pete Branch, Randy Chartier, Scott Martin, Russ Miller, Mike Wood, and Guy Woods, along with recent NCHA Super Stakes Champion Kenny Platt. They will also be meeting former Western Nationals Champions Scott Amos, Lawson Hadlock, Roper Curtiss, and Will Nuttall.

The NCHA Western National Championships are presented by the legendary 6666 Ranch of Guthrie, Texas. The ranch stands some of the most well-respected Quarter Horse stallions in the industry, with elite broodmares that produce superior individuals for cutting, ranch work and racing.

Each year, contestants from around the world compete for more than $30 million in prizes in National Cutting Horse Association produced or approved shows. For more information, visit

Time to enter Western Nationals

Entries are due March 21, 2016 for the 6666 Ranch NCHA Western National Championships. The popular show will be held in Denver April 27-May 6.

The Western Nationals crowns champions for the 2015 point year in all 12 NCHA Weekend Show classes.

To be eligible for the Western Nationals, you must:

  • Be a current NCHA member for 2016.
  • Must have been a member in 2015 in good standing.
  • Must have been eligible in 2015 for the class you are entering.
  • If a horse class, your horse must have been eligible in 2015.
  • The owner must have been a member in 2015 and be a member for 2016.
  • Youth members must have been a member in 2015, and have a current 2016 membership.
  • You did not have to ride to the herd in a class or ride to herd in an affiliate show.

Enter now.

Butlin “Whisps” $5,000 Novice/Non-Pro

In the $5,000 Novice/Non-Pro finals of this year’s NCHA Western Nationals, Brian Butlin topped the leader board on his horse This Whisps A Cat after marking a 217 in the finals.

The Arizona cutter purchased the mare (WR This Cats Smart x Miss Whisp x Docs Okie Quixote) in May of last year. She was bred by Thomas Mertle, Windsor, Calif., and has earned just over $40,000 in the show pen. She was a finalist at the 2012 PCCHA Fall Classic/Challenge in the Limited Non-Pro, the 2012 El Rancho Cutting Classic in the $50,000 Amateur and the the 2012 NCHA Western Nationals Championships in the $15,000 Novice/Non-Pro with her previous owner, M K Maxeiner.

Butlin’s win in Reno places his earnings right at $80,000.

Barbi Madgwick Sweeps $15,000 Novice/Non-Pro

Barbi Madgwick, Melba, Idaho, hauled her horse Sweet Southern Grace to Reno for the NCHA Western Nationals and picked up $4,020 for doing so. The two cut to a 221 in the $15,000 Novice/Non-Pro finals to earn top honors and best the 25-horse field by three points. Their efforts proved consistent as the win came after the two also led the go-round with a 221.5-point run the day before.

Madgwick and her paint mare, appropriately referred to as “Grace,” cut fourth in the first set of the finals to secure the win.

Sweet Southern Grace (Sweet Lil Pepto x Lil Southern Grace [PT] x Grays Starlight) has earned $33,514 now after her win in Reno. Madgwick, who has been showing for 20 years, has reached earnings in excess of $210,000.

Youth Competitors Win Big in Reno

Taylor-Strohl_Romeos_A_Cool_CatThe Junior and Senior Youth finals of the NCHA Western Nationals wrapped up on Sat., May 2, crowning two Champions and granting generous scholarship funds to both.

In the Junior Youth, Taylor Zo Strohl rode Romeos A Cool Cat, owned by Charley and Lisa McDowell, to a 220 to lead the competition by 5 and 1/2 points.

Romeos A Cool Cat, owned by Charley and Lisa McDowell, Clayton, Calif., is a 9-year-old gelding by WR This Cats Smart out of Frances Remedy by Temesun. He was shown by Steven Schlesinger during the horse’s aged event career and collected nearly $49,000.

Strohl, Clovis, Calif., has accumulated more approximately $9,000 in NCHA earnings since winning her first check in 2012.

Riley-Bishop_Real-Peppy-JewelRiley Bishop, Paicines, Calif., swept the Senior Youth competition on Saturday aboard Real Peppy Jewel. The two cut to a 218-poing score to lead by 2 and 1/2 points. Bishop, who has cut to more than $19,000 during his show career, was also a Youth finalist at last year’s Western Nationals on the horse.

Real Peppy Jewel is a 16-year-old mare by Lenas Jewel Bars out of Real Peppydera by Real Doc. She was bred by Charles Jones, Farmerville, La., and purchased by Robert Branco and John Bishop in 2002. The mare has earned just over $20,000 and piloted Bishop to 30 youth points .