Grace Ranch continues partnership with NCHA

NCHA is proud to announce its continued partnership with Grace Ranch as a corporate partner and title sponsor of the NCHA Youth World Finals.

Home of the 2007 NCHA Futurity Open Champion and 2008 NCHA Open Horse of the Year, High Brow CD, Grace Ranch, Jennings. La., has offered continuous support to the NCHA and the NYCHA. Owned by Chris and Staci Thibodeaux, the family extends their southern hospitality every year during the NCHA Super Stakes by hosting the popular Cajun Cutters Party. With Grace Ranch-raised catfish, and other Louisiana cuisine items paired with live music, the Cajun Cutters party is an event that Super Stakes patrons look forward to year after year.

“The National Cutting Horse Association is fortunate to have people like the Thibodeauxs committed to not only promoting cutting, but also enjoying it through family oriented activities, which is what cutting is all about,” said NCHA Executive Director Jim Bret Campbell. “Their generous support is greatly appreciated, and we look forward to partnering with them again in 2014.”

High Brow CD (High Brow Cat x Sweet Little CD x CD Olena), also known as “Wendel,” quickly became a fan favorite when he made his debut in 2007 with Austin Shepard at the NCHA Futurity. The two went on to claim $542,101 during the stallion’s show career. High Brow CD’s first foal crop hit the show pen in 2013 and have since earned more than $700,000.

Mercuria Global Energy Services Renews Support of Mercuria NCHA World Series

Mercuria Global Energy, with offices in 28 locations in five countries, has renewed its support of the National Cutting Horse Association’s (NCHA) World Series of Cutting. The Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting enters its fourth year of competition with growing momentum in popularity for the weekend cutting horse competitor.

Offering a total of $50,000 in added money at each series event, the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting has become a highlight of the annual cutting horse competition year attracting highly competitive horses and riders to the event in their quest for NCHA World Champion and Horse of the Year honors.

Offering cutting in an entertaining, fast-paced format, the event has drawn crowds in the thousands from across the United States, Canada and Europe.

“The Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting and the Mercuria NCHA World Championship Finals has become a valued showcase for the seasoned cutting horse,” said NCHA President Ernie Beutenmiller Jr. “Along with that, is the opportunity to see the sport expand through the exposure of these veteran horses to a new audience. The growth of the event in Canada and Europe has served as testimony to the global appeal of the sport, as well.”

In the series, horses and riders compete in non-professional or open competition. Mercuria and NCHA add a total of $25,000 to each event, with an additional $25,000 provided by the host organization. A whopping $400,000 in added money will be awarded across the event series, with an additional $200,000 added to the Mercuria NCHA World Championship Finals held in conjunction with the NCHA Futurity in December.

“Joining NCHA in the recognition of these athletes fits the goals of Mercuria in the support of communities in which Mercuria conducts business,” said Mike Redenbaugh, Mercuria, President. “NCHA members are largely rural and the majority live in states where cutting horse competitions thrive.”

The Series will kick off January 23 with the Augusta Futurity in Augusta, Georgia, followed in February by the San Antonio Stock Show and Houston Livestock Show, then will go on hiatus until summer, kicking off again in July with Battle in the Saddle in Oklahoma City, followed by the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alberta, Idaho Futurity in Nampa, El Rancho Futurity in Rancho Murrieta, Calif., the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio, Equita’ Lyon in Lyon, France and American Royal in Kansas City, Missouri.

Tentative dates are as follows:

  • January 23-24, Augusta Futurity, Augusta, Georgia
  • February 9-10, San Antonio Stock Show, San Antonio, Texas
  • February 22-23, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Houston, Texas
  • July 7-8, Calgary Stampede, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
  • August 31-September 1, Idaho Futurity, Nampa, Idaho
  • September 13-14, El Rancho Futurity, Rancho Murrieta, California
  • October 9-10, All American Quarter Horse Congress, Columbus, Ohio
  • October 30-November 3, Equita’ Lyon, Lyon, France
  • November 7-8, American Royal, Kansas City, Missouri

SRO crowd applauds Mercuria NCHA World Finals

Dont Look Twice

2012 World Champion Dont Look Twice

An enthusiastic crowd made it hard for riders to hear the buzzer as the Mercuria NCHA World Finals concluded last night in the Watt Arena. Dont Look Twice (pictured) was crowned World Champion, while A Little Bossy won the show championship.

A cliffhanger in the Non-Pro division saw Brandon Dufurrena edge out Kaitlyn Larsen for the Non-Pro World Championship.

  • Open World Finals: A Little Bossy, ridden by R.L. Chartier for Wrigley Ranches
  • Open World Champion: Dont Look Twice, ridden by Phil Rapp for Louis & Corliss Baldwin
  • Non-Pro World Finals: Dan Hansen riding Woody Be Lucky
  • Non-Pro World Champion: Brandon Dufurrena riding Nievas
  • $10,000 Novice World Finals: A Little Bossy, ridden by R.L. Chartier for Wrigley Ranches
  • $10,000 Novice World Champion: Fairlea Daro Lena, ridden by Gavin Jordan for Fairlea Ranch
  • $3,000 Novice World Finals and World Champion: Sway Cat, ridden by Gavin Jordan for Melissa Corcoran
  • $15,000 Novice Non-Pro World Finals and World Champion: Royals Magnificat, ridden by Aubrey Pigg
  • $5,000 Novice Non-Pro World Finals: Jaebars Angel, ridden by Kate Banuelos
  • $5,000 Novice Non-Pro World Champion: Scat Daddy, ridden by Clint Pace
  • $35,000 Non-Pro World Finals: Lane Wood riding Pepto Boom
  • $35,000 Non-Pro World Champion: Sheryl Courson riding Budhas Warrior
  • $50,000 Amateur World Finals and World Champion: Bridey Greeson riding A Copper Spoonful
  • $15,000 Amateur World Finals: Alexa Dahl riding Rita Wood
  • $15,000 Amateur World Champion: Chrissy Madgwick riding Spinnies Star O Lena
  • $2,000 Limited Rider World Finals and World Champion: Trent Smith riding Play Stocks

SRO crowd applauds Mercuria NCHA World Finals

An enthusiastic crowd made it hard for riders to hear the buzzer as the Mercuria NCHA World Finals concluded last night in the Watt Arena. Dont Look Twice (pictured) was crowned World Champion, while A Little Bossy won the show championship.

A cliffhanger in the Non-Pro division saw Brandon Dufurrena edge out Kaitlyn Larsen for the Non-Pro World Championship.

  • Open World Finals: A Little Bossy, ridden by R.L. Chartier for Wrigley Ranches
  • Open World Champion: Dont Look Twice, ridden by Phil Rapp for Louis & Corliss Baldwin
  • Non-Pro World Finals: Dan Hansen riding Woody Be Lucky
  • Non-Pro World Champion: Brandon Dufurrena riding Nievas
  • $10,000 Novice World Finals: A Little Bossy, ridden by R.L. Chartier for Wrigley Ranches
  • $10,000 Novice World Champion: Fairlea Daro Lena, ridden by Gavin Jordan for Fairlea Ranch
  • $3,000 Novice World Finals and World Champion: Sway Cat, ridden by Gavin Jordan for Melissa Corcoran
  • $15,000 Novice Non-Pro World Finals and World Champion: Royals Magnificat, ridden by Aubrey Pigg
  • $5,000 Novice Non-Pro World Finals: Jaebars Angel, ridden by Kate Banuelos
  • $5,000 Novice Non-Pro World Champion: Scat Daddy, ridden by Clint Pace
  • $35,000 Non-Pro World Finals: Lane Wood riding Pepto Boom
  • $35,000 Non-Pro World Champion: Sheryl Courson riding Budhas Warrior
  • $50,000 Amateur World Finals and World Champion: Bridey Greeson riding A Copper Spoonful
  • $15,000 Amateur World Finals: Alexa Dahl riding Rita Wood
  • $15,000 Amateur World Champion: Chrissy Madgwick riding Spinnies Star O Lena
  • $2,000 Limited Rider World Finals and World Champion: Trent Smith riding Play Stocks

Coyote Rock Ranch to present NCHA World Finals Party

Coyote Rock RanchCoyote Rock Ranch, Terrebonne, Ore., has joined the National Cutting Horse Association in providing memorable moments for its members by becoming the presenting sponsor of the Mercuria NCHA World Finals Awards Party. The celebration will be held December 8 following the closing World Finals performances.

At the event, finalists will receive Gist trophy belt buckles, official NCHA trophies, and scores of other prizes in recognition of their accomplishments during the point year.  The Mercuria NCHA World Finals is held annually in conjunction with the NCHA World Championship Futurity.

The Top 15 money earners from each of NCHA’s 10 approved classes have been invited to participate in the World Finals competition sponsored by Mercuria Energy during the Futurity at the Will Rogers Memorial Center, Nov. 30 through Dec. 8.  At the end of the competition, new World Champions will be crowned and honored at the Coyote Rock Ranch NCHA World Finals Awards Party.  Finalists and their guests are invited to celebrate these accomplishments at 7:30 pm December 8 in the Round Up Inn located inside the Amon Carter Exhibit Building.

Coyote Rock Ranch is located in the beautiful high desert country of central Oregon, just outside the small community of Terrebonne. The ranch specializes in producing quality Quarter Horse performance prospects and will offer several yearlings during the Western Bloodstock Sales at the NCHA Futurity.