Mercuria champs crowned at Pacific Coast Derby

Auspicious Cat

Auspicious Cat, ridden by Ed Dufurrena; and Brandon Westfall, riding Gentle Ben, won the Open and Non-Pro finals, respectively, of the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting at the Pacific Coast Derby in Las Vegas on June 12.

It was the second Mercuria win for Auspicious Cat, the NCHA World Champion Stallion that also won at the 2013 Augusta Futurity.

Westfall is the youngest rider ever to win a Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting event.

In the Open, Auspicious Cat marked 230 to win for Dos Cats Partners and earn $7,600. The 9-year-old stallion is by High Brow Cat out of Lenas O Lady, by Peppy San Badger. He was bred by LKC Ranch and has earned more than $240,000.

Smart Stingrey, ridden by Mike Wood for Michelle LeMaster of Las Vegas, placed second with a 226.5, while Cattalou, ridden by Beau Galyean for Curtis Chester of Weatherford, Texas, was third with a 224.5.

Brandon Westfall

Brandon Westfall on Gentle Ben

In the Non-Pro, Brandon Westfall of Los Olivos, California, won a week before his 14th birthday.

He is the youngest Mercuria NCHA World Series champion to date, ahead of Kelsey Conn, who won at 16 at the 2010 Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo; Caleb Anderson, who won at 17 at the 2010 Battle in the Saddle; and Lane Wood, also 17, when she won at the 2013 All American Quarter Horse Congress.

Westfall, whose mother, Janet, is also a World Series winner, rode Gentle Ben to mark 220 to win by one point over Kelsey Conn of Hempstead, Texas, on Boon Tooth.

Gentle Ben was bred by Mark and Eva Gardiner by CD Royal out of PG Selena, by Playgun. The 5-year-old gelding was Non-Pro reserve champion with Janet at last year’s Pacific Coast Stakes, and has won nearly $60,000.

Brandon Westfall earned $8,949 for the win. He also finished second in last year’s Mercuria NCHA World Finals riding Smartest Peanut Yet, and was a finalist in this spring’s Non-Pro Super Stakes on Lulu Snow.

VS detected in Texas

Five horses with vesicular stomatitis have been detected in far southwest Texas, and cutters should be aware of the resulting travel restrictions and veterinary precautions. The USDA Animal and Plant Inspection Service confirmed the infection of the five horses.

VS can cause blisters and sores in the mouth and on the tongue, muzzle, teats or hooves of horses, cattle, swine, sheep, goats, llamas and a number of other animals. Lesions usually heal in two or three weeks. Because of the contagious nature of VS and its resemblance to other diseases such as foot and mouth disease (FMD), animal health officials urge livestock owners and caretakers to report these symptoms to their veterinarian immediately. Most animals recover well with supportive care by a  veterinarian, but some lesions can be painful.

The Texas Animal Health Commission updates advisories about travel restrictions to other states, but advises that you contact the state of destination for the latest information. At the time of this posting, California, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Vermont, Canada, and the European Union were listed on the TAHC website. This list is subject to change.

Take special note of the Calgary Stampede’s website for updates regarding the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting.

Interview with Texas State Veterinarian Dee Ellis.

American Royal entries due

Cutters can close out the 2013 point year with a bang at the historic American Royal Show in Kansas City, November 6-8. The show also marks the grand finale of the Mecuria NCHA World Series of Cutting for 2013, with $25,000-added to both the Open and Non-Pro events.

Entries close November 4 for the Mercuria NCHA World Series events, which attracts World Championship contenders as well as local contestants. Every World Series finalist will get a check.

In addition, the American Royal is hosting a full slate of weekend classes to give cutters a last chance to move up in the standings before the end of the point year.

There are limited age classses with $1,000 Added Open 4 YO & $500 Added Non-Pro  on Nov 6, 7 & 8, and additional weekend shows with $1,000 added in the Open, Non-Pro, 10,000 Novice Horse, $3,000 Novice Horse, $15,000 Novice Non-Pro plus additional weekend classes.

See the class schedule.

Entries open for Mercuria NCHA World Series at Lyon

Entries are now being accepted for the 2013 Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting to be held November 1-3 in conjunction with Equita Lyon Western Horse Show in Lyon, France.

Lyon will be the seventh stop for the Mercuria NCHA World Series in 2013. The Series, which features $25,000 in added money for both the Open and Non-Pro divisions at each venue, has been hosted by the Augusta Futurity, San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo, Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, and the upcoming Idaho and El Rancho Futurities, the All American Quarter Horse Congress and the American Royal Show..

The second annual European Derby will be held on October 31 and November 3 for 4-year-olds, with $2,000 added to the Open and $2000 added to the Non-Pro division.

Entries are due by October 1.

World Series of Cutting Adds American Royal to Line Up

The National Cutting Horse Association’s (NCHA) highly successful Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting has added the American Royal Livestock Show and Rodeo in Kansas City, Mo., to its all-star event line up. Competition will take place November 6-8 in the Hale Arena of the American Royal Complex, with $50,000, at $25,000 each, to be added to the Non Pro and Open divisions.

“The Mercuria NCHA World Series holds events from coast to coast. Adding the American Royal offers another opportunity in the Heartland where so many of our cutters and top horses live,” said NCHA President Barbara Brooks. “The Royal, with its long history and multiple equine disciplines, provides a wonderful opportunity to present cutting to a new audience and Hilary Watson and her team work hard to ensure that our cutters find it to be one of the best venues in the country.”

The American Royal Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting event will be the last in a series of nine events to take place in 2013. Already, three events have been held, with the Calgary Stampede event cancelled due to flooding. In addition to the “Royal,” the following remain on the Series calendar:

  • 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

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 Executive Director Jim Bret Campbell. “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 nine-event Mercuria 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 is 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.

The American Royal Association is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) corporation that has been a Kansas City tradition since 1899. Each year more than 270,000 people attend events at the American Royal Complex. In 2012, the Royal was able to give $1.4 million in scholarship and educational awards. In addition to its educational mission, the American Royal generates some $60 million of economic impact, $4.4 million in local tax revenues, and supports 450 jobs.

Having begun with a focus on oil trading, Mercuria’s activities now encompass all key energy products and a wide range of dry bulk commodities. It has grown the physical elements of its business and operates a significant portfolio of assets, including production, logistics and storage interests. The Mercuria network encompasses 37 offices in 28 countries and the Group employs more than 1000 people of 40 nationalities. Mercuria trades in more than 50 countries.