Updates to Family-Owned Horse Rule and National Championships Entries

NCHA LogoChanges to the family-owned horse rule and the entry and purse structure of the NCHA Eastern and Western National Championships were approved by the NCHA Executive Committee at their meeting in Fort Worth on August 25-26.

At the 2014 NCHA Convention, several standing committees recommended changes to the family-owned horse rule. The rule that has been approved by the NCHA Executive Committee contains the same verbiage as AQHA uses. It is an established rule that has proven to work and has increased participation and entries.

Additionally, all age restrictions pertaining to a family-owned horse, have been removed at both the limited age event and weekend level. The updated rule is designed to encourage more participation in the sport.

The new Standing Rule 51.a.4 reads as follows: “If a member who holds an NCHA non-professional and/or amateur card publicly exhibits in any contest, whether approved or unapproved, a cutting horse not owned by the member or by the member’s immediate family, as defined herein, said card can be automatically revoked. Additional penalties for ownership rule violations may include loss of Non-Professional/Amateur status for up to life of the member, up to three (3) years suspension from the NCHA, up to a maximum of $10,000 fine. Any other member who aids and abets the rule violator will be subject to the same penalties depending on the severity of the incident.

“For purposes of this rule ‘immediate family’ shall mean the member’s spouse, child, stepchild, parent, grandparents, grandchild, step-parent, sibling, half-sibling, step-sibling, spouse’s parent, spouse’s step-parent, sibling’s spouse, half-sibling’s spouse, step-sibling’s spouse, sibling’s child, sibling’s step-child, half-sibling’s child, half-sibling’s step-child, step-sibling’s child, step-sibling’s step-child, parent’s sibling, parent’s half-sibling, parent’s step-sibling, parent’s sibling’s child, parent’s sibling’s stepchild, parent’s half sibling’s child, parent’s half sibling’s stepchild, parent’s step sibling child, parent’s step sibling’s stepchild, legal ward or legal guardian.”
An ownership form must be filed with the NCHA office indicating the family relationship between the owner of the horse and the exhibitor prior to showing. This rule will go into effect with the 2015 point year.

Eastern and Western National Championships
In response to concerns about costs and decreasing entries at the Four Sixes Eastern and Western Championships, the entry fee for the 2014 point year Championships (held in 2015) has been reduced from $600 to $500. Additionally, all contestants in the horse classes will be allowed to show three horses. All contestants in the rider classes will be able to show two horses. This does not include the Youth classes.

To better position the shows financially, added money for the 2014 point year Championships will be $15,000 per class, an overall reduction from $200,000 to $150,000.

To better support the affiliates, exhibitors will be required to compete at one affiliate-approved show to qualify for the Eastern and Western Championships beginning with the 2015 point year (for the Championships held in 2016).

Additional Recommendations
The Executive Committee reviewed all of the standing committee recommendations from the NCHA Convention and all of the final rules and recommendations will be distributed as soon as the minutes are completed.

Jim Hagin

NCHA member Jim Hagin, 57, died Tuesday August 19, 2014 in Weatherford, Texas following a brief illness. The Bulloch County native was a 1975 graduate of Statesboro High School and a graduate of Georgia Southern College. Jim was an avid cutting horse trainer, working throughout the Southeastern United States during his career.

Jim was an active member of his church “The Gathering at Brock” in Weatherford. He was a dedicated soldier of Christ working to bring others to know the Lord.

Jim was preceded in death his father, Edgar Hagin. Surviving are his mother, Faye Hagin of Statesboro; a sister and brother-in-law, Deborah and Mike Hatten of Statesboro; a nephew, Michael Hatten of Savannah; his aunt, Levaughn Ellis of Statesboro and a very special friend, Jima Wynn of Glen Rose, Texas. Several cousins also survive.

Visitation will be Friday, August 22 from 12:30pm until 2:00pm at Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home in Statesboro, Georgia.

Funeral service will be at 2:00pm in the chapel of Joiner-Anderson Funeral Home. Interment will be in the Bulloch Memorial Gardens.

The family requests that memorial contributions be made to “The Jim Hagin Benevolent Fund” at “The Gathering at Brock”, P.O. Box 1473, Weatherford, Texas, 76086, or any Christian charity.

Friends may sign the online register book at www.joineranderson.com.

David Talbert Dotson, 1920-2014

David Talbert Dotson, 93, of Winona, Miss., passed away quietly in the VA Medical Center in Jackson on July 21, after a brief illness. Mr. Dotson was a prominent
businessman who retired when he sold his GMC dealership in 1993, which he had
owned since 1946, although he remained active in the car business through his
friends until the end. He played football and ran track at Mississippi College and was
later drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles. He was also an avid horseman who trained
some of the best cutting horses in the country; and at one time was ranked among the
top trainers in the world.

Mr. Dotson was a United States Marine Corps Captain who served as a rifle company
commander in some of the most difficult island assaults and beach landings in the
Pacific Theater during World War II, including the first wave in the assault on the
beaches at Okinawa. He was proud of his service to his country and was able to visit
the WWII Memorial several years ago with the help of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor
Flight.

Mr. Dotson was married to Eileen Crocker Dotson of Bruce for 51 years until she
passed away in 1993. He was later married Betty Jo Dotson who died in 2011. Mr.
Dotson has four children, David T. Dotson, Jr. of Memphis, TN, Diane (Bob) Mims,
Kathy Dotson and Debbie (Arliss) Swindoll of Oxford, MS. He has four grandchildren,
Amanda Dotson, Lt Cmdr David (Teri) Mims, Meg Swindoll (Chris) Cochran and Will
Swindoll and one great grandchild, Hadley Clare Mims.

A memorial service is scheduled for 11am Monday, July 28 at First Presbyterian Church in
Winona. The family will receive visitors from 9-11am Monday at the church with a
graveside service and military honors at Oakwood Cemetery following the church
service.

The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of David
Talbert Dotson to either the Veterans Home in Kosciusko, MS, (310 Autumn Ridge Rd.
39090) or The First Presbyterian Church, Winona, MS (302 Summit St, 38967).

Parking Changes for the Great American Insurance NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular

Due to the construction occurring at the Will Rogers Memorial Complex, along with changes in the way that Standard Parking is managing the parking at the complex, exhibitors and spectators will experience some changes at this year’s Great American Insurance Summer Spectacular.

Standard Parking has implemented the automatic ticketing system that has been used at other equine events for the past several years. For those parking less than two hours on the complex, the total cost will actually be less than the flat $5 fee that was charged in the past.

Exhibitors, spectators and vendors who will be attending the show multiple days can still purchase a multi-day pass that will allow them access through any of the automated gates for $5/day.

To purchase a pass, if you enter the complex through any of the automatic gates, pull a ticket and take it to the Standard Parking Office on the west side of the John Justin Arena.
NCHA has worked with the City of Fort Worth to keep Gate 42 off Trail Drive open and manned from 6 a.m. until midnight each day for the convenience of those entering with trailers to unload or hauling in for the day. Anyone who arrives between midnight and 6 a.m. can enter the Burnett/Tandy entrance, pull a ticket, and purchase a pass the next day at the Standard Parking office.

NCHA will continue to work with the City of Fort Worth and Standard Parking to find ways to make this change convenient for exhibitors.

Wildcard round for Classic Challenge

Prior to the NCHA Convention, the NCHA Executive Committee approved having a semi-finals for the Open 5/6-year-old Classic Challenge at the 2014 Great American Insurance NCHA Summer Spectacular because preliminary reports indicated there would be more than 200 entries in the class.

Summer Spectacular rules indicate that there must be 200 entries by entry deadline to have a semi-finals, and to better accommodate the owners and exhibitors competing in the Open, the Executive Committee voted to hold a semi-finals based on the projected entries.

Unfortunately, after discovering a reporting error in the program that calculates Triple Crown entries, NCHA’s show department determined that there were only 188 entries in the Open 5/6-year-old Classic Challenge, dictating that the class have a wildcard round, rather than a semi-finals.

The NCHA Executive Committee voted to uphold the rule with a wildcard round in the class. We apologize for any confusion this change may have caused. We look forward to seeing everyone at the Summer Spectacular.