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.

Frank Layden to speak at Convention

Frank Layden staring down a referee. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)Former NBA head coach Frank Layden will speak at the Welcome Reception on Thursday, June 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the NCHA Convention in Salt Lake City.

Layden was head coach of the Utah Jazz for seven and a half years, beginning in 1981, before moving into the team’s front office. He was named NBA’s Coach of the Year in 1984. That same season, he also won the NBA’s Executive of the Year, and was one of only two non-players in NBA history to receive the J.Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award.

The Welcome Reception on Thursday, June 19 at 7:00 p.m. will be held in the East Terrace on the second floor at Little America Hotel.

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. Becomes Official NCHA Educational Partner

Cutting Horse Training, the leading sport online training resource, has joined the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) corporate partner group as an official NCHA Educational Partner.

“Cutting Horse Training Online has developed a valuable library of training and sport knowledge for almost any cutter,” said NCHA Executive Director Jim Bret Campbell. “Coupled with NCHA’s Cutting Horse Academy program, Cutting Horse Training Online allows NCHA to provide an even broader educational avenue for those interested in learning more about the sport or improving their skills.” is in its third year of operation and has already garnered the support of many of the world’s leading professionals in providing 10-minute to 45-minute long videos to help aspiring cutters learn the best techniques.

“The most valuable feature about is the fact that all the trainers are on demand 24/7,” said co-founder Duncan Steele Park. “Regardless of where you might be or what time of day, you can pull up a lesson from the trainer of your choice and watch it on your computer, tablet or mobile device.”

Among the featured trainers are such well-known names as Austin Shepherd, Sam Shepherd, Craig Thompson, Matt Gaines, Tim Smith and many more. Members will find videos ranging from training methods to cattle management to nutrition . . . all featuring experts in their fields.

Through the relationship, NCHA members will be able to receive subscription discounts to that include the following:

• Month to Month: $32 (Regularly $36)
• Three Month: $92.34 (Regularly $108)
• Six Month: $174.96 (Regularly $216)
• Annual: $311.04 (Regularly $432)

“One of the leading goals of Cutting Horse Training Online is to build a stronger sport through an experience available to anyone at anytime,” he said. “With NCHA’s expansion into Europe and the already strong growth of the sport in Australia, this tool can provide a resource for learning as well as a connection to others in the sport globally.”

Another feature of the program is the Personal Academy, which allows members to upload a video, then select a trainer to critique their work and receive an audio commentary of their work. Fees are based on the number of videos to be critiqued.

Duncan Steele-Park and his wife, Simone Cobb, founded Cutting Horse Training Online in 2011 for the purpose of providing exceptional educational tools to deepen knowledge of the sport, help build skills and increase the level of performance and enjoyment of the sport of cutting. Steele-Park has operated successful training operations in both the United States and Australia, and competed as a semi-finalist in the NCHA Futurity. To subscribe as an NCHA member, contact at