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

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

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.

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.