“NCHA Super Stakes”

The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) will host the second jewel of its “Triple Crown” March 27 through April 19 when the NCHA Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic kicks off in Fort Worth, Texas, at the Will Rogers Memorial Center.

This year, NCHA is excited to announce the number of entries has surpassed that of the 2013 NCHA Super Stakes, proving that cutting is alive and well worldwide.

“As the second jewel of the NCHA Triple Crown, the NCHA Super Stakes highlights the best horses of the world and continues the journey they started at the Futurity,” said Jim Bret Campbell, NCHA Executive Director. “Last December, we saw one of the deepest sets of 3-year-olds ever, so I know we can look forward to a great cutting in the city of Cowboys and Culture.”

Open to horses ages 4, 5 and 6, the NCHA Super Stakes attracts the industry’s most talented competitors, all vying for more than $2.9 million in prize money and a prestigious NCHA Triple Crown Championship title. This premier equine event will offer a second shot at stardom for the horses that made their debut at the NCHA Futurity in December as 3-year-olds. Among the most watched at this year’s Super Stakes will be Dual Smart Kitty, who earned $200,000 the last time she walked to the herd in the Will Rogers Coliseum. Ridden by Clay Johnson and owned by Rusty and Shelly Simpson of Nemo, Texas, Dual Smart Kitty has already won more than $35,000 as a 4-year-old.

The thrilling cutting competition will be accompanied by numerous activities throughout the show, including an Easter egg hunt for kids, the Cowdown Throwdown party at Magnolia Motor Lounge and the ever-popular Cajun Cutters Crawfish Party. For a full list of special events during the NCHA Super Stakes, click here.

The Amon G. Carter Exhibit Hall will serve as headquarters for the Best of the West Premier Shopping Experience, beginning Saturday, March 29. The exhibit hall opens daily at 9:30 a.m. and contains exhibitors featuring clothing, jewelry, home décor and more!

Admission to the Best of the West Lifestyle Show is always free, while admission to the NCHA Super Stakes cutting events are free with the exception of the Open finals April 19. For more information about the Super Stakes and to purchase tickets online, visit www.nchacutting.com.

Also high on the agenda is the NCHA Super Stakes Sale, presented by Western Bloodstock on April 19. Click here for more information and to see the consignments.

Time to Ride “100 Day Horse Challenge” to launch June 1

The American Horse Council’s initiative offers $100,000 in cash and prize incentives for engaging newcomers in horse activities.

Time to Ride, an initiative of the American Horse Council, today announced an aggressive grassroots effort designed to engage 100,000 new people with horses in a 100-day period.

The “100 Day Horse Challenge” is a nationwide campaign that will expose at least 100,000 new people to horse activities while providing $100,000 in cash and prizes to participating stables, organizations and businesses. The program will enlist 1,000 stables, horse clubs, venues, organizations, or individuals to register as an official Time to Ride “Host” and compete in the 100 Day Horse Challenge, which kicks off June 1. Participating hosts will be divided into small, medium, and large divisions by size, and challenged to provide an interactive horse experience to as many new participants as possible. Entry-level activities may include riding, grooming, learning about horsemanship, and more.

“This program incentivizes the segment of our industry that can truly open the doors to a first-ever horse experience for thousands of people,” explained Patti Colbert, a Time to Ride spokesperson. “It will also educate our hosts on some best practices in growing their businesses.”

Individual cash prizes up to $25,000 as well as stable equipment, feed, veterinary supplies, and more will be awarded to the hosts that garner the greatest number of new, verified horse enthusiasts.

The Challenge is open to the first 1,000 hosts capable of growing the horse industry – including stables, instructors, clubs, events, recreational riders, equine service professionals, veterinarians, racetracks, and more. Registered hosts will receive extensive marketing support from Time to Ride, including listing on the Time to Ride Map with special denotation as an official Time to Ride Host.

Hosts can register starting in April for the Time to Ride “100 Day Horse Challenge” at www.timetoride.com.  Registration deadline is May 15. For more information, please visit www.timetoride.com or e-mail Christie@timetoride.com.

About “Time to Ride”
Time to Ride is an initiative of the American Horse Council’s marketing alliance, formed to connect people with horses. It is designed to encourage horse-interested consumers to enjoy the benefits of horse activities. The AHC marketing alliance is made up of the following organizations: the American Horse Council, the American Association of Equine Practitioners, Active Interest Media, the American Quarter Horse Association, Dover Saddlery, Farnam, Merck, Merial, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association, Purina Animal Nutrition LLC, Platinum Performance, United States Equestrian Federation, and Zoetis.

About the American Horse Council
The American Horse Council is a non-profit organization that includes all segments of the horse industry. While its primary mission is to represent the industry before Congress and the federal regulatory agencies in Washington, DC, it also undertakes national initiatives for the horse industry. Time to Ride, the AHC’s marketing alliance to connect horses and people, is such an effort. The American Horse Council hopes that Time to Ride will encourage people and businesses to participate in the industry, enjoy our horses, and support our equine activities and events. The AHC believes a healthy horse industry contributes to the health of Americans and America in many ways.

Make your Convention reservations now

Make your plans to attend the 2014 NCHA Convention in beautiful Salt Lake City, Utah. The dates are June 20 – 22 at the Little America Hotel. You may make your hotel reservations on-line or by calling 1-800-437-5288 and identifying yourself as attending the NCHA Convention. You can find more information on the beautiful hotel here. Make your hotel reservations before May 29 to ensure getting the lower NCHA rate.

The hotel is conveniently located in downtown Salt Lake City. The light rail system TRAX offers a $2.50 fare from the airport to the Little America Hotel. TRAX stops half a block from the hotel entrance. Once at the hotel, most downtown attractions can be reached by riding the TRAX for free.

You can register for the Convention by downloading the form or by contacting Pam Robison (email) in the NCHA offices. Please make sure your registration reaches the NCHA office before June 16 to pay the lower fee of $100. After that date, and for on-site, registration will be $125.

Be sure and arrive in time to participate in a bus tour on Thursday, June 19 for a fee of $75/person. The bus will depart from the hotel at 11:00 a.m. and head to beautiful Park City. You will spend time there to visit the shops and find the perfect restaurant for your lunch. You will board the bus again for a short ride to Olympic Park – site of many of the competitions during the 2002 Winter Olympics and now a training facility. You will have the opportunity to tour the facility and the museum. Additionally, for those adventuresome souls, you can ride the bobsled reaching speeds of over 70 mph and experience 4 Gs of force. The bobsled is an additional fee of $75 and space is limited so sign up early! You can find out more about Olympic Park here and the other fun activities that you may enjoy.

Register now!

NCHA welcomes Bayer HealthCare LLC, Animal Heath Division as a corporate partner

Bayer HealthCare LLC, Animal Health Division, one of the most recognizable brands in animal health, has joined the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) corporate partner group as an official animal health care product provider.

“Partnering with a brand with the excellent credentials of Bayer Animal Health is exciting for NCHA,” said NCHA Executive Director Jim Bret Campbell. “Their investment in the cutting horse industry is reflective of the sports current use of their products as well as the potential growth for the Bayer Animal Health brand in one of the most demanding of equine sports.”

Bayer Animal Health provides a trio of products to the horse industry, including its cornerstone product Legend® (hyaluronate sodium) Injectable Solution, which is used in the treatment of joint dysfunction of the carpus or fetlock due to non-infectious synovitis associated with equine osteoarthritis. In addition, cutting horse owners will find effective uses for Marquis® (15% w/w ponazuril) Antiprotozoal Oral Paste for the treatment of Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM), and for wound treatment, products such as equitrX® Wound Healing Spray Gel or equitrX® Corneal Repair Gel Drops, are sold.

“Bayer Animal Health works closely with veterinarians and other professionals in the horse industry to ensure that its products continue to provide an effective and safe level of treatment solutions,” said Scott King, DVM, equine products manager. “The cutting horse is a uniquely talented animal with specific needs that Bayer has the ability to address and it is looking forward to building its relationship with NCHA and its members.”

AQHA/NCHA Weekend locations announced

NCHA, along with the American Quarter Horse Association, is pleased to announce the 2014 AQHA/NCHA Cutting Weekend locations that will host three days of fun-filled cutting action for weekend cutters.

The shows kick off May 30 and run through June 1 at 25 select locations across the United States and Canada. AQHA/NCHA weekend historically hosts the largest weekend competitions of the year with many locations offering live music, cookouts and more family-oriented activities as well as increased payouts. As an added bonus, AQHA/NCHA Weekend cutters have the chance to qualify for the AQHA World Championship Show, which annually provides a tremendous value opportunity for cutters with great purses and a run at a coveted world championship trophy.

“AQHA/NCHA Weekend is one of the most important events of the year because it highlights weekend cutters,” NCHA Executive Director Jim Bret Campbell said. “As always, we are excited to partner with AQHA on what we know will be a successful weekend of great cutting competitions across the nation. We look forward to cheering those qualifying competitors on at the 2014 AQHA World Show.”

New this year, AQHA is allowing these events to be double judged (two AQHA judges concurrently during one cutting run), which will allow for competitors to receive double points. Competitors should check with their area directors to find which AQHA/NCHA weekend locations will offer this double judging system.

Last year’s AQHA/NCHA Weekend awarded more than 200 amateur points and approximately 160 open points to weekend cutters, which made them eligible for a shot at the $41,000 in Amateur payouts and more than $80,000 in Open money awarded at the 2013 AQHA World Show. A pinnacle event that attracts thousands of competitors and their American Quarter Horses each year to vie for thousands in winnings, The AQHA World Show, will be Nov. 7-22 in Oklahoma City.

2014 AQHA/NCHA Weekend Dates and Locations
Area Dates Location Host Affiliate
1 May 30-31 & June 1 Ellensburg, WA – Kittas Valley Event Center Cascade Cow Cutters
2 May 30-31 & June 1 Scottsdale, AZ – West World Arena AZ CHA
3 May 30-31 Farmington, UT – Legacy Events Center Utah CHA
4 May 30-31 & June 1 Livingston, MT – Heart K Land & Cattle Co Arena Montana CHA
5 May 30-31 & June 1 Morarity, NM – Rocking Horse Arena New Mexico CHA
6 May 30-31 Maple Plain, MN – Kuka Equestrian Center MN CHA
7 May 31 & June 1 Park City, KS – Kansas Coliseum Beef Empire CHA
8 May 30-31 & June 1 Waurika, OK – Chisholm Trail Arena Chisholm Trail CHA
9 May 30-31 & June 1 Hamilton, TX – Circle T Arena West Central TX CHA
10 May 30-31 & June 1 Brenham, TX – Washington County Fairgrounds Waller CHA
11 May 30-31 & June 1 Amarillo, TX – Bill Cody Arena Tri State Fairgrounds Panhandle CHA
12 May 31 & June 1 Iowa Falls, IA – Ellsworth Equestrian Center Iowa CHA
13 May 30-31 & June 1 DuQuoin, IL – DuQuoin State Fairgrounds Mid State IL CHA
14 May 30-31 & June 1 Batesville, Ms – Ranch Arena One Area 14 Affiliates
15 May 30-31 & June 1 Springville, IN – Pilchers Arena Indiana CHA
16 May 31 & June 1 Lady Lake, FL – Lady Lake Equestrian Center Florida CHA
17 May 31 & June 1 Lewisburg, WV – Shawnee Farms Arena East Coast CHA
18 May 31 & June 1 North Augusta, SC – Hippodrome Area 18 CHA
19 May 31 & June 1 Hamburg, PA – Mountain Springs Arena Pennsylvania CHA
20 May 30-31 Claresholm, AB – Claresholm Agriplex AB CHA
21 May 31 & June 1 Ormstown, QB – Ormstown Fairgrounds Eastern Canadian CHA
22 May 30-31 & June 1 Rainsville, AL – N.E. Alabama Agri Business Center Northeast AL CHA
23 May 31 & June 1 Saskatoon, SK – Praireland Park AG Center Sask CHA
24 May 30-31 Athens, TX – Henderson County Fair Park Area 24 Affiliates
25 May 30-31 Carthage, MO – Lucky J Arena Ozark Mountain CHA