NCHA Executive Committee Meeting

The NCHA Executive Committee met August 19-20 to review and vote on the recommendations put forward by the Association’s standing committees from the NCHA Convention.

The Executive Committee heard updates from finance committee chair Terry Strange. In addition, the committee heard an update about the Texas Major Events Trust Fund application and reimbursement process from the City of Fort Worth. Jim Short, who serves as the association’s lobbyist and legislative consultant, also gave an update on legislative activity.

Minutes from the meeting will be distributed to directors within 10 days, however, following is a summary of action taken by the Executive Committee of particular interest to most members. All rule changes will be printed in the October issue of the Chatter and online at www.nchacutting.com.

Amateur Payout at Triple Crown events
The amateur committee recommended a change to the percentages of added money between open, non-pro and amateur. The current payout distribution is:

53 % Open
3 % Limited Open
35 % Non-Pro
5 % Limited Non-Pro
2 % Unlimited Amateur
2 % $50,000 Amateur

In contrast to the amateur committee, the non-pro committee recommended no change to the payout distribution. After a lengthy debate, the Executive Committee approved the following changes to the added money percentages for Triple Crown events:

53 % Open
3% Limited Open
33% Non-Pro
3 % Limited Non-Pro
5 % Unlimited Amateur
3% $50,000 Amateur

The Executive Committee discussed and considered the recommendations of both the amateur and non-pro committees in making a decision that balances the needs of the widest cross-section of members.

Western Nationals
The committee also reviewed site bids for the location of the 2014 Four Sixes Western Nationals, which has been in Reno, Nevada, for two years. While NCHA did not solicit bids for the 2014 event, the association did receive bids from Nampa, Idaho, and Denver, Colorado, along with a renewal bid from Reno.

There are multiple criteria that the committee considers in making a site selection decision for any event, including the Western Nationals. The Western Nationals are especially difficult to accommodate all members because of the sheer size and geographic features of the West. The committee weighs the financial impact of the bids to the association, travel distances for members and the financial impact to members at the various facilities.

As the process should work, members in support of the two sites provided letters and/or emails recommending having the Western Nationals in either Reno or Denver as the leading sites based on support from members and the strength of the bids. The number of letters and/or emails ran almost equal in support of each site.

With that feedback from members, the committee has asked the NCHA staff to analyze the opportunity to hold both a Western Nationals in Reno and a Midwestern Nationals in Denver in 2014. Obviously, there is a wide range of needs to consider before making a decision. However, with the size of the regions, at least exploring the possibility of adding a show seemed prudent to the committee to meet the needs of the greatest number of NCHA members who desire to show at a national championship show. The committee asked for staff to provide the analysis by September 15.

If it is not possible to hold two shows in 2014 because of a lack of funding, available dates or other reasons, NCHA will finalize a single location for the 2014 event and investigate a third national show in 2015 and later.

Horse & Cattle Welfare Committee
The executive committee also approved changes to the medication rules that will clarify anabolic steroids as prohibited substances that includes guidelines for dosages and withdrawal times for members’ use.

The committee also approved increasing the drug fee charged at NCHA-produced events to $15 to cover the Association’s cost of drug testing and, more importantly, provide more education to members, trainers and exhibitors about the medication policy and procedures.

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.

NCHA receives additional Texas METF funds

The National Cutting Horse Association, in partnership with the City of Fort Worth, received $1,158,482 from the Texas Major Events Trust Fund on July 20. The payment includes funds derived from the 2012 NCHA Summer Spectacular.

NCHA and the City of Fort Worth will continue to work with the state comptroller’s office in regard to payments for the 2012 NCHA Futurity, as well as 2013 events.

NCHA remains committed to working with the City of Fort Worth and the state comptroller’s office to ensure the continued investment of the Major Events Trust Fund remains a vital component for tourism and economic growth for the State of Texas and businesses headquartered there. Funds are based on actual sale taxes generated by NCHA events.

The Major Events Trust Fund contributed more than $4.3 million to purses and production of the 2012 NCHA Triple Crown Events in Fort Worth, which has allowed NCHA to virtually double the value of payout since the inception of the Fund. Through the work of NCHA lobbyist and legislative consultant Jim Short and contributors to the Texas Events Political Action Committee, NCHA was able to remain in the METF. NCHA is the only equine organization included in the METF.

While the monies contributed by the METF are paid through the Triple Crown events, NCHA members throughout the country benefit from true added money.

Continued support of the Texas Events PAC and the engagement of all NCHA members are crucial to continuing the investment of the state into the sport of cutting and economic growth in Fort Worth.

Broadcast team openings

The National Cutting Horse Association is seeking qualified individuals to serve as members of the broadcast team for the 2013 NCHA World Championship Futurity broadcast on RFD TV which will be live to tape. The positions available are for an analyst, meaning a person who will analyze the performance of the horse and work with the show’s host, as well as for an arena or “sideline” reporter, who will work with the host on providing information from the arena floor and interview competitors.

Audition DVDs, resumes and compensation expectations must be submitted no later than September 1 to the attention of Julie Bryant, NCHA Director of Marketing, 260 Bailey Ave, Fort Worth, Texas 76107. Selection will be made by NCHA and its production company no later than October 1.

Analyst: Interested persons must meet all or at least three of the following qualifications to include a major title:

  • Winner of a major NCHA Produced Event, i.e. Futurity, Super Stakes etc.
  • Winner of a major NCHA title or award, i.e. World Champion or Rider Hall of Fame
  • Winner of a major AQHA title or award in a related sport, i.e. AQHA World Champion, AQHA Year End High Point
  • More than 5 years of membership in NCHA
  • More than 5 years of experience in NCHA competition
  • On camera experience
  • Public speaking experience

“Sideline” Arena Reporter: Interested persons must meet all or at least three of the following qualifications:

  • Finalist in a major NCHA Produced Event, i.e. Futurity, Super Stakes etc.
  • Winner of a major limited aged event, i.e. Breeders Invitational, El Rancho Futurity, PCCHA Futurity
  • Accomplished horseman (woman) with at least 10 years experience in cattle related events
  • Sports or horse related reporting (print or on camera) experience
  • On camera experience
  • Public speaking experience

 

 

NYCHA looks for shutterbugs

AQHA NCHA WeekendA picture is worth a thousand words, and the NCHA wants to know the story of your area’s NCHA Weekend event. We’re looking for photos from each area’s event that captures the people, excitement, camaraderie, and all the happenings over the weekend for use in the Cutting Horse Chatter. The NYCHA Shutterbugs contest is open to ALL youth members attending an NCHA Weekend event. As an Official NYCHA Press Representative for the NCHA during NCHA Weekend, you’ll be issued a press badge by your show secretary as well as a disposable camera should you need one.

Rios of MercedesIs there a prize?
Of course there’s a prize! Rios of Mercedes, the Official Boot of the NCHA, has generously provided a pair of boots to the winner of the NYCHA Shutterbugs contest. The winner will be selected by a panel of judges that will evaluate each photo entry based on how well the youth member captured the essence of their area’s NCHA Weekend show. Photo clarity (no blurry images, please) and resolution will also be taken into consideration.

What do I have to do?
Grab a camera and look for photo opportunities around the show! We’re looking for all kinds of candid photos – silly pictures, folks interacting with each other, show staff and attendees at work, fellow youth members hanging out together, what’s for lunch, any special events (cookouts, parties, contests, etc.), or just anything you see that would make a great picture!

What if I don’t have a camera? Can I use my phone?
We are sending disposable cameras to each show secretary, in case you need one. Supplies are limited and secretaries will distribute them on a first come, first served basis. Sorry, we can’t use pictures taken with your phone. They are not high enough in resolution to print well in the Chatter magazine. If you have your own digital camera you can use it.

What do I do when I’m done?
If you’re using a disposable camera, just send the whole camera back to the NCHA office with your name and area number written on it and we’ll get your photos developed for the contest. If you’re using a digital camera, make a CD of all the images you took, write your name and area number on the disc, and mail it to the NCHA office. Please do not email photos.

What is the deadline to send in my pictures?
Disposable cameras and CDs should be postmarked no later than Monday, June 10, 2013. The winner will be announced and notified the following Monday, June 17.