NRCHA Premier Events to Pay More in 2017

DualsLuckyCharm-fenceDuals Lucky Charm and Kelby Phillips earned a $100,000 paycheck for their 2016 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open win. That figure will increase to $125,000 in 2017. • Photo by Primo MoralesCompetitors at National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Premier Events will have a shot at even bigger paychecks. The NRCHA board of directors has unveiled a richer prize money structure for the year ahead, following a robust 2016 season marked by overall growth, increased participation and financial profitability.

Smooth As A Cat Filly Sells for $200,000

SmoothWalkinStyle-webSmooth Walkin Style was the highest seller at the Select Yearling Sale and Gala when the gavel fell at $200,000. • Photo by Stacy PigottAll of the 50 horses cataloged in the Select Yearling Sale and Gala came from proven maternal families, resulting in pages full of black type. The quality of the stock that walked through the Round-Up Inn at the Will Rogers Memorial Center on the evening of Dec. 6 matched the printed pedigrees, offering discerning buyers an elite set of young prospects on which to bid. And bid they did. By the end of the night, prices exceeded six figures on several occasions and peaked at $200,000 with Hip No. 10, Smooth Walkin Style.

Metallic Cat 2-Year-Old Sells for $375,000

SummerShandy 16HHSummer Shandy was the highest seller at $375,000. • Photo by Hannah HarrelSession II of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale wrapped up in Fort Worth, Texas, on Tuesday, Dec. 6, and the hammer fell at an impressive $375,000 for Hip No. 2041, Summer Shandy.

Exciting Runs at NCHA World Finals Top a Year of Champion Efforts

ALittleBossy-webOpen World Champions A Little Bossy and R.L. Chartier • Photo by Jennifer K. HancockAfter a year of hauling thousands of miles and competing against each other week after week, the final dollars of the year were earned on Dec. 3 in Fort Worth, Texas, at the Mercuria National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Finals. Soon after the last horse walked out of the Watt Arena, the party began to celebrate the champions and the top 15 in each of the 10 divisions.

Jody McGlothlin Throws Down in NCHA Futurity Limited Non-Pro

JodyMcGlothlin webJodyMcGlothlin & SomethingtobelieveinThe National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity is a marathon in itself, and the day of the Limited Non-Pro finals was no different. With the semifinals falling the morning of the finals, riders had to carefully plan a strategy to advance while still preserving the energy to top the division.

AAEP Foundation Awards $75,000 Coyote Rock Ranch Veterinary Scholarship

AlainaKringenAlaina Kringen is the newest recipient of a veterinary scholarship from Coyote Rock Ranch. • Photo courtesy of the AAEPAlaina Kringen, a fourth-year veterinary student at Iowa State University, will be awarded the $75,000 Coyote Rock Ranch Veterinary Scholarship by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation.

Kringen joins American Quarter Horse Foundation recipients Josh Singer and Jenni Wright in receiving a Coyote Rock Ranch scholarship. Each intends to pursue a career in equine-focused veterinary medicine after graduation. Kringen, Singer and Wright will be recognized Dec. 4 during the 62nd AAEP Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida.