Phil Rapp wins NCHA Vice Presidential Election

PhilRapp2016Phil Rapp will assume the role of NCHA vice president in June at the NCHA Convention. • Courtesy of the NCHAOn Tuesday, June 14, the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) announced  the results of the election for the association’s vice president. A total of 2,977 ballots were received and tabulated by the independent voting firm Simply Voting, of Montreal, Canada.

The winner, Phil Rapp, of Weatherford, Texas, received a total of 1,960 votes and Ron Pietrafeso, of Elbert, Colorado, received 1,017 votes. According to the NCHA, 30 percent of eligible voters submitted ballots this year, compared to 23 percent last year and 20 percent in 2014.

Rapp, an Equi-Stat Elite $9 Million Rider, and his wife, Mary Ann Rapp, have bred horses that have earned more than $7 million. At the top of that list is cutting’s all-time leading mare, 2011 NCHA Horse of the Year Dont Look Twice (High Brow Cat x Tapt Twice x Dual Pep), whose lifetime earnings total more than $845,000. As owners, the Rapps have more than $8.8 million in earnings. Those successes and a long list of other accolades have contributed to the Weatherford, Texas, trainer’s status as cutting’s highest-earning rider of all time.

“I am very excited and humbled to become the NCHA’s next vice president,” Rapp told Quarter Horse News. “I am looking forward to working diligently with the organization, its elected officials and membership to enhance the NCHA now and for the future.”

Rapp will assume his duties as NCHA vice president on June 26 at the general membership meeting held during the NCHA Convention in Grapevine, Texas. Current NCHA Preident-Elect Chuck Smith will advance to the office of president and NCHA Vice President Lewis Wray will become the president-elect. Rapp is now in line to become president of the NCHA in 2018.