The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) released the results of the organization’s vice presidential election May 23. With a total of 2,307 ballots received and tabulated by the independent voting firm Simply Voting in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, the winner by majority was Ron Pietrafeso.
Pietrafeso, who ran against current NCHA Vice President Phil Rapp in 2016, received 1,537 votes (67 percent) this year. The Elbert, Colorado, cutter defeated opponent Garry Merritt, of King, North Carolina, who received 770 votes.
Involved in cutting for more than two decades, Pietrafeso brings 20 years of experience from the Denver Police Department and management skills honed through a career in the automobile industry. He has served on the Western States Cutting Horse Association board, NCHA Governance Task Force and NCHA youth committee, and he is an NCHA director for Region 1.
Pietrafeso will assume his duties during the general membership meeting on June 4 at the NCHA Convention in Grapevine, Texas. At that time, President-Elect Lewis Wray, of Russellville, Arkansas, will take on the responsibility of his presidency and Rapp will become the president-elect.