The 2018 candidates for NCHA vice president: Jim Johnson (left) and Steve Norris (right).

NCHA Announces Vice President Candidates

Voting will open soon for the office of National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) vice president. The association announced Steve Norris and Jim Johnson are this year’s candidates.

Norris, of Colorado Springs, Colorado, has competed in the NCHA for 45 years. He has served as the director for Colorado in Region 1 and, along with his family, has supported the sport through award sponsorships and through the NCHA Golf Tournament.

A cattleman, Norris has ridden horses to $406,506 in lifetime earnings, according to Equi-Stat. He also has owned the winners of $505,836 and bred earners of $6,617. He is a three-time NCHA Novice Non-Pro World Champion and a member of the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame.

Johnson, of Lewisville, West Virginia, has been involved in the sport since he bought his first cutting horse in 1983. He has served on multiple NCHA committees, as well as being a director for Region 4, Area 17.

According to Equi-Stat, Johnson has ridden the winners of $255,559. He’s also recorded $407,806 in earnings as a breeder and $376,685 as an owner.

The office of vice president is a one-year term. At the end of the term, the vice president will become the president-elect. This year’s selection will replace current NCHA Vice President Ron Pietrafeso, of Ebert, Colorado.

According to the NCHA rulebook, ballots must be delivered to members electronically or by mail at least 45 days before the association’s annual meeting, which is held during the NCHA Convention. The rulebook also states ballots must be counted not less than 10 days prior to the annual convention, which is scheduled for June 1-3 at the Hilton DFW Lakes Hotel in Grapevine, Texas.

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