The Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) recently changed its Cutting Stakes, Stallion Auction and Foal Nomination incentive programs. Officials say the changes are designed to make the programs more affordable, increase participation and boost payouts.
“We’re trying to encourage more participation and build some bigger purses and give a little bit more back to our breeders,” said Ashley Thomas, a member of the PCCHA Breeders Committee.
Starting in 2019, there are two ways for stallion owners to make their horse’s progeny eligible for the PCCHA Cutting Stakes: donate a breeding to the association’s stallion service auction, which runs Jan. 15, 2019, to Feb. 1, 2019, or nominate the stud directly.
If the donated breeding sells for at least $1,000, the stallion owner has no additional fees. If the breeding sells for less than $1,000, the stallion owner can still make their horse’s foals eligible for the Cutting Stakes by paying the difference. Meaning, if a breeding fetches $800 in the auction, the owner of that stallion can make their horse’s foals eligible by paying $200 to the PCCHA. If a horse’s breeding does not sell in the auction, the stallion can still be eligible if his owner “buys” the breeding for $1,000 within seven days of the close of the auction.
Stallion owners who don’t donate a breeding to the auction can still make their stallion eligible for the Cutting Stakes program by paying 50 percent of their horse’s advertised fee or $2,000 – whichever is greater. They have up to Aug. 1 of the 4-year-old year to nominate their stallion to make his progeny eligible.
In addition to making progeny eligibility for the Cutting Stakes, those who donate a stallion breeding to the auction also have a shot at the association’s Stallion Owner Auction Incentive. That money, which goes to the stallion owner, is paid out on the highest-advancing 3-year-olds sired by subscribed stallions in the PCCHA Futurity Open, Non-Pro and Unlimited Amateur. Similarly, there also is a Mare Owner Incentive for the highest-advancing foals in those classes at the PCCHA Futurity that resulted from breedings bought at the auction. It’s paid to the mare owner who bought the breeding at the auction.
Another incentive, the Cutting Stakes Stallion Owner Incentive, is for the sires of the top-placing horses in the Cutting Stakes Open and Non-Pro. It is paid to the person who paid the stallion’s nomination fee.
In addition, the PCCHA has changed another program, its Foal Nomination Program, to give more money back to the nominator. Separate from the Cutting Stakes and Stallion Auction incentives, the Foal Nomination Program is a side purse paid out at the PCCHA Futurity on any nominated foal, regardless of whether or not its sire is in the auction. Starting with foals nominated in 2019, half the money will go to the nominator of the foal and half to its owner at the time of the PCCHA Futurity.
Visit pccha.com for more information on the 2019 incentives and rule changes.