Two men with deep involvement in the cutting horse industry have announced their candidacy for the position of National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) vice president.
The NCHA announced the two running for the slot are Skip Jones, of Amarillo, Texas, and Ted Sokol, of Seville, Florida. The position is part of a three-year term on the NCHA’s officer team: office holders first serve one year as vice president, then a year as president elect and then a year as president of the Fort Worth, Texas-based association.
Jones has been a member of the NCHA for more than 25 years with service as Area 11 director for more than 20 of those years. Currently, he is a Region 7 representative of the Executive Committee and the president of the West Texas Cutting Horse Association.
In addition, Jones compiled an Equi-Stat rider record over the years of more than $206,000 in the saddle, last earning a paycheck in 2013 in a Palo Duro Cutting Horse Association event. He also is the show manager of the Metallic Cat West Texas Futurity, which is scheduled to be held in August in Amarillo.
A professional trainer, Sokol has been a member of the NCHA for thirty years with service as a national director for 20 of those years. He served as an officer of the Florida Cutting Horse Association for two decades, serving as the president for twelve of those years.
In 2019, Sokol was the recipient of the Zane Schulte Award. The award recognizes those who exemplify the attributes of the late Zane Schulte, including integrity, service, values, respect of their peers, contribution to the industry and excellence in the arena.
Voting for NCHA vice president will be from April 8 to May 10. According to the NCHA, ballots will be sent to the email and mailing addresses on file for active NCHA members. Voting closes at 11:59 p.m., May 10. Paper ballots must be postmarked by May 10.
All completed ballots will be received and tallied by an outside firm. The NCHA says more information will soon be available on its website, nchacutting.com.
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