Raymond Shumate, left, and Mark Senn, right, are running for NCHA Vice President in the 2022 election. • Photos courtesy of NCHA.

Texas & Georgia Cutters Running for NCHA Vice President

The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) announces the two candidates running for vice president this year: Mark Senn from Augusta, Georgia, and Raymond Shumate of Hempstead, Texas. 

Voting for the NCHA Vice-President Election will run from April 4 to May 13. Ballots will be sent out by Simply Voting, NCHA’s third-party election administrator, by email and US Postal Service on April 4. 

Members may vote either electronically or by paper ballot, but not both. Completed ballots must be received by Simply Voting no later than May 13. Please note that the ballots must be received, not postmarked, by the deadline. 

Officials say members with questions can contact Cathy Marie Aleff, NCHA manager of committee relations, at [email protected].

Mark Senn

Mark Senn has been an NCHA member since 2006. Senn is an Amateur competitor who currently serves as chairman of the NCHA Finance committee, where he serves with the goals of bringing more transparency and accountability of the NCHA finances and establishing investment guidelines and goals. 

In addition, Senn has served as a Region 5 representative, an Area 18 board member, as well as an Atlantic Coast Cutting Horse Association board member and member of the Augusta Futurity Board of Directors.

Senn has earned more than $257,000 in Amateur and Non-Pro competition. As an owner, his horses have earned more than $1.1 million, according to EquiStat.

Raymond Shumate

Raymond Shumate became an NCHA member in 1982. He has trained horses for more than 40 years, competing at limited-aged events and hauling Open horses along with Amateur and Youth customers to weekend events working to finish in the NCHA top 15 world standings. 

In addition to his training business, Shumate has produced the Waco Texas Futurity since 2009 and served as President and a board member of the Waller County Cutting Horse Association.

Over the years, Shumate has amassed more than $319,000 in earnings. He’s made the top 10 twice in the NCHA Open World Standings – finishing ninth in 2011 with Freckled Leo Lena and tenth in 2009 with Acres Upon Acres. He also was third in the 2011 $3,000 Novice with Lectric Spoonful.

The complete backgrounds of each candidate are available at