Twistful Thinking Takes 5/6-Year-Old Open at The Ike

TwistfulThinking CShepard 16HPTwistful Thinking (pictured with Cade Shepard) claimed the 5/6-Year-Old Open Championship at The Ike Derby & Classic with Austin Shepard. • Photo by Hart PhotosThe Ike Derby and Classic kicked off on Jan. 27, and the first champions were crowned during the 5/6-Year-Old Open finals on Jan. 29. Out of a field of 21 horses, Equi-Stat Elite $6 Million Rider Austin Shepard and Twistful Thinking took home top honors.

NCHA Names Chuck Smith Executive Director

chucksmithChuck SmithThe National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) announced that it has reached an agreement with Chuck Smith to continue to serve as the association's interim executive director during the remaining term of his presidency and to assume full time executive director duties after the NCHA Convention in June of 2017.

Happy New Year!

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January has been a month of organizing and preparing for the New Year. We take this time to get ready by organizing our paper books, renewing all of our memberships and making sure all of our paperwork is in order.

Three Re-Elected to NRCHA Board of Directors

NRCHA BoDPaul Bailey, Todd Bergen and Jon Roeser were re-elected to the NRCHA's Board of Directors.The National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) membership has voted to re-elect representatives Paul Bailey, Todd Bergen and Jon Roeser for additional three-year terms on the NRCHA board of directors.

Remembering KD Shorty

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In January, KD Shorty was laid to rest at the age of 16. For many years, KD Shorty and Elizabeth Quirk formed an inseparable and memorable team in the cutting arena, where the mare’s foals are continuing to shine.

How to Shorten Your Split Reins in the (Cutting) Herd

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If you ride a cutter you may already be using this technique to shorten your reins in the herd. If you watch cutting events you’ve seen riders clutch their reins in one hand as they’re separating the cow they want to cut. Do you wonder what they’re doing with their hand? In this video Matt Budge of Matt Budge Performance Horses shows us how to shorten and lengthen our reins http://bit.ly/2reins instantly with only one hand.

WestWorld Partners with AzQHA

In a meeting on Jan. 17, the Scottsdale City Council approved three resolutions, which included a 10-year contract between WestWorld and the Arizona Quarter Horse Association (AzQHA), and budgeting allocation information. The contract has an option of a 10-year extension and will help to produce the Arizona Sun Country Quarter Horse Circuit, the Arizona Fall Championship and the Parada del Sol Rodeo.

Augusta Futurity Mercuria Crowns Two Champions

gaylon-wellsJay Moss Cougar & Gaylon Wells • Photo by Kristin PitzerWith added money sponsored by Miles and Becky Elliott, the NCHA and the Atlantic Coast Cutting Horse Association, the Mercuria/National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Series of Cutting, held in conjunction with the Augusta Futurity, drew quite a few people to Augusta, Georgia. The Open boasted 34 entries, with 9 making it back to the finals.