What You Need to Know About the Mecate

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A mecate http://bit.ly/mecates is a rein made of a single piece of rope, usually twisted horse hair or nylon. It is used on hackamores (bosals) and snaffles and is attached in a specific manner to each. The knot used to attach the mecate to a hackamore is also used to adjust the size of the hackamore noseband by taking more or less wraps of the mecate around the base of the noseband just in front of the heel knot. Mecates are attached to snaffle bits with slobber straps http://bit.ly/slobberstraps.

Final Champions Crowned at The Ike

CS15 LHRSmoothJamesRey AFlynnJAR7786Ashley Flynn (pictured with LHR Smooth James Rey) rode Smooth Sailing Cat to the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Championship. • Photo by Hart PhotosThe final day at The Ike Derby and Classic was jam-packed with excitement, and four champions were crowned by the time the cows left the arena on Feb. 4. In the 4-Year-Old Non-Pro, Ashley Flynn piloted Smooth Sailing Cat to a winning 218, which was worth a $14,959 payday.

Chisum, Shepard Tie for 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro Title

AS17 CatsDoubleDown MChisum 15DBMandy Chisum (pictured) and Cade Shepard were the 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro Co-Champions. • Photo by Dawn BaxstromOn Feb. 2, the 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro finalists took to the arena at The Ike Derby and Classic. Out of six horse-and-rider combinations, two – Cade Shepard with Twistful Thinking and Mandy Chisum with Cats Double Down – came out on top to tie for the Championship.

Reyzurbetsonthiscat Tops The Ike 4-Year-Old Open

Reyzurbetsonthiscat CThompson 16HHReyzurbetsonthiscat & Craig Thompson • Photo by Hannah HarrelThe action at The Ike Derby and Classic continued in West Monroe, Louisiana, on Jan. 31 with the 4-Year-Old Open finals. Reyzurbetsonthiscat and Craig Thompson came out on top to secure the Championship.

Registration Open for 2017 NRHyA Leadership Development Symposium

YouthRegistration is open for the 2017 NRHyA leadership development symposium. • Photo courtesy of NRHANational Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) members are invited to attend the 2017 NRHyA Leadership Development Symposium held during the National Reining Horses Association Winter Meeting Feb. 10-11, 2017 in Fort Worth, Texas.

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.