NCHA Lauches Challenger Shows

The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) has launched the Challenger Series, a new format of weekend shows aimed at giving weekend cutters a fun and affordable entryway to the sport. Challenger Shows will complement the existing NCHA Championship Shows, with lower cost and more flexibility for show producers.

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The Smart Look Laid to Rest

WEB TheSmartLookThe Smart Look • Photo by Sarah HansenAfter leaving an inerasable mark on the cutting industry with incredible offspring earnings in excess of $1.7 million, The Smart Look was humanely euthanized the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 7. The 28-year-old mare owed the world nothing – she gave her all as a broodmare and died as the No. 3 cutting producer of all time.


NCHA Releases Executive Director Jim Bret Campbell

campbell-jimbretJim Bret CampbellPreliminary reports from the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) executive committee meeting, held Aug. 22-23 in Fort Worth, Texas, indicate that Jim Bret Campbell has been relieved of his duties as executive director of the association.

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NCHA Convention Concludes With an Eye on the Future

robert charles brownNCHA Past President Jo Ellard presents a crystal plaque to Robert Charles Brown, one of three inductees into the NCHA Members Hall of Fame. • Courtesy of the NCHAWith its roots in the history of the West, the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) had its eyes on the future as the association held its annual convention in Grapevine, Texas, on June 24-26.


NCHA Hires Terry Bassett as Chief Marketing Officer

terry-bassettTerry Bassett • Courtesy of the NCHAThe National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) has named Terry Bassett of Colorado Springs, Colorado, as its Chief Marketing Officer. In his new role, Bassett will serve as the lead business development officer of the association, developing strategies that will improve the NCHA’s bottom line, grow its fan base and add new members and new participants.

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Three to be Inducted Into NCHA Members Hall of Fame

2011 RobertCharlesBrown 2011CottonStakes KelseyPecsekRobert Charles Brown • Photo by Kelsey PecsekRobert Charles Brown, of Tallulah, Louisiana, Jerry Durant, of Weatherford, Texas, and Bob Mayfield, of Wills Point, Texas, will be inducted into the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Members Hall of Fame on Saturday, June 25 during the 2016 NCHA Convention. All three inductees have been enthusiastic cutters and NCHA supporters for decades.


Quick Tip With Tim Smith

TimSmithStaying hooked on a cow, even when the run isn't going smoothly, is a sign of courage. • Photo by Annie Lambert

Trainer and judge Tim Smith says there are sure-fire ways to improve your run content scores.


NCHA Town Hall Meetings Foster Transparency

ncha-town-hallNCHA Executive Director Jim Bret Campbell addresses NCHA members at a Town Hall meeting on April 11. • Photo by Stacy PigottThe second of three springtime National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Town Hall meetings was held Monday, April 11, at the Will Rogers Memorial Complex during the NCHA Super Stakes. NCHA Executive Director Jim Bret Campbell hosted the meeting, which followed on the heels of a similar session at the NCHA Eastern National Championships in Jackson, Mississippi. A third meeting will be held during the NCHA Western National Championships in Denver.