NCHA Members Hall Of Fame Honoree Edd Bottom Dies

 
RalphEddBottomRalph "Edd" Bottom (Photo courtesy Swearingen Funeral Home)A finalist at the first National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity in 1962, and an Open Reserve Champion rider at the 1980 NCHA Futurity, Ralph Edward “Edd” Bottom, 88, Asher, Okla., died Wednesday, April 24, in Tecumseh, Okla.
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Matt Gaines Tops $7 Million

MGaines 12Equi-Stat Elite $7 Million Rider Matt GainesTexas trainer Matt Gaines recently became just the second cutting horse rider to earn more than $7 million, according to Equi-Stat records.

Gaines, 44, headed to the March 28-April 20 XTO Energy/National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes in Fort Worth with career earnings totaling $6,989,981. He earned $16,550 at that event to reach Equi-Stat Elite $7 Million Rider status.

Cutters Reach For The Stars Indoors

partybandChilly temperatures and strong wind moved Thursday, April 18’s, Reach For The Stars of Cutting party, planned for the open rooftop at Montgomery Plaza in Fort Worth, Texas, to a hybrid indoor/outdoor celebration.

Sponsored jointly by The Residences at Montgomery Plaza and Park Place Motors, the party featured live music and free appetizers. It also acted as an informal introduction for some people to the charitable NCHA Foundation.

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RFD-TV To Televise NCHA Triple Crown Cuttings

EBeutenmiller RBernardRFD-TV CEO Randy Bernard addresses the crowd while NCHA Interim Executive Director Ernie Beutenmiller looks on.Starting in December, the National Cutting Horse Association’s (NCHA) three highest-profile limited-age shows – the NCHA Futurity, NCHA Super Stakes and NCHA Summer Spectacular – will all be highlighted in national cable television network broadcasts less than one week after they end.

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Tapt Twice Tops $1 Million as Dam

TaptTwicePRappMA3Tapt Twice & Phil Rapp – Photo by Midge AmesTapt Twice, the 1999 mare (Dual Pep x Tap O Lena x Doc O’Lena) who carried her breeders and longtime owners and riders Phil and Mary Ann Rapp, Weatherford, Texas, to combined cutting earnings of $285,226, recently became the 15th mare to produce cutting earners of more than $1,000,000.

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McDavids Hire Clint Allen

mcdavids allen clarkClint Allen, Stacie and David McDavid, and Jason ClarkClint Allen, cutting’s top Open rider in 2011 and an earner of about $3.5 million the past 11 years, has teamed up with David and Stacie McDavid, Fort Worth, Texas, Equi-Stat’s fifth-ranked cutting owners during the 2012 season.

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Stylish Rey Dies

smartlittlelenaheadshot2Stylish ReyStylish Rey, an National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Open Futurity finalist and young sire, died Jan. 28 at age 12. Stylish Rey has excelled as a stallion, with foals earning a combined $274,312 as cutters and working cow horses through early 2013, according to Equi-Stat records.

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High Brow Cat Sells

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High Brow Cat (photo by Cam Essick)
The Western performance sire High Brow Cat has sold. The sale of the 25-year-old industry-leading sire was completed privately for an undisclosed purchase price. Jack Waggoner, Bridgeport, Texas, sold the stallion to Colt Ventures, a Dallas, Texas, investment company owned by Darren and Julie Blanton.