Lewis Wray was selected to be the 2017 recipient of the University of Arkansas Department of Animal Science Friend of the Department Award. The Department of Animal Science elects individuals who have excelled in the support of animal science, not only at the department, but also in other areas of development in the industry.
After months of battling cancer, cutting horse trainer Trey Hunt passed away May 13. A husband and father, Hunt left behind a loving family and an industry full of people that are mourning the loss.
When Jaime Snider saw Sly Playgirl’s 2017 Smooth As A Cat foal for the first time, he thought there had to be some mistake.
The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) announced May 1 that the cutting industry lost another long-time and valued member of its community. Ernest Beutenmiller Sr. passed away on April 28 at the age of 86.
At midnight on April 21, Meradas Little Sue celebrated her 27th birthday. An hour later, she took her last breath and said goodbye to an industry that loved her.
In April of 2010, Holly Francois spent time preparing Reys Desire for her husband, Lee, to ride in the Open finals at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes. At this year’s event, the scene was nearly identical, only it was Francois's daughter, Sydney Roland, and Reys Desire’s daughter, Desires Time, in the loping pen.
The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) announced the hiring of Ashley Thomas, who has joined the NCHA team as the youth coordinator. Within this role, Thomas will work with the National Youth Cutting Horse Association (NYCHA) membership and the youth committee to develop, implement and evaluate programs and activities for youth in the cutting community.
The 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.
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.
Two candidates have been selected for the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) vice presidential election, said Lewis Wray, chairman of the officer nominating committee.