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“Howie” is by Smooth As A Cat and out of Sly Playgirl. • Courtesy of Jaime Snider

How Did That Happen?

SmoothAsACatxSlyPlaygirl"Howie" is by Smooth As A Cat and out of Sly Playgirl. • Courtesy of Jaime SniderWhen Jaime Snider saw Sly Playgirl’s 2017 Smooth As A Cat foal for the first time, he thought there had to be some mistake.

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Goodbye to Ernest Beutenmiller Sr.

ErnestBeuttenmillerSrErnest Beutenmiller Sr. • Photo courtesy of the NCHAThe 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.

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Goodbye to Meradas Little Sue

Meradas Little Sue JBMeradas Little Sue, pictured with Kobie Wood • Photo by John BrasseauxAt 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.

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Like Mother, Like Daughter

Lee webReys Desire (top) passed on her low-moving style to her daughter Desires Time (bottom). • Top photo by Forrest Photography; Bottom photo by Kelsey Pecsek 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.

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NCHA Hires New Youth Coordinator

AshleyThomasAshley ThomasThe 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.

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Copperish Continues Success

Copperish LCox 030917Copperish & Lloyd Cox • Photo by Kelsey PecsekCopperish may have lost a cow in the Open semifinals at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity, but she has come on with power as a 4-year-old this year. She followed up several strong showings at early limited-age events with an impressive win at The Cattlemen’s Derby & Classic.

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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.

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Remembering KD Shorty

KDShorty EQuirk 07HPKD Shorty & Elizabeth Quirk • Photo by Hart Photos


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.
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Grace Vangilder Awarded Amateur Rider of the Year

GVangilder 16KPGrace Vangilder (third from left) received the Amateur Rider of the Year Award during the 2016 National Cutting Horse Association Futurity. • Photo by Kelsey PecsekWhether they have been in the sport for only a few years or longer, amateur cutters work hard to learn and succeed, and the top amateur rider of the year is recognized for his or her efforts. The family of Amy Bell, a cutter who passed away unexpectedly May 26, 2014, shortly before she was supposed to show at the Breeder’s Invitational, endowed the award in 2015.