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AAEP Foundation Awards $75,000 Coyote Rock Ranch Veterinary Scholarship

AlainaKringenAlaina Kringen is the newest recipient of a veterinary scholarship from Coyote Rock Ranch. • Photo courtesy of the AAEPAlaina Kringen, a fourth-year veterinary student at Iowa State University, will be awarded the $75,000 Coyote Rock Ranch Veterinary Scholarship by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation.

Kringen joins American Quarter Horse Foundation recipients Josh Singer and Jenni Wright in receiving a Coyote Rock Ranch scholarship. Each intends to pursue a career in equine-focused veterinary medicine after graduation. Kringen, Singer and Wright will be recognized Dec. 4 during the 62nd AAEP Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida.

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The Great Quarter Horse News Scavenger Hunt

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Join us at either the National Reining Horse Association Futurity or the National Cutting Horse Association Futurity for the Great Quarter Horse News Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win some great prizes! The contest begins Nov. 15 and runs through Dec. 10.

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Southern Cutting Futurity Announces Online Stallion Auction

SouthernAuctionLogoThe Southern Cutting Futurity has shifted their 3-year-old stallion incentive program to an online auction for 2017. All of the breeding fees collected in the Southern Cutting Futurity Stallion Auction will be paid to 3-year-olds by nominated stallions in the 2017 Open and Non-Pro classes.

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Birthday Surprise

EC02 HeBeaCat EMoffitt 16KR cropEvan Moffitt & He Bea Cat • Photo by Katie RiceSome people say birthdays get less exciting the older you get, but Evan Moffitt’s 24th birthday was one he’ll remember forever. The young horseman got the chance of a lifetime when he was given the privilege to show Jim and Marylin Crawford’s homebred He Bea Cat in the $2,000 Limit Rider class at the Michelle Lynn Holsey Foundation Benefit Cutting.

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NCHA Executive Committee Alters Amateur Exception Rules

AmConvention KPNCHA members at the amateur committee meeting during the 2016 NCHA ConventionSocial media is abuzz with controversy after the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Executive Committee recently passed a motion to amend its amateur exception rules. While some are in favor of the changes, others are adamantly opposed and question whether proper parliamentary procedure was followed.

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.

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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.