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.
Cutting, Outside the Pen
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 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.
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.
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.