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.
Cutting, Outside the Pen
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.
Whether 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.
Two candidates have been selected for the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) vice presidential election, said Lewis Wray, chairman of the officer nominating committee.
Alaina 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.