The Mercuria/NCHA World Series of Cutting in Las Vegas always attracts big crowds and bigger performances. This year, a new opportunity will be given to amateurs to have a piece of the action. • Photo by Midge Ames

Amateur Hour

The Mercuria/National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Series of Cutting events are known for bringing high-energy crowds and attracting some of the industry’s greatest any-age athletes. The event is made up of main Open and Non-Pro divisions, but amateurs have been wanting in on a part of the action.

Horse of the Year Dam Mae Bea Marie Passes Away

Mae Bea Marie will go down in the record books as the dam of earners of more than $800,000, including a National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Open Horse of the Year, but the daughter of Freckles Playboy also made a lasting impact on those who knew her.

Flynn Has Smooth Finish at Abilene Spectacular

Ashley Flynn and LHR Smooth James Rey drew last in the Abilene Spectacular 5/6-Year-Old Non-Pro finals, held Tuesday, Jan. 9 at the Taylor County Expo Center. The cattle were fractious, and that position in the draw is notoriously not the best for handling angsty cows. Still, Flynn and her gelding powered through and marked a […]

Cooper and Zen And Tonic Continue Good Karma at Abilene Spectacular

At the 2017 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity, Lance Cooper rode his new horse, Zen And Tonic, to the Limited Non-Pro Co-Championship. They rolled that success over into 2018, winning the Abilene Spectacular 4-Year-Old Non-Pro Championship with a 222 – the same score they marked at the Futurity. It was a great birthday gift […]

Stock Horse of Texas Announces 2018 Rule Changes

Last month, the Stock Horse of Texas (SHTX) Board of Directors approved rule changes for the 2018 competition year. Significant changes include rules in the Open division, altering the format of the Limited, Junior and Intermediate cow work class, and the collegiate year end awards calculations. SHTX members are encouraged to become familiar with these […]

From White Line to Winner

After the 2015 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity, Bridey Greeson pulled TC Heiress’ left front shoe off and discovered the mare had white line disease. After having 80 percent of her hoof removed, TC Heiress sat in a stall recovering until September of 2016. After making a full recovery, she carried Boyd Rice to […]

4-Year-Olds Shine at First Show of the Year

When Mike Kemna purchased DBL Smart after the 2017 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity from one of Lloyd Cox’s customers, he was drawn to the mare for a couple of reasons. Even though she and her previous owner did not get past the Unlimited Amateur semifinals, he liked the way she looked on a […]

Abilene Spectacular 5/6-Year-Old Open Ends in Co-Championship

The Abilene Spectacular 5/6-Year-Old Open finals were packed with big names and even bigger talent the morning of Saturday, Jan. 6. Horses like 2016 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open Champion Second Spot, 2017 NCHA Super Stakes Open Champion Hashtags, 2017 Amateur Horse of the Year Two Time Dual and 2016 NCHA Super Stakes […]