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☛ Bob Mayfield, NCHA Hall of Famer, passes away – 9-6-18



Sept. 6, 2018


NCHA cutters, not only lost a great friend, a 35-year member of the NCHA, as well as their President in 2007; a cutting horse breeder; a AAAA judge and NCHA Members Hall of Fame member in 2016 when they lost Bob Mayfield, Wills Point, Texas, on Thursday, July 26, 2018 – only seven days after his 79thbirthday, following a lengthy illness.  He was also a lifetime member of Cutters in Action and an advocate for grass-root cutters.


Bob was born on July 19, 1939 in Commerce, Texas, graduated from Wills Point High School and joined the Navy in 1956.  After being honorably discharged in 1962, he worked for the Garland Fire Department and was also a member of the Wills Point Volunteer Fire Department.  He was named Wills Point Citizen of the Year in 1995 and Van Zandt County Man of the Year in 2005.


He bought a concrete business in 1978 and grew it from four trucks and three employees to 50 trucks and 50 employees. He sold that business after 20 years and focused on breeding and raising cutting horses.


Mayfield had never been on a horse before he became a ranch manager in Canton, Texas, in the late 1960s. He introduced cattle to the operation and paid a trainer in hay to turn his unregistered buckskin mare into a useful ranch horse.


But at the age of 45, he fell in love … with cutting horses … winning the Non-Pro Big Country Futurity on SR Lady Tari in 1987. In 1990, he was ranked in the top 5 in the NCHA World Standings in the $10,000 Amateur class.  In 1990, he was ranked in the Top 5 in the NCHA World Standings in the $10,000 Amateur class. He won a total of $95,839 during his cutting career.


Survivors include his wife LaJuan and two sons, Steve and Chris, as well as a stepdaughter, Jennifer.


Funeral services were held on July 31 at the First Baptist Church of Wills Point. In lieu of flowers, the family asked for donations for the Wills Point ISD Education Foundation, c/o wills Point ISD Administration, 38 w.  N. Commerce, Wills Point, Texas 75169.


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