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☛ Jim Bret Campbell new ED of National Ranching Heritage Center 12-4-16




By Glory Ann Kurtz
Dec. 4, 2016


Where is Jim Bret Campbell? That is a question I get on a daily basis regarding the past Executive Director of the NCHA. Well – the puzzle has been solved.


On Dec. 1, announced that Campbell, a Texas Tech Alum and long-time member of the Texas ranching and equine communities, was appointed Executive Director of the National Ranching Heritage Center at Texas Tech University  in Lubbock, Texas.


Campbell, a two-time alumnus from the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, with 19 years as a leader in the industry, will return to Lubbock to head the National Ranching Heritage Center (NRHC) beginning on Jan. 9.


Campbell, who recently left the National Cutting Horse Association has also worked for the Texas Cattle Feeders Association and the American Quarter Horse Association. Campbell will now be overseeing key priorities at the NRHC, including building its endowment, increasing membership, broadening university partnerships, expanding the center’s national scope and enhancing engagement between the NRHC and the public. His goals include working with university administration, the Ranching Heritage Association (RHA) and the NRHC to increase national exposure by engaging ranchers from throughout the country and increasing membership in the RHA. He also will focus on increasing attendance and effective programming and branding.


Campbell replaces Carl Andersen, who came out of retirement to be interim executive director 16 months ago. According to Rob Stewart, senior vice provost for the university said he is excited with what Campbell will bring to the university.


“Jim Bret brings a wealth of experience and a tremendous skill set to the executive director position,” said Stewart. “We anticipate a dynamic and progressive vision for the center under his leadership.”


According to the NRHC, their mission is to preserve and interpret the history of ranching in North America and address contemporary ranching issues. The center includes a 27-acre museum and outdoor historical park that was established to preserve and interpret ranching history.


Thirty of its 49 historic structures between 100 and 177 years old, the historical park speaks volumes about the frontier settlers who lived in those structures and created legends and history in the process.


The concept of the center is to preserve the history of ranching, beginning in 1966, with a unique partnership between Texas Tech and the RHA, a non-profit member organization that supports the efforts of the center.


The historic structures at the NRHC have been chronologically arranged to exhibit the evolution of ranch life from the late 1700s through the mid-1900s. All the structures, but one, were relocated, restored and furnished for period correctness.

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☛ AQHA-PRCA name top rodeo horses 11-18 -16




Press release from PRCA
Nov. 18, 2016


Clayton Hass used steer wrestling winner Landrys Cadillac as his primary mount in 2016. “Cadillac” is the lone repeat horse of the year winner, while six first-time winners were chosen as AQHA-PRCA Horses of the Year. (Dan Hubbell photo)

Six first-time winners were chosen as the American Quarter Horse Association and Professional Rodeo Cowboys Horses of the Year.


Honorees were named in each of the six timed-event categories (there was a tie in the steer roping), with the lone repeat champion being steer wrestling horse Landrys Cadillac, aka “Cadillac.”

The bulldogging mount, who also won Horse of the Year in 2014 and was second in last year’s voting, is owned by Sterling Wallace of Justin, Texas. Three of the top five cowboys in the steer wrestling WEATHER GUARD® PRCA World Standings rode Cadillac this season.


Ty Erickson, who ended the regular season in the top spot, rode the horse at times in 2016, including picking up a win in Livingston, Montana. Tyler Waguespack, third in the world standings, and Clayton Hass, fifth, each used Cadillac as their primary mount this season. Waguespack won the Spanish Fork (Utah) Fiesta Days Rodeo on the horse, and Hass was tops at the Cody (Wyoming) Stampede.


“He’s the best horse I’ve ever ridden,” Tyler says of Cadillac. “He stands in the box and doesn’t move, and gives guys an opportunity to score on him. He gives you a great pattern out in the field, and it makes it really easy to win something when you have a horse that good underneath you.”


Timber Moore’s tie-down roping horse, MFO Harvey, aka “Colonel,” was second in the Horse of the Year voting last year and takes over the top spot in 2016.


Moore has owned the horse since 2012, and credits Colonel for helping him reach the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo presented by Polaris RANGER the past three seasons. The two combined for a huge win in Greeley, Colorado, this season.


“We’ve clicked together really well, and he has given me a chance to win every time I’ve nodded my head,” Moore said. “I’ve had other guys ride him, and they’ve also had some success, so it has been neat to see that. To have him honored as Horse of the Year means a lot, and it’s well-deserved.”


Both winners in the team roping are first-timers.

Header Kolton Schmidt, 22, rode Tuffys Badger Chex, aka “Badger” – a horse owned by his father, Ronald Schmidt – and qualified for the first NFR of his young career. Schmidt and partner Shay Carroll won Wainwright, Alberta, and Schmidt enters Las Vegas fourth in the world standings.


Aboard Zans Colonel Shine, aka “Colonel,” heeler Jake Long enters his sixth NFR third in the world standings. Long owns the horse with his wife, Tasha, and won rodeos in Sheridan and Cody, Wyoming, with partner Luke Brown in 2016.


The steer roping featured a tie at the top spot, with Cody Lee’s At War Leo, aka “Punchy” splitting the honors with Chris Glover’s Tonk Champ, aka “Champ.”


Lee enters the Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping fifth in the world, and Glover checks in at No. 12.


In barrel racing, it was Kelly and Ivy Conrado’s homebred Cfour Tibbie Stinson who took top honors, edging out Mary Burger’s Sadiefamouslastwords and Kimmie Wall’s TKW Bullysfamous Fox.





1. Landrys Cadillac (Skip Me Dandy-Bayou Peppy Gal by Bayou Sugar Bar), owned by Sterling Wallace and bred by Jared N. Dirickson

2. Say Rey Doc (Tivito Sonny Rey-Say Easy Bug by Easy Gigolo), owned by Tom Duvall and bred by Emmit J. Duvall

3. Derecho Wood (Whiskey Ike HK-Quick And Direct by Eagles Flight), owned by Jule and Heidi Hazen and bred by Cinco and Kincaid Light


1. Tuffys Badger Chex (Tuf Country Chex-Chili Jody Page by Oregon San Badger) owned by Ronald Schmidt and bred by Doug and Kelly Wilkinson

2. RK Tuff Trinket (Tuffys OO Buck-Tall Pine Wickett by Knock My Sox Off), owned by Riley Minor and bred by Rod and Kristine Chumley

3. My Frosty Cocoa (Skid Frost-Sissy Truck by Texas Truck), owned by Dustin Bird and bred by Jim Welsh


1. Zans Colonel Shine (Zans Diamond Shine-Foxy Angelo by Col J Jigger), owned by Jake and Tasha Long and bred by Dennis Schroeder

2. Circle Back Jack (Nu Circle N Cash-Shiners Reylena by Shining Spark), owned by Dugan and Brittany Kelly and bred by Danny L. and Joanna Berry

3. Rey Shines On Top (Shiners Lena Rey-Kings Sly Sugar by Kings Zantanon), owned by Brady Minor and bred by Margie Denton


1. MFO Harvey (Mr Freckles Olena-Miss Pebble Lady by San Peppys Pebble), owned by Timber Moore and bred by Gary Green

2. Sort Of Popular (Popular Resortfigure-RR Quick Bernice by Quick Emotion), owned by Fred Werneck and Marcos Costa and bred by Mike Denney

3. Smokin Reata (Jereminah Lena-Henrietta Daniel by Johnny Nance), owned by Shane Hanchey and bred by O.L. “Buck” Daniel


1. (Tie) At War Leo (Tamuleo-Arrowhead Dance by Arrowhead Badger), owned by Cody Lee and bred by J Slash Cattle Co.


1. (Tie) Tonk Champ (Hunkey Tonk-Miss Cody B Doc by Smokin B Neville), owned by Chris Glover and bred by Debra Hulm

3. Zans Roany Jae Bar (Zan Parr Roany-Jae Bar Sonita by Jae Bar Milo), owned by Shay Good and bred by Cecil W. Jones


1. Cfour Tibbie Stinson (Eddie Stinson-Little Fancy Granny by Del Puerto Bill), bred and owned by Kelly and Ivy Conrado

2. Sadiefamouslastwords (Sadies Frosty Drift-Porky And Bess by Dash Ta Fame), owned by Kerry and Mary Burger and bred by Jeff and Kristie Thorstenson

3. TKW Bullysfamous Fox (Bully Bullion-Gateway Ta Love by Dash Ta Fame) bred and owned by Travis and Kimmie Wall


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☛ NCHA Futurity begins 11-17-16






By Glory Ann Kurtz
Nov. 17, 2016

The NCHA Futurity starts today with the first of six bunches of horses in Open competition. The event will continue for the next three weeks, ending on Saturday, Dec. 10 with the Open Finals. The Open semifinals will be held Friday, Dec. 9. The event is being held at the Will Rogers Equestrian Center complex in Fort Worth, Texas.


According to the NCHA, the Open Finals has been assisted by companies contributing $100,000 in bonus dollars to the top six Open finalists, who are projected to take home checks of more than $100,000, with the winner receiving $200,000. The companies are Jerry’s Chevrolet and Great American Insurance Group.



The NCHA recently published a statement saying that the Open Futurity entries have increased 12.2 % over last year, more than likely due to the event’s prize fund exceeding $3.5 million.


The Non-Pro Finals and unlimited Amateur Finals will be held on Thursday, Dec. 8, while the Amateur Finals will be held Tuesday, Dec. 6.
Click for NCHA Futurity schedule>>



The NCHA recently published the Triple Crown Task Force Recommendations for the Purse Payout Rules for the 2016 Futurity and beyond.


The Non-Pro is estimated to pay out a total of $661,371, with the champion taking home over $49,000. The Limited Non-Pro will pay out $172,811, with the champion going home with $10,023. The Amateur will pay out $237,752, with the champion taking home close to $10,000 and the Unlimited Amateur will pay out $250,555, with the champion taking home close to $10,800.

Click for payout recommendations>>



The Western Bloodstock Sales will be held for six days: Tuesday, Dec. 5, through Sat., Dec. 10 in the Justin sale Arena and the and Roundup Inn. There are nearly 1,000 head of cutting horse prospects, seasoned show horses and breeding stock available to purchase. Go to to get a copy of the catalog and/or a list of horses selling. To download the catalog go to, click on NCHA Futurity Sales, then on download catalog.


The Western Bloodstock Select Cow Dog Sale will be held following the semifinals on Wednesday Dec..7.



The NCHA Mercuria World finals is also held in conjunction with the NCHA Futurity Nov. 25-Dec. 3. The event, held in the Watt arena, features the sport’s top older horses in 10 divisions with World Championship titles and year-end places at stake.


There will also be a trade show going on during the event in the Amon Carter Exhibit Hall.


 NCHA Show Photography RFP

NCHA is soliciting bids for the position and designation as the “Official Photographer of the NCHA Triple Crown and National Championships Events.”  Details for the bids are outlined here.

This request for proposal will be open for bids until 12:00 pm, December 15, 2016 and must be submitted to

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☛ Champions crowned at ERA Finals 11-14–16


Champions Crowned at the Inaugural Elite Rodeo Athletes (ERA) World Championship in Dallas

American Airlines Center hosts one of the most incredible all-star rodeo competitions, featuring 87 of the sport’s top athletes and, now, 143 World Championships

DALLAS (Nov. 13, 2016) – The world’s premier professional rodeo athletes and animals that represent the new Elite Rodeo Athletes (ERA) tour brought the year-long competition to a thrilling end today at the American Airlines Center, crowning 16 final event and overall champions and handing out more than $1,000,000 in cash purse prizes.

“What started out as a fresh idea between a few cowboys on how we could advance and better the sport of rodeo turned into a dream-come-true this weekend in Dallas,” said ERA interim President Bobby Mote. “We couldn’t be happier with how the ERA World Championship turned out over three days at the American Airlines Center.

“Rodeo is a big part of Texas’ great heritage and boy did the ERA deliver to our fans at the event and tuning in worldwide on FOX Sports 2 TV, SiriusXM Rural Radio and”

Saluting the newly-crowned champions of the ERA’s inaugural season, Mote tipped his hat to winners Chandler Bownds (Bull Riding), Bray Armes (Steer Wrestling), Clay Tryan & Jade Corkill (Team Roping), Cort Scheer (Saddle Bronc Riding), Lisa Lockhart (Barrel Racing), Shane Hanchey (Tie-Down Roping) and Steven Dent (Bareback Riding).

Sunday’s Round 3 competition results and overall ERA World Championship results:

Bull Riding
Friday’s bull riding winner Bownds (Lubbock, Texas) put up the best number again on Sunday, posting up perfectly on a right-handed spin by the bull they call “Spotted Canyon,” and rocking a score of 86.5 at the buzzer. Bownds’ second gold belt buckle of the weekend topped Oregon’s Cannon Cravens by two points (84.5).

Said Bownds on his Sunday win and overall title: “It feels great to get this title. I had a tough bull in the second round, Bushwacked, and he bucked me off pretty quick and sored me up a bit. But I came back today got another round win on a bull who was just good right there in the gate and around to the right and lucky enough to get the round win.”

  • Bull Riding Round 3 Event Results:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Stock, Score
      • 1st Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, TX, Spotted Canyon, 86.5
      • 2nd Cannon Cravens, Porum, OK, Frosty Whiril, 84.5
      • 3rd Neil Holmes, Houston, TX, Ruff Em Up Truck, 80.5
  • Bull Riding Event World Standings:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Chandler Bownds, Lubbock, TX, 3350
      •  2nd Cody Campbell, Summerville, OR, 3025
      • 3rd Beau Hill, Columbia Falls, MT, 2600

Steer Wrestling
Getting out of the gate a bit slow, times in the four-second range and a couple no scores with the steers early on were disrupted by the night’s No. 1 effort  when Louisiana’s Casey Martin shot out to a quick and clean 3.58 second run. Two other ERA athletes put up sub-four second efforts on the floor of the American Airlines Center, the 2nd place of 3.76 coming from the newly crowned ERA Steer Wrestling Champion Armes.

Said Martin: “It feels great, especially since I didn’t place in the first two rounds. So to get it done and get my steer down it feels great to win the round – and run the fastest time of the rodeo. It lets me know I’ve still got it.”

Added Armes on his overall championship: “Unbelievable. It’s been a dream all year long. I’ve just worked hard at it and thanks to everybody that has always supported me. I feel very blessed.”

  • Steer Wrestling Round 3 Event Results:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Casey Martin, Sulpher, LA, 3.58
      • 2nd Bray Armes, Pilot Point, TX, 3.76
      • 3rd Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, AL, 3.92
  • Steer Wrestling Event World Standings:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Bray Armes, Pilot Point, TX, 3850
      • 2nd Kyle Irwin, Robertsdale, AL, 3675
      • 3rd Stockton Graves, Alva, OK, 3087.5
Team Roping
Disrupting the overall team roping champions’ potential sweep of the ERA World Championship in Dallas, Turtle Powell (Stephenville, Texas) and Jhett Johnson (Casper, Wyo.) teamed up to head & heel the night’s only sub-four second time, clocking a lightning quick 3.6 seconds for the double gold ERA belt buckles. In the 2016 ERA World Championship season the largest margin of victory in the roping events – 800 points – came courtesy of the team of Tryan (Montana) and Corkill (Nevada) as the two grabbed two of three wins in Dallas to secure the overall title.Said Powell: “Well it felt good. We struggled the first two rounds and I struggled and didn’t rope very well. We were talking about it earlier and we always win something, so it was nice to win tonight … nice to win one of those buckles.”Added Corkhill on the overall title: It’s really cool because there are certain things that only happen once and getting to be the first one, you only have one shot at that so to get it done is something that will be special to us forever.”

  • Team Roping Round 3 Event Results:
    •    Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      •   1st Powell/Johnson, Stephenville, TX/Casper, WY, 3.6
      •   2nd Tsinigine/Motes, Fort McDowell, AZ/Weatherford, TX, 4.38
      •   3rd Proctor/Long, Pryor, OK/Coffeyville, KS, 4.4
  •         Team Roping Event World Standings:
    •    Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      •   1st Tryan/Corkill, Plentywood, MT/Fallon, NV, 4650
      •   2nd Begay/O’Brien Cooper, Winslow, AZ/Gardnerville, NV, 3850
      •   3rd Driggers/Nogueira, Albany, GA/Scottsdale, AZ, 3175
Saddle Bronc Riding
Two big scores in saddle bronc highlighted the season’s final event in the popular, high flying discipline. And in the end the overall champ (Scheer) was edged out by Iowa’s Wade Sundell, 87-point ride. Sundell, riding the horse they call “Out West,” would secure his 2nd place overall position in the ERA season standing with the win, though was still well back of Scheer for the overall title (1,000 points). Canada’s Zeke Thurston would place 3rd overall in the standings, the only Canadian to make the ERA’s overall podium in in the opening season.
Said Sundell: “It’s a good three days here it’s exciting to come out on top the last day and just ride against all these great guys. And it’s been an honor to beat them all (he said with a laugh).”
Scheer on his overall championship: “Unbelievable, you know? You watch all of your idols walk around with gold buckles all the time so it’ll be pretty cool to finally get to wear one.”
  •         Saddle Bronc Riding Round 3 Event Results:
    •    Place, Name, Hometown, Stock, Score
      •   1st Wade Sundell, Boxholm, IA, Out West, 87
      •   2nd Cort Scheer, Elsmere, NE, Bitter Robin, 86
      •   3rd Ty Kirkland, Lufkin, TX, Lunatic From Hell, 84.5
  •         Saddle Bronc Riding Event World Standings:
    •    Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      •   1st Cort Scheer, Elsmere, NE, 4862.5
      •   2nd Wade Sundell, Boxholm, IA, 3875
      •   3rd Zeke Thurston, Big Valley, Alberta, Canada, 3337.
Barrel Racing
If there was a surprise underdog story of the 2016 ERA World Championship it had to be Texan and ERA Last Chance Qualifier, Kassie Mowry’s 1st/1st/1stsweep of the three barrel racing events. Mowry was unstoppable, topping everything from numerous legends in the sport to a couple young girls that weigh about half as much as the senior competitors. Mowry and Sunday’srunner up, Ashley Schafer (Yoder, Wyo.), both rode their horses to sub-13 second times – Mowry’s 12.793 topping Schafer’s 12.994 by a mere two tenths of a second.
Said Mowry: “I am just beyond ecstatic. I really had no idea that he (Mowry’s horse “Firewatermakehappy”) would come out like he did – I just thought this would be a really good learning experience. I am just thrilled that he is taking it in and getting stronger even at the end … just thrilled.”
Added Lockhart on her overall title: “Oh it is amazing, and it is a sigh of relief. I knew it was going to be close. We were just too long today and I really worried about it, but I thought it is what it is and if we are, great, and if not kudos to whoever did.”
  • Barrel Racing Round 3 Event Results:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Kassie Mowry, Dublin, TX, 12.793
      • 2nd Ashley Schafer, Yoder, WY, 12.994
      • 3rd Callie Duperier, Boerne, TX, 13
  • Barrel Racing Event World Standings:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Lisa Lockhart, Oelrichs, SD, 4025
      • 2nd Kassidy Denison, Tohatchi, NM, 3562.5
      • 3rd Kassie Mowry, Dublin, TX, 2992
Tie-Down Roping
Bit of poetic justice for the overall champ Hanchey on Sunday as the Louisianan stepped ‘er up and topped the field, putting an exclamation point on his title with a 1st place event finish on Sunday. Saving the best for last, Hanchey would top on of the sport’s all-time greats, Cody Ohl (3rd) and runner-up Cooper Martin with a time of 7.05 seconds.
Said Hanchey on both is Sunday win and overall title: “Well, I came into this round kind of behind the eight-ball. I knew I needed to win first or second in the round after the way it kind of unfolded. I was lucky enough to go last so I knew what I needed to do and it all kind of just fell into place, both the event win today and the overall ERA tie-down (roping) championship.”
  • Tie-Down Roping Round 3 Event Results:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Shane Hanchey, Sulpher, LA, 7.05
      • 2nd Cooper Martin, Alma, KS, 7.21
      • 3rd Cody Ohl, Hico, TX, 7.38*
      • 3rd Marty Yates, Stephenville, TX 7.38*
  • Tie-Down Roping Event World Standings:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Shane Hanchey, Sulpher, LA, 3650
      • 2nd Caleb Smidt, Bellville, TX, 3425
      • 3rd Marty Yates, Stephenville, TX, 3325
Bareback Riding
Like the grand finale of a fireworks display, Sunday’s bareback riding competition didn’t disappoint as the fans were brought to their feet not only by the podium trio of Dent (1st), Oregon’s Bobby Mote (2nd) Utah’s Kaycee Feild (3rd), but also by the final retirement run of longtime great rodeo star Ryan Gray. Dent’s 86-point run on the bucking horse they dubbed “Smack Daddy” was the weekend’s second-highest score, and easily the day’s top scoring bareback ride.Said Dent on both his event win and overall title: “I was just trying to stay calm and get a good seat before I nodded, things just worked out well after that. And on the title, it feels great. Just competing against the best guys in the world everyday just makes you better, and I’m humbled and feel blessed to be able to beat those guys. It’s unbelievable.”

  • Bareback Riding Round 2 Event Results:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Stock, Score
      • 1st Steven Dent, Mullen, NE, Smack Daddy, 86
      • 2nd Bobby Mote, Culver, OR, Rodeo Beyond, 84
      • 3rd Kaycee Field, Spanish Fork, UT, Painted Brush, 83.5
  • Bareback Riding Event World Standings:
    • Place, Name, Hometown, Score
      • 1st Steven Dent, Mullen, NE, 4337.5
      • 2nd Kaycee Field, Spanish Fork, UT, 3837.5
      • 3rd Austin Foss, Terrebonne, OR, 3300

Mote would wrap up the much talked about 2016 ERA tour and highly successful World Championship in Dallas by saying, “This wasn’t just the end of our first ever ERA season, but the beginning of something bigger in the sport of professional rodeo. Ten or 20 years from now we’ll be looking back at this moment realizing this is where it all started.”

For more information about the 2016 ERA World Championship and the ERA Premier Tour, including the announcement of the upcoming 2017 tour dates, please visit

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☛ Why is Jim Bret Campbell out as NCHA ED? 8-26-16




An editorial by Glory Ann Kurtz
Aug. 26, 2016

Jim Bret Campbell
NCHA Photo

An announcement made on the NCHA’s website on Aug. 25 stated, “effective immediately, Jim Bret Campbell is no longer serving as the Executive Director of the NCHA.” It also stated that NCHA President Chuck Smith would be the interim Executive Director until a new Executive Director is hired. The statement, signed by the NCHA Executive Committee, left many questions unanswered.

Click for NCHA press release>>


Why was Campbell leaving without serving out his five-year contract that had previously been told to me was a 5-year, million-dollar contract that started on June 10, 2013? The 2014 NCHA 990 had Jim Bret Campbell receiving $224,827 plus $8,400 from other organizations.

Click for NCHA 2014 990>>


Rumors have been running rampant, and I will attempt to find some answers in the days to come. There has also been some word that some members of the Finance Committee have also resigned. I tried to contact Jim Bret for a statement; however, his wishes are to not talk to me for a couple of days. I also put in a call for Lach Perks, vice chairman of the Finance Committee but so far, no response.

Click for NCHA announcement of Campbell’s hiring>>


I hate to see Jim Bret leave the NCHA as he was the first NCHA Executive Director that had some transparency. Jim Bret was the first Executive Director who was willing to take my phones calls, return my phone calls and answer my questions. I was even invited to go to the NCHA office to go over their tax returns with Jim Bret and the accountants. Jim Bret even held an open meeting for all members when trainers were complaining about the payout at the major aged events.


The only other Executive Director I could also communicate with was the short-lived Executive Director Alan Steen, who lasted 11 weeks on the job and when he left in August 2012, from a lawsuit he filed against NCHA, he received the amount of money that he had invested or lost during his short-term employment in 2012. Steen replaced long-time Executive Director Jeff Hooper, who wouldn’t take or return my phone calls.

Click for Alan Steen article>>


Perhaps some of this upheaval came from finances, but I would think that fault lands with the Finance Committee or Treasurer. The latest IRS 990s that I could get from most of the Western horse organizations was for the 2013-2014 years, as 2015 would not have been filed yet. The NCHA finances were near the bottom of the list, showing a loss of $1,071.447 in 2013 and $484,711 in 2014, up $586,736. However, their net assets were down $493,168 from $6,243,541 in 2013 to $5,750,373 in 2014.

Click for chart of Western horse non-profits>>


Over the years, the NCHA has received millions of dollars from the State of Texas and City of Fort Worth; however, that money, coming from the state’s Major Events Trust Fund, has moved from the State Comptroller’s office to the Governor’s office and according to news reports is being carefully looked over.

Click for article on Texas METF>>


I will try to keep informed if I can find someone who will talk to me.





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☛ NSHA Futurity/Derby 8-24-16






By Glory Ann Kurtz
Photos from NSHA
Aug. 24, 2016

Duals Lucky Charm and Kelby Phillips claimed the 3-year-old Open Futurity title.

Duals Lucky Charm, a 2013 sorrel gelding sired by Dual Smart Rey out of TRR Ms Pepcid Olena by Pepcid) owned by Mike and Robyne Stewart, Munday, Texas, and ridden by Kelby Phillips, claimed the 3-Year-Olds Open Futurity title during the National Stock Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity held Aug. 16-21 in Paso Robles, Calif. The gelding was bred by Carolyn and Mark Murray, Dallas, Texas, who sold him, as a 2-year-old in February 2015, to William Roden, Ovalo, Texas. Roden sold him to the Stewarts in December 2015.


With 86 entries and a total purse of $86,517.60, the Phillips and Duals Lucky Charm scored a composite of 660 points in the three events, taking home a $16,438.34 paycheck.  Phillips also rode Hickory Holly Time in the World’s Richest event, earning an additional $3,036.000 – giving him a total from the show of $19,474.34. However, Phillips was not the leading money-earning rider of the event; he was the third highest earner.


The highest money-earning Open Rider Justin T. Wright finished second in the Open Futurity riding Step To The Light. He also placed second in the Open Derby and won the World’s Richest Open and Intermediate classes.

The highest money-earning Open Rider was Justin T. Wright, who finished second in the Open Futurity riding Step To The Light, for $12,112.46; second in the Open Derby riding Lil Bay Hawk for $4,842; and won the Worlds Richest riding Talkin Prize for $3,795 and the Worlds Richest Intermediate for $3,795 – totaling $23,803.46.


Step To The Light, bred and owned by Mark and Kelly Gowing, Lompoc, Calif., and ridden by Justin T. Wright to a 658 composite score, taking home $12,112.46. The palomino stallion is sired by CD Lights out of Shinersdiamondjackie by Shining Spark.


Third in the Open Futurity was Nicholas S. Dowers, riding High Stressin Cat for Bill Stevenson, Buellton, Calif, scoring a 657.50 and earning  $9,949.52. However, that was Dowers’ only paycheck for the show.


Cory Cushing also cashed in with more total money than Phillips , $21,196.82 to be exact , when he placed five horses in the Open Futurity finals: Metallic Train for fourth for $8,651.76, Attracted To Royalty for fifth and $6,488.82; Maliblu Barbie to ninth for $2,595.53, Moonstruck One Time to tenth for $2,595.53 and Metallic Look to 18th for $865.18.



The 56-entry Intermediate Open Division, a class-within-a-class, paying out $18,649.50, was won by Shiney Smart Remedy, owned by Anne M. Reynolds, King Hill, Idaho, and ridden by Randy J. Paul to a composite score of 653.50, earning $3,729.90. The amount helped Paul become the fourth leading money-earner in the Open classes, with a total of $17,071.84. Paul finished sixth in the Open Futurity for $5,191.06 and second in the World Richest Intermediate for $2,545.00 riding Shiney Smart Remedy; fifth in the Open Derby riding CD Highlights for $2,421.00; third in the World’s Richest riding Lenaliltothewright for $2,277.00 and third in the Intermediate Open Derby  riding CD Highlights again for $907.88.


The Reserve Intermediate Open title went to Poppys Troubudour, owned by Lois George and Jean Sander, ridden by Tucker J. Robinson, to a 651.50 composite score, taking home $2,564.31. The pair had finished seventh in the Open Futurity, taking home an additional  $3,893.29 for a total of $6,457.60 for the entire show.



The 16-entry Limited Open Division, also a class-within-a class, paying out $8,696.39, was won by My Gun Goes Boom, owned by Cathy Corrigan Frank, Phoenix, Ariz., and ridden by Tyson Ray Benson to a composite score of 638.50. The pair, who also placed in the Intermediate Open, winning $186.50, collected a $2,608.92 paycheck, for a total of $2,795.42 for the show. The Reserve Limited Open title went to Stylish Tallica, owned and ridden by Billy J. Martin, Aromas, Calif., to a 629 composite score, collecting his only check of $2,087.14.


There was a tie in the 8-entry Level 1 Limited Open Futurity, also a class-within-a-class, paying out $5,466.51, with both top-scoring contestants scoring a 624.50 composite score and taking home $1,913.28.  The champions included Metal Cat, owned by Quinton and Sandy Kersh/Brandon Clark, ridden by Clark and Very Blu, owned by Beverly Vaughn, Durango, Colo., and ridden by Nic Howard. Both entries tied for 4th place in the Ltd. Open Futurity, where they also took home $913.12 each. Both Howard and Clark took home a total of $2,826,40 in the Limited Open classes.

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Phillip Ralls rode Metallic Star to the Open Derby title.

The 4-Year-Old Open Derby title, with 27 entries and a total payout of $24,210, went to SJR Metallic Star, a red roan gelding sired Metallic Cat out of Starlights Rhonda by Grays Starlight, owned by the Billie Jo Ralls Trust, Paso Robles, Calif., and ridden by Phillip J. Ralls to a 659 combined score on the three events, earning $6,052.50. The gelding was bred by the San Juan Ranch, Weatherford, Texas, and was sold to Phillip Ralls as a yearling in October 2013 and transferred to the trust in December 2013.


Ralls was the eighth leading Open rider in the show, winning a total of $8,852.46. He also finished 16th in the Open Futurity riding Bens the Boss, $1,018.00 riding One Fine Vintage for fifth in the World Richest Intermediate and eighth riding Pepe Le Wright for $484.20 in the Open Derby.


Reserve went to Lil Bay Hawk, a bay gelding owned by Stephen Silva, Atascadero, Calif., and shown by the show’s leading Open rider Justin T. Wright to a 658.50 score, winning $4,842. The gelding, sired by Catty Hawk out of Little Gray Freckles by Playgun, was bred by the Cowan Ranch Inc., Ardmore, Okla., and sold to Silva in December 2014.



Clayton Edsall rode Shiners Lil Nickle to the Intermediate Open Derby.

The 20-entry Intermediate Open Derby was a class-within-in class, with the title taken by Shiners Lil Nickle, owned by Michelle Cannon, Waxahachie, Texas, and ridden by Clayton M. Edsall to a 652.50 composite score, taking home $1,513,13 of the $5,043.76 total purse.  The pair also captured third place in the Open Derby on Shiners Lil Nickle, earning $3,631.50; 13th in the Open Futurity riding Uno What Time for $1,730.35; fifth in the Intermediate Open Futurity riding Uno What Time for $1,243.30;,Short N Catt to fifth in the Intermediate Open Derby for $453.94 and 13th in the Intermediate Futurity riding Lidem Up, earning $372.99.


The Reserve title, with a 652 composite score, went to One Time Merada, owned by Debbie J. Proctor, Ravensdale, Wash., ridden by Lance B. Johnson, taking home $1,210.50. The pair also finished fourth in the Open Derby, for an additional $2,905.20. for total take-home pay of $4,115.70.


With six showing in the Limited Open Derby (a class-within-a-class), and a total purse of $2,690, MI Smart Ichi Girl, owned by Mary F. Hobbs, Novato, Calif., took the top spot and $1,345 first-place paycheck ridden by Daniel Sanchez, with a 627.50 composite score. Reserve went to Gunna Smokum Alittle, owned by Linda Tayne and also ridden by Sanchez, to a 614 total score, collecting $807.


The same two horses and riders won the Level 1, Limited Open Derby with 4 entries paying out a total of $1,681.55 for the class within a class. Mi Smart Ichi Girl took home $1,008.75 in this division, while Gunna Smokum Alittle won $672.50 – giving Sanchez a total of $3,833.25 for the show.

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Sam, an unregistered horse, owned and ridden by Shannon M. McCarty, took the Non-Pro Futurity title.

Nine entries were vying for a part of the $8,442.50 total purse in the Non-Pro Futurity, with an AQHA unregistered horse named “Sam” coming out on top, owned and shown by Shannon M. McCarty, Solvang, Calif. The pair scored a 624.50 composite score, taking home the first-place paycheck of $3,377.


The Reserve title went to Genuinely Roo, a bay mare sired by Gallo Del Cielo out of Genuinely Nu, bred by Kathryn H. and Tim T. Murphy, Arroyo Grande, Calif. , and shown by Shawn B. Renshaw, Pismo Beach, Calif.. The couple sold the mare to Shawn and his wife Kimberly  in May of 2016. The pair was one point under the championship, scoring a 623.50 and taking home $2,532,75.


Genuinely Roo and Shawn B. Renshaw were Reserve Champions in the Non-Pro Futurity, making Renshaw the highest money-earning non-pro.

Genuinely Roo picked up an additional $1,681.25 for winning the 5-entry Intermediate Non-Pro, a class-within-a-class that hosted a $3,362.50 total purse, giving Renshaw a total of $4,214.00, and the title of the highest Non-Pro money earner.


The Reserve title of the Non-Pro Futurity went to Ill Be A Super Cat, owned and shown by Carol D. Roberts, Ojai, Calif, scoring a 615.50 for a $1,008.75 paycheck. The pair also finished third in the Non-Pro composite for $1,688.50 for total take-home pay of $2,697.25.


The two-entry Novice Non-Pro Futurity (a class-within-a class) was won by Smart N Shiney Cat, owned by Randy and Celia Gamble, Prineville, Ore., and ridden by Randy to a 596 composite score, taking home the $1,445 paycheck. The pair also finished third in the Intermediate Non-Pro Futurity, for an additional $672.50, giving him show earnings of $2,117,50.


Austin L. Miller won the Amateur Futurity riding Cats Genuine Shiner.

The Amateur Futurity, with six entries, was won by Cats Genuine Shiner, owned and ridden by Austin L. Miller, Catheys Valley, Calif. The pair took home $1,770 of the $3,540 total purse. Reserve went to Tangly Lil Time, owned and ridden by Murray G. Thompson, Atwater, Calif., with a 595 score, taking home $1,062.


The six-entry Non-Pro Limited Futurity, with a $3,540 total purse, showed there was a tie between SH Powder Cat, owned and ridden by Jessica D. Wright, Oakdale, Calif., and Slicker Than Nic, owned and ridden by Claire E. Hanssen, Solvang, Calif., with both receiving a 618 composite score. (Note: Results showed Jessica Wright taking first for a $1,770 paycheck and Hanssen finishing second for a $1,062.00 paycheck).

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Eric Freitas and Maverick Rey won the Non-Pro Derby.

With nine entries in the Non-Pro Derby and a $5,085.50 purse. Maverick Rey, owned and shown by Eric Freitas, Santa Maria, Calif., to a 642, the pair took home a $2,034.20 paycheck. Maverick Rey is a 2011 chestnut stallion sired by Dual Rey out of Shiners Goldielocks by Shing Spark. He was bred by the San Juan Ranch, Weatherford, Texas, and sold as a yearling to Mark Broeckel, Chico, Calif, who sold him as a 2-year-old to Cable Creek Ranch, Aurora, Ore. Freitas purchased the stallion in July 2014.


Reserve Champion was Shadyrools, a 2012 sorrel gelding sired by Shady Lil Starlight out of Sheza Roo by Gallo Del Cielo, owned by Kathy Ferguson, Cottonwood, Calif., and ridden by Dave A. Ferguson to second in the composite with a 634.50. The pair took home a $1525.65 paycheck.



Maverick Rey also won the 5-entry Intermediate Non-Pro Derby (a class within a class) with Freitas in the saddle. With a total purse of $2,017.50, the pair took home an additional $1,008.75, giving the pair a total of $3,042.95 for the show.


The Reserve Champion of the Intermediate Non-Pro Derby was Shining Mirabelle, owned and shown by Dylan Sponseller, Alturas, Calif. The pair picked up $605.25, plus $1,017.10 for third in the Non Pro Derby composite, $460.20 for winning the Novice Non-Pro Derby and $1,425 for the Championship of the Amateur Derby. The Novice Non-Pro Derby had 4 entries and the Amateur Derby had 5 shown. Sponseller earned a total of $3,507.55 for the four clases.


Cash For Diamonds, owned and ridden by Vanessa Lawrence, Paso Robles, Calif., took Reserve in both the Novice Non-Pro Derby for $306.80 and Amateur Derby for $855.00, as well as third in the Intermediate Non-Pro Derby for $403.50 – taking home a total of $1,565.30. The pair also finished sixth in the Non-Pro; however, that was out of the money.

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Justin T. Wright, the event’s richest rider, rode Talkin Prize to the World’s Richest Horse title.

The World’s Richest horse in the Open Horse Show, with 17 shown and $5,000 added money and a $12,650 purse, was Talkin Prize, owned by Stephen Silva, Atascadero, Calif., and ridden by the leading money earner of the show – Justin T. Wright – with a 439 total score and a $3,795 paycheck. The Reserve went to Hickory Holly time, owned by DT Horses LLC, Bend, Ore., ridden by Kelby Phillips. For their 437.50 composite score, the pair won $3,036.


Talking Prize also picked up an additional $3,054 in the $5,000 added, 14-entry Intermediate Horse Division of the Worlds Richest, for the class-within-a-class event. Talkin Prize won a total of $6,849 for Wright in the two Worlds Richest classes.


Third in the Open and second in the Intermediate Horse Division of the World’s Richest was LenaLilToTheWright, owned by Linda S. Katz, Bell Canyon, Calif., and ridden by Randy J. Paul to a 436 in the Open for $2,277 and $2,545.00 in the Intermediate.


The World’s Richest Non-Pro class-within-a-class, with three entries and $5,000 added, was taken by Very Smart Rico, owned and ridden by Hope Miller to a 410.50. The pair took home $3,324.00 of the $5,540 total purse. Second, with a 204, was TF Cats Lilypad, owned and shown by Molly Russell, Creston, Calif., taking home a $2,216 paycheck.

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There were also several NRCHA Open and Non-Pro classes, as well as a NSHA Greener Than Grass and Youth classes. A Performance Horse Sale was also held on Aug. 20.


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The National Stock Horse Association was founded in 2004 with the goal of producing premier stock horse competitions, while promoting the sport, their Western heritage and the rich history of the stock horse and its origination from the Spanish Vaquero tradition.


In 2016, the NSHA strove to grow the stock horse industry through the production of added programs, events and competitions. Programs such as the newly developing year-end awards program will benefit all levels of riders from professional and non-professionals to beginning youth and adults. This awards program will allow members to earn more points toward year-end awards through other year-end awards through other local, regional and national clubs and organizations. To increase participation in these competitions, the NSHA says they will continue to increase the pay-out purses for their events. Also, they say their Board of Directors is dedicated to continually pursuing new ways to increase exposure for their industry and sponsors.


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