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☛ Association News 7-13-17



July 13, 2017

Kurt Crawford, the former senior sale executive at the National Cutting Horse Association, has joined the AMERICAN PAINT HORSE ASSOCIATION (APHA), where he will be director of business development, which includes their sales and sponsorship program.


Crawford was also previously the Executive Director of the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association, director of operations at M3 Companies, and director of sale and marketing at Rancharrah.


Crawford is a native of Pennsylvania; however, he earned two degrees at Western Kentucky University. His history in the performance horse industry included competing in reining, cutting and cow horse events.   You can contact him at (817) 222-6445 or e-mail him at


The AMERICAN QUARTER HORSE ASSOCIATION (AQHA) has added to their staff with Tex Ann Kraft becoming the new senior director of business development. Having numerous marketing awards under her belt, she will be responsible for AQHA’s corporate partnerships and will help provide guidance for the association’s publication and digital media assets. She has previously held executive positions with Turn-Key Marketing & Promotions, Sprint, AMC Theaters and Hallmark Cards.


Also, Jazlyn Rice was promoted to business development manager and will direct the management of all advertising accounts. She joined the AQHA in 2016 as an account executive coming from being a territory sale manager for Ariat International.


The NATIONAL CUTTING HORSE ASSOCIATION will be holding their Summer Spectacular beginning Monday, July 17, going through Sunday, Aug. 6 at the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas.


The NCHA Summer Spectacular, held over 20 days, is the final leg of the NCHA Triple Crown of Cutting and features the NCHA Derby for 4-year-olds, and the NCHA Classic Challenge for 5/6-year-olds and offers a purse of over $2 million.


According to the NCHA, as the third jewel in the NCHA Triple Crown, the NCHA Derby has seen just three Open horses, and one Non-Pro horse claim the Triple Crown title.


Also, the NYCHA Convention and Scholarship Cutting are held in conjunction with the Spectacular which brings the youth to the forefront of the competition. Go to and click on Triple Crown events for a schedule and results of the show.


During the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Canada, the NCHA held a high-paying Mercuria cutting with David and Stacie McDavid, Fort Worth, Texas, taking home the largest paycheck of $13,330 for a 225 score by Clint Allen riding their 9-year-old QB Cat (High Brow Cat x Quintan Blue) in the Open Division. The pair is also ranked fifth in this year’s NCHA World Championship Open Standings. The Reserve title went to Kevin and Sandy Knight’s Eazee E, ridden by Tatum Rice to a close 224, and colleting a $9,553.33 paycheck for the Weatherford, Texas couple.


In the Non-Pro division, Shannon Lamb, Boerne, Texas, riding Rue Du Ichi took home the top paycheck of $9,646.67 for a 220.5 score. The Reserve title went to Kaila Stewart, Crossfield, Alberta, Canada, riding Clays Little CD to a 220, taking home 47,352.67.


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