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☛ NRCHA Derby News and Getting It Right 6-1-18

NRCHA DERBY, HELD JUNE 10-17 IN PASO ROBLES, CALIF., PROMISES TO BE EXCITING

HOWEVER, SOME CALIFORNIANS FEEL SLIGHTED AS OUT-OF-STATE CONTESTANTS GET INTO STALLS A DAY EARLIER

June 2, 2018

Photo on left is of the 2017 NRCHA Derby Open Champion was Justin Wright, of Santa Maria, California. He rode Lil Bay Hawk (Catty Hawk x Little Gray Freckles x Playgun), a gelding owned by Stephen Silva, to the title. Primo Morales photo from NRCHA page.

 

The NRCHA Derby is scheduled for eight days: June 10-17, Paso Robles, Calif. However, several contestants are  not happy with a new rule stating that “out-of-state” contestants will be able to obtain their stalls a day earlier.

According to the NRCHA website, juicy paychecks await 4- and 5-year-old horses at the NRCHA Derby, many of which competed at the Snaffle Bit Futurity when they were 3 years old. Horses may be shown in either a snaffle bit or a hackamore. They are judged in three challenging events: herd work, rein work and cow work, with a preliminary round of competition to determine who will return for the clean-slate finals. 

The Derby features nine divisions to suit all levels, from million-dollar riders in the Open, entry-level competitors in the Amateur and Non-Pro Limited, and everyone in between. Another NRCHA Derby highlight is the $50,000 added Holy Cow Performance Horses Bridle Spectacular. The Derby is held in Paso Robles, a charming city on the central California coast, the heart of reined cow horse country.

Limited Age Event Added Money totaling $122,500 includes $90,000 added to the Open and $25,000 added to the Non Pro.

The CD Survivor Memorial Open Bridle Spectacular has $25,000 added money. Intermediate Open Bridle Spectacular has $5,000 added.

Horse Show Added Money totals $32,750 and includes Open and Non Pro Two Rein Spectaculars, Non-Pro Bridle Spectacular, Non-Pro Limited Spectacular and two Youth Spectaculars. 

However, a note at the end of the stall list has ruffled some feathers of California entrants, saying, “Out-of-state horses can move in Friday, June 8 at 8:00 a.m., while In-state horses can move in Saturday, June 9 at 8 a.m.”

For draws and results, go to www.nrcha.com.

 

 

CORRECTION REGARDING TERMINATION OF CHUCK SMITH AS NCHA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Earlier today I posted an article about the termination of NCHA Executive Director Chuck Smith. I posted that he was terminated by the Board of Directors. I recently received an e-mail from a South Texas Director saying, “It was the Executive Committee, not the Board of Directors, that let the Executive Director go. I’m sorry for this misunderstanding.

The article on the NCHA website regarding Smith is as follows:

“The NCHA has made some changes in its management, as a result, has terminated Chuck Smith’s contract as Executive Director. The NCHA will honor the terms of that contract and immediately begin its search for a new Executive Director. The Association appreciates Chuck’s service and looks forward to working with Chuck in the future as he continues to serve the NCHA as a past President and Life Director and promotes the NCHA as he has done for many years.

“Effective as of Sunday, June 3, 2018, at the end of his term as President of the NCHA, Lewis Wray will assume the duties of the Executive Director on an interim basis with no pay and no contract. “

 

 

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