☛ Today’s News 1-2-17
By Glory Ann Kurtz
Jan. 2, 2017
Black Little Lena put down at age 28; NCHA looking for an Executive Director and Western Bloodstock reports the 2016 NCHA Futurity Sales claim a $23,235 average, with 13 horses selling for $100,000 or more.
BLACK LITTLE LENA PUT DOWN AT AGE 28
A TOP CUTTING HORSE THAT SIRED VERSATILE OFFSPRING
Black Little Lena put down at age 28
Black Little Lena, a beautiful 1988 black son of Smart Little Lena out of a foundation-bred mare Missy Dry by Dry Doc out of Silver Creek Til by Cutting Hoss, was put down for Dec. 29, 2016, following complications of old age. The loss was a great one for owner Phyllis Vincent, Terrell, Texas, who had owned the stallion for the past three years.
Bred by Benny J. and Rebecca Martinez, Bakersfield, Calif., he was sold as a yearling during the 1989 NCHA Futurity to the Reidy Land & Cattle Company, Houston, Texas. They sold the stallion as a 3-year-old to Stephen or Phyllis Ward, Terrell, Texas, where he competed in and won most of his money in NCHA aged-event competition.
With lifetime earnings of $93,000, several aged-event finals and and an NCHA Certificate of Ability, Bronze, Silver and Gold awards from the NCHA, the stallion was also in the Top 10 of the Open Division of the NCHA in 1995. Some of his titles included being a semifinalist in the 1991 NCHA Open Futurity, ridden by John Wold. The pair went on to be a finalist in the 1992 Montgomery Open Futurity Classic for 4-year-olds, also ridden by Wold. In the 1992 Gold Coast Winter Championship Derby, John Ward rode the stallion to the finals, while Wold continued to ride him to the finals of the NCHA Derby, 1994 Augusta Classic, Georgia National for 5-and 6-year olds, 1995 Augusta 7-Up class and 1995 NCHA Super Stakes 7-Up class. Following the aged events, the stallion continued winning at NCHA weekend shows and was the NCHA Fort Worth Open Stock Show Champion.
His offspring were very diversified. According to NCHA records, as a sire, Black Little Lena sired 189 AQHA-registered foals in 22 crops with 33 of them performing in NCHA; AQHA in Open, Amateur and Youth competition, with several receiving Register of Merit titles in various divisions; NRHA; NRCHA and United States Penning Association competition. Several offspring also excelled in roping competition, both in AQHA and other roping associations. His highest number of foals came in 1995 through 2002.
NCHA SEARCHES FOR NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The NCHA is searching for a new Executive Director, following the exit of Jim Bret Campbell. According to the NCHA website, the Executive Director is the chief administrative executive officer of NCHA and reports to and is responsible to the chief elected officer (President – currently Phil Rapp) of the Association and the Executive Committee. He provides leadership, management and vision necessary to ensure the Association will effectively increase member satisfaction, grow members, purses, service, revenue and programs. He will direct all aspects of the Association and is responsible for the staff and the financial assets of NCHA. He is also responsible for promoting and marketing the Association and the sport of cutting, as well as implementing and being responsible for implementing the goals and objectives of the Association. Click below for full NCHA press release.
NCHA Executive Director opening | NCHA News
WESTERN BLOODSTOCK CLAIMS A DAZZLING WEEK OF SALES DURING NCHA FUTURITY
Western Bloodstock reports the 2016 NCHA Futurity Sales claim a $23,235 average, with 13 horses selling for $100,000 or more. The high-selling horse was Lot 5145, Sly Playgirl, a 2007 mare by That Sly Cat, bringing $800,000; followed by the popular stallion Spots Hot, a 2001 stallion by Chula Dual, bringing $550,000. Another top stallion, Third Cutting, a 2005 stallion by Boonlight Dancer, also brought $285,000. Allaboutcutting.com will be publishing of breakdown of these sales during the next few weeks. Go to the Western Bloodstock website (www.westernbloodstock.com) to see all the sale results and go to the NCHA website at www.nchacutting.com for a press release from Western Bloodstock about the sales.