Oregon NCHA members,
This is the update sent to Region 1 Directors. Let me
know if you have any comments, questions or suggestions.
This weather is a reminder that the show season is just
around the corner. Lots of excitement about the
improvements pending at the Norton arena. OCHA has taken
a real leadership role. See you down the road.
'IT'S ALL ABOUT THE HORSE'
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Region 1 Directors,
Executive Committee met in September, November and
January. One of the reasons for the number of meetings
has been the need for more or additional information
from the committees on proposals brought forward from
the June Convention. While it would be easier to 'Just
say no', the real effort has been to thoroughly vet and
seriously consider the recommendations. The second
reason is the budget, which was finally approved at the
January meeting. There has been an effort to make
decisions with all current information and an eye to
future consequences. The minutes of these meetings,
along with the votes 'for' and 'against' have been
posted on the website and can/will be found in the
Items of particular interest for your
review from the minutes include:
* the increase
from $15,000 Novice/Novice Non-Pro to $25,000 Novice/
* 3 year / $100,000 Non-Pro
> Earnings are in all disciplines
Family and children change of status to Amateur must
meet existing Amateur rules
> 3 year waiting period
replaces 5 year Amateur exemption rule
Discussion of the METF / MERP (Texas sales tax
reimbursement used in the Triple Crown events) are now 5
shows behind. The administration of the program has been
changed from the Comptroller's office to the Governor's
office. This has slowed the approval process down,
resulting in $3.8M owed the NCHA. We have spent the
money for shows beginning with the 2014 Summer
Spectacular through the 2015 Futurity. There is no
argument about the amounts owed, with the delay being
attributed to 'red tape.' The accounting department has
responded to all Governor's office requests for
* Western / Eastern Championships.
> The requirement to have 1; paid an entry fee in an
NCHA approved class and 2; ridden to the herd as a
qualifier to show in the National Championships was
eliminated by an Executive Committee vote. The show is
open to any entrant. That will remain the rule going
forward. It should be noted that Grass Roots shows will
be paying the $2,00 beginning in 2016 as a result. The
total entry fee for this year's National Championships
will be $615.00.
> A survey was conducted on
locations for holding Western Nationals in 2017 and
beyond. As you might well imagine, preferences were
geographical. Location - location - location. Much
effort will be put into the place location as there was
no clear conclusion. Other considerations will be the
possibility of 3 locations rather than 2. The secret
will be structuring them so they will support themselves
* The horse sale contract with
Western Bloodstock has approved through January 1, 2020.
This has been a valued partnership with our association.
* Updated protocol for emergency medication (rule).
NCHA produced events, including the Western Nationals
* Super Stakes revisions have been made subsequent
to the November meeting. The decision was made to leave
the active players whole due to the loose method of
taking entries and recording them. There is a dedicated
person in the NCHA office that has this as her sole
responsibility and the guidelines will ensure there will
not be a repeat performance in the future. Here's the
letter from our Executive Director as a refresher:
Dear NCHA Member:
I wanted to provide you an
update on the NCHA Super Stakes Stallion/Foal program.
For more than 20 years, the Super Stakes has been one of
the most successful stallion incentive programs in all
of the equine world. Traditionally, the Super Stakes
added more than $500,000 annually to the show.
However, to take some of the burden off of stallion
owners and to grow the purse, NCHA expanded the program
to accept foal nominations starting in 2011. There were
several recognized advantages to this change:
the investment in the program between stallion owners
• Award foal nominator awards in
addition to stallion awards (in 2015, more than $64,000
was paid out to nominators)
• Grow a substantially
larger purse for Super Stakes-eligible horses
Overall, the program has been wildly successful - at
least 2,000 foals have been nominated each year since
the new program was introduced.
However, like any
new program, we have encountered some glitches in part
because of the success of the program, the volume of
foals and the multiple ways the office previously
accepted nominations (email, hand-written notes, etc.)
that will need to be cleaned up. The record-keeping
process was further complicated by the fact that foals
did not need to be named at the time of the nomination
and other changes made to the program over time.
An internal review of the program has revealed that we
have incomplete nomination records on a small percentage
of the foals that includes six horses that showed at the
2015 Super Stakes.
To correct this issue, ensure
equal treatment of all members with horses in the
program and to prevent any such issues from occurring in
the future, here's what we are going to do:
All foal nomination penalties for 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014
and 2015 foals will be refunded except for the minimum
2. Horses must be nominated and eligible
prior to entering the 2016 Super Stakes.
nominators will have until May 1, 2016, to nominate
2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 or 2015 foals for a fee of $200,
if the foal is not already on the list of nominated
horses, for future Super Stakes. Sires of 2013, 2014 and
2015 foals must be subscribedfor the foal to be eligible
for the program. Sires for 2011 and 2012 foals do not
have to be subscribed.
4. Stallion owners will have
• January 15, 2016, to subscribe a stallion
for the fee of $2,600, if the stallion is not already
subscribed, in order for a six year old to compete at
the 2016 Super Stakes.
• May 1, 2016, to subscribe a
stallion for any breeding year for the fee of $2,600, if
the stallion is not alreadysubscribed, for future Super
5. Any penalties that have been paid by a
stallion owner going back to the 2012 breeding year will
6. For any 2013, 2014, or 2015 foals
currently nominated, but not sired by a subscribed
stallion, the stallion will have theopportunity to
subscribe for the respective breeding year for $2,600.
Stallions that were advertised as subscribed will
behandled according to the current rules and will be
covered by the insurance.
7. 2016 foal nominations
and 2017 stallion breeding season subscriptions will
follow the regular payment deadline of October 1,2016
for stallion subscriptions and December 31, 2016 for
Nominations will only be accepted on approved forms with
complete information provided.
2. Before a foal will
be listed as nominated, the stallion MUST be subscribed
for that breeding year.
As an organization, we
need to correct these issues because the program is too
good to fail. As I mentioned earlier, if the program
continues to grow, the intent is for the program to
provide added money approaching $1 million each year.
Additionally, Jeremy Barwick of Western Bloodstock, has
documented that foals nominated to the program bring
more money in the sales. It's working, and we want to
ensure that it continues to work.
We will be
providing more information on the mechanics of this
one-time "rollback" in the program in the near future.
The NCHA Stallion Owners Committee, Executive Committee
and staff all stand ready to answer any questions you
Jim Bret Campbell
NCHA Executive Director
There are ongoing efforts
that are getting a 'deep-dive' that have been discussed
during and since the 2015 Convention. They are being
evaluated and you will be hearing and seeing much more
of them prior to the 2016 Convention.
Charities Foundation. There are compelling reasons to
expand the current Foundation. In addition to enhancing
the ability to provide Youth Scholarships and support
Cutters in Action, issues of Heritage / History,
Education, and Animal Welfare will promote and market
our association. In addition, it is a logical place for
long term assets. There has been a swell of support for
preserving our History and place in the cowboy and the
cow horse world of the old West, jump started by the
Dogwood Foundation offer of matching funds. The
Education and Animal Welfare pieces will keep NCHA
moving forward and expose both our members and folks we
haven't met yet to the cutting horse.
Governance met with almost universal buy-in when
presented by the Long Range Committee. There has been a
lot of work done on this and a meeting to put it all
together will be held in February. This is critical to
how we conduct our business and make decisions. Stay
* Grass Roots shows have gotten a good
airing and there are some significant enhancements for
2016. There is a new buckle program that has been very
well received, providing recognition from $1,000 to
$50,000. New formats are being tried, such as the 2 cows
/ 2 minute works. This is the entry level point for new
cutters to NCHA.
* I will be Chair of an E.C.
Compensation Review Committee ensure the goals and
objectives of the NCHA are shared and prioritized by the
Executive Committee and the Executive Director. 1
officer, 2 E.C. members and 2 Finance/Audit members will
be on this committee. The effort here is to be able to
have more frequent checks and an ongoing conversation
through the year as we manage the 'Rapids of Change' and
stay on the same page. Nothing really new here, other
than ensuring a greater degree of awareness,
effectiveness and two-way communication.
committee has been formed to review and make
recommendations on the NCHA Triple Crown events pay
outs. It is made up primarily of the competition
committees. A meeting was held last Friday the 15th to
discuss this issue. The meeting at the Fort Worth
Convention Center was well attended. The committee has
been meeting this week and will bring forward a
recommended structure to be used beginning with the 2016
Lucas Oil Super Stakes.
recommendations, comments and questions coming. And,
'IT'S ALL ABOUT THE HORSE'
Jack Holt, OR Director
PO Box 6796
Bend, OR 97708