Mark your calendars for the National Cutting Horse Association Summer Cutting Spectacular

NCHA Press Release

NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular presented by Emison Insurance and underwritten by the Insurance Corporation of Hannover to be held July 6-25, 2004 -- Hats, boots, and jingling spurs will return as the norm around town during the NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular presented by Emison Insurance and underwritten by the Insurance Corporation of Hannover.

The excitement of cutting horse action begins on July 6 and continues through July 25. Over 1,400 three, four, and five-year-old cutting horses plus all of the trucks, trailers, people, and energy that come along with them will converge on the Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum to compete for more than $1.5 million in winnings.

Along with cash prizes, the champions and reserve champions will receive hand woven, all-wool saddle blankets from Cowboy Tack, trophy saddles from Sean Ryon Western Store and Saddle Shop, Gist buckles, and 100X Straw hats from Stetson Hat Company.

There will also be 200 plus youth cutters competing for $28,000 in scholarship money. The National Youth Cutting Horse Association will host its annual Scholarship Cutting and NYCHA Convention from July 9-12. The youth members will compete in the arena, elect new officers, and participate in many fun, family events.

Scholarship winners from the NYCHA and Walton Family Foundation scholarship fund and the photo and essay contest winners will also be announced during the youth convention. The young cutters will participate in the annual scavenger hunt; searching for specific treasures around the Will Rogers Memorial Center. This year will also be the first talent contest held for the NYCHA offering members a chance to demonstrate their talents in and out of the arena.

The Summer Cutting Spectacular is the final jewel in the race for the Triple Crown of Cutting. Although there will be no triple crown winner this year, watch for Super Stakes Champion, Cara Barry riding Playin’ Tag and Futurity winner, Craig Morris riding One Smart Lookin Cat in the Open four-year old competition. In the Non-Pro four-year old competition, Scott Ferguson riding Laredo Blue has been the duo to watch. Ferguson recently won the Quarter Horse News Spring Season of the Western Horseman Cup series to qualify for the one go-round competition scheduled for January 2005 in Augusta, GA.

In 2002, the Insurance Corporation of Hannover joined NCHA as the title sponsor of the NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular. The Insurance Corporation of Hannover is a niche, special-program insurance company that writes policies in areas where they have special knowledge and underwriting expertise. In this case, ICH writes livestock mortality policies. The company carries an “A” rating from A.M. Best rating services, and is the fifth-largest reinsurer in the world.

Among a host of insurance services provided worldwide, ICH writes policies for livestock mortality through agent and NCHA member, Ben Emison. Emison has been active in the NCHA since 1977 as a cutter, a judge, a director, and a member of the Executive Committee. He is also a partner in the Western Bloodstock sales company, and serves as the “front line” link between the National Cutting Horse Association and the Insurance Corporation of Hannover.

Policies underwritten by ICH through Emison Insurance offer coverage for full mortality, free emergency colic surgery, major medical, surgical, and loss of use. Group plans are available, as is guaranteed renewal.

“Insurance Corporation of Hannover, represented by Ben Emison Insurance has enjoyed the opportunity of insuring the NCHA membership base and their substantial equine investments,” said Greg Whaley, Vice President of Livestock Mortality for ICH. “During the past several years, with the decline in the investment markets, ICH has seen new and renewed awareness from NCHA members in the importance of investing in family and their interests and in insuring their valuable companions against unexpected loss.”

The Western Mercantile presented by Coors Light opens July 8th in the Amon G Carter Exhibit Hall and brings together hundreds of top-quality Western-lifestyle vendors in one location. The Mercantile hosts handmade cowboy boots, original Western art, or even a new barn. Other offerings include Western furniture, accessories, tack, and jewelry. Admission and parking are free for this unique shopping opportunity and cutting horse competition through the final weekend. Admission will start at $8 for the semi-finals and finals of the cutting competition on July 23-25.

For more information about the National Cutting Horse Association, the Summer Cutting Spectacular presented by Emison Insurance and underwritten by the Insurance Corporation of Hannover, or the long list of activities that accompany the 19-day show, please call the NCHA at 817-244-6188 or visit
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