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Two Ladies And A Plan To Save Cutting – Class Restructure Proposal

August 16th, 2018 by Simone Cobb

There was a buzz at the NCHA Convention in June. Members were excited about the sport’s future for the first time in years. A new plan had been announced to help level the playing field for competitors, eliminate complex rules and encourage cutters to come back in from the cold.
It’s called the Class Restructure Proposal and it’s the brainchild of two passionate cutters, Ora Diehl and Denise Seiz, who have been working on the plan for four years.
“People just did not feel like they had a level playing field and when they felt that way, they just wouldn’t compete and so the entries were going down,” said Seiz.
In fact, in the last 10 years, Seiz said the NCHA’s membership has fallen dramatically from 20,000+ to around 13,000.
“It’s all due to the fact that people didn’t feel like they had a place to play. It all got too costly,” added Diehl.
Diehl said other issues like scheduling classes late into the night and complicated exceptions to the rules were driving people away.
The new system does not completely rewrite the current structure. It proposes three levels to be created within the three main divisions of the Limited Age Events; the Amateur, Non Pro and Open. Below is the breakdown of the levels in the class restructure proposal by lifetime earnings (LTE):

Open Division                    Rider Total Lifetime Earnings
Open                                    $750,000 or more
Intermediate Open           $200,001 – $749,999
Limited Open                     $0 – $200,000

Non-Pro Division              Rider Total Lifetime Earnings
Non-Pro                              $500,000 or more
Intermediate Non-Pro     $100,001 – $499,999
Limited Non-Pro               $0 – $100,000

Amateur Division              Rider Total Lifetime Earnings
Amateur                              $100,000 or more
Intermediate Amateur     $25,001 – $99,999
Limited Amateur               $0 – $25,000

“We looked at the database and how big the spread was in LTEs in the various divisions and tried to figure out if we made certain levels within those divisions, would the player then decide to enter like they used to,” said Seiz who is a CPA and adept at crunching the numbers.

The NCHA Class Restructure subcommittee on which both women sit (Seiz is the Chair) made a case study to test the soundness of the plan. It looked at entries in the top 10 shows from last year including the Triple Crown events.
“We wanted to test whether the payouts worked and whether the class size worked and it did,” Seiz said.
The class restructure proposal recommends a graduated entry fee schedule where limited riders will pay the least, increasing for intermediate cutters and again for the top level riders of each division. The same principal is applied to prize money.
“We recommend the added money is concentrated at the top, with some in the intermediate and at the discretion of the show producer, they could put some in the limited but again we don’t want the limited rider to ride out of that class sooner than they are ready to compete in the intermediate,” explained Seiz.
The plans also encourages show producers to discount entry fees when a competitor enters more than one level/class as anyone is allowed to ride in levels above their current earnings.
“The incentive is for people to ride up. But we want to encourage them not force them,” Seiz said.
“I can enter a horse that doesn’t necessarily have to mark what the top Non Pro level rider has to mark but I can bring it as a B student or rider. I can mark on my level but yet I might take a shot and enter up. It gives me choices which I don’t presently have,” added Diehl.
Both women said the proposal went over extremely well at the convention, creating a feeling of optimism among many members.
“It was the first year where I came away where people were excited! They are ready for some change…It was cool to see people excited to try something new,” said Seiz smiling.
“The open riders want to make sure that their purses are staying the same and what we have told them is that at the present levels, they are,” explained Diehl.
Diehl mentioned Casey Green as a trainer who has thrown his support behind the plan.
“Casey Green is exactly right. He said, “I have horses that can mark a 216 all day, but I need a horse that can mark a 218 if I’m going to compete against this level here (at the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth),” Diehl said.
The first show to trial the new structure will be the Cotton Stakes in West Monroe, Louisiana on September 2nd-9th. Diehl said organizer Robert Charles Brown asked for it after seeing declining entries over recent years.
“He is willing to do something to step outside the box and try something new,” Diehl said.
The Executive Committee will assess how well the class restructure proposal works at the Cotton Stakes before it approves any more shows to implement it.
With a decline of 60,000 entries between 2007 to 2017, weekend shows are still to be worked out in terms of its own class restructure proposal to help revive them.
“ The aged events were easier to fix because of the ages of the horse…but not so much the novice horse or the $2,000 limited rider,” explained Diehl. “That is another animal.”
“Those students that aren’t playing this game and those horses being left at the barn instead of coming to play hopefully they will show up,” said Diehl.
If the numbers swell, Seiz said the levels could go from 3 to 5, giving even more riders a better chance at picking up a check and with more riders competing, the purse is going to be bigger.
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Adan Banuelos Wins Reserve Derby & Metallic Cat Incentive at 2018 Summer Spectacular

August 6th, 2018 by Simone Cobb
Adan Banuelos had the crowd on the edge of their seats when he laid down a threatening run in the Derby Final at 2018 Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular.
Last out in the final, he and Catillac Reys marked a 225.5 to take out the Reserve buckle AND the $100,000 Metallic Cat incentive!
Adan told CHTO’s Simone Cobb he was grateful for Bobby Patton’s incentive that made him try that much harder, going home with $134,000 for his run!

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Lee Francois Wins Derby Final at 2018 Summer Spectacular

August 6th, 2018 by Simone Cobb

Lee Francois brought the house down with his thrilling win in the Open Derby Championship at the 2018 Metallic Cat Summer Spectacular.
Lee and The Animal dominated the cows at every turn to notch up a 228 ahead of Reserve Champion Adan Banuelos & Catillac Reys’ score of 225.5.
An emotional Lee told CHTO’s Simone Cobb it’s been a roller coaster year since the pair was Reserve Futurity Champions, making this victory all the sweeter.

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Kenli Marvin Wows in Non Pro Derby Final at 2018 Summer Spectacular

August 6th, 2018 by Simone Cobb

Kenli Marvin displayed her cutting art when she dominated the Non Pro Derby final at the 2018 Summer Spectacular with her masterful strokes.
She rode her pretty paint mare, Cinderella Cat to mark a 223, three and a half points ahead of Reserve Champion, Todd Quirk on Real Suen.
Kenli told CHTO’s Simone Cobb she was lucky to even have the mare competing after she tore a suspensory at the recent Super Stakes.

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Jim Vangilder Clinches Ltd NP Derby at 2018 Summer Spectacular

August 4th, 2018 by Simone Cobb

Jim Vangilder snagged his second major victory of the year after clinching first place in the Limited Non Pro Derby Final at the 2018 Summer Spectacular.
Jim and Take It Eazee marked a 220 to take the lead over Reserve Champion Lauren Minshall on CR Sister Tuff with a 218.
Jim told CHTO’s Simone Cobb the horse made it easy having only just showed him for the first time at the Summer Spectacular.

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Justin Chalmers Wins Ltd Open Derby at 2018 Summer Spectacular

August 2nd, 2018 by Simone Cobb

Justin Chalmers has put his stamp on the Limited Open Derby Final at the 2018 Summer Spectacular taking out the title two years running.
Justin rode Reystylin Smooth to mark a 2220.5, ahead of Reserve Champion Kevin Walden on Couture De Force who scored 219.
Justin told CHTO”s Simone Cobb he’s feeling confident going into the open Derby Semi finals on the horse that he trained.

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Langston Pattillo Wins Unltd Amateur CL/CH Final at Summer Spectacular

July 27th, 2018 by Simone Cobb

Langston Pattillo won an impressive trifecta when he took out the Unlimited Amateur Classic Challenge at the 2018 Summer Spectacular in Fort Worth.
The 16-year-old and partner High Stylin CD came out third to last in the second set to steal the show with a 222.5.
Langston has now won three titles in the famed Will Rogers Coliseum this year!
He told CHTO’s Simone Cobb his horse has earned a well-deserved break.
There was a 3-way tie for Reserve Champion between Carol Anderson Ward, Danny Jones and Janet Trefethen who all marked 218.

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Isidro Sigala Clinches Unltd. Am Derby At 2018 Summer Spectacular

July 27th, 2018 by Simone Cobb

Isidro Sigala was proudly flying the flag for Venezuela after winning the Unlimited Amateur Derby Championship at the 2018 Summer Spectacular.

Issy rode Safari Smooth Cat to mark 216.5 in a tough final ahead of Reserve Champion Russ De Cordova on Lucille Russell with a 215.5.

Issy told CHTO’s Simone Cobb he’s the third Venezuelan to win at the Will Rogers recently following David Taurel’s win at the Futurity in December last year and Nelson Vivas’s victory at the Super Stakes in April.

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Langston Pattillo Snaps Up Amateur CL/CH Final at 2018 Summer Spectacular

July 27th, 2018 by Simone Cobb
Langston Pattillo dominated the Amateur Classic Challenge final at the 2018 Summer Spectacular to take his second title in the Will Rogers Coliseum.
The 16-year-old looked like a pro aboard High Stylin CD to mark 223, two points ahead of Taylor Worley on Blitzkat.
Langston told CHTO’s Simone Cobb he has a special relationship with his horse.

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Cash Carpenter Claims 2018 Amateur Derby at Summer Spectacular

July 27th, 2018 by Simone Cobb

Cash Carpenter was over the moon with his win in the Will Rogers when he took out the Amateur Derby title at the 2018 Summer Spectacular in Fort Worth.

The 17-year-old rode Iggy Katzalea to mark a 218, edging out Kristin Spencer Morias on Wherever I May Roan by half a point.

Cash told CHTO’s Simone Cobb he named his horse after one of his favorite singers Iggy Azalea.

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Steve Anderson Dominates Non Pro Classic Final at 2018 Summer Spectacular

July 23rd, 2018 by Simone Cobb

Steve Anderson made it two for two when he won the Non Pro Classic Challenge Final at the 2018 Summer Spectacular in Fort Worth.

Steve dominated the final aboard Littlemak to mark a 223, five points ahead of Reserve Champion, Carol Anderson Ward on Crafty With Cows.

The pair won the same event at the Super Stakes in April. Steve told CHTO’s Simone Cobb he’s having a blast showing such a great horse.

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James Payne Wins Third Classic Challenge Title at 2018 Summer Spectacular

July 22nd, 2018 by Simone Cobb

James Payne proved he owns the Classic Challenge Championship after notching up his third such title at the 2018 Summer Spectacular.

He rode PG Heavily Armed, to blow past the competition and mark a 229!

James told CHTO’s Simone Cobb he specially wanted to thank his wife Nadine who is a large part of his success.

Reserve champion was Matt Miller aboard Metallic Smart Cat who scored 224.

PG Heavily Armed, a Playgun out of Not Quite An Acre, has now won more than $178,000 and is owned by Michael and Brenda Armstrong from Marietta, OK.

The pair picked up $18,639 for their win. James Payne has now earned over $2.8-million.

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Ted Petit – The Zen of Videoing Cutters

July 20th, 2018 by Simone Cobb

With a background in aerospace engineering and martial arts, videographer Ted Petit was uniquely qualified to become cutting’s leading camera man!

Ted Petit

Ted Petit

While those fields don’t sound remotely related to equine sports or videoing, they are a large part of Petit’s journey that fostered an interest in videoing cutting shows. That, and the odd curve ball life throws at you.

It was 15 years ago when Ted was photographing a local cutting in California, when the owner of Video West suddenly died.

“I have trained in martial arts for 40 years. With the teaching aspects [of that] I would use video as a medium to film my students. So as far as using a camera, I was very familiar with that and having a couple of years of cutting photography under my belt, I guess they felt I was a good choice to try to go for Video West,” said Petit.

As the new owner of Video West, Ted has spent the past 14 years videoing cutting horse shows across the country. In 2015, Ted and his son Seth took over the contract to video the NCHA’s Triple Crown events as well as the Eastern and Western Nationals.

They brought with them their broadcast quality high definition cameras and equipment which saw a big jump in the quality of the videos and the webcasting.

Ted has more than a knack for working with this kind of equipment with 20 years of experience as an aerospace engineer for companies like Lockheed, and General Electric. Ted was a pioneer in developing flight simulation video graphics in the late 70s.
Needless to say, Ted has watched a lot of cutting! Like the judges, it takes a special kind of discipline to be able to sit in a chair for up to 14 hour days, keeping your focus on rider after rider without losing a beat.

With a black belt in Kamishin Ryu (a blend of Jiu Jitsu and A Kempo), Ted’s martial arts training helps.
“I’m very interested in watching the relationship of movement within applications. And so from day one, I was always on the lookout of seeing how the applications, with the riders and horses and how the movement [interacted]. So when I began to watch that, I really started to see the details that are involved in this phenomenal sport,” he said.

Ted relates much of his martial arts background to cutting. He is an inherited master of that system, where he was trained directly by his master and will in turn pass on that knowledge to his students.

“I see the same kind of application in the sense that a trainer that works with those around him, the lopers and [assistant trainers] to pass on the teachings,” Petit said.
       

Much of the training in martial arts is about reading your opponent and anticipating their movements. Petit said this also assists in videoing the runs.

“I get a feel for the flow of the cattle and if people watch they’ll see how I’m kind of leading the herd because I’m recognizing where the rider wants to go. I’ve been tricked sometimes but basically I do see that movement and I love working with that,” he said.

Ted said there is much that can be learned from martial arts such as how to focus.

“When I watch the pros, they very well recognize that ‘going to their place’ [skill], and what I try to share with amateurs is probably the biggest area I see them having problems with is that when they walk out because I’m watching through the camera lens, I look at their eyes. In Cowboy Church even I share this sometimes, I’ll say, I watch your eyes and I can see that you really have no idea what’s going on, they are darting all over the place and there’s no focus. Then they get distracted by all the voices of the trainers and then they begin to not understand what they need to be doing…so I tell them that they need to be able to come to that place within themselves and remember to apply the basics that they hear time and time again: don’t watch the horse, look at the cow, keep your target always out in front of you,” he said.

Ted said he has heard so many people say if they’d gotten out of the way and let their horse do its job, they would have done a lot better.

“A lot of the time, people overthink a situation, just like in self-defense, you overthink a situation and you turn out to be ineffective because you’re bombarded by all the surroundings. They need to just boil down to the basic element and stick to that.”

While Ted himself had a cutting horse he competed on for a while, time constraints forced him to give it up. One reason is Ted’s passions for animated films which harks back to his days in computer graphics. It’s a painstaking process where you create scenes frame by frame to make the movements.

“About a year and half ago I started training in animation as a discipline. I’ve got a mentor who was the animator of Scooby Doo and now animates Curious George,” Ted Petit said.

Ted is currently developing a short animated film that is a mystery based on a psychologist who uses ink blots to get into the minds of the criminally insane.

Ted Petit Photography

Ted Petit Photography

Ted Petit Photography

Ted Petit Photography

And if that isn’t enough to keep him busy, Ted has also developed the dexterity to combine two of his skills at once! While videoing cutting runs, Ted is also able to photograph them.

“Years ago, I started developing a rig that allowed me to mount my still camera above my video camera and I began to develop the technique and now I’ve been doing it for years. My right hand shoots the still photography, my left hand shoots the video and I blend the two disciplines together.”

Ted has taught other professional photographers the skill but he said they gave it up after finding it too difficult.
“You have to kind of split your brain a little bit,” he said, “it just comes from knowing both disciplines so well, I don’t have to think about it.”

If you’ve ever seen Ted Petit’s cutting photo’s, you’d be amazed to think he’s videoing at the same time. The picture is crisp and his timing is perfect, creating amazing action shots of horse, rider and cow. Check. Them. Out!

 

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Carly Chiarelli Claims 2018 Summer Spectacular Ltd Non Pro Classic Challenge

July 20th, 2018 by Simone Cobb

Humble, grateful and overjoyed was how Carly Chiarelli felt after her win in the Limited Non Pro Classic Challenge at the 2018 Summer Spectacular in Fort Worth.

Carly rode Olive Martini and marked a 222, leading the field by 5 points.

Carly, who works for Matt and Megan Miller, told CHTO’s Simone Cobb that the couple were mentors to her and were a big part of her success.

Carly purchased the mare, a Metallic Cat out of Martinis Miss Peppy, from the Millers.

Gentry Gonsalves was the Reserve Champion on Georgia Bootlegger with a 217.

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Terry Hollis Wins 2018 Summer Spectacular Ltd Open Classic Challenge

July 18th, 2018 by Simone Cobb

Terry Hollis surpassed the $600,000 mark in earnings with his victory in the Limited Open Classic Challenge at the 2018 Summer Spectacular in Fort Worth.

Terry marked a 222 aboard Isabella Rey to win the final by two points ahead of Glynn Whitman on Reyvinmetallicat.

Terry told CHTO’s Simone Cobb he was thrilled with the win especially for the horse’s owner, Paul Thompson.

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