Watch Kenny Platt’s outstanding run in the 2016 NCHA Super Stakes Open four-year-old Final!
Kenny dominated the field with an impressive 228 aboard Moms Stylish Player, some five and a half points ahead of the field. With this win, Kenny has now made it into the NCHA Rider’s Hall of Fame by surpassing the million dollar mark in earnings.
Moms Stylish Player is by Lizzys Gotta Player out of Moms Stylish Babe and has now won more than $100,000.
Kenny gave a great interview with CHTO following his win, however technology failed us and we are unable to bring it to you so please enjoy his run.
Grant Setnicka had a great run on Ichis My Choice to mark a 222.5 and claim the reserve championship while Geoffrey Sheehan placed third riding Cromed Out Cat with a 222.
You could say renowned trainer Bill Riddle did a thorough job cleaning up during the awards ceremony at the 2015 National Cutting Horse Association Convention.
But he didn’t have a broom and trash bags in his hands, he had a microphone!
A long-time ambassador for the sport, Bill was the emcee for the Banquet night that saw 23 people and 3 horses inducted into the NCHA Hall Of Fame.
Cleaning up? You ask?…. They were Bill’s own words about the theme behind this year’s inductees. He told the audience of more than 400 people that the NCHA really wanted to make sure they had no glaring gaps in their Hall Of Fame of people who had been inadvertently passed over and those who had given their time, energy and ideas to cutting, the association and helping others.
It was the mighty efforts of three men, Sam Shepard from Verbena, Al, James Hooper, Decatur, Al, and Chubby Turner, Weatherford, Tx, that were recognized with the Association’s highest honors, the Members Hall of Fame.
Others were inducted for their competition achievements, but even some of those had been overlooked in decades past, like Milt Bennett, Jim Calhoun, Greg Ward and Jim Gideon to name four open riders who have since passed away.
Bill told a story or had personal connection on almost every cutter inducted and spoke warmly and openly about his friendships with the three Member honorees: Sam, James and Chubby.
Cutting Horse Training Online caught up with Bill on the last day of the convention, who told us what a joy it was for him to honor all those people. Press play to watch.
Bill Riddle has been showing, training and teaching cutting for more than 30 years. He has amassed lifetime earnings in excess of $4-million and given clinics around the world.
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It was a proud night for James Hooper, who was inducted into the NCHA Members Hall of Fame during the 2015 NCHA convention at Grapevine, TX.
James, 70, was given cutting’s highest honor in front of more than 400 people, including many of his family and friends for his contribution to the sport.
Bill Riddle gave him a rousing introduction, before the crowd got to watch a video about James and his achievements in cutting, not just as a competitor but as a past president and ultimately an ambassador for the industry.
James, who is based in Alabama was the NCHA President from 1994-95 as well an executive board member for 6 years.
During his acceptance speech, James talked about the importance of being willing to make difficult and even unpopular decisions for the betterment of the industry as a whole.
He said when he was President, he put the Association first every time. James helped rewrite the NCHA constitution to create equal representation across the 8 regions. He brought about changes to competition classes to help stop people leaving the sport and invited input from grass roots members, which evolved into the annual NCHA convention.
CuttingHorseTrainingOnline.com spoke with James on the last day of the convention. Press play to watch below.
James has been a successful cutting horse competitor who was also been inducted into the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame, with lifetime earnings of more than $850,000.
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