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NCHA ANNOUNCES MEMBER FALL OF FAME RECEIPIENTS
BETTE COGDELL, along with Chris Benedict, Ben Eakin, Ben Emison, and Don Taylor will be inducted into the NCHA Member Hall of Fame. The presentations will be made at the NCHA convention held in June in Ft. Worth, Texas. Bette Cogdell and her late husband Billy are lifetime members and supporters of NCHA. Billy & Bette have supported cutting at the local Texas Panhandle level, and were instrumental in establishing the youth scholarship fund for local youth cutters. Billy and Bette’s children and grandchildren are active participants in the sport of cutting. We are proud to call her one of our own. Congratulations Bette!
STALLION SERVICE RAFFLE TO BENEFIT OUR YOUTH
We will be holding a stallion service raffle for our youth's scholarship fund. Tickets are $20.00 each or 6 for $100.00. You may purchase online, email Donna at firstname.lastname@example.org or purchase tickets at the January show. Deadline to purchase tickets online is February 23, in person is February 24, 2018. Tickets will be drawn at the PCHA show February 24. First draw will have their choice of studs, then we'll draw again on the other stud. The stallions are Hashtags and (Skeet) Kit Kat Sugar. Would like to thank Hashtags Ventures LP and Lonnie Allsup for their generous contributions.
Welcome to the new Palo Duro CHA website. We will be listing news, show schedule, and results here. A photo gallery and links to important NCHA documents can be found at a click of a button.
Our show schedule will begin in April for the 2018 cutting year (see show schedule tab for details).
Palo Duro CHA & Panhandle CHA are joining together in 2018 to offer Jeff Smith saddles to the combined high point rider in each class. You must attend 60% of all shows offered by each club. A huge THANK YOU to these individuals who have contributed:
Jim & Pam Cogdell
Kent & Sherryl Courson
Billy & Donna Drennan
Travis & Sara Floyd
Mark & Cathy Legrand
Ron & Adrianne Pietrafeso
New for 2018 will be cattle practices at the Open A arena on Friday. AQHA Senior, Junior, Amateur, and Youth will be offered as a class within class at all our shows. Saturdays will include a Never Won A Buckle class for those just beginning.
It’s not too early to take care of your NCHA memberships. Check your horse papers and transfers to be sure everything is in order.
CONGRATULATIONS NICOLE. WE ARE PROUD OF YOU.
Nicole Pietrafeso was named the winner of the 2017 Todd Drummond Memorial Award, an annual honor that highlights Youth members who demonstrate scholastic achievement in addition to cutting and extracurricular activies.
A former National Cutting Horse Youth Association (NYCHA) officer, Pietrafeso has an Equi-Stat record of approximately $70,000. The 20-year-old junior is currently studying animal science and business at Colorado State University.
She’s cut over the past several years with younger sisters Gianna and Jessica. All three made the Youth top 15 in 2014 and 2015. Her father, Ron, currently serves as vice president of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) and together with her mother, Adrienne, operate Missing Creek Ranch in Ebert, Colorado.
“I’m extremely fortunate to get to do this with my entire family and spend time with them,” Pietrafeso said.
She counts her appearances in the NCHA Youth World Finals among her top moments in cutting, even though she said it was a challenge hauling while balancing schoolwork with hauling for the top 15 in the World standings.
“It was definitely rewarding at the end,” she said.
Her victories also include the 2017 Scottsdale National Championships Senior Youth win with Purely Badger.
Pietrafeso was particularly grateful for cutting’s emphasis on sportsmanship.
“I just think that’s one of the most important
things you can learn from being in the NCHA or NYCHA,” she said. “I think
it’s really important, so it means a lot to me to win this award.”