The Rundown: News Roundup

Read about the status of the upcoming NRCHA Derby, the death of an amateur world champion horse, the newest changes in Adequan Select World qualifying, promotions from the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame and the June Journal Plus.

By Tara Christiansen
The American Quarter Horse Journal
June 1, 2011

Night Deposit Chex wins 2006 AQHA amateur working cow horse world championship

Night Deposit Chex, the 2006 amateur working cow horse world champion, died Sunday, May 29, of a brain aneurysm. Journal photo.


The 2006 AQHA amateur working cow horse world champion, Night Deposit Chex, died of a brain aneurysm on Sunday, May 28.

Night Deposit Chex, a 1997 black stallion by Nu Chex To Cash and out of Salena Cee by Maxi Lena, was owned and bred by Hilldale Farm of Brashear, Texas.

“Blackie” had $117,379.85 in combined earnings in AQHA world championship show and National Cutting Horse, National Reined Cow Horse and National Reining Horse association competition.

A decorated competitor, Blackie was the 2009 reserve high-point Select working cow horse, the 2006 NRCHA non-pro bridle world champion and the 2006 NRCHA non-pro bridle reserve national champion. He earned superiors in open working cow horse, open reining and amateur reining.

Night Deposit Chex leaves behind a great legacy in eight registered foal crops, and Hilldale Farm owner Tammye Hutton says that they are especially excited for two of his 3-year-olds this year.

Our condolences go out to Hilldale Farm and the Hutton family.

NRCHA Derby Entries

The National Reined Cow Horse Association Board of Directors met Friday, May 27, to discuss the upcoming NRCHA Derby, June 14-19, at the Paso Robles Event Center in Paso Robles, California, regarding questions concerning the equine herpesvirus-1 myeloencephalopathy outbreak.

The Paso Robles Events Center has informed NRCHA that the facility has been disinfected and that no horses have been on the property since May 8. However, the concern of many entries has prompted the following action:

  • The draw for the limited age event has been moved from May 31 to June 3.
  • The entries for the Derby horse show classes must be postmarked by May 31.

All entries, including those in the horse show classes, have the option of receiving a full refund of entry fees if they withdraw by 6 p.m. CDT on June 2, the day before the Derby draw. NRCHA has provided a form that entrants must use if they wish to scratch their entry. For more information on scratches, check out www.nrcha.com.

Select World Show Qualifying

On Wednesday, May 25, the AQHA Executive Committee approved the following recommendations for the 2011 Adequan Select World only (the Bank of America Amateur and FedEx Open world shows will continue to be monitored for any impact):

  • Continue with the lowered qualifying points
  • Extend Select qualifying through June 26
  • Due to the cancellation of all cutting events through June 5, lower the qualifying points for cutting to one-half point (this even includes the 70-and-over competitors) and continue to monitor future cancellations based on NCHA’s recommendations.
  • Based on the extension of the Select qualifying period, this means about 375-400 additional shows/sets of points will be taken into consideration during this extension. The Executive Committee has decided to allow these shows to count twice – once for 2011 qualifying and again in 2012 considering the extenuating circumstances.

National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame

How do you spend your Wednesday afternoons? Every Wednesday at 1 p.m. CDT, AQHA hosts the Guess That Horse contest on americashorsedaily.com. Stay tuned June 15 for a special Guess That Horse contest, sponsored by the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame. The winner will receive a gift bag valued at $100 from the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame.

The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas, is offering AQHA members $2 off museum admission now through August 31. Show your AQHA membership card for a discount all summer long.

And be sure to catch the July issue of America’s Horse, which will spotlight three cowgirl hall of famers. One of the ladies, Terry Stuart Forst of the Stuart Ranch in Oklahoma, graces the July cover!

Hot off the Presses

The June issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal's online bonus magazine, Journal Plus, is available now! If you currently have a Journal subscription, you can access Journal Plus for free.

Check out what’s in store for the June issue of Journal Plus:

  • Les Vogt and Chex A Nic: The spirited colt outperformed every expectation and set an AQHA record that still stands.
  • Borrow a Trainer: Getting straight lines and good departures in showmanship with Tommy Sheets.
  • The Masters: Coverage of reining at the Rolex Three-Day Event and Kentucky Reining Masters.
  • More Than a Horse Sale: There’s a lot more to the Colorado State University Legends of Ranching Sale than horses going through a sale ring.
  • National Reining Breeders Classic: A runoff leads to a win in the open for Shine Chic Shine.
  • Ridin’ in Raleigh: The Journal’s coverage of the Region 10 Championship in Raleigh, North Carolina, which also included three pointed AQHA shows.
  • The Texas Broads: These gals are owners of fun and a racehorse that won the West Texas Futurity.