CLINT ALLEN - NCHA HALL OF FAME $4 MILLION DOLLAR RIDER
Clint Allen Passes $4 million in NCHA earnings
We are proud to announce that Clint Allen recently passed the $4 million mark in NCHA earnings. Clint is only the 13th rider in NCHA history to accomplish this in the association’s nearly 70-year existence.
“It really is a true honor to join such an elite group of horseman,” Clint said of reaching this milestone. “There are so many people that have contributed to my success in this business – my family, my customers, my sponsors, my employees, my friends and fellow trainers… they have all played a vital role in helping me get to this point.”
Clint passed the $4 million mark at The Mane Event show in Las Vegas held Aug. 18-23, where $15,000 sealed the deal.
Main highlight’s of Clint Allen’s show career include the 2006 NCHA Futurity Open Reserve Championship on Hydrive Cat, 2007 NCHA Super Stakes and NCHA Summer Spectacular Open Championships on Wood I Never and the 2011 Australian Futurity Open Championship. This year he was an Open finalist at the NCHA Summer Spectacular and finished fifth in the PCCHA Derby. Last year, Clint finished in the top 5 of the Breeder’s Invitational, the NCHA Summer Spectacular and the Ike Derby & Classic and was the Open Reserve Champion of the PCCHA Futurity.
A Wish to Ride, A Will To Survive
Emily Crews from Western Wishes continues to fight her battle thanks to the support of NCHA and its members.
Last year’s NCHA Futurity was a stellar event. It paid out millions, awarded trailer loads of prizes, buckles and accolades. Friendships were formed, memories made and many owners and breeders saw their dreams become realities when products of their programs made the winner’s circle. But, for one young lady, the 2014 NCHA Futurity not only changed her life, it saved her life.
Attendant’s of last year’s Open finals witnessed first hand the incredible story of then 17-year-old Emily Crews and watched her incredible journey of strength and bravery come to life as she rode to the herd in Will Rogers Coliseum. No, she didn’t pay an entry fee and go through the same rigorous go-rounds as the other finalists. Her journey was paved with much heavier tribulations and her victory was one that greatly surpassed those that justified with championship titles.
Emily Crews, who was diagnosed with a rare, stage 2 brain cancer at the age of 15, and had been told by numerous surgeons that her brain tumors were inoperable. Later, Emily became part of the organization Western Wishes that grants wishes to children and young adults facing adversity in their lives. The organization focuses on those involved in and passionate about the Western industry.
Upon joining Western Wishes, Emily expressed a wish to ride a cutting horse. A few months before the NCHA Futurity last year, NCHA got wind of this and began working to help grant Emily her wish. NCHA Hall of Fame Rider Clint Allen, who had always followed and been inspired by Western Wishes volunteered to help facilitate Emily’s wish. Emily was provided a horse by David and Stacie McDavid and was able to visit their ranch in Weatherford numerous times to practice with Allen leading up to the 2014 Futurity where she had been granted a trip to the herd by NCHA. But, just a week out from the event, Crews started experiencing more and more seizures as a result of the tumors and wasn’t expected to be able to follow through with the plan to ride at the event. In fact, she traveled to Fort Worth the Friday before the event and received devastating news. Her doctor told her that day, just 24 hours before she was to ride in front of thousands of people in Fort Worth, that the tumors would end her life. They weren’t certain of how much time she had at that point.
The next morning, Crews told her mother Malinda that she wanted to ride. Driven by a passion to inspire others, Crews told her mother, “I have to do this.” And she did. On Dec. 13, Crews ignited with poise and bravery as a packed house at the coliseum viewed a video about her story. Upon completion of the touching video, Emily walked to the herd under the guidance of Allen. She worked three cows to a standing ovation that night where few dry eyes were to be found. She was given theChampionship buckle by Dottie Hill, whose horse won the prestigious title of NCHA Open Futurity Champion that night, and stood in their winner’s picture. When Hill was asked why she gave up her Futurity buckle, an award that thousands have waited their whole life to obtain, her response was, “She’s the champion here tonight.”
Emily’s whole family attended in the event. Her father and siblings sat in the stands as her mother Malinda, joined Emily on the arena floor.
“My heart is always overwhelmed when I remember watching Emily ride, knowing what she was dealing with at the time,” her mother recalled of that night. “It’s a surreal moment in my life. I wish I could put it into words. It’s like seeing the Grand Canyon and trying to explain the vastness with a word. It just does not do it justice. I feel like I saw God that night and felt His presence as he worked in Emily’s life in front of thousands of people. She felt so loved by all those people. There were many encouraging words spoken to her that night by people as they just walked by. It was like getting air under your wings so that you could fly! I’ll never forget that night.”
Unfortunately, after the Crews family, Texarkana, Texas, returned home from the Futurity, Emily’s health took a turn for the worse.
“By January, she was sleeping most of the day and she seemed to be losing her battle,” said Malinda Crews.
Still, one last ray of hope shined through when Kit Moncrief and Stacie McDavid, who are both heavily involved with MD Cancer Center Anderson directed the family to a surgeon at there that agreed to operate on Emily’s tumors. The funds raised at the Futurity when one of Emily’s paintings was auctioned off paid a large portion of what the Crews family needed to get her into the facility.
On Feb. 4, Dr. Weinburg of M.D. Anderson removed the larger brain tumor that others had labeled inoperable. “We are convinced that this surgery saved Emily’s life,” Malinda stated. Emily went on to graduate from high school in May of this year. On July 1, she underwent another surgery to have the second tumor removed. On Aug. 8, Emily started a six-week series of proton radiation along with chemotherapy, which she completed on Sept. 17. After a month’s rest, she started another six-month regimen of chemotherapy.
“The final plan is to recover from a crazy, fast year and get on with living,” Malinda said. “Our family wants to thank NCHA, Jessica Harms, Donna Lynn Quintana of Western Wishes, Clint Allan, David and Stacie McDavid, the Atwood family, and Dottie and Bobby Hill for making Emily’s wish come true, and all of the NCHA members that supported and encouraged us through this time. While fulfilling Emily’s wish our family’s prayers were answered. God used all of them to bless and save Emily’s life and for that we will forever be grateful.”
“This was one of the greatest stories in the history of Western Wishes,” said the organizations founder and president Donnalynn Quintana. “It was the first time we’d partnered with the NCHA and we were overwhelmed by the support and love that the whole association showed Emily and our group. These people saved Emily and created memories for her family that will never be forgotten. This organization is a class act. It was a privilege and honor to see their love and generosity unfold at last year’s event. Words could never express our gratitude to the NCHA and everyone involved.”
For more information on Western Wishes visit westernwishes.org or visit their booth at the 2015 NCHA Futurity.
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