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NCHA Super Stakes

The 2013 National Cutting Horse Association Super Stakes will offer a $3 million purse.

National Cutting Horse Association
March 22, 2013

KR Isadora Dual

Clay Johnson rides KR Isadora Dual to the top of the 2012 NCHA Super Stakes open division for owners and breeders Jim and Gay Karhan. (Photo courtesy of NCHA)

The second leg of the National Cutting Horse Association Triple Crown, the NCHA Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic, will live up to its star billing when nearly 2,000 of the world’s top equine athletes stir up the dirt at the Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas, March 28 through April 20.

Presented by XTO Energy, an Exxon Mobil Subsidiary, the Super Stakes and Super Stakes Classic will offer a purse of more than $3.25 million in cash and prizes in 26 divisions of competition.  More than $920,000 will be offered in the Super Stakes open division for 4-year-olds making their second major debut after the 2012 NCHA Futurity. Prizes provided to sweeten the pot include saddles from Sean Ryon, trophy belt buckles from Gist Silversmiths, boots from Rios of Mercedes, hats from Sombrero Hat Brands and much more.

The Super Stakes, for 4-year-olds, is unique in the sport as all horses entered must have been sired by stallions subscribed to the Super Stakes, thereby offering owners a valuable marketing outlet for showcasing the progeny of their stallions.

The Super Stakes Classic, which features 5- and 6-year-olds, will also be the launch of a new class division for the cutting horse audience, the unlimited amateur. This division provides another level of competition for experienced amateur riders. Nearly $50,000 will be awarded in that division.

Cutting horses, which are typically of the American Quarter Horse breed, are termed as such because they have an instinct for “cutting” a cow from a herd and keeping it from returning to the herd for a prescribed period of time. The sport originated on western ranches where cattle were cut and separated for management and health.

In addition to exciting cutting horse action, cutting horse fans will find unique gifts, clothing and high-quality tack and equipment at the Best of the West Shopping Spectacular which opens at 9 a.m. on March 30. Special events taking place during the Super Stakes include a Welcome Back Party on April 5, a Cajun Cutters Party sponsored by Chris and Staci Thibodeaux’s Grace Ranch and High Brow CD on April 13 and a Reach for the Stars Rooftop party sponsored by the Residences at Montgomery Plaza and Park Place Motors.

Admission to the Best of the West Shopping Spectacular is always free, while admission to the Super Stakes cutting events are free with the exception of the open finals April 20. For more information about the Super Stakes and to purchase tickets online, visit www.nchacutting.com.