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The Rundown: Cutting History

The National Cutting Horse Association Futurity is celebrating its 50th year in a style you won’t soon forget.

By Tara Christiansen
The American Quarter Horse Journal
October 11, 2011

NCHA Futurity

The NCHA Futurity is headed your way and will be celebrating the western lifestyle and its 50th year. (Journal photo).

“We really want to invite all the AQHA members from around the country to come enjoy this,” says Jeff Hooper, National Cutting Horse Association executive director. “You know, 98 percent of cutting horses that are in NCHA events are American Quarter Horses.”

And if you need more of a reason to visit the NCHA Futurity than just to support your favorite breed November 21 - December 10 in Fort Worth, Texas, take a look at what NCHA has planned:

  • Futurity Champions Cup: There are 32 living people who have won the open division of the NCHA Futurity – you’ll have the opportunity to see all 32 of them compete in three different age divisions in the Neiman Marcus Futurity Champions Cup at 4 p.m. November 26. A party the night before at sponsor Neiman Marcus’ Ridgmar Mall store will offer the chance to socialize with cup competitors.

Watch the all of Journal Winning Runs from the 2011 Adequan Select World Championship Show right now in the October issue of Journal Plus!

  • Best Seat in the House: At the NCHA Futurity, there are six judges seats but only five judges. The extra seat will be auctioned off before the open finals December 10 to one lucky spectator.
  • Celebrity Cutting: The Careity Foundation will host a celebrity cutting December 2.
  • NCHA World Finals: The top 15 money earners in the non-pro and open divisions from NCHA’s year-long weekend cutting competitions vie for world championships over four nights of competition – at 8 p.m. November 26-27 and December 1 and 3.
  • Best of the West Trade Show: Enjoy Cowboy Christmas shopping at the Best of the West trade show with more than 175 merchants in 100,000 square feet of space.
  • Western Bloodstock Horse Auction: Enjoy eight sales conducted over December 5-10, featuring cutting horses from the sport’s finest bloodlines.
  • Super Stallion Parade: Take a look at the sport’s greatest active sires during Super Stallion Saturday at 9 a.m. December 10.
  • Ranch Tours: How would you like to get an insider’s view of the cutting industry’s leading breeding facilities and training and veterinary care operations? Tours will venture to the Weatherford, Texas, area on December 7-8.

Are you really presenting your horse to show off his best performance? Find out in the October 2011 issue of Journal Plus.

  • “Cutting Horse Gold”: NCHA historian Sally Harrison’s book, “Cutting Horse Gold: 50 Years of the NCHA Futurity,” will be released in November at futuritybook.com.
  • Pat Parelli Clinic: The Parelli Natural Horse Training Method combines in-depth equine psychology and common-sense communication techniques for horse and rider success. Only 1,250 general admission tickets will be available at $20 each. The clinic will be from 1 to 4 p.m. November 27.

Where to Find It

Want to know how the futurity began or who the first winner was? Look to the November issue of The American Quarter Horse Journal for “50 Years,” which will also feature a futurity schedule and the past open NCHA futurity winners. 

For more on the schedule, visit www.futurity50.com or www.nchacutting.com. Be sure to watch the Journal on the Road blog at americashorsedaily.com for more coverage from the 50th NCHA Futurity.