Competitors at National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Premier Events will have a shot at even bigger paychecks. The NRCHA board of directors has unveiled a richer prize money structure for the year ahead, following a robust 2016 season marked by overall growth, increased participation and financial profitability.
Topping any division at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity is no small feat, and the pressure was on during the 34-horse Rios of Mercedes Amateur finals.
All of the 50 horses cataloged in the Select Yearling Sale and Gala came from proven maternal families, resulting in pages full of black type. The quality of the stock that walked through the Round-Up Inn at the Will Rogers Memorial Center on the evening of Dec. 6 matched the printed pedigrees, offering discerning buyers an elite set of young prospects on which to bid. And bid they did. By the end of the night, prices exceeded six figures on several occasions and peaked at $200,000 with Hip No. 10, Smooth Walkin Style.
Session II of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale wrapped up in Fort Worth, Texas, on Tuesday, Dec. 6, and the hammer fell at an impressive $375,000 for Hip No. 2041, Summer Shandy.
After a year of hauling thousands of miles and competing against each other week after week, the final dollars of the year were earned on Dec. 3 in Fort Worth, Texas, at the Mercuria National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Finals. Soon after the last horse walked out of the Watt Arena, the party began to celebrate the champions and the top 15 in each of the 10 divisions.
The final week of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity is underway, and Session I of NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale took place on Dec. 5 in Fort Worth, Texas. Hip No. 1024, Metallic Quintan 014, brought a final bid of $100,000, making her the highest seller.
The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity is a marathon in itself, and the day of the Limited Non-Pro finals was no different. With the semifinals falling the morning of the finals, riders had to carefully plan a strategy to advance while still preserving the energy to top the division.
Alaina Kringen, a fourth-year veterinary student at Iowa State University, will be awarded the $75,000 Coyote Rock Ranch Veterinary Scholarship by the American Association of Equine Practitioners (AAEP) Foundation.
Kringen joins American Quarter Horse Foundation recipients Josh Singer and Jenni Wright in receiving a Coyote Rock Ranch scholarship. Each intends to pursue a career in equine-focused veterinary medicine after graduation. Kringen, Singer and Wright will be recognized Dec. 4 during the 62nd AAEP Annual Convention in Orlando, Florida.