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In the Stats: NCHA Futurity

Inthestats 01 CRTuffHeartedCatRonnieRiceDH WebRonnie Rice, of Centerville, Texas, who has won the Futurity Open three times, is the leading NCHA Futurity Open rider with total earnings of $1,785,875. He is pictured aboard CR Tuff Hearted Cat at the 2012 NCHA Futurity. • Hart Photos

The countdown is on for the annual National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity, to be held Nov. 19-Dec. 12 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The event draws some of the best 3-year-old cutting horses in the world, competing for the coveted Futurity Open Championship title and a $200,000 paycheck.

The first Futurity was held in 1962 in Sweetwater, Texas. The event drew 36 entries who competed for an $18,375 purse. Fifty-two years later, the 2014 Futurity recorded 1,823 entries and a $3,866,968 purse.

NCHA Futurity (1962-2014)

Top 10 Open Riders
1. Ronnie Rice, Centerville, TX, $1,785,875
2. Lloyd Cox, Marietta, OK, $1,643,797
3. Kathy Daughn, Gonzales, TX, $1,213,546
4. Tag Rice, Crowley, TX, $1,068,313
5. Bill Freeman, Rosston, TX, $1,066,721
6. Jody Galyean, Ardmore, OK, $986,257
7. Matt Gaines, Weatherford, TX, $921,765
8. Paul Hansma, Weatherford, TX, $841,935
9. Austin Shepard, Summerdale, AL, $830,729
10. Joe Heim, Thackerville, OK, $769,817

Inthestats 02 Phil MaryAnn Rapp 2012 MParks webPhil and Mary Ann Rapp, of Weatherford, Texas, are the Futurity’s leading owners with their horses earning more than $1 million at the prestigious event. Mary Ann is the leading NCHA Futurity Non-Pro rider with earnings of $669,940. • Megan Parks Photography

Top Non-Pro Riders
1. Mary Ann Rapp, Weatherford, TX, $669,940
2. Sandy Bonelli, Petaluma, CA, $466,003
3. Chad Bushaw, Weatherford, TX, $455,028
4. Paula Wood, Stephenville, TX, $388,486
5. Hope Mitchell, Weatherford, TX, $366,393
6. Kelle Earnheart, Weatherford, TX, $362,430
7. Dustin Adams, Poolville, TX, $314,089
8. Phil Rapp, Weatherford, TX, $310,080
9. Merritt Wilson, Whitesboro, TX, $297,853
10. Spencer Harden, Weatherford, TX, $289,861

Inthestats 03 JackWaggoner jr webThe leading breeder is Jack Waggoner, of Bridgeport, Texas. Horses he bred have earned more than $1.5 million at the NCHA Futurity. • Photo by Jessica Robbins

Top Breeders
1. Jack Waggoner, Bridgeport, TX, $1,514,153
2. Bar H Ranche, Moscow, TN, $1,324,767
3. Double Dove Ranch, Fort Worth, TX, $943,442
4. Phil & Mary Ann Rapp, Weatherford, TX, $876,079
5. Slate River Ranch, Weatherford, TX, $859,884
6. Harden Ranch, Weatherford, TX, $833,654
7. Walton’s Rocking W Ranch, Millsap, TX, $702,322
8. King Ranch Inc., Kingsville, TX, $660,860
9. Kelly Schaar, Goliad, TX, $637,590
10. Linda Holmes, Longmont, CO, $628,465

Top Owners
1. Phil & Mary Ann Rapp, Weatherford, TX, $1,198,925
2. Slate River Ranch, Weatherford, TX, $1,069,915
3. Center Ranch, Centerville, TX, $705,763
4. Oxbow Ranch, Weatherford, TX, $692,551
5. Harden Ranch, Weatherford, TX, $690,451
6. Linda Holmes, Longmont, CO, $618,498
7. Wesley & Kristen Galyean, Claremore, OK, $605,490
8. Sandy Bonelli, Petaluma, CA, $595,575
9. James Hooper, Decatur, AL, $582,931
10. Pat & Laura Collins, Lincoln, IL, $574,958

Inthestats 04 AIS CRRC05HighBrowCat13 CEssick webHigh Brow Cat ranks at the top of the list of leading sires. The 27-year-old stallion has sired 381 Futurity money-earners who have won more than $10 million – more than double what the offspring of the No. 2 ranked Futurity sire, Smart Little Lena, have earned. • Photo by Cam Essick

Top Sires
1. High Brow Cat, 381 performers, $10,154,179
2. Smart Little Lena, 283 performers, $4,840,345
3. Dual Rey, 198 performers, $4,278,092
4. Peppy San Badger, 235 performers, $3,164,192
5. Peptoboonsmal, 172 performers, $3,150,055
6. Dual Pep, 163 performers, $3,133,360
7. Freckles Playboy, 165 performers, $2,131,897
8. Doc’s Hickory, 159 performers, $2,111,235
9. Smooth As A Cat, 111 performers, $2,006,143
10. Doc O’Lena, 128 performers, $1,617,544

Inthestats 05 LauraPatrickCollinsOhCayShortyTerryFarmer webOwners Pat and Laura Collins, of Lincoln, Illinois, are pictured with Oh Cay Shorty (Shorty Lena x Oh Cay San x Peppy San), a 1991 mare bred by Mary Jo Reno, of Kerrville, Texas. Oh Cay Shorty has produced nine offspring who have won $568,558 at the NCHA Futurity, including two Futurity Open Champions – Oh Cay Felix (2006) and Oh Miss Caroline (2011). • QHN File Photo

Top Dams
1. Oh Cay Shorty, 9 performers, $568,558
2. Jazabell Quixote, 15 performers, $461,918
3. Lynx Melody, 9 performers, $385,109
4. San Starlight, 6 performers, $366,161
5. Ruby Tuesday DNA, 7 performers, $324,318
6. Laney Doc, 10 performers, $313,944
7. Boon San Kitty, 3 performers, $307,011
8. Miss Fancy Zan, 4 performers, $288,330
9. Playboys Ruby, 9 performers, $285,699
10. Rey Lena Girl, 2 performers, $285,517

NCHA Futurity History (1962-2014)
Year / Location / Entries / Added / Total Purse
1962 / Sweetwater, TX / 36 / n/a / $18,375
1963 / Sweetwater, TX / 45 / n/a / $23,225
1964 / Dallas, TX / 171 / n/a / $33,332
1965 / Dallas, TX / 235 n/a / $46,958
1966 / Dallas, TX / 146 / n/a / $64,129
1967 / Fort Worth, TX / n/a / 394 / $85,572
1968 / Fort Worth, TX / n/a / 532 / $97,477
1969 / Fort Worth, TX / n/a / 296 / $109,057


1970 / Fort Worth, TX / n/a / 689 / $118,489
1971 / Fort Worth, TX / n/a / 303 / $117,592
1972 / Fort Worth, TX / n/a / 708 / $124,666
1973 / Fort Worth, TX / n/a / 690 / $132,408
1974 / Fort Worth, TX / n/a / 349 / $137,151
1975 / Fort Worth, TX / n/a / 815 / $154,683
1976 / Fort Worth, TX / n/a / 908 / $215,539
1977 / Fort Worth, TX / n/a / 847 / $246,391
1978 / Fort Worth, TX / n/a / 1,014 / $306,545
1979 / Fort Worth, TX / n/a / 592 / $328,485


1980 / Fort Worth, TX / 716 / $15,600 / $578,172
1981 / Fort Worth, TX / 800 / $14,000 / $915,633
1982 / Fort Worth, TX / 1,073 / $10,000 / $1,139,764
1983 / Fort Worth, TX / 811 / $30,000 / $1,716,354
1984 / Fort Worth, TX / 754 / $30,000 / $1,611,159
1985 / Fort Worth, TX / 757 / $200,000 / $2,026,189
1986 / Fort Worth, TX / 892 / $200,000 / $1,669,950
1987 / Fort Worth, TX / 678 / $200,000 / $1,557,371
1988 / Fort Worth, TX / 696 / $305,325 / $1,594,220
1989 / Fort Worth, TX / 616 / $250,000 / $1,361,024


1990 / Fort Worth, TX / 688 / $286,000 / $1,305,744
1991 / Fort Worth, TX / 733 / $220,000 / $1,321,068
1992 / Fort Worth, TX / 715 / $231,100 / $1,335,428
1993 / Fort Worth, TX / 749 / $220,000 / $1,390,302
1994 / Fort Worth, TX / 808 / $230,000 / $1,494,121
1995 / Fort Worth, TX / 793 / $230,000 / $1,500,374
1996 / Fort Worth, TX / 1,018 / $297,000 / $2,030,857
1997 / Fort Worth, TX / 996 / $344,900 / $2,043,278
1998 / Fort Worth, TX / 1,232 / $345,000 / $2,391,513
1999 / Fort Worth, TX / 1,288 / $345,000 / $2,574,457


2000 / Fort Worth, TX / 1,530 / $349,346 / $2,859,954
2001 / Fort Worth, TX / 1,446 / $355,655 / $2,819,761
2002 / Fort Worth, TX / 1,493 / $378,516 / $2,850,795
2003 / Fort Worth, TX /1,436 / $369,924 / $2,812,676
2004 / Fort Worth, TX / 1,518 / $345,000 / $2,813,373
2005 / Fort Worth, TX / 1,559 / $350,000 / $3,213,475
2006 / Fort Worth, TX / 1,652 / $1,002,365 / $4,138,651
2007 / Fort Worth, TX / 1,839 / $1,000,000 / $4,400,108
2008 / Fort Worth, TX / 1,986 / $1,000,000 / $4,385,433
2009 / Fort Worth, TX / 2,016 / $1,000,000 / $4,218,976


2010 / Fort Worth, TX / 1,611 / $1,000,000 / $3,383,115
2011 / Fort Worth, TX / 1,663 / $1,000,000 / $3,350,824
2012 / Fort Worth, TX / 1,812 / $1,500,000 / $4,043,075
2013 / Fort Worth, TX / 1,813 / $1,425,000 / $4,033,653
2014 / Fort Worth, TX / 1,823 / $1,025,000 / $3,866,968

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