Entries in the Open class of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Jerry’s Chevrolet National Cutting Horse Association Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance, are up 12.2% from last year. The increase in Open participation is reflected across the board in all major divisions with the event’s prize fund exceeding $3.5 million.
The NCHA Futurity begins Nov. 17 at Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas, and concludes with the Open finals on Dec. 10. For the first time in the show’s 55-year history, with the assistance of $100,000 in bonus money contributed by Jerry’s Chevrolet and Great American Insurance Group, the top six Open finalists are each projected to take home checks of more than $100,000. The winner’s share is estimated at more than $200,000.
“We’re excited about the great surge in entries for this year’s Futurity,” said NCHA President Chuck Smith. “The NCHA Futurity is the bellwether of our sport, so we’re looking forward to renewed growth throughout the Association.”
With its big purse and long tradition, the NCHA Futurity attracts the world’s best 3-year-old cutting horses who are making their competitive debut in Fort Worth. In addition to the Open, the show offers a full slate of Non-Pro and Amateur classes to cater to riders of every level of ability
The Mercuria/NCHA World Finals, held in conjunction with the NCHA Futurity, features the sport’s top older horses in 10 divisions scheduled from Nov. 25 through Dec. 3. World championship titles and year-end placings are on the line at the Mercuria/NCHA World Finals.
Along with the competition, the Western Bloodstock/NCHA Futurity Sales will offer nearly a thousand head of cutting horse prospects, seasoned show horses and breeding stock. The sales run from Dec. 5-10.
In addition, the Best of the West trade show in the Amon Carter Exhibit Hall features the best Christmas shopping in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex throughout the show.
For more information, visit www.nchacutting.com.