Given the entry numbers and payout increases, the NCHA is expecting a great Futurity this year. • Photo by Kelsey Pecsek

$100,000 Bonus Money Payout Means Big Increase for Amateurs at Futurity

Great American Insurance Group and the North Texas Chevrolet Dealers are proud to announce the bonus money payout for the 2017 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity.

This year the amateur competitors will see an increase to $40,000 to be divided between the two Rios of Mercedes Boots Amateur Classes. The Non-Pro will receive $20,000 and the Open will receive $40,000. The bonus money in each division will be split between the champions and reserve champions.

June McGee, representing Great American Insurance Group and Justin Insurance felt strongly about increasing support of the Rios of Mercedes Boots Amateur divisions. Although the Open Class showcases the top trainers, amateurs support the industry by buying horses, hiring trainers and by devoting their time and passion to our sport. It only seemed right to equally reward all those who support the sport of cutting.

“We’re are excited about the increase in entries for this year’s 50th NCHA Futurity to be held at the Will Rogers Coliseum” said NCHA Executive Director Chuck Smith. “The NCHA Futurity is the defining event for sport of cutting worldwide.”

The Great American Insurance NCHA Futurity, presented by North Texas Chevrolet Dealers, kicks off on Nov. 15, 2017 with an increase in entries for a second year in a row. The event runs every day at the Will Rogers Coliseum, Fort Worth TX until it concludes on Sunday Dec. 10, 2017 with the Open Class finals, starting at 7:00p.m., in front of a sold-out crowd. Tickets can be purchased at:

The 2017 NCHA Futurity marks 50 years (1967-2017) of this World Championship event being held at the famous Will Rogers Coliseum. The NCHA, the City of Fort Worth and the Will Rogers Coliseum complex have many exciting events planned to commemorate this historic occasion.

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 Class, the show offers a full slate of Non-Pro and Rios of Mercedes Boots Amateur classes to cater to riders of every level of ability.

The Mercuria NCHA World Finals, held in conjunction with the NCHA Futurity at the Will Rogers complex, features the sport’s top older horses in 10 divisions scheduled from November 25, 2017 through December 2, 2017. World championship titles and bragging rights are on the line at the Mercuria NCHA World Finals.

Along with the competition, the Western Bloodstock, Ltd. NCHA Futurity Sales will offer nearly a thousand head of cutting horse prospects, seasoned show horses and breeding stock. The sales run from December 5 – 10, 2017.

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 metro-plex throughout the show.

About the NCHA

NCHA features two great athletes: One horse and one rider must act as one unit to form a symbolic competition team. They are equals in the competition, anticipating the other’s actions.

Based in Fort Worth, Texas, the National Cutting Horse Association has members around the world. The NCHA governs the sport sanctioning over 1,800 events annually with over $36,000,000 in prize money. NCHA’s premier events include the NCHA Triple Crown, the NCHA Mercuria World Finals, and the NCHA Youth World Finals events held in Fort Worth TX, the Mercuria World Series of Cutting is held at eight (8) locations throughout North America two NCHA National Championship events in Jackson, MS and Denver, CO.