Will Rogers Memorial Center home of the 2019 NCHA Futurity

2019 NCHA Futurity Overview

The NCHA Futurity is lauded as the greatest event in cutting, and it’s set to celebrate the sport with more than three weeks of competition in Cowtown.

The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity is like Christmas for cutters — a high-stakes Christmas when their friends and family join in one place for fellowship, and to celebrate the sport and horses they all love.

Professionals, non-pros, amateurs, owners, breeders and lopers have all poured their hearts into the industry’s latest talent, hoping for a horse gritty — and lucky — enough to win “The Big One” in Fort Worth, Texas.

Complete with multiple rounds of competition to sort out the best players, the NCHA Futurity promises to present spectators with skill-packed finals filled with 3-year-old athletes, cheering crowds, cattle and, of course, checks. Scheduled for Nov. 21-Dec. 15 at the historic Will Rogers Memorial Center, the 2019 NCHA Futurity will pay out millions as it welcomes the newest group of cutters to the show pen.

Far from one-dimensional, the NCHA-produced show includes the Careity Celebrity Cutting and concert; the 7 Ranch NCHA World Finals; six days of Western Bloodstock sales; the NCHA Cutting Horse Judging Contest; several Horsemen for Christ special events, such as a complimentary Thanksgiving meal on Nov. 28; and the Best of the West Trade Show, ready to help shoppers check the boxes on their holiday gift lists.

There is no doubt the NCHA Futurity is considered “the big league” when it comes to cutting, but competitors and spectators alike are sure to enjoy the camaraderie, talent and energy headed to Cowtown this month.

Top 10 2019 NCHA Futurity Open Riders
(Open money only)
1. Ronnie Rice (TX) – $1,979,717
2. Lloyd Cox (OK) – $1,716,641
3. Austin Shepard (TX) – $1,310,400
4. Matt Gaines (TX) – $1,233,770
5. Kathy Daughn (TX) – $1,213,546
6. Jody Galyean (OK) – $1,102,523
7. Tag Rice (TX) – $1,094,283
8. Bill Freeman (TX) – $1,066,721
9. Paul Hansma (TX) – $900,788
10. Michael Cooper (TX) – $823,25

Top 10 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Riders
(Non-Pro money only)
1. Mary Ann Rapp (TX) – $679,759
2. Chad Bushaw (TX) – $546,025
3. Sandy Bonelli (CA) – $466,003
4. Paula Wood (TX) – $443,127
5. Kelle Earnheart (TX) – $385,447
6. Hope Mitchell (TX) – $382,890
7. Dustin Adams (TX) – $323,899
8. Greg Coalson (TX) – $321,252
9. Phil Rapp (TX) – $310,080
10. Kyle Manion (TX) – $303,020

Top 10 NCHA Futurity Owners
1. Slate River Ranch (TX) – $1,312,787
2. Philip & Mary Ann Rapp (TX) – $1,280,241
3. Center Ranch (TX) – $1,009,749
4. Oxbow Ranch (TX) – $794,493
5. Wes & Kristen Galyean (OK) – $732,258
6. Crown Ranch LP (TX) – $729,216
7. Rose Valley Ranch (TX) – $713,083
8. Harden Ranch (TX) – $690,451
9. David McDavid (TX) – $657,387
10. James Hooper (AL) – $651,214

Top 10 NCHA Futurity Breeders
1. Jack Waggoner & Susan Ferguson (TX) – $1,587,571
2. Bar H Ranche (TN) – $1,338,583
3. Center Ranch (TX) – $1,296,573
4. Slate River Ranch (TX) – $1,169,416
5. Double Dove Ranch (TX) – $1,121,869
6. Phil & Mary Ann Rapp (TX) – $946,994
7. Harden Ranch (TX) – $840,979
8. Walton’s Rocking W Ranch (TX) – $790,493
9. Linda Holmes (CO) – $785,291
10. EE Ranches of Texas Inc. (TX) – $778,963


This article was originally published in the November 15, 2019, issue of QHN.