* Photo by Molly Montag.

Yellowstone’s Taylor Sheridan to Emcee NCHA Foundation Event

Yellowstone co-creator and executive producer Taylor Sheridan will be at the mic for the Western Heritage Celebration fundraising event in December in Fort Worth, Texas.

The second annual edition of the invitational-only event will be held Dec. 9 during the National Cutting Horse Association Futurity show to benefit the NCHA Charities Foundation, the Foundation announced.

Last year was the inaugural edition of the event, and was highlighted by the unveiling of the larger-than-life-size statue of NCHA Hall of Famer Buster Welch and famed cutting horse Peppy San Badger cutting a Santa Gertrudis cow.

This year will showcase some of the most respected ranch breeding programs in the nation with an auction of select bred heifer pens sporting the brands of the participating heritage Ranches. Heifers will be provided by Welch, 6666 Ranch, King Ranch, Wagonhound Land & Livestock, W.T. Waggoner Ranch and Gardiner Angus Ranch.

“We’re excited to build upon the excitement surrounding last year’s unveiling of the iconic bronze Buster Welch and King Ranch’s Little Peppy by artist Kelly Graham,” Western Heritage Celebration Co-Chair Charlie Israel said in a statement. “This year’s event will honor the sport of cutting and its storied relationship with America’s great ranches.”

Iconic Ranches

The NCHA Foundation’s philanthropic partner, performance horse sales agency Western Bloodstock, will oversee the 2020 even’ts auction both live and online. NCHA Member Hall of Fame honoree Bronc Willoughby will be on hand to facilitate the care and shipment of the legacy cattle auction lots.

“Celebrating the stories of these iconic ranches, their relationship to the cutting horse, and the role these superior equine athletes have played in the cattle ranching industry and the development of the American West will truly make this a night to remember,” said Jo Ellard, event co-chair.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the NCHA Foundation and its ongoing endeavors to support the National Cutting Horse Association and the cutting horse community through programs including youth and scholarships, animal welfare, historical preservation and promotion of the sport of cutting.

The 2019 Western Heritage Celebration raised more than $165,000 for the Foundation.

Yellowstone at the Futurity

Last year, Sheridan donated the high-dollar fund-raising prize — an appearance on Yellowstone for a stallion. Bobby Patton, of Rocking P Ranch, purchased the donation for $165,000 on behalf of his stallion, Equi-Stat Elite $36 Million Sire Metallic Cat.

Yellowstone cast member Mo Brings Plenty, right, joined former Dallas Cowboys tight end Jay Novacek in participating in the 2019 Careity Celebrity Cutting during the NCHA Futurity. Fellow Yellowstone cast member Cole Hauser, third from right, also was on hand. Officials say series creator Taylor Sheridan, who co-chaired the Careity event, will be at the 2020 NCHA Futurity to emcee the Western Heritage Celebration. • Photo by Molly Montag.

The Yellowstone cast also had a presence at the 2019 NCHA Futurity show, as Sheridan and cast members Mo Brings Plenty and Jefferson White participated in the Careity Celebrity Cutting. Fellow Yellowstone cast members Cole Hauser and Gil Birmingham were on hand to cheer them on.

Sheridan and his wife, Nicole, also served as honorary chairpersons for the 2019 Careity Celebrity Cutting, which is held annually during the NCHA Futurity and raises money for services for cancer patients in North Texas.