Kennedy Rice, helped by her mother, Kylie, got to test out the new saddle her dad, Tatum Rice, won with Crey Zee during the 2018 NCHA Futurity Open finals. Officials recently revamped the entry structure for the show held annually at Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas. • Photo by Kelsey Pecsek Hruska.

NCHA Unveils New Entry Structure for 2022 NCHA Futurity

The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) recently announced a new entry structure, modified payment schedule and significantly reduced late payment penalties for the 2022 NCHA Metallic Cat World Championship Futurity.

Open horses have a single-entry fee of $3,300 that will automatically enter horses in the Open, Intermediate Open, and Limited Open levels based on the eligibility of the rider.

Non-Pro entries will have the same single-entry structure, with a fee of $2,900.  Riders will be automatically entered based on their eligibility into Non-Pro, Intermediate Non-Pro and Limited Non-Pro levels.  

Eligibility levels are based on the current NCHA leveling structure.  For information regarding the leveling earnings thresholds and to check a rider’s eligibility, visit

The revised payment schedule includes four payments, reduced from the historic six payments. The updated payment schedule is as follows: Nov. 1, 2021; Jan. 3, 2022; Aug. 1, 2022; and Oct. 3, 2022. In addition, a 10 percent discount on entries paid in full is available. This discount also applies to horses sold through the NCHA Western Bloodstock sales.

Penalties that have historically been as much as five times the entry fee are now limited to two times the payment throughout the entire entry timeline.

Amateur first payments are due on Aug. 1, 2022, followed by Oct. 3, 2022. The NCHA says additional details on the Amateur entry structure will be forthcoming.