Beth Rockey & The Kindred Spirit • Photo by Seth Petit

The Kindred Spirit Makes Rockey’s NCHA Futurity Dreams Come True

Beth Rockey’s victory at this year’s National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity was a decade in the making.

After spending years loping horses at the prestigious show, she won her own championship on Monday, Nov. 28 aboard The Kindred Spirit in the NCHA Futurity Intermediate Non-Pro.

“I spent a lot of years of my life helping other people and being a part of making their dreams come true, and to have the opportunity to have one of my dreams come true with a win in that pen is almost indescribable,” said Rockey, who was showing in her second NCHA Futurity. “I mean, I don’t think that it really has set in. It’s probably something that I’ll look back on when I get home and it’ll really register how significant it is.”

The rider from Lancaster, California, earned the win by marking a 218 with the gelding by EquiStat Elite $3 Million Sire Smooth Talkin Style near the bottom of the first of two sets in Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas.

Beth Rockey & The Kindred Spirit • Photo by Seth Petit

She was impressed by The Kindred Spirit’s accuracy in the Intermediate Non-Pro finals. She said that after multiple runs at Will Rogers, the gelding and his counterparts are starting to understand what it means to be in a show situation. Judging by Monday’s run, The Kindred Spirit is a quick study.

“He’s getting better every run, which is the most ideal situation,” she said.

Rockey thanked her husband, fellow cutter Justin Rockey, “for supporting me and our program and helping to make it all possible.”

Bred by Dottie St Clair Hill, The Kindred Spirit is one of 17 money earners out of the mare Classical CD (by CD Olena). The 3-year-old’s $11,016 first-place paycheck at the 2022 NCHA Futurity pushed his mother’s lifetime produce record to more than $904,558, according to EquiStat.

Rockey’s lifetime record now stands at more than $289,213.

The NCHA Futurity Intermediate Non-Pro Reserve Champions were Smooth As Rye and Bruce Turnbull, who marked a 216. The 3-year-old by EquiStat Elite $34 Million Sire Smooth As A Cat and out of Flo Dancing With Rey (by Dual Rey) earned $10,690 for owner Thomas Turnbull, of Hotchkiss, Colorado.

The NCHA Futurity continues through Saturday, Dec. 10, when it concludes with the Open finals.