The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity has been underway for about two weeks now, and the first final – the Limited Open – took place on Nov. 30. Out of 21 horse-and-rider combinations, Todd Adolf and Pitchforks Bet 013 came out victorious.
If you like horses and celebrities, you won’t want to miss the 22nd annual Careity Celebrity Cutting, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. during the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas.
Entries in the Open class of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Jerry’s Chevrolet National Cutting Horse Association Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance, are up 12.2% from last year. The increase in Open participation is reflected across the board in all major divisions with the event’s prize fund exceeding $3.5 million.
The American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA)/Lucas Oil World Championship Show kicked off on Nov. 3, and the cutting finals were the first to take place in Oklahoma City. In the Senior Cutting, it was Equi-Stat Elite $5 Million Rider Kobie Wood and his homebred Donas Suen Boon who took home top honors.
Italy dominated the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) European Championships, taking the first four places in the final rankings. And while 2015 Champion Denis Pini came close to making it two in a row, it was Pietro Valeri who went home as the new champion.
After a stellar futurity season, Sweet Baby Marie and Matt Miller wrapped up the year with a victory at the Southern Cutting Futurity in Jackson, Mississippi. In a tight race, they edged their competition by a half-point for the Futurity Open Championship.
As the fall limited-age event season winds down, horses in Jackson, Mississippi, at the Southern Cutting Futurity are making their final efforts to add money to their 2016 records. In the Oct. 25 Derby Open finals, Kual Lil Wendy and Austin Shepard proved worthy of the lion’s share of the purse.
The final day of the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA)/Holy Cow Performance Horses Futurity wrapped up with the Derby Unlimited Amateur finals, and it was Bonnie Martin and Autumn Rey that walked away with the Championship.