The Abilene Spectacular in Abilene, Texas, allows cutters to kick-start the new year of competition and lay a foundation for the coming show season.
After a tight race between two 4-year-old mares, Ichis My Choice has emerged the victor in the contest for National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Open Horse of the Year honors.
During the final round of action at the Mercuria National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Finals in Fort Worth, Texas, on Saturday, Dec. 3, the retirement of three horses, including the newest Open World Champion, was announced.
The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity, held Nov. 17-Dec. 10 in Fort Worth, Texas, was the debut for hundreds of cutting’s best up-and-comers. For Matt Gaines and Second Spot, it was an event that will not soon be forgotten.
As the end of the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity draws near, the action is ramping up, and on Dec. 8, the Unlimited Amateur finalists got their time in the spotlight. Thirty-two talented duos competed for the coveted Champion’s check, but it was Wade Smith and Metallic Candlelit that walked away with the $12,656 payday.
The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Non-Pro finals, held the night of Dec. 8, were packed with 23 talented horses and riders. While there were great runs throughout both sets, two homebred horses posted the highest scores.
Topping any division at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity is no small feat, and the pressure was on during the 34-horse Rios of Mercedes Amateur finals.
The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity is a marathon in itself, and the day of the Limited Non-Pro finals was no different. With the semifinals falling the morning of the finals, riders had to carefully plan a strategy to advance while still preserving the energy to top the division.