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Three Open Horses Retired After NCHA World Finals

ALittleBossy-web2016 NCHA Open World Champion A Little Bossy is one of three horses whose retirement was announced at the Mercuria NCHA World Finals. • Photo by Jennifer K. HancockDuring 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.

Second Spot Carries Gaines to First Futurity Title

SecondSpot MGaines 121016NCHA Futurity Open Champions Second Spot & Matt Gaines • Photo by Kelsey PecsekThe 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.

Wade Miller Claims NCHA Futurity Unlimited Amateur Title

MetallicCandlelit WMiller 16HHMetallic Candlelit & Wade Miller • Photo by Hannah HarrelAs 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.

Austin Blake Tops NCHA Futurity Non-Pro

austinblake stuffinmypockets 16kbpAustin Blake and Stuffin My Pockets won the NCHA Futurity Non-Pro with their score of 224. • Photo by Kristin PitzerThe 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.

Jody McGlothlin Throws Down in NCHA Futurity Limited Non-Pro

JodyMcGlothlin webJodyMcGlothlin & SomethingtobelieveinThe 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.