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Cutting Events

Dont Stopp Believin Tops Augusta Futurity 5/6-Year-Old Classic Open

philrappDont Stopp Believin & Phil Rapp • Photo by Kristin PitzerThanks in part to the Mercuria/National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Series of Cutting being held with the Augusta Futurity, numbers were up at this year’s event, and many familiar names and faces returned to compete at the James Brown Arena in Augusta, Georgia. The 5/6-Year-Old Classic Open finals were filled with a lot of big names, promising a competitive class.

Cattys Hope Dominates 4-Year-Old Open in Abilene

michaelcooper webCattys Hope & Michael Cooper • Photo by Kelsey PecsekThe National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity allows cutters to show off their new prospects for the first time. When Equi-Stat Elite $2 Million Rider Michael Cooper piloted Cattys Hope to the sixth-place spot in the 2016 NCHA Open finals, everyone knew the pair would be a team to watch.

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.