After a year of hauling thousands of miles and competing against each other week after week, the final dollars of the year were earned on Dec. 3 in Fort Worth, Texas, at the Mercuria National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Finals. Soon after the last horse walked out of the Watt Arena, the party began to celebrate the champions and the top 15 in each of the 10 divisions.
Bob Kingsley, the iconic voice of country music’s popular top-40 radio show, credits six-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association All-Around World Champion Larry Mahan with introducing him to cutting in the early 1990s. On Dec. 1 at the 22nd edition of the Careity Foundation’s Celebrity Cutting, Kingsley and Mahan put on a clinic for the other celebrities competing.
Todd Gann and Hevvy Metal moved from fifth place in the World standings in the $25,000 Novice to the Reserve World Champion position by earning $4,287 and the Show Championship to start the day’s action in the Watt Arena at the Mercuria National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Finals on Dec. 1.
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.