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.
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.