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Cutting Events

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.

Exciting Runs at NCHA World Finals Top a Year of Champion Efforts

ALittleBossy-webOpen World Champions A Little Bossy and R.L. Chartier • Photo by Jennifer K. HancockAfter 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.

Celebrities Cut for a Cure

GunterKingsleyDr. Amy Gunter and Bob Kingsley won the Careity Celebrity Cutting. • Photos by Jennifer K. HancockBob 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.

First NCHA World Titles Finalized in Fort Worth

HevvyMetal-webHevvy Metal and Todd Gann were the NCHA World Finals $25,000 Novice Show Champions. • Photo by Jennifer K. HancockTodd 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.