The first NCHA Futurity was held over two days at the Nolan County Coliseum in Sweetwater, Texas in 1962. Money’s Glo, ridden by Buster Welch for C.E. Boyd III, marked 224 to earn the winner’s check for $3,828. C.E. Boyd Jr., owner of the winner’s sire, King Glo, got an additional $1,000 Breeders Award.
Ahead of the show, the Cuttin’ Hoss Chatter reported that horses from seven states had been nominated, “and an NCHA Futurity winner could well become the goal of performance horse breeders everywhere.”
Judges for the show were Frank Daws of Throckmorton, Texas, Sonny Perry of Crockett, Texas and T.C. Jinkens of Fort Worth, Texas. Byron Matthews and Hardy Tadlock served as alternates. Cattle were furnished at no charge by C.E. Boyd Jr., Louis Brooks, Marion Flynt and Buster Welch.
Don Ryon Jr. of Ryon Saddle and Ranch Supply in Fort Worth, presented one of his hand-tooled trophy saddles to the Futurity winner.
We’ll look at the past NCHA Futurity champions each day through December 9. Read the full story in Cutting Horse Gold: 50 Years of the NCHA Futurity by Sally Harrison.