In 1966, Rey Jay’s Pete’s 218-point win marked the fifth edition of the NCHA Futurity, as well as the third win for Buster Welch. In those five years, the event had grown from 47 nominated horses to 336 and its purse had nearly quadrupled.
Rey Jay’s Pete was an unregistered son of Rey Jay owned by Kenneth Peters of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
“Rey Jay’s Pete was an outstanding horse, really a true cow horse,” Welch said. He won by two points over Waddy Wolf and Leroy Ashcraft, and earned a record $9,353.
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.