The NCHA Futurity took a giant leap in 1985 with a $2 million purse, and a provision for Open riders to show two horses of any sex, instead of requiring one to be a gelding, as in past years. Ironically, it was a gelding that won the 1985 NCHA Futurity: The Gemnist, ridden by Kathy Daughn for Harland Radomske of Ellensburg, Washington.
The Gemnist, by Doc Bar Gem, was bred by Jim and Mary Jo Milner.
“The Gemnist was high-strung as a colt, but he was always extremely talented and extremely cowy, and I knew he had the potential to be a champion,” Daughn said. “It took a lot of time and patience, but it all came together at the Futurity.”
At 29, The Gemnist is the oldest living NCHA Futurity champion.
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.