In 1989, Spencer Harden kick-started the embryo-transfer industry by winning the NCHA Futurity on July Jazz, while that gelding’s full sister, Sons Royal Jazabell, was also a finalist. July Jazz, who also carried Harden to the reserve championship in the Non-Pro division, was by Sons Doc out of Jazabell Quixote, who would be the second dam of 2010 champion One Time Royalty.
Harden, only the second Non-Pro to win the Futurity, and at 60, the oldest rider ever to do so, marked 221.5 on his homebred, unregistered gelding to win by half a point over Bill Freeman on Commandicate.
“The fun thing was that (July Jazz’s dam) Jazabell Quixote was almost identical to her mother,” Harden said. “They both worked real bright and intent and were real cowy. The Royal Kings I’ve had have always had that drop and look and a lot of shiver and shake to them.”
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.