The National Cutting Horse Association has received some good news as we prepare for the 2012 NCHA Futurity.
The City of Fort Worth’s application to the Texas Major Events Fund for the 2012 / 2013 NCHA Triple Crown events has been approved by the State of Texas. The allocation for the 2012 Futurity, 2013 Super Stakes and 2013 Summer Spectacular will be $3,780,447, an increase of more than $200,000 over the previous Triple Crown cycle.
“The Executive Committee would like to thank everyone who has been involved in the application process for their diligence,” said NCHA President Ernie Beutenmiller Jr.
The Texas Major Events Trust Fund payments are pegged to the economic impact generated by major events in the state. Formal applications detailing the number of visitors and their economic activity are submitted by NCHA through the city to state officials each year. NCHA, in turn, uses the funds to enhance purses and market the events with the goal of attracting more contestants and spectators.
In other Triple Crown news, RideTV, which will launch its new cable network devoted to the horse world in 2013, has signed on to provide a pay-per-view HD webcast of the NCHA Futurity Open finals, live from Will Rogers Coliseum, on December 15.
RideTV will also produce an NCHA Futurity telecast which will air on HRTV on Sunday, December 23. HRTV is available through Dish Network, and from many of the nation’s largest cable services.
Meanwhile, NCHA’s staff is going all out to make the 2012 NCHA Futurity and Mercuria World Finals the biggest, most exciting events of the year. For the first time in Fort Worth, the Mercuria NCHA World Finals will feature the top competitors in 10 of NCHA’s championship classes.
“It’s amazing to consider all of the moving parts that come together for major shows like the Futurity and the World Finals,” said Beutenmiller. “We’re fortunate to have a team of professionals on the NCHA staff who have the experience and knowledge to stage these shows which put our association in the spotlight.”