NCHA Super Stakes begins March 25

The 2016 Lucas Oil National Cutting Horse Association Super Stakes begins March 25, at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas. The multi-million dollar show runs through April 16.

The Super Stakes, for 4-year-old cutting horses and the Super Stakes Classic, for 5/6-year-old horses, has attracted more than 2,400 entries.

Established in 1981, the Super Stakes is the second jewel of the NCHA’s Triple Crown of Cutting, bracketed by the NCHA Futurity in November/December and the NCHA Derby in July. No horse has swept the Triple Crown since Chiquita Pistol in 2002/2003, so all eyes will be on this year’s Triple Crown contender, 2015 NCHA Futurity Champion Stevie Rey Von, who is scheduled to compete with trainer Ed Dufurrena on April 7, during the first qualifying round for the Super Stakes.

The Lucas Oil NCHA Super Stakes offers an array of classes to accommodate all riders, from amateurs and non-professionals to the world’s top cutting horse trainers.

On top of the usual multi-million dollar purse, Fults Ranch of Amarillo, Texas, the home of Metallic Cat, will add $25,000 to the winner’s paycheck in the 4-year-old Open division of the NCHA Super Stakes. Faith Mountain Ranch will add $25,000 to the winner’s check in the 5/6-year-old Open division of the NCHA Super Stakes Classic.

Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, the National Cutting Horse Association was formed in Fort Worth, Texas in 1946. NCHA’s headquarters remain in Fort Worth, but the sport has spread around the world, with more than 2,000 approved shows each year paying out tens of millions of dollars to contestants at all levels of ability.