2010: One Time Royalty

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Fourteen years after taking the reserve championship on Royal Serena Belle in his first Futurity finals, Lloyd Cox set a record of 230 on One Time Royalty in the 2010 NCHA Futurity. One Time Royalty’s winning margin of eight points was also a record.

“I knew the run was good,” Cox said. “I didn’t know what they would mark him, but I am extremely happy. I cut good cows for him and he was determined to hold whatever I cut. I kept mashing the throttle and he kept responding.”

Bred by Double Dove Ranch and owned at the Futurity by Matthews Cutting Horses, One Time Royalty is by freshman sire One Time Pepto out of Royal Serena Belle, a half-sister to 1989 Futurity champ July Jazz. One Time Royalty, who was sold to SDM Quarter Horses of Goondiwindi, Queenland, Australia this summer, has earned more than $266,000.

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.

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2009: Rockin W

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Tony Piggott and Rockin W tied Royal Fletch’s record with a 229-point win in the 2009 NCHA Futurity.

Bred, owned and named for Alice Walton’s Rocking W Ranch, Rockin W is by 1997 NCHA Futurity finalist Dual Rey out of Horse of the Year Boon San Kitty, an earner of $498,000.

“He’s got a cool style,” said Piggott, who was catch-riding for Gary Gonsalves. “He traps those cows and snakes around with his neck. He’s a neat horse.”

Piggott, a former Limited Open reserve champion at the Futurity, was making his first appearance in the Open finals.

Rockin W went on to win more than $309,000. He’s standing at the historic 6666 Ranch.

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.

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2008: Metallic Cat

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Metallic Cat’s win with Beau Galyean in the 2008 NCHA Futurity gave High Brow Cat his fifth Futurity title, breaking his tie with Doc Bar in the record books. Metallic Cat marked 222 for a four-point winning margin.

“This horse is so pretty and has so much eye appeal,” Galyean said. “He was extremely trainable and, more than anything, a really smart horse.”

Bred by The Roan Rangers, Metallic Cat is out of Chers Shadow, a great granddaughter of 1975 NCHA Futurity champion Lenaette.

Metallic Cat won three more major events, earned over $574,000 and was named Horse of the Year for owner Alvin Fults of Amarillo, Texas.

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.

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2007: High Brow CD

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At the 2007 NCHA Futurity, High Brow CD won the semi-finals with a 224, than cranked it up a couple points to take the finals with a 226. Austin Shepard rode the sorrel stallion, the fourth High Brow Cat of the decade to win the Futurity.

“He’s been one of the nicest horses to train that I’ve ever had,” Shepard said. “I think what sets him apart is that he’s just so smart and intelligent about a cow, and he’s just a show horse. He knows when it’s time to perform and he steps up to the plate and doesn’t let much of anything bother him.”

Bred by Bob Wendell, High Brow CD is out of Sweet Little CD. He was purchased by Arthur Noble for $63,000 at the NCHA Futurity Sales. Following wins at Augusta and Tunica, Wendell sold him to Chris and Staci Thibodeaux’s Grace Ranch. He went on to earn more than $500,000 and be named Horse of the Year.

He was reunited with Shepard at the Neiman Marcus NCHA Futurity Champions Cup last month, where they marked a 230 to win their age division of the special event.

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.

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2006: Oh Cay Felix

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Oh Cay Felix was the first horse to win both the Open and the Amateur finals at the 2006 NCHA Futurity. Craig Thompson trained the gelding and rode him to a 227-point win in the Open finals, the second highest score in Futurity history at that time.

Breeder Patrick Collins of Lincoln, Illinois took the Amateur honors on the son of High Brow Cat and Oh Cay Shorty.

“He’s one of the grittiest horses,” Thompson said. “He just loves to work. You cut him clean, and he takes care of the rest.”

Oh Cay Felix has earned more than $442,000 and he was Thompson’s mount in last month’s Neiman Marcus NCHA Futurity Champions Cup. Thompson has qualified Oh Cay Felix’s full sister, Oh Miss Caroline, to this year’s Open semi-finals for Patrick and Laura Collins.

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.

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