Each year, celebrity riders team up with top cutting horses to introduce the sport to an enthusiastic new audience at the Careity Celebrity Cutting. On December 4, the time-honored formula will take a new twist as some of the cutting horse world’s most celebrated older horses face off in the Western Bloodstock NCHA Showdown in Cowtown just prior to the Celebrity Cutting.
Tickets are now available online, or they can be purchased at the Careity Booth in the Amon G. Carter Exhibit Hall during the 2015 NCHA Futurity. Proceeds help support the Careity Foundation’s comprehensive program for cancer patients.
This year’s Celebrity cutters include entertainers Tanya Tucker, Lyle Lovett, the ever-popular Bob Kingsley and Jay Novacek, honored veteran Dan Nevins and more.
And the list of contenders for the Showdown in Cowtown includes equine superstars such as Kit Kat Sugar, Junie Wood, Dont Look Twice, Third Cutting, Reyzin, Saguaro Ichi, A Little Bossy, Special Nu Baby, One Time Choice and many more. The 15-horses for the finals will be determined in a go-round scheduled for November 17.
The Careity Foundation’s tickets are the only way to watch these special events live and in person in Will Rogers Coliseum, as the regular Futurity and World Finals passes and seating reservations are not valid for this special, charitable event.
However, if you can’t make it to the show, you can tune in to the live webcast at nchacutting.com.
Cutting horse fans can watch all of the 2015 NCHA Futurity, Mercuria NCHA World Finals, Western Bloodstock Showdown in Cowtown and the Careity Celebrity Cutting on their desktop computer or mobile device.
The Celebrity Cutting will follow the $316,000 Open finals of the Western Bloodstock Showdown in Cowtown on December 4. First-round entries for the Open Showdown include past futurity champions He Bea Cat, Horse of the Year winners Kit Kat Sugar, Dont Look Twice, Junie Wood, Reyzin and Saguaro Ichi, leading World Champion contender Special Nu Baby, and the great Third Cutting.
All the action surrounding the 2015 NCHA Futurity will be webcast live, with special pay-per-view coverage of the Open Semi-Finals (December 11) and Finals (December 12), the Non-Pro Semi-Finals (December 9) and Finals (December 10), and the Open and Non-Pro World Finals on November 27, 28 and December 3 and 5. Viewers can register and log on for webcasts at nchacutting.com.
Pay-per-view charges for the webcasts will be:
|Non-Pro Futurity Semi-Finals
|Non-Pro Futurity Finals
|Open Futurity Semi-Finals
|Open Futurity Finals
||Or all 4 nights for $38.95
||Or all nights 4 for $14.95
A special two-hour telecast of the open Futurity Finals will be presented on RideTV on Saturday, December 19 at 6:00 p.m. Central Time. RideTV is available on select cable and satellite providers including Dish Network. Check your provider or go to ridetv.com for more information.
Five-time NCHA Futurity champion Buster Welch will return to Will Rogers Coliseum at 10 a.m. on Friday, October 16 as NCHA kicks off its Legacy Series benefiting the National Cutting Horse Association Foundation.
Red Steagall will guide the audience through the history of the horses, people and wonderful stories that have shaped the National Cutting Horse Association.
Buster Welch will be joined by special guests Bob Byrd, Billy Rank Cogdell, Tom Lyons, Lex Graham, Dick Gaines, Terry Riddle, Dennis Funderburgh, Jon Means and Sam Wilson.
A champagne reception will follow the presentation.
For more information, or to RSVP, contact Rebecca Brian.
The first NCHA European Championship will take place during Equita Lyon Oct. 28 – Nov. 1, 2015. A cumulative score between two go-rounds will crown the Champions of the much-anticipated event.
Divisions will include Open, Non-Pro, $15,000 Amateur and Youth. Riders will qualify by competing in NCHA-approved shows or NCHA-approved Grass Roots Cuttings. The top 25 riders plus ties with the most points on Sept. 30, 2015 will be qualified for the NCHA European Championship.
“This event was created to give European show producers incentive to organize approved shows and to encourage riders to compete,” said European secretary Peggy Parage. “Right now show producers are more interested in organizing approved events because they want to give riders the opportunity to get points for the European Championship. And second the riders want to invest more time and money to compete in approved shows because they want to ride for those points and try to qualify for the European Championship. So we hope that the sport of cutting will get more popular in Europe and that the cutting industry will grow again.”
For more information on the 2015 NCHA European Championship, visit www.nchaeurope.com