NCHA Futurity Sales soar with 2-Year-Old and Gala results

Top seller Summer Shandy at $375,000.

Top seller Summer Shandy at $375,000.

Session II of the NCHA Futurity 2-Year-Old Sale, on Tuesday, December 6 at Will Roger Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, saw 81 horses sell for an average of $27,572, and three that sold for $100,000 or more, including the sale topper, Summer Shandy, at $375,000.

On Tuesday evening, the Select Yearling Sale and Gala saw 37 horses sell for an average of $59,905. Smooth Walkin Style, a full sister to 2015 NCHA Open Horse of the Year Smooth Talkin Style LTE $300,379, was the high seller at $200,000. The Smooth As A Cat filly, out of Stylish Play Lena LTE $289,524, a leading producer of earners of $1.5 million, was consigned by her breeder Double Dove Ranch and purchased by Circle Y Ranch, Millsap, Tex.

Misty Reyn, the second highest-selling select yearling at $150,000 was consigned by Arcese and Oswood and purchased by Glenn and Debbie Drake, Napa, Calif. The Dual Rey filly, out of Cat Mist, by High Brow Cat, is a three-quarter sister to ARC Catty Dual LTE $168,762, the dam of One Catty Cupid LTE $130,172.

Desires Got Style, consigned by Rockin 5 Ranch, brought $125,000, from Phil Hanson, Weatherford, Tex. The Docs Stylish Oak filly is out of Desire Some Freckles LTE $205,444, dam of earners of $1.2 million.

Whip Then Nae Nae, by Dual Smart Rey, sold for $100,000 to Rocking P Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex. Consigned by Rocking L Cutting Horses, she is out of Sly Playgirl $343,467, whose first performer is three this year.

Summer Shandy, in training with Andy Christensen, topped the day and the NCHA 2-Year-Old Sale sessions at $375,000. The Metallic Cat daughter, out of Pippis Longstocking LTE $72,046, by Dual Smart Rey, was consigned by Dry Creek Ranch and purchased by Rocking P Ranch, Fort Worth, Tex.

Rey Luis, by Dual Smart Rey and a full brother to Whip Then Nae Nae (yearling, above), was the second highest seller at $172,000. Consigned by Crown Ranch/Chad Bushaw and in training with Chris Hanson, he was purchased by Daniel Burkes, Gold Canyon, Ariz.

Metallic Lil Playboy, consigned by and in training with Hayden Upton, sold on Tuesday for $100,000 to Richard Carney, Kemp, Tex. The Metallic Cat son is out of Stylish Sharon, by Docs Stylish Oak, dam of Sir Stylish Liizzy LTE $219,884.

The NCHA Futurity Sales continue on Wednesday, December 7, with the Select Cow Dog Demonstration and Sale followed by the Preferred Breeders Sale Session I.


Horizon Yachts Senior Tour continues in 2017

The popular Horizon Yachts NCHA Senior Tour will return in 2017. Launched in 2015, the popular program gives cutters 60 years old and up new opportunities at weekend shows.

“We’re excited to be on board with Horizon Yachts for the third straight year,” said NCHA President Chuck Smith. “The Senior Tour will continue in 2017 in the same format that has been so successful the past two years.”

The Senior Tour competitions are a class-within-a-class offered at any approved NCHA Championship show. Senior World Champions and Top 15 finalists in all eligible classes will be crowned at the World Champions Award Banquet at the 2017 NCHA Futurity.

The Tour is open to any contestant age 60 and older who meets all other NCHA rules regarding their status and membership. There are classes for each of the Non-Pro and restricted classes, plus a class combining the Open and Novice divisions for Open riders.

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NCHA Show Photography Request for Proposal (RFP)

NCHA LogoNCHA is soliciting bids for the position and designation as the “Official Photographer of the NCHA Triple Crown and National Championships Events.”  Details for the bids are outlined below.
This request for proposal will be open for bids until 12:00 pm, December 15, 2016 and must be submitted to

This RFP relates to the NCHA shows described below produced by the National Cutting Horse Association.

Triple Crown events

  • Super Stakes, Fort Worth TX, March-April
  • Summer Spectacular and Youth World Finals, Fort Worth TX, July
  • NCHA Futurity and World Finals, Fort Worth TX, November-December

NCHA Nationals

  • Eastern National Championships, Jackson MS, March
  • Western National Championships, Scottsdale AZ, May
  • Rocky Mountain National Championships, Denver CO, June

The Term of the contract will be from January 1, 2017 through December 31st, 2018.  This contract may be extended at NCHA’s option for a one year by notifying the Photographer before September 1st 2018.

Photographer will own the exclusive rights to sell these official photos for five years from the completion of each show, but all photos will be the sole property of the NCHA

NCHJA reserves the right for NCHA staff or NCHA contractors to shoot additional photographs at any time during these events.

NCHA will provide at all events:

  1. Adequate booth space and utility and broadband internet connections.
  2. Three parking passes including set-up and tear-down dates for Fort Worth shows.
  3. Media credentials and arena access only to photographers and journalists from traditional media outlets; and restrict use of strobe lights.

Photographer RFP Guidelines:

  1. Shoot all event go-rounds, finals, award presentations, banquets and other activities.
  2. A second photographer will be needed to cover a second arena at the Fort Worth shows on certain days when two arenas are operating.
  3. A second photographer will be needed to cover the days of Finals of the Amateur, Non-Pro and Open classes for the three Triple Crown shows and as necessary in earlier rounds to ensure a reasonable quality photo is available for every contestant.
  4. Produce and sell official action, awards and activities photos taken at the events to contestants and the general public. Activities may include banquets, parties, sponsor promotions, etc. Photographer will be given adequate notice of any such activities.
  5. Photographer will submit with this RFP a retail photo price list.
  6. Maintain a library of official images for future purchase by contestants and the general public.
  7. Provide all photo files to the NCHA on a USB 3.0 hard drive no later than Monday afternoon following the conclusion of the event. NCHA will use these for editorial and promotional purposes including distribution to media outlets until the end of the term of the photographer’s exclusive rights, at which time NCHA may use them for any purpose.
  8. Provide biographies of all photographers and event staff.
  9. Provide at least three professional references.
  10. Help maintain a restricted area for the security of authorized NCHA staff and contractors at all events.
  11. Provide detailed revenue sharing plan with NCHA from the sale of the official photos.

NCHA Futurity Entries Increase

$3,500,000 purse offered
Entries in the Open Class of the NCHA Jerry’s Chevrolet National Cutting Horse Association Futurity, presented by Great American Insurance, are up 12.2% over last year.  The increase in Open Class participation is reflected across the board in all major divisions with the event’s prize fund exceeding $3,500,000.

The NCHA Futurity begins November 17 in Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas, and concludes with the Open Class finals on Saturday, December 10.  For the first time in the show’s 55-year history, with the assistance of $100,000 in Bonus dollars contributed by Jerry’s Chevrolet and Great American Insurance Group, the top six Open Class finalists are each projected to take home checks of more than $100,000. The winner’s share is estimated at over $200,000.

“We’re excited about the great surge in entries for this year’s Futurity,” said NCHA President Chuck Smith. “The NCHA Futurity is the bellwether of our sport, so we’re looking forward to renewed growth throughout the Association.”

With its big purse and long tradition, the NCHA Futurity attracts the world’s best 3-year-old cutting horses who are making their competitive debut in Fort Worth. In addition to the Open Class, the show offers a full slate of Non-Professional and Amateur classes to cater to riders of every level of ability.

The Mercuria NCHA World Finals, held in conjunction with the NCHA Futurity, features the sport’s top older horses in 10 divisions scheduled from November 25 through December 3. World championship titles and year-end placings are on the line at the Mercuria NCHA World Finals.

Along with the competition, the Western Bloodstock, Ltd. NCHA Futurity Sales will offer nearly a thousand head of cutting horse prospects, seasoned show horses and breeding stock. The sales run from December 5-10.

In addition, the Best of the West trade show  in the Amon Carter Exhibit Hall  features the best Christmas shopping in the Dallas-Fort Worth metro-plex throughout the show.

Based in Fort Worth, Texas, the National Cutting Horse has members around the world. For more information, visit