Leaders of Day 1 Open First Go at NCHA Futurity

Roy Carter and Peptos Scootin Man topped Day 1 of the 2015 NCHA Futurity. Hart Photography.

Roy Carter and Peptos Scootin Man topped Day 1 of the 2015 NCHA Futurity. Hart Photography.

The 2015 NCHA World Championship Futurity officially kicked off on Thurs., Nov. 19, in Fort Worth, Texas and saw nearly 100 open riders ignite the highly anticipated competition. Day one of the first go-round accommodated seven sets of horses and riders, and the bar was set high early on.

Roy Carter rode Peptos Scootin Man, owned by RPX Enterprises, to a 219 in the first bunch. Carter rode the horse’s sire, Smart Lil Scoot, to a fifth place finish at the 1999 NCHA Open Futurity and went on to win the 2002 NCHA Summer Spectacular Open Classic and the NCHA Super Stakes Open Classic Championship. Smart Lil Scoot retired with more than $266,000 and has gone on to produce earners of more than $4.4 million. Peptos Scootin Man is out of Peptos Little Gal.


Grant Setnicka and Metallic Mistress, owned by Holy Cow Performance Horses, cut to the second high score of the day, a 218.5, in the fifth set. The mare, also known as “Giselle,” is by Metallic Cat and out of Smart Crackin Chic, a Smart Chic Olena mare that was piloted by Todd Crawford to the 2006 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Championship.

The second day of the Open first go-round continues on Fri., Nov. 20, and runs through Tues., Nov. 24, to accommodate the 556 entries in pursuit of the $200,000 Open Championship check that will be awarded on Sat., Dec. 12 during the Open Finals in Will Rogers Coliseum.

Visit www.nchacutting.com for more information on the schedule, results and other exciting events happening during the 2015 NCHA World Championship Futurity such as shopping, art shows, parties, kids’ activities and more!

NCHA/Western Bloodstock Showdown in Cowtown Names Finalists

Ray Baldwin on Dont Look Twice. Hart Photography.

Ray Baldwin on Dont Look Twice. Hart Photography.

The go-rounds of the NCHA/Western Bloodstock Showdown in Cowtown wrapped up on Wed., Nov.18 in Fort Worth and will be sending 46 riders in hot pursuit of the hefty payouts that will be doled out in the three different finals.

In the Non-Pro, Dont Look Twice carried her rider Ray Baldwin to lead the go-round with a 225 and secure their spot in the finals. Dont Look Twice, the 2012 NCHA Open World Champion and 2011 NCHA Horse of the Year has earned more than $820,000 making her the leading money-earning mare in NCHA history.

Returning Non-Pro Champions from the Spring Showdown Slot Cutting, Cody Hedlund and Meteles Cat (Metallic Cat x Teles Lies x Lenas Telesis) secured their second trip to the highly anticipated Showdown in Cowtown finals when they trailed Wednesday’s high score with a 221.5. The pretty roan stallion has accumulated a record just shy of $300,000 with Hedlund, which includes two AQHA World Championships and the 2014 NCHA Super Stakes Non-Pro Reserve title.

Wednesday’s cutting action concluded with the Showdown in Cowtown’s Amateur go-round where Cathy Varnadore, Appling, Ga., piloted Lil Sting Rey to a 221 to top the scores. Lil Sting Rey (Dual Rey x San Jo Lena x Sanjo Lisa), previously owned by Skip and Elizabeth Queen has earned nearly $165,000 in his show career.

The finals for the NCHA/Western Bloodstock Showdown in Cowtown will kick off Fri., Nov. 27 with the Amateur division in the Will Rogers Coliseum. The Non-Pro finals will follow on Mon., Nov. 30. The Open finals of the Showdown in Cowtown will take place on Fri., Dec. 4, in the coliseum prior to the Celebrity Cutting and will be a ticketed event. Tickets can be purchased at nchacutting.com.

Thurs., Nov. 19, begins day one of the Open first go-round of the NCHA World Championship Futurity. More than 500 competitors will showcase their very best 3-year-olds in the first go of the Open over the next six days with high hopes of advancing to the next round.

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Junie Wood/John Mitchell Top Western Bloodstock Showdown Go-Round

John Mitchell on Junie Wood. Hart Photography.

John Mitchell on Junie Wood. Hart Photography.

On Tues., Nov. 17, the Open go-round of the Western Bloodstock Showdown Slot Cutting saw some of the industry’s most decorated cutting horses and their riders battle it out for a shot at the 15-horse finals that will take place Dec. 4 in Fort Worth.

The roster of horses that competed on Tuesday read like a “Who’s Who” of cutting with many leading money earners walking to the herd. The 74 entrants amassed total combined lifetime earnings of nearly $13 million.

Topping those runs was 2014 NCHA Horse of the Year, Junie Wood, piloted by John Mitchell to a 225. The 5-year-old mare (Nitas Wood x Tuffs Junie x Tuff Lena) was the 2013 NCHA Futurity Non-Pro Champion before she was purchased by Slate River Ranch and placed in the hands of Mitchell. Today, Junie Wood’s earnings are close to $450,000 as she and Mitchell remain a fan favorite of cutting horse enthusiasts.

Trailing by half a point in the Showdown go-round was Tatum Rice and Snap Crackle Cat, owned by John McClaren and Lindy Burch on Stylish Bet. Snap Crackle Cat is a 6-year-old gelding, by High Brow Cat out of Dualsnap by Dual Rey, has earned more than $80,000, and is consigned to the Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sale to take place Dec. 12. Stylish Bet, (Docs Stylish Oak x Bet Yer Blue Boons), 7, has earned $109,157.

Click here to see full results from the Open go-round.

The Non-Pro and Amateur go-rounds of the Western Bloodstock Slot Cutting will take place Wed., Nov. 18 in the Watt Arena, followed by Day 1 of the 2015 NCHA World Championship Futurity on Thurs., Nov. 19 in Will Rogers Coliseum.

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Tickets available for celebrity double header

celebrityEach 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.

Catch the excitement on live webcasts

webcastCutting 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 $4.95
Non-Pro Futurity Finals $9.95
Open Futurity Semi-Finals $14.95
Open Futurity Finals $24.95 Or all 4 nights for $38.95
World Finals $4.95 each 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.