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Fort Worth Flashback: Money’s Glo was first Futurity champion

Posted Nov. 21, 2011

Futurity Champion

Cutting legend Buster Welch of Rotan rode Money’s Glo in the 1962 Futurity and has been a fixture at the event ever since. Photo courtesy of National Cutting Horse Association

The first National Cutting Horse Association Futurity was held over two days in 1962. Money’s Glo, ridden by Buster Welch for C.E. Boyd III, scored a 224 to earn the winner’s check for $3,828. Thirty-six riders competed in the event.

Welch was part of a group of cutters that hosted the inaugural Futurity, which boasted a total purse of $18,375. (Today’s Futurity offers a purse exceeding $2.4 million and a guaranteed $200,000 to the Open Division winner.)

Welch eventually won the Futurity four more times, making him the only person to do so.

NCHA is celebrating its 50th World Championship Futurity through Dec. 10 at Will Rogers Coliseum. The 2011 Borden Milk/NCHA World Championship Futurity will be the centerpiece of a three-week festival including cuttings, Western Bloodstock sales, the 2011 NCHA World Finals, ranch tours, a horsemanship clinic, parties and more.

The Fort Worth Library has approximately 10,000 items pertaining to the history of Fort Worth and Tarrant County. These items include city and county government documents, newspapers, directories, cemetery association records, maps as well as popular and scholarly books written by local authors or about local subjects. To learn more, call 817-871-7740 or email the Genealogy, History and Archives Section.

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