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Fort Worth, NCHA celebrate 50-year partnership

Posted Dec. 13, 2017

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Mayor Price speaking to Lewis Wray
Mayor Betsy Price visits with Lewis Wray, president of the National Cutting Horse Association, before the Open Finals competition earlier this week.

For 50 consecutive years, the brightest stars in the cutting horse world have been gathering at Will Rogers Coliseum.

The 50th consecutive National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Championship Futurity was held in the Will Rogers Coliseum Nov. 15- Dec. 10. Prior to the Open Finals competition on Dec. 10, Mayor Betsy Price presented a proclamation naming Dec. 10, 2017, National Cutting Horse Association Day.

In addition, a historical marker has been installed to recognize NCHA’s history. The marker reads:

*The National Cutting Horse Association was founded in 1946, by a group of ranchers as a showcase for their most valued mounts, horses with a natural talent for separating cattle from a herd. The NCHA now offers competition for all ages and levels from beginner to professional. In 1967, five years following its humble inaugural in Sweetwater, Texas, the NCHA Futurity moved to Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum in Fort Worth, birthplace of the National Cutting Horse Association.

As a debut annual event for unproven three-year-old cutting horses, with a stand-alone finals and a purse worth three times more than any previous event, the NCHA Futurity was unique because of its ranching heritage and its far-sighted approach to increasingly popular Western horse sports.

A milestone was reached at the 1967 NCHA Futurity in Fort Worth, when winner Page Boy’s Tuno became the first cutting horse to earn over $10,000 in a single finals event. Within three decades the winner’s prize increased twenty-fold. In addition, the NCHA Futurity Sales, also inaugurated at the 1967 NCHA Futurity, sparked a profitable horse breeding industry that draws buyers from around the world.*

Today, the NCHA Futurity is a four-week event that brings a small village of consumers to Fort Worth. In turn, the City of Fort Worth continues to play an important part in supporting the NCHA and the NCHA Futurity.

In addition to the NCHA Futurity, Will Rogers Coliseum hosts the NCHA Super Stakes & Super Stakes Classic and the NCHA Summer Cutting Spectacular each year. The three events make up the Triple Crown of Cutting and have a combined annual economic impact of $27 million.

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