The National Cutting Horse Association World Championship Futurity, the sport’s most prestigious show, begins its 26-day run Tuesday at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum.
The Futurity is renowned for debuting the sport’s most promising 3-year-old horses. But the show also will feature the NCHA World Finals (weekend competitors), the Slot Cutting (horses 4-and-over) and the Careity Celebrity Cutting.
The Futurity begins at 8 a.m. Tuesday with the Slot Cutting Open Division first round. The finals are scheduled for Dec. 4 — the same date as the Celebrity Cutting.
The World Finals open and non-pro division performances will be Nov. 27-28, Dec. 3 and Dec. 5 at W.R. Watt Arena.
The 2015 Futurity will conclude Dec. 12 with the 3-year-old Open Division finals, the first jewel of the NCHA’s Triple Crown Series. The other two jewels are the April Super Stakes and the July Summer Spectacular. All three jewels are in Fort Worth.
For more information, visit nchacutting.com.
After clinching the world title at the Nov. 6-7 Clem McSpadden National Finals Steer Roping in Mulvane, Kan., Trevor Brazile will enter the Dec. 3-12 Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas with a commanding lead in the 2015 all-around race.
Brazile, who lives in Decatur, earned $62,390 at the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association’s NFSR.
After faring well in Mulvane, Brazile is No. 1 in the all-around race with $282,241, more than double that of second-ranked Tuf Cooper, who also lives in Decatur.
Brazile will attempt to clinch a record 13th world all-around title at the NFR.
Bach on the mend
Four-time world champion team roping heeler Allen Bach of Weatherford is recovering after suffering a stroke Nov. 11 while driving in Stephenville.
According to the PRCA, the 30-time NFR qualifier was hauling horses and crashed his truck into a tree. But the 58-year-old Bach didn’t suffer serious injuries, and the horses were unharmed.
Bach was airlifted to Harris Methodist Hospital in Fort Worth where doctors discovered a blood clot in his brain. Blood thinners helped reduce the clot, and doctors are hopeful Bach will fully recover.
“He’s getting stronger each day, and he’s able to talk great,” Bach’s daughter April Patterson told prorodeo.com. “He’s supposed to be out of the hospital Nov. 17, and he’s already talking about how long until he can ride horses again. The doctor told him it will be a while until he can ride, and he gave the doctor a death stare.”
College rodeo update
At mid-season of the National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association Southern Region circuit, Hill College is second in the men’s team title race with 2,326 points. Wharton County Junior College is No. 1 with 2,425.83.
Last weekend, Hill competed in the Sam Houston State Rodeo, which was the fifth of 10 shows scheduled for the 2015-2016 regular season.
Hall of Famers
Turtle Powell, the 2011 PRCA world champion team roping header, was inducted into the Tarleton State Rodeo Hall of Fame last weekend. Powell competed for Tarleton in the mid-1990s.
Nine-time National Finals team roping qualifier David Key of Stephenville also was inducted. Key won the NIRA’s team roping heeling title at Tarleton in 1988.