2002 NCHA Derby underway

The National Cutting Horse Association Derby - officially called the Summer Spectacular - is underway in Fort Worth, Texas, and will run until July 28. The show, for 4-year-old cutting horses, began on July 9, making it a 20 day event, second only to the NCHA Futurity in length.The National Cutting Horse Association Derby - officially called the Summer Spectacular - is underway in Fort Worth, Texas, and will run until July 28. The show, for 4-year-old cutting horses, began on July 9, making it a 20 day event, second only to the NCHA Futurity in length.

Story originally posted by: John Brasseaux

The National Cutting Horse Association Derby – officially called the Summer Spectacular – is underway in Fort Worth, Texas, and will run until July 28.

The show, for 4-year-old cutting horses, began on July 9, making it a 20 day event, second only to the NCHA Futurity in length.

Besides 4-year-olds, the Derby showcases 5- and 6-year-old horses, which compete together in a class called the Classic/Challenge.

The cutting industry is experiencing rapid growth and the 2002 Derby is another sign of that. Nearly 1,400 horses are entered, with owners and riders competing for $1.5 million. In addition, 150 youth cutters will compete for $126,000 in scholarships during a special youth portion of the show.

The Derby is the third leg of the NCHA triple crown. The first was the Futurity in December, where horses in the last month of their 3-year-old year compete. From there, it’s the Super Stakes in April. For the past three years, the NCHA has offered $1 million to the horse in the open division that can win all three events. The prize has gone unclaimed. If history is an indication, it will remain that way for a long time. In the 32-year history of the three events, only two horses have won all three and that was in the early 1980s.

Last year, the winning horse, Nu I Wood, won $40,000. This year, the cutters will compete for slightly more. It’s been eight months since the Furutity, where these horses made their competitive debut, They’re now more experienced show mounts, which means the cutting will be better. That make for a better show as these equine athletes display their amazing talents and training. Look for results of the event in two weeks.

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