Dear NCHA members,
The NCHA Board would like to provide an update on the 2021 NCHA 4CYTE Futurity. Following careful and ongoing consideration of the current Covid-19 situation and challenges being faced with restrictions and ongoing border closures, the Board has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2021 NCHA 4CYTE Futurity that was planned to take place from 24th November – 5th December 2021 in Tamworth. Unfortunately, venue availability dictates that we are unable to postpone the event further, in its current format, however we are committed to awarding the 2021 Futurity champion titles, and further information on how this will take place will be provided in the coming weeks. Additionally, a Futurity entry refund policy is currently being developed and will be released next week. We respectfully ask that members and competitors restrain from contacting the office with regards to refunds until the Futurity entry refund policy is released next week, after which time refunds will be actioned swiftly.
The NCHA Board would like to take this opportunity to thank Affiliates who have proactively planned, organised or held state-based events during this uncertain time, the NCHA greatly appreciated your efforts in providing members with opportunities to show. We are also committed to ensuring Area Awards are awarded for the points year (where possible) and the Office is currently undertaking an intensive review of the Area Standings to ensure accurate and up-to-date standings can be released and maintained moving forward.
Furthermore, we would like to thank members, owners, trainers, supporters and sponsors for their patience and understanding while this decision was reached, and we look forward to providing further updates in the coming weeks.
With 2022 being the 50th Anniversary year for the NCHA in Australia and an improvement to the Covid-19 situation on the horizon, the Board feels optimistic and excited for what 2022 has in-store for the NCHA and the cutting industry in Australia, with a jewel in the crown being the recently-announced $100,000 2022 Futurity. We look forward to seeing you in the pen for what will hopefully be a great year of cutting ahead.
The NCHA Board of Directors
With the Annual NCHA Cutting Futurity attracting more than 500 competitors and paying out over $700,000 in cash and prizes over the duration of the event, it is not hard to believe it is the biggest and richest indoor sporting horse event in the Southern Hemisphere.
Coming from humble beginnings at the Moonbi Showgrounds and offering up a prize purse of $10,000 1974 marked the beginning of the first official cutting Futurity, run over 3 days and exhibiting 25 keen competitors.
47 years later the prestigious event is hosted in the Country Music Capital of Tamworth, NSW and is one the biggest draw cards in the region, bringing in an estimated $2.3 million to the local economy each year. The Futurity attracts on average 15,000 spectators throughout the 13 day program, not only from all parts of Australia, but also worldwide. With the event being housed at the spectacular $38 million dollar Australian Equine, Livestock & Events Centre (AELEC) it offers 59 premium indoor trade sites, along with 478 stables and 191 powered campsites, with plenty of room for non-powered camping.
Come and join us today for the LARGEST Cutting Event in the Country!