THE three-day National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) National Finals and Snafflebit Futurity began yesterday with cutters chasing $50,000 in prizemoney.
Hundreds of cutting horse riders from across Australia compete and NCHA general manager, Glenn Morgan, was expecting tough competition after receiving a high number of entries.
“We have received a near-record number of entries this year, particularly in the Snafflebit Futurity, and the Non Pro and the Novice divisions which have virtually doubled in numbers,” Glenn Morgan said.
Todd Graham of Oakey Queensland, is back to defend an Open title he has won for the past two years.
A strong local contingent including Dean Holden (Nundle), Wayne Baumann (Werris Creek), Phil Dawson (Glen Innes) and Rob Hodgman (Glen Innes) is determined to break Graham’s stranglehold.