2017 NCHA Futurity Tamworth AELEC launch

TOUGH COMPETITION: Jonathan Dudley riding Homecreek Jokers Wild at the 2016 event. Expect more fasted-paced action this year. Photo: Barry Smith
TOUGH COMPETITION: Jonathan Dudley riding Homecreek Jokers Wild at the 2016 event. Expect more fasted-paced action this year. Photo: Barry Smith

Get ready to saddle up for almost two weeks of action-packed cutting, as the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity gallops into Tamworth.

NCHA general manager Craig Young said the organisation was thrilled to hold its 44th Futurity at AELEC.

“Some 800 plus entrants will be competing for somewhere in the extent of $750,000 in prize money and prizes,” Young said.

“We’re also inviting over the top eight non-pro competitors from the United States of America to compete in a challenge this year.

“We went to the States last year and brought the trophy home, so they’ll be here with a vengeance to try and take it back – and I can ensure you, they’ll have a tough time taking it.”

The 13-day event runs from May 30 to June 11.

“We’ve got our entertainment night on Saturday, June 3 with the Redneck Gentlemen and Katie Botfield performing, along with a top line-up of rodeo competitors,” Young said.

“We’ll have a top shootout for the four highest qualifying riders. So (it will be) a great day for all spectators on that day.”

NCHA general manager Craig Young launches the event

NCHA general manager Craig Young launches the event

We're also inviting over the top eight non-pro competors from the United States to compete in a challenge this year.

NCHA general manager Craig Young