Plans are in full swing for the 50th Anniversary edition of the NCHA Futurity, which runs from November 21 through December 10, at Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth. Special activities will include an historic exhibition; guided tours of area breeding and training facilities; and a once-in-a-lifetime cutting event, which will be announced soon.

Some former equine Futurity champions can also be seen during Super Stallion Saturday, presented by Western Bloodstock on December 10, the day of the NCHA Futurity Finals. The champions will be introduced during the Parade of Stallions that morning and available for viewing on Stallion Alley during the day.

Super Stallion Saturday also marks the last day of the 2011 Western Bloodstock NCHA Futurity Sales, a cardinal venue that annually attracts national and international buyers to Fort Worth. This year the sales are scheduled during the last week of the three-week Futurity to provide six exclusive days of action, beginning on Monday evening, December 5, with the NCHA Futurity Trained Cutters Sale.

“We have and carved out the best days and times available,” said Western Bloodstock spokesman and pedigree expert Jim Ware. “As the Futurity grows, with more classes for more levels, and with the addition of the World Finals, time slots become more precious.

“It costs more to guarantee choice dates and times, but there is no better market for top performance horses than the last week of the NCHA Futurity, and we have designed a schedule that offers the prime days as well as the prime hours.”

Ware also noted that because of the exclusive venue, NCHA Futurity Sales consignment fees are always higher than those of the NCHA Super Stakes and NCHA Derby Sales. However, this year, for the first time ever at NCHA Futurity Sales, repurchase fees have been reduced to one-third of the consignment fee.

For information on NCHA Futurity Sale consignments and sales schedule go to the Western Bloodstock website.