If you weren’t there, buy the DVD. If you were there, you’ve probably already placed your order to savor the moments in the Neiman Marcus NCHA Futurity Champions Cup, on Saturday, November 26, including:
All-time winning Futurity champion Buster Welch, 83, scoring 221 points, as the last rider to the herd on 2011 NCHA World champion Bet Hesa Cat.
Spencer Harden, 82, saddled with Parkinson’s disease, but cutting like the champion he is, with an open Futurity championship and three non-pro Futurity championships.
Dennis Funderburgh, 77, co-champion of the 1964 Futurity, acing the senior division with 223 points on Peppys Shorty Nino.
Jody Galyean, winner of the 1986 Futurity, scoring 230 points on Auspicious Cat, backed by his father, AQHA and NCHA champion Kenneth Galyean; his sons, Wesley and Beau, also Futurity open champions; and his daughter, Christina Cox, an NCHA non-pro limited age champion.
Austin Shepard, 34, and his 2007 NCHA Futurity champion mount, High Brow CD, with an unforgettable 230-point performance.
Joe Heim, 62, two-time Futurity champion, as well as Triple Crown champion, with a thrilling run on Sophisticated Cat.
Tag Rice, 37, demonstrating that 2002-2003 NCHA Triple Crown winner Chiquita Pistol still has all of her grit and glory.
Tom Holt, Bill Riddle and Red Steagall provided commentary throughout the show.
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