12 May 2014
The Futurity has been a feature of the Australian equine calendar since 1973, and is now the largest indoor equine event in the southern hemisphere. Hosted by the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA), the event is for three-year-old horses that have never been shown in a competitive environment, and is the culmination of practice days, clinics, and competitions throughout the year. Local and international talent will compete for more than $700,000 in prize money across 12 days.
Check out the action-packed cutting program, the Futurity’s highlight event. The competition allows two-and-a-half minutes for a horse and rider to demonstrate their ability to ‘cut’ cattle and prevent a cow from returning to its herd. Working together, they select a single calf from a herd and guide it to the centre of the arena. Once separation is achieved, the rider must loosen their reins to allow the horse to work independently and prevent the cow escaping from its control. Watch in appreciation of the intelligence, skill, and teamwork necessary to perform this feat successfully.
Other program highlights include the NCHA Stockman’s Challenge, the Aussie Horseman Demonstration, bull riding, rodeo, professional farriers and live country music entertainment.
Take advantage of the great deals on offer at one of the country’s largest rural trade displays being held during the Futurity. The event also incorporates the NCHA Select Sale which auctions some of the finest bred performance horses in Australia on 5 and 6 June.
Book your Tamworth accommodation to catch all the action at the Futurity and enjoy the region’s abundance of great nature experiences.