World Cham­pi­onship Rope Horse Fu­tu­rity

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The rich­est rope horse fu­tu­rity in his­tory—adding a whop­ping $100,000 to its purse—is sched­uled for Oct. 13 in Fort Worth, Texas, in con­junc­tion with the Na­tional Reined Cow Horse As­so­ci­a­tion’s Snaf­fle Bit Fu­tu­rity.

The Amer­i­can Rope Horse Fu­tu­rity As­so­ci­a­tion, spear­headed by Colorado’s Jay Wad­ham, part­nered with Dean Tuftin of DT Horses to pro­duce the event, which al­lows horses 4 to 6 years old to com­pete in both a timed and judged for­mat. Judges Jay Eller­man, five-time NFR header, and Justin John­son, AQHA World Show judge and brother to PRCA world cham­pion Jhett John­son, will look for a more “jack­pot-type head horse,” one with­out as much slide as an AQHA show horse that a roper could ride at the BFI or US Fi­nals. They’ll want head and heel horses to be quiet in the box, and penal­ties will be as­sessed if not. Heel horses should show a lot of rate go­ing down the arena, and rop­ers can heel the steer on the first or sec­ond jump as long as the horse is work­ing, John­son said.

The fu­tu­rity will in­clude three goes and a fi­nals. Each run will be timed, and that num­ber will be sub­tracted from 60 sec­onds. The re­sult­ing sum will then be added to the scores from Eller­man and John­son.

The fu­tu­rity also has an in­cen­tive for #6 and be­low head­ers and #7 and be­low heel­ers.

With a Sept. 5 en­try deadline and a Sept. 25 late en­try deadline, rop­ers are al­ready lin­ing up to be a part of the ground­break­ing event.

“I’ve got sev­eral en­tered. It cre­ates more in­ter­est in the rop­ing horse in­dus­try, and like al­ways, when events start pay­ing more money, peo­ple are in­ter­ested in do­ing it,” said AQHA world cham­pion rope horse trainer Bobby Lewis. “It’s good. Any­thing to cre­ate in­ter­est in the in­dus­try, I’m all in.”

Entrants can ride an un­lim­ited num­ber of horses per side for fees of $1,250 each, with a late fee of $500 be­tween Sept. 5 and Sept. 25.

JD YATES AND DT ELENOR SHINE WHIZ

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