Augusta kicks off Mercuria NCHA World Series
Mercuria Global Energy, with offices in 28 locations in five countries, has renewed its support of the National Cutting Horse Association’s (NCHA) World Series of Cutting. The Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting enters its fourth year of competition with growing momentum in popularity for the weekend cutting horse competitor.
Offering a total of $50,000 in added money at each series event, the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting has become a highlight of the annual cutting horse competition year attracting highly competitive horses and riders to the event in their quest for NCHA World Champion and Horse of the Year honors.
Offering cutting in an entertaining, fast-paced format, the event has drawn crowds in the thousands from across the United States, Canada and Europe.
“The Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting and the Mercuria NCHA World Championship Finals has become a valued showcase for the seasoned cutting horse,” said NCHA President Ernie Beutenmiller Jr. “Along with that, is the opportunity to see the sport expand through the exposure of these veteran horses to a new audience. The growth of the event in Canada and Europe has served as testimony to the global appeal of the sport, as well.”
In the series, horses and riders compete in non-professional or open competition. Mercuria and NCHA add a total of $25,000 to each event, with an additional $25,000 provided by the host organization. A whopping $400,000 in added money will be awarded across the event series, with an additional $200,000 added to the Mercuria NCHA World Championship Finals held in conjunction with the NCHA Futurity in December.
“Joining NCHA in the recognition of these athletes fits the goals of Mercuria in the support of communities in which Mercuria conducts business,” said Mike Redenbaugh, Mercuria, President. “NCHA members are largely rural and the majority live in states where cutting horse competitions thrive.”
The Series will kick off January 23 with the Augusta Futurity in Augusta, Georgia, followed in February by the San Antonio Stock Show and Houston Livestock Show, then will go on hiatus until summer, kicking off again in July with Battle in the Saddle in Oklahoma City, followed by the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alberta, Idaho Futurity in Nampa, El Rancho Futurity in Rancho Murrieta, Calif., the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio and Equita’ Lyon in Lyon, France.
Tentative dates for the 2013 Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting have been set.
- January 23-24, Augusta Futurity, Augusta, Georgia
- February 9-10, San Antonio Stock Show, San Antonio, Texas
- February 22-23, Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Houston, Texas
- July 7-8, Calgary Stampede, Calgary, Alberta, Canada
- August 31-September 1, Idaho Futurity, Nampa, Idaho
- September 14-15, El Rancho Futurity, Rancho Murrieta, California
- October 12-13, All American Quarter Horse Congress, Columbus, Ohio
- October 31-November 2, Equita’ Lyon, Lyon, France
- Another location to be announced