The NCHA Futurity is the biggest and richest indoor sporting horse event in the Southern Hemisphere.
Hundreds of thousands of dollars in prizemoney attracts hundreds of competitors each year for this 14-day event. Thousands of spectators also attend.
NCHA is an acronym for the National Cutting Horse Association. For those who aren’t aware, ‘cutting’ is a Western-style equestrian competition. In effect, a horse and a rider have two and a half minutes to work two to three cows and prevent them from returning to their herd. It’s a fast-paced contest that demonstrates the impressive athleticism of both riders and their horses.
The highly prestigious NCHA Futurity event is hosted in Tamworth, Australia’s country music capital. It remains one of the most profitable events in the region, bringing in an estimated $2.3 million to the local economy each year. The event is held at the $38-million-dollar Australian Equine, Livestock and Events Centre (AELEC) in the suburb of Hillvue.
You’ll have the opportunity to meet fellow equestrian lovers from across Australia and around the world at the NCHA Futurity event. You’ll also have access to 59 premium indoor trade sites, and approximately 600 stables and 191 powered campsites.
There’s a free demonstration arena that offers visitors the opportunity to meet and learn from Australia’s elite horse trainers, as well as cutting horse sales. If you’re a horse lover, you won’t want to miss it!
Hillvue is a suburb of Tamworth in northern New South Wales. It’s about a 5-hour drive from the Sydney CBD via the M1 and New England Highway/A15. Tamworth also has its own regional airport.
The National Cutting Horse Association’s NCHA Futurity is one of the biggest indoor sporting horse events in Australia, attracting over 500 competitors. It features the country’s best cutting horse which compete for over $700,000 in prizes.
It started out at the Moonbi Showgrounds in 1974, but today it’s held at Tamsworth in New South Wales. The event brings in around $2.3 million for the economy each year, attracting 15,000 spectators from around the country who come to attend the multi-day event. The festivities include a cutting program, evening entertainment from the NCHA Stockman’s Challenge, bull riding, horseman demonstrations, rodeos, country music, and more. The event also showcases a western/rural trade display located outside the metropolitan area. It also coincides with the NCHA Select Sale, where some of Australia’s finest bred horses will be up for auction. Admission fees may vary.
The NCHA Futurity is held at the Australian Equine, Livestock & Events Centre; a $38 million facility equipped with 59 indoor trading sites, around 600 stables, 191 powered campsites, and non-powered camping. It’s located at 503 Goonoo Goonoo Road, Tamsworth, New South Wales.