The National Cutting Horse Association brings the 2021 NCHA Metallic Cat World Championship Futurity to Fort Worth November 17 - December 11. Here are five things to know about planning a trip there and why you should consider planning a visit if you weren’t already. 

The Competition

The Futurity is the NCHA’s most prestigious cutting competition for three-year-old horses. It complements the other two legs of the NCHA’s Triple Crown, the Super Stakes and the Summer Show, both of which feature older horses and are also held in Fort Worth. You’ll watch top equine performers and their skilled riders demonstrate athleticism and cunning as they work to separate cows from their herd. This is the first time these horses will have been put into an actual competition and there’s plenty of excitement.

The Open division features pros hoping to win cash prizes that range into six figures. Amateur riders have their own titles to be won as well. The World Finals will be held in conjunction with the Futurity, featuring the top 15 competitors from around the world in multiple divisions.

The event also includes sales events, with horses of varying ages available for purchase at auction.

The Schedule

You have lots of opportunities to see these top horses and riders – most of the sessions go all day long. The competition begins November 17 with the Open Division’s first go. These are professional riders looking to advance to the later rounds. Their first two rounds extend through November 24, then resume with the semi-finals on December 10. The non-pros begin November 24 and the World Finals competitors get into the mix on November 27. All the Futurity competitions take place in Will Rogers Coliseum, with the World Finals taking place in the Watt Arena. The Open Finals wrap up the event on the evening of December 11.

The Charity Event

For some 26 years, the Careity Foundation’s Celebrity Cutting Horse event has been held in conjunction with the Futurity. It’s an opportunity to see celebs from the worlds of entertainment and sports try their hands at the sport of cutting. Celebrity participants in 2021 include "Yellowstone" creator Taylor Sheridan and his wife Nicole along with many of the actors from the hit series. You can watch them saddle up to benefit a good cause Friday, December 3, at Will Rogers Coliseum. Careity Foundation is a Texas 501(c)3 that provides direct care and assistance to cancer patients and their families.

The Best of The West

The Best of the West Trade Show features some of the top vendors in the Western industry. You’ll find items of all different price points, from saddles to hats to trucks to tractors to that unique item you might need for a certain imminent gift-giving holiday.

The Best of the West Trade Show offers free admission and is open every day during the Futurity starting at 9:30 a.m.

The Price

Here's the best part: Admission to most of the events is free. Admission to the trade show is free. You’ll pay to park on-premises, but the price for the Futurity is, to say the least, family-friendly. For anyone with children who have an interest in horses, it’s a great option for a family day out. The only days for which you’ll need to purchase a ticket are the last three days of competition in Will Rogers Coliseum.