2011 NCHA Futurity – is this a sign of things to come?

When  you scroll through this years NCHA Open and Non Pro Futurity results you’ll notice something different from years gone by.

In previous years the names of Peptos Stylish Oak, Rackateer Cat, Seligman Spin, Intracatolena and co appeared as the sires of many  of the finalists. This year however  those names are few and far between, they have been replaced by names like Sophisticated Catt, WR This Cats Smart, CD O’lena, Kit Dual and Reyn Storm.

Of the fourty finalists that appeared in this years Open and Non Pro Futurity finals, 50% of these horses were sired by Stallions who reside in the USA. Of course that is including Reyn Storm arguably the most succesful freshman sire at Tamworth last week. “Stormy” although earning his impressive cutting credentials here in Australia now calls Sweeden Kentucky his home.”Stormy” had a total of nine finalists in the  Open and Non Pro Futurities.

With the use of  imported semen and Embryo transfers on the increase it is also possible that next years list of finalists could have sires completely different again. Of course breeding horses this way is a very expensive excercise and despite the cost you are still not guaranteed breeding a Futurity champion. Fortunately though there are still very impressive and more affordable Sires here on Aussie shores that could also deliver.

Spins Gypsy Rose (purchased by the Turner family from the justcuttin’ sale barn) topped the aggregates in the go – rounds and is sired by Australian bred Stallion Spins Image (full brother to Futurity Champion Sire Docs Spin N Tell). A quick scroll through the non pro finalists list  also show the names of Aussie bred Stallions Burrendah Acres, Dmac A Tee and Oaks Spinifex. Throw into the mix  imported studs Teles Again and Ducelena and you’re assured to be able to breed a potential champion to suit any budget.

With the pool of impressive stallions getting larger and larger the decision of where to send your mare in the spring will be a very tough decision indeed.