2013 NCHA Futurity to Air on RFD-TV

2013 NCHA Futurity to Air on RFD-TV December 21

Entire Triple Crown & Weekly Series To Air in 2014

Fort Worth, TX, April 6, 2013 – The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) announced today in a joint press conference with RFD-TV that its World Championship Futurity will take to the airwaves this December on rural America’s most important network. The estimated $4 million competition for three-year-old cutting horses will be made available to more than 61 million households across the United States.

The Futurity is the highlight of the year for the cutting horse industry, drawing an international audience of more than 12,000 to Fort Worth, Texas, and thousands more by web and television. The show will tentatively air on Saturday, December 21, one week following the December 15 Open Finals.

One of the deciding factors in selecting RFD-TV was the network’s focus on western sports and interest in airing more premier equine events from across the country.

“The cutting horse is truly one of the elite athletes in the horse world and as we move forward with the promotion of the sport, NCHA will increasingly position the cutting horse as the premier equine athlete,” said NCHA President Ernie Beutenmiller, Jr.

RFD-TV CEO, Randy Bernard, echoed those thoughts, saying, “Because the cutting horse has undeniably unique abilities, RFD-TV worked to ensure that NCHA was among the first groups we approached with our goal to obtain more event-driven programming. As RFD-TV moves forward, viewers will see an increasing amount of western sports and improved quality of programming throughout the network.

With that in mind, we will also be airing the NCHA Super Stakes and Summer Spectacular to bring fans the complete Triple Crown series.”

Producing the Futurity broadcast will be Carr-Hughes Productions from Syracuse, New York, whose long history in sports television includes such broadcasts as the 2012 Rolex Three Day Event, the 2010 World Equestrian Games, Olympic track and field events and Summer in Saratoga specials on NBC.

“The broadcast of the NCHA Triple Crown will be the start of a long-term goal to bring more cutting horse events to the American public, along with a growing international audience,” said Beutenmiller. “It’s an exciting time for the sport and NCHA wants to build on the momentum that can be generated through this type of exposure.”

In addition to airing its Triple Crown events on RFD-TV, the association is developing a schedule for a weekly television series. More details regarding the 2014 broadcast schedule for NCHA will be announced at a later date.

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About The National Cutting Horse Association:

The National Cutting Horse Association, based in Fort Worth, Texas, is the world governing body for the sport of cutting. With more than 16,000 members worldwide, its mission is to promote and celebrate the cutting horse, whose origin on Western supports ranching and Western heritage. By establishing rules for the conduct of cutting horse shows, NCHA provides a level playing field and a progressive class structure, which accommodates everyone from the beginner to the advanced competitor. NCHA draws on the diverse talents and backgrounds of its members and encourages their participation in helping it achieve these goals.

About Rural Media Group, Inc. (RMG):

Rural Media Group, Inc., formed in 2008, is the world’s leading provider of multimedia content dedicated to the rural and western life. RMG is the parent company of RFD-TV, FamilyNet, RURAL TV, RFD-TV the Magazine and RFD-TV the Theatre. RFD-TV, the flagship network for RMG, launched in December 2000 and is the nation’s first 24-hour television network dedicated to serving the needs and interests of rural America with programming focused on equine, agriculture and the rural lifestyle, along with traditional country music and entertainment. RMG acquired FamilyNet, America’s trusted entertainment network dedicated to providing wholesome and responsible viewing choices for today’s diverse family, in August 2012. RMG networks are distributed into more than 63 million homes worldwide by DBS and cable systems including DISH Network, DIRECTV®, Comcast, Verizon FiOS TV, AT&T U-Verse, Mediacom, Charter, Optimum, Brighthouse, Suddenlink, Time Warner, Cox, and more than 600 independent rural cable systems. For more information, visit www.rfdtv.com, www.myruraltv.com, and www.familynet.com. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook: @OfficialRFDTV @RURALTV @FamilyNet

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