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The 2021 American Rope Horse Futurity Association World Finals runs Oct. 21-23 in Fort Worth, Texas's John Justin Arena in the Will Rogers Memorial Complex. Here's what you need to know to watch the richest young horse event in team roping. 

Where is the livestream for the American Rope Horse Futurity Association World Finals?

Performance Horse Central is broadcasting the entire futurity, as well as live-scoring the event. Get the link here. 

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What's the schedule for the American Rope Horse Futurity Association World Finals?

The event kicks off Oct. 21 at 8 a.m. with the first three full rounds of the Open heading, followed by the first round of the Open heeling Thursday night. The second and third round of the Open heeling starts at 8 a.m. Friday, and the short round of both events will kick off at approximately 6:30 p.m. Friday Oct. 22 with rider introductions. 

How many horses are in the American Rope Horse Futurity Association World Finals on each end?

The Open heading features 213 head horses and 273 heel horses. 

What are the differences between the Open, Intermediate, Limited and Non-Pro Classes?

Open, Limited, and Intermediate Futurity Team Roping:

— Horses 6 years of age and younger only.

Intermediate Futurity Rider Eligibility:

— Header- US/WS #6E to a 6.

— Heeler – US/WS #8 to a 6E

Limited Futurity Rider Eligibility:

— Header- US/WS #5E or lower.

— Heeler – US/WS #6 or lower.

Non-Pro:

— Any age horse and rider must be a current USTRC/WSTRC member holding a #5E or lower card. 

What will the ARHFA World Finals pay?

Open Heading: 

  1. $23,000
  2. $18,000
  3. $16,000
  4. $14,000
  5. $12,000
  6. $10,000
  7. $8,000
  8. $6,000
  9. $4,000
  10. $3,000
  11. $2,000
  12. $2,000
  13. $2,000
  14. $2,000
  15. $2,000  
  16. (16-25 take home $1,500)

Intermediate Heading: 

  1. $15,000
  2. $12,000
  3. $10,000
  4. $8,000
  5. $6,000
  6. $4,000
  7. $2,000
  8. $1,500

Limited Heading

  1. $3,500
  2. $2,500
  3. $1,500
  4. $1,500

3- & 4-Year-Old Heading Incentive:

  1. $14,000
  2. $12,000
  3. $10,000
  4. $8,000
  5. $6,000
  6. $4,000
  7. $3,000
  8. $2,000
  9. $1,500
  10. $1,000

Heading Go-Round Payout: 

  1. $4,000
  2. $3,000
  3. $2,000
  4. $1,500

Open Heeling: 

  1. $26,000
  2. $21,000
  3. $18,000
  4. $16,000
  5. $14,000
  6. $12,000
  7. $10,000
  8. $8,000
  9. $6,000
  10. $4,000
  11. $2,000
  12. $2,000
  13. $2,000
  14. $2,000
  15. $2,000
  16. (16-25 take home $1,500)

Intermediate Heeling: 

  1. $15,000
  2. $12,000
  3. $10,000
  4. $8,000
  5. $6,000
  6. $4,000
  7. $2,000
  8. $1,500

Limited Heeling: 

  1. $3,500
  2. $2,500
  3. $1,500
  4. $1,500

3- & 4-Year-Old Heeling Incentive:

  1. $18,000
  2. $16,000
  3. $14,000
  4. $12,000
  5. $10,000
  6. $8,000
  7. $6,000
  8. $4,000
  9. $2,000
  10. $1,500

Heeling Go-Round Payout:

  1. $5,000
  2. $4,000
  3. $3,000
  4. $2,000

Non-Pro Heading Average Payout: 

  1. $6,700
  2. $5,360
  3. $4,355
  4. $3,685
  5. $2,680
  6. $2,345
  7. $2,010
  8. $1,675
  9. $1,340
  10. $1,340
  11. $1,005
  12. $1,005

Non-Pro Heeling Average Payout: 

  1. $5,580
  2. $4,464
  3. $3,627
  4. $3,069
  5. $2,232
  6. $1,953
  7. $1,674
  8. $1,395
  9. $1,116
  10. $1,116
  11. $837
  12. $837

Non-Pro Heading and Heeling Go-Round Payout: 

  1. $1,000
  2. $500

How does the ARHFA scoring work?

Each horse will start out with a 70 score and go up or down from there. Judges score each maneuver from -5 to +5, and each penalty from 1 to 5. Eye appeal will be scored from -1 to +1. There is a 10-second penalty for any broken barrier and a 5-second penalty for roping a leg. 

The maneuvers judged in the heading are: Box & Barrier, Run & Rate, Setting & Handling, Facing, Degree of Difficulty and Eye Appeal. 

The 5-point heading penalties are given for Refusal to Enter the Box, Rearing, Running into the Steer and Refusing to Pull the Steer. The 1-5 point penalties are Turning Around in the Box, Getting Out Ran and Failure to Face Completely. 

The maneuvers judged in the heeling are: Box & Barrier, Run & Rate, Position, Stop & Jerk, Degree of Difficulty and Eye Appeal. The 5-point heeling penalties are Refusal to Enter the Box, Rearing Up and Running into the Steer. 

Time is the "third judge", subtracting the total time from 80 to provide the third score. 

Who are the ARHFA World Finals judges in 2021?

  • Nick Sarchett, two-time NFR qualifier, 15-time Turquoise Circuit Finalist, 20-time AQHA World Finalist and AQHA World Champion
  • Paul Griemsman, Mountain States Circuit Champion, Badlands Heeling Champion, Intercollegiate Champion, Ram Nation Circuit Finals Champion
  • Jay Ellerman, five-time NFR qualifier, Dodge National Circuit Finals Champion, four-time Mountain States Circuit Champion and judged first-ever ARHFA World Finals in 2017
  • Jody Ramer, AQHA World Champion, two-time ARHFA Champion, trainer of World Champions in the AQHA, APHA, PHBA and ABRA

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