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FORT WORTH (CBSDFW.COM) - Despite the harsh winter storm that hit North Texas this past weekend, the show did go on for the National Cutting Horse Association. The Futurity World Championship is being held over the course of three weeks in Fort Worth and thousands of people braved the frigid weather to be there.

Cutting is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. “Fort Worth is the home of cutting,” explained Jim Brett Campbell, executive director for the NCHA. “The Coliseum is the epicenter of the cutting horse culture.”

The Futurity World Championship is like the Super Bowl for cutting horses and their trainers. The winner gets a $200,000 prize. But Campbell said, “more than anything, the bragging rights” is what is really sought after.

Over the course of these three weeks, more than $4 million in prize money will be awarded. The event attracts riders from all over the globe. It also means a projected $170 million in revenue for the City of Fort Worth.

Alice Walton of Walmart fortune was in the stands for a day. She is a big fan of cutting horses. And former Dallas Cowboys player Jay Novacek is an award-winning cutter.

“You won’t see a lot of silver on the saddles,” explained Campbell. “You won’t see a lot of bling, because it’s really about honoring that cowboy culture and the western heritage.”

What makes the sport so unique is that, when the rider drops the reins, the horse then instinctively takes charge. “These horses put a tremendous amount of effort,” said Campbell. “They are tremendously athletic.”

Watch the video below to see horse cutting in action, and get a better feel for the sport.

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