While watching Cutting, lots of people compare it to a intricate dance of horse, rider and cow. It is truly a treat to watch all three working together. It began as a competition for bragging rights between working cowboys to find who had the most ‘cow wise’ horse. Nowadays it is the cutting horses job to separate cattle from the herd for vaccinating, castrating, and sorting.
In the event (competition), the horse and rider select and separate a cow (typically a steer or heifer) out of a small group. The cow then tries to return to its herd; the rider loosens the reins (“puts his hand down” in the parlance) and leaves it entirely to the horse to keep the cow separated, a job the best horses do with relish, savvy and style. A contestant has 2 ½ minutes to show the horse; typically three cows are cut during a run, although working only two cows is acceptable. A judge awards points to the cutter based on a scale that ranges from 60 to 80, with 70 considered average.
An interesting “did you know” fact about the Canadian Cutting Horse Association: Its under the patronage of His Royal Highness the Duke of Edinburgh.
Come see this cool event down at the Big Top
Tuesday July 7, 2009 2:00-8:00 p.m.
Wednesday July 8, 2009 2:00-8:00 p.m.
And Finals Thursday July 9, 2009 5:00-9:00 p.m.