Congress Cutting Demonstration A Hit
Cutting events at the 46th annual All American Quarter Horse Congress wrapped up last week with a Cutting demonstration, sponsored by Nutrena. Three of Cutting’s top performers combined to give nearly 1,500 spectators insight into the sport.
Chubby Turner, Lindy Burch and Phil Rapp each cut three cows, all while explaining each maneuver and their strategy behind not only their entire ride, but regarding each cow.
Burch, an NCHA Hall of Fame rider, owner and breeder, emphasized the importance of having a plan, but also of not being afraid to be flexible.
“If you can start your run smoothly, most of the time your run will end that way,” Burch said. “I always like to take time on the first cut to make sure I have a good cow.”
Burch also talked about the importance of staying positive and never showing disappointment to the judges if things don’t go as planned.
Phil Rapp, the winningest competitor in NCHA history with earnings in excess of eight million dollars, echoed Burch’s advice, noting the importance of planning and giving yourself every advantage you can.
During Rapp’s first cut, he noted some of things that add credit: “Use your horse’s ears as a gun sight,” Rapp said. “Get your horse eye to eye with the cow.”
Turner, a professional trainer, 2004 NCHA Open World Champion and NCHA Past President also enjoyed the demonstration.
“There was a really good crowd here that gained a better perspective on the sport of Cutting,” Turner said. “This opportunity was really unique since not everyone here has ever seen Cutting before.”
Overall, the 2012 Congress Cutting Demonstration was a huge success. Ohio Quarter Horse Association Director Elizabeth Gorski, chair of the lectures and demonstrations committee was thrilled with the turnout.
“It’s so unique to have three of the most prestigious performers in the industry all in one place at one time,” Gorski said. “This is definitely a highlight for Congress demonstrations, and I couldn’t have done it without the assistance of fellow OQHA Director Chuck Smith.”
Next up in the Congress Demonstration Series is “Evaluating Conformation,” presented by Jeffery Pait at 10 am on Saturday, October 13th in Cooper Arena.
For a complete list of lectures at demonstrations at this year’s Quarter Horse Congress, visit www.oqha.com/aaqhc.