A cutting horse is an athletic and willing animal possessing an innate "cow sense" and ability to respond quickly and turn sharply, that is trained to keep a cow from returning to the herd.
JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -
There's a lot of money on the line at the Kirk Fordice Equine arena for the next 14 days. A major cutting horse show is in town, one that takes plenty of cow sense.
Competition will feature a full slate of events, including open and non-professional, as well as several offerings for amateur, youth and novice riders.
Admission is free and the event will also feature a western lifestyle trade show, offering clothing, custom leather and gift items. Action kicks off each day at 8 a.m.
A cutting horse is an athletic and willing animal possessing an innate "cow sense" and ability to respond quickly and turn sharply, that is trained to keep a cow from returning to the herd. The horses involved are typically American Quarter Horses, although many other stock horse breeds are also used.
More than a half million dollars is up for grabs through March16 in this national cutting horse competition. It's like a dance to watch as the horse and rider select and then separate a calf from the herd. That's when the action begins. The rider loosens the reins and the horse takes over.
Mississippi Hall of Fame recipient Ray Smith of Mantachie says, the cutting horses' job is to keep the calf from rejoining the herd. According to this trainer, the best horses do this with savvy, and style.
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 ranches 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, resulting in the development of more than 1,600 events around the world with a total purse nearing $40 million.
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