Cutting the weekend fine!

Makayla Adams riding Keeobarki Catalyst. Photo: Katie O’Brien.
Makayla Adams riding Keeobarki Catalyst. Photo: Katie O’Brien.

Beaudesert Cutting and Western Performance Club members were treated to two days of high performance when the Club held practice and points days last month.

Club President Troy Welsh said many of the participants used the weekend as practice for the upcoming National Cutting Horse Association Cutting Futurity currently being held in Tamworth.

The NCHA Cutting Futurity attracted more than 500 competitors and will pay out over $700,000 in cash and prizes over the duration of the event.

“We had riders from Warwick, Gatton and New South Wales at our event,” said Troy.

“It is a case of build it and they will come.  A lot of people use the practice day because there are fresh cattle available for people who don’t have their own cattle.”

The cutting events are similar to the cut out in a campdraft, except the riders and horses have two and a half minutes to cut out two or three beasts from the herd and are judged on their ability to stop them going back to the herd in that time.

Most of the riders use Quarter Horses with a small number riding Australian Stock Horses.

“Quarter Horses have been bred for this in America for years,” said Troy.

“We use those genetics here and it is unreal how the horses know to follow and cut out a beast, like a well bred cattle dog knows what to do.”

Beaudesert Cutting and Western Performance Club is located at Josephville and hosts 16 events per year.

Troy says it is a very family oriented Club, with a number of families joining Club events regularly.

For all enquiries visit the Club website

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