Cutting in Style
October 11th, 2017Tweet
By Barbara Aitken Jenkins
Exhibitors cut over 2,000 head of cattle during the annual All American Quarter Horse Congress Cutting event at the Coliseum in Columbus, Ohio.
Approximately 850 exhibitor entries were logged over a seven-day span covering 36 classes.
The highlighting event - the Mercuria World Series of Cutting, gathered an enthusiastic crowd eager to see the best horses in the industry on October 8.
Father and son team, Austin and Cade Shepard definitely put on a show; walking away with two respective Mercuria championships in the Non Pro and in the Open division - earning $10,000 checks.
With more than $250,000 paid out to the top placers, the Congress was deemed, “a first-class show,” by NCHA President Louis Wray.
“It takes three things to make a good show," said Wray. "Good ground, good cattle, and good judging. [The] Congress had all three."
NCHA Executive Director Chuck Smith, whose roots are planted in Ohio and at the Congress, was pleased with the feedback he received from exhibitors.
“Amateur weekend entries were up this year,” said Smith. “I take that as a positive sign that people are coming into the sport and competition for the fun and recognition of showing, and not just money.”
Smith credits the growing popularity of the Congress Cutting to the consistency of the Congress.
“Congress is an annual event." He said. "It’s a world quality show East of the Mississippi.”
Smith explained that Congress gives cutters in the Northeast region of the United States, a top-notch show within a shorter driving distance.
A unique aspect of the Congress Cutting includes recognizing the top 15 placings regardless of money earnings. Exhibitors are awarded more than a check, they also receive Congress awards which include a Champion Bronze, buckle and medallions for the top 15 placers.
“The Congress is known for the best awards and recognition in the Congress,” said Smith. “The Congress is proud to be a producer of the Mercuria since the beginning. The Congress attracts the best horses in the world and is also an inviting venue for the enthusiastic beginner.”
Wray said that the Congress is “a super environment for horses to be showcased, and expects the Cutting to continue to grow."
He added, “A good experience equals more people.” That’s what the Congress is giving anyone who drives through the gates.
For a full list of results, information and more, visit www.quarterhorsecongress.com and follow the official All American Quarter Horse Congress Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram.