Watch outstanding cuts from limited age superstars - (Fort Worth, TX) — Tune in to Outdoor Life Network (OLN) on Sunday, February 22 at 5:00 p.m. CST to catch the one-hour high action telecast of the Western Horseman Cup Finals held in conjunction with the Augusta Futurity.
NCHA Triple Crown winner Chiquita Pistol fired from both barrels to make another mark on history by winning the inaugural Western Horseman Cup Finals on January 29. Ridden by Tag Rice for owner Tooter Dorman, Chiquita Pistol won the finals by marking 230 points. Provide she still has what it takes to be a champion.
Chiquita Pistol captured the $50,000 and trophy while TR Dual Rey, ridden by Lloyd Cox for owner David Plummer was the reserve champion with 225.5 points. In the Open division six horses marking 220 points or better.
The Non-Pro division of the Western Horseman Cup was nearly as competitive with the top four riders marking more than 220 points. The cup and $30,000 went to Kyle Manion on Ricochet Pep, marking 225.5 and Mary Ann Rapp marking 224.5 points riding TM Quiver.
The Western Horseman Cup Series brings a new continuity to the limited age cutting horse circuit by adding seasons, and tracking results. The five Open horses (plus ties) with the highest point total and the five Non-Professional riders with the highest point total at the end of each of three seasons were invited to participate in a newly-created Finals during the 2004 Augusta Futurity in January. Those 15 horses and 15 riders will cut one time for a total of $250,000.
The Western Horseman Cup was created under the support and direction of longtime cutter W.S. Morris, III. Morris’ Cowboy Publishing Group publishes Western Horseman Magazine and Quarter Horse News, and operates the equine web destination, Horsecity.com. The CPG publications, as well as the NCHA’s official magazine the Cutting Horse Chatter, and newspapers across the country, carry results and updates for the Cup.
The sport of cutting has roots in Western ranching traditions, where good horses were a necessity for everyday ranch work and cattle handling. The National Cutting Horse Association was formed in 1946 by a group of cowboys and ranchers who wanted to promote cutting competition, standardize rules and preserve the cutting horses’ Western heritage. Today, the Fort Worth-based NCHA represents over 15,000 people and oversees more than 1,400 NCHA-approved shows with more than $28 million in total prize money awarded annually.
For more information visit www.westernhorsemancup.com or call the NCHA office at 817/244-6188.