Journal on the Road

Cutting Excitement

July 6, 2011

The Mercuria World Series of Cutting open and non-pro finals kick off the 2011 Battle in the Saddle finals competition with a bang.

By Larri Jo Starkey and Tara Christiansen

Constance Jaeggi of Weatherford, Texas, cuts on Dual R Smokin at Battle in the Saddle, presented by RFD-TV. (Tara Christiansen photo). For more photos, scroll to the slide show below.

Nine open exhibitors made it back to the July 6 finals of the Mercuria World Series of Cutting at Battle in the Saddle, presented by RFD-TV.

In the end, only one could be victorious, and that one was one of the winningest mares currently competing: Dont Look Twice. Phil Rapp rode the mare to a 229 amid the blaring music and bright lights that go along with the World Series of Cutting.

“God gave her to us, and she is a once-in-a-lifetime horse,” Phil said after the winning ride. “I hope she never goes anywhere. She’s a great horse and has great babies.”

Dont Look Twice is a 2005 sorrel mare by High Brow Cat and out of Tapt Twice by Dual Pep. She was bred by Phil and his wife, Mary Ann, of Weatherford, Texas, and is owned by Waco Bend Ranch of Graham, Texas. She has more than $555,000 in National Cutting Horse Association earnings.

“We flushed a Spots Hot (embryo) out of her yesterday,” Phil said. “After we showed her (in the prelims), we went down and flushed her at Royal Vista in Purcell, (Oklahoma), and it didn’t seem to bother her any.”

In the non-pro division, 10 riders made it back to the finals, and the top finalist was Constance Jaeggi, lured to the United states by high-powered cutting horses and hard-core cutting competition.

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Constance started riding cutting horses in Switzerland six years ago, but she now calls herself a resident of Weatherford, Texas. She got serious about cutting two years ago, and it was a little after that that she and trainer Chubby Turner discovered Dual R Smokin, a 2005 sorrel stallion by Dual Rey and out of Smokin Pepto by Peptoboonsmal, now owned by Daniel Jaeggi.

Constance and “Smoke,” as he’s known around the barn, drew up fifth in the non-pro finals. In an electrifying run, the duo marked a 228 that had hearts pumping in the Jim Norick Coliseum.

The pair have already won the NCHA Super Stakes Classic Non-Pro 5/6-year-old competition this year, which was the first cutting trophy that Constance had ever won. Her World Series trophy is No. 2 in the collection.

“I would like to make it to the top 15 (in the world standings), and we’ll see from there,” she says.

To see more action from Battle in the Saddle, watch the Journal slide show below. Click on each photo to read the caption.

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