Competition got under way with cutting on Day 5 of the 2010 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup.
By Tara Christiansen
Before the cutting competition began July 7, the 2010 American Quarter Horse Youth World Cup competitors got a dose of training from cutting royalty Boyd Rice and Teddy Johnson, as the duo tag-teamed a cutting clinic prior to the competition.
Teddy outlined some of the penalties that a cutter might run across. For starters, switching cattle is a five-point penalty. Once you commit to a cow, Teddy said, you should stay on it – put your hand down once your cow is singled out. When your hand is down, every time you pick up your hand is a one-point penalty.
In cutting, it should be your goal to work two to three cows in your 2 1/2-minute time period. A cow must either be standing still or turning away from the horse when you quit it, Boyd said. To quit the cow, make sure you reach down and touch your horse with your free hand and pick up your rein hand, Boyd said. If you quit the cow when it’s either moving or coming toward you, Teddy said that this is called a “hot quit” and it will cost you three points.
Even when schooling, cutters should keep their heels down when the cow and horse stop, so that they aren’t gouging their horse with their spurs as they go through the turns, Boyd said. He also advised the youth to avoid kicking their horses too much, which will get the horse uptight. Instead, Boyd suggested letting the horse relax and do his job.
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When you are selecting a cow to work, cut the last cow standing out in the center of the pen and drop your hand only when one cow is left, Boyd said. Teddy agreed and added that riders should be sure that their horses are faced up into the cow before they decide to drop their hands. Stay up tight into the cow, Teddy said, and it’ll help engage your horse into reading the cow. With all of this in mind, the cutting competitors started off the first leg of the Youth World Cup competition. Riding first was Team Belgium rider Koen Daemen aboard Lalaylla Laker. Koen marked a 73 and a 72, which earned him gold and bronze medals. Many other competitors put up phenomenal rides, but tough cattle kept a large portion of them out of the winner’s circle. Riding fifth was Team USA rider Reed Kyle aboard Treymendous. Reed also marked a 72 and a 73, which earned him gold and silver medals. Team New Zealand rider Olivia McInnes put in a stellar performance on TJ Gin Oak, marking a 73 and a 71, taking home silver and bronze medals to New Zealand.
The American Quarter Horse Journal is in Oklahoma City for the Youth World Cup’s online coverage. Check out the slide show below (click on each photo to see the caption).
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