March 20, 2014
By Tara MatslerThe American Quarter Horse Journal
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On March 20, 2014, ranch cutting kicked off the Zoetis Versatility Ranch Horse AQHA World Championships. (Credit: Journal) BELOW: Watch a highlight reel from ranch cutting.
Two minutes, two cows, two turn-back riders and two herd holders. But only one horse and one rider.
That's ranch cutting, and on March 20, 2014, it kicked off the Zoetis Versatility Ranch Horse AQHA World Championships. The event is held in conjunction with the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo.
Competitors traveled from far and wide for a shot at the world title; Andre Weber and Birgitta Breuer-Kreischer even hopped the pond from Germany to compete at this Texas event.
With ranch cutting down, exhibitors and their American Quarter Horses still have four events left: ranch trail, ranch riding, ranch horse conformation and working ranch horse. The top amateur and open horse-and-rider team after all five events will be crowned world champion.
The amateur ranch cutting class champion was Thomas J. Hicks riding Greyt Socks, while Fielding "Bozo" Rogers rode WM Blasted Smart to the open ranch cutting class win.