Battle in the Saddle

Join some of the world's best horses and cowboys July 3-8 in Oklahoma City.

The Mercuria-National Cutting Horse Association World Series of Cutting is just one of the many great events taking place July 3-8 at the 2012 Battle in the Saddle in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Last July, nine American Quarter Horses made it into the finals of the Mecuria Open World Series of Cutting, but only one could win: Dont Look Twice. Dont Look Twice and her trainer, Phil Rapp, took the title with a score of 229, and it led to a whirlwind of wins for the hard-working duo. Dont Look Twice became the 2011 NCHA Horse of the Year, with more than half a million dollars in earnings. Then, in November, Phil rode Dont Look Twice into first place in a rare cut-off at the 2011 AQHA World Championship Show in senior cutting.

Owned by Louis and Corliss Baldwin of Waco Bend Ranch in Graham, Texas, Dont Look Twice, who’s on her way to becoming NCHA’s top-earning mare of all time, was bred and trained by Phil Rapp, who praises her as a God-given, “once-in-a-lifetime horse.”

And Phil would know a good horse when he sees one – he started 2012 with $7,454,924.55 in NCHA career earnings, plus he touts a place in the NCHA Rider Hall of Fame. What’s more, Phil knows for a fact that Dont Look Twice, or “Lipstick,” as she’s known around the barn, hails from a remarkable dam-line. Lipstick’s dam, Tapt Twice, is out of the great NCHA Hall of Fame mare, Tap O Lena, the first offspring of Tapeppyoka Peppy, the horse with whom Phil won his first AQHYA world championship. Phil and Tapeppyoka Peppy are featured in the July issue of the The American Quarter Horse Journal.

Phil and Dont Look Twice’s win was only one of the fabulous moments at the 2011 Battle in the Saddle. If you missed last year’s event, don’t worry! Thousands of the best horses and cowboys in the world are preparing for this year’s Great American Western Horse Showdown at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.

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This year, exhibitors will compete for prizes in Versatility Ranch Horse competition, cutting, roping, cowboy mounted shooting, barrel racing, working cow horse, ranch sorting, ranch pleasure, a ranch remuda challenge and the third annual World’s Greatest Horseman Shootout.

The World’s Greatest Horseman Shootout pits two riders from each of five associations against each other for four western events: herd work, rein work, steer stopping and fence work. This year’s Shootout includes riders from AQHA, NCHA, American Rope Horse Futurity Association, National Reined Cow Horse Association and the Cowboy Mounted Shooting Association.

The 2012 Merial Ranch Sorting National Championship will also take place during this year’s Battle, and RSNC members who compete on American Quarter Horses will earn points and can qualify for both AQHA world championship shows and the RSNC national finals.

Owned by Oklahoma State Fair, presented by RFD-TV and managed by AQHA, Battle in the Saddle welcomes all breeds of horses to compete, but American Quarter Horses will earn AQHA points. This year’s Battle in the Saddle features $144,000 in added money, making more than $300,000 in purses.

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