A Judge’s Perspective: Cutting

AQHA Judge Sam Rose dissects the 2016 AQHA senior cutting world championship run.

Donas Suen Boon and Kobie Wood came out on top at the 2016 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championship Show in senior cutting.

In the video above, Sam Rose, who judged the finals at the 2016 Lucas Oil World, dissects Kobie’s winning run. Watch Kobie’s winning run and read why the AQHA judges found this go worthy of a gold trophy.

First Cut

Rose: “This horse comes in for the first cut, [and it’s a] nice clean cut.

“This horse is staying with this cow; he has a lot of form here.

“This cow is pretty strong; the rider stays with this cow.

“Right now this rider is sitting at a 74.”

Second Cut

“The horse is very accurate, pretty much truly a cow horse here. He has total control over this cow.

“A lot of working time, a lot of courage.”

Third Cut

“This qualifies for a deep cut.”

“Again, this horse has total control of the cow, a lot of expression. This is really what we look for: the horse doing a lot on his own.

“The position, the time, the degree of difficulty, all of this eye appeal – everything is plus across the card.

“This guy didn’t try to safety up: He went and showed his horse to the best he can, and he didn’t leave anything in the back. He showed his horse.”