Big week of cut­ting ahead

The Tatura Guardian - - Sport - By Tara Whitsed

A huge eight days of cut­ting is com­ing to Tatura Park when the South­ern Seven Cut­ting Horse As­so­ci­a­tion’s annual show and the Na­tional Cut­ting Horse Vic­to­rian Fu­tu­rity events will be held back-to-back.

Start­ing with the South­ern Seven Cut­ting Horse As­so­ci­a­tion’s annual show, which kicks off on Fri­day, the events will see horsepeo­ple de­scend on the town­ship.

South­ern Seven Cut­ting Horse As­so­ci­a­tion’s Karen Phillips said the annual show had been held at Tatura Park for about 14 years.

‘‘Each year this premier event on the cut­ting calendar con­tin­ues to grow with over 250 en­tries and 150 of the best-bred cut­ting horses from all parts of the coun­try, in­clud­ing as far as South Aus­tralia, Western Aus­tralia and Queens­land,’’ she said.

Phillips said that the sport of cut­ting had been around since the mid-19th cen­tury and in­volved sep­a­rat­ing in­di­vid­ual cows from a small herd on horse­back and work­ing to­gether for a few min­utes to keep them from re­turn­ing to the pack.

‘‘Un­der the guid­ance of our club pres­i­dent John Napoli­tano, in 2010 we in­tro­duced our fea­ture event the Mare Stakes,’’ Phillips said.

She said the draw­card event was then ded­i­cated to the mem­ory of long-time cut­ter, sup­porter and friend Deb El­liott in 2012 and is now named the Deb El­liott Memo­rial Mare Stakes.

‘‘Thanks to the sup­port of our ma­jor spon­sor 4Cyte and the many other spon­sors, the to­tal prize money spread across 11 events over the week­end will be in ex­cess of $45 000, with al­most 1000 head of cat­tle re­quired over the three-days of the show,’’ she said.

‘‘The to­tal purse for the Mare Stakes event this year is $13 000.’’

The show will be held at Tatura Park from 8 am Fri­day, Satur­day and Sun­day. En­try is free.

This will be fol­lowed by the 2017 Na­tional Cut­ting Horse Vic­to­rian Fu­tu­rity, which runs from Wed­nes­day, September 13, to Sun­day, September 17.

This event will also run at Tatura Park. En­try is free.

Cut­ting comes to Tatura: Co­bram’s Corey Holden won last year’s Mare Stakes with Reylee Play for owner Danny Carey from El­do­rado.

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