A competitor uses horse skills to ‘cut’ a cow away from its herd.
A competitor uses horse skills to ‘cut’ a cow away from its herd.

Show makes the cut

GET roped into the action and head out to the Copmanhurst recreation ground today for the Big River Cutting Club’s 25th anniversary show.

Over the next two days, more than 70 competitors and their mounts will take to the centre arena, each with only two-and-a-half minutes to impress the judges by demonstrating how well they can separate or ‘cut’ a cow from its herd and how well they can control it by preventing it from rejoining the group.

Big River Cutting Club president Fiona Brown is confident of a large turnout this weekend and is encouraging people of all ages to journey out to Copmanhurst for a fun family day.

“This event marks a very proud milestone for the Big River Cutting Club,” she said.

“Since its establishment in 1989, the club has hosted a number of competitions and they’re a great opportunity for competitors to showcase their skills.

“People love coming to these events and they get to see how a horse and rider work together as a team.”

The Big River Cutting Club’s 25th anniversary show will run from 7am-4pm today and tomorrow.

Admission is free. All welcome.

The sport of ‘cutting’ originated from cattle ranches in America’s Wild West, where it was up to the horse to separate cattle from the herd for vaccinating, castrating, and sorting.

It is now one of the fastest growing equine sports in the world.



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