OJF Legally Blonde
In a cutting class the horse
is required to separate "one" cow from the herd and hold it in the
center of the arena!! Depending upon the workability of the cow chosen...an
exhibitor will normally work two to three animals during his allotted time
(2-1/2 minutes). Creating a cutting class for our models does require extensive
props...namely the cattle. There are some excellent model cows available for
this purpose. The animals used in cutting are cows or steers...NOT calves!!
Showing in the cutting class does not require the purchase of a specific model (although there are some awesome custom and AR/OS cutting horses available). Any breed, type or color horse may be used in cutting. Walking OF models can be shown entering the herd and "driving" out the chosen cow. Jogging OF models can be shown "within" the herd (where their actual gait is not visible) picking out the cow. Loping OF models can be positioned to "work" the cow in the middle of the arena!!
OJF Triple Fax
The placement of your model
relative to the cattle and to the fence is very important! The herd should
be shown standing against the "back" fence of your photo (a horse
will be rewarded credit for his ability to enter the herd "quietly"
with very little disturbance to the herd or to the one brought out). You dont
want your cattle scattered around the arena or "running away" from
your entry. If your model is working "within" the herd...the rider
is allowed to "guide" the horse to the selected cow...so your entry
"could" be on a tighter rein. However...once the chosen cow has
cleared the herd...a LOOSE rein is required (credit is given for riding with
a loose rein throughout a performance).
If your model is working the cow in the middle of the arena...be sure and place it to have the "working advantage" over the cow (a horse is penalized for going past an animal and losing that advantage). A horse turning TOO far "ahead of" or "behind" the cow would be considered out of position and would be penalized. Additional credit is given if the horse drives the chosen stock sufficient distance from the herd to assure that the herd will not be disturbed by his work (a horse is penalized for "running into" or "scattering" the herd while working). So place your entry "away" from the extra cattle in your photograph. Do not place your model set-up too close to the arena fence (a horse is penalized each time the "fence" turns or stops the cow...so dont make your entry appear to be working the cow "off" of the fence).
OJF Tulsa Tyme
The tack required for a cutting
class is a western saddle of any style, a bridle with split reins and any
western bit. Curb bits must have a curb strap. A horse under 5 years of age
may show in a bosal or snaffle bit.
Dont be intimidated by the more advanced performance classes...study the rules for each class and take your time in setting up your entry.
You can do it!!
All models pictured owned by Susan Hargrove
(Complete Rules and Regulations for the cutting class can be found at the NCHA website.)