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Cutters win big at inaugural ACHA/APHA Cowtown Cutting


Cutting horses added a splash of excitement to the 2016 AjPHA Youth World Championship Show schedule with the addition of the all-breed ACHA/APHA Cowtown Cutting show July 8–9. The dual-approved show awarded four American Cutting Horse Association circuit awards, five High-Point Paint Horse titles and paid out more than $28,000 in prize money.

Lenas Painted Jewel and Chris Woods took home more than $1,290 and the High-Point Paint Horse award in the $50,000 Non-Pro Cutting. Chris and the 2004 sorrel tobiano mare placed third overall with a score of 72 on day one and topped their performance the second day with a score of 75 to win the class. The duo was also named ACHA $50,000 Non-Pro Circuit Champion and has won more than $2,500 so far this year.

Downtown Graffiti captured the Open High-Point Paint Horse title with consistent placings both days. Piloted by Amnon Yiftah and owned by Bar None Ranch, the 2005 sorrel solid mare notched scores of 70 and 72. 

Chris Woods’ weekend success continued with Jazzed Oak, a 2005 bay solid mare. Tony Seamons rode the mare to scores of 71 and 72 to win the $3,000 Novice Horse Cutting High-Point Paint Horse award.

Mary Bauer secured the $1,000 Novice Rider High-Point Paint Horse award with her 2004 sorrel solid mare, Shake Your Budha. The pair took home $417 for a second-day win with a score of 70.

In the $15,000 Novice Horse Non-Pro, Raena Wharton and Pit Boss, a 2010 chestnut solid gelding, won the High-Point Paint title along with a fourth-place finish and $330 the second day.

Congratulations to the following horses and riders on their ACHA Circuit Champion awards: 

  • $50,000 Non-Pro: Lenas Painted Jewel, shown by Chris Woods
  • $20,000 Non-Pro: Zans Texas Brink (QH), shown by Rick Wisdom
  • $2,500 Novice Rider: Rockette (QH), shown by Mike Lane
  • $1,000 Novice Rider: MH Genuinely Willing (QH), shown by John Barnett

Chris Woods and John Barnett won bronze trophies sponsored by NCHA, and Rick Wisdom and Mike Lane received bronze trophies sponsored by ACHA.

The Cowtown Cutting was open to all ages of exhibitors and all breeds of horses; the new competition was added to the end of the Youth World Show schedule to provide a competitive event for cutting exhibitors as well as an opportunity to qualify for the APHA World Championship Show in November. 

“We had a great response our first year offering the show and look forward to continuing to develop our partnership with ACHA,” APHA Senior Director of Show and Contest Holly Slaughter said. “Based on the success of this summer’s show, we’re now going to hold an ACHA show at the APHA World Championship Show in November as well. We hope that by offering the ACHA classes in addition to our regular World Show class line-up, it gives our Paint cutters more incentive to compete at our World Show.”

The Cowtown Cutting drew 207 entries in its inaugural year, with plenty of Paints among them. The addition of a fall show event is designed to encourage more Open and Amateur Paint cutting exhibitors to compete in both the APHA World Championship Show and the ACHA show.


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The American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second-largest international equine breed association, registering more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded. APHA creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members’ experiences with their horses.