In the world of cutting horses, some of the top riders compete on two circuits throughout the year — weekend events and aged events.
Weatherford rider Clint Allen, who is the rider/trainer for horses owned by David and Stacie McDavid of Fort Worth, fares well on both circuits.
Allen clinched the open division title at the Mercuria NCHA World Series of Cutting tour stop at the recent Calgary Stampede after turning in a score of 225 on QB Cat. The Calgary stop was a standout show for avid weekend riders. The victory earned the McDavids $13,330.
Allen also is off to a great start at the NCHA Summer Spectacular in the 4-year-old open division, which is one of the sport’s top aged events. He tied for first in the first round with a score of 223 aboard the McDavid’s Pharoah And James.
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The first round concluded Sunday night at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum. Pharoah And James advanced to the second round, scheduled for Monday.
Allen said staying competitive on both the aged event and weekend circuits is a big challenge. He has to keep up with travel plans with older horses and then make sure a group of three-year-old horses who will debut at the December NCHA Futurity in Fort Worth are still training well.
“It’s a lot of work,” he said.
Cooper roping Tuf
From July 19-24 on the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association circuit, competitors had the opportunity to earn more money toward qualifying for the Wrangler National Finals Rodeo in Las Vegas than any other weekend of the year.
That’s because the Days of ’47 Cowboy Games and Rodeo offered each event winner a $50,000 check.
After finishing second in a preliminary round (with a time of 8.5 seconds) and then clinching the tie-down roping title during the final round July 24 (7.5 seconds) at the Salt Lake City rodeo, Tuf Cooper’s total earnings at the Days of ‘47 were $52,400.
After all that, Cooper was ranked No. 1 in the world all-around race in last week’s standings with $163,025, well ahead of No. 2 ranked Caleb Smidt. Cooper also was ranked No. 1 in last week’s PRCA’s tie-down roping standings with $143,959, again ahead of Smidt who was ranked second.