In the sport of cutting, a trainer teaches a horse to hold a designated cow at bay once the animal has been separated from the herd.
At that point, the reins have been dropped and they’re hanging loose. It’s up to the horse to make the right moves and fend off a darting cow.
One first-year horse who is doing that with precision is a mare named Cinca Im Hot with Weatherford cowboy Jesse Lennox in the saddle.
“If I am in a situation where I would normally misread a cow, she catches that and handles that for me,” Lennox said. “She stays in sync on that cow. Her timing on a cow is just phenomenal.”
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Cinca Im Hot has fended off the cows in dramatic fashion at the National Cutting Horse Association Summer Spectacular, one of the sport’s premier aged event shows that’s running this week at Will Rogers Memorial Coliseum.
The mare, which is owned by Bobby Patton of Fort Worth, has earned a berth in this weekend’s 4-year-old open division semifinal after turning in a two-run score of 438 (221 in the first round and 217 in the second round).
The semifinal round is scheduled for Saturday night. The final, which is the third jewel of the sport’s Triple Crown Series, is scheduled for Sunday afternoon.
As Lennox, 28, competes in the Summer Spectacular, he has a lot of faith in Cinca Im Hot’s decision-making. He compares the mare to a gifted student.
“It’s her intelligence,” Lennox said. “She’s very beautiful moving and really quick. But she’s very good at reading a cow. She doesn’t make a mistake. Even if I do, she covers it up. She’s a real responsible mare. She tries really hard to help you. She tries to get you out of a bind.”
Cheyenne rodeo concludes
A barrel racer from Weatherford was the highest money winner at the iconic Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo in Wyoming, which concluded last weekend.
Stevi Hillman, a former Wrangler National Finals Rodeo qualifier, earned $22,554. After all that, she’s ranked second in the Women’s Professional Rodeo Association barrel racing world standings with $154,142 in regular season earnings.
Trevor Brazile, a 23-time world champion from Decatur, finished third in the tie-down roping title race with a three-run time of 39.1 seconds. Lane Livingston of Seymour lassoed the title with a 38.0.
Brazile clinched the all-around title. He earned $13,949 after competing in tie-down roping, team roping and steer roping.
The team roping race concluded with a tie between Erich Rogers/Cory Petska and Brandon Webb/Kollin VonAhn. The two teams finished with a three-run time of 28.4. Other 2017 champions at the $835,283 rodeo were bareback rider Tim O’Connell, steer wrestler Baylor Roche, saddle bronc rider Brody Cress, steer roper Brady Garten and bull rider Clayton Foltyn.