By Tara ChristiansenThe American Quarter Horse JournalJune 17, 2011
Above: Beau Galyean shows Sweet Abra in the Mercuria/NCHA World Series of Cutting open finals at 2010 Battle in the Saddle in Oklahoma City. Journal photo. Below: See what made the inuagural Battle in the Saddle a unique show that brought some of the biggest names in the horse industry together for a week long competition.
Cuttin’ It Up
As a cutting competitor, if you’re looking for the chance to earn National Cutting Horse Association money and earn AQHA points in the same run, Battle in the Saddle has got you covered!
Battle in the Saddle, July 5-9 in Oklahoma City, is offering $65,000 in added money for AQHA- and NCHA-sanctioned classes.
All American Quarter Horses who enter NCHA classes will automatically be entered in the AQHA portion of the class. Here are some more particulars of the event:
Battle in the Saddle is also a featured stop along the Mercuria/NCHA World Series of Cutting tour. The Mercuria/NCHA World Series features nine shows, and horses of all ages are able to compete for $25,000 in added money in both the open and non-pro divisions.
At Battle in the Saddle, the Mercuria/NCHA World Series open and non-pro classes will bring back the top 25 percent scoring horses (minimum of six or maximum of 12), plus ties, to the finals on Wednesday, July 6, at 6 p.m.
The Mercuria/NCHA World Finals will be held in conjunction with the NCHA Futurity in Fort Worth, Texas. The finals will feature a four-round competition for the top 15 cutters in year-end standings in both the open and non-pro divisions.
Cow Horsin’ Around
From the most elite cow horse competitors to those in the limited classes, Battle in the Saddle offers something for everyone. The event will feature AQHA-, National Reined Cow Horse Association- and Southwest Reined Cow Horse Association-sanctioned working cow horse classes, with $10,650 in added money.
If you plan to compete in working cow horse classes at Battle in the Saddle, here are a few things to keep in mind:
AQHA points earned in open and amateur, or non-pro, events at the Battle in the Saddle will count toward qualification in open and amateur classes at the 2011 AQHA World Championship Show. For Select amateurs, AQHA points earned in amateur, or non-pro, events at the Battle in the Saddle will count toward qualification for the 2012 AQHA Select World Championship Show.
Best of luck out of the herd and down the fence!
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