If you’re looking for a shady spot to cool down this Summer then take advantage of the indoor arenas at the Cascade Cow Cutter Shows. Watching athletic horses cut cattle is a real hoot!
Cutting is a western-style equestrian competition in which a horse and rider work as a team before a judge to demonstrate the horse’s athleticism and ability to handle cattle during a 2.5 minute performance, called a ‘run’.
I’ve always been into sports like basketball, soccer, and golf. I did a little barrel racing at local club events when going to college but never showed horses. Working cattle, moving cattle, and team sorting were my favorite things to do on horseback. One day I came across a cutting competition listed online and it was being held in Ellensburg which is only an hour and 15 minutes away.
Being a photographer, I thought that it might be kinda fun to try photographing the event. My mom and I loaded up and drove to Ellensburg for the day and were completely blown away. It was the most fun I’d had in a long time and I wasn’t even riding! We were in ‘aw’ of these awesome horses and the fact they were trained so well to cut on their own.
The following year my dad heard a radio advertisement about a “Never Rode a Cutter” class that was being held at Bonina Ranch in Eltopia. Must I say more? I talked my cousin into going with me and we both ended up buying a cutting horse the next year.
This show season is our first time showing. We are learning a lot and having a blast! I still enjoy taking photos of the events when I’m not warming up my horse. I especially love finding closeup shots and capturing the detail in riders’ saddles, chaps, blankets, etc.
Come out and enjoy a show or get into the sport of Cutting! The 2016 list of CCC Shows are below. Trainers can be found on Cascade Cow Cutter’s website at www.CascadeCowCutters.org. To purchase photos go to www.CountryDovePhotography.com. Hope to see you in the show pen!
2016 Show Dates:
April – Ellensburg, WA
May – Ellensburg, WA
May 21-22 – Bonina / Eltopia, WA
June 3-5 – Moses Lake, WA
July 1-3 – Ellensburg, WA
July 16-17 – Ukiah, OR
August 5-7 – Ellensburg, WA
September 15-17 – Ellensburg, WA
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