Rapping up a Record

philrapp110815Phil Rapp • photo by Jennifer K. HancockPhil Rapp is now the $9 million man. Cutting’s all-time leading rider reached a new milestone at the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Show in Oklahoma City. With two horses in the Nov. 6 Senior Cutting finals, Rapp’s earnings were pushed past the $9 million mark, according to the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA).

Rapp rode Waco Bend Ranch’s Manytimes (One Time Pepto x Cats Twisted Whisker x High Brow Cat) to a Reserve World Championship in Senior Cutting and placed fourth with Gale Force Quarter Horses’ Reyzin (High Brow CD x Miss Reycine x Dual Rey), a horse Rapp bred with his wife, Mary Ann Rapp. Mary Ann rode Reyzin to the NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year title in 2013.

“Obviously cutting has been a lifelong passion, and we’ve been so very blessed – myself and my family,” Rapp said after reaching the unprecedented mark. “It’s humbling – when you hit these milestones it’s very humbling because there is no way that I could have ever done it by myself. It only shows how strong the people are that help me and how strong my wife, my family, my children and the people that work for me now and have worked for me through the years and all the people from when I was 13 years old to today that were there helping me.”

Rapp pointed to NCHA Hall of Fame Horse Dont Look Twice (High Brow Cat x Tapt Twice x Dual Pep) as one of his most influential equine partners. Bred by the Rapps, Dont Look Twice is owned by Waco Bend Ranch’s Louis and Corliss Baldwin. The 10-year-old mare has $823,503 in lifetime earnings.

But it’s Dont Look Twice’s granddam, Tap O Lena (Doc O’Lena x Tapeppyoka Peppy x Docs Oak), who holds a soft spot in Rapp’s heart.

“We just lost Tap O Lena almost two months ago now, and she was such a special horse,” Rapp said. “In the last few days of her life, we spent so much time realizing that is just a horse that you will never get one like her again.”

After earning his first cutting check in 1983, Rapp was inducted into the NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame in 1992 and is also a member of the NCHA Riders Hall of Fame.