The 2016 San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo’s Cutting Horse Show is one of the biggest horse events the San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo hosts each year. Held in the Expo Hall, cutters vie for their share of $67,000 in added prize money. The NCHA Cutting show featured a Mercuria/National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Series of Cutting for the seventh consecutive year, showcasing some of the world’s top cutting horses.
In the Mercuria Open, it was Scooter McGavin (Smart Lil Scoot x Natalie Rey x Dual Rey) and 2014 NCHA Summer Spectacular John Deere Open Champion Cullen Chartier who took top honors after scoring a 227. The duo brought home $7,810 to owners Tom and Hilary Watson, of Westwood, Kansas. Scooter McGavin is a 7-year-old gelding who was bred by Wayne and Jody Robinson.
Constance Jaeggi and her gelding Saguaro Ichi, who was bred by EE Ranches of Texas Inc., won their fourth Mercuria Non-Pro after marking a blazing 229 in San Antonio. The duo won last year’s Mercuria Non-Pro at the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) Core Balance Derby and Classic/Challenge and Idaho Cutting Horse Association Futurity, and at the Las Vegas CHA Fururity in 2014. Jaeggi and Saguaro Icho (Cat Ichi x Playboys Heidi x Freckles Playboy) earned $8,537, pushing Jaeggi’s total earnings in Equi-Stat to $535,389.
Texas youth also competed for a total of $30,000 in scholarships. These scholarships were awarded to the top three average scores out of the two senior youth classes combined. The scholarships were presented Feb. 14 to Ashley Beamer, of Weatherford, Texas; Chaser Crouch, of Corsicana, Texas; and Hunter Hicks, of La Porte, Texas.
With a total combined score of 438 from both rides, Beamer rode Gilbert Porter-bred GP Scooter Cat (High Brow Cat x Playguns Satin Cat x Playgun) to a $10,000 scholarship for first place. Beamer was happy to have this scholarship to put towards her education. She works at a veterinary clinic and is a senior at Brock High School. She plans to attend Angelo State University to pursue a degree in Agribusiness and Animal Science.
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