InthePast RoyalCutter KenSutton

In the Past: An Exceptional Team

InthePast RoyalCutter KenSuttonKen Sutton and Royal Cutter • Courtesy of the National Stock Horse Association

National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Hall of Fame inductee and non-pro rider Ken Sutton was said to have an exceptional eye for a good horse. One of his most successful “picks” was Royal Cutter (Cutter Bill x Royal Ida May x Royal King). Sutton spotted the 1968 gelding at trainer Don Dodge’s barn.

Dodge, who purchased Royal Cutter as a yearling from Rex Cauble in Texas, had the horse in training and told Sutton that the horse would be an excellent NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity prospect.

Sutton purchased the gelding and showed the horse in the Futurity’s Open division himself, going head-to-head against professional trainers. Royal Cutter and Sutton proved they were more than up for the challenge, winning the 1971 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Championship and the 1972 NRCHA Hackamore Stakes Open then topping that off with a Bridle Sweepstakes Championship. In doing so, Royal Cutter became the only horse in NRCHA history at the time to have won all three events.

Sutton continued to successfully show Royal Cutter in both reined cow horse and cutting competitions, while trainer Bobby Ingersoll also successfully showed the horse in reined cow horse events.

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