Celebrities Cut for a Cure

GunterKingsleyDr. Amy Gunter and Bob Kingsley won the Careity Celebrity Cutting. • Photos by Jennifer K. HancockBob Kingsley, the iconic voice of country music’s popular top-40 radio show, credits six-time Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association All-Around World Champion Larry Mahan with introducing him to cutting in the early 1990s. On Dec. 1 at the 22nd edition of the Careity Foundation’s Celebrity Cutting, Kingsley and Mahan put on a clinic for the other celebrities competing.

As draw six of 16, Kingsley marked a 217 to take the lead in the competition, which added a new twist this year. Riders competed on teams of two, but the pairings were not announced until after the final rider left the working area, which kept the event champions a secret until the end.

Kingsley held the lead briefly while Eric Paslay, a platinum-selling hit songwriter, worked the herd. But Kingsley relinquished the lead to Mahan, who used his championship roughstock rodeo skills to record a score of 219.

When the scores were finalized, Mahan and Paul Bogart, a country music singer and recent American Quarter Horse Association Amateur Team Roping Reserve World Champion, finished third. Bogart marked a 190 after losing a cow.

Fort Worth radio personality and former Careity Celebrity Cutting Champion Malone and Frank Hannon, who is a guitarist and co-founder of the multi-platinum band Tesla, combined for second place. As the first draw, Malone marked a 198, and Hannon marked a 213.

Kingsley’s big score helped Amy Gunter, a surgeon and breast cancer specialist who serves on the Careity medical advisory board, secure her third Celebrity Cutting title. The third rider to compete, Gunter marked a 204.

The action in the cutting pen was followed by a concert and silent auction to benefit Careity’s programs. The charity event raises money to help support cancer patients and critically ill children. To learn more about the Careity Foundation, visit