A new premier aged-event cutting is headed to Oregon this year, and organizers are offering a load of added money for amateurs.
The $99,500-added Cascades Futurity and Aged Event is scheduled for Aug. 9-16 at the Dechutes County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Redmond, Oregon. This will be the inaugural year for the cutting, which was created in order to bring a big limited-age event back to the Beaver State.
The Futurity will be followed by an NCHA-sanctioned weekend cutting from Aug. 17-19.
“We used to have so many good events in Oregon. We had the Fort Klamath Ranch Festival, it was out in Oregon and it was a premier event, and everybody knew about it,” said show producer Dave Costello, who credited Oregon cutter Julie Clarke with initiating the Cascades Futurity. “And, it kind of went by the wayside and so Oregon kind of lost some of its premier events.”
$15,000-Added Amateur Class
In addition to the traditional futurity, derby and classic challenge classes, the show also will feature a $15,000-added Amateur Shootout for riders who have earned less than $100,000. It is similar to another unsanctioned added-money event, the Invitational Amateur Blow Out in Vegas, which drew rave reviews after it was held in February during the Mercuria/National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Series of Cutting at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa in Las Vegas.
Offering the amateurs a $15,000-added class at the Cascades Futurity was a way to give back to those who form the backbone of the sport, Costello said.
“You know, the amateurs are buying all the horse trailers, they’re buying all the saddles and they’re buying all the horses – and they probably compete for the least amount of money,” he said. “So, we’re trying to give more back to the amateurs; make an incentive for them, because they’re the ones that actually keep the trainers in business.”
Regional Futurity Circuit
The timing of the Cascades Futurity puts it right in the middle of several added-money limited-age events: the rescheduled Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association Coyote Rock Ranch Roundup on July 30 to Aug. in Reno, Nevada; the Idaho Cutting Horse Association Futurity and Limited Aged Event Aug. 25-Sept. 2 in Nampa, Idaho; and the El Rancho Futurity & Foothill Fiesta in Sept. 7-16 in Rancho Murieta, California.
“So, you’ll be able to go to Reno [and] get a good aged event there with some good money added and then make the loop up to Redmond, Oregon, and from Redmond, Oregon, we’ll make the loop up to Idaho and then come back down to El Rancho,” Costello said. “So it’s gonna be a pretty neat thing.”
Cattle for the Cascades Futurity will be hauled in from about 40 miles away. Additionally, Costello said organizers have created extra pens and training areas at the Expo Center, which has 400 stalls, and plan to host a variety of entertainment and food events during the show.
Stall deadline is Aug. 1.
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