Tears filled Tulsa Beck’s eyes after she finished her run in the second round of the $2,000 Limit/Rider World Finals. After two round-topping rides aboard a horse called Jet, the rider from Arizona, was the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Finals Show Champion.
The $2,820 she and the 2008 gelding (Light N Lena x Shania Pep x Dual Pep) won during the finals also moved her from third to second in the year-end $2,000 Limit/Rider World Championship standings. Beck said she couldn’t quite believe it happened.
“I broke down when the buzzer went off, because I couldn’t believe it,” she said.
They won both rounds, giving them a high composite of 442 (221/221) as well as the top World Finals show earnings. She credited her success to the support she’s had along the way.
“It’s just super special. You never get to haul in the $2,000 more than once and coming here third with a gap and finishing Reserve and win the show [championship] is, I can’t even explain it,” she said after winning the title Thursday (Nov. 29) in Fort Worth. “It means everything to me. God is so good for giving me that. So good.”
Beck grew up riding horses in Nevada, but wasn’t introduced to cutting horses until she interned with trainer Tommy Marvin. She was riding colts for a cow horse trainer in South Dakota when she found an opportunity in January, 2017, with Equi-Stat Elite $5 Million Rider Tim Smith. She rode with the California trainer until September, when she moved to trainer Mike Wood’s barn in Scottsdale, Arizona.
“I was just looking for a step up and Tim Smith happened to be looking for help,” said Beck. “ And, I didn’t know a thing about cutters, especially at this level, and he was willing to be patient enough to hire me and teach me so much and so that’s kind of what got me here.”
Her equine partner at the World Finals was Jet, a sorrel gelding owned by John Kratzer’s Cows & Horses Etc, of Encinitas, California. The horse, which Beck described as “phenomenal,” entered the show with more than $150,000 in lifetime earnings.
“I just focused on cleaning up my cuts and making really clean cuts, having a good time, enjoying the end of the year and just trusting my horse to do the rest,” Beck said.
The $2,000 Limit/Rider World Championship went to another trainer at Mike Wood Performance Horses, Mary Penner, of Scottsdale, Arizona. She finished the year with $17,254 in divisional earnings won with two horses owned by Gerald Dorros, Bless Chu Mate (Smart Mate x HB Dear Chula x Chula Dual) and Cyndi Cat (WR This Cats Smart x Dox Little Cindy x Peppy San Badger)
In the future, Beck hopes to continue to find opportunities to show in the Open. She’s a convert to cutting, though, saying she likes the people and the talented horses.
“There’s just something about having to put your hand down and just trust the job you did,” she said.
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