The Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA) is accepting entries for the PCCHA Virtual Flag Cutting. The free event has several classes for riders to choose from, including a bridleless class for trainers, so cutters who aren’t able to show due to all the cancellations can have fun and practice their craft.
Riders who want to participate should upload a 30-second unedited clip of them and their horse working a flag or mechanical cow. Classes include: Trainer Challenge (bridleless), any Amatuer/Non-Pro, $50,000 Non-Pro, $20,000 Amateur and Ain’t Won Much ($1,500).
Entries close at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 15.
One entry is allowed per person. The PCCHA Judge’s Committee will review the submissions, and choose the top three runs in each class to be posted on Facebook for a public vote.
Officials say the time starts when the rider drops his or her hand. Reining points, visible cues and being out of position count as negatives.
PCCHA President Kathy Cardon said the idea for the class came from Ruben Mageno, a trainer who is one of the organization’s board members.
“There has been so much activity on Facebook and social media about people trying to connect and missing their friends, competition, etc.this seemed like the perfect way to virtually share,” she said via email.
Riders do not have to be members of the PCCHA to enter the class, she said, and do not have to wear formal show attire in the video. There is no entry fee. Winners will get gift certificates to the PCCHA store.
If all goes well with this virtual class, officials may consider doing more in the future, Cardon said.
Officials say the video clip should be shot in landscape mode (turning the phone sideways, instead of just holding it straight up and down) and cannot be edited. They say the videographer should stand on the non-working side of the flag, facing the rider.
Clips for the PCCHA Virtual Flag Cutting should be uploaded to Youtube or Vimeo. Officials say the clips should not be put on Facebook, as organizers cannot download videos from that service. Links to uploaded videos should be emailed to [email protected]
Organizers ask that contestants include their name, their horse’s name and the class they wish to enter in the title of the email. For more details, visit pccha.com.
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