Ryan Rapp won the 2020 NCHA Foundation Senior Scholarship Cutting on Somethingtobelievin. • Photo by Lillian Kent.

Rapp Wins Senior Scholarship Cutting

Ryan Rapp ended his Youth cutting career on a high note when he rode Somethingtobelievin to a huge win in the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Foundation Senior Scholarship Cutting.

The Texas, youth and the accomplished mare took the title with a big 226. The Senior Scholarship Cutting Reserve Championship went to Cade Robertson and Little Rey Whirlacat, who marked an impressive 223.5.

Already an accomplished non-pro rider with more than $400,000 in lifetime earnings, 18-year-old Rapp was making his final appearance in the Scholarship Cutting. He was relieved to have gone out the way he did.

“It’s exciting it was fun to be able to win it my last time,” he said. “I was pretty confident going in on that mare and the cows we had picked out.”

His winning mount, Somethingtobelievin, is a 2013 mare by Hydrive Cat and out of Playin T Etta (by TR Dual Rey). Bred by SDP Buffalo Ranch, she has earned more than $349,000 with owners Brett and Jody McClothlin.

A winner of multiple aged-event titles over the years, the mare is currently campaigning with her owners in the Open and Non-Pro World Championship races. 

As of press time, Brett and the mare were in the top five in the Open. Jody ranked tenth in the Non-Pro thanks to the mare’s winnings.