For the first time, actress Jennifer Landon felt that indescribable feeling of putting a hand down on a fresh cow in Fort Worth, Texas, while an appreciative audience hoots and hollers.
“It was really fun,” said Landon, who portrays ranch hand Teeter in Paramount’s hit series Yellowstone “My big concern was cutting the cow, but once I could work it, I knew I would be fine. It was really fun, and I feel like I could do it again.”
Landon was among several Yellowstone cast members who rode to the herd on a well-trained cutting horse for good cause on Friday, Dec. 4, in the Careity Celebrity Cutting at Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth.
The Careity Foundation’s 26thannual celebrity cutting raised funds for direct aid to cancer patients and their families in North Texas. The event, which teams celebrities together in a good-natured competition, is held annually during the NCHA Futurity show.
Yellowstone in Cowtown
The cast of Yellowstone was a big presence in the 2020 Careity Celebrity Cutting, as series co-creator Taylor Sheridan and his wife, actress Nicole Sheridan, served as honorary chairpersons for the event for the second year in a row.
Throughout the evening, a generous crowd donated to Careity and was free with the cutting advice, too, yelling suggestions and whooping and hollering as celebrities – some beginners and some veteran cutters – achieved personal goals.
One achieving a big goal was Monica Russo – known to cutters for her Mamma Monica’s restaurant. Last year, she only cut one cow in her first ever event. This year, she cut three in spectacular fashion, scoring a 223.
That score didn’t last long, as Landon’s Yellowstone castmate, Mo Brings Plenty – riding in his second Careity event – topped Russo’s score with a 228
“I got on this horse three times this past week,” said Brings Plenty, who pays Chairman Thomas Rainwater’s driver in the television series. “Her name is Betty. I don’t know much about her except that she was in Geoffrey (Sheehan)’s hands, and I know she’s an amazing horse. I love it. I think I could get used to doing this.”
Brings Plenty’s score was almost immediately eclipsed by his own teammate, Nicole Sheridan, who captured the night’s top score of 229. As a team, Nicole and Brings Plenty placed first.
Landon and her teammate, regular cutting contestant and famed golfer Tom Watson, placed third, while Russo and her partner, Matt Blevins of “Storage Wars,” were second.
Teeter, Meet Lindy Burch
While her character is known as a real hand, Landon began riding when she was cast on “Yellowstone.” Most recently, she rode a rope horse.
“This year, I had Fred, who is wonderful, grumpy and tries to bite everyone,” Landon said.
For the Careity Celebrity Cutting, all the celebrities worked with trainers, and Landon was paired with NCHA Hall of Famer Lindy Burch.
“I was lucky enough to get her,” said Burch, who has won a past NCHA Futurity Open Championship in the same arena Landon rode in Friday night. “She’s been working amazingly hard, and she’s come a long way in a very short time. There’s no fear in her and she’ll do anything.”
Burch colored parts of her hair pink to match Landon’s pink hair.
“In honor of the occasion – and Teeter is known for pink hair on the show – and I’m a little wild and she’s a little wild, so I thought if she’s going to wear pink hair, then I want to wear pink hair,” Burch said.