Emma Rapp won the Junior Youth World Championship, putting the finishing touches on the season aboard Hershay Kiss. • Photo by Video West Productions.

Emma Rapp Wins NCHA Senior Youth World Championship

With a last name like Rapp, it’s pretty much guaranteed the cutting magic is going to be there. Emma Rapp followed her family’s championship footsteps – winning her own National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Championship.

Rapp did so in the NCHA Youth World Finals, bringing home the 2022 Senior Youth World Championship Title with a total of 232 points earned over the course of the show year. She arrived at the World Finals with an insurmountable 48-point lead over the competition.

The daughter of EquiStat Elite $9 million Rider Phil Rapp and $5 Million Rider Mary Ann Rapp, the young rider cut her way to a career-best 225 during the second of three go-rounds in the NCHA Youth World Finals. 

“My favorite part of hauling for the World Finals is getting to spend time with all my friends and the competitiveness of it,” said Rapp, whose championship became official after the final round on Wednesday, July 27, in Fort Worth. “My favorite part of the Finals is getting there and you can really just show to have a good run. Once you get there, it’s a different feeling than being at a normal weekend show.”

Rapp’s hard work was put in astride Hershay Kiss (Metallic Cat x Short A Shay x Shorty Lena), an 8-year-old mare owned and bred by Lori Gale.

“I like how hard she tries and her willingness to cut. She’s so good for me,” Rapp said. “She’s probably my favorite horse I’ve ever shown. She’s really easy to work – I’ve had to work her [myself] when I go somewhere without my dad. It’s mostly making sure she’s stopping good and turning with the flag. She’s usually super easy.”

According to Rapp, she and Hershay Kiss have been partnered up for a year-and-a-half, and the bay mare was her main mount throughout the point year. 

“She’s particular about her people and she only really likes her owner, my mom, dad and I. She hates everything else,” 16-year-old Rapp said. 

NCHA Senior Youth World Finals Show Championship

Edging out Emma Rapp and Hershay Kiss by one point for the Senior Youth World Finals Show Championship was Mia Webster and Mamas Primadona (Dual Smart Rey x Donas Cool Cat x High Brow Cat). The pair finished the show with a cumulative score of 662 – gleaned from marking 219, 221.5, and 221 in each of the respective go-rounds – that translated into a show-high 13 World Championship points. Mamas Primadona was bred by Paula Wood and is owned by Clark Butte Ranch. 

Webster, a Bend, Oregon resident, is no stranger to the cutting pen, having previously earned the 2019 NCHA $50,000 Amateur World Championship aboard What About Blue (High Brow CD x Swingin Star Pepto x Peptoboonsmal).