A huge eight days of cutting is coming to Tatura Park when the Southern Seven Cutting Horse Association’s annual show and the National Cutting Horse Victorian Futurity events will be held back-to-back.
Starting with the Southern Seven Cutting Horse Association’s annual show, which kicks off on Friday, the events will see horse-people descend on the township.
Southern Seven Cutting Horse Association’s Karen Phillips said the annual show had been held at Tatura Park for about 14 years.
‘‘Each year this premier event on the cutting calendar continues to grow with over 250 entries and 150 of the best-bred cutting horses from all parts of the country, including as far as South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland,’’ she said.
Phillips said that the sport of cutting had been around since the mid-19th century and involved separating individual cows from a small herd on horseback and working together for a few minutes to keep them from returning to the pack.
‘‘Under the guidance of our club president John Napolitano, in 2010 we introduced our feature event the Mare Stakes,’’ Phillips said.
She said the drawcard event was then dedicated to the memory of long-time cutter, supporter and friend Deb Elliott in 2012 and is now named the Deb Elliott Memorial Mare Stakes.
‘‘Thanks to the support of our major sponsor 4Cyte and the many other sponsors, the total prize money spread across 11 events over the weekend will be in excess of $45000, with almost 1000 head of cattle required over the three-days of the show,’’ she said.
‘‘The total purse for the Mare Stakes event this year is $13000.’’
The show will be held at Tatura Park from 8am Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Entry is free.
This will be followed by the 2017 National Cutting Horse Victorian Futurity, which runs from Wednesday, September 13, to Sunday, September 17.
This event will also run at Tatura Park. Entry is free.