Area cutting horse owners, Bill and Jessica Pierce of Noxapater, Miss., was a big winner during the All American Quarter Horse Congress in Columbus, Ohio, last week, when the gelding Dualalilshucknjive scored a 217 in the Non Pro Futurity cutting event under the hand of Jessica Pierce. The Pierces won a total of $3,407 in prize money.
A cutting horse is an athletic and willing animal possessing an innate “cow sense” and ability to respond quickly and turn sharply that is trained to keep a cow from returning to the herd. The horses involved are typically American Quarter Horses, although many other stock horse breeds are also used.
In the event, the horse and rider select and separate a cow out of a small group. As the cow tries to return to its herd, the rider loosens the reins (“puts his hand down” in the parlance) and leaves it entirely to the horse to keep the cow separated, a job the best horses do with relish, savvy, and style. A contestant has 2