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CHTO Member Spotlight – Hannah Venne

April 1st, 2019 by Nevada Huffman

 For Hannah Venne, horses have always been the center of her life.

“My dad used to try to sign me up for all different sports, “she said, “but according to my mom and I, the barn is where I needed to be.”

From dressage to hunter jumper and onto Polo Cross, Venne has done it all. At 17 years old, Polo Cross brought Hannah Venne to Burnett, TX.

In a twist of fate, Hannah’s search for a Polo Cross Horse on Craigslist led her to a little black mare that was advertised as a finished cutting horse.” Venne soon realized her new mare was “not so finished.” Knowing very little about cutting, she turned to trainer Mike Crumpler for lessons.
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Kobie Wood Part 2 – The Million Dollar Question?

April 1st, 2019 by Nevada Huffman

 In our February Newsletter, CHTO featured Hall of Fame Rider Kobie Wood’s training program. He explained how to position your horse with the cow and interestingly, how he believes using turn-back help at home hinders his horse from cowing up. Wood is the reining Super Stakes Derby Champion. He won the title in 2018 aboard Cool N’ Hot. This month we delve deeper with Part II where he focuses on the cow. When it comes to cattle, Wood describes them as “The million dollar question?”

What do you look for when picking cattle?

Kobie Wood on Cool N Hot

“You want to pick a cow that’s not real lazy and you want to pick one that’s so alert you can’t get ahold of her in the back of the herd. So you’ve got to find that middle of the road cow that’s got enough eye appeal and enough move that [it] will look at you and honor you without trying to run you over.” “I can keep the dance,” Wood describes it. “I can keep it moving if I can find a cow that’ll let me stop and I can draw it in or I can push it away and they’ll still come back to me.”

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Discovering Cutting In South Africa

March 13th, 2019 by Nevada Huffman

We all know that cutting is practiced in many countries around the world, but it may surprise you to learn there’s a burgeoning cutting scene in South Africa. A small number of passionate riders have created an informal but fun cutting group according to Anthony Galliers, who discovered CHTO as a learning tool. He is from Rosetta in the province of KwaZulu-Natal.

We found it interesting to hear how cutting was structured in South Africa, as well as some of the challenges they face to get quality 

How long have you been involved in the industry, and what brought you into it? 

“My wife and I come from jumping and Polo Cross back grounds. We dairy farm so [we] don’t get out much. So we were looking for fun activities to do on [our] farm. We had luck when we stumbled on a western disciple show in 2014, this lead to our daughter falling in love with reining. This lead to the sale of all things English (tack and horses) and to us sourcing western tack and quarter horses. 

The whole family soon got hooked. My wife, daughter and son compete in reining. It left me to find my thing. I started to look up what else was out there and came across cutting via you-tube about 2 years ago. So we built a sand arena which allows us to ‘play’ in between milking cows.”

 What is the cutting industry like in South Africa? 

“It is just a few of us committed folk getting together every six weeks and to see where our horses are at. We have a lot of laughs and we share the little we have learnt between meetings, you tube videos and videos brought over from the States. This is 1000% hobby but hell we are having fun.” 

How often do cuttings take place, and how far do you have to travel? 

“As mentioned we try to meet and hold fun cutting days every 6 weeks, work and season depending. The six of us farmers are all located in our province (state) known as KwaZulu Natal. What is great is that we are all located in a 100 km (60 mile) radius of each other so we travel to one of the two farms where cutting pens have been made.” 

What are the challenges with importing horses/genetics to South Africa? 

“Importing horses is an option but a very expensive procedure, especially with the weak Rand to Dollar [conversion rates]. There are horses here in South Africa that have been imported mainly for reining and pleasure work. As a result the studs here are reining and pleasure genetics. We have however had a bit of Colonel Freckles, Smart Little Lena, a Highbrow Cat great grandson and Peppy San Badger genetics brought into to our gene pool. And that is what we have focused on for our cow horses. Regarding semen imports we have major governmental barriers in place that prevent us from importing semen at present which is a massive hurdle. We are working through this, however in Africa this requires governmental intervention so we can’t hold our breath for this to happen quickly.” 

What is the most popular horse discipline in South Africa? 

“We have a large race horse industry which feeds horses into various sports. Polo and Polo Cross are big team horse sports here. South Africa is the current holder of the World Cup Polo Cross trophy. 

Thoroughbreds have been the main horses used for many English disciplines. The Aussie Stock horse crosses have recently come into their own, for polo cross, via a breeding program that has been going on here for some 10 years. Then jumping, dressage and eventing is well set up with good followings, warmbloods and thoroughbreds are mainly used. Gymkhana events [similar to a 4H show] are held under the banner – Mounted Games and this is very popular.” 

What is the cutting horse market in South Africa like? 

“Cutting specifically, it is still very small, however there is a demand for the ranch type horse. But we like to believe we will attract folk to the sport as more horse and rider combinations are able to showcase the sport. 

We rely on CHTO DVDs and you-tube for some kind of direction. As well as investing in trips to the US. In June, our family spent time with Uwe Roeshmann and Cody Lamont which was an awesome learning experience and we have tried to implement what we have learnt here in SA. 

Recently we had Mark Lyon from M&M Horsemanship take a trip to South Africa, who taught us a lot. Mark is a colt starter and horsemanship clinician by trade. However he knows enough about cutting and ranch roping and was able to add massive value to us as a group as we got to work on our own horses.” 


Austin Shepard DVD – Get To The Winner’s Circle

January 16th, 2019 by nikki garrett

To win in the sport of Cutting, you need to have a trained cow horse! Six-million dollar winner Austin Shepard is the man to teach you how to do this. Buy his DVD to learn how to teach your horse to work a cow. Click here to purchase your own DVD Now! 



Roger Wagner DVD “Hip To Be Square”

January 16th, 2019 by nikki garrett

He’s the trainer’s trainer. He’s the man who got everyone in cutting thinking about perfecting their technique and making it look pretty! Now find out how to do it on Roger Wagner’s popular DVD “Hip To Be Square”. Check it out below and get your own copy by clicking here.

Brian Pearse Claims 2017 NCHA $35,000 Non Pro World Final

December 6th, 2017 by Simone Cobb

With just a few years of cutting under his belt, Brian Pearse claimed the 2017 NCHA $35,000 Non Pro World Championship in Fort Worth. Brian, who is from Alberta, Canada, rode Reyd to claim victory with $10,812 in total earnings.

Brian was Reserve World Champion last year in the $2,000 Limited Rider.

He told CHTO’s Simone Cobb, his trainer Mike Wood has been a great coach.

Kate Neubert Drives The Road To The Horse

March 26th, 2017 by Simone Cobb

By Bailey Bryan

Cutting’s Kate Neubert is embarking on the ride of a lifetime as she vies for the coveted World Championship of Colt Starting title in March. Kate is one of five women contestants invited to compete in the annual Road to the Horse (RTTH) at Lexington Kentucky, the first time the event has featured an all-female lineup. Kate will be putting her skills, knowledge and ‘feel’ for a young horse to the test as she takes an untouched 3 year old quarter horse to break in and train in front of a panel of esteemed judges and a crowd of thousands.

“I think this is a unique opportunity and will be a lot of fun,” Neubert said. “The whole event is designed to be educational and entertaining at the same time while [you are] presenting your ideas of horsemanship to people.”

Road To The Horse is a colt starting and horsemanship tournament that began in 2003, boasting such winners as Clinton Anderson, Chris Cox and Craig Cameron. Kate will be up against horsewomen from around the world including High School Rodeo Champion Barbara Cox (married to Chris Cox), two-time NRCHA World Champion Sarah Winters Dawson, clinician and assistant trainer Rachelle Valentine and New Zealand National show jumper, Vicki Wilson.

The event covers three days and consists of 4 rounds beginning with competitors watching and choosing a colt. After selections are made, each individual has two 90-minute training sessions and the finale obstacle course to undertake with the colt. The contestants also have to give a 30-minute clinic where Kate said she plans to promote the skills of the cutting horse. Lastly, the women will get a 3-minute opportunity to wow the crowd with their horsemanship, which Kate is keeping secret until the event.

Kate, who is assistant trainer to Morgan Cromer based in Templeton, CA, grew up on ranches learning how to ride, rope and start horses from renowned horseman and father Bryan Neubert. Bryan himself learned from the legendary Bill Dorrance as well as other icons like Tom Dorrance and Ray Hunt.

Kate said she learned by age 12, while starting her first horse, that preparation and safety is top priority. Kate believes that learning to communicate with the horse and where the horse is at mentally and physically is key to training.

“I don’t have a set pattern for training a horse,” Neubert said. “I try and evaluate how they think, move and learn as well as how does the horse respond and react. If you don’t read that well then you can cross a dangerous line for you and them.”

This year, the judges panel is lined with champion riders, cowboys and equine experts such as: Yvonne Barteau, Jack Brainard, Dr Jim Heird, Suzy Jeane, Cody Lambert and Jeff Williams. Kate’s own accomplishments include winning the 2012 PCCHA Intermediate Open Futurity title and advancing two horses to the semi-finals of the 2014 NCHA Futurity, her first year at the event. Kate has won more than $211,000 in NCHA earnings. Although in the middle of a demanding training schedule, Kate has said she has had to carve out enough time to mentally prepare for the event as well as address what challenges she might face.

I’m really working on my time frame,” Neubert said. “I’m trying to figure out what I can get done and how I can pace myself during the hour-and-a-half first and second day rounds.”

Kate said it will be a high pressure environment with the clock ticking down on an extremely short amount of training time while having to communicate and entertain the crowd.

“Everyone has a mic on,” Neubert said.

“The commentators are pretty good at not jumping in at a critical moment, but to shift focus from talking to them and training will be a bit of a challenge.”

Despite the time restraints, distractions and other factors, Kate is being strategic about one of the most crucial aspects of the event: choosing a colt.

“Everything is new for a horse at that stage,” Neubert said.

“The way the horse moves and thinks as well as which ones seem more agreeable are important. The ones that want to be [trained] and not have as much fear and nervousness from their environment growing up are key.”

Kate says that her love of working with young horses comes from how quickly they learn as well as watching their development.

“Watching them progress right in front of you is fun and rewarding,” Neubert said. “When everything is new to a horse, it is how you present it to the horse. They can handle a lot if you get them trusting you and present a little at a time.”

With the RTTH event set for March 23rd, Kate looks forward to it with both excitement and a few nerves and plans to set some personal goals.

“Hopefully I’ll have a good final round,” Neubert said. “To know you did as good a job as you can do and to get as far as possible.”

The Excitement of Cutting Cattle For The First Time At The CHTO Chubby Turner Clinic!

May 26th, 2016 by CHTO

How many people do you know have signed up for a cutting horse clinic just six weeks after being introduced to the sport?

How many people do you know cut their first live cattle at a clinic?

It’s a big call to make, but that’s exactly what Terrell Houston did when he attended the Chubby Turner clinic organized by Cutting Horse Training Online at J5 Ranch, Weatherford, Texas.

To say Terrell threw himself into the deep end is an understatement but not only did he swim, he inspired many people with his positive outlook and determination to become a competitive cutter.

With no prior knowledge of or connection to the sport, Terrell refused to let any barriers, like not even owning a cutting horse, stand in his way and went on a mission to learn all he could.

Terrell spoke with CHTO’s Simone Cobb about his experience at the clinic and the journey he’s embarking on into the sport of cutting.

How To Develop A Winning Attitude In Cutting!

February 18th, 2016 by CHTO

Attitude is everything! You may have the best horse and a lot of skill, but if your mind isn’t in the right place, you may as well say goodbye to success.

Not only that, how do you overcome the tough times, or if something goes wrong? It’s all in your perspective says trainer Gavin Jordan. Gavin, who has not only won more than $2-million in earnings himself, has been a caddy to a professional golfer because of his highly effective motivational skills.

Have a listen to some of Gavin’s great advice!

Surrounding yourself with successful people is key to your own success. Imagine watching, listening and learning from the best in cutting 24/7 and what that can do for you achieving your goals? Whether you want to start a colt, make a final, win a weekend cutting or just feel more confident in the show pen, Cutting Horse Training Online can help you do that.

If you’re not a member to Cutting Horse Training Online and you’d like to gain your competitive advantage, we’re offering 10% off for those who sign up this week. That’s 10% off any subscription, whether it be monthly, 3,6 or 12 month terms, which could save you up to 30% off total!

Click HERE to get started and use code: FEB2016

Turn Your Cutting Horse Dreams Into Achievements!

February 17th, 2016 by CHTO

Have you set your goals for what you’d like to get done in cutting this year?

If the answer is yes – that’s awesome! How are they coming along? Do you need a little help refining them?

If the answer is no, don’t sweat it, you can set goals anytime of the year, like right now! Don’t think that it’s only something you do at the start of the new year. A new year for your goals starts the very day you set them!

Some people get a little uncomfortable when talking about goals because it makes them more accountable. But that’s just the point. It’s the very thing that most often separates those who become successful and those who don’t.

So if you haven’t set your goals yet and are not sure where to start, we’ve put together a video explaining why they are so powerful and exactly how you can do it, to better ensure you stay on track to achieve them using S.M.A.R.T goals.

Click on the video to watch.

Whether you want to haul for a world title, start a colt, win an aged event or score your first 74, the same principals apply. Now that you have more clarity on how to set your S.M.A.R.T goals, we have a great worksheet to help you clarify them, write them down and put them into action step by step.

Simply click HERE to download the free S.M.A.R.T goals worksheet.

Remember, it’s rarely the most talented or the smartest who wins, but the person who continues to learn, who shows up and refuses to quit.

If you’re not a member to Cutting Horse Training Online and you’d like to gain your competitive advantage, we’re offering 10% off for those who sign up this week. That’s 10% off any subscription, whether it be monthly, 3,6 or 12 month terms, which could save you up to 30% off total!

Click HERE to get started and use code: FEB2016

Plus you’ll get special discounts to a brand new service we are launching called Get Coached! You’ll be able to be personally coached and guided by one of the top trainers in the world no matter where you live! More on that very soon!

We want to help make 2016 your best year in cutting yet!

NCHA In Good Hands! Looking Back At 2015 Convention….

December 31st, 2015 by CHTO

Gone are the days of the NCHA Convention being a battle ground for clashing opinions and discontent. Instead there was a spirit of optimism and co-operation felt by members and those on the executive committees alike.

While there were some tough issues up for debate, like rule changes and budget spends, many of those who attended said they felt a lot of progress was made.

In particular, many positive comments made were about the organization’s executive director, Jim Brett Campbell and the direction he was helping to take the sport of cutting.

CHTO spoke to Jim Brett about the convention, and the challenges and opportunities facing the NCHA. He says the NCHA has one overriding goal: to create more opportunities for more people to cut. Jim Brett also added more transparency in the NCHA and advancements in technology were also high on the agenda.

Joe Howard Williamson Wins 4th Non Pro World Championship!

December 30th, 2015 by CHTO

It was a field of top quality contenders vying for the 2015 NCHA Non Pro World Championship, but Joe Howard Williamson proved too strong throughout the series to take out his fourth title.

Joe rode a number of different horses over the year while hauling for the title, but took Sweet Little Cats to the Finals at Fort Worth. He says having to adapt to different horses helped his showmanship immensely.

Joe took home a total of just under $100,000 in earnings for the year. He spoke to CHTO’s Simone Cobb about his win.

Rene Primasing 2015 NCHA World Finals $15,000 Amateur Champ!

December 28th, 2015 by CHTO

Rene Primasing won her first NCHA World title when she took out the $15,000 Amateur Division at the 2015 World Finals in Fort Worth.

Rene rode Malibu Maxx over two go rounds to clinch her victory.

Ed Dufurrena Crowned 2015 NCHA Open Futurity Champion!

December 13th, 2015 by CHTO

Ed Dufurrena rocked the house with Stevie Rey Von to take out the 2015 NCHA Open Futurity Championship in the Will Rogers Coliseum at Fort Worth.

In front of a packed crowd, Ed and his home-bred stud (Metallic Cat x Miss Ella Rey) put in a string of hard stops to mark an impressive 225, some 4 points ahead of reserve champion Lindy Burch.

Ed won $200,000 for his win.

It’s been an extremely successful show all up for the Dufurrena family, with daughter Rieta also winning the Limited Non Pro Futurity on Stevie Rey Von and their horse Purple Reyn named Non Pro Horse Of The Year.

Ed spoke with CHTO’s Simone Cobb saying his win was a dream come true. Watch his run below!

Lindy Burch scored a 221 on Bet Shes Smooth to win $88,126, while Jesse Lennox and Kody Porterfield tied for third with a 217.5. They rode Rockin Sallycat and This Isa Third respectively and each took home $71,280.

Barbara Brooks Claims First Futurity Title – 2015 NCHA Unlimited Amateur Champion!

December 13th, 2015 by CHTO

It may have taken 15 years of dedication to pull off a win in the Will Rogers Coliseum but the taste of victory is just as sweet!

Barbara Brooks and Smash Mouse scored a 220 to win the Unlimited Amateur National Cutting Horse Association Futurity last Thursday night.

Smash Mouse is a home-bred horse by her sire Cat A Rey and out of Boonbay Smash. Barbara, who was the 2014 NCHA President, took home more than $9,000 for her win.

Watch Barbara’s run and listen to the trials and tribulations she has endured to pursue this dream. She told CHTO’s Simone Cobb how tweaking became her secret weapon to regain her winning form!

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