“As a young boy in 1975 I wanted to meet a cowboy, so my parents took me to the Cow Palace and I met Leo Camarillo and his wife. My parents developed a friendship with them and I have always had a love of horses ever since I was born. And my dad was looking for a way to semi-retire to the country…We got introduced to cutting and reined cow horse and went to the Snaffle Bit Futurity but I really had a fondness for cutting so my interest and passion grew from there.”
A 4yr old beat horses up to two years older in the Western Bloodstock and National Cutting Horse Association first Slot Cutting Final in Fort Worth!
Adan Banuelos put on an awesome show to clinch the winning run with a 226 on Pedel To The Metall owned by Faith Mountain Ranch.
A great final on steers, Adan’s four year old defeated 4, 5 and 6 year old horses to take home the coveted $60,000 prize purse in the Showdown in Cowtown event.
Phil Rapp riding Reyzin owned by Gale Force Quarter Horses came second with a 223 earning $39,500. All 12 riders who made the final won very respectable earnings, with the bottom hole still getting $10,000, which was twice their entry fee back.
Watch Adan’s winning run below!
The Amateur Slot Cutting Final is on July 19th, with the winner taking home $20,000.
While he mightn’t actually be bionic, Phil Rapp’s track history in cutting certainly suggests something super human when it comes to winning events!
As the top money earner in the history of the sport, more than $8.4-million to date, Phil has truly spent his life showing and training cutting horses.
He recently shared this vast experience with around 25 amateurs and non-pros at an NCHA Cutting Academy clinic in Fort Smith, Arkansas sponsored by Waco Bend.
Phil zeroed in on rider’s skills in the herd, and emphasized the importance of driving forward for decisive cuts.
Phil revealed many gems including:
• How to clear the herd on your cut
• Why you need to use two hands sometimes to get a square stop
• Why, if you’re having trouble on one side of the arena, it’s probably because of what you may be doing on the other side
• How waiting on your cow can help you get even with the cow
• How to stay even, on both sides of the cow and why it’ll help your scores and much more….
Cutting Horse Training Online now features three videos from the clinic available to watch now!
Tell us your favorite nugget of wisdom from Phil Rapp below!