From NFR Bareback rider to top two-year-old cutting horse trainer, JD Garrett has made a name for himself across multiple industries.
Growing up in South Dakota, he has always been involved with horses and ranching. While competing in the rodeo world, Garrett would start colts for Tom Lyons in his down time.
Garrett said many people have helped him along the way but cutting horse trainers Shannon Hall, John Mitchell, Greg Wright, Tom Lyons, and Bob Pecora, a performance horse trainer, have all been instrumental in his career.
No one could have predicted the year 2020 has been. The cutting horse industry has never experienced something like COVID-19. All equine sports have had to adapt to continue to function in the midst of the pandemic. But how has COVID -19 actually impacted the sport and the community involved with it?
It’s important to recognize that many people have suffered the loss of loved ones and/or endured the illness themselves not to mention dealt with financial hardship. While it’s impossible to know those statistics in the cutting industry, we can investigate other ways it’s been felt.
Check Out Dustin’s Gonnet’s $75,000 Slot Cutting win from all angles!
CHTO gives you the view from the front and the back simultaneously so you can appreciate the run on This Cats Got Style that marked a 229 to take out the top spot of the sought after title hosted by Western Bloodstock and the NCHA.
Dustin Gonnet realized his dream of winning big at the Will Rogers Coliseum last night as he took out the 2015 NCHA Western Bloodstock Showdown Open Finals.
His run aboard This Cats Got Style dominated from the first cow, scoring a mighty 229, some 7 points in front of second place getter Wes Galyean. Wes was first out with a high score of 222 on Lil Rattler, until Dustin blew everyone else out of the water from the ninth hole.
Dustin, who hails from Alberta, Canada and is one CHTO’s featured trainers, surpassed the million dollar mark with tonight’s cash prize of $75,000.
This Cats Got Style is a High Brow Cat out of Moms Stylish Pepto and owned by Ronald Patton, also from Canada. The mare beat out a host of legendary horses including Don’t Look Twice in the go round to Third Cutting and Junie Wood in the final.
It’s the second ever Slot Cutting event held in the Fort Worth Arena, hosted by Western Bloodstock and the NCHA, where in this particular event, horses of any age can compete for a total prize purse of $330,000 in the Open final alone.
CHTO would like to congratulate Dustin and his wife Marla on a great win! Dustin spoke with CHTO’s Simone Cobb about what the win means to him.
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.
A brand new type of cutting competition got underway this week that’s expected to inject $2-million back into the industry!
It’s called Showdown in Cowtown and it’s the brainchild of Jeremy Barwick, owner of Western Bloodstock, who is co-hosting it with the National Cutting Horse Association.
The event is a slot cutting, the first such competition in the sport, where only 100 slots are available for sale, making the payouts highly lucrative. The top 20 make the final (when all 100 slots are filled) with the winner earning $100,000 in the open, $60,000 in the Non-pro and $30,000 in the Amateur. The bottom hole in the final still payouts out double the entry fee.
There are two separate events, one in July in conjunction with the NCHA Summer Spectacular and in December that ties in with the Futurity.
Cutting Horse Training Online spoke with Jeremy at Silverado, Weatherford, TX where the first go round of the July event was underway. Of the 100 slots available, Jeremy said 59 had sold for July, a result he was pleased with for the first ever event. He told Simone Cobb he thinks December could even be a sell out with 70 slots already sold! Press play to watch.
With 59 entered into the July event, the payouts will be $60,000 to win the Open, $35,000 in the Non-pro and $20,000 to the Amateur winner. The top 12 will make the final.
Slots cost $5,000, $3,500 and $2,500 in the Open, Non-Pro and unlimited Amateur divisions respectively.
The slot cutting takes no ties either into the final or to win first place. If the two people tie for champion, there will be a work-off for the buckle. Jeremy said this makes for exciting cutting action for spectators.
Points are not awarded to Horse of the Year and money won at the slot cutting does not count towards world standings. However Amateur earnings go towards lifetime earnings but not eligibility earnings.
The final takes place on July 12 during the NCHA Summer Spectacular in Fort Worth.
Jeremy said he believes the slot cuttings will catch on and expects to host more events in the future.
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