New to Cutting Horse?

One of the world’s fastest growing equine sports, Cutting offers tremendous excitement for horse, rider, and spectators alike! The competition consists of horse and rider separating a particular cow from a herd. Spectators will see a dance like performance between cow and horse. The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) provides the means by which contests are judged by maintaining a point system which gives definite credits and penalties while providing a fair basis for judging cutting horses and their riders. Saturday evening features our Open and Non-Pro Showcase and bridleless cutting. Sunday evening will feature a Saddle Shootout where the top rider will walk away with a branded American Royal saddle.

Cutting Information

Exhibitor Information    ENTER ONLINe         ENTRY FEES & CLASS SCHEDULE


Cattle will enter the arena at 7:30 AM, show will start promptly at 8:00 AM.

Please wear purple on Saturday to honor Hilary Watson and her commitment to the American Royal Cutting Horse Show.

Exhibitors are encouraged to pre-enter as a large turnout is expected. This will help show management plan accordingly for increased runs and COVID-19.


2020 Judges

Jason Taylor - Friday, Saturday & Saturday Showcase

Jimmy Packard - Saturday Showcase & Sunday

American Royal's Payout Policy - Cutting Horse

Payouts written at the conclusion of the show.

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