MORE than 250 competitors will participate in one of the biggest horse cutting competitions in the country at the Elmore Events Centre this week.
The 2013 Victorian Futurity is a six day event organised by the National Cutting Association of Australia and will run for the 13th year.
NCAA general manager Glenn Morgan said the event attracts competitors from as far as Queensland and said $100,000 of prize money was up for grabs across the six days.
He said the competition was divided into four categories – rookies and youth, non-professionals, amateurs and professional trainers.
“The sport of cutting is all about the horse’s breeding and their instinct to work with cattle, with very little guidance and supervision from the rider,” he said.
“Riders have a period of two and a half minutes to select two or three head of cattle from the working area. They will bring one at a time forward of the herd of cattle and in a mirror-like image keep that beast away from the other cattle.”
Mr Morgan said the event was moved to Elmore last year, after being hosted in Werribee for the previous 11 years.
“We opted to move to regional Victoria because there is a lot of opportunity for growth and expansion for our event,” he said.
“The limitations are endless for the amount of people and horses and camp sites we can utilise.
“This year alone we have seen a 25 per cent increase in competitors, Elmore has a fantastic world class venue for this type of sport.
“This is our second biggest event of the year and we would like to see it continue to be one of our showcase events.”
Competition kicks off today at 1pm and runs through until Sunday.
For more information, visit www.ncha.com.au