The 2013 All American Quarter Horse Congress featured top money earners in the Mercuria World Series of Cutting on Thursday, October 10, at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio.
Matt Budge won the Open Mercuria finals aboard Arc Ruby Playgunia for the Jackpot Ranch. The pair scored a 222.5 to win the finals and a check for $9,273.33. John Wold rode to the reserve award on George C Merada for Furst Ranch, earning $7,738.67.
In the Mercuria Non-Pro finals, Doris Wood showed Pepto Boom to a 226 and a $13,612.50 paycheck. Elizabeth Quirk and Cats In Ya Dreams won the reserve award and $9.608.33 with a score of 220.
Completing the night was a demonstration of bridleless cutting by professional and non-pro riders.
The Mercuria World Series of Cutting is a series of nine events held throughout the world, with $50,000 in added money at each event. The series has become a highlight of annual cutting competition, and a popular competition for professional and nonprofessional exhibitors on their quest to earn National Cutting Horse Association world champion and Horse of the Year honors.
The Series kicked off in January with the Augusta Futurity in Augusta, Georgia, followed by the San Antonio Stock Show and Houston Livestock Show, the Calgary Stampede in Calgary, Alberta, the Idaho Futurity in Nampa, and the El Rancho Futurity in Rancho Murrieta, California before arriving at the All American Quarter Horse Congress.
Two events remain, the Equita’ Lyon in Lyon, France and American Royal in Kansas City, Missouri. A whopping $400,000 in added money will be awarded across the event series, with an additional $200,000 added to the Mercuria NCHA World Championship Finals held in conjunction with the NCHA Futurity in December.
The All American Quarter Horse Congress continues through October 27 at the Ohio Expo Center in Columbus, Ohio. For additional information, visit www.oqha.com.