Comet to host top cutting comp
IT MAY not be the biggest cutting showpiece this country has to offer, but it's pretty damn close.
The Comet Cutting Club will host the 2012 Comet Cutting
Futurity Show on September 5-9, the third biggest event of its kind in Australia behind the national finals in Tamworth and another meet in Toowoomba.
On offer is $15,000 prize money for the main event, the Peckvale Open Futurity, as well as saddles, buckles and trophies.
Another $6000 in the BMA Open Derby and $5000 each in the Non Pro Futurity and Classic events make Comet a major drawcard for cutting competitors.
Riders will travel the length and breadth of the country to compete at the Comet futurity, from the Northern Territory, Victoria, North Queensland and everywhere in between.
The current Australian Open Futurity champion in Springsure's Jason Leitch is expected to be among the Comet contenders.
Leitch took out top honours at the 2012 NCHA Bayer IMAX Gold Futurity in Tamworth earlier this year.
Riding Lil Rey of Hope, Leitch's 147-point score was enough to secure the open title and will prove hard to beat in Comet this September.
Fellow Central Queenslander John Brekelmans will also be in close contention riding Ducks Dux as Comet's reigning Open Futurity champion and this year's NCHA Derby winner.
Comet Cutting Club treasurer Susan Zerafa said it was a big coup for the relatively small cutting club to host competitors and their horses of such a high calibre.
"The shows are getting bigger and bigger but not many people know Comet holds shows of this sort of standard," Susan said.
"We've got an opportunity to see competition not often seen in this area."
Adding to Comet's popularity this year is the abandonment of the Goondiwindi cutting show, with even more competitors now expected to flock to Comet.
This year the Comet club will hold its cutting competition in conjunction with a barrel racing competition, live entertainment and a possible bull ride on the Friday evening of the event.
The club will also be donating to the Make a Wish Foundation and a number of local organisations and groups.