Cutting horse legends raise $13,000 for Ashland, KS, schools

Aug 20, 2010
by WLJ

Public schools in America are being faced with difficult funding challenges. As rural populations continue to decline, schools in rural America experience even greater challenges.

Recently, three of the cutting-horse world’s most esteemed teachers, trainers and competitors gathered in Ashland, KS, to offer their professional expertise and to raise money for the Ashland public schools. Buster Welch, Shannon Hall and Dirk Blakesley spent the day conducting a one-on-one clinic with 21 participants. All of funds raised were donated to Ashland Public Schools.

Welch, lifetime rancher, cutting-horse legend, five-time National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Champion Futurity winner, Blakesley, 2009 NCHA Open Futurity Finalist and professional trainer with more than $1 million in earnings, and Hall, 1999 NCHA Futurity Champion and professional cutting-horse trainer with more than $3 million in earnings, conducted the one-day event at the all-weather indoor facility at Gardiner Quarter Horses in Ashland. This all-star lineup of cutting-horse professionals spent the day with participants teaching the fundamentals of the sport of cutting.

In addition to spectators and participants, several corporate donors helped make the event even more successful. Shortys Caboy Hattery, Oklahoma City, OK, Platinum Performance, Classic Equine, Farmers Cooperative-Purina, Intervet-Schering Plough Animal Health, Boehringer Ingelheim, Merial, IMMVAC, Inc., and Pfizer Animal Health made generous donations to the event. — WLJ