North Star Classic to draw equestrian experts

Horse cutting will make a comeback to the North Star community this April, with $40,000 in money and prizes up for grabs.

Hosted by the Northern Rivers Cutting Horse Club (NRCHC), the April 5-8 North Star Classic follows a successful 2017 event.

Featuring 463 competitors and using a total of 1295 cattle, the classic was the second largest horse cutting show held in the country last year.

“With such a great facility and a high quality line of cattle, competitors were able to put together very large scoring runs, making it great viewing for spectators,” NRCHC member Emma Stockdale said.

She said this year’s show is sure to draw the best horse and rider combinations from near and far, “for the chance to take home a healthy cheque and boasting rights.”

Saturday night will be the open classic challenge final, which will see some of the country’s best trainers and 5/6 year old cutting horses, battling it out for the champion buckle. 

After the final will be the charity auction in support of Aussie Helpers, a foundation created to help farmers in time of need, especially as the drought worsens. Last year, NRCHC raised $4927.50 for Beyond Blue. 

The classic is an aged event for horses aged five and six years, with an open class and a non professional class. There are also regular National Cutting Horse Association affiliated weekend classes, with $1000 in prize money added to each.

For any more information or updates, visit Northern Rivers Cutting Horse Club Facebook page.