Search

A QUARTER HORSE CUTS OUT HIS CALF

April 18, 1955
April 18, 1955

Table of Contents
April 18, 1955

Events & Discoveries
Spectacle
  • Dr. Cary Middlecoff, the Masters winner, waited out his birdies and conquered lovely Augusta National, one of golf's works of art

Red Smith
Preview
Horses
Wrestling
Column Of The Week
  • Austen Lake reports that Frankie Carbo has kept his word to Jim Norris and Tony DeMarco, the new welter champ, is safely in the IBC camp

  • One of the strangest pageants of nature occurs in the West every spring when sage grouse gather at traditional prairie mating grounds and strut before their ladies

Acknowledgments
The Masters
19th Hole: The Readers Take Over
Pat On The Back
  • A salute to some who have earned the good opinion of the world of sport, if not yet its tallest headlines

A QUARTER HORSE CUTS OUT HIS CALF

The art of cutting cattle out of the herd, like bronco riding, is a sport which has grown out of old-time ranch work in the West. In recent years, however, it has been carried to the arena and is now one of the most popular horseman sports in the country. The horse, which is usually ridden loose-reined, must cut out a calf and hold it out. Top cutting horses today are Quarter Horses, and one of the best is Jodie Earl (below and on following pages), who can do the job without a rider.

This is an article from the April 18, 1955 issue Original Layout

Whirling in a cloud of dust, Jodie Earl, wearing a saddle but without a rider, closes in on cutout calf from the herd on Owner Charles King's ranch in Wichita Falls, Texas

Sequence of moves to keep the calf from rejoining herd begins as Jodie Earl heads it off, keeping the balance of his weight on hind legs so he can spin in opposite direction when calf tries new dodge. Cutting horse must never turn its tail to the cattle

Seeing an opening, the calf streaks toward the herd (above), but the riderless horse preguesses it and whirls to cut it off (lower left). Standing with legs far apart (below), Jodie Earl is ready to pivot either way and is in full control of baffled calf

Now completely cut off from rest of the herd the calf starts running in wide circle, intent on getting back, but the highly trained cutting horse Jodie Earl stays close behind, anticipating which way calf will dodge so he can dodge the same way and prevent him from rejoining them

SIX PHOTOSHY PESKIN