Originating in Haskell, Texas in 1898, cutting  is now one of the most popular sports among ranchers across the world.
The World Cutting Horse Association hosts events at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum throughout the year, welcoming riders from all age groups and skill levels to participate.
Rowdy Larson, of Ardmore, and Wayne Czisny, of Marietta, are riders with almost a combined 60 years of experience.
As the years have gone by, Czisny does not participate in competitions as much as he used to, but still tries to help out as much as he can with the sport he loves.
“A lot of people have a nice horse but they are intimidated by ‘that guy rides better than me, or he has been doing it for 30 years,’” Czisny said. “Well we weren’t riding for 30 years when we first started, someone had to help us out. You reach a point in your life when you want to pass on a little knowledge.”
Helping out the youth is one of the many things Czisny likes about the WCHA, as it gives a chance for young riders to learn from the best.
Larson originally grew up in South Dakota on his families ranch. Larson used cutting on the ranch as a way to sort out cattle, and now uses his years of practice to participate in contests throughout the United States.
Larson has been a finalist in several events over the last few years, crediting the luck of whatever horse he has for his success.
The WCHA will hold four more events at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum in 2019, including the finals in October.
For those who want to use their cutting skills to win money, and for the love of competition, on April 26-27 there will be 15 different competitions for all age groups hosted by the WCHA.
“The people are probably my favorite part,” Larson said. “ Just the camaraderie, for the most part, is pretty good at these deals.”