World Finals Leave Amarillo

Their ranching skills are put to the test in the sport of cutting.

"Cutting has become a sport synonymous of Texas cowboys," said Chubby Turner, who has competed in the sport for 45 years.

Which is why the World Championships have always been in Texas. The last six World Finals all have been here in Amarillo.

"This is a real town for cutting for years and year," he said. "I have been coming here since I was 16 or 17 years old competing."

After six years in Amarillo, the competition is changing format and changing location.

"We are going back to host only our top 15 riders," said Rebecca Brian, NCHA marketing manager. "So we won't be having as many competitors in the future."

The world's best cutters will meet in Fort Worth next year but this doesn't mean Amarillo be cut out of the competition.

"We do have affiliates in the so there's always going to be cutting in Amarillo, just not this competition," Brian said.

Brian says Amarillo will host next year's Championship Semi-Finals and other qualifying matches throughout the year.

"We're not leaving," Turner said. "We're just changing the format a little bit."

To prove who is a cut above the rest.

2009 World Championship

  • Finals Night on February 21 will feature the final runs for the Open and Non-Pro classes.
  • Daily Go-rounds start at 8:00 am at the Tri-State Fairgrounds
  • For a complete rundown of all classes and events, click on the World Finals logo.