The 1st Annual Debbie Pedrazzi Memorial Cutting will take place during the Thursday, July 16th performance on the track that surrounds the rodeo arena.The event honors the memory of Debbie Pedrazzi, California Rodeo President Dave Pedrazzi’s late wife, who was a world champion and participated in cutting events across the country.
The California Rodeo cutting event will feature top riders from the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association (PCCHA), who will qualify by participating at three events leading up to the California Rodeo. Qualifying shows include the PCCHA Coyote Rock Ranch show held in March in Paso Robles, Calif., the El Rancho Spring Classic held in April in Rancho Murieta, Calif. and Outback Cuttings held in July in Watsonville, Calif. “The Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association is honored to help bring cutting back to the California Rodeo Salinas. We appreciate their interest in becoming partners in promoting this great event. The feedback from our membership has been overwhelming. To be involved in one of the greatest rodeos in the United States is just amazing, and I know there are some excited Open and Non Pro riders itching to get their hands on one the most beautiful buckles ever designed,” said Phil Benadum, Executive Director of the Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association.
More information on the individual qualifying shows can be found at: https://www.pccha.com/
In the cutting event, a rider enters a herd of cattle, separates one animal out of the herd and gently guides it to the center of the arena or pen, then attempts to prevent it from returning to the herd.The agility and skill from the horse and rider is an example of remarkable athleticism.It has been over two decades since a cutting show has been featured at the California Rodeo, but the flashy and fast event highlighting skilled riders and their talented equine partners is sure bring excitement to the performance and educate the audience about western practices that originated from ranch work.