The 1st Annual
Debbie Pedrazzi Memorial Cutting will take place during the Thursday, September
23rd 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
California Rodeo cutting event will feature top riders and horses who will
qualify by participating at two events leading up to the California Rodeo.
Qualifying shows include two Gabilan Cutters events held locally at Bolado Park
on June 5
th and at the Santa Cruz Fairgrounds on July 17th.
information on the individual qualifying shows can be found at:
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.