Horse-cutting workshop benefits endowment

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— Routt County residents have an opportunity to learn horse cutting from the best this week as world champion horse cutter Barb Shulte will give a workshop at the Saddle Mountain Ranch Tuesday.

"This is pretty neat for us to have a chance to watch someone of her credentials," said Christi Northrop of the Saddle Mountain Ranch.

The workshop is a fund-raiser sponsored by the National Horse Cutting Association to raise money to secure funds for an annual award to honor a professional horse trainer.

The award is named after Barb's son Zane Shulte, who died last year at age 16 from bone cancer.

"The benefit is to raise money for an endowment fund," Shulte said.

The workshop costs $50 and an additional $50 will buy a ticket for a raffle. Prizes include a fully loaded sport utility vehicle and a Jan Mates bronze sculpture.

The drawing for the raffle is Oct. 1.

Shulte and her husband are working and staying at the ranch of the R and T cattle company in South Routt.

Shulte lives in Brenham, Texas, full time but has some roots to the Yampa Valley.

"Between 1973 and 1975 I was a ski bum in Steamboat Springs," she said.

Shulte, who won the world championship in horse cutting for paints this year, also was named the National Female Equestrian of the Year.

The workshop runs from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the Saddle Mountain Ranch, west of Steamboat Springs.

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