Sport: Cutting Horse

Tucson bustled with ten-gallon hats and horse talk. Cattlemen and horse breeders from all over the wide West were winding up the 1953 convention of the American Quarter Horse Association, and they found plenty of horseflesh to admire. A three-year-old named Rukin String drew his share of the talk by running the quarter-mile in 22.1 seconds—just a tenth over the world record. But the climax of Tucson's week was the cutting-horse contest, which had brought to town 34 of the best-trained ranch horses in the world.

A cutting horse needs high spirits and a high I.Q. His highly specialized ranch job is...

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