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Kalli Nelms of Inianola practices with her horse One Helluva Proposal between events during the 2012 youth-sponsored Pinto Youth Club at Christensen Field.

The Nebraska Pinto Horse Association will host its Hot Spots “Beat the Heat” Pinto Show at Christensen Field this Saturday.

“We’ll have events going on from 8 in the morning probably until about 6 o’clock in the evening,” Show Manager Glenda Masteller said. “We’re a family-oriented organization, so classes are available for everyone in the family.”

The show is the third of four to be held in Fremont. The Spring Into Pinto Show was held May 15 and the NPtHA Pinto Sponsored Open Show was held May 16, while the Last Blast Pinto Show will be held Sept. 11.

Entree fees and rules for the event can by found by visiting nptha.com/shows.html. Exhibitors must show to 60% of the judges to be eligible for year-end awards.

Originally from Spain, Pinto horses are known for their distinctive coat patterns. Breeds that have these features include miniature horses and the American Saddlebred.

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“You have to have a Pinto horse to be a part of the show, but that being said, we do have some open classes that we call all-breed,” Masteller said. “And anyone with any horse, whether they’re registered or not, can participate in those classes.”

Mullen said the event’s classes will cover a wide variety of disciplines and will be judged according to the NPtHA’s standards by Karen Craighead and Kimberly Garrett.

“We’ll have English classes, we’ll have Western classes, we’ll have barrels and poles,” she said. “We have miniature horses, we have stock-type horses, we have ponies, so it really is a little bit for everyone.”

As the shows see a wide variety of participants, Masteller said different people will take away different experiences.

“For our families, I think it’s a group activity that the entire family can participate in, and we do have quite a few families that the kids show and mom or dad might show in a couple of classes,” she said. “And then for other individuals, it’s just about promoting their horse.”

THE Farrington family live and breathe all things rodeo. Kassie and husband Randy spend most weekends taking their son "the real cowboy” Kutter (7) to rodeos across the state and beyond, where he competes professionally in a variety of events. So far he has taken part in well over 50 rodeos collecting an array of prizes along the way. Despite the dangers of the sport, the thrill of the competition and cash prizes he can win is a trade off for the risks he takes. Kassie once took a loan out on her car to afford for Kutter to compete: “We drove six hours away for Kutter to rodeo. I put my trust in God and it paid off big time. Does it always pay off? No, but that time it did he won over $2,000 in cash.” Even though still a child, Kutter is well respected in the rodeo community and earns extra money training other people’s horses and ponies for them. Kassie and Randy have made huge sacrifices, which not everyone in their families agrees with, but they’re determined to keep supporting Kutter so he can follow his dreams. Kassie explained: “They tell us that we're irresponsible, that we make him do this or that we should pay this bill, that bill, we should spend our money differently. In all reality, if you're not feeding us or paying our bills, or whatever, then it's not none of your business.” The next rodeo is fast approaching and today Kutter will be hitting the practising pit with father Randy to ride some new calves. Social: https://www.tiktok.com/@therealcowboykutter? https://www.facebook.com/The-Real-Cowboy-Kutter-102475131139242/?ref=page_internal

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