Horse cutting comes to Hattiesburg

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - If you're looking for something to do this weekend - folks at the Forrest County Multi Purpose Center are gearing up for their first-ever horse cutting event.

They've brought in 250 yards of sand in preparation for the arrival of about 600 horses and 100 heads of cattle for The National Cutting Horse Association's event that runs this Friday through Sunday.

The event will be free for the public and Center staff say they are expecting approximately 1000 in attendance each day. 

Folks from Florida, Texas, Georgia and Louisiana and four other states will be in Hattiesburg, competing to expertly separate one cattle from the herd at a time.

The horses do most of the work and some arriving this weekend are valued at as much as 150,000 dollars - so there's some pretty big money involved in this little-known sport.