HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Dozens of horses and riders from across the U.S. are in Hattiesburg for an annual cutting horse competition that's being held for the first time in the Hub City.
The Louisiana Cutting Horse Association's Winter Circuit began Friday at the Forrest County Multi-Purpose Facility.
The competition runs through Sunday.
"Each rider has 2 1/2 minutes...you go into the herd and the rider can help his horse separate one cow from the herd," said Larry Richard, a member of the Board of Directors of the Louisiana Cutting Horse Association. "Once one cow is separated, then the rider has to put his hand down and the horse is trained to prevent the cow from getting back to the herd," said Richard.
"Hattiesburg itself is a lovely place to be," said Cathie Perez, another member of the Board. "It's a small-town feel with a large-town conveniences and we were very, very pleased that they (the Multi-Purpose Center) were interested in hosting our show."
The event is open to the public and admission is free.