Parker County Today December 2016 - Page 28

our history: NCHA BY MEL W RHODES Establishment of the cutting association has far-reaching impact on the Parker County area DECEMBER 2016 PA R K E R C O U N T Y T O D AY T 26 he roots of today’s multi-million dollar cutting industry stretch back to the middle of the last century when a small group of dedicated cutting horse owners banded together to form the National Cutting Horse Association. The proliferation of cutting, its events and the establishment of an associated business environment and culture helped brand Weatherford “The Cutting Horse Capital of the World.” Parker County is horse country; according to the 2012 U.S. Census, it is home to more horses and equine-related farms or businesses than any other county. Parker and Palo Pinto counties were home ground to legendary trail drivers Charles Goodnight and Oliver Loving, so the equine/cattle tradition is well-rooted here in the Cross Timbers and rolling prairies west of Cowtown.