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International Cutting Clinician Cub Wright

Cub Wright is the Owner/Operator of Prairie Oak Ranch, an 80 acre Cutting Horse and Horsemanship Centre, located just east of Okotoks Alberta, Canada. Cub was born and raised on a ranch in Princeton, BC, and has never been far from horse-related action. Over many decades, she has ridden and coached successfully in most equestrian disciplines, including English and Western Equitation, Jumping, Barrel Racing and the Cowboy Challenge. She was the 2008 Canadian Open Cutting Horse Champion; the first woman to ever hold the title. That year she also finished Top 20 in the World in the Open on her great gelding Right on CD. During that same year, she had two students in Top 15 in the World standings: Andrea Rudkin won the $2,000-limit World Title and Jim Wilson finished Top 15. Cub consistently has students in the Top Ten standings in both Alberta and Canadian Associations in various amateur and non-pro classes.

Over the years, Cub has developed her own unique teaching style based on experience and knowledge gained from working with leading trainers around the world. She offers riding lessons to students from beginner to advanced levels. Cub is an extremely thorough and technical coach. She is particularly skilled at breaking down in detail the elements of riding and cutting as they apply to each student and horse. Cub specifically shows individual students where their strengths and weaknesses are and most importantly what they must do to start riding and/or showing well. Personalized performance based learning is new to many education systems but Cub has been practicing it for years.

Cub & Right on CD in Texas, November 2008.
Last show of 2008 hauling for the world

The Cutting Program at Prairie Oak has been thoughtfully developed over many years, with numerous rider successes to its credit. Many highly successful Canadian cutters got their start with Cub, and many new riders and experienced riders have discovered the special joy that comes from good horses, good teaching, good riding and good fun. The ranch also hosts International cutters on a regular basis.

Cub has also given of her time to support the Cutting Associations by serving as Alberta Secretary for one year; Director for several years; and Vice-President for one year. The Cowboy Gathering, a fundraiser for the Canadian Cancer Research Foundation/Alberta Cutting Association, was spear-headed by Cub for four years. She served on several committees for the Canadian Cutting Association. When the NCHA held their first Judges exam in Calgary, Cub was one of two women to get their NCHA Judges’ card. Being a coach made judging difficult and her card was turned in.