Seventeen-year-old, Tylie Norcutt, led the pack of youth riders in the World’s Greatest Youth Horseman finals. After competing in four events – steer stopping, reining, cow work, herd work – nine youth horsemen went on to a “fence-only” finals.
Music blared and the crowd cheered this past Saturday night. The youth competed down the fence between the World’s Greatest Horseman final events.
Tylie Norcutt, the teen from Nevada, gave the crowd exactly what they wanted. She rode hard for a score of 148 down the fence to win her the title. She was crowned the 2023 World’s Greatest Youth Horseman! Her total composite score came out to 729.
It was quite the way to end her youth year.
She rode Soulas Hickory Star. Her family bought the horse from National Reined Cow Horse Association Hall of Famer, Ken Wold, as a two-year-old. The Will Rogers Coliseum was no new territory for Soulas Hickory Star. The gelding took Ali Norcutt, Tylie Norcutt’s sister, to the World’s Greatest Youth Horseman finals twice previously.
Ali is currently on the Texas Tech University Rodeo Team and the TTU Ranch Horse Team. Tylie will be right behind her as she plans to attend there, as well.
The World’s Greatest Youth Horseman is an NRCHA event by Mars Equestrian. Competitors 18 and under compete in the aforementioned four events. The composite score is then taken to determine who makes the finals. It is a clean slate for the riders during finals. They are only scored on their down-the-fence cow work run. That score determines who wins the title.
This is the second year in a row a cowgirl has claimed the title. Last year, Emily Kent, took home the prize with her horse, On The Reydio. Read about her cowgirl power here!