Las Vegas – The South Point Arena and Equestrian Center welcomes cutting horse champions from around the country for an exciting week of equestrian events Tuesday, Aug. 18 through Sunday, Aug. 23. The cutting world’s top riders will compete in the Mercuria World Series of Cutting throughout the week with a special “The Mane Event” championship on Saturday, Aug. 22 at 6 p.m. This event is free and open to the public.
“The NCHA Mercuria World Series of Cutting is a special competition showcasing the art of the sport through precision and great horsemanship,” said Paula Gaughan, wife of South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa owner Michael Gaughan. “Western cutting is a sport that takes a great amount of skill and talent, and we are adding the Mane Event this weekend to showcase the best of the best, a select group of individuals who truly are the core of this sport.”
Throughout the six-day event, fans will witness some of the best equestrian riders compete on three, four, five and six year-old horses. With 10 to 12 events a day, the week-long competition will offer up to $89,000 in prizes. In addition, the top riders will have an opportunity to compete for a $50,000 purse during the Mercuria finale, the Mane Event. During the finale, a special opening ceremony will invite the competitors, both two and four legged, into the center ring to pay recognition to the top athletes of the evening.
In addition to the excitement in the Arena, guests will have the opportunity to purchase Western-lifestyle items such as jewelry, shirts, boots, hats and more at the Western Gift Show in the Arena’s concourse.
For more information on upcoming events, please visit the South Point website.
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About South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa
Featuring more than 2,100 guestrooms, South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa overlooks the famous Las Vegas Strip and the serenity of the surrounding mountainscape. Each oversized guest room features state-of-the-art LED televisions as well as WiFi with high-speed internet connections. Guests visiting South Point will experience affordable luxury through a casino offering top-of-the-line gaming technology, more than 60 table games and a race and sports book area featuring separate viewing areas for both horse racing and general sporting events; 11 restaurants featuring a wide variety of dining options, including the award-winning Michael’s Gourmet Room; the world-class Costa Del Sur Spa and Salon; a fabulous 400-seat showroom featuring headliner entertainment; Bingo room; a 16-screen Cinemark movie complex; a state-of-the-art, 64-lane bowling center for friends and family to enjoy; and a 52,000-square foot Conference Center and an 80,000-square foot Exhibit Hall. South Point Hotel is also home to the South Point Bowling Plaza, a multi-million dollar professional bowling tournament facility. The 90,000-square-foot professional bowling facility includes 60 lanes with two parallel rows of 30 lanes, a 360-seat viewing area and a 720-unit locker room. In addition, South Point holds one of the finest event facilities in the country with the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center and Priefert Pavilion. The 240,000 square feet of event space features three climate-controlled arenas, vet clinic, feed store, more than 1,200 climate-controlled stalls and plays host to some of the country’s most unique events. South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa is at 9777 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, NV 89183.
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