For cutting veteran Wayne Hodges, the sport and its equipment have come a long way in the 50 years he has been riding to the herd.
Wayne’s passion for the sport and the people in the business has not only kept him involved shows, but has also led him to become a corporate sponsor for the NCHA. Through his company, Wayne Hodges Trailer Sales & Outlaw Conversions, he has sponsored numerous events and has tried to encourage people starting their careers.
He has been an innovator in the trailer industry and has been a long-standing supporter of cutting, both as a contestant, and as a sponsor of shows and special promotions. One of his latest contributions has been to provide a deluxe trailer for this year’s $50,000 Amateur World Champion.
Wayne didn’t grow up cutting, and wasn’t raised with horses. But in high school he got involved and has been cutting actively since about 1961, beginning in California. The Pacific Coast Cutting Horse Association still fills a large part of his heart.
While Wayne hasn’t shown for awhile because of a badly broken leg, he is starting to ride again and plans to do more, as his old injuries get stronger.
Through the years, he has enjoyed helping other people get started in cutting. He has trained his own horses and hauled with good friends.
Wayne says he’s an NCHA corporate sponsor because he wants to be, because cutting has been good to him.
He has seen major developments in trailers over the years. and feels there is no comparison to what they were like 40 years ago. As people get better ideas the equipment naturally gets better. Wayne remembers that folks laughed at him when he first asked for drop-down windows on a trailer
He’s also seen the standard of competition rise over the years. Where once there might have been 15 or 20 top Non-Pros competing, nowadays, he sees hundreds who could win at any given time. And he’s played a big role in helping them down the road.
Wayne has been supported and encouraged by his wife, CarolAnn, a talented cutter in her own right. Together, they continue to breed great hosres horses and are active in a Therapeutic Riding program.