Cutter Bill

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Cutter Bill
Cutter bill.jpg
– Cutter Bill –
Breed Quarter Horse
Discipline Cutting
Sire Buddy Dexter
Grandsire Dexter
Dam Billie Silvertone
Maternal grandsire Silvertone
Sex Stallion
Foaled 1955
Country United States
Color Palomino
Breeder R. L. Underwood
Owner Rex Cauble
Other awards
AQHA Performance Register of Merit
AQHA Champion
AQHA Superior Cutting Horse
1962 AQHA High Point Cutting Horse
1962 NCHA World Champion Cutting Horse
1963 NCHA Reserve World Champion Horse
NCHA Silver Award
NCHA Bronze Award
American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame

Cutter Bill (1955–1982) was a Quarter Horse stallion who was a famous cutting horse in the late 1950s as well as being an influential sire.[1]


The product of R. L. Underwood's linebreeding program for Copperbottom bloodlines, Cutter Bill was linebred to Golden Chief, a descendant of Copperbottom, a Thoroughbred foaled in 1828.[2][3] His sire, Buddy Dexter, was extremely inbred, being the product of a father-daughter mating.[3] To a lesser degree, Cutter Bill was also inbred to Tom (or Scooter) by Midnight.[3] Registered with number 53,703 with the American Quarter Horse Association (or AQHA), Cutter Bill was a 1955 palomino stallion who was bred by R. L. Underwood of Wichita Falls, Texas and owned by Rex Cauble of Houston, Texas.[4] Cauble bought Cutter Bill at Underwood's dispersal sale in 1956 for $2500.[5]

Cauble broke Cutter Bill himself, and for the first couple of years used him as a teaser stallion for Cauble's more famous stallions like Wimpy P-1, Silver King, and Hard Twist. As a three-year-old, Cutter Bill was started on cutting and proved a natural at it.[5] Cutter Bill was the National Cutting Horse Association (or NCHA), World Champion in 1962 and the NCHA Reserve World Champion in 1963, earning a total of $35,964.05 in NCHA competition.[1] With the AQHA he earned the 1962 High Point Cutting Horse award along with AQHA Champion and Performance Register of Merit awards. He was also an AQHA Superior Cutting Horse.[6] He was the second horse to win both the NCHA World Champion title and the AQHA High Point Cutting title, Poco Stampede was the first, but he was the first to do it in the same year.[5]

Among his famous offspring were Cutters Indian who was the 1972 AQHA High Point Jr. Western Pleasure Stallion, the 1972 AQHA High Point 3 year old Halter Stallion, and the 1972 AQHA High Point Jr. Trail Stallion, Bill's Highness, Cutter's First, Bill's Jazabell, Cutter's Lad, Pecos Billie, Blaze Face Bill, Cutter's Streak and Bill's Loceta.[7] Bill's Lady Day won the 1987 AQHA Senior Calf Roping World Champion title and Cutter's Rocket won two younth World Championships in working cowhorse in 1983 and 1985. Royal Cutter won the 1971 National Reined Cow Horse Association's Snaffle Bit Futurity and then later won the hackamore and bridle sweepstakes held by the same organization.[5]

A neat little bit of trivia was when Rex Cauble lost Cutter Bill in a Seven Card Stud poker game at Stanmire Lake in Leon County, Texas to King T. Blake. The other attendees at the game were Joe Lee Thompson, Julian Wakefield, Ed Rutledge, Lee Thompson, and King's two sons Bennett and Norman who were fishing most of the time. King, being the businessman/gentleman that he was, gave the horse back after two weeks but not before his wife "Audrey" rode him so she could go berry picking which antagonized Rex. Rex and King decided to trade it off at Blake's Farm and Ranch Supply on Highway 7.

Cutter Bill gained further fame when Rex Cauble opened two upscale western apparel stores and named them Cutter Bill's Western World. Cutter Bill placed his hoofs in wet cement outside the Houston store at its opening in 1967.[8] However, Cauble lost the stores after being convicted in the Cowboy Mafia drug smuggling trial.[9]

He died in the fall of 1982.[5] He was inducted into the AQHA Hall of Fame in 2003.[10]


The Yellow Stud
Golden Chief
quarter mare
Tom (Scooter)
Miss Tommie
Buddy Dexter
Golden Chief
Miss Tommie
Little March
Mustard Seed (TB)
Lowe Brothers quarter mare
Cutter Bill
Dunny Boy
mare by Yellow Wolf
bay quarter mare
Billie Silvertone
The Yellow Stud
Golden Chief
quarter mare
Star Light
Tom by Rainy Day
Y Ranch quarter mare


  1. ^ a b Martindale Legends 7 pp. 6–21
  2. ^ Short Unregistered Foundation Sires p. 11
  3. ^ a b c Cutter Bill Pedigree at All Breed Pedigree retrieved on June 27, 2007
  4. ^ American Quarter Horse Association Official Stud Book and Registry Combined 6–10 p. 902
  5. ^ a b c d e Groves "The Golden Age of Cutter Bill" Quarter Horse Journal pp. 18, 205–209
  6. ^ Wagoner Quarter Horse Reference 1974 Edition pp. 152–153
  7. ^ Pitzer The Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires pp. 24–25
  8. ^ Cutter Bill - American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame & Museum
  9. ^ Government nears settlement with Cauble Enterprises Associated Press The Paris News June 5, 1985 [1]
  10. ^ American Quarter Horse Association "AQHA Hall of Fame Archived October 12, 2011, at the Wayback Machine."


  • American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA). "AQHA Hall of Fame". American Quarter Horse Association. Archived from the original on October 12, 2011. Retrieved October 30, 2011. 
  • American Quarter Horse Association (1962). Official Stud Book and Registry Combined 6-7-8-9-10. Amarillo, TX: American Quarter Horse Association. 
  • Groves, Lesli Krause (June 1993). "The Golden Age of Cutter Bill". Quarter Horse Journal: 18, 205–209. 
  • Martindale, Cathy and Kathy Swan (editors) (2006). Legends 7: Outstanding Quarter Horse Stallions and Mares. Colorado Springs, CO: Western Horseman. ISBN 0-911647-79-1. 
  • Pitzer, Andrea Laycock (1987). The Most Influential Quarter Horse Sires. Tacoma, WA: Premier Pedigrees. 
  • Short, Victoria (1998). Unregistered Foundation Sires of the American Quarter Horse. Houston, TX: Loshadt Publishing. 
  • Wagoner, Dan (1974). Quarter Horse Reference 1974 Edition. Grapevine, TX: Equine Research. 

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