2019 Futurity | Celebrity Cutting


2019 Celebrity Cutting

Welcome to the return of the infamous Celebrity Cutting where they battle it out for the title, all while raising funds for our chosen charity, Sisters of the North.



Introducing your chosen Celebs...


Hugh Bowman

Group One Jockey

NCHA together are pleased to announce jockey Hugh Bowman regular rider of “wonder horse” Winx will be riding in the ‘Sisters of The North’ Charity Celebrity Cutting Event on the 6th June 2019 at AELEC, Tamworth.

Bowman was crowned “2017 Longines World's Best Jockey”, in a ceremony held during the annual Longines Hong Kong International Races Gala dinner hosted by the Hong Kong Jockey Club. After a remarkable 2017 season, which concluded with a win in the Japan Cup, Bowman claimed the title ahead of Ryan Moore and Frankie Dettori, both previous winners of the award.

However, Bowman’s association with Winx, arguably the greatest thoroughbred racehorse in Australian history, has made him world famous and his victory speech after Winx made her final bow at Royal Randwick, was the measure of a man who has seen the world for what it is.

 The Chris Waller-trained Winx had 43 starts for 37 wins. Bowman rode her 33 times for 32 wins and a second. She won her last 33 starts in succession with Bowman aboard for 31 of those wins including her last 30 starts. She won 25 Group 1s, a world record. She was in fact unbeaten in her last 25 Group 1 starts and Bowman was aboard for all 25 of them. They included an historic four Cox Plates in succession. This race is Australia’s premier weight for age event.

Bowman played a significant role in her success. He is ice cool and always managed to place her well before timing her devastating finishing runs to perfection. South African rider Aldo Domeyer summed up Bowman when competing against him in an International Jockey Challenge in Singapore, saying, “He is so composed it is as if he is floating on a cloud.”

In the last five weeks Bowman has ridden the winner of Hong Kong’s biggest race, the Hong Derby, for the second time in his career and rode three Group 1 winners in Australia, including two aboard Winx.

38-year-old Bowman rides at 57kg.

His career wins total 2068 at an outstanding strike rate of just over 16%.

He has ridden 92 Group 1 winners and this century his stakes earnings are Aus $200,695,800.

“We are extremely pleased and excited to have jockey Hugh Bowman join us for ‘Sisters of The North’ Charity Celebrity Cutting Event” said, Tim Heath, General Manager NCHA.


Stack & Mel

Travelling Cowgirls

Identical twins Stacey and Melissa Wilburn (aka Stack & Mel) are hit sensations on 'Travel guides' and have now filmed the third season of the Channel Nine show.

When the twins first started they had not even been on a holiday and now the girls have racked up over 20 countries. Stack and Mel are big on the rodeo scene, competing together and against each other in there roping events.

They have tracked extensively around country Australia for competitions. In their signature hats, cowgirl boots, belt buckles and always straight to the point they are used to roughing it and not easily impressed by fancy holidays. The complexities of big cities baffle them and much prefer taking their swags outdoors with their horses and dogs.


Shane Rodney

Professional Rugby League Player/Coach

At the age of 15, Shane Rodney retired from competitive Rodeo after a bull riding accident, and set his sights on Rugby League as a ‘safer option’. 

In 2002 he made his NRL debut with the Penrith Panthers and won his first NRL premiership in 2003.
After 7 years with Penrith Panthers, he joined the Manly Sea Eagles in 2009 where he won his second premiership.
In 2012, Shane signed a deal with Super League Team the London Broncos. 

After retiring from the field, Shane has taken up coaching the St Mary’s Saint’s team. 

Shane had not ridden a horse for almost 18 years until recently, however comes from a family of horse riders, and his wife Jacquie has just started snaffle bit cutting. 


Cass Wood

Actress/Reality TV Star

Having ridden horses all her life, Cass has a true passion for all animals, especially horses. She has competed in local shows in a variety of events on her Australian Quarter horse that she part owns with her Aunty. 

In 2018, Cass became a contestant on The Bachelor, vying for the heart of Nick Cummins and made it through to the final 4. 

During the show, Cass gained a large social media following, and was cast to be on the 2019 series of Bachelor in Paradise, which has just been aired on Network 10. 


David Butfield

Television/Radio Host 

Dave has been the host of Hooked TV show which was aired on Foxtel for over 8 years.  

In that time Dave has given anglers all the tip and techniques to help land that fish of a lifetime.  Dave has travelled to some amazing locations all over the world fishing, and catching everyone's dream. 

In that time Dave filmed over 300 episodes on Foxtel and can also be seen on youtube and a number of different media platforms around the world. Dave also introduced a number of NRL players and sporting personality on the show.  NRL favourite, Beau Scott appeared on a number of episodes as a co-host.  

Television wasn’t the only avenue Dave ventured into, he also hosted a number of radio shows and podcasts on fishing and boating.  

Dave co-hosted a number of fishing shows on Australia’s number one radio station 2GB.


Brett Parbery

Australia Dressage Rider

Brett Parbery is an Australian dressage rider and trainer with 12 Australian Dressage Championships under his belt. He has been short-listed for 3 Olympic Games and achieved top-10 World Equestrian Games finish.

Born and bred in country New South Wales, Brett spent his weekends as a boy at campdrafting competitions with his family. Then following a successful international tour as a professional Rodeo rider, Brett turned his talents to the equestrian Olympic sport of dressage.

Brett currently runs an elite-level dressage training facility at Willinga Park on the NSW South Coast.

Brett is a sought-after trainer and coach, and with a passion for education and training, he founded The Parbery Program through which he mentors and teaches riders from all over the world.


Simmone Jade McKinnon


Simmone is best known for her role as ‘Stevie’ in the award winning McLeods Daughter’s series, which she was nominated for several Logies & two gold Logie award nominations.

Other television work includes; Baywatch: Hawaii where she played the role of 'Allie Reese' opposite David Hasselhoff. Also, Water Rats, All Saints, Rescue Special Ops, Cops LAC, City Homicide, Neighbours and was a presenter for the Nine Networks ‘Random Acts of Kindness’ - just to name a few.

Simmone has a passion for horses, and loved having a role on Mcleods Daughters which allowed her to ride almost everyday.

She has been out of the saddle for a while after welcoming her son Madigan into the world, who is now 9 years old, and is really looking forward to being a part of the NCHA Celebrity Cutting to support such a great charity.

2019 Celebrity Cutting