Deb Elliott Memorial Pink Cutting

The Deb Elliott Memorial Ladies Cutting or The Pink Cutting as it is known, is a unique event that was designed to promote the sport of Cutting and raise awareness and funds for Women’s Cancer. The theme since its inception was ‘PINK’.  Each year it has been entertaining to see the creativity behind the sea of pink in the arena attire for both horses & riders……and judges!

Whilst The Pink Cutting is a serious competition, the event is relaxed, with a fun filled air and respect shown to the ladies of the industry who behind the scenes offer so much support to the men folk, whether they are hubby non-pro’s or trainers.

The Pink Cutting is a day for the ladies to have their moment in the sun, cut some cows and have some fun, all for a good cause.  Each lady is individually presented during the evening with a ‘gift bag’ full of donated pink goodies.

Visit The Pink Cutting Facebook page to see the incredible extent of sponsorship and donations to this extremely worthwhile cause.


The event is Restricted to Ladies only.  The Ladies:

  • Do not have to own the horse they show
  • Can show in a bridle or Snaffle
  • Can pay a day fee to show if not a full NCHA member.


Deb Elliot Memorial Trophy.The event was originally run under the banner of the Southern Cross Cutting Club of which Sally Bonello was Show Secretary for 5 years.

Following the wash out of the event on the second day in 2010, it was decided, in consultation with the NCHA, to move the event to an indoor venue.

In 2012 the event was renamed ‘The Deb Elliott Memorial Ladies Cutting’.

Deb was a very popular member of the Cutting Community & had supported the event with her hand-made quilts for the auction. Sadly Deb lost her battle to Cancer in November 2011.


2022 – White Park, Scone NSW

$15,864.45 was raised for the Scone Cancer & District Support Group

2019 – Tatura Park, Victoria

$8,435 was raised for the Foundation for Breast Cancer Care.

  • Winner: Trudy Holden
  • Horse: Reylee Play (by Reys Ya Garter)
  • Owner: Danny Carey

2018 – Tatura Park, Victoria

In 2018 in light of tragic events within the cutting industry, a call was heard for the re-establishment of the CUTTERS IN ACTION (CIA).  The purpose of the CUTTERS IN ACTION is to help the NCHA Members and its Community in times of need to ensure the health and well-being of its own and their families.  So, in 2018 the Pink Cutting became the PURPLE CUTTING and $7,900 raised was given to the CIA Fund.

  • Winner: Lisa Hindmarsh.  [View Video]
  • Horse: Sophisticated Doll
  • Owner: Jamie Everingham

2017 – Tatura Park, Victoria

Winx plates were auctioned and sold for $8,250 to John Mitchell. [Find out more…]
In total the auction raised $15,065 for the Women’s Cancer Foundation.

  • Winner: Sarah Crawford
  • Horse: This Catifex
  • Owner: Julie Jones

2016 – Tatura Park, Victoria

Around $15,000 was raised for the Women’s Cancer Foundation.

  • Winner: Brooke West
  • Horse: Sugarland
  • Owner: S & K Smith

2015 – Tatura Park, Victoria

$14,035 raised for the Women’s Cancer Foundation.

2014 – Tatura Park, Victoria

$5,140.50 raised for the Women’s Cancer Foundation.

  • Winner: Kerry Ann Tonkin
  • Horse: Tramps Destiny
  • Owner: CA & KA Tonkin

2013 – Elmore, Victoria

$14,120 raised for the Women’s Cancer Foundation.

  • Winner: Lacey Elliott
  • Horse: Winderadeen Alilshortnin
  • Owner: Brian Elliott

2012 – Elmore, Victoria

$23,000 raised for the Women’s Cancer Foundation.

  • Winner: Sinead Moran
  • Horse: Erin Flashy Rey
  • Owner: Tri Star QH

2011 – (No show that year)

The event was then moved from Moss Vale to be held in conjunction with the NCHA Victorian Futurity.

2010 – Moss Vale

$27,500 raised for the Women’s Cancer Foundation.

  • Winner: Bernadette Lucas
  • Horse: Amaroo Sheoak
  • Owner: Michael Smith

2009 – Moss Vale

$14,500 raised for the McGrath Foundation.

  • Winner: Kim Campbell
  • Horse: Tinks Jewel
  • Owner: Kim Campbell