Bill Riddle of Ringling, Okla., and Phil Rapp of Weatherford, Texas, will be honored tonight as the leading money winners in their respective cutting horse classes for 1997.
Riddle, 43, led all professionals, riding horses which earned $272,537. Russ Miller of St. Anthony, Idaho, was second with $251,157.
The 28-year-old Rapp won $164,020 to top the non-pros for the second straight year. Rapp also won the award in 1993. His wife Mary Ann was the second-leading money winner among non-pros in 1997 with $153,114.
The figures were tabulated by Equi-Stat, a division of Cowboy Publishing Group of Fort Worth, Texas.
Riddle and Rapp will be presented their Equi-Stat awards prior to tonight's Futurity finals by Carl W. Mullins, general manager of Cowboy Publishing Group.
The Equi-Stat Award was first presented in 1992. The professional winners have been Greg Welch (1992, 1993), Pete Branch (1994), Bill Freeman (1995), Scott Weis (1996) and Riddle. The non-pro winners have been Linda Mussallem (1992), Bobby Pidgeon (1993), Rapp (1994, 1996, 1997) and Sandy Bonelli (1995).