August 10, 2005 — “Mohawk!” “Rock Star!” “BALD!” screamed the crowd at the Downunder Horsemanship Wahl Walkabout Tour at the Golden Spike Arena in Ogden, Utah, on July 31. What on earth were these horseowners so riled up about? The answer: The Clinton Anderson/Wahl Clipper Chop For Charity.
Sponsored by tour title sponsor Wahl Clipper, Chop For Charity allowed tour attendees to enter into a unique drawing for the chance to cut Clinton Anderson’s hair in any style they chose. The cost for a ticket was $5–all of which went to benefit the non-profit North American Riding for the Handicapped Association (NARHA), Anderson’s charity of choice.
In total, the drawing raised over $12,000 for NARHA. In addition, Anderson and wife Beth donated an additional $10,000 of their own money, bringing the total raised to over $22,000.
Charlie Begay of Big Water, Utah, was the winner of the Chop For Charity drawing. As the drawing winner, Begay won tuition at a Downunder Horsemanship three day horsemanship clinic valued at $1,100 and $500 in travel money donated by Wahl Clipper, in addition to the honor of cutting the Aussie’s hair in any fashion he saw fit.
Begay started cutting Clinton’s hair in a flat top style, but cheers from the crowd demanded a mohawk and ultimately, that is what Anderson ended up with. Begay did a very careful job of cutting Anderson’s hair, but perhaps the shock of losing the hair was more noticeable to Anderson than the care taken. Anderson’s reaction to Begay’s skills when he saw his reflection in a mirror? “It’s about as bad as I expected!” he said, laughing.