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Mandy McCutcheon Wins SWRHA Non Pro Futurity on Custom Gunner

Mandy McCutcheon rode Custom Gunner to a score of 221.5 to claim the Southwest Reining Horse Association Non Pro Futurity Championship on October 19, besting a field of 63 entries and earning $5,580. She also finished as the Reserve Champion on Starbucks Freckle, adding another $3,397 to her credit.

Customized Gunner or “Custom”, as Mandy calls her, already had a win to her credit – she won the Tulsa Reining Classic Futurity in August. Mandy’s parents, Tim and Colleen McQuay raised the mare by their premier stallion, Gunner and out of the mare Custom Made Dunit, a mare Mandy also showed.

For the win, Mandy earned a signature SWRHA Association Futurity Golf Cart, a Bob’s Custom Saddle and Skyline buckle. Her parents received another Golf Cart through the SWRHA Stallion Auction program for Gunner having sired the champion.

Mandy, the NRHA’s only Million Dollar Non Pro, also claimed the Reserve title with a score of 220.5 on Starbucks Freckle, a gelding she and her husband Tom raised. He is one of the last Smart Starbuck foals, out of Justa Spring Freckle, a wedding gift from Mandy’s parents that has produced winners of $226,000. Starbucks Freckle was a Legacy Sale graduate that the McCutcheons sold, then bought back later.

Mandy’s niece, Lindsay McCutcheon showed Mighty Miss Gee Whiz - another Legacy Sale graduate - for the first time on Friday and earned a score of 218.5 for a reining run filled with suspense. When McCutcheon first rode into the arena, the mare looked hard at the far end of the coliseum where a door was open and “I was having trouble getting her to walk into the arena”.

Lindsay’s mother, Kathy McCutcheon, was paying attention. Realizing what the mare was looking at, she ran to the other end of the coliseum and shut the door, then moved away from it. When she did, she heard her phone ring and looked to see brother-in-law Tom McCutcheon calling. She said, “I thought, ‘why’s he calling instead of whistling for Lindsay?’” But she picked up anyway. It was good she did – Tom was calling to tell her that the door had blown open again. This time when she shut it she held it.

That was all it took. With the distraction out of the way, Mighty Miss Gee Whiz went to work. Lindsay noted, “I’ve never had a near disaster turn into a great run before; it was wonderful!” For her Level 3 Non Pro Championship on the daughter of Tivitos Sugar Bar out of Ms Gee Whiz, Lindsay won a Bob’s Custom Saddle, a Skyline buckle sponsored by All About Pets/Dr. Wendy Rhoads and a check for $2,154.

The Reserve Level 3 championship went to Gina Maria Schumacher on Bingo Juicy (Smart Like Juice X Bingos Sure Slide). Gina also won the Level 2 and Level 1 Futurities. The 15-year-old was excited about the wins. “It was my second time to ride her and my first time to show her!” she noted. Then she added – it was also my first time to show a horse of my own in America.”

Gina, from Switzerland, rides with trainer Martin Larcombe. For her twin wins, she earned a Bob’s Custom Saddle, one Skyline buckle sponsored by Matt Armenta and one sponsored by Ron Thompson.

Randy Paul sponsored the Prime Time Buckle, which was won by Ron Thompson with a score of 217 on Taris Dreamer (Magnum Chic Dream X Taris San Cutter).

The Reserve Championship in the Level 2 and Level 1 Non Pro went to Jaci Marley on Dodge This Gun (Dun Gotta Gun X Footworks Yellow Jac) with a score of 216.