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Mandy McCutcheon Earns Scottsdale Western World Non Pro Futurity Championship
2015-10-23
It was a busy day for Non Pros in the Coliseum Arena at the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity, presented by Billingsley Ford, held at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore, Oklahoma. The morning kicked off with ancillary classes, followed by the Scottsdale Western World Non Pro Futurity.

As draw No. 5 in the 47-horse class, Cade McCutcheon rode Sara Goes Fly to a score of 217, setting the bar for his contestants. However, coming out of the draw as No. 31, his mother, Mandy McCutcheon piloted Paint The Nite to score a 218.5 for the Championship.

All my horses tried to be good, but she was really good. I was a little bit distracted, but she was really good, Mandy said. I had a little glitch in my right lead lope departure but other than that she was really good. Shes a really big stopper so when its time to go stop I know its going to be a fun time. Today, I was third on a Gunners Special Nite and a Gunners Special Nite tied to win the Level 3, so we are pretty excited about the Gunners Special Nites offspring.

Mandy and Paint The Nite (Gunners Special Nite x Darlins Not Painted) received a $5,515 paycheck along with a saddle sponsored by Scottsdale Western World, Champion Neck Sash, Lawson Trophy, $100 Dennards Gift Certificate, $50 Cowboy Couture Gift Certificate, and a Thomas Moore Tote with a $20 Gift Certificate.

Taking home the Non Pro Futurity Reserve Championship was Cade and Sara Goes Fly (Einsteins Revolution x Sara Goes Hollywood), owned by James McCutcheon. The duo garnered a $3,357 paycheck along with Anderson Bean Boots, Reserve Champion Neck Sash, $50 SmartPak Gift Certificate, $25 Gift Certificate from Cowboy Couture, and a Thomas Moore Tote with a $20 Gift Certificate.

Three horse-and-rider teams tied for the Scottsdale Western World Non Pro Futurity Level 3 Championship; Tami Nelson aboard Big Time Jazzy, Teresa Putman aboard HA Lenas Tune, and Lindsey McCutcheon aboard Dunit Special Nite.

Im really happy. I raised her and own her parents, Nelson said about Big Time Jazzy. She just is a really good-minded easy horse so you just lope her off and go. She just says yes the whole time out there in the pen so I just kicked her and kicked her and when you stop kicking she slows down. When you run down and stop kicking, she stops. Shes a great mare.

Im excited. It was really fun and I know now that there is more there that I didnt tap into, so Im really excited to go to the NRHA Futurity with her and hopefully she will ride nice there like she did here, Putman said about HA Lenas Tune. I had three half point penalties but that was more my fault than it was hers. She was just real sweet in the circles and came back nice, I was happy with her there. I couldnt be happier.

Im really happy with my horse. We just had one little bitty deal on our last stop, but other than that Im super happy with him. He felt really good but you just never really know with 3-year-olds and this is our first time to show one handed, so you just dont know whats going to happen, McCutcheon said. Coming in he was really quiet and waited for me. I really had to make him run down to his stops but he was still great and I am really happy with him.

Each rider scored a 215.5 for the tie and garnered a $1,407 paycheck and randomly drew for their prizes, which included a Saddle, Champion Neck Sash, Lawson Trophy, and a $50 Cowboy Couture Gift Certificate.

Nelson and Big Time Jazzy (Shine Big Time x Skippin Whiz) also captured the Scottsdale Western World Non Pro Futurity Level 2 Championship with their score of 215.5. The duo garnered a $1,134 paycheck along with a Champion Buckle, Champion Neck Sash, Lawson Trophy, and a $50 Cowboy Couture Gift Certificate.

Putman and HA Lenas Tune (Lena Spark x DA Nic A Tune), owned by Gary Putman, also earned the Scottsdale Western World Non Pro Futurity Prime Time Championship worth $673. They also received a Champion Buckle, Champion Neck Sash, Morrison Trophy, and a $50 Cowboy Couture Gift Certificate.

Samantha Larcombe piloted My Nu Mercedes Rox into the winners circle in the Scottsdale Western World Non Pro Futurity Level 1 with a score of 211 for the Championship.

It was a bit of a surprise, I had no idea, but Im happy and Ill take it, Larcombe said about her win. I wasnt overly happy with my run, I think he could do better but hes a 3-year-old so weve got a little bit to work on in the next month or so before Oklahoma City. Hes a homebred, and hes the first one Ive ridden by my mare. Its just nice to ride one of my own and its kind of a little bit of an accomplishment. We are just going to try and do better at Oklahoma City.

Larcombe and My Nu Mercedes Rox (Cromed Out Mercedes x Roxana Chex) also garnered a $245 paycheck and received a Champion Buckle, Champion Neck Sash, Pewter Trophy, and a $50 Cowboy Couture Gift Certificate.

Some special awards were handed out following the Non Pro Futurity. The funds for much of the Futurity added money came from the annual Stallion Auction, and participating with a breeding to their stallion selling in the auction makes stallion owners eligible for the sire awards.

A custom SWRHA Golf Cart went to the Sire of the Level 4 Futurity Non Pro Champion as long as the stallion was part of the auction with a sold breeding, and the winner of the Golf Cart was Gunners Special Nite, sire of the Non Pro Champion Paint The Nite. A custom buckle went to the Level 3 Champion and there was a tie between Shine Big Time and Gunners Special Nite. The Level 2 custom buckle went to Shine Big Time, Level 1 went to Cromed Out Mercedes, and the Prime Time went to Dun It With A Twist.

Opening up the fourth competition day was the Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro, and Limited Non Pro ancillary classes. With 28 competitors entered, it was Lindsey McCutcheon and Mega Watt Shine who took the lead in the Non Pro as the sixth draw with a score of 142.

We were really just using this as a schooling class but we were really happy that we ended up winning it, McCutcheon said. My horse was actually better than I expected so Im super happy. My dad showed him in the Open and I took him over in the Non Pro. He is the same every time I show him and hes so easy, he just does his job and hes the best horse Ive ever had to show.

McCutcheon and Mega Watt Shine (Marthas Mega Jac x Bella Della) garnered a $1,122 paycheck for owners Scott and Kathleen McCutcheon. They also received a Lawson Trophy, Monogrammed Captain Chair, $50 Cowboy Couture Gift Certificate, and a Thomas Moore Tote with a Gift Certificate.

After finishing Reserve in the Non Pro Freestyle Reining at the All American Quarter Horse Congress, Reed Kyle and Zins Smart Wrangler showed up to the SWRHA Futurity and Show and snatched up a win. As the 17th to go in the Intermediate Non Pro, the duo scored a 141 to take home the Championship.

Hes been really good, just a really honest horse, Kyle said. He went in there and was nice and quiet and did everything I asked so it was a great run. He is just a really laid back horse. He doesnt really have a care in the world and just fun to ride everyday. He never really puts up a fight, its more of me just getting out of his way than anything.

Reed and Zins Smart Wrangler (Starlights Wrangler x Smart Rowdy Lady) garnered a $544 paycheck for owner Tamra Kyle. They also received a Morrison Trophy, Monogrammed Captain Chair, $50 Cowboy Couture Gift Certificate, and a Thomas Moore Tote with a Gift Certificate.

In the Limited Non Pro, it was draw No. 24 that had the sweet spot. Sabrina Pickett and Lil Ruf Rhinestone jumped into the lead with a score of 140, however they had to wait until the remaining four competitors performed. At the end of the class, their score had successfully held and they earned the Limited Non Pro Championship.

I had a great ride so that was a big deal to me, Pickett said. I actually had the most fabulous ride Ive ever had, I just need to go a little faster, but he was awesome. He was always there. I couldnt ask for a better ride really. Hes just so much fun and hes taught me a lot.

Pickett and Lil Ruf Rhinestone (Lil Ruf Peppy x Lucy McGillicutty) garnered a $115 paycheck along with a Pewter Trophy, Monogrammed Captain Chair, $50 Cowboy Couture Gift Certificate, and a Thomas Moore Tote with a Gift Certificate.

Another chance for Non Pros to get in the saddle and in the arena, the Ride and Slide Non Pro Level 1 was a perfect fit for Stacy Adams and Conquistadordaydream. The duo marked a 69 to take home their first Championship.

It felt good. Its the first time Ive ever won anything. I always go to the center and stop and wait and this time I just got to the center and went straight into it and that seemed to help. There are still a little nerves but I had a great time. Its been a great show so far and Im looking forward to it.

Adams and Conquistadordaydream garnered a $43 paycheck and received an Award Plaque, Monogrammed Captain Chair, and a $25 Cowboy Couture Gift Certificate.

Five competitive horse-and-rider teams entered the arena wanting a chance to make the highest score. Becca Schaffhauser and Get Juiced (Smart Like Juice x Fancy Finnin Solano), owned by Jennifer Anderson, topped her competitors with a score of 147. The duo earned prizes from Kim Ferguson and Richard Pokluda.

There were eight talented competitors that were in the Lead Line class. They were all so amazing; the judges couldnt make up their mind on just one champion, so everyone received prizes from Kim Ferguson and Richard Pokluda.

The Markel Insurance Open was the last class of the day and it was the most exciting. The camaraderie between the competitors was relaxed even though they were all after the title. However, it was Casey Deary and Chicsdundreamin who stole the show and the Championship.

That horse is always good. Hes a sweet horse and hes very, very broke, Deary said. Arno Honstetter was fifth on him at the NRHA Futurity and Sam Smith won a world title on him. Normally Betty [Schroeder] shows him I just thought Id steal him for one ride. Ive never actually shown him before, but he was great.

Deary and Chicsdundreamin (Magnum Chic Dream x Goody Goody Dun Drop) garnered a $1,611 paycheck for owner Betty Schroeder. They also received a Lawson Trophy, Monogrammed Captain Chair, $50 Cowboy Couture Gift Certificate, and a Thomas Moore Tote with Gift Certificate.

The action continues in Ardmore, Oklahoma, on Oct. 24 with ancillary classes at 7:30 a.m. Later in the afternoon will be the Cardinal Reining Horses & Lifeline Open Futurity Finals. For the live Internet feed of the action, compliments of Waltenberry Videography, go to www.swrha.com.