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Ancillary Arena Youth Classes
The final day of the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity saw another set of tough youth competitors in the affiliate classes. In the last round of the show, titles were awarded along with high-point championships.

Carlee McCutcheon and Raeanna Thayn shared the championship in the Youth 13 and Under with a score of 71.5. McCutcheon rode Whatta Royal Vintage, owned by Tom and Mandy McCutcheon and Thayn rode Nics Wimpy, owned by Robert and Robbin Thayn.

Whatta Royal Vintage is by Hollywood Vintage out of Whatta Royal Star. McCutcheon has only been riding the mare a couple of months, but says she enjoys riding Holly.

It went really good, McCutcheon said of her run. My lead change might have been a little early otherwise she was really good.

Nics Wimpy, by Wimpys Little Step out of Nics Whiz, led Thayn to not only the round win, but the Youth 13 and Under High Point championship and Carla Clay Memorial Award. She received a high point Skyline buckle sponsored by Dean Latimer Reining Horses and the commemorative Carla Clay Memorial Skyline buckle.

The Carla Clay Memorial Award is given to the highest scoring youth over the course of the two-round youth event, and because Thayn rode two horses at the SWRHA Futurity she garnered the highest collective score.

I really like her stops and her spins, Thayn said of her 9-year-old mare. [My run] felt really good, she was circling really pretty it felt like.

Dani Latimer riding Snapbacks topped the Youth 14-18 with a score of 73.Snapbacks is by Master Snapper out of A TufChexer and had a great showing for Latimer.

I showed her on Friday, too, and she showed really good so I had a lot of confidence going in on how she felt and she proved it, it was good, Latimer said.

Latimer showed the now 4-year-old mare last year as a 3-year-old and says shes becoming stronger and stronger in the show pen.

Every time I show her, everything just gets better and better so Im really happy with her, she said.

The Youth 14-18 High Point champion was McKinnon Larcombe riding My Nu Mercedes Rox, owned by her mother, Samantha Larcombe. She received a championship Skyline buckles sponsored by Stefano Calcagnini Reiners. McKinnon said the best part of her win was being able to do soon a family bred and raised mare.

Im excited, because I havent been showing this horse for very long, so its a pretty good feat, she said of winning the Youth 14-18 High Point award. Hes been in our family since he was born, so its nice to show something that weve bred as a family and raised and trained.

McKinnon had a very successful day about the mare also picking up a win in the Limited Non Pro class, plus the Limited Non Pro High Point Championship as well. For the High Point award she received a championship Skyline buckle sponsored by Twin Cities South Trailer Sales.

In the 10 and Under Short Stirrup class sponsored by Gabriel Diano, Hattie Nance topped the classes with a 73 riding Straight Shootin Gun.

Straight Shootin Gun is by Colonels Smoking Gun out of MsMagesticJac and also led Nance to the Short Stirrup High Point championship.

My run was really fun and I just want to thank Mike Hancock and Barbara Williams and Mikey (Straight Shootin Gun) for helping me win, Nance said.

She added the High Point win was extra special to her, Its very exciting. Last time I came here I got a zero and I was very upset, but now Im like wow!

Walk Trot High Point championship went to Maggie Nance, riding Hickorys Dr Pepper.

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