Limited-age reining competition at the 2012 Cowboy Capital Classic Reining in Stephenville, Texas, wrapped up on Saturday, March 10, with the Mister Nicadual Non-Pro Derby. Though rein poured down outside the arena, that didn’t keep Mandy McCutcheon from shining in the show pen on Shiney Enterprise.
On the 4-year-old mare (Smart And Shiney x My Royal Enterprise x Be Aech Enterprise) owned by McQuay Stables, Tioga, Texas, McCutcheon scored a 223 in the Level 4 Non-Pro Derby Open to win first place and $4,504. It was a big weekend for the Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Rider. Shortly after her win, McCutcheon, Aubrey, Texas, the daughter of Tim and Colleen McQuay, rushed to the airport and hopped on a plane to Las Vegas, Nev., to join her family at the induction of their legendary sire Hollywood Dun It into the American Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame.
A score of 219.5 on Maggie Chic Dream (Magnum Chic Dream x Crow About This x Gallo Del Cielo) earned Ron Thompson, Whitesboro, Texas, the Level 4 Non-Pro ReserveChampionship and Level 3 Intermediate Championship. The pair won a total of $4,972. Jordan Donnelly and Cee Another Wimpy (Wimpys Little Step x Cee Another Masota x Custom Crome) were the Level 3 Reserve Champions with a 218 score, and they also tied for third in the Level 4 for a combined total of $3,347.
Taylor Larson, Whitesboro, Texas, closed the chapter on her horse-training career to raise a family and manage the business side of Larson Performance Horses, the training home of her husband and 2010 NRHA Futurity Open Champion Jordan Larson. Competing as a non-pro, Taylor won the Derby Level 2 Limited Non-Pro Championship with a 215.5 on Suprizen The Chicks (Jerry Lee Surprise x DRF Smart Chicks x Smart Like Juice). She won $1,729 total in the Level 2 and Level 3 divisions. The Level 2 Reserve Co-Champions were Jin Hendricks and Wrangler Derby Dayz (Starlights Wrangler x Spanish Dun It x Hollywood Dun It) and Glen Reed and All In Wrangler (Starlights Wrangler x Docs Miss Ace x Docs Sidewinder). Both pairs scored a 214.5 and received a check for $872.
In the Level 1 Non-Pro, there was a tie for first place. Earning their share of the Co-Championship and $558 were Tracy Higginbottom and Diamond Chic Tari (PT) (I Cee Diamonds [PT] x Smart Scooter Chic x Smart Chic Olena) with a 213.5 score. Also marking a 213.5 were Co-Champions Cam Bearden and Sailing Rooster (Gallo Del Cielo x Sail Lynn Caroline x Cee Blair Sailor).
CCC Reining Open Champions: Shine On Line and Gunny MathisonFriday, March 9, at the 2012 Cowboy Capital Classic Reining ended with the 6-year-old stallion Shine On Line capturing the Championship in the Dun Gotta Gun Level 4 Open Derby. Rider Justin “Gunny” Mathinson guided the horse to a score of 227.5. The Pilot Point, Texas, trainer co-owns the handsome red roan stallion with Mary Jansma of Wisconsin.
Shine On Line (Shining Spark x Oaks Little Diamond x Doc’s Oak) has had many top-five Level 4 Open finishes at shows such as the CCC, Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic and Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity, and he won the Level 3 Intermediate Open Championship at the SWRHA Futurity, but this was the first Level 4 Open title for the horse. Shine On Line and Mathison earned $12,395 for the win, which put the stallion’s earnings over $60,000.
The Level 4 Reserve Championship was awarded to Jordan Larson, Whitesboro, Texas, who rode Wimpys Lil Star (Wimpys Little Step x Starlights Reba x Grays Starlight) to a score of 224.5 and a paycheck of $9,058 for owner Thomas Aschenbrenner.In the Level 3-Level 1 Open divisions, Spooks Eclipse (Smart Spook x Chex Drive x Buco Lil Bit) and Jimmy Van Der Hoeven, Whitesboro, Texas, executed a clean sweep, winning three Championship with a 225 score. In total, they won $6,946 for owners Casey and Kathy Hinton. Van Der Hoeven, a native of Holland, is an assistant trainer for Casey Hinton.
Gunner Git Ya Dun (Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner] x Gotta Git Ya Dun x Hollywood Dun It), ridden by Pete Kyle, claimed the Reserve Championship in both the Level 3 and Level 2 Limited. They won a total of $4,444 for owner E Bar Z Stables. The Level 1 Open Reserve Champions were Dainty Little Step (Wimpys Little Step x Tucks Little Poco x Poco King Tuck), owned by WT Waggoner Estate, and rider Ben Baldus. They won $700.