As draw 26 out of 31 contenders, McCutcheon scored a 219.5 on Smart Scat (Smart Starbuck x Scats Frecklefoot x Doctor Freckles) to earn her fifth NRHA Futurity Non-Pro win and $41,550.
Smart Scat is owned by McCutcheon’s brother-in-law, Jim McCutcheon, Valley View, Texas. He purchased the filly at the 2007 NRHA Futurity Prospect Sale in Oklahoma City.
“I started riding her about two weeks before the Southwest Futurity [in October in Ardmore, Okla.]. She took to me quickly,” McCutcheon said,
That’s an understatement. At their first show, McCutcheon and Smart Scat won the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity Non-Pro and $6,234. They came to Oklahoma City with well-deserved confidence. McCutcheon is an NRHA Million Dollar Rider, the first non-pro and the first woman to earn that honor.
Tish Fappani, 31, San Marcos, Calif., scored a 218 for the Non-Pro Reserve Championship in the Non-Pro division and the Championship in the $25,000-added Intermediate Non-Pro title riding her Crome Plated Step (Wimpys Little Step x Crome Kist Dun It x Crome Plated Jac). She earned $32,635 in the Non-Pro division and $16,648 for her Intermediate Non-Pro Championship.
Fappani purchased the gelding in late September. She made her show-ring debut last October at the California Reining Horse Challenge Futurity, where she won the Non-Pro. Fappani has a “heavy hitter” as her coach. She is married to NRHA Million Dollar Rider Andrea Fappani, who has qualified three horses for the Open finals.
Lindsay Paul, 23, Scottsdale, Ariz., was the Intermediate Non-Pro Reserve Champion on Wright On Wimpy (Wimpys Little Step x Tribeca Tucker x Lenas Wright On), owned by her father, NRHA’s newest Million Dollar Rider, Randy Paul. The talented 3-year-old gelding, purchased from Joe Hayes last March, scored a 213.5 and earned $13,107 for second place.
Sandy Eustace, Alvarado, Texas, won the $10,000-added Limited Non-Pro division with a score of 208.5 on Roosters Jordan (Gallo Del Cielo x Okie Paul Hickory x Okie Paul Quixote). Eustace, who rides with trainer Jared Leclair, Pilot Point, Texas, purchased the gelding at the 2007 NRHA Futurity Prospects Sale in Oklahoma City for $15,000. She earned $10,142 for the win.
Emily Winegar, Aubrey, Texas, scored a 205.5 for the Reserve title. She earned $6,124 aboard Tuf Payin Chex (Nu Chex To Cash x Tuf Little Tucker x Tuf N Busy), owned by Green Valley Ranch, Aubrey, Texas. This was the first year Winegar showed in NRHA aged events and her first time competing in the NRHA Futurity Non-Pro. The 13-year-old also won the Non-Pro Youth division.