Big stops, flying lead changes and flashy horses took over the Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore, Oklahoma, during the Scottsdale Western World Futurity Non-Pro at the Southwest Reining Horse Association (SWRHA) Futurity Oct. 28. The Futurity Non-Pro was the highlight of the day, featuring 44 entries and paying out a total of $36,709.
Topping the Level 4 were two top-shelf performances put in by Kelle Smith, riding Gotta Shiney Whiz, and Cade McCutcheon aboard Whiz My Freckles. Smith and McCutcheon piloted their mounts to matching scores of 218.5, which earned each the Co-Championship after the decision was made to forego the runoff option. Each team pocketed $4,290 plus championship prizes.
Smith rode Gotta Shiney Whiz (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Cee Bee Shine x Shining Spark), who she says is her “comeback” horse. The duo has only been partners for a few months, and the connection seems to be a perfect fit.
“I tried her literally for five minutes at the [Tulsa Reining Classic],” Smith said of purchasing the mare. “After that horse show I went to Waco [Texas] just to see what she was, and then I took her to the [All American Quarter Horse] Congress and had a couple of bobbles and still won money on her.”
In preparation for the SWRHA Futurity, Smith was coached by Dany Tremblay, and the team was able to get those few bobbles ironed out. The hard work paid off in big ways for Smith and “Shiney,” who also took top honors in the Level 3 Non-Pro.
Whiz My Freckles, who belongs to James McCutcheon, is also by Spooks Gotta Whiz. The mare is out of Dun Lost My Freckles, who is by Hollywood Dun It. McCutcheon said that though he and Whiz My Freckles were still figuring each other out, he was happy with his run and confident for their future.
“I feel good about going to the big [National Reining Horse Association] futurity, because there’s stuff I could improve on and she was really easy for me to show,” McCutcheon said. “She turned really good to the right, just how I wanted her to. The left we had a little bobble; she started her turn and I kind of rushed her and she missed a couple of steps, but she finished good.”
There was a three-way tie for third place in the Level 4 between Mandy McCutcheon, who rode One Last Nite (Gunners Special Nite x One Last Corona x Magnum Chic Dream) and Customized My Gun (Gunner x Custom Made Dunit x Hollywood Dun It) to twin scores, and James Morgan on Gals N Guns (Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner] x Dun Step N Out x Wimpys Little Step). All three rides scored a 216.5.
As a stallion that participated in the SWRHA Stallion Auction, Gunners Special Nite earned distinction for siring the highest-scoring Futurity Non-Pro horse, winning the SWRHA signature golf cart.
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