The first Futurity champions were crowned Dec. 2 in an exciting finals that filled the day in Oklahoma City. Jack Medows piloted Chicsdreamofdiamonds from draw 31 out of a field of 32 in the section two finals to score a 218.5. The duo claimed the title of Cinch NRHA Futurity Level 4 Non-Pro Champions, as well as the Youth Non-Pro Championship.
“I can’t thank this horse enough. She is a once-in-a-lifetime horse,” said the 19-year-old rider of the Magnum Chic Dream mare who is out of Princess In Diamonds (by Shining Spark). “She was with me every step, and I can’t thank her enough. I knew she was capable of it, but I had to get her shown.
“We bought her over a year ago and she’s been great every single ride. I won over $80,000 on her half sister, Surprizentheprincess (by Jerry Lees Surprise), and this horse is her equal. She has her looks, her mind and her talent!”
Before arriving in Oklahoma City, Medows boasted earnings of $136,953. His Level 4 Championship added $43,985 to his earnings, and he also took home $1,416 for the Futurity Youth Non-Pro Championship.
NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider Mandy McCutcheon set the stage as draw No. 1 during section two of the finals. She scored a 218 aboard Customized My Gun (Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner] x Custom Made Dunit x Hollywood Dun It), which secured her the Reserve title in the Futurity Level 4 Non-Pro and a paycheck of $29,874. Customized My Gun is owned, bred and nominated by McQuay Stables Inc., of Tioga, Texas.
McCutcheon additionally took home third place honors and a check worth $23,863 after posting a 215 aboard Special At Nite (Gunners Special Nite x Royal Chic Solano x Smart Chic Olena), a stallion nominated by Teresa Putman and owned by McCutcheon and her husband, Tom. McCutcheon also made history by surpassing the Million Dollar mark as an owner. Her earnings, and Lindsey McCutcheon’s $5,501 earned in the Level 4 and $4,019 won in the Level 3 riding the McCutcheons’ Stars At Midnite (Gunners Special Nite x Chic Olena Starbuck x Smart Starbuck), nominated by Turnabout Farm Inc., pushed her over the coveted mark.
McCutheon’s son, Cade, rode Duallin Guns (Mister Nicadual x Always Gotyer Gunsup x Gunner), a stallion bred, owned and nominated by McQuay Stables Inc., to the Co-Reserve Championship in the Youth after posting a 213.
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