Xtra Dun Step and Trevor Dare's co-third-place finish in the 2017 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open helped get owner Silver Spurs Equine past the NRHA Million Dollar Owner mark. • Photo by Alex Lynch.

Silver Spurs, McCutcheon New NRHA Million Dollar Owners

In addition, stallions at Silver Spurs Equine sired five of the top six finishers at the event: Reserve Champion All American Vintage (by Sparkling Vintage); co-third-place finishers Mr Masota Star and Xtra Dun Step (both by Wimpys Little Step); and co-fifth-place finisher Tinker With Dreams (by Tinker With Guns).

“It meant a lot,” Miola said. “You know, we worked so hard to pick the stallions that we believe represent the best of their bloodlines, and to see that happen like that, 1-2-3-4, actually fifth with another one, just was fabulous.

“You know, it kind of reminds me of a marathon runner that’s been preparing and preparing and preparing for the race for months and having a good result. That’s pretty much what it felt like to us – we picked the right ones, and just to show our breeders we have a quality product.”

McCutcheon, who entered the show with $950,438 in earnings as an owner, passed the NRHA Million Dollar Owner milestone with the help of his wife, Mandy, and children, Cade and Carlee.

Mandy, an Equi-Stat Elite $2 Million Rider and NRHA Million Dollar Owner, earned $40,160 by winning the NRHA Futurity Level 4 Non-Pro Championship with Best Nite Ever and collected another $7,924 aboard This Chics Nite in the Non-Pro finals.

The couple’s son, Cade, won the NRHA Futurity Youth Non-Pro Championship with One Stormy Nite ($12,940) and also earned $4,353 aboard Whizkey N Jewels through placings in the Youth Non-Pro and Level 4 Non-Pro. Carlee, 12, earned $13,448 for placing fifth in the Futurity Youth and 21st in the Futurity Level 4 Non-Pro.

Cade McCutcheon helped his father, Tom, reach NRHA Million Dollar Owner status by winning the NRHA Futurity Youth Non-Pro Championship aboard One Stormy Nite. • Photo by Alex Lynch

“I always like to see the success of my family, and I got a tremendous amount of satisfaction and joy watching Carlee make the Level 4 Non-Pro finals this year,” McCutcheon said. “She was the youngest person ever to make the Level 4 finals of the Non-Pro, so that was a lot of fun for me, too – and less fun for Cade, because he was the youngest person. She beat him by five months.”

It was also meaningful that four of McCutcheon’s five horses were by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Gunners Special Nite, the son of Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner) McCutcheon campaigned and now stands at Tom McCutcheon Reining Horses for owner Turnabout Farms Inc. The only exception was Whizkey N Jewels (by Whizkey N Diamonds).

“He meant a lot to me when I showed him at the [World Equestrian Games] and won the gold medals on him,” McCutcheon said of Gunners Special Nite (out of Mifs Doll x Mifillena). “He was a really important horse in my life, so it’s fun that he’s continuing to be an important horse in my life.”