Mandy McCutcheon won the SmartPak Non-Pro Derby on Thursday, and returned to the Ford Truck Arena at the Tulsa Reining Classic to win the XCS Ranch Non Pro Futurity.
McCutcheon won the day’s title on Special Nite Movz with a score of 216. It was the three-year-old reiner’s first event, although McCutcheon used the Toyon Ranch Emerging Horse Futurity earlier in the week for a schooling opportunity.
“We did that to practice a bit. We had a few things to fix. The things that went wrong there were little things I needed to smooth out. Today was the first time I showed him a little bit harder. There were a couple places where he wasn’t sure where to go, but he figured it out quick and tried to do what I asked him to,” McCutcheon explained.
In addition to a check for $5,167, McCutcheon was also presented with a saddle from Bob’s Custom Saddles, and awards from Oklahoma Equine Hospital and the Tulsa Reining Classic.
Mandy and her husband Tom raised Special Nite Movz, by National Reining Horse Association $2 Million Sire Gunners Special Nite. The colt’s dam, Ms Whiz Dunit (by Topsail Whiz), is equally impressive, as she was the horse Mandy rode to win the 2013 NRHA Futurity and the 2014 National Reining Breeders Classic Non Pro Championship.
“That mare is now owned by Tamarack Ranch, but we raised this colt and he’s been in our program the whole time. I really like him,” McCutcheon said.
Special Nite Movz is nicknamed Pirate because of a small blemish.
“He has an eye that’s a little funny from an old injury. That flaw is probably the reason we still have him, but it’s not a flaw to me. I don’t mind it,” McCutcheon said.
McCutcheon credits her close-knit team for her success.
“For me it takes a whole village to get me where I’m going. My dad Tim [McQuay], Tom, Debbie [Brown], Fernando [Salgado], and my son Cade all have a part in getting me here. I don’t just say that. It’s the truth. It takes a strong team to be successful,” McCucheon said.
This year, XCS Ranch joined the Tulsa Reining Classic sponsor family.
“As always, we know that these horse shows can’t happen without great sponsors. For XCS Ranch to step up and sponsor the Non Pro Futurity makes us all really grateful,” McCucheon said. “The Schumachers and their team are great supporters of reining and we really appreciate it.”
Ryan Humphrey & Chics R For Shootin – Level 4 Non-Pro Co-Reserve Champions and Level 3 Non-Pro Co-Champions
Ryan Humphrey, of Whitesboro, Texas, and Chics R For Shootin were part of a three-way tie for the reserve title in the Level 4, and the Championship of the Level 3. The pair marked a 215.5 to win $4,370.
Out of Commandersparkinchic (by Commanders Nic), Chics R For Shootin is extra special to Humphrey.
“She is a daughter of Guns R For Shootin that we bred and raised, and is from his first foal crop,” Humphrey said of the stallion he owns and stands at Humphrey Quarter Horses.
Guns R For Shootin has lifetime earnings exceeding $115,000 and was a finalist at all the major reining events. It was Chics R For Shootin’s first event.
“I was hoping she would be as good here as she is at home. We went in the arena and she was right there. I probably could have ridden her a little harder, but she was good,” Humphrey said. “I didn’t have to do a whole lot to prepare her. She was the same in the pen as she was outside warming up, and I couldn’t be happier with her.”
Humphrey voiced his appreciation for his friend Ruben Vandorp.
“Ruben has been helping us with her, especially this spring. With breeding season, we didn’t get to ride much, so he was helping a lot,” Humphrey said. “I thank my wife, and Ruben and all of his team.”
Tammy Wagman & Cowgirls Good Time – Level 4 Non-Pro Co-Reserve Champions, Levels 3 – 1 Non-Pro Co-Champions
From the beginning, Tammy Wagman of Tulsa, Oklahoma was a major force in the creation of the Tulsa Reining Classic, so it’s only fitting that, when she decided to make a return to the show pen after a three-year hiatus, it would be in the Ford Truck Arena.
Wagman and Cowgirls Good Time tied for the reserve title in the Level 4 Non-Pro, and the Co-Championships of the Levels 3 – 1 Non-Pro, winning $5,895. “I’m super excited. This is a horse that I raised myself, and is my first foal crop from Redhead Reining LLC,” Wagman said. “It’s nice to be back in the show pen, and is incredibly exciting.”
Cowgirls Good Time is by Spooks Gotta Whiz out of Good Time Gota Shine (by Shining Spark). “She’s really been consistent. She came in and was quiet. I started to lope off in my circles and she actually wasn’t going anywhere. I think it’s the first time in my life I’ve said ‘Ha-yaw!’ but she went and came back well, and was with me the whole time,” Wagman recounted.
Wagman lives in Tulsa, and had several friends come to cheer her on.
“It was really fun,” Wagman said. “I thank Stefano Calcagnini. He gets all the credit. He’s a fantastic trainer and has ridden her the whole time.”
Andrea Stillo & Gold N Ebony – Level 4 Non-Pro Co-Reserve Champions, Levels 3 – 1 Non-Pro Co-Champions
Andrea Stillo wasn’t planning to enter Gold N Ebony in the Non-Pro Futurity, planning instead to just use the week in Tulsa for schooling in preparation for Las Vegas.
“We were here just for the schooling, because this was her first time at a horse show. The schooling yesterday was really nice, so my wife Mirjam said she thought I should put her in the class. I said maybe, but she entered me. It was a great choice,” Stillo said.
Stillo and Gold N Ebony took home $5,895 for their 215.5 run.
“The run today was very smooth. This mare is very easy to ride, and preparing her is very easy. I just got in the pen and tried to do it as clean as possible. She was with me all the time, and I think we’re going to have a lot of fun together,” Stillo said.
The Stillos purchased Gold N Ebony, by West Coast Whiz out of Smart Shiny Spook (by The Smart Bet), from Amabile and Strusiner.
“Mirjam tried her for a customer and she didn’t work for them, but she said I needed to try her because she’s so nice. I tried her and loved her right away,” Stillo said. “I thank my wife for everything.”
Kelle Smith & Spookadoodlede – Prime Time Non-Pro Champions
Kelle Smith laughingly referred to herself as the Prime Time Circuit Champion of the Tulsa Reining Classic, having won the Prime Time Division in both the SmartPak Derby Non-Pro and the XCS Ranch Futurity Non-Pro. For the futurity, Smith was riding Spookadoodlede, by Tricked Out Spook out of Tivitos Top Starlet (by Tivitos Sugar Bar). They also placed in the Level 4 and Level 3, winning $2,076.
Smith purchased her in March, and showed her in Denver for the first time.
“She was very green when I bought her, and the first maneuver there I zeroed,” Smith recalled. “So here I just cruised her through and was looking for a nice, smooth run. My deal is always looking towards the NRHA Futurity, so I think what she did today was absolutely perfect.”
“She’s a big stopper. She’s beautiful. It’s crazy how pretty she is. She just does everything. I know I will have a lot of confidence in this horse come November,” Smith said.
Taking second in the Prime Time Non-Pro was Dr. Jim Morgan and Guns R For Girls, another Guns R For Shootin foal out of Dun Its Deja Vu. The pair won $438.