When Mandy McCutcheon and Star N Diamonds won the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity, they were the first of a two-horse punch for sire Whizkey N Diamonds.
McCutcheon, of Aubrey, Texas, earned the Level 4 Non-Pro victory in the Custom Made Dunit Non-Pro Futurity with a score of 222. The runners up in the class were Ronny Colston and Lil Ruf Whizkey, who also was sired by Whizkey N Diamonds.
“She was good everywhere today. I didn’t have all of her attention in the right circle, but other than that she was pretty hooked up,” McCutcheon said of the run, which came with a paycheck of $5,719.
Story of Star N Diamonds
Star N Diamonds is out of Starlight On The Bay, who is a daughter of all-time leading cutting stallion High Brow Cat.
“She’s one my dad (Tim McQuay) bought this summer from Abby Mixon. Abby did a great job with her and had her really broke and ready to go. I just needed some time to get used to her,” McCutcheon said.
Just a couple months earlier, McCutcheon and Star N Diamonds put together a solid run in the SmartPak Non-Pro Futurity at the National Reining Breeders Futurity (NRBC) to place fifth.
“She was really good at Tulsa. She’s been a good little show mare already,” McCutcheon said.
The phrase “it takes a village” is McCutcheon’s mantra when asked who helps her be successful. “I have been really busy the last few weeks between the Legacy Sale and following my daughter Carlee around to her jumping shows. Between my dad, Tom, Debbie Brown, and Fernando Salgado, they got her ready for me. It is a team effort around me all the time,” she said. “I thank my parents for buying this horse for me and always trying to have some good horses under me and my kids. I thank Tom and all the people at the ranch who work hard and make it possible to go to the horse show. It takes a very large village.”
Level 4 Non-Pro Reserve Champion Ronny Colston and Lil Ruf Whizkey (out of Lil Ruf Startime, by Lil Ruf Peppy) pocketed $3,481 for the Reserve title.