Seventeen-year-old Cutter McLaughlin has multiple world championships with several associations, but there was one he’d been chasing in recent years.
It was the World’s Greatest Youth Horseman, and he’s now won that too.
That he earned the title Saturday, Feb. 20 at the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Celebration of Champions with his longtime partner CD Dee Vee Dee (CD Lights x Shiners Missy Jay x Shining Spark) made the win extra special.
“I’ve been trying really hard the last two years with a different horse to win this,” he said. “I decided to ride ‘DVD’ and it was really cool to win it on him.”
The pair marked the highest scores in the herd work and reining rounds with 150 and 145.5 respectively, and had the lead going into the last of two cow works. In the event, which was first held in 2019, all the finalists compete in four events – herd work, reined work, steer stopping and cow work.
A select number of the top-scoring riders are invited back for a final cow work during the World’s Greatest Horseman finals on Saturday night. McLaughlin had the lead going into that final run, and he and DVD laid down a scorching 152-point run to earn the win with a composite of 746.5.
The win earned them the title, a wheelbarrow full of awards and $2,445.
Multiple World Championships
McLaughlin, the son of trainer Jay McLaughlin, has ridden CD Dee Vee Dee to much success over the years. The pair has won seven NRCHA national titles, three NRCHA world champion titles and six AQHyA world champion titles.
This year, McLaughlin rode the 16-year-old gelding to third place in the Youth at the NRCHA Celebration of Champions. The Carol Rose-bred horse now has lifetime earnings of more than $275,000.
“DVD knows he job and he is enjoyable to ride,” McLaughlin said. “He likes getting out of his stall and get to riding.”
McLaughlin rode two other horses in the Youth Cow Horse: Finishing fourth with DT Whiskey Shine (Paddys Irish Whiskey x Smart Shinealo x Smart Shiner) and sixth with WR This Cats Sporty (WR This Cats Smart x Shiney N Sporty x Shining Spark).
“I just want to thank my parents and everyone who helped me at the show,” McLaughlin said.