The Oklahoma Reining Horse Association (OKRHA) Ride & Slide, held March 3-7, beckoned reiners to the Tulsa Expo Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, to ride for a shot at a paycheck and lots of prizes in the Open and Non-Pro derbies.
Equi-Stat Elite $2 Million Rider Mandy McCutcheon, aboard Nite Time, cleaned up in the Bluebonnet Feeds Derby Non-Pro, winning the Level 4 and the GlycoGuard Novice Horse Derby Non-Pro with a 221.5. The 4-year-old stallion (Gunners Special Nite x Abbys Time x A Chic In Time) also snagged the championship in the $1,000 Non-Pro.
“He was a big stopper and a big turner, so he doesn’t really have a weakness,” McCutcheon said. “He’s good-minded. He walks into the show and tries to participate.”
McCutcheon and her husband, Tom, purchased Nite Time from the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Markel Futurity sales as a yearling. He was trained and shown in 2020 by Trent Harvey, racking up $8,482 during his futurity year. The pair picked up checks at the Mid Atlantic Classic and the Friends of Reining Futurity before heading to the 2020 NRHA Futurity, where they collected $1,444 from the Level 2 Open.
“He’s been a good horse for us the whole time, and Trent did a great job training him for us,” McCutcheon said. “I just started riding him a week-and-a-half ago because I’ve spent four weeks out in [Thermal] California with [my daughter] Carlee, so I’ve been gone a lot. Trent just kept riding him and getting him ready for me. I rode him probably about five or six times before the show, so they had him really broke.”
For her wins, McCutcheon collected $3,680 from the Derby and $2,457 from the Novice Horse. McCutcheon thanked her team for keeping her horses ready to go while she was in California, adding that either she or Carlee will likely show Nite Time at the upcoming National Reining Breeders Classic.