When Cutter McLaughlin, 17, and CD Dee Vee Dee scored a 441 composite to win the Non-Pro Bridle Spectacular at the 2021 National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Stallion Stakes, held April 1 in Las Vegas, it was more than just another title garnered between the pair. The $5,024 winner’s check and another $2,200 for winning the Non-Pro Bridle horse show class pushed the gelding to the status of being the third-richest reined cow horse of all time with $284,337 recorded in Equi-Stat.
CD Dee Vee Dee passed NRCHA Hall of Famer Chics Magic Potion ($280,150) to take the third spot. According to Equi-Stat, the two horses he now trails are Olena Oak ($376,636) and Topsails Rien Maker ($371,472).
It was the second big moment of a huge year so far for the pair, who in February won the 2021 World’s Greatest Youth Horseman title
McLaughlin, who has ridden the gelding to roughly $75,000 of his lifetime earnings, was excited to add the bridle spectacular and the Non-Pro Bridle horse show class to his extensive list of accomplishments with “DVD.” The gelding (CD Lights x Shiners Missy Jay x Shining Spark) was the oldest horse in the finals, but his age certainly didn’t hinder his performance.
“It’s feels so cool because he’s 16 and it’s awesome that he can show he can still do that,” McLaughlin said.
The pair started their bid for the title at the top after marking a 148 in the herd work. McLaughlin said they were able to cut three good cows even though they were later in the draw.
“We were actually pretty lucky to draw up later in the herd because the cows were a little better toward the end of the herd,” McLaughlin said. “At the beginning, they were a little wild and wanting to run around quite a bit.”
In the rein work, McLaughlin admitted he made a couple rider errors, but the duo scored a 144.5 to remain high in the overall standings. Their cow work sealed the deal with another top score, a 148.5.
“We didn’t stay very long at the end [of the arena] because we just needed to go show,” McLaughlin said. “It was a really good cow. I got lucky.”
McLaughlin thanked his parents, the rest of his family and the clients of his dad, trainer Jay McLaughlin, for all their support.
Addison Fjelstad rode Mini Mes Mercedes (Mini Me Merada x Spooks Hickory x Olenas Command) to a composite 439.5 (147 herd/144.5 rein/148 cow) for the Reserve Championship. The gelding, who is only a year younger than DVD, and his owner collected $4,019.