Mandy McCutcheon put on a clinic at the Tulsa Reining Classic, winning the Futurity Level 4 Non-Pro Championship and Reserve Championship, as well as the previous day’s Level 4 Non-Pro Derby Championship.
McCutcheon and Jonny Loves June brought home the XCS Ranch Non-Pro Futurity title on Friday, Sept. 3 with a 218, earning $5,406. According to McCutcheon, the mare’s easygoing disposition has lent itself to the training and showing process.
“Today, my mindset was to just have nice, smooth runs and see where we’re at. She was good everywhere. Nice, smooth, didn’t give me any trouble. She tried to stay with me and did everything I asked her to do,” McCutcheon said.
Sired by National Reining Horse Futurity (NRHA) Futurity Open Champion Lil Joe Cash, the mare known as “June” has worked her way onto McCutcheon’s short list for the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity in November. June is out of Topsail Whiz mare Whiz N Chexy Chic, and was bred by Loren Booth of Orange Cove, California.
“She’s just pretty easy to be around. Nothing gets to her and it’s [similar] to how she rides too. She’s the same everyday [with] no drama,” McCutcheon said.
The McCutcheon family brought an impressive roster of horses to the Tulsa Reining Classic, with McCutcheon explaining the best preparation for a future show is to get into the show pen.
“Survival was my mindset [at this show]. We brought 48 horses here to Tulsa, so I was just focused on getting through each day, one day at a time,” McCutcheon explained.
The intensity of helping manage nearly 50 horses didn’t keep McCutcheon from performing in the Non-Pro Futurity, though. With a score of 216.5 McCutcheon and Gunabeaspecialnite brought home the Level 4 Reserve Championship as well, earning $3,290.
“He is by Gunners Special Nite and out of Hollywood Starburst, the mare I won the [2017 NRHA] Derby on. We raised him. He’s just been a nice, simple and easy horse this whole time,” McCutcheon said.
Hollywood Starburst is sired by Hollywood Dun It, a stallion McCutcheon’s father Tim McQuay brought into the limelight. Gunabeaspecialnite, known as “Weston” is the culmination of generations of breeding by the McCutcheon and McQuay families.
The day before her futurity success, McCutcheon won the Derby Level 4 Non-Pro with another son of Gunners Speical Nite, Shining At Nite.