With horses and with people, sometimes a connection is instant. You just know.
It was that way with Mandy McCutcheon and the mare Jlosa. From the moment she swung a leg over the daughter of Arlosa Whiz, she knew.
“You can just kind of tell by the look in her eye and the look on her face all the time,” she said, admiring the mare’s grit and desire to please. “She’s just got all the try and a heart of gold.”
Those admirable qualities were on full display at The Run For A Million, where McCutcheon and the 6-year-old mare won the Non-Pro Championships. The marked a 222, just enough to kick clear of two talented Reserve Champions, Addisyn Schmersal and McCutcheon’s daughter, Carlee, who each marked a 220.5.
The Non-Pro Championships were held on the second day of the five-day event held in the arena at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas. It’s the third edition of the show, which was created by actor, director and non-pro reiner Taylor Sheridan.
The McCutcheon family has been part of the show since the start. McCutcheon’s son, Cade, tied with Craig Schmersal for the win in the show’s million-dollar reining event in 2019. Her husband, EquiStat Elite $2 Million Rider Tom McCutcheon qualified for the first two editions of the million-dollar event, and Cade again made the field for this year’s Million Dollar Competition.
From here on out, Jlosa will get some time off. McCutcheon is thinking about having an embryo harvested from the mare with hopes to have a recipient mare carry the foal while Jlosa’s limited-age event career continues.
Last year, she and McCutcheon won the Level 4 Non-Pro at the National Reining Breeders Classic.
“She’s going to relax for the rest of the year and get ready for the derbies next year,” she said.
Bred by Katherine Wallis, of Tioga, Texas, JLosa is out of Spook N Jessie (by Smart Spook). The $17,115 first-place check from The Run For A Million pushed her lifetime EquiStat record to more than $80,507.
McCutcheon has lifetime earnings of more than $3.2 million.