For quite some time, trainer Cade McCutcheon had his eye on Trash Your Gal. At the 2023 American Paint Horse Association (APHA) World Show, during the Cowtown Reining Classic he finally got his chance to show the stallion.
They made the most of it, marking a 228.5 to win the Level 4 Open at the derby-age Reining Challenge on Thursday, June 29, at Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas.
McCutcheon was offered the chance to ride the stallion from his uncle, Scott McCutcheon, after the recent NRHA Derby. Scott had trained the stallion most of his life, with Shawn Flarida also finding success on the horse last year.
When asked if he wanted to try showing the horse, EquiStat Elite $2 Million Rider Cade McCutcheon had a quick answer, “Of course!”
“I’ve been asking for him for four years now,” Cade explained.
Cade McCutcheon said the stallion’s greatest asset is his adaptability. He not only can mark big scores, but he’s done it with Scott McCutcheon, Flarida and now Cade McCutcheon, who’d only been riding the horse for about week before the APHA World Show.
“There’s not very many horses that fit every kind of rider,” McCutcheon said. “And, I think this horse does. He fits just about anybody.”
McCutcheon’s hope is to ride the horse in the Open Shootout at The Run For A Million. The event held in August at the South Point Equestrian Center has a lucrative payout. The top finishers also quality for the Million Dollar Competition at the 2024 The Run For A Million.
Last year, Trash Your Gal and Shawn Flarida marked high enough to qualify Flarida for this year’s Million Dollar Competition. The success wasn’t lost on McCutcheon.
“He’s proven that he’s good enough and proven that he likes the big stage,” McCutcheon explained.
Bred by Linda Campbell, of Fredricksburg, Texas, Trash Your Gal is by EquiStat Elite $9 Million Sire Gunnatrashya and out of Ima Sailors Gal (by Wimpys Little Step). The $6,912 first-place paycheck bumped Trash Your Gal’s lifetime record to more than $52,639 for owner Jodie McCutcheon.
The Challenge Reserve Championship went to Wimpy Pale Face (Pale Face Dunnit x Wimpys Lil Doll x Wimpys Little Step) and Jimmy Van Der Hoeven. They earned $4,207 for owner Meg McCamara.