JLosa and Mandy McCutcheon * Photo by Waltenberry

Jlosa Goes Out A Winner at The Run For A Million

In what will likely be the final start of her career, Jlosa went out a winner under Mandy McCutcheon in the Non-Pro Championship at The Run For A Million.

It was the second year in a row McCutcheon and the mare won the event held during the prestigious show in Las Vegas. They took this year’s win by marking a 220 on Thursday, Aug. 17, at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Spa.

“She was quite a good girl. I was very happy with her,” she said. “That will be her retirement run. She’s going to be a momma now.”

McCutcheon’s been riding JLosa since 2021 when she and her husband, Tom, bought the mare. She and the mare (Arlosa Whiz x Spook N Jessie x Smart Spook) won that year’s National Reining Breeders Classic Level 4 Non-Pro Championship and were fourteenth in The Run For A Million Open Shootout. The South Point was better to them in 2022, when they won their first The Run For A Million Non-Pro Championship—marking a 222 that year. 

The EquiStat Elite $3 Million Rider has always been high on her mare, something she said is due how great minded the mare is and how sweet she is to be around. Sending the mare out a winner only seemed fitting.

“It’s perfect. It made me very happy,” McCutcheon said. “I felt like that’s something she deserves.”

In another similarity to last year, Addisyn Schmersal once again tied for the class Reserve Championship. Riding TA Dunit Redhot, the same horse she rode last year, Schmersal marked a 218.5 to share the title with Kelsey Crawley and Gunnamoonya. They each earned $9,814 for the runner-up spot.

Bred by Katherine Wallis, of Tioga, Texas, Jlosa picked up $18,426 for her win at this year’s The Run For A Million. She now has lifetime earnings of $119,802.

Although JLosa is just now starting her retirement, her broodmare career has already started. McCutcheon said she has a yearling by Gunners Special Nite and a 2023 baby by Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner). There’s also an embryo by National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Level 4 Futurity Open Champion Super Marioo due next year.

The Non-Pro Championship victory was just one part of a whirlwind weekend for McCutcheon, who also qualified to compete Saturday night in The Run For A Million’s marquee event, the Million Dollar Competition. She is one of two non-pro riders and three women in this year’s Million Dollar Competition field.

McCutcheon, whose son, Cade, also is in the Million Dollar Competition, planned to ride Mr Fahrenheit or Good Time To Trashya in Saturday’s big event. Her plan is to approach it like any other class, and just try to get the job done.

“It is what it is. It’s just another horse horse show. Don’t make it bigger than it is and go have a good time,” she said. “I say that now, but tomorrow night I’ll be fretting, I’m sure.”

McCutcheon’s had the opportunity to interact with The Run For A Million fans the past few years, as her husband and son have both participated in previous editions of the Million Dollar Competition. The entire McCutcheon family has also been featured on The Last Cowboy, a reality television series following contenders as they prepare for each year’s Million Dollar Competition.

“For me, that’s the exciting part about what’s going on in our business right now — to see people out there bumming around the horse shows that love this sport as much as we do,” she said. “It’s exciting.”

She thanked horse show creator Taylor Sheridan for bringing the event to fruition and for all he’s done to promote Western horse sports in general. The excitement around the event runs from the fans to the Million Dollar Competition contestants to the Rookie Championship entrants.

“It’s a big deal to everyone and everyone enjoys it I think and looks forward to it,” she said. “They’re so proud when they qualify.”