ARDMORE, Okla (SWRHA) – When Jared Leclair, the last draw in the SWRHA Open Reining, rode into the arena on High Roller Rooster, the lead was held with a tie at 148 points between Casey Deary on Smartest Chiner Yet owned by Katie Firmin and Steve DeFrang on Gunnies Prescription owned by Mary Jansma.
That all changed when Leclair piloted High Roller Rooster to a score of 148.5 to take the win. “I’ve ridden this horse here before and been second in the open but never won it,” he said. Indeed, the two have won a lot of Novice classes but this was the first Lawson bronze for them – and the first major Open win.
Jared has ridden the horse for four years and owner Terry Pannell rides him as well. Currently, he is qualified for the Senior Reining at the AQHA World Show and is certainly a horse Jared enjoys showing. “I’m always smiling when I show him,” he noted. “He’s just so easy and fun to show.”
Friday night offered even more fun in the form of a $1,320 first place check, a Bob’s Custom Saddle and a Skyline buckle. DeFrang and Deary each collected $825 for their Reserve tie.
On Saturday the action continues with an 8 am start and the Youth classes, followed by the Level 3,2,1 Open Futurity Finals and by the Level 4 Open Finals to set to begin no earlier than 5 pm. Viewers at home can visit www.swrha.com for a detailed schedule, draws and the Waltenberry Video Productions live feed sponsored by Purina.
Mandy McCutcheon Wins SWRHA Non Pro Futurity on Custom Gunner
Mandy McCutcheon rode Custom Gunner to a score of 221.5 to claim the Southwest Reining Horse Association Non Pro Futurity Championship on October 19, besting a field of 63 entries and earning $5,580. She also finished as the Reserve Champion on Starbucks Freckle, adding another $3,397 to her credit.
Customized Gunner or “Custom”, as Mandy calls her, already had a win to her credit – she won the Tulsa Reining Classic Futurity in August. Mandy’s parents, Tim and Colleen McQuay raised the mare by their premier stallion, Gunner and out of the mare Custom Made Dunit, a mare Mandy also showed.
For the win, Mandy earned a signature SWRHA Association Futurity Golf Cart, a Bob’s Custom Saddle and Skyline buckle. Her parents received another Golf Cart through the SWRHA Stallion Auction program for Gunner having sired the champion.
Mandy, the NRHA’s only Million Dollar Non Pro, also claimed the Reserve title with a score of 220.5 on Starbucks Freckle, a gelding she and her husband Tom raised. He is one of the last Smart Starbuck foals, out of Justa Spring Freckle, a wedding gift from Mandy’s parents that has produced winners of $226,000. Starbucks Freckle was a Legacy Sale graduate that the McCutcheons sold, then bought back later.
Mandy’s niece, Lindsay McCutcheon showed Mighty Miss Gee Whiz – another Legacy Sale graduate – for the first time on Friday and earned a score of 218.5 for a reining run filled with suspense. When McCutcheon first rode into the arena, the mare looked hard at the far end of the coliseum where a door was open and “I was having trouble getting her to walk into the arena”.
Lindsay’s mother, Kathy McCutcheon, was paying attention. Realizing what the mare was looking at, she ran to the other end of the coliseum and shut the door, then moved away from it. When she did, she heard her phone ring and looked to see brother-in-law Tom McCutcheon calling. She said, “I thought, ‘why’s he calling instead of whistling for Lindsay?’” But she picked up anyway. It was good she did – Tom was calling to tell her that the door had blown open again. This time when she shut it she held it.
That was all it took. With the distraction out of the way, Mighty Miss Gee Whiz went to work. Lindsay noted, “I’ve never had a near disaster turn into a great run before; it was wonderful!” For her Level 3 Non Pro Championship on the daughter of Tivitos Sugar Bar out of Ms Gee Whiz, Lindsay won a Bob’s Custom Saddle, a Skyline buckle sponsored by All About Pets/Dr. Wendy Rhoads and a check for $2,154.
The Reserve Level 3 championship went to Gina Maria Schumacher on Bingo Juicy (Smart Like Juice X Bingos Sure Slide). Gina also won the Level 2 and Level 1 Futurities. The 15-year-old was excited about the wins. “It was my second time to ride her and my first time to show her!” she noted. Then she added – it was also my first time to show a horse of my own in America.”
Gina, from Switzerland, rides with trainer Martin Larcombe. For her twin wins, she earned a Bob’s Custom Saddle, one Skyline buckle sponsored by Matt Armenta and one sponsored by Ron Thompson.
Randy Paul sponsored the Prime Time Buckle, which was won by Ron Thompson with a score of 217 on Taris Dreamer (Magnum Chic Dream X Taris San Cutter).
The Reserve Championship in the Level 2 and Level 1 Non Pro went to Jaci Marley on Dodge This Gun (Dun Gotta Gun X Footworks Yellow Jac) with a score of 216.
On Saturday the action at the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity presented by Billingsley Ford continues with an 8 am start and the Youth classes, followed by the Level 3,2,1 Open Futurity Finals and by the Level 4 Open Finals to set to begin no earlier than 5 pm. Viewers at home can visit www.swrha.com for a detailed schedule, draws and the Waltenberry Video Productions live feed sponsored by Purina.
Larry Barker Takes Intermediate Non Pro
Stephanie Nelson Tops SWRHA Futurity Show Non Pro Class on Bit Of Magnum
For Stephanie Nelson and Bit Of Magnum, Friday, October 19 was a great day at the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity Show. They won the Non Pro class sponsored by Curran Farm with a score of 145 and earned $1082, a Bob’s Custom Saddle and a Skyline Buckle.
Nelson has had a great partnership with the horse she calls “Chic”. She bought him at the end of 2009 just after he had won the Amateur Reining at the AQHA World Show, then won the NRHA Limited Non Pro World title the very next year. In 2011 they were AQHA World Show Finalists and are qualified for that event again in 2012.
In the Hardy Murphy Coliseum, it was business as usual. “Chico is wonderful. He has taught me a ton.” Nelson rides with Casey Hinton and credits him with keeping them both on the winning mode.
There was a three-way tie for the Reserve championship between James Michael Phillips on Shining Shoes, Jaci Marley on Dun Git A Nicadual and Tamra Kyle on KR Ima Another, all with scores of 144, each earning $541.
In the Intermediate Non Pro sponsored by Hoofin’ It, Larry Barker topped the list with a score of 145.5 on Dream It Magnum. Barker began riding reiners in 1980 on Dream It Magnum’s granddam, Repeat BH, then took off the better part of two decades to devote to his career. Now retired, he’s back to doing what he loves – riding reiners.
Barker, his wife Kathy and resident trainer at their Rock Creek Ranch, Sebastian Petrol, call Dream It Magnum Perfect Penny. An Open NRHA Futurity finalist with Brad Giesbrecht, the 10-year-old has been solid ever since. She showed me how to do it,” said Barker of his Ardmore ride. It was their best score ever and they were rewarded with a Skyline Buckle!
Finishing in the reserve slot for the Intermediate Non Pro was Stephanie Nelson on Bit of Magnum.
Next on the agenda – the Non Pro Futurity – a one-round event that will feature 63 entries vying for a total of over $28,000. That will be followed by the Einsteins Revolution Back Gate Pizza Party featuring the Wacky Hat contest benefiting Rein In Cancer – and the Open reining class. Viewers at home can visit www.swrha.com for a detailed schedule, draws and the Waltenberry Video Productions live feed sponsored by Purina.