Lindsey McCutcheon Wins Bob’s Custom Saddles Novice Horse Non Pro NRHA Derby Championship

The 2019 National Reining Horse Association Derby presented by Markel Insurance is in full swing. They Non Pro preliminary round concluded on Tuesday, June 18, and not only determined the finalists, but also the Champion of a new award. For the first year ever, the event features a Novice Horse division in both the Open and Non Pro derbies, and the winners are determined by their preliminary round score.

Lindsey McCutcheon claimed the Non Pro Novice Horse title on Spooky Vortex with a 217, pocketing a cool $3,945 and qualifying for the finals of the Level 4 and Level 3. She also finished in a tie for seventh on her other horse Electalena (by Electric Code), worth an additional $943. “I’m so excited. As someone who always seems to show in the novice horse ancillary classes, I love having the novice horse divisions available. To have it as part of the Derby is awesome,” McCutcheon said.

Although she hasn’t shown the 5-year-old Spooks Gotta Whiz gelding, out of Smart Sugar Pop, much, McCutcheon is very familiar with the horse. “He was owned by Harry and Susan Jones, who were long-term clients of my parents, and we had him through all of his training and my dad showed him. We ended up with him and are so grateful to have him,” she explained. “My dad showed him and I took over this spring. I only showed him at one little derby. My dad got hurt so we missed the NRBC. I’ve just been riding him myself.”

McCutcheon is a veteran competitor, but she admitted that showing this year was a little challenging. “I wasn’t sure what to expect because I never really trust myself when I get a horse ready on my own. My dad’s been hurt so he hasn’t been riding much, and I was just hoping it would work,” she admitted. “But we went in and he was perfect. He turned better than he ever has in the show pen. I had to push him a lot, but he listened perfectly.”

As for the game plan for Friday’s finals, McCutcheon plans to stay the course. “I don’t want to change much, so I’ll just keep him the same. I just want to be ready when it’s time to walk in,” she said with a smile. “I thank Harry and Susan Jones for giving us the opportunity to have this horse. I also thank my parents. They’re the most supportive parents and have given me so many opportunities to show horses. These are two of the nicest horses I’ve ever had to show.”

Finishing Reserve in the Bob’s Custom Saddles Novice Horse Non Pro was Sean Pulley and his horse Spook In Sparks with a 216.5. Spook In Sparks is by Smart Spook and out of Setting Off Sparks. Along with collecting a check for $2,401, Pulley and Spook In Sparks also qualified for the finals of Non Pro Levels 4 – 1.

McCutcheon and Pulley will be recognized at the conclusion of the Open preliminaries along with the Bob’s Custom Saddle Novice Horse Open Champion and Reserve Champion.

Complete results and other information for the NRHA Derby presented by Markel Insurance can be found at www.NRHADerby.com.

Mandy McCutcheon and Party Nite Win NRHA Derby presented by Markel Insurance Non Pro Prelims

The Non Pro preliminaries of the National Reining Horse Association Derby presented by Markel Insurance wrapped up Tuesday, June 18. The field of 208 was narrowed down to the top riders who would advance to the clean slate finals on Friday in the Jim Norick Coliseum at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds.

With final entry numbers, the NRHA announced that the 2019 payout for the Non Pro Derby would be slightly larger than in 2018. In fact, the 2019 Non Pro payout will be the third largest in NRHA Derby history.

Finishing with the Non Pro Level 4 preliminary round win was Mandy McCutcheon and Party Nite with a 222.5. Party Nite is by Gunners Special Nite out of Topsail Survivor (by Topsail Whiz), and was bred and raised by Sarah Willeman of Turnabout Farm, Inc. The win came with a check for $1,280.

Sam Flarida and Hollywooddirtysecret marked an incredible 222 to finish second in the Non Pro Level 4 preliminaries, and top Levels 3, 2, and Non Pro Youth. Hollywooddirtysecret, owned by Shawn Flarida, is by Hollywoodstinseltown out of Maximum RPM. All totaled, preliminary earnings exceeded $2,500.

Jennifer Neudorf and Shining In Town, by Hollywoodstinseltown out of Shine Ann, finished atop the Non Pro Level 1 leaderboard with a 219. Neudorf and Shining In Town also qualified for the finals of the Non Pro Levels 4 – 2 and Youth.

Morris Kulmer and NVR What A Lucky Joe, by Lil Joe Cash out of What A Lucky Hit, topped both the Non Pro Prime Time and Non Pro Masters with a 219, also making the finals in the Non Pro Levels 4 – 2.

Winning the Bob’s Custom Saddles Novice Non Pro Derby Championship was Lindsey McCutcheon on Spooky Vortex with a 217. Spooky Vortex, by Spooks Gotta Whiz and out of Smart Sugar Pop, is owned by Lindsey’s parents Kathleen and Scott McCutcheon.

Look for the detailed recap of McCutcheon and Spooky Vortex’s win in Wednesday’s event coverage.

The top 30 in the Non Pro Levels 4 – 1 will compete in the clean-slate finals on Friday, June 21, as well as the top 20 in the Prime Time and Youth divisions.

Unofficially, it took a 215.5 to make it back in the Non Pro Level 4 and 214.5 in the Non Pro Level 3. In the Non Pro Level 2, the magic number was a 213.5, and in the Non Pro Level 1, contestants needed a 210 or higher. Non Pro Prime Time competitors with a score of 213 (adjusted), Masters riders with a 203.5 (adjusted), and Youth riders with a 208, also earned finals’ berths.

Draw positions for the finals will be determined on Wednesday, June 19, at the Platinum Performance Non Pro Draw Party. The Draw Party will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Platinum Zone of the Coliseum Arena.

The NRHA Derby presented by Markel Insurance continues Wednesday with the first set of Open Preliminaries in the Jim Norick Coliseum arena. Please visit www.NRHADerby.com for a complete schedule of events, as well as complete results from the show.

Day 4 Ancillary Winners at NRHA Derby Presented by Markel Insurance

Day 4 Ancillary Winners at NRHA Derby Presented by Markel Insurance

The National Reining Horse Association Derby presented by Markel Insurance features not only the big-money aged event, but also a full slate of ancillary classes. That means that the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds is busy with competition in both the Jim Norick Coliseum and the Adequan Arena.


The first slate of the Novice Horse Open classes was held on Tuesday, June 18. Several competitors will show again in the second slate on Thursday in hopes of winning the High Point Championship buckles presented by Montana Silversmiths.

Nov. Horse Open Level 2 [1] Winner – Jared Leclair and Lime A Rita, owned by Susan Meyer 144.5 – 782.63

Topping the Novice Horse Open Level 2 with a 144.5 was Jared Leclair and Lime A Rita, owned by Susan Meyer. The win added another $782 to the seven-year-old mare’s lifetime earnings.

“We bought her last year from Arno Honstetter. Both Susan and I have been showing her, and she’s been a really good horse to show. She’s one of those mares that, if she trusts you, she will do anything for you,” Leclair said of the mare, by Custom Legend out of She Slides Wright. “Today she was really good. She ran, stopped, and turned big, and circled really well. I showed her in the Open the other day, and she placed fifth and won another thousand. Today we had a nice run, but we just didn’t go as fast.”

Earlier in the year, at the National Reining Breeders Classic, Leclair and Lime A Rita won the Novice Horse Open Level 2 High Point Championship. “We marked a 76 twice down there,” he recalled. “We’ll show this mare one more time here in the Novice on Thursday, and that will be it for this one.”

Leclair has ridden several horses for Meyers. “Susan has some really good horses. She’s been a great customer and we really appreciate her,” he said.

Finishing second in the Nov. Horse Open Level 2 and topping the Level 1 as Max Fontana and Plum In Tinseltown. The pair marked a 143, earning more than $1,201.

“I showed her last week and she did very well. We decided to just show in the Novice for right now, but I think she will do very well because she’s building confidence and is very nice in the show pen,” Fontana said. “She was really good today and with me all the time. I didn’t push 100 percent, but she was ready for what I asked.”

Plum In Tinseltown, a four-year-old mare by Gunners Tinseltown out of Sugarplum Chic, is owned by Rabboni Reining Horses. “She’s a little green about the horse shows but is a very good mare. I’ll show her again in the Novice on Thursday. I thank Rabboni Reining Horses for letting me show her.”

Taking second in the Novice Horse Open Level 1 was Sean Johnson and Heavens Bells (A Sparkling Vintage x Cowboys Belle Bar). Johnson and Heavens Bells, owned by Lisa Mauzerall, marked a 142.5 to in $395.

NRHyA Officers Volunteer

The National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) officers wear many hats while at the NRHA Derby in Oklahoma City. One of those is giving back to the community.

On Monday, June 22 the officers spent the morning volunteering at the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma City to help package meals for Hope’s Kitchen. This program helps provide fresh, healthy meals to children in need. The officers were part of a team that created 2,432 meals and an additional 840 snacks for the program.

“As youth members in the reining industry we have been so fortunate to be surrounded by such a loving and supportive family made up of friends, trainers, parents and more,” said Liz Blaser, NRHyA president. “When volunteering at the food bank, we were able to be that support to someone else by packaging meals and literally/figuratively providing nourishment for people who need a reminder that they are loved and that someone is right there for them. It warms your heart and fulfills your soul to know you are making a difference in someone’s life just by donating a few hours of your time.”

The officers learned that 1 in 6 adults in Oklahoma go hungry, and 1 in 4 children do. In the summer months, the number of children in need continues to rise, as they are not in school to receive meals, and there is a need for 6,000 meals per day for local children.

For more information on joining NRHyA, visit nrhya.com

Mandy McCutcheon Leads NRHA Derby Non Pro Preliminaries on Party Nite

The Non Pro preliminary round of the 2019 National Reining Horse Association Derby presented by Markel Insurance kicked off on Monday, June 17. Just a few runs into the first section, power went out across the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds. A construction vehicle had cut a power line, trapping the operator in the rig due to live electric wires.

Luckily the State Fair Park personnel were able to get the lights back on quickly, and the heavy equipment operator was rescued.

Despite the delay, many great scores were marked in the Jim Norick Coliseum Arena. Leading the Non Pro Level 4 preliminaries with a 222.5 is NRHA Million Dollar Rider Mandy McCutcheon on Party Nite. Party Nite is by Gunners Special Nite out of Topsail Survivor (by Topsail Whiz), and was bred and raised by Sarah Willeman of Turnabout Farm, Inc.

McCutcheon and Party Nite, a 4-year-old mare, are coming off a big win at the National Reining Breeders Classic, where they won the Non Pro Level 4 title. Party Nite is owned by Mandy and her husband Tom McCutcheon of Aubrey, Texas.

Kim Muehlstaetter and Spooks Grand Slam lead the Non Pro Level 3 with a 219.5. Spooks Grand Slam, a five-year-old by Spooks Gotta Whiz out of Shiney Diamond Lady, is owned by Kim and Martin Muehlstaetter of Scottsdale, Arizona.

Morris Kulmer and NVR What A Lucky Joe are currently tied for the lead of the Non Pro Level 2 with Jennifer Neudorf and Shining In Town with scores of 219. Kulmer and NVR What A Lucky Joe (Lil Joe Cash x What A Lucky Hit), also sit solo atop the leaderboard for the Non Pro Prime Time and Masters Division.

Neudorf and Shining In Town (Hollywoodstinseltown x Shine Ann), also lead the Non Pro Level 1 and the Non Pro Youth.

Holding steady with the top score of the Bob’s Custom Saddles Novice Non Pro Derby is Gina-Marie Schumacher and All Right Magnum with a 218.5. The Bob’s Custom Saddles Novice Non Pro Derby Championship will be decided at the completion of the preliminary round, so Schumacher and All Right Magnum, by Magnum Chic Dream and out of All The Right Motion, are sitting pretty.

Non Pro preliminary competition continues Tuesday. The top 30 in the Non Pro Levels 4-1, as well as the top 20 in the Non Pro Prime Time and Non Pro Youth, will advance to the clean-slate finals on Friday. The draw for the finals will be decided during the Platinum Performance Non Pro Draw Party on Wednesday evening.