Matt Mills Claims Gold Medal, Franco Bertolani Wins CRI3

Matt Mills
Matt Mills

Friday night’s competition was filled with national and international competition when the USEF and CRI classes were showcased. The riders dazzled the crowd with big stops, fast spins and smooth moves. Both the professionals and the young guns of the sport had the opportunity to show off their skills.

Matt Mills rode Wimps Cool Breeze to the USEF Open gold medal with a score of 221.5 for owner Janice Dickson.

Wimps Cool Breeze is by Wimpys Little Step and out of QHR Jamaica Express and is a 7-year-old buckskin stallion Mills has grown to appreciate for both his style and heart in the arena.

“I love that horse,” Mills said. “He is exactly what you want when you talk about a horse with heart and guts. He never quits. Really he’s what I call a gamer. He’s always up to it, whether I have two horses to get him ready or a month to prepare it doesn’t matter when I walk through the gate that horse is going to be at the bare minimum where he was tonight.”

Friday Mills used his relationship with Wimps Cool Breeze to prepare him properly before the run as well as show him just right in the show pen.

“I thought the entire run was solid. We’ve definitely scored a whole lot higher before, but at this particular run we didn’t need to be spectacular we needed to be real good,” Mill said of he strategy for the run. “We have plans to qualify for the WEG next year, so it’s always trying to be careful not to do too much, but yet you always want to be coming out on top when the dust settles.”

Casey Deary claimed the silver medal riding Reeboks Rerun to a score of 219.5 for owner Owen Deary. Deary also took the bronze medal riding Who Dat Hot Chic with a score of 218.5 for owner Neiberger Performance.

In the 14-18 USEF class Cade McCutcheon was the gold medal winner riding Anne-Marie Burns’ 5-year-old REF Sturgis. The win was outstanding for McCutcheon, because it was the first time he had ever ridden the horse.

REF Sturgis is by Custom Harley and out of Chics Time To Rein and he stepped up for McCutcheon when he needed a mount for the class.

“The first time I ever rode him was tonight before I showed him, but he’s pretty easy to get along with,” McCutcheon said. “I wanted to show in this class and I didn’t have a horse and Anne-Marie was nice enough to let me show him.”

McCutcheon hope to follow in his parents’ footsteps and rise to the top of the USEF competition.

“It’s different than showing in the NRHA classes that I show in every horse show, so it’s a different experience and hopefully it will get me ready for the next young riders competitions if I go,” McCutcheon said.

Dani Latimer took home the silver medal riding Sparklin Nite with a score of 217.5 and Blair Thompson rode Whiz N Chica Dee to a score of 214 to take home the bronze medal.

In the 14-18 USEF class Cade McCutcheon was the gold medal winner riding Anne-Marie Burns’ 5-year-old REF Sturgis. The win was outstanding for McCutcheon, because it was the first time he had ever ridden the horse.

REF Sturgis is by Custom Harley and out of Chics Time To Rein and he stepped up for McCutcheon when he needed a mount for the class.

“The first time I ever rode him was tonight before I showed him, but he’s pretty easy to get along with,” McCutcheon said. “I wanted to show in this class and I didn’t have a horse and Anne-Marie was nice enough to let me show him.”

McCutcheon hope to follow in his parents’ footsteps and rise to the top of the USEF competition.

“It’s different than showing in the NRHA classes that I show in every horse show, so it’s a different experience and hopefully it will get me ready for the next young riders competitions if I go,” McCutcheon said.

Dani Latimer took home the silver medal riding Sparklin Nite with a score of 217.5 and Blair Thompson rode Whiz N Chica Dee to a score of 214 to take home the bronze medal.

Kalena Reynolds rode Gun Whiz It to the 13 & Under youth USEF gold medal with a score of 212.5. Gun Whiz It is a 6-year-old mare by Colonels Smoking Gun and out of Roll Whiz It and this year marks the first year of her partnership with Reynolds.

“We had a little bit of trouble getting together at first, but we’ve clicked and we’ve gotten better and she’s taught me a lot,” Reynolds said.

The Tulsa Reining Classic was Reynolds first show to compete in the USEF classes and she plans to continue competing.

Carlee McCutcheon won the silver medal riding Whatta Royal Vintage with a score of 208.

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Mandy McCutcheon, Kevin Ball Share Turnabout Farm Non Pro Futurity

Mandy McCutcheon and Kevin Ball
Mandy McCutcheon and Kevin Ball

The Turnabout Farm Non Pro Futurity took center stage at The Tulsa Reining Classic, held at Expo Square Aug. 28 – Sept. 3, saw smart maneuvers and big stops during the Non Pro Derby in the Ford Truck Arena.

Mandy McCutcheon and Kevin Ball shared the Turnabout Farm Level 4 Non Pro Futurity championship with scores of 220.5.

McCutcheon rode her home raised mare One Last Gunner by Colonels Smoking Gun and out of One Last Corona. McCutcheon says she owes the existence of the mare to her son, Cade, who asked to breed One Last Corona to “Gunner.”

“I think she was supposed to be Cade’s,” McCutcheon said with a laugh, adding that when she landed in her hands she was happy to claim ownership.

McCutcheon has already had success in Tulsa sharing the co-championship in Thursday’s SmartPak Level 4 Non Pro Derby. Even with the success thus far McCutcheon says one of the highlights of the week was sharing the win in Friday’s Non Pro Futurity.

“She was really good and really solid,” McCutcheon said of her mare’s run, adding praise for the mare’s performing in the tough field at Tulsa. “This is a really tough futurity, it’s one of the best ones in the country. It’s been a great week and I couldn’t be happier.”

Ball rode This Chic Guns It, a 3-year-old by Colonels Smoking Gun and out of This Chic Dun It, to not only the Level 4 win, but the Level 3 and Level 2 championships as well. Ball purchased the mare rather unexpectedly when Nathan Piper found her only one day after Ball mentioned he was looking for a 2-year-old.

“I called Nathan and said ‘Hey let’s look for a 2-year-old to purchase at the end of the year.’ He called me the next day and said ‘You need to watch this video and buy this horse,’ and I said ‘What about the end of the year didn’t you understand?'” Ball recalled with a laugh.

Even though Ball said he wasn’t initially ready to purchase a horse he said couldn’t pass up the opportunity to buy This Chic Guns It, and hasn’t regretted a moment with the mare.

“I saw her and it was just the right place, the right time kind of a deal,” he said. “She’s come along better and better and she’s just been a joy to be around.”

Ball says the mare has only been hauled and shown a hand full of times, but continues to progress each time.

“I knew she could do it; I knew she had a lot of talent,” Ball said of his mare’s win. “I just wanted to showcase her the best I could, take it step by step and not over show her either.”

Sandy Eustace rode Chex With A Dream to the Turnabout Farm Non Pro Futurity Prime Time with a score of 221.5.

Friday’s win was extra special for Eustace, because the 3-year-old daughter of Magnum With A Dream and out of Lee San Chex is Eustace’s first home raised show horse.

“I’m just happy that she’s made a reiner,” Eustace said. “She’s a little behind, but she’s coming quick.”

Eustace says going into the futurity she was concerned with her turnarounds, because it’s admittedly a weak spot for the mare. Chex With A Dream stepped up for her owner when it counted and nailed her turnarounds, which helped lead her rider to the win.

“I feel wonderful,” she said of her win. “I’m just glad that she did well.”

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NRHA Now Accepting Invitational Freestyle Submissions

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. – September 06, 2017 – Following the success of last year’s Invitational Freestyle at the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity, the NRHA is excited to announce its return again this year. The competition will feature a total of 10 riders: the top three riders at the 2017 Denver Freestyle, the top three scores from the 2016 All American Quarter Horse Congress Freestyle, and four riders from a fan vote.

In order to be eligible to apply, all you have to be is a current NRHA member in good standing!

Send your best freestyle reining routine to Hayley Eberle at heberle@nrha.com. All video submissions meeting the requirements will be published so that Oklahoma residents and reining fans across the globe can pick their favorites.

Submissions must be received by September 14th at 11:59 p.m. in order to be considered. Late submissions will not be accepted. All videos must be a downloadable file in one of the following formats: (.MOV .MPEG4, MP4, .AVI, .WMV,. MPEGPS, .FLV,3GPP, WebM). Files sent in an email or through a Dropbox link will also be accepted as long as they are in one of the approved formats listed above.

The 2017 NRHA Invitational Freestyle will take place Thursday, November 30, at 7:30 pm at Oklahoma State Fair Park. For more information about the event, including a schedule, ticket prices, and hotel information, please visit NRHAFuturity.com.

For more information about applying for the invitational Freestyle competition, please contact Hayley Eberle, Manager of Marketing and Outreach.

Tulsa Reining Classic – Mandy McCutcheon Logs Dual Win in SmartPak Non Pro Derby

The Tulsa Reining Classic, held at Expo Square Aug. 28 – Sept. 3 saw smart maneuvers and big stops during the SmartPak Non Pro Derby in the Ford Truck Arena.

Mandy McCutcheon
Mandy McCutcheon

It was an epic day for Mandy McCutcheon in Thursday’s SmartPak Non Pro Level 4 Derby when she tied for the win with herself aboard two standout horses. McCutcheon scored a 222.5 aboard both Hollywood Starburst and Baileys Not Painted for the dual championship.

Hollywood Starburst is a 4-year-old mare by Hollywood Dun It and out of Chic Olena Starbuck that recently led McCutcheon to the NRHA Non Pro Derby championship. The mare continues to be a force in McCutcheon’s arsenal.

“They are both really nice great minded horses. The buckskin mare I just recently won the NRHA Derby on, so there is always that nervous part of ‘I don’t want to make her look like a fool after a big win,'” McCutcheon said with a laugh.

The mare looked like anything but a fool turning in a stellar performance in Tulsa.

Baileys Not Painted, who is by Gunners Special Nite and out of Darlins Not Painted, has only been with McCutcheon for three days. Although the gelding has been in Tom and Mandy McCutcheon’s training program since the start Mandy bought him only recently.

“When the opportunity came up to buy him I jumped on it,” McCutcheon said of purchasing the gelding.

The decision proved successful when he turned in an equally impressive run as McCutcheon’s mare.

“They were both very similar [in their runs today],” McCutcheon said. “They were just easy and showed honest and pure and just tried to be good horses.”

The Level 3 saw another tie, this time between Kara Gray-Frye and Catherine Crandon with scores of 220.

Frye rode Juice N Silk (Smart Like Juice x Silk N Sable Pine) to the co-championship. He has been with Frye since he was 3. The now-6-year-old has been a great addition to Frye’s program.

“He’s definitely a special guy. He doesn’t take any training – you just keep him fit and get on him and go show,” she said. “He steps up and if I call on him he’s there.”

Crandon took home a plethora of prizes when she topped the Level 3, and the Level 2 and Prime Time with her score of 220.

The 5-year-old gelding RC Fashion Chic, who’s by RC Fancy Step and out of Shesa Fashion Chic has only been with his owner since March and stepped up in Tulsa to prove his worth in the reining pattern.

“This was kind of the first time we’ve shown and were penalty free,” she said. “That was quite an accomplishment for us today, so we’re pretty excited. I could not be happier. We just kept trying and trying and I knew we’d get it eventually so I was pretty happy.”

The Level 2 Non Pro reserve co-champions were Mark Blake riding Hot Hollywood Whizky and Laura Parker riding Shirley Your A Tag with scores of 219.

The Prime Time Non Pro reserve co-champions were Frye riding Juice N Silk and Nancy Murfin-Moxley riding Who Whiz Hot Choclat to scores of 221.5.

The TRC continues on Friday with the Turnabout Farms Non Pro Futurity and the 2017 USEF Reining Championship.

Get all the Action of the Tulsa Reining Classic. Watch the Live Feed at  www.tulsareining.com!

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Tulsa Reining Classic – Thursday’s Ancillary Classes

The Tulsa Reining Classic, held at Expo Square Aug. 28 – Sept. 3 featured stylish reining horses in Thursday’s ancillary classes held in the Super Duty Arena.

Mirjam Stillo
Mirjam Stillo

Mirjam Stillo riding Ruff Spook, who’s by Smart Spook and out of Ruffle Me Up, scored a 146 to top the NRHA Open for owners Shannon and Hershel Reid. The team has been together for several months this year and Stillo’s goal is to ride in the FEI World Equestrian Games aboard Ruff Spook. Today’s performance inched them one step closer to the end goal.

“He was really good today and we just had a smooth ride,” Stillo said adding that they will show again in tomorrow’s CRI class. “[Today’s run helps keep] building confidence more and more. I tried to push him a little harder on some things and he was with me all the time. I think we are becoming a team.”

The NRHA Open championship was shared between Fred Thomsson and Josh Murphy with a score of 145.5.

Thomsson rode Arlosa Whiz, owned by Euro Vets Inc. to the co-championship. Thomsson and Arlosa Whiz have been a part of each others’ lives since he was a foal, which Thomsson said made the day extra special.

Fred Thomsson
Fred Thomsson

“I was really happy with the horse, he was right on. I should have showed him a little better in one maneuver, but other than that we were real pleased with how today folded,” Thomsson said.

Thomsson and Arlosa Whiz have been a part of each others’ lives since he was a foal, which Thomsson said made the day extra special. Arlosa Whiz is the 8-year-old son by Topsail Whiz and out of Dream Olena Chic.

“We do this for the love of the horse and when the horse gives you everything he can it’s a special feeling, no matter how you acquired him,” Thomsson said.

Josh Murphy rode Got That Iowa Shine, who’s by Smart And Shiney and out of SLJ This Is My Juice, to the co-championship. The now-4-year-old has been with Murphy since his 2-year-old year and has shared success in the show pen already in his young career. The journey hasn’t been easy however. Got That Iowa Shine colicked this spring and has come back to win today’s class.

“He’s come back really strong for me,” Murphy said. “[Today] he went out there and did his thing. He’s just a pretty great horse to show.”

ell Edgmon topped the Intermediate Open and Intermediate Open affiliate finals riding Show Your Guns (Colonels Smoking Gun x Good Time Show Girl) with a score of 143.5. The pair have been partners for five years and they have developed a working relationship fortifying their success in the show pen.

“Usually I have trouble getting him to turn and he went in there and fired off both ways, after that I felt good about the rest of the run,” Edgmon said.

Winona Walker rode BOS Peppy And Smart, owned by Michelle Young, to the Limited Open and Limited Open ancillary championships. The duo turned in a score of 143 for the win. They also earned second in the Intermediate Open and Intermediate Open ancillary classes.

“I think he had a really good run,” Walker said. “We [played it safe] in our stops, but he really gave me a good run.”

Leslie Bingham
Leslie Bingham

Leslie Bingham and Who Dat Hot Chic (Wimpys Little Step x Smart Chic Aloha) topped the Rookie Professional. Who Dat Hot Chic is owned by Neiberger Performance and earned Bingham the title with a score of 142.

“I realized this morning that she hadn’t been in the pen yet,” Bingham said with a laugh. “She was kind of looking around checking things out and cost me a little bit in the circles, but other than she was great.”

Josh Tishman riding Chics Love Me Wimpy (Wimpys Little Step x Dream About Magic) topped the Rookie Pro affiliate finals and second in the Rookie Pro with a score of 141.5 for owners DAG Ventures LLC.

“We’ve been pretty competitive this entire year, I think we are sitting first or second in the year-end standings,” Tishman said. “We thought we would go for the year-end title in the affiliate and he’s been very consistent.”

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