(Tulsa, Okla., Sept. 4, 2016) – Saturday the Super Duty arena at Expo Square saw talented Non Pro competition with smart patterns and big stops. Lindsey McCutcheon and Anita Horn swept the National Reining Horse Association and Affiliate Reining Championships Non Pro classes.
McCutcheon rode Mega Watt Shine to the NRHA Non Pro championship, ARC Non Pro and American Quarter Horse Association Amateur Reining titles with a score of 145. McCutcheon had a long wait to find out she was the champion, because she was first out in the class of 68 entries. She was happy the score held the entire time.
“When I saw I was draw No. 1 I was a little bummed,” she said with a laugh, “but my main goal was just to qualify for the affiliate finals. So, I just wanted to have a decent run and get qualified. I really had no idea that score would hold then whole entire time, but he was really good I was really happy with him.”
She began her run with a small bobble, but she said she was able to compose herself and finish the pattern strong.
“I walked in and actually had a turn penalty right off the bat and I just sat there for a second and thought ‘This is not the way I want to start draw No. 1,’” she said. “But, everything after that was good.”
McCutcheon and Mega Watt Shine, a stallion by Marthas Mega Jac out of Bella Della, banked $617 for wins in both classes. She’s been riding the stallion since he was 5 and as a 9-year-old now, she said they have a solid connection.
Second place in the NRHA Non Pro went to Heather Weisz riding Electric Sparked (Jacs Electric Spark x Dun Wrangled A Star) with a score of 144.5.
Anita Horn had a big day inside the Super Duty Arena cleaning house in the NRHA Intermediate Non Pro, ARC Intermediate, NRHA Limited, ARC Limited, Prime Time Non Pro, ARC Prime Time, second in the AQHA Amateur Reining, third in the NRHA Non Pro and second in the ARC Non Pro. Horn pocketed a total of $1,175 plus a plethora of championship awards and prizes.
“I’m so excited! I just can’t believe it, I’m shocked,” said an emotional Horn. “He felt really good in the warm-up and we came in the pen and he was looking around, but he stayed right with me. He’s such an honest horse and he doesn’t like to get in trouble and I’m learning to trust him, so we had a great day.”
Horn rode Spookaroanie (Smart Spook x Little Roan Chick) to a score of 144.5 for the wins on Sunday. Horn’s been riding Spookaroanie for two years and she said they are continuing to improve inside the arena. She thanked NRHA professional Casey Hinton for his help.
Second in the NRHA and ARC Intermediate was Savannah Grace Ostner riding A Bueno Chic (Bueno Fritizi Nic x A Hollywood Chic) to a score of 144.
Second in the NRHA Limited Non Pro and NRHA Prime Time Non Pro was Michelle George riding Cant Spook Me (Spooks Gotta Gun x Te On The Trashy Side) to a score of 143.
Blair Thompson riding Whiz N Chica Dee (Topsail Whiz x Chic A Dee Hickory) took second in the ARC Limited Non Pro with a score of 144.
Kim Burnett and San Juan Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Tamu Oaks Bay Etta) took second in the NRHA Prime Time with a score of 142.5.
Tamra Kyle took the win in the USA Reining Amateur with a score of 142.5 riding Gunner Git Ya Dun, by Colonels Smoking Gun out of Gotta Git Ya Dun. She also took third in the USA Reining Amateur riding KR Red Tag Special (Gunners Special Nite x Go Red Pine).
“It’s been a good show. I think they’ve done a tremendous job with it here. It’s huge and they’ve handled it well. And, I’m tickled that Cheryl [Cody] is involved with USA Reining and can get it out there, because we definitely need it.”
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