(Tulsa, Okla., Sept. 2, 2016) – The 2016 Tulsa Reining Classic concluded Friday evening with the Adequan United States Equine Federation Reining Championships sponsored by Markel. The show opened with a freestyle performance by Fred Win that was a tribute to our American soldiers stationed across the world fighting for our freedom. That performance was followed by the recognition of the 2015 USA Reining Champions.
Tom McCutcheon took top honors in Friday’s $10,000 added Adequan United States Equestrian Federation Reining Championships presented by Markel Insurance with a score of 221 aboard Survivorman.
Survivorman is by Colonels Smoking Gun out of Shining Survivor and he says the palomino stallion isn’t accustomed to making the big run on pattern No. 9, but he showed on pure heart.
“I knew he’d be fun and he was,” McCutcheon said of Survivorman. “It was a big pattern for a Non Pro horse that’s a little bit out of shape, but he gave his guts and he was really good, but he’s always been good. He’s been successful an Level 4 Open level and it didn’t surprise me, but it was fun to show him.”
McCutcheon said the USEF win holds a special place in his heart.
“I’ve always been a big supporter of all the USEF and FEI stuff that we do and I think just because of my history, I was the very first reining horse to ever walk into the pen at an FEI-USEF event, well it was the USET event at that point in time and I remember the very first reining and I drew up first and nobody likes to draw up first, but I thought ‘You know I’ll be the first one ever!'” McCutcheon said with a laugh. “That was 20 years ago, so every time I can do good at one of these it means something.”
Second place went to Casey Hinton riding Top Gun Tonite (Topgun Whiz x Hollywood Tonight) to a score of 220.50 for owner Tracey Tuttle-Bryce.
Third place was Tim McQuay riding SNS Uvalde King (Smart And Shiney x Te Lightfilly) with a score of 215.50 for owner Lyle Lovett.
Fourth place was Mandy Faust riding Paps Last Revolution (Einsteins Revolution x Paps Last Glo) with a score of 215 for owner Robert Stinner.
The United States Equestrian Federation serves as the National Governing Body for Equestrian Sport. The USEF is dedicated to uniting the equestrian community, honoring achievement and serving as guardians of equestrian sport. The USEF trains, selects, and funds our United States Equestrian Team which consistently wins medals at the highest level of international competition, including the Olympic Games. The USEF also licenses equestrian competitions of all levels across the United States each year.