(Tulsa, Okla., Sept. 1, 2016) – The Tulsa Reining Classic has had a week full of impressive runs and sharp maneuvers. One of the highlights of Thursday’s event was the SmartPak Non Pro Derby Levels 1 through 4.
Taking top honors in the SmartPak Non Pro Derby Level 4 was Cade McCutcheon riding Custom Made Gun to a score of 223 for $4,980, plus a beautiful championship saddle sponsored by Kyle Tack, for owner McQuay Stables.
Custom Made Gun is by Colonels Smoking Gun out of Custom Made Dunit and made an impressive run in the Ford Truck Arena at Expo Square. McCutcheon’s picked up some nice wins with the palomino, but he said this has been the biggest marking show for the duo.
“He’s a good horse I didn’t have to go very hard and he made everything easy,” McCutcheon said. “Any time you win it feels good, but this was fun too. It’s fun to win by a lot, but it’s fun to win by nothing too.”
James Morgan riding Smart Stepin Lena took the win in the SmartPak Intermediate Non Pro Derby Level 3 with a score of 218.50 for $2,477. Morgan and his mount also took second place in Level 4, plus the win in the Prime Time Non Pro with a score of 220.
Smart Stepin Lena is by Wimpys Little Step out of Smart Shiney Lena and Morgan said turned on the power to make an impressive run for his owner.
“It’s pretty hard to get excited about anything at my age about anything, but I do get very excited about showing my horse and he’s a fun horse to show,” Morgan said with a laugh. “He’s won about $57,000 and he’s a 4-year-old.
“It kind of started last night,” Morgan said of his run, “because we were practicing our run ins and this horse was so powerful. You can just see when he takes off, he’s just so strong and big he feels like he’s going 100 miles an hour. He’s so smooth he doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere so I said I’m going to run him as fast as I’ve ever rode a horse in my life and he did, he took my breath away he was running so hard, but he handled the ground well.”
Second place in the Prime Time Non Pro was Michelle George riding Cant Spook Me, who’s by Spooks Gotta Gun out of Te On The Trashy Side.
Taking home the win in the SmartPak Limited Non Pro Derby Level 2 was Maggie Gratny-Young riding Wallywood, to a score of 218 for $1,126.
Wallywood is by Walla Walla Whiz out of Custom Mahogany and Gratny-Young says the mare has one particular strong suit.
“She did a great just really easy run in and back and her turns were good,” she said. “She really excels in her stops so I think that’s where we really [put a] plus on this pattern. She stops hard and deep every time.”
Shevin Haverty riding The Crow Bar took the win in the Novice Horse Non Pro Derby with a score of 217.50 for $864. Haverty and her mount, who is by Gallo Del Cielo out of Blonde At The Bar also took second place in the SmartPak Limited Non Pro Derby Level 2.
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