Reiner & Hunter / Jumper News
MANDY McCUTCHEON AND ALWAYS GOTYER GUN LEAD FIRST DAY OF NON PRO FIRST GO AT 2016 NATIONAL REINING BREEDERS CLASSIC
April 18, 2016
With a strong run and a score of 220, Mandy McCutcheon and Always Gotyer Gun (Gunner x Always A Dunit), topped the leader board for the first day of the first go of the 19th annual National Reining Breeders Classic Non Pro Derby. With 161 entries, the class will be completed on April 19 and finalists will be determined according to first go scores.
After winning the NRBC aboard Always Gotyer Gunsup, full sister to Always Gotyer Gun, McCutcheon is excited to be maintaining the leading position after 80 runs today. "Paul is a really nice horse. I'm thankful to have the opportunity to show him, and it's an even bigger thrill because his full sister, Polly, was one of my all-time favorite horses," she reflected. McCutcheon won over $171,000 aboard Always Gotyer Gunsup, including multiple top five placings in the NRBC and NRHA Derby in addition to her win, and Open Futurity Finalist credentials with Tim McQuay in the saddle.
GUNNER EARNS NRHA $8 MILLION SIRE STATUS
Feb 21, 2016
In less than one year after becoming a National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Seven Million Dollar Sire, NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee Gunner (AQHA Colonels Smoking Gun, APHA Colonels Smokingun) has reached a new milestone. Now an Eight Million Dollar Sire, he joins the ranks alongside Topsail Whiz and Wimpys Little Step.
The 1993 stallion by Colonelfourfreckle and out of Katie Gun by John Gun was bred by Eric Storey of Henagar, Alabama. A stand out in in the show pen, Gunner was the 1996 NRHA Futurity Reserve Champion with NRHA Hall of Famer Clint Haverty at the reins. The pair went on to earn the 1998 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Reserve Champion title. With Bryant Pace guiding him, Gunner earned the 2001 United States Equestrian Team (USET) Festival of Champions Reining championship in Gladstone, New Jersey. Gunner’s NRHA Lifetime Earnings total more than $173,700.
With a lucrative career in the show pen, Gunner has had an equally successful breeding career, having sired numerous NRHA Futurity and Derby finalists and champions in both the open and non pro divisions which include: 2012 NRHA Open Futurity Champion Americasnextgunmodel, 2012 NRHA Open Futurity Reserve Champion Gunners Tinseltown, and 2012 NRHA Non Pro Co-champion Customized Gunner. Gunner also sired Gunners Special Nite, winner of the individual Gold medal at the 2010 FEI Alltech®World Equestrian Games.
Among Gunner’s highest money-earners are:
Tinker With Guns
Gunners Special Nite
In total Gunner’s progeny have earned $8,046,378
Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the standard-setting body for the sport of Reining. NRHA, with their International Headquarters in Oklahoma City, is responsible for promoting the sport of Reining and working to ensure the highest standards of competition. To learn more about the NRHA, its programs and family of corporate partners, visit nrha.com.
INAUGURAL WINTER PREMIER SALE GARNERS HIGH QUALITY CONSIGNMENTS
To Be Sold February 20 in Fort Worth, Texas
February 1, 2016
The first annual Winter Premier Sale, scheduled for February 20 at Will Rogers Equestrian Center in Fort Worth, Texas, has released a full list of consignments. Among horses of all levels of training are several major performers and great prospects in the Reining, Cow Horse, and Cutting disciplines. The new sale boasts a list of consignments with combined money earnings of over a quarter of a million dollars and from nearly every top bloodline in the Western Performance industry.
Sale partners Tim McQuay, Tom McCutcheon, and Dell Hendricks are the creators of the highly successful Legacy Reining Breeders Sale, which has become a do-not-miss event among the Reining community. Also managed by The Sale Company, the Legacy Sale has maintained a reputation for offering some of the greatest prospects in Reining history and has produced winners at all levels, year after year.
The sale is being held in conjunction with the NRCHA Celebration of Champions, prior to the Worlds Greatest Horseman Finals competition. A riding horse sale preview will be offered on Friday, February 19 at 10 am. Attendees are welcomed to attend the pre-sale brunch on sale day at 11 am, with the sale scheduled for 12 noon.
THREE 2015 NRHA OPEN FUTURITY FINALISTS FROM MCQUAY BREEDING PROGRAM
Sold through the Legacy Reining Breeders Sale
December 5, 2015
Known for their industry-staple Reining breeding program, Tim and Colleen McQuay have once again produced successful horses sold through the Legacy Reining Breeders Sale. Three of the Level 4 NRHA Open Futurity Finalists came from their well-known program, once again proving that top level yearlings can be purchased from them through the Legacy Reining Breeders Sale. Pictured below: Shooting for Chics and Matt Mills, Cee My Gun and Jordan Larson, Tinseltown Flash and Robin Schoeller.
Shooting For Chics, sired by Gunner and out of Gay Chic Olena, was purchased by Robert McClellan for $14,500 at the 2013 Legacy Sale and went on to earn over $16,700 in the Open Finals with rider Matt Mills.
Sired by Gunner and out of NRHA Open Futurity Champion producer Cee Dun It Do It, Cee My Gun was purchased by Maria Margarita Buey Arietti for $50,000 at the Legacy Sale. Shown by Jordan Larson in the Open Finals, she earned over $22,000 in the Open Finals.
2015 Congress Open Futurity Champion Tinstltown Flash earned a spot in the Open Finals with rider Robin Schoeller, taking home over $12,000. Sired by Hollywoodstinseltown and out of Billie Gun Flash, he was purchased at the Legacy Consignment Sale by Jonathan Gauthier for $12,500.
McQuay Stables thanks all of the breeders and buyers who have trusted their program over the years!
MCQUAY STABLES TAKES WIN IN TEXAS HUNTER BREEDING THREE YEAR-OLD FREESTYLE PERFORMANCE CHAMPIONSHIP
Ridden by McQuay Stables Rider Hannah Evans
December 11, 2015
A veteran with young horses, trainer Colleen McQuay and rider Hannah Evans prepped two horses for the inaugural Texas Hunter Breeding Three Year-Old Freestyle Performance Championship and On-The-Line Championship, ultimately taking first and second places in both classes. Purchased by Colleen McQuay from Amanda Taylor as yearlings, Colleen reports that both horses have trainable minds and plenty of talent.
Regence, owned by Colleen McQuay, took the win in the inaugural $7,500 Texas Hunter Breeding Three Year-Old Freestyle Performance Championship with rider Hannah Evans, in addition to earning Reserve Honors in the Three Year-Old On-The-Line Championship, handled by Jen Alfano.
Ryan T, purchased before the event by Jamie Martin, won the Three Year-Old On-The-Line Championship and was second in the Freestyle Performance class, both with rider Hannah Evans.
Created by the Super Series Group to further grow the Hunter Industry domestically, the Texas Hunter Breeding program was created in 2015 and paid out $16,500 in its inaugural year. As producers of the Texas Pre-Green Program as well, the group has paid out over Half a Million Dollars to participants in their programs as of the recent Texas Pre-Green Final Championship!
GUNS R FOR SHOOTIN WINS HRRC L3 OPEN DERBY
September 19, 2015
Tim McQuay and Guns R For Shootin, owned by Humphrey Quarter Horses of Gainesville, Texas, took the win in the Level 3 Open Derby at the recent High Roller Reining Classic in Las Vegas, Nevada. With over 120 entries, the class was split over two days, and the the pair managed to lead the tough Level 3 division until the bitter end. Also taking high placings in the Level 4 division, Tim and Guns R For Shootin took home over $10,000.
The highly competitive event brought top competitors from all over the United States to the South Point Casino. Tim also earned a paycheck on Dontmesswithmygun, owned by David Silva in the Whizkey N Diamonds 4 Year Old Stakes.
Additional success was achieved at the show for Mandy McCutcheon in the Non Pro Derby and Stakes, earning good placings on My Darlin Tonite and Shootin Forthe Stars, both owned by McQuay Stables.
2015 TULSA REINING CLASSIC SETS RECORDS
August 6, 2015
Occupying well over 900 stalls at the Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex at Expo Square in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the 2015 Tulsa Reining Classic exceeded 2014's record-setting numbers. Entry numbers were record-setting, with 20 more entrants to the Open Futurity than in years prior. Showcasing the NRHA South Central Affiliate Regional Championship, two slates of ancillary classes, Open and Non Pro Derbies, Open and Non Pro Futurities, and the Global Reining Sport Group's signature Developing Horse Futurity, show ring opportunities were available to riders of all levels.
Also created by the Global Reining Sport Group, Walk-Trot Reining was offered again this year in addition to the event's host of other standing Youth activities, including Youth Reining Horsemanship Clinics and Classes taught by Matt Mills and Justin Mathison, Youth Lead Line Reining, Youth Freestyle Reining, and an NRHYA Meeting and Scavenger Hunt. New to the event for Youth this year were the Youth Ice Cream Social sponsored by Cinder Lakes Ranch and Repro, the "Pop Stall" popcorn and popsicles sponsored by Not Ruf at All and Horse Hair Analysis, and free cowboy hats for the first 50 Oklahoma Equine Youth Evening attendees.
Educational Opportunities were emphasized again in 2015, as a major part of the Global Reining Sport Group's mission. A Non Pro Reining Clinic was taught by Carol Metcalf, while Terry Thompson enlightened seminar attendees to his "View From the Judge's Chair".
GRSG also strives to provide a horse show experience that is second-to-none at the Tulsa Reining Classic, and the strong support of the Reining industry and the Tulsa community are pivotal to the opportunities provided. As a member of GRSG, Colleen McQuay spends countless hours planning and consulting for the event.
The McQuay Stables team had a great trip to Tulsa, with Tim tying for a Reserve Championship in the Level 4 and Level 3 Hollywoodstinseltown Open Futurity on Woodys Toy Gun. My Darlin Tonite and Mandy McCutcheon took the win in the Novice Non Pro Derby, also earning a paycheck on Paint the Nite in the Turnabout Farm Non Pro Futurity. Cade McCutcheon tied for second in the SmartPak Non Pro Derby on Custom Made Gun, also tying for fourth on Gun Its Deja Vu in the Turnabout Farm Non Pro Futurity. Sam Schaffhauser tied for 4th in the competitive Cardinal Ranch Open Derby, also earning a paycheck on Lyle Lovett's Gunnar Lindstrom in the Whizkey N Diamonds Novice Open Derby and Andi Paul's Special Smoking Gun in the Developing Horse Futurity.
For full show results, visit www.tulsareining.com.
CADE MCCUTCHEON WINS NRHA NON PRO DERBY
June 26, 2015
At only 15 years old, Cade McCutcheon made history as the youngest competitor in history to win the Level 4 NRHA Non Pro Derby aboard Custom Made Gun, owned by McQuay Stables. Also taking home the Youth Futurity win, Cade won over $18,000 and a slew of prizes including a trailer sponsored by Twin City Trailers South (which he is not old enough to pull!). After a nail-biting Reserve Championship at the 2014 NRHA Non Pro Futurity, the win was sweet for Cade, who said, "It's so exciting and so unreal."
Custom Made Gun is a four year-old stallion by McQuay Stables' famous six million dollar sire Gunner and out of McQuay's great mare, Custom Made Dunit (by Hollywood Dun It). After being shown by Tim in the Open Futurities, "Custom" became Cade's mount for the 2015 National Reining Breeders Classic, where he tied for Reserve Champion in the competitive L4 Non Pro Classic.
Cade credits many people and his horse for helping him achieve the win, saying, "Thank you, Tim , Sam & Lars for training Custom, & the entire McQuay crew for all their help. Thank you to my mom and dad for teaching me so much, and their team for their support. I'm so thankful for the opportunities that my parents and grandparents have given me. Thank you to the NRHA and all of their sponsors, especially Gary Raak with Twin City South Trailer Sales (I can't believe I won my first trailer before I can even drive it! Thank you, Gary, for supporting Reining for so long). Last but not least, thank you to my horses- especially Custom. He gave me everything I asked for and has helped me learn to show better."
Also from the McQuay Stables team, Reining veteran Tim McQuay earned his place in the NRHA Open Derby Finals aboard all three of his entries. Chex From A Star and Dontmesswithmygun (both sired by Gunner and owned by Silva Reining Horses) earned places in the L3 and Prime Time divisions, while Tim and Guns R For Shootin (also sired by Gunner, owned by Humphrey Quarter Horses) qualified for the L4, L3, and Prime Time Open Finals.
Taking home top ten placings in both the Level 3 and Prime Time divisions and combined earnings of over $13,000 for his efforts, McQuay was pleased with the performance of each horse and looks forward to future shows with them, saying "These are three really nice horses. I'm really proud of how all of our horses showed at the Derby this year, and it was great seeing them put out such great effort. I can't wait to get to the next show with them!"
Next stop for McQuay is the Tulsa Reining Classic, which offers both derby and futurity opportunities for horses of various levels. For more information on this event, visit www.tulsareining.com.
MISS TINSELTOWN INDUCTED INTO NRHA HALL OF FAME DURING 2015 DERBY
Excerpts from Article By Carol Trimmer
From the National Reining Horse Association
February 18, 2015
At the National Reining Horse Association’s most recent board of directors meeting in Scottsdale, Arizona, the Hall of Fame Committee recommended to the Board of Directors several nominees for consideration for induction into the NRHA Hall of Fame and consideration for the NRHA Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. The board voted to induct Terry Thompson, Miss Tinseltown and Smart Spook into the NRHA Hall of Fame. Kenny Eppers and Bob Stinner will each receive the NRHA Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. These highly-coveted honors will be celebrated at the NRHA Annual Awards Banquet on June 20, 2015 at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City.
Miss Tinseltown is a 1994 mare by Great Red Pine and out of Ms Holywood Showtime. Her NRHA lifetime earnings total $114,087. Miss Tinseltown is owned by NRHA $1 million owner David Silva, Sr., Pilot Point, Texas.
Miss Tinseltown was bred by Charles R. Vaughan and had a phenomenal show career, earning more than $114,000. The highlights of her show career include 1997 The Tradition Futurity Champion, 1997 NRHA Futurity fourth place, 1998 National Reining Breeders Classic Reserve Champion, 1998 NRBC Champion, and 1999 NRHA Derby Reserve Champion.
In the breeding shed she has produced earners of $682,540. She is currently ranked No. 2 on the NRHA All-Time Leading Dams’ list (Based on offspring earnings). Her highest earning offspring include Gunners Tinseltown (Colonels Smoking Gun, aka "Gunner") LTE $265,383, Hollywoodstinseltown (Hollywood Dun It) LTE $185,885, Hollywood Downtown (Hollywood Dun It) LTE $111,094, and Dun It In Tinseltown (Hollywood Dun It) LTE $62,378.
Also at the 2015 NRHA Awards Banquet, Tim McQuay and David Silva were named a 2014 Top 20 Owners, Mandy and Cade McCutcheon both earned NRHA Top 20 Non Pro credentials, McQuay Stables rider Sam Schaffhauser was named a 2014 Top 20 Professional, and Gunner was recognized for crossing the $6 Million offspring earnings mark. Congratulations to all of the award recipients!
SARAH BOYD WINS ADULT JUMPERS AT COUNTRY HEIR!
June 16, 2015
McQuay Stables client Sarah Boyd of Tioga, Texas, took the win in the competitive Adult Jumper class at the recent Country Heir Show in Lexington, Kentucky. Recently purchased from Jennifer Greenleaf, Toltein and Boyd earned this success at their first show together. Looking forward to the future of their jumping career together, Boyd comments on her new gelding, affectionately known as "Blue".
"Excited for my future with Toltein and blessed by the opportunity to own and show such an amazing horse! Big thanks to Colleen for finding him and to Jennifer Greenleaf for selling him to me," Sarah said.
The remainder of the McQuay Stables Hunter and Jumper team also had a successful trip, earning champions, reserves, and good ribbons in various classes in both the Hunter and Jumper rings. Special congratulations to Didi MacKenzie, Luke Jensen, and Carlee McCutcheon on their success!
GUNNER SIRES EARNERS OF OVER $228,000 AT 2015 NRBC!
April 19th, 2015
NRHA Hall of Fame $6 Million Sire Gunner's legacy continues in the show arena, as he sires earners of over $228,000 at the 2015 National Reining Breeders Classic. An impressive sixteen horses sired by Gunner qualified for the Open Finals at the event, with nine of his offspring qualifying for the Non Pro Finals. Among the Open top ten finishers were Open Third Place Gunners Tinseltown, Level 3 and Level 2 Open Champion Gunner Dun It Again, Gunnin For Chicks, Guns R For Shootin, and Chex From A Star. Two years beyond his passing, Gunner's sons and daughters continue to perform, sire performers, and produce performers. McQuay Stables offers their sincere appreciation for all of those who believed in Gunner and participated in his legendary career. Learn more about Gunner's legacy HERE.
Another tribute to the McQuay Stables breeding program, eleven of the National Reining Breeders Classic Non Pro Finalists were out of daughters of Hollywood Dun It, arguably from one of of the greatest producing maternal lines in Reining history. Reminisce with us about Hollywood Dun It HERE.
Gunners Tinseltown and Sam Schaffhauser Earn NRBC 3rd!
April 19th, 2015
Taking home over $37,000 for his efforts, Gunners Tinseltown performed at the top of his game yet again at the 2015 National Reining Breeders Classic. Together with McQuay Stables rider Sam Schaffhauser, he scored an incredible 227, missing out on a first place tie by only one half point. No stranger to the winner's circle, Gunners Tinseltown was the 2012 NRHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion with Tim McQuay. With Sam Schaffhauser at the reins, he was named the 2013 High Roller Reining Classic Open L3 Stakes Reserve Champion, 2014 Cactus Reining Classic Open L3 Champion, 2014 NRBC Open L3 Reserve Champion, 2014 NRHA Open Derby L3 Reserve Champion, and has also been top 5 in the competitive L4 at each of these events.
Gunners Tinseltown's 2015 NRBC earnings also boosted Silva Reining Horses' mare, Miss Tinseltown, back into NRHA All-Time Leading Dam status and launched Schaffhauser's earnings over the $400,000 mark. With his first limited foal crop hitting the ground in 2015, Gunners Tinseltown's promise as a sire continues to increase. McQuay Stables looks forward to the future for this great show horse!
SIRES ELIGIBLE FOR BONUSES THROUGH TEXAS HUNTER BREEDING SIRE ENROLLMENT PROGRAM
April 8, 2015
After three successful years producing the Texas Pre-Green Super Stake Series, the Super Series Group partners have recently introduced the Texas Hunter Breeding Super Series. Marrying the benefits of both programs is the NEW Texas Hunter Breeding SIRE Enrollment Program, where enrolled sires become eligible for bonuses based on the placings of eligible get at the Texas Hunter Breeding and Texas Pre-Green Final Championships.
In an effort to promote Hunter and Jumper breeding in Texas and throughout the United States, the Super Series Group will promote enrolled stallions via their website, e-newsletters, and social media outlets from the time of enrollment through the end of the program season.
Stallion bonuses will be paid to the nominators of the sires of top four eligible offspring in the Texas Pre-Green Final Championship. In addition, nominators of sires of top two eligible offspring in each class of the Texas Hunter Breeding Final Championship will be awarded bonuses. Stallion owners are encouraged to suggest program enrollment for their offspring, as enrollment will serve as a benefit to both sire and offspring.
SUPER SERIES GROUP LAUNCHES NEW WEBSITE!
April 8, 2015
In an effort to further their mission to promote and grow the Hunter industry in Texas and throughout the United States through programs designed to increase interest, profitability, and participation, the Super Series Group recently launched an all-inclusive headquarters for information and results of their projects, www.superseriesgroup.com.
Producers of the Texas Pre-Green Super Stake Series, Texas Hunter Breeding Super Series, and Texas Hunter Sire Enrollment Program, the Super Series Group is composed of Hunter industry participants Patrick Rodes, Colleen McQuay, Pauline Cook, and Peter Pletcher. The group looks forward to sharing their passion for Hunter and Jumper industry growth with their participants, supporters, and fans. Stay up-to-date by visiting the website often!
TEXAS HUNTER BREEDING SUPER SERIES DESIGNED TO FEED INTO TEXAS PRE-GREEN PROGRAM
Super Series Group partners Patrick Rodes, Pauline Cook, Peter Pletcher, and Colleen McQuay will add a new program to their already successful Texas Hunter line-up. The Texas Hunter Breeding Super Series will officially kick off at Spring Gathering show in Katy, Texas on Tuesday, March 31. Points from Pin Oak I and II will be included for horses enrolled during Spring Gathering show. Championship classes will be held in conjunction with the Texas Pre-Green Final Championship during Final Chase show in November, and bonus presentations will be held at this time.
Points will be accumulated by enrolled horses at shows throughout the season, including 10 points for Best Young Horse and five points for Reserve Best Young Horse at each participating show. Year-end bonuses according to season standings will be given to yearlings, two-year-olds, and three year-olds, as well as owners in each of these categories. Owners will accumulate cumulative points based on all horses owned.
The Final Championship event will offer a $2,000 added Yearling on-the-line class, $2,500 Two-Year-Old on-the-line class, and $3,000 Three-Year-Old on-the-line class. Enrolled Three-Year-Olds will also be eligible for a $7,500 added Special Freestyle Performance class, bringing the total money added to the Texas Hunter Breeding Final Championship to an impressive $15,000. (More details to follow soon).
The series has been generously sponsored by Victoria Hunton of Olde Oaks Farm. Home of Hunter Derby Champion Shine, Olde Oaks Farm has been heavily involved with breeding and showing Hunters for many years. Owner Vicki Hunton understands the importance of growing the breeding industry and felt that the Super Series Group could continue to do the job here in Texas by adding a Hunter Breeding Program to their already successful Texas Pre-Green Program.
Trainer Liza Richardson stated, "I love to raise and train the young horses, and this is a great opportunity for both the trainers and the breeders. This program creates such incentive for people to own and train young horses. I can't wait to see where it leads!"
UPDATES FROM 2015 HITS THERMAL
February 1, 2015
2015 HITS Thermal was a success!!!
Congratulations to these Mid-Circuit Champions:
- MTM Inside Scoop and Didi Mackenzie - Amateur/Owner Hunter 36 and over Champ
- Brent and Bernadette Mulliken - 3'3" Amateur/Owner 36 and over Champ
- MTM Do Right and Didi Mackenzie - 3'3" Amateur/Owner 36 and over Reserve Champ
- Czechers and Gretchen Draper - Junior Hunter Low 3'3" Reserve Champ
- Nick Hannes and Brent took Champion in the Performance Hunters
- Double class win for Bernadette and Brent in the A/O 3'3" Hunters!
- Gretchen Draper and Czechers, Champions in the 3'3" Junior Hunters
- Brent and Bernadette Mulliken, Champions in the 3'3" Amateur Hunters
- Luke Jensen and Max, with Blue Ribbons in the Jumpers
- Nick and owner Sarah Boyd earned blue ribbons in the jumpers during the first half of Thermal on Altitude .
- Way to go, Luke Jensen and Max, earning a Reserve Champion in 11 & Under Equitation!
MCQUAY STABLES RIDER SAM SCHAFFHAUSER LANDS IN NRHA TOP 20 PROFESSIONALS!
January 1st, 2015
After a hugely successful show season in 2014, McQuay Stables Reining rider Sam Schaffhauser earned himself a place in the coveted NRHA Top 20 Professionals for the year after earning a total of over $115,810. Schaffhauser reflects on the year, saying "2014 was certainly a rewarding year. I achieved a lot of goals, and am so glad to have had so many great opportunities."
Aboard the great Gunners Tinseltown (Gunner x Miss Tinseltown), owned by Silva Reining Horses, at the Cactus Reining Classic, Schaffhauser took the Level 3 Open Championship and placed in the top 5 in Level 4. The pair earned a Level 3 Open Reserve Championship at the National Reining Breeders Classic, again earning himself a top 5 position in the L4. The NRHA Derby was also a success for the pair, earning another Reserve Championship in the Level 3 Open Derby and a top five finish in the Level 4.
Other horses adding to Schaffhauser's earnings for the year were SNS Fifth Avenue owned by Lyle Lovett, USS Nu Chic owned by Silva Reining Horses, Gunnit owned by Tanya Jenkins, Chex From A Star owned by Silva Reining Horses, and Dun TInkering Around owned by McQuay Stables, who took the win in the Level 3 Open Heritage Futurity and a Reserve Championship in Level 4. In appreciation of the many owners, mentors, and staff that helped make his year happen, Schaffhauser said, "Without the owners providing the horse power, Tim and Colleen guiding me along the way, and the staff at McQuay Stables helping, none of this success would have been possible. Hard work can only earn you so much– you have to have a support team."
Plans for Schaffhauser in 2015 include more of the same. He says, "We are going to keep riding and training horses and giving them a chance to shine in the show pen, the same way we always do. There's always hope that the cards will fall in my favor, but the reward is really in the process, watching the horses mature and achieve their individual potential."
CADE MCCUTCHEON EARNS 2014 NRHA NON PRO FUTURITY RESERVE CHAMPION
December 8th, 2014
At the age of 14, Cade McCutcheon of Aubrey, Texas, held the lead aboard Starbucks Finale in the competitive NRHA Non Pro Level 4 Futurity until the last horse in the draw, ultimately taking second place in the major event to veteran Jesse Asmussen and Blue Berry Jac. After leading the entire first go and winning the Youth Futurity aboard his other entry, Golden Survivor, Cade calmly piloted his gelding to the Reserve Win with a score of 216.5. A freshman at Aubrey High School, Cade is involved with baseball and basketball at school, along with spending multiple hours riding Reiners at Tom McCutcheon Reining Horses and McQuay Stables every day. Congratulations to Cade on his hard work and success!
2014 TEXAS PRE-GREEN PROGRAM PAYS OVER $132,000!
November 20, 2014
The $25,000 Added Texas Pre-Green Final Championship produced by the Super Series Group delighted participants, paying out a total of $28,750! Added to the already impressive regular season payout of $104,000 and $7,900 in bonuses, this brought the Program to a total of $140,000 in payout for the 2014 year.
The Super Series Group is made up of members Colleen McQuay, Patrick Rodes, Peter Pletcher, and Pauline Cook. Since the launch of the Texas Pre-Green Program in 2012, the group has awarded over $375,000 to participants.
Winning the 30-entry Final Championship with the only 90 score of the evening were Dorothy Douglas and MTM Retro, owned by MTM Farm. Douglas credited "Retro" for his efforts saying, "I love this horse! He is such a good one." Also quick to thank the Super Series Group for their efforts, Douglas remarked, "I'm so thankful to everyone who works hard to put this program together. It's so great for the young horses, and so great for the industry." Douglas also gave credit to Retro's previous rider, saying, "Kelly Lorek rode Retro in the Stakes for the majority of the year."
MTM Retro earned both his rider and owner a Signature Texas Pre-Green Blue Crystal Bowl, along with an award cooler, NAG Bag Haynet from Ventures Vision, Whisper Bit from M3 Products, and a handsome paycheck of $6,230.
Taking second was Courtney Calcagnini aboard Harley, owned by Jana Rodes. The pair held the lead until the very last rider in the second round, adding to the excitement of the already buzzing event. Harley earned $4,792 along with his prizes. Placing third in the $25,000 Added Final Championship were Peter Pletcher and Hollywood Park, owned by Lynn Walsh, earning $4,312.
In addition to the slew of prizes given to the top fifteen placings, the Super Series Group also provided award bags to all entries in the Final Championship. Included in the bag were items from Tack Wrap, SmartPak, Ultroz, EMO Insurance, and Olde Oaks Farm, along with custom wine, candles, and caps from the Super Series Group.
Between the first and second round of the Championship, Texas Pre-Green Series Awards were presented. Leading Thoroughbred Fleetwoods Derby earned owner Felecia Carroll and rider Trapp O'Neal each a check of $1,250 for the Take 2 Second Career Thoroughbred Bonus.
Leading Horse for 2014 was Mars, owned by Christine Lemieux and ridden by Peter Pletcher and Stacie Goodson during the season, earning a $1,000 bonus from the Super Series Group, a Signature Texas Pre-Green Blue Crystal Bowl, and an embroidered cooler.
2014 Leading Rider, Peter Pletcher, rode a total of nine horses throughout the season to earn his position. Pletcher earned a Custom Classic Saddle from CWD, an embroidered jacket from EMO Insurance, and a $1,000 bonus from the Super Series Group.
Nanette Hebert, owner of two enrolled horses, was the 2014 Leading Owner. Earning herself a $1,000 bonus from the Super Series Group, a Signature Texas Pre-Green Blue Crystal Bowl, and an embroidered jacket from EMO Insurance.
Cash bonuses were also awarded to second and third place Series finishers, and supporters of the event were treated to ringside hospitality and dinner during the Final Championship and Awards Presentations. Despite the chilly weather, the Pre-Green horses did not disappoint!
With sincere gratitude to the participants and supporters of the Texas Pre-Green Program, the Super Series Group is proud to have produced another year of great mileage and success for Pre-Green Horses in Texas and beyond. The $25,000 Final Championship brings 3-year total payout to approximately $355,000. Now accepting annual support packages, the Group looks forward to even more in store in the future. Contact Patrick Rodes or Colleen McQuay for sponsorship information.
Thank you to Tom McCutcheon's Virtual Horse Help and representative Kat Paschal for providing media coverage and Live Webcasting of the Texas Pre-Green Final Championship. Content from interviews and behind-the-scenes footage will remain available indefinitely onwww.virtualhorsehelp.com.
YELLOW JERSEY AND MANDY MCCUTCHEON MAKE HISTORY AT THE 2014 WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES!
August 31st, 2014
Scoring an impressive 227 aboard McQuay Stables' stallion Yellow Jersey in an intense Individual Medal Finals at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, Mandy McCutcheon became the first female to earn an Individual Medal in Reining in World Equestrian Games history. Taking home the bronze medal, Mandy joined team USA's Shawn Flarida with Gold and Andrea Fappani with Silver on the podium.
Purchased by McQuay Stables in 2013, Yellow Jersey is a ten year-old stallion by Wimpys Little Step and out of Ms Clara Melody. The maternal grandsire, Mr Melody Jac, holds a special connection for Tim McQuay, who won the NRHA Futurity aboard the stallion in 1988. McQuay reports that his two NRHA Futurity wins have accounted for his proudest moments in his long Reining career.
Also a decorated Reining veteran, Mandy McCutcheon has earned every major Non-Professional title in her career despite her young age. Reflecting on the World Equestrian Games, McCutcheon said, "There is something really special about the international stage created at the World Equestrian Games. It was amazing to be part of Team USA and I'm so grateful to my parents for trusting me to ride Yellow Jersey. The 2014 Games will always hold a special place in my heart."
YELLOW JERSEY AND MANDY MCCUTCHEON EARN WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES TEAM GOLD!
August 27th, 2014
Late August in Normandy France brought home Gold medals to team USA, consisting of Mandy McCutcheon and Yellow Jersey, Andrea Fappani and Custom Cash Advance, Shawn Flarida and Spooks Gotta Whiz, and Jordan Larson and HF Mobster. With scores of 224, 224, 229.5, and 221 respectively, the group smashed the competition by 14 points. With their fourth consecutive Team Gold in the bag, the USA continues to be undefeated in Team Reining in the history of the World Equestrian Games.
Purchased by McQuay Stables in late 2013, Yellow Jersey has settled in well to the McQuay Stables program and certainly earned his place on the breeding roster. Tim and Colleen McQuay give credit for Jersey's success to his great mind, athletic ability, and big heart. "He is definitely a special horse. There are very few horses that have been successful with so many different riders and for so many years," Tim commented. Yellow Jersey has earned money and success for each of seven riders that have shown him.
With NRHA offspring earnings of $678,619.12, Miss Tinseltown has passed all other dams in NRHA history to earn the #1 spot on the official NRHA All-Time Leading Dams list. It was the $35,000 earned by Gunners Tinseltown and Sam Schaffhauser's L3 Open Reserve Championship and L4 5th place tie at the 2014 NRHA Derby that launched Miss TInseltown (AKA "Tina") to the top.
Schaffhauser recalls significant pressure the evening of the Derby finals, saying, "Tim told me before we went to the Derby that I needed to earn $30,000 for Miss Tinseltown. I was really hoping to help her to achieve the milestone, so I put as much pressure on myself as I ever have before. There's a lot of luck and circumstance involved in horse showing, so I was glad to get a late draw and even more glad that Colleen was sitting up in the stands studying the dirt for me and Tim was giving me last-minute pointers! There is no replacement for help from veterans like Tim and Colleen!"
Miss TInseltown, NRBC Open Champion with Tim McQuay in 1999 scoring a 233.5, was reportedly one of the greatest mares ever ridden by McQuay. "She was a great one. She performed best under pressure, and her offspring are the same."
Proud owner David Silva purchased the mare from the McQuays when it became clear that she was quite good enough to make an open horse. Originally purchased from Larry Rose for Mandy to show in the Non Pro, Miss Tinseltown proved that she was a special mare right away, according to Silva. "Colleen spotted the mare and Tim loved the feel of her so much, that I thought she was a sure bet."
Offspring of Miss Tinseltown include Hollywoodstinseltown (earner of $185,000+), Hollywood Downtown (earner of $110,000+), and Dun It in Tinseltown (earner of $62,000+). All nine of her performance age foals are money-earners, and three foals are yet to be of showing age.
Pictured above: Hollywoodstinseltown and Tim McQuay, Gunners Tinseltown and Sam Schaffhauser, and Miss Tinseltown and David Silva
Despite the tough competition, the consistent Gunners Tinseltown scored a 224 to earn L3 Open Reserve Championship and tie for 5th in the L4 Open at the NRHA Derby with Sam Schaffhauser aboard. The pair earned over $35,000 at the event, securing the major achievement of topping the NRHA All-Time Leading Dam chart for Miss Tinseltown, dam of Gunners Tinseltown. This achievement marks Reserve Championship honors for this horse at all three major NRHA events. As a three year-old, "Gunny" and Tim McQuay were NRHA L4 Open Reserve Futurity Champions. Sam Schaffhauser took the reins and earned L3 Open Reserve Championships in 2014 at both the National Reining Breeders Classic and now the NRHA Derby, also earning L3 Open Reserve Championship at the 2013 High Roller Reining Classic 4 Year Old Stakes and a L3 Open Derby Championship at the 2014 High Roller Reining Classic. Consistency has paid off for Gunners Tinseltown, with impressive NRHA Lifetime Earnings over $265,000. After a successful limited breeding season at McQuay Stables in 2014, the stallion is scheduled to continue to stand at McQuay Stables.
With only a few rides to prepare, Mandy McCutcheon and Yellow Jersey, owned by McQuay Stables, competed against a host of 2014 World Equestrian Games hopefuls at the recent Kentucky Reining Cup in Lexington. A score of 224 in the first go and 225 in the finals earned the pair a place on Team USA, a Reserve Championship in the Kentucky Reining Cup, Championship honors in the Individual competition, and Reserve honors in the USEF National Championship. Both horse and rider performed comfortably despite high stakes and immense pressure. The World Equestrian Games will take place during late August in Normandy France, and Mandy looks forward to joining seasoned professionals Shawn Flarida, Jordan Larson, Andrea Fappani, Troy Heikes, and Tom McCutcheon on the squad. Adding a seventh rider to his successful rap sheet, Yellow Jersey appears fresh and ready for the task. Mandy will be the first female and the first non pro to represent the USA at the World Equestrian Games in Reining.
April 25th, 2014
Mandy McCutcheon's ride and a score of 224 in the first go at the 2014 Kentucky Reining Cup aboard McQuay Stables' stallion Yellow Jersey sealed her NRHA $2 Million status. As the first Non Pro and first female to earn $2 Million in National Reining Horse Association competition, Mandy excitedly joins the ranks of NRHA legends and states her appreciation for all of those who have supported her journey, saying, "I have amazing parents, an excellent support team, and friends that I can count on every time. I wouldn't have made it to this milestone without the people who have challenged me and helped me. I appreciate my mom and dad letting me show Jersey so much, and it's so special to have crossed this milestone with him!"
CONGRATULATIONS TIM, 3 MILLION DOLLAR RIDER, & DAVID SILVA, MILLION DOLLAR OWNER!
December 10th, 2012
“Finals night” on Saturday evening continues to prove its challenges for our 3 year old reiners and riders, but this 2012 NRHA Futurity ended on a very positive note for Tim on Gunners Tinseltown, David Silva, and colts by Gunner.
Tim McQuay and Gunners Tinseltown (Gunner x Miss Tinseltown) marked a 225 to take the Reserve Championship and took home over $143,000, including the 5% nomination by owner, Silva Reining Horses. These earnings officially moved Tim onto the NRHA Three Million Dollar Rider list and placed owner and nominator David Silva, Sr. on the NRHA Million Dollar Owner list. The pair also won the Prime Time Open Championship that is determined by a composite score of preliminary go-rounds.