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.
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!
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."
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!
October 6th, 2014
With a L3 Open Futurity win and a second place in the L4 division, Sam Schaffhauser and Dun Tinkering Around, owned by McQuay Stables, earned over $7,100 for their efforts. Also earning money in the Open Futurity were Tim McQuay aboard Pinstripe Benz, owned by Moses Navarro, and Custom Made Gun, owned by McQuay Stables.
Further success was achieved in the Non Pro Futurity, bested by Mandy McCutcheon and MJG Colonel Dry, owned by McQuay Stables. McCutcheon also earned a paycheck on McQuay Stables' Shootin forthe Stars. Non Pro Futurity placings earned McQuay Stables nearly $5,000.
In the ancilllary arena, Lyle Lovett showed SNS Uvalde King and Two Gun Shiner to ribbons in the Novice Horse Non Pro classes, and Carlee McCutcheon was crowned winner of the Short Stirrup 10 & Under class both days aboard Get Juiced.
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."
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!"
April 20th, 2014
McQuay Stables rider Sam Schaffhauser and Silva Reining Horses' Gunners Tinseltown scored a 224 in the Open Finals at the recent National Reining Breeders Classic to earn Reserve Championship honors in L3 and fourth in L4! The pair took home nearly $50,000 for their efforts, and the excitement about Gunners Tinseltown offspring is building! With over 200 entries and a 10% increase in stalls, the 2014 NRBC was the largest to date and certainly a competitive event. Gunners Tinseltown is by the late Hall of Fame Sire Gunner and out of the multiple producing Miss Tinseltown, owned by Silva Reining Horses. His success at the NRBC bring his NRHA lifetime earnings to an impressive $226,000 at his current age of five.
Schaffhauser gives credit to Gunners Tinseltown's superb mind, saying, "I've never ridden a horse who was so determined to give 100% every single time I show him." He is also extremely appreciative of the owners and his employers who have given him this great opportunity, continuing with, "I am so thankful to the Silvas and McQuays for the opportunity I've had to show him. He's simply incredible."
December 5th, 2013
Sealed at the 2012 NRHA Futurity with Gunners Tinseltown and Tim McQuay's Reserve Futurity Championship, David Silva of Silva Reining Horses is NRHA's newest Million Dollar Owner. An introduction ceremony was held at the 2013 NRHA Futurity prior to the $75,000 Shootout. With horses such as Hollywoodstinseltown and Gunners Tinseltown in their winning history, the Silvas have devoted a good portion of their lives to breeding, raising, and showing cream-of-the-crop Reining horses.
With personal earnings of over $134,000, David has been no stranger to the winners' circle. Having earned multiple high placings in the Non Pro Divisions at the NRHA Futurity, Derby and National Reining Breeders Classic, David has also had many moments of stardom in the ancillary arena.
Tim McQuay and David Silva have earned great success through their 30-year relationship. In appreciation of the many horses he has shown for the Silvas, Tim McQuay stated, "They're great owners. They understand the business down to the last detail, and I am so glad to have been a part of their success."
November 18th, 2013
A new chapter in McQuay Stables history has come to Tioga, Texas, in the form of a palomino stallion that will become the headliner for the legendary breeding and training facility. Yellow Jersey will be the newest in an exemplary group of stallions that have been owned and promoted by Tim and Colleen McQuay.
By Wimpys Little Step out of Miss Clara Melody, Yellow Jersey has earned $116,000 in reining competition. He was a 2007 NRHA Futurity finalist, then was sent to Europe where he was shown successfully before returning to the United States in 2010.
McQuay had seen the horse and liked him but really got to know him when the decision was made to ride him at the 2013 Kentucky Reining Cup. Tim explained, “The biggest thing that sold me on him was riding him – he’s so great minded and easy to be around and there’s not a maneuver that is hard for him to do. He is so talented and comfortable to ride and I think that will pass on.”
The prowess of his sire was a given, and his dam is an own daughter of Mr Melody Jac, the horse Tim rode to win the 1988 National Reining Horse Association Futurity. “Mr Melody Jac was very good to me and I love the Hollywood Jac 86 bloodlines so this pedigree also works for what I like.
As Tim is so impressed with Yellow Jersey as a reiner, the obvious question is whether or not his career in the arena is over. Tim said, “We hope to make breeding the priority, but I do think there’s a lot of show horse left if we did decide to show him in International competition.”
Those are choices to be made, but blueprint for Yellow Jersey’s future is one that worked for his predecessors. McQuay has long been a tireless advocate for his stallions – persuading owners of top mares to breed to them even before they were proven. He monitors the foal crops, visiting other farms to see the babies and he carefully reviews the cross for each family of mares. The goal throughout has been to give the foals a chance for success by making sure they got trained and shown. If a foal was exceptional and not headed for a top trainer’s barn, he’d often buy it himself.
With Hollywood Dun It’s passing, a clear choice was made to acquire Gunner, whose genetics seemed to be a perfect cross on Hollywood Dun It daughters. The blending of the two bloodlines connected their generations and now the McQuays think Yellow Jersey will be a viable cross on their Gunner broodmares and a transition to the future. Colleen McQuay said, “We’ll always keep Dun It and Gunner in our hearts; it is nice to see Yellow Jersey in the front paddock where they once grazed.”
Both Tim and Colleen were quick to thank former owners, Robert Thompson and Lisa Coulter. Tim said, “We appreciate the opportunity to own this horse.”
October 1, 2013
Continuing his legacy after his passing, Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner)'s offspring excel in his absence, winning a combined total of roughly $150,000 at the 2013 NRBC, $183,000 at the 2013 NRHA Derby, and over $91,000 in the past month. 184 of Gunner's direct offspring have been shown in 2013, with an average earnings of over $3,499 per horse for a combined total earnings of over $700,000 so far in 2013 as of October 1. Gunner's current total offspring earnings are over $5.5 million, and he continues to sit second in the Annual Leading NRHA Sire report, fourth in the Lifetime Leading NRHA Sire report.
*Statistics courtesy of Robin Glenn Database, National Reining Horse Association, and show websites.
October 1st, 2013
McQuay Stables looks forward to adding two young stallions to their 2014 roster. Both Gunners Tinseltown, owned by Silva Reining Horses, and Hollywood Gotta Gun, owned by Kimmel Reining Horses, have been successful members of the McQuay Stables Reining show program for the past two years. They will both stand to a limited book of mares in 2014.
As reported by McQuay Stables:
We are pleased to announce Gunners Tinseltown (Gunner x Miss Tinseltown), standing to a limited number of mares as a new addition to our Stallion line-up for 2014!
The NRHA and AQHA Hall of Fame sire Gunner (AKA Colonels Smoking Gun) has produced NRHA earners of over $5.5 Million to date and was an earner during his lifetime of over $173,000. Laid to rest in July of 2013, Gunner was by Colonelfourfreckle and out of Katie Gun. His offspring continue to excel, winning a combined total of roughly $150,000 at the 2013 NRBC, $183,000 at the 2013 NRHA Derby, and over $91,000 during the past month! During his 2012 NRHA Open Futurity Reserve Championship, Gunners Tinseltown took second only to another of Gunner's offspring.
Gunners Tinseltown's Dam, Miss Tinseltown , had a record career of her own, being the first mare in NRHA history to score in the 230's, winning the 1999 NRBC with an amazing score of 233.5! She has produced earners of over $545,000, including 2010 World Equestrian Games Gold
Medalist Hollywoodstinseltown, 2009 NRBC
Intermediate Open Champion, NRHA Open Derby Reserve Champion and Intermediate Open Derby Champion, and earner of over $185,000.
Bred and owned by Silva Reining Horses, Gunners Tinseltown, known as "Gunny", is a 2009 Sorrel Stallion. He was the 2012
NRHA Open Futurity Reserve Champion, recent 2013 Whizkey N Diamonds 4 Year Old Stakes L3 Reserve Champion, and an earner of over $166,000 to date at his current age of 4.
Gunners Tinseltown will stand to a limited number of mares in 2014 at $2,500. If full payment of the $500 booking fee is complete by December 31, 2013, a total discounted fee of $2,000 is available.
HOLLYWOOD GOTTA GUN
Also a welcomed addition to our stallion line-up, Hollywood Gotta Gun (Hollywood Dun It x Katie Gun) will stand to a limited book of mares in 2014.
Legendary Hall of Fame $6 Million Sire Hollywood Dun It (Hollywood Jac 86 x Blossom Berry) shook the Reining industry with his talent and ability to sire great horses, time after time. With Tim McQuay aboard, he was the NRHA Futurity Reserve Champion, NRHA Derby Champion and Superstakes Champion, earning $100,000 in his lifetime. Hollywood Dun It produced AQHA World Champions, National Half-Arab Champions and multiple NRHA World and Reserve World Champions.
Hollywood Gotta Gun's Dam, Katie Gun , has produced NRHA earners of over $554,000. The list of her offspring includes such horses as NRHA $5 Million Sire Gunner, NRHA Derby L2 Reserve Champion Spooks Gotta Gun, and NRHA Derby Non Pro Reserve Champion Dun Gotta Gun. Famous for producing horses with significant white markings and tons of talent, Katie Gun has celebrity status of her own.
Hollywood Gotta Gun, 2008 Buckskin Stallion, is owned by Jerry Kimmel. A full brother to Dun Gotta Gun, this stallion has won over $109,750 to date. He has placed in the money at the NRHA Futurity, NRHA Derby, and NRBC and continues to perform, also earning Reserve Champion honors at the 2011 NRCHA Open Futurity and the 2013 Cactus Classic, along with placing 3rd in the Prime Time division at both the NRBC and the NRHA Futurity.
Offered for your breeding consideration to a limited number of mares at $2,500 in 2014 , Hollywood Gotta Gun, aka "Jake", can be booked by December 31 at the low rate of $2,000. Booking fee of $500 must be paid in full by December 31 to secure rate.
September 2nd, 2013
A few weeks before the start of the 2013 Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic , it was evident that it would be the largest ever in the ten-year history of the event!
The Global Reining Sport Group (GRSG), owner of the event which was held August 27-September 1 immediately began to plan for adjusting to the unprecedented growth. Thanks to some quickly enacted changes in the schedule and use of a third show arena, the show was able to accommodate the 25% growth from the previous year's numbers. This was significant, since the show had already expanded by 20% between 2011 and 2012.
"Rescheduling one of Sunday's classes to the third arena was an easy decision," said Colleen McQuay, president of GRSG. "When we added the Super Duty Arena to our facility plans, we were mostly aiming to give exhibitors more places to comfortably warm-up horses. We knew that using it for actual class scheduling was a possibility, and we had flexible staff on-hand. We were pleasantly surprised by the numbers of entries at the event and glad that we had planned for the possible increase in advance! It was great to be able to keep the show down to a comfortable number of hours on departure day to allow people to leave at a reasonable time."
Changes were made overall to stay true to management's commitment to create an enjoyable event that allowed exhibitors plenty of quality schooling time at reasonable hours. While the competition was fierce, the atmosphere at the show remained pleasant and fun throughout the event.
"It was really a great show all around," said GRSG partner Jerry Kimmel. "The horse quality was incredible from the Developing Futurity all the way through. And there is truly something for everyone at this show from Youth to Affiliate riders to the top trainers. I'm so glad to be a part of this event, and it's fun to watch it grow."
The Management and Staff of Global Reining Sport Group was quick to thank those who chose to be part of the event. GRSG partner Anne-Marie Burns commented, "Our growth is due, completely, to the support of riders, trainers and owners who chose to attend – and to our great sponsors. We appreciate the support and participation of the entire reining community – from the affiliate finals entries to the aged event participants."
The Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic is a progressive and unique event, offering three futurity and two derby events, opportunities for Developing and Novice horses, along with two slates of ancillary classes, South Central Regional Affiliate Finals, and Youth special events and the next show will be August 26-31, 2014.
For show results and latest news, visit tulsareining.com.
July 8th, 2013
At McQuay Stables in Tioga, Texas, the focus has long been on exceptional performance – both human and equine. But people close to owners Tim and Colleen McQuay know that underlying all the awards and accolades the couple's real focus has always been the love of the horse.
So, losing any horse would be hard. But saying goodbye to a great one pushed the difficulty to another level when Colonels Smoking Gun, known worldwide simply as "Gunner," lost his battle with laminitis on July 8. The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Hall of Fame inductee and $5 Million Sire was humanely put down after spending the last week at Equine Medical Associates in Pilot Point, Texas, under the constant care of Dr. John McCarroll.
Gunner was a horse for the ages. When he made his center-stage debut at the NRHA Futurity in 1996, the reining world fell in love with the diminutive sorrel with the floppy ears and white tail. After tying for the NRHA Futurity Open Reserve title as a 3-year-old, he went on win the US Equestrian Team Reining Championship in 2001. He was immortalized as a Breyer Horse and finished his career with earnings over $177,000.
The McQuays have owned Gunner since 2005, and in those ensuing years, his record as a sire elevated him to legendary status. His outstanding offspring include 2009 NRHA Futurity and 2010 Derby Open Champion, Gunnatrashya. Gunner has sired numerous Futurity and Derby finalists and champions, in both the Open and Non Pro divisions, including 2012 NRHA Open Futurity Champion,Americasnextgunmodel, 2012 NRHA Open Futurity Reserve Champion, Gunners Tinseltown, and 2012 NRHA Non Pro Co-Champion, Customized Gunner. Gunner has also sired Gunners Special Nite, winner of the individual Gold medal at the 2010 World Equestrian Games.
Attendees at the 2013 NRHA Derby who watched Jordan Larson ride HF Mobster (Gunner X Dun Its Black Gold) to the Open Championship and Mandy McCutcheon ride Always Gotyer Gunsup (Gunner X Always A Dunit) to the Non Pro Championship had no knowledge that the great stallion had already begun to suffer from the first signs of laminitis.
As the word spread of Gunner's demise, his owners immediately began to receive texts and calls from all over the globe, further evidence of the great stallion's popularity and impact. Tim McQuay noted, "We appreciate everyone who supported Gunner through his career–he had a great team. He will be laid to rest next to Hollywood Dun It on our farm. We will truly miss him."
Colleen McQuay added, Gunner was a sweet happy horse, and when I look at all he has given us I can only be grateful for the time we shared with him. Losing him leaves another hole in our hearts."
July 3rd, 2013
Mandy McCutcheon and Always Gotyer Gunsup (Gunner x Always A Dunit) tie for Reserve Champion at the 2013 NRBC
Continuing in his pattern of excellence, Gunner was the sire of both NRHA Open Derby Champion, HF Mobster, and NRHA Non Pro Derby Champion, Always Gotyer Gunsup. Piloted by Jordan Larson, HF Mobster (owned by Heritage Farms and bred by Rhodes River Ranch) earned $60,000 for his stellar performance. The familiar Always Gotyer Gunsup (bred by Trinity Compress Real Estate) is owned by McQuay Stables, and was piloted to the win by Mandy McCutcheon, earning over $18,000. 2012 NRHA Futurity winner, Americasnextgunmodel (Gunner x Cee Dun It Do It, raised by Silva Reining Horses), placed 3rd in the tough NRHA Open Derby, earnning over $35,000.
Other results for the McQuay Stables team at the NRHA Derby:
- Tim McQuay & Gunners Tinseltown (Gunner x Miss Tinseltown, and owned by David and Bonnie Silva), placed in the Prime Tim Open Derby
- Sam Schaffhauser & Chex From Tinseltown (Hollywoodstinseltown x Lenas Ruby Chex, owned by David and Bonnie Silva), made L3 Open Derby Finals, bringing home a paycheck.
- Mandy McCutcheon & Shiney Enterprise (smart and Shiney x My Royal Enterprise, owned by McQuay Stables) finished 8th, also taking home over $5,000 in the Non Pro Derby.
- Jeanna Schaffhauser & Dunitwithasmokingun (Gunner x Dun It Doll, owned by Sam Schaffhauser) took home over $3,000 in the L3 and L4 Non Pro Derby Finals.
May 15th, 2013
Gunner is NRHA's newest $5 Million Sire, hitting this new status in less than nine months from the $4 Million mark.
We would like to thank everyone who helped him accomplish yet another milestone in his life. Thank you!
Click here to read the full press release from NRHA.
Gunner also sets sire records in 2012:
With an already impressive show and sire career, NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire Gunner continued in his dynamic style by setting what we believe to be unprecedented sire records in 2012, with offspring earnings over $1.5 Million for 2012 alone.
As the leading sire of 3 year-olds and 4-5-6 year-olds, Gunner was also the 2012 NRHA Open Futurity Champion and Reserve Champion Sire, as well as the NRHA Non-Pro Futurity Co-Champion Sire, adding over $500,000 to his sire record during this show alone. During the same year, Gunner sired the NRBC Non-Pro Champion and earners of over $120,000 in the NRBC Open Finals. At the 2012 NRHA Derby, Gunner sired four Level 4 Open Derby Finalists including the third place horse and three Level 4 Non-Pro Derby Finalists, including both of the horses that tied for the Reserve Championship.
McQuay Stables was proud to show several successful Gunner sons and daughters in 2012, including NRHA #2 earning horse Open Futurity Reserve Champion, Gunners Tinseltown, bred and owned by Silva Reining Horses, NRHA Non Pro Futurity Co-Champion and ATRC Non Pro Futurity Champion,Customized Gunner, bred and owned by McQuay Stables, NRBC Non Pro Champion, Always Gotyer Gunsup, owned by McQuay Stables, NRHA Non Pro Futurity Level 2 3rd place winner and Level 4 finalist, Dunitwithasmokingun, owned by Sam Schaffhauser, Scottsdale Classic Open Level 3 and Level 2 Champion, Romeo For Juliet, owned by Stephanie Gregoire, and Scottsdale Classic Open Level 3 and Level 2 Reserve Champion, Two Gun Shiner, owned by Lyle Lovett.
Other high-earning Gunner offspring from 2012 include #1 money-earning horse NRHA Open Futurity Champion, Americasnextgunmodel (out of Cee Dun It Do It and raised by Silva Reining Horses) earning $192,320, and #5 money-earning horse, Tinker With Guns (out of Tinker Nic) earning $110,427. Gunner sired a total of 204 foals in 2012 with average offspring earnings of $7,383.
Our heartfelt thank you to all who were involved in Gunner’s historical year!
2013 NRBC NEWS
May 2nd, 2013
Mandy McCutcheon and Always Gotyer Gunsup (Gunner x Always A Dunit) tie for Reserve Champion at the 2013 NRBC
With approximately 1200 stalls sold and people from all parts of the world, the National Reining Breeders Classic again proved to be an exceptional horse show. Congratulations to Ronald Thompson for winning the L4 and Prime Time Non Pro Classic! Ronald was followed by Mandy McCutcheon who was second on Always Gotyer Gunsup (Gunner x Always A Dunit), third on Customized Gunner (Gunner x Custom Made Dun It), and tied for fourth on Shiney Enterprise (Smart And Shiney x My Royal Enterprise). When all was said and done, Mandy walked away with over $48,000.
Jennifer Anderson and her gelding, Get Juiced, made their debut in the Rookie class and had a great experience showing for their first time together!
Though on a tight schedule performing, Lyle Lovett joined us on the weekend and won the Limited Non Pro which had over 80 entries, on his horse, SNS Uvalde King. Congratulations Lyle and to one of our Ariat team members, Collene Burnell, who tied for second in the same class on her mare, White N Shiney Pearl! Both of these horses are by Smart And Shiney.
We are grateful for our team leader Sam Schaffhauser, who did a great job at the show. Thank you to owners Claude Lindsey, Sammy Graham, and David Silva for the opportunity to show your nice horses! Thank you to Jerry Kimmel for the opportunity for Tim to show Hollywood Gotta Gun (Hollywood Dun It x Katie Gun). The pair scored a 222.5 to earn $17,550 in the L4 and Prime Time Finals, held Saturday night. Congratulations to Sebastian Petroll and Gunsmokes TNT (Gunner x Toodie Star, owned by Mary Jansma), tied to win the NRBC Open L2 and tied for fourth in the NRBC Open L3.
December 10th, 2012
CONGRATULATIONS TIM, 3 MILLION DOLLAR RIDER, & DAVID SILVA, MILLION DOLLAR OWNER!
“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.
Congratulations also to Casey Deary and Americasnextgunmodel (Gunner x Cee Dun It Do It), NRHA Open Futurity Champions! The duo walked away with over $165,000. The $8,250 nominator incentive went to David Silva, Sr. This phenomenal mare was raised by Silva Reining Horses.
Gunner sired 14 Open & Non Pro Futurity Finalists, and also added over $500,000 to his sire record at the 2012 NRHA Futurity Show!
Congratulations also to Sam Schaffhauser and Whimpys Golden Gun (Wimpys Little Step x Docs Little Gunner), owned by Claude Lindsey, Reserve Champions in the L2 Open Futurity! The pair also took 5th place in the L3, earning over $29,000!
We’d also like to congratulate Trey Pool and My Daddy Is Dually (Mister Nicadual x Dun It On A Star), owned by Jerry Kimmel, placing 12th in the L1, 16th in the L2, and 26th in the L3 Open Futurity and adding over $7,000 to their LTE, as well as Mister Nicadual’s sire record.
Congratulations also to KR Billy Bob, a colt by Smart And Shiney and out of KR English Tee, L4 Open Futurity Finalists! Having winners already from his first foal crop year, this is Smart And Shiney’s first Level 4 Finalist!
What a year for Cade McCutcheon!
Earlier this year, Cade and Shiney Enterprise (Smart And Shiney x My Royal Enterprise) won the AQHA Youth World 13 and Under and Intermediate Championship & 3rd place over all.
Congratulations to Cade McCutcheon and Dually With A Star (Mister Nicadual x Dun It On A Star), owned by Tom & Mandy McCutcheon, Youth Non Pro Futurity Champions! Cade also tied for 12th on Dually With A Star in the L4 Non Pro Futurity. The duo placed 6th in the L3 and took the Reserve Championship in the L2 and L1 Non Pro Futurity, taking home over $36,000. Cade also took 5th place in the L1 Non Pro Futurity on Dun It Dually (Mister Nicadual x Indy Star Dun It), owned by McQuay Stables, as well as placed 3rd in the Youth Non Pro Futurity on Dun It Dually, and tied for 8th with Vaquero In A Benz, owned by Tom & Mandy. Breaking NRHA records as the youngest rider to make the L4 NP Finals (at age 12, Cade broke his mother’s record, who was 13 at her first finals), Cade finished his Friday Finals day with earning a little over $40,000 and a pretty big smile on his face!
Mister Nicadual sired 1st and 3rd place in the Youth Non Pro Futurity, and Dun Gotta Gun sired 2nd place. Congratulations to these great stallions, and to owner, Jerry Kimmel!
Mandy McCutcheon and Customized Gunner (Gunner x Custom Made Dunit) scored a 218.5 in the Non Pro L4 Finals, to tie with Jesse Asmussen riding Smart Chuka (Smart Spook x Chuka Chic). The pair then had a run-off, where both tied again, this time marking a 216! 2012 Cinch NRHA Non Pro Futurity Co-Champions took home an array of earnings and prizes and over $36,000 in earnings for NRHA Million Dollar Rider, Mandy McCutcheon. Customized Gunner is owned by McQuay Stables, Inc., who earned $1,900 as the nominator.
Mandy also made the Non Pro Futurity Finals on Gun Chic Nic (Gunner x Remichic), owned by McQuay Stables, and on Starbucks Freckle (Smart Starbuck x Justa Spring Freckle), owned by Tom and Mandy. She placed 14th on Gun Chic Nic and 25th on Starbucks Freckle, adding over $46,000 in earnings for Mandy.
Congratulations also to Jeanna Schaffhauser and Dunitwithasmokingun (Gunner x Dun It Doll), owned by Sam Schaffhauser, who made the NRHA Non Pro L2, L3, and L4 Futurity Finals! Jeanna and “Domingo” tied for 15th in the L4, tied for 10th in the L3, and placed 3rd in the L2, walking away with over $19,000 in earnings! Special Thank You to Lyle Lovett for joining us and leading “Team Fire” in the Hometown Heroes Slide. Lyle and his horse, Smart And Shiney, wowed fans Friday evening in Oklahoma City.
December 6th, 2012
A big congratulations to David Silva, who became a million dollar owner at the 2012 NRHA Futurity! Tim’s ride aboard Silva’s Gunners Tinseltown (Gunner x Miss Tinseltown) also pushed Tim to a 3 million dollar rider! What great achievements, both in one night!
October 25th, 2012
The SWRHA Futurity in Ardmore, OK, October 15-21 proved to be a success for the McQuay Stables team. Congratulations to Mandy McCutcheon and Customized Gunner, owned by McQuay Stables, Champions of the Non Pro L4 Futurity! Customized Gunner is by Gunner and out of Custom Made Dunit. For the win, Mandy earned a signature SWRHA Association Futurity Golf Cart, a Bob’s Custom Saddle and Skyline buckle. Mandy also won Reserve Champion on her horse, Starbucks Freckle (Smart Starbuck x Justa Spring Freckle), and 13th on Gun Chic Nic (Gunner x Tinker Nic), owned by McQuay Stables, adding over $9,000 to her credit.
Congratulations to Jeanna Schaffhauser and her horse, Dunitwithasmokingun (Gunner x Dun It Doll), who tied for 14th in the L3 Non Pro Futurity and placed 8th in the L2, adding over $300 to her lifetime earnings and giving “Domingo” his first show earnings! Congratulations also to our other Non Pro Futurity money winners, Cade McCutcheon and Dually With A Star (Mister Nicadual x Dun It On A Star), owned by Tom McCutcheon, placing 9th in the L2 and 7th in L1. Cade was also Champion in the Youth 13 & Under with his horse, Dun It Got Lucky (Hollywood Dun It x My Lucky Moonstone).
We certainly had a great Open Futurity too! Congratulations to Tim and Gunners Tinseltown (Gunner x Miss Tinseltown), owned by Dave Silva, tied for 5th in the L4 Open Futurity, adding over $6300 to “Gunny’s” show record! Sam Schaffhauser and Whimpys Golden Gun (Wimpys Little Step x Docs Little Gunner), owned by Claude Lindsey, took 3rd in the L3 and L2. Congratulations also to Open Futurity finalists, Sam and Romeo For Juliet (Gunner x Beetle Bug Jaci), owned by Stephanie Gregoire.
Check out full show results at www.swrha.com.
October 2nd, 2012
Our Reiners had a great time in Scottsdale, AZ for The Scottsdale Classic Horse Show! Many thanks to Jerry Kimmel and everyone who made the show enjoyable! The show proved successful for our riders and stallions alike!
Congratulations to Sam Schaffhauser and Two Gun Shiner (Gunner x Shiney Missy), owned by Lyle Lovett, 6th place in the Open L4 Futurity and tied for Reserve Champion in the Int and Ltd Open Futurity! Congratulations also to Sam and Romeo For Juliet (Gunner x Beetle Bug Jaci), owned by Stephanie Gregoire, Champions in the Int and Ltd Open Futurity!
More success from Scottsdale and Hollywoodstinseltown offspring! Tim McQuay and Chex From Tinseltown (Hollywoodstinseltown x Lenas Ruby Chex), owned by Dave Silva, added over $3,000 to Hollywoodstinseltown’s offspring earnings in the Scottsdale Classic Open Futurity! Congratulations also to Mandy McCutcheon and Dun It Dually (Mister Nicadual x Indy Star Dun It), owned by McQuay Stables, tied for 6th in the Non Pro L4 Futurity!
Smart and Shiney had a good day at the Scottsdale Classic Futurity! Congratulations to Matt Mills and KR Billy Bob (Smart And Shiney x KR English Tee), Reserve Champions in the Open Futurity, adding over $9,500 to HiBeam’s offspring earnings! Check out Gunner’s incredible Scottsdale Classic Open Futurity stats, offspring combined earnings of over $30,000: L4 Open Champion (Paintball Gun), L4 4th place tie (White Gunpowder), L4 6th place (Two Gun Shiner), L3 Open Champion (Romeo For Juliet), L3 Open Champion (Romeo For Juliet), L3 Reserve Champion Tie (Two Gun Shiner), L3 5th place tie (Gunna Be Smoking), L2 Open Champion (Romeo For Juliet), L2 Reserve Champion Tie, (Two Gun Shiner), L2 6th place tie (Gunna Be Smoking). Many thanks to all who owned, trained, and showed these nice horses!
Visit www.thescottsdaleclassic.com to view all show results.
Congratulations to our winners at the show:
– Sam Schaffhauser and White N Shiney Pearl (owned by Collene Burnell),
tied for 6th in the Spooks Gotta Whiz Developing Horse Futurity L3 and tied for Reserve Champion in the L2
– Sam Schaffhauser and Katie Gunner (owned by Butch Hunsucker), tied for 9th in the Spooks Gotta Whiz Developing Horse Futurity L2
– Mandy McCutcheon and Cee N Smoke (owned by Tom and Mandy) along with Dun It Dually (owned by McQuay Stables), tied for Reserve Champion in the Turnabout Farm Non Pro Futurity L4
– Tim McQuay and Gun Chic Nic (owned by McQuay Stables), tied for 3rd in the Hollywoodstinseltown Open Futurity L4
– Sam Schaffhauser and Whimpys Golden Gun (owned by Claude Lindsey), tied for
9th in the Hollywoodstinseltown Open Futurity L3 and tied for 6th in the L2
– Tim McQuay and Hollywood Gotta Gun (owned by Jerry Kimmel), tied for 5th in the Darling 888 Ranch Open Derby L4
– Sam Schaffhauser and SNS Uvalde King (owned by Lyle Lovett), 14th in the Darling 888 Ranch Open Derby L3 and 9th in the L2
– Sam Schafhauser and CN Smoking Star (owned by Leroy & Donna Hoffman), 14th in the Darling 888 Ranch Open Derby L2
Thank you to all the generous sponsors who helped make the show a success! Congratulations to all who had success at the 2012 Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic! All show results can be viewed at www.tulsareining.com.
September 19th, 2012
CONGRATULATIONS, GUNNER!! NRHA’S NEWEST $4 MILLION SIRE!
Thank you so much to all the owners, breeders, and trainers who helped make this milestone possible for Gunner and McQuay Stables! We sincerely appreciate all your support.
Click here to read the entire article from NRHA!
July 27th, 2012
The Reiners had a great time at the NRHA Derby, held in Oklahoma City June 22-30. Congratulations to all our Derby Finalists and Winners!
Tim McQuay and Hollywood Gotta Gun (owned by Jerry Kimmel), Open Derby Finalists
Sam Schaffhauser and CN Smoking Star (owned by Leroy & Donna Hoffman), Open L2 Derby Finalists
Mandy McCutcheon and Always Gotyer Gunsup (owned by McQuay Stables), tied for the Non Pro L4 Derby Reserve Championship
Mandy McCutcheon and Shiney Enterprise (owned by McQuay Stables), Non Pro Derby Finalists
Cade McCutcheon and Dun It Got Lucky (owned by Cade), Youth 13 & Under Reserve Champions
May 1st, 2012
The Reiners recently returned from Katy, TX and had a great time at the National Reining Breeders Classic, held at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center. Good times were had with friends and family during our stay at the horse show! Special thanks to Sean Brown, Pauline “Cookie” Cook, and the Great Southwest Equestrian Center for once again making the NRBC such a special event! Also thank you to Mike Christian and his team, including Colleen’s nephew Chad Vanderlinde (who comes to help us each year after completing several months of the Wellington Horse Shows), and Cheryl Cody with the ProManagement team; along with our great team of officials, this group produces a show like no other!
Friday afternoon proved to be a huge success for Mandy McCutcheon and McQuay Stables, as the Non Pro Finals took place. A big Congratulations to our Non Pro Classic Champions, Mandy McCutcheon and Always Gotyer Gunsup (Gunner x Always A Dunit), owned by McQuay Stables! Mandy and “Polly” slid to the top scoring a remarkable 231, pushing Mandy to her fifth NRBC title.
Mandy also took home the Reserve Championship with Shiney Enterprise (Smart And Shiney x My Royal Enterprise), owned by McQuay Stables! She marked a 227.5 on “Madonna”, and says, “I was really proud of both of them. From the time I ran through the gate they put their heads down and went to work.”
All in all, Mandy earned over $70,000, a saddle from Pard’s Western Shop, two Gist Silversmiths buckles, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, a Catena Watch from Catena USA, a custom embroidered jacket from Just Stitch It, product from M3 Products, Santa Cruz Animal Health, SmartPak Smart Omega 3, as well as the signature blue crystal trophy and other NRBC memorabilia. Since Mandy selected the Men’s Catena Watch for her dad, Tim gives special thanks to Bill Kraft of Catena USA.
Congratulations to our other Non Pro Classic Finalists, Lyle Lovett and Mistress With A Gun (Gunner x Shiners Mistress), tied for twelfth and owned by Lyle, and to Lexie Stovel and Last Pop Star (Smart Starbuck x Mm Jiffy Pop), owned by Lexie! We’re glad our Non Pros had a great time horse showing! Thank you so much to Jerry Kimmel for sponsoring the Dun Gotta Gun & Mister Nicadual USEF Reception Friday evening! We had a great time! Saturday marked the start of the Open Classic Finals. Congratulations to our finalists, Tim and Show Your Guns (Gunner x Good Time Showgirl), owned by Ken Stovel, and Sam Schaffhauser and Master Pepto (Peptoboonsmal x Shiney Missy), owned by Lyle Lovett! Tim and Sam are very thankful to Ken and Lyle for letting them show these very nice horses! Also on Saturday was the USEF Youth Qualifier, where Lexie Stovel was Champion with her horse Solano Glo Rey CT (“Jesse”). Congratulations, Lexie!
Sunday was the Non Pro Classic Challenge, the NRBC’s 7 & Up class. Congratulations to Cade McCutcheon and Dun It Got Lucky (Hollywood Dun It x My Lucky Moonstone), Champions in the Level 1, Co-Champions in the Level 2, and tied for third in the Levels 3 and 4! Cade also won the Unrestricted Youth class on Two Cee Command. Way to go, Cade!!
Visit our facebook page for more pictures from the NRBC!
January 11th, 2012
Congratulations to Jerry Kimmel, who won $6,241 in NRHA Nomination money and owned the most horses in the Open Futurity Finals at the 2011 NRHA Futurity! David Silva was tied for 2nd highest owner of horses in the Open Finals, and Gunner sired the most Open Finalists! Way to go, Gunner! We are very proud to have these wonderful owners on our team!
December 8th, 2011
Congratulations to Tim McQuay and Hollywood Gotta Gun, fourth in the Level 4 Open Futurity! Hollywood Gotta Gun is by Hollywood Dun It and out of Katie Gun, a full brother to Dun Gotta Gun; both stallions are owned by Jerry Kimmel. Tim also placed third on Hollywood Gotta Gun in the Prime Time Open, taking home over $67,000 in the two divisions!
Marco Ricotta tied for eighteenth in the Level 4 Open Futurity Finals with Showdownintinseltown (Gunner x Miss Tinseltown), owned by Dave & Bonnie Silva, earning over $12,000! Sam Schaffhauser scored a 211 on Smokinhollywoodchex (Gunner x Chex From Hollywood), also owned by the Silvas, in the Level 2 Open Finals. Dave Silva had a great time showing his gelding, Rubys Hollywood Kid in the Non Pro Futurity. A big Thank You to Dave & Bonnie for allowing us to show their very nice horses!
Mandy also had a very successful Futurity, placing top five on all three of her horses! Mandy and Justa Smart Star were Reserve Champions in the Non Pro Level 4 Futurity, Mandy and Starbucks Deja Vu tied for third, as well as Mandy and Dun Git A Nicadual, owned by McQuay Stables, tying for fifth. She walked out with over $60,000! Dun Git A Nicadual is by Mister Nicadual, owned by Jerry Kimmel, and out of Gotta Git Ya Dun, owned by Monica Hicks. Great job, Mandy!!
Click here to watch Mandy and Justa Smart Star’s winning run from the Non Pro Futurity Finals!!
Congratulations also to Jerry for his stallions’ success at the Futurity. Both Dun Gotta Gun and Mister Nicadual (both standing at McQuay Stables) had finalists in the Futurity! Great job to Trey Pool who tied for fourth with Jerry’s stallion, Check This Dually (Mister Nicadual x Footworks Yellow Jac) in the Level 1 Open! Trey also placed seventh in the Level 1 with Nicastar Lite (Mister Nicadual x Dun It On A Star), taking home over $28,000 collectively! Way to go!
Lyle Lovett also visited, and had a great time showing his horses in the Non Pro Futurity, Limited Non Pro, and Novice Horse Non Pro 1 and 2. Congratulations to Lyle and his horse, Master Pepto, for placing fifth in both the Novice Horse Level 1 and 2! Lyle and his mares, Fifth Avenue Dun It and Mistress With A Gun, also had a great time showing in this class, as did his gelding, SNS Uvalde King, who he showed in the Non Pro Futurity. Sam Shaffhauser also placed six with Master Pepto in the Novice Horse Open Level 1! Way to go, Lyle and Sam!
Lexie Stovel enjoyed her visit to Oklahoma City as well, showing her two horses, Two Cee Command and Solano Glo Rey CT, in the Limited Non Pro, Novice Horse Non Pro, and Youth classes. We had a great time cheering Lexie on, alongside the Stovels! Good job, Lexie!
Claude and Becky Lindsey were also part of the team at the Futurity. Claude had fun showing his gelding, Rudy Dunit, in the North American Affiliate Championship Non Pro divisions, as well as with his mare, Roxy Gunner, in the Non Pro Futurity! We enjoyed their visit and watching Claude in his classes! Great job, Claude!
November 2nd, 2011
Gunner is now a Three Millon Dollar sire!!
Visit http://reiner.nrha.com/?p=5548 to read the press release from the NRHA.
Thank you to all the mare owners, breeders and trainers out there who made this achievement possible.
October 28th, 2011
Congratulations to all our winners at the SWRHA Futurity, held in Ardmore, OK October 16-23, 2011. Congratulations to:
~Mandy McCutcheon and Dun Git A Nicadual, owned by McQuay Stables, Non Pro Futurity Reserve Champions!
~Tim McQuay and Hollywood Gotta Gun, owned by Jerry Kimmel, tied for 6th in the Open Futurity
~Marco Ricotta and Showdownintinseltown, owned by Dave & Bonnie Silva, Open Futurity Finalists
~Sam Schaffhauser with Smokinhollywoodchex, owned by Dave & Bonnie Silva, Open Futurity Level 2 Finalists
~Sam Schaffhauser and Master Pepto, owned by Lyle Lovett, winners in the Novice Horse Open Level 2
~Tim and Show Your Guns, owned by Ken Stovel, winners in the Novice Horse Open Level 2
~Mandy McCutcheon and Lil Gee Boy, owned by Tom & Mandy, winners in the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2
~Cade McCutcheon and Dun It Got Lucky, owned by Cade, third in the Youth 13 & Under
~Lexie Stovel and Solano Glo Rey CT, owned by Lexie, third in the Youth 14-18, and took home a check in the Ltd NP
~Lexie Stovel and Two Cee Command, owned by Lexie, tied for fourth in the Youth 14-18, and also took home a check in the Rookie 2
The McQuay team had a great time at the show, especially Carlee McCutcheon, who decided to trick-or-treat with Two Cee Command (James), owned by Lexie Stovel!
October 5th, 2011
Congratulations to Mandy McCutcheon and Dun Git A Nicadual, owned by McQuay Stables, Champions in the Non Pro Futurity at the 2011 Scottsdale Classic! We are so proud of Dun Git A Nicadual for his success in Scottsdale, especially after his success in Tulsa (John Deere Non Pro Futurity Champion). He is by Mister Nicadual, owned by Jerry Kimmel, and out of Gotta Git Ya Dun. Way to go, Mandy!!
Congratulations to our other winners:
~ Marco Ricotta and Shinettas Wright On, owned by Lyle Lovett, who placed eleventh in the Open Futurity
~ Sam Schaffhauser and SNS Uvalde King, owned by Lyle Lovett, who placed fifth in the Limited Open Futurity
~ Sam Schaffhauser and Mr Stun Gun, owned by Katarzyna Roleska, Reserve Champions in the Limited Open Futurity
Congratulations also to Shaunda Ruckman and Coronas In Hollywood (by Hollywood Dun It and out of Coronas Missin Star), Champions in the Intermediate and Limited Non Pro Futurity in Scottsdale. Great job, Shaunda!
September 21st, 2011
Congratulations to Shaunda Ruckman and her purchase of Coronas In Hollywood (Hollywood Dun It x Coronas Missin Star).
After his win in Vegas, we know he has gone to a good home. Best wishes!!
September 20th, 2011
Congratulations to Mandy McCutcheon and Coronas In Hollywood, owned by McQuay Stables, Champions in the Non Pro Futurity!! Coronas In Hollywood is by Hollywood Dun It and out of Coronas Missin Star. Our other winners include:
~ Mandy McCutcheon and Starstruck Girl, owned by McQuay Stables, tied for third in the Non Pro Derby as well as tied for fourth in the Non Pro
~ Tim McQuay and Shiney Enterprise, owned by McQuay Stables, tied for tenth in the Level 4 Open Futurity
~ Sam Schaffhauser and Smokinhollywoodchex, owned by Dave & Bonnie Silva, Champions in the Ltd. Open Futurity and tied for fourth in the Int. Open Futurity
~ Lexie Stovel and Two Cee Command, owned by Lexie, tied for fifth in the Rookie II
~ Bob Racich and Stengel, owned by Bob, who took home a check in the Non Pro
~ Lexie Stovel and Last Pop Star, owned by Lexie, third in the Ltd. Non Pro
~ Lexie Stovel and Solano Glo Rey CT, owned by Lexie, who also took home a check from the Ltd. Non Pro
September 9th, 2011
Mandy wins the John Deere Non Pro Futurity at the 2011 Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic!
Congratulations to Mandy McCutcheon and Dun Git A Nicadual, owned by McQuay Stables, and by the great Mister Nicadual: Champions in the John Deere Non Pro Futurity! Mandy also placed third with Coronas In Hollywood, also owned by Tim and Colleen McQuay. Way to go, Mandy!
Congratulations to our other winners:
~ Sam Schaffhauser and Rey Of De Playboy, owned by Joe Wood, Jr, Champions in the Hollywoodstinseltown Open Level 2 Derby
~ Sam Schaffhauser and JJS Twisted Surprise, owned by Joe & Sandy Johnson, Champions in the Spooks Gotta Whiz Developing Horse Level 2 Futurity
~ Trey Pool and Nicastar Lite, owned by Jerry Kimmel, Champions in the John Deere Open Level 3 & 2 Futurity
~ Frank Ordner and My Hollywood Girl, owned by Dave & Bonnie Silva, Champions in the Limited Non Pro
~ Lexie Stovel and Solano Glo Rey CT, owned by Lexie, who placed 5th in the Limited Non Pro
We had a great and successful time in Tulsa. Thank you to everyone who attended and helped support the show!
August 22nd, 2011
In March of 2012, Hollywood Dun It will be inducted into the American Quarter Horse Association Hall of Fame, along with Bob Loomis, Gordon Hannagan, Walter Fletcher, Indigo Illusion, and Streakin La Jolla. We are so proud and excited for this amazing honor, and also congratulate his fellow inductees.
The announcement of his induction will take place at the AQHA Convention, March 9-12, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada, and there will also be a Hollywood Dun It exhibit unveiled at the AQHA Hall of Fame & Museum in Amarillo, TX.
Read the full story below, courtesy of the American Quarter Horse Journal.
July 26th, 2011
Congratulations to Andrea Fappani and Tinker With Guns (Gunner x Tinker Nic), Open Derby Champions at
this year’s Reining By The Bay in Woodside, CA.
Visit www.reiningbythebay.com for all other results.
July 12th, 2011
On June 30, 2011, Mandy McCutcheon was inducted into the NRHA Hall of Fame, joining dad, Tim McQuay, Hollywood Dun It, Miss Okie Too, and Gunner. Read her speech below, commemorating this milestone event!
“Thank you, Frank. I know you had a great deal to do with my induction. Thank you and the entire Hall of Fame committee. This is an honor that I don’t feel I earned on my own. I need to say thank you to a very long list of people.
First, my parents, who have given me every opportunity to ride the best horses they could get their hands on. There are two things I can always hear when I’m in the arena; the faint whistle of my mom and the reassuring voice of my dad as I lope past. There have been a few horses that they provided that taught me just how humbling showing can be, but I learned to accept defeat and to remember there will always be another horse show. My parents have amazing horse sense and have instilled in me the appreciation of a great horse. Throughout my life they have been there to support me at every turn I chose to take, without judgement- maybe not without an opinion about how it should be done- but with total support in helping me achieve my goals. Mom and Dad, I only hope I can be as good a parent to my kids as you have been to me.
Tom, I don’t know where to begin. You have been an incredible support to me in every avenue of our lives together. I am so proud of what we have achieved together. The past year has been something I will never forget; two World Equestrian Games gold medals, USEF Equestrian of the Year and FEI World Reining Finals Champion. I couldn’t be more proud of you or more grateful to have you in my life. Thank you for taking care of me and giving me two amazing kids. Cade and Carlee, I am so proud of you both. Watching you both enjoy the horses as much as I do is the best part of my day.
Most of you knew my Grandfather, John McQuay. He may have been slightly ornery but he was always there for me; whether I needed a little cash for the day or my horse hauled from Texas to North Carolina, it was done. My grandparents Norm and Rita showed up at countless shows across the country just to watch. Rita, thank you for tailoring my show clothes- mostly shortening them! Tonight, my grandfather Norm made yet another trip to be here to support me, and I know Grandpa John and Grandma Rita are watching, too. I also have four wonderful aunts to thank. Peggy, Terri, Bessie and Jeannie, you have always been there for me. Jeannie and Terri, thank you for the countless hours you spent helping me to get to shows. And Jeannie, you did you very best to teach me to keep my heels down and clean my tack! The entire McCutcheon family, thank you for babysitting, kid hauling, horse hauling, and providing some great horses for me.
And I couldn’t ask for better friends. The entire horse industry has brought the most extraordinary people into my life. Dick and Barb Waltenberry have been taking pictures of me since I was about two or three years old, and recorded my riding history in the Reining world. In addition to that, when I need them, they came and photographed our wedding. So many of you have played a large part in getting me here. Ken and Diane Eppers, thank you for helping me get my first walk trot pony. Diane said, “Jughead only walks and trots. When it’s time to lope I have another pony for her.” But Tim thought I could make Jughead lope, and I did! Right after she kicked Tim in the leg, that pony and I loped at a very high speed across the field, right under a creep feeder, which is where she left me hanging on the fence. My Mother and Diane were so impressed they decided it was time for that new pony. Pat, Chuck and Mimi Laubersheimer, thank you for helping raise me and giving me the honor of showing Rustybuck. He definitely got me hooked on horse showing. Debbie, thank you for the countless mornings you were up before the sun getting my ponies and horses braided for the Hunter shows, and for being there the moment the gates opened for my very first Reining. If you hadn’t been standing there with me, there’s a strong possibility I would have gone straight back to the barn! You have been there since the beginning. Kelly, thank you for a friendship I cannot describe- from the age five to this very day. Andi, thank you for being a great friend, always making sure I do only four spins and being at the gate with a smile and sometimes a laugh when I come out. Monica, thank you for the hours of behind the scenes help and dedication you have given me. No matter the time of day or night, if I need help with horses, kids, or my name stitched on something you never hesitate to take care of it for me. The Hendricks, the Bergens, the Heikes, the Pauls and all the Latimers, you have all been great friends and have given me some of the funniest and best memories of my life. All of you have donated your time for the youth clinics whenever I’ve asked, and I thank you for that. Except Duane, who still owes me one! Kim, you have been a great friend both inside and outside the arena. There are very few people I would want to be a Co-Champion with, but I am proud to say we won the NRBC together. Dr. John McCarroll, thank you for helping my horses be the best they can and always reassuring me they will be fine by the horse show. And to the countless people that have worked for my parents and for Tom and me- you guys have played a huge part in my success. Debbie, Mark, Brian, Ben, Helen, Barbara, Luke, Jared, Stefano, Gunny, Melanie, Sebastian, Joe, Megan, Marco, Lars and Roger, thank you all. And Barb, thank you for giving Tom and me fourteen years of extraordinary dedication to our business and for being a great friend. I’m looking forward to the next fourteen!
All the people who have supported McQuay Stables and Tom McCutcheon Reining Horses, you all have had a hand in making all our successes possible. Sarah Willeman, Roxanne Koepsell, Bob Stinner, Curtis Burlin, Lyle Lovett, The Kimmels, The Silvas, and Dr. Steve Harris, thank you all so very much.
All of these people have been a part of whatI am today and have touched my life and my career in their own special ways. You all have given me belief in myself and that has been a huge part of my success in the arena.
Of course I couldn’t achieve anything without the great partners I’ve had in the show arena: Champs Susie, Rustybuck, Peppermint Bon Bon, Stallone, Silver Spirit, Biko, Miss Okie Too, Doc Bronson, Kaliflower, Jiffy Pop, Cross Over Rosie, Hollywood Striker, Mi Hollywood Darlin, Jodies Doc Tari, Don’t Miss This, Rawhides Banjo, I Spin For Chics, Haidachino Hollywood, Smart Scat, West Coast Mizzen and now Always Gotyer Gunsup. I want to thank them for giving me their hearts time and time again.
To be in the company of people who have made such a huge impact on the Reining horse industry is truly an honor. I hope I can continue to help our sport grow. It means so much to me to join my father and all the great horsemen in the NRHA Hall of Fame. I will remember this night forever.”
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July 5th, 2011
Congratulations to Andrea Fappani and Tinker With Guns, who scored a 228 to win the Level 4 Derby Open division championship! Tinker With Guns (Gunner x Tinker Nic) is a five-year-old stallion owned by Rancho Oso Rio, LLC. As the sire of the NRHA Derby Level 4 Open Champion, Gunner, owned by McQuay Stables, won the NRHA Sire & Dam award including $1,500 and a Sire & Dam Bronze trophy.
A big Congratulations to Mandy McCutcheon and Starstruck Girl, owned by McQuay Stables, who placed third in the Level 4 Non-Pro division!
July 1st, 2011
Congratulations to our 2011 NRHA Derby Finalists!
Tim McQuay and Show Your Guns, owned by Steve Harris
Marco Ricotta and Fifth Avenue Shine, owned by Lyle Lovett
Sam Schaffhauser and Rey of De Playboy, owned by Joe Wood Jr.
Trey Pool and Lucky Cee Blair, owned by Jerry Kimmel
Mandy McCutcheon and Starstruck Girl, owned by McQuay Stables
Mandy McCutcheon and Chic Out My Ride, owned by Mandy
March 16th, 2011
The Cowboy Capital Classic was held March 7-13, 2011 at Lone Star Arena in Stephenville, TX. Dolled Up Gunner (Gunner x Mifs Doll) and Jordan Larson tied Craig Schmersal and Lost In Tinseltown (out of the full sister to Hollywoodstinseltown).
Dolled Up Gunner is the full sister to Gunners Special Nite, and Lost In Tinseltown was actually raised by Dave and Bonnie Silva. Thanks to Marcie and Paul for putting on a good show!
More information and results can be viewed here: http://s336880212.onlinehome.us/events/reining
March 10th, 2011
Gun Dealer, a 2002 stallion by Gunner and out of Peppy Oak, is featured in this month’s NRHA Reiner magazine as the 2010 NRHA Limited Open World Champion. Gun Dealer is owned by Tim and Lisa Stanton from Pickering, Ontario, Canada, and ridden by Lisa Stanton at the All-American Quarter Horse Congress. Click the link below to read the article!
February 7th, 2011
Congratulations to Mandy McCutcheon on her 2011 induction to the NRHA Hall of Fame
Mandy is the NRHA’s Highest Money Earning Non Pro and the Association’s only female and non pro Million Dollar Rider. She is the winner of renowned events such as the NRHA Futurity, NRHA Derby, NRBC, All American Quarter Horse Congress Non Pro Futurity, and USET Reining Championships. Not only a champion in the show pen, Mandy also is very involved helping raise funds for the RHSF and NRHA, as well as serving on the Youth Committee and others when her time is needed.
We are so proud of Mandy’s accomplishments as a horseman, daughter, wife, and mother!
January 23rd, 2011
Congratulations to Tom McCutcheon, USEF Equestrian of the Year, and Gunners Special Nite, USEF Horse of the Year!
This certainly has been a year to remember for Tom McCutcheon and Gunners Special Nite. After winning the Individual and Team Gold at the 2010 World Equestrian Games, Tom and Gunners Special Nite find themselves in the spotlight yet again. After celebrating Gunners Special Nite being awarded USEF Horse of the Year on Friday, Tom found himself on stage again Saturday, this time to to be crowned USEF Equestrian of the Year.
The first Reiner to receive this prestigious award, McCutcheon earned his nomination for Equestrian of the Year by picking up the Becky Grand Hart Trophy, given annually to an athlete in a non-Olympic FEI discipline. Finding inspiration in his wife, Mandy McCutcheon, Tom has made history yet again for himself and Gunners Special Nite, owned by Sarah Willeman. This wonderful horse is by Gunner, and was actually raised and started here at McQuay Stables.
Congratulations Tom on all your accomplishments this far, and for those still to come! We are so proud of you!
To read the article on Tom and Gunners Special Nite, visit the link below:
December 6th, 2010
A Big Congratulations to Tim and Always Gotyer Gunsup finishing 7th in the Open Futurity Finals and claiming the Open Prime Time Champion title! Mandy McCutcheon also placed in the Top 10 with 2 of her horses in the Non Pro. A special congratulations to Cade McCutcheon on earning a check in his first Non Pro Futurity Class!!
Great job Team McQuay!!
Visit www.nrhafuturity.com for more photos and videos!
September 27th, 2010
History was made at the Kentucky Horse Park. This is the first time that the World Equestrian Games have been held on US soil and today was the inaugural Medal ceremony of the Games. Fittingly enough, it was for the only discipline to have originated in the United States, Reining, and the Gold was awarded to none other than the United States of America!
The opening session started at 9AM Saturday morning with the first go of the Team Competition. The first section saw the USA’s Tim McQuay, riding David Silva’s Hollywoodstinseltown, shoot to the top of the leader board with a score of 220.5. Martin Muhlstatter for Austria riding his wife, Kim Dooley’s Wimpys Little Buddy were right behind with a great run and a score of 219.5! It was a fun section to watch with dressage superstar, Anky van Grunsven debuting in Reining on the WEG stage! She showed Whizashiningwalla BB. for owner Arthur Beack, for Team Netherlands to a strong score of 211!
The afternoon session crowd was larger and louder than the morning and they were not disappointed. They got off to a great start with the second rider for Italy, Stefano Massignan piloting Arcese Quarter Horses’ Yellow Jersey to a huge score of 224 to take the lead in the Individual Standings. Just two riders later, USA’s Craig Schmersal got close to Massignan’s score with Mister Montana Nic, for owner Erika Smith, by marking a 223.5. Those top scores would dominate the rest of the section. The last rider to enter the arena was Germany’s Grischa Ludwig aboard Hot Smokin Chex for owner Curtis Hof. The pair laid down a fantastic run that culminated with great stops and a score of 220.5 to tie Tim McQuay for third in the standings.
After the strong showing Saturday, the US was leading going into Sunday’s competition. Tom McCutcheon started things off for the Team in the morning section by laying down a blistering 224 with Gunners Special Nite, owned by Sarah Willeman and Turnabout Farm. The score tied them with Italy’s Stefano Massignan and Yellow Jersey. Those would stay at the top of the leader board until Shawn Flarida and RC Fancy Step entered the arena. Flarida piloted the Buffalo Ranch owned RC Fancy Step to a massive score of 227. The scores to follow were strong but not enough to catch the United States. The final results, Team USA with the Gold, Team Belgium with Sliver and Team Italy with the Bronze.
With such an impressive showing in the Team competition, we are assured of an amazing Individual Final on Thursday. The top 15 from the Team Competition advance to the Individual Final, along with the top five from the consolation round to be held on Tuesday.
Tom McCutcheon & Gunners Special Nite, Tim McQuay & Hollywoodstinseltown, Shawn Flarida & RC Fancy Step, Craig Schmersal & Mister Montana Nic – The Dream Team
July 26th, 2010
For Tim and Colleen McQuay, Hollywood Dun It was a dream come true.
Tim showed the flashy dun stallion in the 1986 National Reining Horse Association Futurity and won the 1987 NRHA Derby Open Championship. When he discovered “Dun It’s,” owners Cliff and Gwen Steif, were selling the horse, Tim wanted to buy him, but the price of $100,000 was a little steep. However, his wife, Colleen, convinced him they couldn’t let this opportunity slip away, and with a little creative financing, the McQuays became Dun It’s owners in 1987.
Although Dun It had proven himself in the show pen, Tim knew if the stallion was to be successful in the breeding shed, his offspring would have to be just as talented as their sire and that wouldn’t be known until they were started under saddle.
“When we bought Dun It as a 4-year-old, we were on a grace period,” Tim said. “He was so beautiful and athletic and had attracted a lot of attention so we had a lot of people who wanted to breed to him. I figured we had three years to pay for him and see if he was a sire.”
It didn’t take long with Melodys Dun It, a stallion from Dun It’s first foal crop born in 1989, finishing third in the 1992 NRHA Futurity Open Finals. The next year’s Futurity saw the palomino stallion’s full brother, Dunnit Like A Cowboy, winning the open reserve title. In all, Dun It’s first two foal crops earned more than $200,000.
“It was just easy going from there,” Tim said.
By the time Dun It was 16, he became the youngest NRHA sire at the time to reach the million-dollar mark. He was the first $2 million sire (2000), $3 million sire (2002), $4 million sire (2004) and $5 million sire (2007).
Despite passing away in 2005, the McQuays’ dream continues with Dun It’s offspring still winning in the reining arena and helping the NRHA Hall of Fame inductee stallion surpass the $6 million sire mark.
“We’ve bred a few mares with frozen semen but nothing like we used to when he was alive,” Tim said. “Dun It has gone above and beyond what a person can expect. We’re just looking forward to $7 million now.”
And without a doubt, Dun It’s legacy will continue. Tim will be riding his 6-year-old son, Hollywoodstinseltown, as part of Team USA in the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Owned by Dave and Bonnie Silva, the palomino stallion has lifetime earnings of almost $170,000.
“It’s gratification for me to be taking a son of Dun It to the World Equestrian Games,” Tim said. “It makes you feel so proud of Dun It and I’m so proud of the horse I’ll be showing too. He’s another superstar, I think, but we’ll just have to see what his babies ride like.”
McQuay Stables, located in Tioga, Texas, is a leader in the reining horse industry. Home to the late Hollywood Dun It, it now features a roster of top stallions that includes NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee Gunner, Dun Gotta Gun, Mister Nicadual, Smart And Shiney, and Hollywoodstinseltown. Tim McQuay is also an NRHA Hall of Famer and NRHA $2 Million rider, and Colleen McQuay has served the industry as an NRHA Board Member and Executive Committee for many years.
Tim McQuay and Hollywoodstinseltown, owned by Dave and Bonnie Silva, will be part of the reining team which represents the United States at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Joining Tim on the team are Craig Schmersal, Tom McCutcheon and Shawn Flarida. The WEG will be held in Lexington, KY during the last week of September and the beginning of October.
Go to http://www.worldequestriangames.com/ for more information– we hope to see you there!!
July 3rd, 2010
Congratulations to Jordan Larson and Dolled Up Gunner — 2010 APHA World Show 4-5 yr. old Challenge Champions!
June 29th, 2010
Gunnatrashya (Gunner x Natrasha), shown by Shawn Flarida, does it again! After winning the 2009 NRHA Futurity, the duo claimed the Level 4 Derby Open Championship, scoring a phenomenal 235. Team McQuay was also among the Open finalists. Tim McQuay returned on Rudy Dunit, owned by Claude & Becky Lindsey, and on RR Dunit Like A Star, owned by Lundin Farm. Marco Ricotta also made the Level 4 Open finals on Reminic At Work, owned by David & Bonnie Silva, and on Fifth Avenue Shine, owned by Lyle Lovett.
Tim McQuay and RR Dunit Like A Star scored a 223 to win the Prime Time Open Championship. RR Dunit Like A Star (RR Star x Seven S Willow) is a six-year-old stallion owned and bred by Lundin Farm.
A big congratulations to Mandy McCutcheon aboard Starstuck Girl, owned by McQuay Stables, claiming the Non Pro Derby Reserve Championship. Other Team McQuay Non Pro Derby finalists were Roger Musacci on Sugar N Ruf, David Silva on Electric Footwork, and Tracy Higginbottom on Diamond Chic Tari.
Congratulations to Frankie Ordner, who scored a 142.5 in the Limited Non Pro class on Dunitinbrightlight, along with Lyle Lovett on Mistress With A Gun, Jerry Kimmel on A Ruf Master, and Cade McCutcheon on I Spin For Chics, who all went home with a winnings check. This was Cade’s first time showing in the Limited Non Pro class, scoring a 140.5! Cade also scored a 143 on Okie Dun Did It, owned by McQuay Stables, to tie for Reserve Champion in the Youth 13 & Under division, as well as claimed the AQHA 13 & Under Championship.
Congratulations Team McQuay on another successful NRHA Derby!
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May 19th, 2010
The 2010 NRBC was a huge success for Team McQuay bringing home over $100,000 in winnings!
Tim McQuay returned to the Saturday evening Open Derby Finals on three horses, Shining N Sassy, the 2008 NRHA Futurity winner owned by Roxanne Koepsell, Rudy Dun It owned by Claude and Rebecca Lindsey, and RR Dun It Like A Star owned by Richard and Rose Lundin. Marco Ricotta also returned to the finals evening on both Hollywoodstinseltown owned by Dave and Bonnie Silva, whom everyone was waiting to catch a glimpse of after their last years performance and score of 232, and Fifth Avenue Shine owned by Lyle Lovett.
The results…..Tim McQuay and Shining N Sassy took the Open Prime Time Champion title and Tim and Rudy Dun It also claimed the Open Prime Time Reserve Champion title. Marco and Hollywoodstinseltown scored a 227 placing them 4th overall in the finals.
Mandy McCutcheon qualified West Coast Mizzen in the Non-Pro Derby Finals with a score of 216.
Melanie Petroll aboard Mistress With A Gun owned by Lyle Lovett, qualified for the Limited Open Derby Finals with a score of 217.5.
Cade McCutcheon put on a stellar performance on all fronts!! Cade claimed the Championship titles in the Youth 13 & Under and the 10 & Under Short Stirrup classes on Okie Dun Did It with scores of 143.5 and 143 respectively as well as the Reserve Champion titles in both classes on Dun Being An Okie with scores of 140 and 141 respectively! Cade also rode away the high point champion earning him a total of three trophy buckles at age 9!
Congratulations to all!!
April 4th, 2010
PLYMOUTH, Mass. (March 31, 2010) – Reining icon Tim McQuay of McQuay Stables has joined forces with SmartPak™, becoming the newest member of the Team SmartPak family. Tim joins the list of 20+ other Olympians and professional equestrians in Team SmartPak that are currently using the patented daily dose supplement feeding system for their horses.
McQuay has been a trailblazer in the reining industry throughout his career. He has won every major National Reining Horse Association sanctioned event, including the NRHA Futurity, the National Reining Breeders Classic, the NRHA Derby and the NRHA Superstakes. In the past 31 years, Tim has earned reining prize money on an astounding 229 different horses, making him the NRHA’s first 2 million dollar rider and owner of its first 5 million dollar sire, the infamous Hollywood Dun It.
“Not only is Tim McQuay one of the horse world’s best athletes, but he exemplifies a superb level of horsemanship both in and out of the ring,” said Becky Minard, founder and president of SmartPak Equine. “Tim has revolutionized the world of Reining by introducing an unprecedented level of training and care for the horse, and we are thrilled to be part of his horse care program. Busy professionals like Tim can really benefit from the convenience and time savings that SmartPaks provide.”
Understanding that to keep top level reining horses healthy and performing their best requires a sound nutritional program, SmartPak is committed to offering supplements that provide targeted solutions to help offer additional support or to manage a particular problem. And their very own SmartSupplement line of products includes over 40 cutting edge supplement formulas at a savings of up to 40% ingredient for ingredient when compared to similar products. The McQuay philosophy puts the horse first – and is a total program to attain a long-term career for a reining horse, making it a great fit with SmartPak. With a worldwide clientele, McQuay travels stateside and abroad where he presents reining clinics and consults with horse owners and professionals. His training program for professionals and Non Pros is one for the ages – and one that many other pros admittedly have copied.
“Supplements have been part of our game plan for years, whether they’re for the horses in training, breeding or competition, so this is an ideal match,” said McQuay. “SmartPak is a well known and respected brand with a proven supplement feeding system and over 300 products to choose from, including their very own SmartSupplement line of products. That’s why I’m so happy to be partnering with them.”
McQuay’s introduction to Team SmartPak comes on the heels of SmartPak’s new “What the Pro’s Use” campaign, giving horse owners a glimpse into what’s involved in taking care of some of the nation’s top equine athletes. Via their website, Facebook and print advertisements SmartPak shares interviews from top riders across multiple disciplines discussing how they use supplements to keep their horses performing their best, what some of their favorite equine products are, and why they choose SmartPak for their horse’s health care needs. Whether it be the peace of mind they get from knowing their supplements will be fed correctly, the ease of traveling, retaining the potency of their supplements or the top notch customer service, every rider has their own reasons for using the leading daily dose supplement provider. Horse owners also have the opportunity to learn more about the everyday lives of these top riders including what riding superstitions they have, what they like to do in their free time, and even what they like to eat.
SmartPak Equine was founded by riders and horse owners who ride and show Dressage, Hunter/Jumper, Polo, Eventing, Reining, Western Pleasure and have logged many miles trail riding. In addition to the SmartPak supplement system, the company offers a broad line of horse health and rider items, dog supplies, and equine and canine pharmacy items sold through the company’s catalog, Web site and retail store.
For more information about What the Pro’s Use, go to www.SmartPakEquine.com/WhattheProsUse or call toll free at (800) 461-8898.
About SmartPak Equine
SmartPak Equine was founded in 1999 with the purpose of simplifying the administration of nutritional supplements and medications to horses. The patented SmartPak™ supplement feeding system has been adopted by thousands of barns and horse owners across the country, who value knowing that their supplements will be fed correctly. The SmartPak system has been embraced by riders from all disciplines and all levels, including seven Olympic medalists. In addition to the SmartPak supplement system, the company offers a broad line of horse health and rider items, dog supplies, and equine and canine pharmacy items sold through the company’s catalog and Web site. SmartPak was recently named to Inc. Magazine’s list of the 500 fastest growing private companies for the second straight year and is the only equine company ever named to the list. The company was recently honored with a Best Bosses award presented by Fortune Small Business and Winning Workplaces. SmartPak also operates a retail store in Natick, MA. For more information, visit www.SmartPak.com
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December 7th, 2009
Jana Simons and A Gal With A Gun debuted in their first-ever NRHA Futurity this week and have already been awarded with the First Time Non Pro award based on their performance in the go round. In the finals, Simons continued with her winning ways marking a 218.5 for third in the Level 4 Open and the first in the Level 3 Intermediate Non Pro, Level 2 Limited Non Pro and Level 1 Non Pro Futurity divisions. Her winnings totaled in excess of $50,000.
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December 6th, 2009
Coming off a win in this year’s All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity Gunnatrashya (Gunner x Natrashya) and Shawn Flarida marked a 228.5 to take the Level 4 Open Futurity championship and the $125,000 purse for owner Arcese Quarter Horses USA.
Gunnatrashya and Flarida’s run is posted online at nrhafuturity.com along with West Coast Mizzen and Mandy McCutcheon’s run from Friday.
Congratulations to all the Gunner’s who competed in this years finals! The talent, ability and performances were outstanding!
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December 5th, 2009
In draw two of the second section of the Non Pro finals, reining champion and NRHA’s first Non Pro and only woman Million Dollar Rider Mandy McCutcheon jumped to the front of the pack with a 219 on West Coast Mizzen. However, Whitesboro, Texas’ Matthew Armenta and Sparklin Chic came to the show hunting for the win. The pair marked a 219 to tie. In a dramatic run-off, McCutcheon and her mount put in the final effort to take the win and her sixth Non Pro Futurity Championship. The win ties her with NRHA Hall of Famer Bob Loomis for the most NRHA Futurity titles. Mandy and her husband Tom own the West Coast Whiz mare.
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November 30th, 2009
GEARING UP FOR THE FINALS!!!!!
This year’s futurity has proven a success for Gunner bred competitors! Watch for the following horses in the Open Finals on Saturday:
Gunnatrashya shown by Shawn Flarida
Tinker With Guns shown by Randy Paul
Smoking Sundown shown by Marco Ricotta
Smoken Gunner shown by Casey Hinton
Baroom Gunslinger and Colonelsmokingpep both shown by Casey Hinton
In the Non-Pro Finals don’t miss A Gal With A Gun shown by Jana Simons
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL WHO MADE THE FINALS AND GOOD LUCK!!
Posted Nov 30th, 2009:
The open first go round at this year’s NRHA Futurity has once again been a success for McQuay Stables on many fronts. Team McQuay has a total of 7 horses advancing to the second go-round beginning Monday, November 30th, 2009. In the first go, Smoking Sundown and Marco Ricotta scored of 222.5 for owner Day Creek Ranch LLC for the second place position in the Level 3 Intermediate Open.
Day one of the first go-round of the Cinch / NRHA Non Pro Futurity hit the Coliseum arena Sunday afternoon. The competition was hot starting with the first run of the day. Starstruck Cowgirl and Mandy McCutcheon finished the day with a 216 putting them in second place!
We are also excited and proud to announce that there are a number of 3 year olds by Gunner successfully competing at this year’s futurity! Gunnatrashya and Shawn Flarida scored a 225 and are in second place in the Level 4 Open Futurity division. Other outstanding performers in the Level 4 Open division were Tinker With Guns and Randy Paul scoring a 224 and Baroom Gunslinger and Mike McEntire scoring a 220.5. A Gal With A Gun and Jana Simons made their mark with a 216.5 and leads all four divisions of the Non Pro Futurity. Congratulations!!
If you are attending this year’s futurity please feel free to stop by our stalls on Reiner’s Row in the Superbarn and visit with us! We also have horses for sale that are currently at the show and DVD previews of our upcoming futurity sale prospects!
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October 26th, 2009
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August 17th, 2009
OPEN FUTURITY & INTERMEDIATE OPEN FUTURITY CHAMPIONS
FIFTH AVENUE SHINE AND MARCO RICOTTA, owned by Lyle Lovett
NON-PRO FUTURITY CHAMPION
WEST COAST MIZZEN AND MANDY McCUTCHEON
4TH PLACE – NON-PRO FUTURITY
GUNNERANIC AND MANDY McCUTCHEON
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July 12th, 2009
Congratulations to Jordan and Taylor Larson for Jordan’s big win on Dolled Up Gunner (Gunner X Mifs Doll by Mifillena). Jordan rode the 4-year-old mare to the 2009 APHA 4 & 5 Year Old Reining Challenge Open World Championship.
Todd Crawford rode CT Gunner (X DC Leigh by Be Aech Enterprise) to the 3-Year-Old Reining Challenge Open Reserve Championship. CT Gunner is owned by Rex and Helen Hester.
Another winner was Rose Colored Gunner, a 6-year-old mare by Gunner and out of Alicia Rose by Topsail Whiz. Owner Isabell Silvertolpe rode her to the APHA Freestyle Reining Sweepstakes at the American Paint Horse Association World Championship show.
Congratulations to Mack Weaver and Maggie Gun (owned by Madison Bohman). Maggie Gun (by Gunner X Lookout Majestic by Majestic Dell) was the Youth Reserve World Champion.
In the Amateur Reining Overall Finals first place went to Gunner Hold Your Fire riden by Charlotte Decoster from Prosper, Texas. She rides with Shelli Reis of Spin City Performance Horses out of Whitesboro, Texas. Congrats!!
We would also like to congratulate Marco Ricotta and Diamond Chic Tari – APHA World Champion owned by Tracy Higginbottom.
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July 12th, 2009
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July 1st, 2009
We’re excited about the Debut of the new InfoMedia Video DVD
The Art of Reining with Tim McQuay
Teaching and helping others be their best is something about which Tim McQuay is passionate. Unfortunately, the NRHA $2 Million Rider’s vast pool of knowledge has been isolated except to those lucky enough to train with him. We are pleased to announce that Tim’s expertise is now readily available since Tim and his wife, Colleen, have teamed up with InfoMedia Video to produce “The Art of Reining with Tim McQuay” video series.
“I’ve always enjoyed sharing what I have learned over the years. In the first video, The Art of the Turnaround, that maneuver is broken down into easy-to-understand segments,” explained McQuay. “I hope that this method will help explain some of the pieces that can make a difference.”
Order now to reserve your copy – Copies will begin shipping on or around June 15, 2009.
InfoMedia Video Inc., has already produced and marketed such videos as the highly successful Speed Williams Roping series. For more information on InfoMedia Video, or to order The Art of Reining for $49.95 plus $5 shipping and handling, please click Order Form for an order form or visitwww.infomediavideo.com to order on-line.
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June 1st, 2009
It was another great
National Reining Breeders Classic!
Team McQuay wins nearly $150K
2009 National Reining Breeders Classic
Intermediate Open Champion
Marco Ricotta and Hollywoodstinseltown
Score 232!!! (Highest score achieved, matching the Open Champion)
Congratulations Marco and owners David & Bonnie Silva
Top Ten Open Finals
Shining N Sassy Owned by Roxanne Koepsell
Rudy Dun It Owned by Claude Lindsay
Smart & Shiney owned by Tim McQuay and Lyle LovettMandy McCutcheon
3rd Non Pro Finals on Mega Jac Jess
Owned by Scott & Kathy McCutcheon
Open Finals Qualifier on I Spin For Chics
Owned by McQuay Stables
Lyle Lovett and Smart Shinetta
Ltd Non-Pro Circuit Buckle Winner
Ltd Non Pro Champion
(Smart Shinetta, owned by Lyle Lovett, trained by Todd Crawford)
Nic Howard and Shiners Nu Lena!
NRBC Rookie Professional Circuit Buckle Winner
Rookie Professional Champion
(Shiners Nu Lena owned by Lyle Lovett)
Rookie Professional – Tied for Reserve (2nd & 3rd )
(Okie Dun Did It owned by McQuay Stables)
10 & Under Short Stirrup – Reserve Champion
Okie Dun Did It owned by McQuay Stables
Thank you to all of our clients, staff and sponsors who assisted in making the 2009 NRBC a huge success!!
A very special thank you to Mike Christian, Chad Vanderlinde and the rest of the NRBC Staff. Also thank you to Sean Brown, Pauline “Cookie” Cook and everyone at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center. And thanks to everyone who attended John Hoyt’s 80th birthday party. All the attendees got “John Hoyt Look-alike” Red Suspenders!