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Top Honors for Mandy McCutcheon

Mandy McCutcheon becomes NRHA’s first non-pro and first female $2 million rider.

The National Reining Horse Association
April 29, 2014

Mandy McCutcheon rides her family's stallion Yellow Jersey.

Mandy McCutcheon rides her family's stallion Yellow Jersey at the 2014 Kentucky Reining Cup. Photo by Larri Jo Starkey.

The National Reining Horse Association, an AQHA alliance partner, congratulates its newest $2 million dollar rider, Mandy McCutcheon, for unofficially becoming the first non-pro and first female to earn the designation.

Most recently, Mandy won her sixth National Reining Breeders Classic non-pro championship and earned reserve champion honors at the Kentucky Reining Cup. At the 2014 NRBC, Mandy piloted Ms Whiz Dunit (Topsail Whiz-A Bueno Poco Dunit) to a score of 220.5 for first place. She also tied for fourth place on Customized Gunner (Colonels Smoking Gun-Custom Made Dunit) and was eighth on Shiney Enterprise (Smart And Shiney-My Royal Enterprise).

Mandy and Ms Whiz Dunit came off of a successful 2013, winning championships at the NRHA Futurity and Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity. During the Kentucky Reining Cup, Mandy competed in the Adequan-United States Equestrian Federation Open Reining National Championship and Selection Trial for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Reining Squad. In two rounds of competition, Mandy tallied an overall score of 449 to clench reserve championship honors and to become the first woman to represent the United States at a reining world championship.

To make the win even more special, she was aboard her father Tim McQuay’s 10-year-old American Quarter Horse stallion, Yellow Jersey (Wimpys Little Step-Ms Clara Melody) for the final money needed to reach the milestone.

Mandy has created many memorable moments in reining, including these most recent major event wins: