Mandy McCutcheon and Tim and Colleen McQuay's horse Silk N Hollywood topped the first round of Non Pro competition yesterday at the National Reining Breeders Classic. -- Katy, Texas, April 21, 2004 -- Mandy McCutcheon rode Silk N Hollywood to a scalding 220 point score to top the first round of Non Pro competition yesterday and lead the 100 entry field at the National Reining Breeders Classic.
Silk N Hollywood, an NRHA Open Futurity Finalist with Mandy's father, Tim McQuay, is a 4-year-old son of Hollywood Dun It out of Silk N Sable Pine, by Okie Paul Quixote. The palomino stallion is owned by Tim and Colleen McQuay.
And it was some sideline advice from Tim McQuay that nearly confused Mandy during the last part of her run. "As I was going around for my last stop, Dad called at me to wait in my rollback. We are supposed to back up after the last stop!" When she got outside the pen, she asked her dad what was up. "He laughed and said 'you know what I meant!'"
Big stops like that last one were the key to success, but McCutcheon vowed to work on improving her circles before finals time on Friday. She also qualified for that finals on her other mount, Lil Ruf Jac, a 6-year-old by Lil Ruf Peppy that she owns with her husband, Tom McCutcheon.
Mandy is a former NRBC Champion as well as the National Reining Horse Association's Leading All Time Non Pro. She earned $5,466.83 for the win and $713.06 on Lil Ruf Jac.
Finishing in the reserve slot in the Non Pro first round were last year's NRBC Non Pro champions, Lance Griffin and Whiz N Tag Chex (Topsail Whiz X Tag Chex).
Lee Schild led the Intermediate Non Pro slate, marking a 216.5 on Juiced Up Doc (Smart Like Juice X Jokers Startime) to win $915.51. Schild also topped the Prime Time list, to earn another $700.
In the Limited Non Pro category, Tami Nelson on Call Me Listo (Listo Pollito Lena X Larks Happy Hour) with a score of 213.5 tied with Karen Nichols on Moonstone Mega (Marthas Mega Jac X My Lucky Moonstone) and Frederick Christen on Heza Bigtime Bingo (Itsa Bingo Greyhound X Sheza Royal Seeker). Each won $355.71.
The top 20 finalists from each of the four divisions -- Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro, Limited Non Pro and Prime Time Non Pro -- will compete on Friday for a $139,816 purse, and the Non Pro champion will receive $26,690.
The Open preliminary competition starts at 8 a.m. today and continues tomorrow, with 145 entries total, and a $617,521 payout. The Open Champion will earn $60,000 and the total payout for the 2004 NRBC should nudge the $900,000 mark.
Also slated for today is the Welcome Party featuring the Non Pro Finals Draw which will begin at 5:30 pm.
The National Reining Breeders Classic is the most successful stallion incentive program in reining history. In just five years, the NRBC has grown to include over 240 subscribed stallions and the payout at this year's show is expected to exceed $800,000. For information on the NRBC, visit the web site at www.nrbc.com or call 580-759-3939.