Tulsa, Okla. - Tom McCutcheon edged out Casey Hinton by half a point to earn the $10,000 Adequan USEF Reining National Championship presented by Markel Insurance on Friday. The championship was a part of the Tulsa Reining Classic.
McCutcheon (Aubrey, Texas) entered the competition with Jennifer Greenleaf's 2011 Quarter Horse stallion, Survivorman. Though McCutcheon has not shown Survivorman frequently, the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Gold medalist was able to get a solid effort from the horse. After a mediocre stop at the onset of the test, Survivorman regained focus to run a good pattern for a score of 221.
"He might have been a little rusty going into his first stop, probably not in the plus category, but then he backed up really well, and from then on, he was spot on, he just locked in. Then he knew it was real and needed to go horse showing," said McCutcheon.
Hinton (Whitesboro, Texas) and Top Gun Tonite raised the bar early. As the first combination out of the gate, Hinton and Tracey Tuttle-Bryce's 2005 Quarter Horse stallion ran a well-executed pattern to earn a score of 220.5. "Any time you get to show really good horses, the feeling of them giving you everything, it is pretty special. This horse has a bit of age on him, but he has been taken care of very well by his owners. He is a very special horse and has a great mind," said Hinton.
Tim McQuay (Tioga, Texas) and SNS Uvalde King, Lyle Lovett's 2008 Quarter Horse gelding, placed third with a score of 215.5.
"It is always fun to show a horse at this horse show because management takes such great care of the exhibitors. It is one of the best places in the country to have a horse show. You know running though the gate that everything is going to be right for you to have a good run, and that's what makes it fun as a competitor," added McCutcheon.
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