Scott McCutcheon Wins $7,500-Added Lil Ruf Peppy Open

After a full day of horse show classes at the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity, Scott McCutcheon and Great King Pine capped off Friday evening with a huge winAfter a full day of horse show classes at the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity, Scott McCutcheon and Great King Pine capped off Friday evening with a huge win

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After a full day of horse show classes at the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity, Scott McCutcheon and Great King Pine capped off Friday evening with a huge win in the $7,500-added Lil Ruf Peppy Open class. The 22nd-annual event runs through Sunday, October 29, at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore, Oklahoma.

Scott and Great King Pine, by Earl Be Nimble and out of Bobs Poco Echo owned by Gunter Bosner of Niceville, Florida, drew up second to last in the Open class. Tim McQuay and Kickit In The Bud, by Nic It In The Bud and out of Peppys Little Orphan, had just marked a 223.5 giving Scott a great score to aim for.

"Going second from the end, that’s always a good spot because you know what you have to do," Scott commented.

Great King Pine needed a big score to top the competition and he delivered Ð with a 227.5. With gorgeous spins and big, powerful stops, the flashy 4-year-old red dun stallion left his mark in the arena.

"He was really good tonight. He was a lot of fun," Scott said of Great King Pine. "He is special everywhere; he has no weaknesses anywhere."

Under the guidance of Tim McQuay, Great King Pine had already seen tremendous success in the arena. He was the 2005 Tulsa Reining Classic Open Futurity Champion and then finished fourth at the NRHA Futurity. This spring, Tim and the stallion placed seventh at the prestigious National Reining Breeders Classic.

"Tim’s won a lot with him and I was fortunate to ride him tonight," Scott said. "We wanted to get him over $100,000 in earnings. That was our goal for this year. That’s a big milestone for reiners."

With the Lil Ruf Peppy Open Championship check worth $3,465, Great King Pine surpassed that $100,000 milestone. Tim and Kickit In The Bud earned the reserve and $2,599 for owners Melissa Bergen and Eleuterio Arcese.

Chris Ferguson dominated the Intermediate Open division marking a 221.5 with Escalante Chic. Chris, from Tioga, Texas, drew up in the last set to mark the high score and win $616. Escalante Chic is a 4-year-old bay mare by Chic Please and out of Spanish Dun It owned by Adair Reiners LLC of Mesa, Arizona.

Kinzy Donnelly, from Aubrey, Texas, and Brent Callahan, from Oologah, Oklahoma, shared the Limited Open Championship after each marked a 219. Kinzy teamed up with Dottie Diamond, by Like A Diamond and out of Bouncy Little Lena owned by Jeri McLeod of Collinsville, Texas, while Brent rode Best Stop, by Custom Crome and out of Rest Stop, owned by Wagman Ranch Inc., of Talala, Oklahoma. Kinzy and Brent each earned $292.

Mandy McCutcheon, from Aubrey, Texas, earned the $2,000-added Non Pro Championship riding Dun Its Dejˆ vu, which she also picked up the Novice Non Pro with Wednesday. Mandy and the 4-year-old mare, by Hollywood Dun It and out of Miss Okie Too, owned by Tim McQuay, Tioga, Texas, marked a 146.5 to earn $1,172. Jim Babcock, from Valley View, Texas, finished reserve in the Non Pro and earned the $1,000-added Intermediate Non Pro Championship riding Cowboy Smarts. Jim and the 8-year-old Smart Chic Olena stallion, out of Clarks Hilda Bar, marked a 144.5 and picked up combined earnings of $1,567.

The 2006 Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity continues Saturday, October 28, with the $45,000 added Billingsley Ford Open Futurity and $15,000-added Winstar Casino Non Pro Futurity. For a schedule of events and results from the SWRHA Futurity and show, which runs through Sunday, October 29, please visit www.swrha.com. For more information on the SWRHA call 580-759-2572.
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