NCRHA Futurity turns out to be a real family celebration for the McCutcheon family

The weekend of the annual North Central Reining Horse Association Futurity Show was also the time and site for a "McCutcheon family reunion."The weekend of the annual North Central Reining Horse Association Futurity Show was also the time and site for a "McCutcheon family reunion."

Story originally posted by: Teri Lee

The weekend of the annual North Central Reining Horse Association Futurity Show was also the time and site for a "McCutcheon family reunion."

It was truly a time for celebration with Scott McCutcheon, Whitesboro, Texas, having won the the Futurity’s Open Division, riding Mi Mega, and his younger brother, Tom, Aubrey, Texas, taking home the division’s Reserve honors (astride Sailin Ruf).

In addition, Scott placed third in the Open Futurity, riding Sasha Whiz; Bob McCutcheon (Scott and Tom’s father) placed fifth in the Limited Open Futurity Division, riding Hawks Silver Doc; Tom placed second in the NRHA Open class, riding Bingo Starlight; Tom’s wife, Mandy, placed third in the NRHA Non-Pro class, riding Mr Tori Kid, and Scott’s daughter, Lindsey, won the USET Young Riders class and placed third in the NRHA Intermediate Non-Pro class, riding The Whizard Of Ozwald.

The NCRHA Futurity Show, which was held Aug. 3-5 in Cannon Falls, Minn., drew 358 entries, who competed for over $46,500 cash awards.

Mi Mega, a son of Marthas Mega Jac out of Freckles Prize by Colonel Freckles, bred and owned by Jack Covington, Allen, Texas, scored a 220.5 to win the Open Futurity. Sailin Ruf, a son of Lil Ruf Peppy out of Pinesail by Topsail Cody, bred by Charles Vaughan, Lafayette, Ind., and owned by Giovanni Cioli, Pilot Point, Texas, placed second with a 219.5.

Scott and Kathy McCutcheon’s stallion, Marthas Mega Jac, was awarded $3,210 first-place NCRHA Sire and Dam Program check. Lil Ruf Peppy was the second-leading sire with his offspring earning him a $1,926 check, and Topsail Whiz, owned by Bob Loomis Quarter Horses, Inc., placed third for $1,284.

Just Plain Cocky, a daughter of Gallo Del Cielo out of Just Plain Chex by Just Plain Colonel, bred by Peter Phinny, Glen Arbor, Mich., and owned by Timothy/Camile Connelly, Independence, Ore., and ridden by Kim Diercks, won the Intermediate Open Futurity Division with a 215.5. Drive By, a Paint daughter of Colonels Smokingun (Gunner) out of Calicos Echo by Calico Lynx, bred and owned by Keith Crawford Farms, Howell, Mich., and ridden by Sharon Crawford, placed second.

Drive By and Crawford also won the Limited Open Futurity Division, while The Juice Dun It, a son of Hollywood Dun It out of Sheza Scorpion by Nifty Bee, bred by Doug Rachach, River Falls, Wis., owned by Carlos Deleu and Fabio Guarrana, Collinsville, Texas, and ridden by Deleu’s wife, Laurie, placed second.

Mega Ditto, a DNA-registered gelding by Marthas Mega Jac out of Okie Dokie Dun It by Hollywood Dun It, bred, owned and ridden by Sally Broten, River Falls, Wis., won the Non-Pro Futurity and a $2,496 check. Okie Whiz Kid, a gelded son of Topsail Whiz out of Quixotes Coed by Doc Quixote, bred by W.S. Morris III, Augusta, Ga., and owned by Charlie and Cheryl Wiederholt, Hastings, Minn., was ridden by Charlie to place second in the Non-Pro Division and also to win the Senior Non-Pro Futurity Division.

Come On And Dance, a daughter of Reminic out of Peppys Dandy Doll by Taris Catalyst, bred by Hunt Quarter Horses, Big Rock, Ill., and owned and ridden by Sarah Hunt, won the Intermediate Non-Pro Futurity. Meg To A Te, a gelded son of Marthas Mega Jac out of Two T Easter Buggins by Easter Gentleman, bred by Kim and Marty Thomas, Magnolia, Texas, and owned and ridden by Chad Howard, Lake Elmo, Minn., placed second.

Annie Lulena, a daughter of Heeza Dun It out of Miss Lu Glo by Mr Joe Glo, bred by John "Jack" Korte, Cambridge, Minn., owned and ridden by Dale Dickey, Pine City, Minn., slid to the Limited Non-Pro Futurity Championship.

Thistimeireallydunit, a daughter of Hollywood Dun It out of Melonkali Sweetie by Kaliman, bred by Twin Willows Ranch, Inc., Ocate, N.M., owned by Lawrence Coss, River Falls, Wis., and ridden by Laura Coss, placed second.

The Senior Non-Pro Futurity Division Reserve Champion was Gee Whiz Joesy, a daughter of Topsail Whiz out of Classic Joesy by Classic Joe, bred by Sally B. Hunt, Jordan, Minn., and owned and ridden by John "Jack" Covington, Allen, Texas.

Open Champion
Scott and Kathy McCutcheon had a lot to celebrate following the NCRHA Futurity. Not only did Scott win the Open Futurity Division, riding Mi Mega, but, they also collected the Sire and Dam Program championship check of $3,210 as the owners of Marthas Mega Jac.

Aside from Mi Mega, Marthas Mega Jac also sired Broten’s Non-Pro Futurity winner, Mega Ditto.

Mi Mega is out of Freckles Prize, the dam of Freckles Top Prize, which McCutcheon trained and showed successfully as a 3-year-old.

The NCRHA Futurity marked Mi Mega’s show debut and McCutcheon was pleased with the mare’s run.

"She made no mistakes anywhere," he said. "I showed her with one hand and with a curb bit, so I might not have pushed her quite as hard as I could have because I was afraid of making an error that early in the year.

"But, she was fine everywhere. She just kind of acted really broke."

The mare’s next scheduled show appearances are the Southwest RHA Futurity to be held in October at Ardmore, Okla., and the NRHA Futurity in November at Oklahoma City.

Mi Mega’s talents are pretty well-rounded.

"She is real good at everything," McCutcheon said. "She’s the first futurity colt that I’ve had in many, many years that is good at all the maneuvers. I think she’s my nicest futurity colt since Dun It Like A Cowboy.

"She’s a big stopper, turning is easy for her and she’s real quiet. She can plus all of her maneuvers."

McCutcheon believes Mi Mega, a big, strong, mature-looking mare, can handle the physical demands that goes along with showing (hopefully) in three rounds of competition at the NRHA Futurity.

"I think that we are going to ïwhip’ a bunch of stallions," McCutcheon said.

He placed third in the NCRHA Open Futurity astride another mare, Sasha Whiz, a daughter of Topsail Whiz. His other top futurity prospect for the year is a gelded son of Marthas Mega Jac.

McCutcheon admits that he’s enjoying having just mares and a gelding to haul.

"It’s tremendously nice for all reasons – hauling, stalling, stabling, and training," he said.

Mega Jac’s oldest colt crop are 5-year-olds, which were foaled before McCutcheon owned the horse. The horse wasn’t bred the first year McCutcheon owned the horse because McCutcheon wanted to get a show record on the horse first. The 2001 futurity crop are the oldest horses sired by the stallion since McCutcheon has owned him. The McCutcheons purchased six daughters of Bob Loomis’s champion reiner Topsail Whiz, which they hope might be that magic cross.

"We’re really, really excited about him," said McCutcheon. "His colts are really easy to ride and easy to train."

Intermediate Open Champion
What a weekend for Kim Diercks, Coloma, Wis., and her students! Diercks’ barn (Russet Stables, Inc.) claimed six of the eight bronzes awarded at the show. Greg Gottschalk, Diercks’ husband, won an NRHA Non-Pro class at the NCRHA Futurity astride a full sister to Mega Ditto.

"We did have a terrific show, we love ones like that," Diercks laughed.

Diercks’ Intermediate Open Futurity Champion, Just Plain Cocky, did a super job her first time to be judged under show conditions – especially considering the unusually hot and humid weekend temperatures, which Diercks thought to have reached 110 degress.

Diercks was pleased with the mare’s efforts.

"She’s a very pretty circler and a really big stopper," she said.

However, Diercks wasn’t as happy with her own effort in getting the mare shown.

"I did a poor job in getting the mare turned around," she said. "I kind of let her down, but we won’t let that happen again."
Diercks has had the mare in training since the first of May. Before that, the mare was in Texas, where Luc Gagnon, who works for Tim McQuay, had been training her.

"He (Gagnon) did a fabulous job," Diercks said. "When she came, she was broke; she was great. She fit right into my program just fine. I commend him a ton, because he did a great job with her."

The Connellys, who own the mare, decided to bring the mare back to Wisconsin and have Diercks ride her, even though they were in the process of moving from Wisconsin to Oregon.

The prestigious NRHA Futurity is the only other 3-year-old event that the mare is entered in.

"Right now, we’re just aiming for the ïbig one," Diercks said.

Limited Open Champion
Sharon (Davis) Crawford is excited about her 2001 futurity entry, Drive By, a flashy daughter of the phenomenal Paint reiner, "Gunner," which won the 2001 USET Championship.

"She’s a lot of fun," Crawford said.

The mare’s best maneuver is probably her "real big stops," according to Crawford.

The mare also inherited her sire’s easy-going disposition.

"She’s one of those that if you get after her she can get busy, but, for the most part, she’s layed back," Crawford said.
Crawford claims Drive By, a small mare, isn’t particularly anything special to look at when she’s just standing around unsaddled.

"But," Crawford added, "saddled and in the ring, she’s real cute. I can lead her around with a saddle on and they ask, ïWho’s that? She’s cute,’ but, without a saddle, they don’t ask."

Crawford’s husband, Keith, raised the mare. Sharon, who formerly lived and trained out of Billings, Mont., until she and Keith were married this past April, has been riding the mare since last December.

"She’s been my project," said Sharon.

"She just became mine."

The mare was entered in The Tradition Futurity to be held in September in Lexington, Va.

Crawford has trained horses since 1986. As a youth, she rode with Andy Moorman and competed in a number of events, including hunter/jumper classes. While a non-pro, she also rode under Bob Anthony, Mike Corrington and Bill Horn. Crawford trained reining horses in Montana for eight years.

Keith and Sharon are not the only members of the Crawford family to acquire a successful show record. Whitney, Keith’s 14-year-old daughter, has also proven to be a top competitor in the youth classes.

"We’re a horse show family," Sharon said.

Non-Pro Champion
Mega Ditto is just that … twice a mega! Sally Broten bred her good reining mare, Okie Dokie Dunnit, which she rode to an NRHA Reserve World Championship, via embryo transfer.

"We got two eggs," Broten said, "so, we ended up with a registered mare (Mega Dunnit) and a grade (DNA-registered Mega Ditto).

Early this summer, at the July South of the Border Show, Broten showed her mare, Mega Dunnit, to win the Snaffle Bit Non-Pro class. After having sold Mega Dunnit at the show, Broten returned home to ready Mega Ditto for the NCRHA Futurity.

The loud sorrel-colored gelding is really, really talented, according to Broten.

"I’m looking to hang on to him for awhile and have a lot of fun with him," she said.

Broten was especially proud of her NCRHA win because it marked the first time that she had done almost all of the preparation on her futurity entry. She did, though, want to credit Kim Diercks with helping her achieve the victory. Broten had experienced a few lead change problems with the horse and decided to send him to Diercks to work just two weeks before the event.

Broten said she arrived at the show, hopped on the gelding and showed him.

"He’s very special," she said.

Diercks was pleased, of course; however, she did ask a favor of Broten.

"Next time, you could give me a little more time!" she said.

Mega Ditto’s best quality is his remarkable resemblance to his sire.

"He’s almost a clone of his daddy in all areas," Broten said. "He’s a gorgeous mover and a huge stopper."

Mega Ditto is also entered in the All-American Congress Reining Futurity as well as the NRHA Futurity. Interestingly, Charles Vaughan, who purchased Mega Ditto’s sister, may be showing her in the same Congress Non-Pro Futurity Division.

"It will be interesting to see how they do," Broten said. "I don’t know how often embryos end up in the show pen at the same time, it will be interesting to follow that in the next couple of years."

Mega Ditto will stay with Diercks through the remaining futurity competitions.

"I just recently officially started riding with her," Broten said. "She’s a great instructor for the rider as much as in preparing the horse."

Before sending her gelding to Diercks, Broten said, "I’d had an opportunity to ride a couple of horses that had been through her program and they were just so easy to ride."

Broten and her husband, Neal, a former NHL Dallas Stars player and member of the U.S. Olympic Gold Medal team, moved from Texas back to Minnesota three years ago, when Neal retired from playing hockey.

The couple have two daughters, Brooke, 18, and Larissa, 16, both of whom no longer show but, according to Sally, "are great helpers."

Intermediate Non-Pro Champion
Riders from the Russet Stables Inc. (Kim Diercks) had another reason to sing and dance with joy as The Come On And Dance slid to the Intermediate Non-Pro Futurity Championship.

The mare is one of the barn’s newer residents. Sarah Hunt took the mare to Diercks about two months ago. The Hunt family raised the mare and Tracer Gilson started her formal education. Sarah and the mare spent about a month this past summer riding with Ed Fear and Ed Cridge, before Hunt returned to college and the mare was sent to Diercks.

Hunt worked with Diercks and the mare the weekend before the NCRHA Futurity and then again a couple of days before the show. She was impressed with how Diercks had the mare working.

"She did a good job with her," Hunt said. "I was happily surprised with the ride. She turned around really well for me and stopped a lot better than she had been. I was really impressed with the way Kim had her stopping."

Hunt considers the mare’s best maneuver to be her turnaround. Although, now that she’s getting more comfortable and consistent with her stops, Hunt said, "She’s doing that pretty well, too."

The next scheduled appearances for the mare following the NCRHA Futurity, were the MRHA Futurity in Missouri and the NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma.

There are no plans in the works to sell the mare. Hunt would like to show her in next year’s 4/5-year-old derbies.
"I’m happy with her and am real excited," Hunt said.

A biology major student, Hunt, whose family owns a Standardbred farm (Cottonwood Farm) as well as a number of champion reining horses (including Silver Anniversary – the 1990 NRHA Open Futurity Champion), will graduate next spring and then plans to attend occupational therapy school.

Limited Non-Pro Futurity Champion
Winning the NCRHA Futurity’s Limited Non-Pro Championship was a repeat victory for Dale Dickey. He also won the title last year, astride Miss Lucky Bonita, which Dickey’s 14-year-old daughter, Cassie, rode to the winner’s circle in this year’s Green As Grass class.

Dickey’s 2001 winning mount, Annie Lulena, was purchased as a 2-year-old. Dickey did all of the training on the mare until this past March, when he decided to send her to Neal Henning, Hugo, Minn., for some finishing touches.

"Neal’s a great hand," Dickey said. "One of these days, I’ll get the gumption to follow through on one."

The NCRHA Futurity was "Annie’s" second outing. Dickey showed the mare in July at the South of the Border Show, in which the pair placed second in a Snaffle Bit Non-Pro class.

Dickey considers the turnarounds and stops to be Annie’s best maneuvers.

The mare’s next competition was planned for the MRHA Futurity in Columbia, Mo.

Dickey, 41, has ridden reiners for four years. He had been hauling his daughters to horse shows to exhibit their pleasure horses and got interested in wanting to rein after watching some competitions.

Aside from Cassie, Dickey and his wife, Kim, have three other daughters and one son. Deanna, 16, also had her photo taken in the NCRHA Futurity Show’s winner’s circle after having won Sunday’s NRHA Youth 14-18 Reining and placing third in the other Youth 14-18 class, astride Stephsmessydunnit. Deanna also placed fifth in a Limited Non-Pro class astride Tyree Dunnit.

The Dickeys’ other two daughters, who also show horses, are Stephanie, 10, and Jamie, 9. Their son, Craig, is 13.

Dickey owns an exterminating business (East Central Exterminating) located in Pine City, Minn.

Prime Time (Senior) Non-Pro Futurity Champion
Multiple NRHA Non-Pro Futurity Champion rider Charlie Wiederholt won the Prime Time Division of the NCRHA Futurity and placed second in the Non-Pro Division on Okie Whiz Kid. In the 2000 NCRHA Futurity, Weiderholt tied for the Senior Non-Pro Futurity Division’s Reserve Championship riding Mariah Mist.

The NCRHA Futurity marked Okie Whiz Kid’s show debut.

"He was good," Wiederholt said. "He circled real good and stopped good.

"I showed him one-handed and he was kinda where I wanted him to be."

Wiederholt believes the gelding to be a well-rounded individual.

"He’s just kind of solid everywhere," he said. "I’m not saying he’s a superstar everywhere, but he’s just kind of solid – he does all the parts pretty good."

Okie Whiz Kid was purchased as a 2-year-old from his breeder, Bob Loomis Quarter Horses Inc., Marietta, Okla.

The gelding’s next trip to the show pen will be in November at the NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City.

Wiederholt, his brother, John, and Wiederholt’s son, Jess, own and operate a supper club near Hastings. Wiederholt and his wife, Cheryl, also have a daughter, Jenny, who attends Winona State College, and who has also competed successfully showing in youth and non-pro reining competitions.