Team USA Reiners Named

American Quarter Horses and their riders are selected to represent the United States in reining at the 2018 World Equestrian Games.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

Horses and riders have been named to represented the United States in reining at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina. From left: alternate Tom McCutcheon on The Wizster, AQHA Professional Horseman Casey Deary on Heavy Duty Chex, Cade McCutcheon on Custom Made Gun, AQHA Chief Show Officer Pete Kyle, Dan Huss on Ms Dreamy and Jordan Larson on ARC Gunnabeabigstar.

Horses and riders have been named to represented the United States in reining at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina. From left: alternate Tom McCutcheon on The Wizster, AQHA Professional Horseman Casey Deary on Heavy Duty Chex, Cade McCutcheon on Custom Made Gun, AQHA Chief Show Officer Pete Kyle, Dan Huss on Ms Dreamy and Jordan Larson on ARC Gunnabeabigstar. (Larri Jo Starkey photo)

Four American Quarter Horses have been selected with their riders to represent the United States in reining at the 2018 World Equestrian Games.

US Equestrian, the high-performance arm of the U.S. Equestrian Federation, selected horse-and-rider teams based in part on results from the FEI 3* reining event May 10 and 12 at the Carolina Classic in Tryon, North Carolina.

In alphabetical order, the riders and horses are:

AQHA Professional Horseman Casey Dear of Weatherford, Texas, on Heavy Duty Chex.

Dan Huss of Scottsdale, Arizona, on Ms Dreamy

Jordan Larson of Valley View, Texas, on ARC Gunnbeabigstar

Cade McCutcheon of Aubrey, Texas, on Custom Made Gun

Tom McCutcheon of Aubrey, Texas, on The Wizster will be the alternate.

Ms Dreamy is a 2010 sorrel mare by Magnum Chic Dream and out of A Gal With A Gun by Colonels Smoking Gun. She was bred by Jana Simons of Aubrey, Texas, and is owned by Rick Christen of Whitehouse, Ohio. “It would mean a lot to me (to be on the team),” Dan said after the Carolina Classic. “I’m not a guy that has a big ego, but I wanted to win this and the World Equestrian Games. I have some room to improve yet.”

Dan tied for first at the FEI 3* event on Ms Dreamy, a 2010 sorrel mare by Magnum Chic Dream and out of A Gal With A Gun by Colonels Smoking Gun. She was bred by Jana Simons of Aubrey, Texas. In 2014, she was AQHA world champion in amateur reining with her then-owner, Dee Dee Boeckman of Kingfisher, Oklahoma, and has earned $168,473 in National Reining Horse Association competition.

“She’s got some feel,” Dan said. “She’s always looking to do something. You have to be very relaxed. You have to really be on your game. If you’re not, she’ll think you’re cueing her to do something.”

Dan and Ms Dreamy scored 224 during the first phase of competition. In the second phase, they scored a 226 for a 450 composite and the tie.

Jordan and ARC Gunnabeabigstar matched that composite number. In the first round, they scored a 222, then topped that with a 228 for the matching 450 composite.

“My horse is good one,” Jordan said. “He’s been really good to me. He just keeps getting better. When it counts, he’s his best. When I ask him for everything, he’s his best. In the first run, I tried to play it safe, and he was messing around with me a little bit. When I’m calling him for everything, he’s great.” ARC Gunnabeabigstar is a 2011 palomino stallion by Gunnatrashya and out of Wimpys Little Chic by Wimpys Little Step. He was bred by Arcese Quarter Horses of Weatherford, Texas, and is owned by HDC Quarter Horses of Aubrey, Texas, and has $284,139 in NRHA earnings.

He was the 2017 AQHA reserve world champion in senior reining and has $284,139 in NRHA earnings. Jordan was part of Team USA that competed in the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normany, France.

“It’s really cool to be able to represent our country here at home,” Jordan says. “It was awesome to go to France, but it’s even more pressure to represent well here. We’ve got our work cut out to get ready for the next one. We’ve got to all be better.”

Cade McCutcheon, 18, was third on Custom Made Gun with a composite 446 at the Carolina Classic. Cade is the son of Team USA members Tom and Mandy McCutcheon, who were part of the gold medal-winning reining team from 2014. He’s the grandson of 2010 Team USA member Tim McQuay.

“It means a lot to come here with the likes of Jordan or Casey, my dad,” Cade said. “I’ve never had to do that. I’ve always been in the non-pro, which isn’t easy but it’s a lot easier than this. It meant a lot. It was a big honor to show here and a bigger honor to be where I’m at.”

Custom Made Gun is a 2011 palomino stallion by Colonels Smoking Gun and out of Custom Made Dunit by Hollywood Dun It. He was bred and is owned by McQuay Stables of Tioga, Texas. He has $100,719 in NRHA earnings. “My grandpa showed him as a 3-year-old,” Cade said. “Then I’ve showed him ever since. He’s been real good to me. He’s always been pretty consistent where he’s at. He’s real easy. I like him a lot.”

Casey rode two horses in the FEI 3* and placed highest on Heavy Duty Chex, a homebred for Hilldale Farm of Brashear, Texas.

“Heavy Duty Chex has been great,” Casey said. “He has shown in the non-pro most of his career. I made the open Derby finals on him last year. He’s a work horse. He’s named appropriately. He’s a big, strong, sound horse that is well-suited for this.”

Heavy Duty Chex is a 2011 sorrel stallion by Nu Chex To Cash and out of Rondas Tio by Teninolena Badger. He was bred and is owned by Hilldale Farm of Brashear, Texas.

Heavy Duty Chex was AQHA reserve world champion in amateur reining in 2015 with Sarah Locker, who has put most of the horse’s $120,575 in NRHA earnings on his record.

Tom McCutcheon rode his own horse The Wizster to fifth place. The Wizster is a 2010 bay gelding by Gallo Del Cielo and out of Miss Whizard Jac by Whizard Jac. He was bred by Haylee Jayne Finan-Fisher of Salisbury, Connecticut, and has $206,151 in NRHA earnings.

Tom McCutcheon rode his own horse The Wizster to fifth place. The Wizster is a 2010 bay gelding by Gallo Del Cielo and out of Miss Whizard Jac by Whizard Jac. He was bred by Haylee Jayne Finan-Fisher of Salisbury, Connecticut, and has $206,151 in NRHA earnings.

The 2018 World Equestrian Games are scheduled September 11-23 in Tryon. Reining will be September 12-13 and September 15.

Reining is one of eight disciplines that will be contested during the World Equestrian Games. The others are dressage, para-dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, show jumping and vaulting.

WEG, considered one of the most prestigious horse events in the world, will be September 11-23 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center.

“We have high expectations for ourselves,” Jordan said. “Because we’re on a team to represent the U.S., the pressure goes up. That’s what we thrive on, so we’ll have fun doing it.”