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Cade McCutcheon captured the L4 Non Pro Reserve championship aboard Starbucks Finale (Smart Starbuck x Dun Its Deja Vu). The high school freshman from Aubrey, Texas, also topped the Non Pro Futurity go round aboard Golden Survivor (Topsail Whiz x Shining Survivor) with a score of 217. Cade and Golden Survivor, aka Goldie, also earned the Youth Non Pro division championship, which is determined by the go round scores. All told McCutcheon and Goldie earned $4,844.
This marked the first year for the young reiner to qualify two horses for the L4 Non Pro finals and although he is proud of his accomplishments with both horses, his reserve championship mount, Starbucks Finale, holds a special place with Cade. "I started riding him myself in January of his 3-year-old year and trained him myself until about a month before the Futurity when my dad took over to help get him a little more broke and ready for the Futurity. I only started riding the mare (Golden Survivor) about a month ago," Cade said. "It was great to do so well with both horses, but it means a lot to me that I did well on the gelding because I've been riding him for so long already and did a lot of the work training him." Cade and the buckskin gelding known around the barn as 'Bucky,' earned $29,122 for the reserve championship pushing Cade's NRHA Lifetime Earnings over $108,000. Both horses are owned by Cade's parents, Tom and Mandy McCutcheon.