Listed as one of the reining world’s leading riders, Tom McCutcheon has NRHA lifetime earnings of more than $1 million, making him part of the elite group of million dollar riders. McCutcheon is a multiple NRHA Futurity finalist and has twice earned the NRHA Derby Open Reserve Championship, as well as being a four-time Gordyville Breeders Cup Open Reserve Champion. McCutcheon is a past National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Champion and is a two-time USEF Open Reining Champion. He has also been a finalist at every major NRHA event.
In 2001, McCutcheon rode Smartest Chic Olena to win the NRBC Open title. At the 2001 NRHA Open Futurity, he rode Sailin Ruf to a third-place finish out of 445 entries. The pair also won the Southwest Reining Horse Association’s Futurity in October, winning the Open there as well.
In 2002, he was a member of the Gold medal-winning U.S. team at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain. He also brought home the Individual Silver medal riding Conquistador Whiz.
In 2008, McCutcheon and Ruf Hearted Jac were members of the Silver medal-winning U.S. team at the FEI World Reining Championships in Manerbio, Italy. They were also eighth individually.
McCutcheon won the Individual and Team competitions on Darlins Not Painted at the 2009 Kentucky Cup CRIO4*.
He began 2010 with a second-place finish in the CRI2* at the Cowboy Capital Classic with Chexy Dun It. At the 2010 Adequan/USEF National Open Reining Championships in July, McCutcheon rode Gunners Special Nite to the Reserve Champion title. In the fall, McCutcheon achieved the highlight of his career when he won Team and Individual Gold medals at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games with Gunners Special Nite.
McCutcheon success continued into the new year where he finished seventh and 10th in the NRBC. On Chic Olena Starbuck, he placed fourth in the 2011 Kentucky Reining Cup CRI5*, before finishing the year with a second at the Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic.
In 2012, McCutcheon and Chic Olena Starbuck finished second at the Ariat Kentucky Reining Cup CRI3*. At the Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic the pair was sixth in the Adequan/USEF National Open Reining Championship and the USEF Open Qualifier.
At the 2013 Kentucky Reining Cup, McCutcheon and Pretty Peppy Chic were third in the CRI3*. The pair also helped Team Cosequin to a third-place finish in the win the Team CRI3* Open FEI Reining competition.
McCutcheon began 2014 with a second-place finish in the NRBC Reining Open class aboard Dun Git A Nicadual. The pair then traveled to the Kentucky Reining Cup where they finished seventh in the Adequan/USEF Open Reining National Championship and Selection Trial, earning a spot on the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games U.S. Reining Squad.
McCutcheon is deeply rooted in the reining industry. He is married to fellow world-class reiner Mandy McCutcheon and his father-in-law is world-renowned reining competitor, owner, and trainer Tim McQuay. McCutcheon is the owner of Tom McCutcheon Consulting Services, a worldwide consulting firm for the reining industry. In addition, he is co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Directors of the NRBC, the largest added money reining event and stallion incentive program in history. He is also a member of the NRHA Professionals Committee.