Cade said all the million dollar riders who helped him get ready — including his mom, who was showing the maximum three horses of her own in the final — had encouraged him to take it slowly in the final, focus on his required maneuvers and do it just the way he had done it in the preliminary round.
“They were all saying, ‘Focus and do it like the go-round,' but I was thinking, ‘Go Fast!'”
In the end he did both, thrilling his family and the crowd, placing 12th in the top division and 1st in the youth. His various placings in the other divisions garnered Cade checks totaling more than forty grand.
What will he do with all that cash?
“I doubt I'll ever see it,” Cade said. His mother laughed and said, “It'll pay for his horses!”
When the Non Pro final was over, Mandy McCutcheon ended up in a tie for first with Jesse Asmussen of Andrew, Iowa. Tom McCutcheon qualified for the Open Final for professional riders along with Cade's grandpa Tim McQuay, who ended up reserve champion.
One last note about the record Cade broke. It was set back in 1989, when a little girl from Tioga, Texas, became the youngest rider ever to qualify for the Non Pro Futurity. She was 13 and her name was Mandy McCutcheon.