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Age: 47
From: Weatherford, TX
Phone: (817) 304-0514

Matt Gaines


Money Won

$8,002,105 (2nd highest-ever money earner)

Titles/Finals

  • 2016 NCHA Open Futurity Champion
  • 2015 NCHA Open World Champion on Special Nu Baby
  • Record-tying 234 Score on Special Nu Baby at El Rancho Open Mercuria
  • 2005 Super Stakes Derby Champion on One Time Pepto
  • 2001 Super Stakes Derby Champion on Sunettes Dually
  • 2001 Summer Spectacular Derby Champion on Nu I Wood
  • 1990 NCHA Non Pro Futurity Champion on Playboys Lynnea

Top Three Horses Trained

  • Special Nu Baby
  • Im Countin Checks
  • Smooth As A Cat

How I got started: Helping my dad. (Matt was a highly successful non-pro competitor before turning professional.)

Biggest mistake I’ve made in cutting: I honestly don’t believe I’ve made any big mistakes. I feel like I’ve always tried to show to win and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn’t.

Biggest myth about cutting: That any horse has ever trained itself.

Favorite quote: “You can’t win if you’re afraid to lose.”

Most memorable moment in cutting: Marking a 234 to tie for the highest score ever marked in NCHA history at El Rancho Futurity to win three consecutive (four overall) Mercuria Championships.

Training philosophy: Consistency is the key when it comes to your position on a cow and trying to teach the horse the same thing every day until they get it. Try to keep it simple and consistent.

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