Matt Gaines

Matt Gaines


Profile

Background

Already a respected cutting horse trainer, Matt Gaines jumped to the industry forefront in 2001 when he won the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes and the NCHA Derby. That year, Matt’s name also was added to the NCHA Hall of Fame Riders. At that point, he’d been a professional cutting horse rider since 1992, and before turning pro, he’d won many non-pro titles, such as the 1990 NCHA Non-Pro Futurity Championship.

Based on earnings, Matt ranked as the Number 2 Open Division rider of all time in 2005 and has won the Equi-State Open Rider Award three times. His lifetime earnings total $4,292,236. Leading up to this achievement, Matt was the top-ranked rider and Equi-State Open Rider Award winner in both 2001 and 2002.  Also in 2001, Mat won the National Cutting Horse Association Super Stakes, the NCHA Derby, and was inducted into the NCHA Hall of Fame Riders.

Matt lives in Weatherford, Texas. He has two children Lauren and Garrett. Matt’s father is former NCHA President Dick Gaines.

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