Matt recently crossed the $8 Million dollar mark in NCHA Lifetime earnings and is ranked as NCHA's #2 All Time leading Open Rider.
Matt & his wife Tara who herself is an NCHA Non Pro World Champion base their their operation in Weatherford, Texas. His biggest influence was his dad, Dick Gaines who is also a cutting horse trainer. Dick, former NCHA President, is the only person to be inducted into the NCHA Members, Riders, and Non Pro Halls of Fame. Before becoming a trainer, Matt enjoyed a very successful non pro career which included a win in the 1990 NCHA Non Pro Futurity on Playboys Lynnea. Matt later decided to make the sport of cutting his profession. He went to work for the late Charles Spence where he trained and rode horses such as Olena Dually, Chex Rio Hickory, and Knew She Wood. In 2001 Matt claimed his first Open win in the Will Rogers Coliseum aboard Sunettes Dually marking a 231 in the Super Stakes Derby. Also in 2001, Matt won the NCHA Summer Spectacular Derby on Nu I Wood. In 2003, he won the Super Stakes Classic on Nu I Wood and in 2005 he was the Champion of the Super Stakes Derby on the great stallion One Time Pepto. Matt also rode Im Countin Checks and Smooth As A Cat, both exceptional athetes along with One Time Pepto. All three of these horses have gone on to achieve greatness as breeding stallions as well. Matt is one of three riders to have shown two horses to capture the title of NCHA Horse Of The Year, Little Pepto Gal and Smooth As A Cat. Matt's outstanding career continues to impress us at every turn! He most recently was the 2016 NCHA Open Futurity Champion riding Second Spot who happens to be out of the mare Reycy Moon, a mare that was also trained by Matt. Matt Gaines Cutting Horses is currently accepting outside horses and ready to train your next champion!
"You can't win if you are afraid to lose!" Matt Gaines
2019 ARBUCKLE 4-YEAR-OLD FUTURITY OPEN finalist on justa lil brownsugar (3rd + Novice Reserve Champion)
2019 ARBUCKLE CLASSIC OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP (+NOVICE & GELDING CHAMPIONSHIPS) ON METALLIC DRIFTER
2019 ARBUCKLE CLASSIC OPEN FINALIST ON MR LUCKYS (+ NOVICE & GELDING) & ADDISYNS BELLA CAT (+NOVICE)
2019 Bonanza derby open reserve champion & derby Novice champion ON SUGRSPIZNEVRTHINGNIZ
2019 CLASSIC OPEN FINALIST & CLASSIC NOVICE OPEN CHAMPION ON ADDISYNS BELLA CAT
2018 NCHA OPEN FUTURITY SEMI-FINALIST ON SUGRNSPIZNEVRTHINGNIZ
2018 Brazos Bash Derby Open Finalist (+Gelding) on Take It Eazee 2018 Brazos Bash Futurity Open Finalist (+Gelding) on CDs Kual Gun (3rd) 2018 El Rancho Futurity Open Futurity Champion & Gelding Champion on Desires Bo Monkey 2018 El Rancho Futurity Open Futurity Reserve Champion & Reserve Gelding Champion on CDs Kual Gun 2018 Idaho Futurity Open Futurity & Gelding Champion on CDs Kual Gun 2018 Idaho Futurity Derby Open Res Champ on Metallic Drifter, 3rd on Take It Eazee and 8/9th on Addisyns Bella Cat 2018 Idaho Futurity Open Derby Gelding Res Champ on Metallic Drifter & 3rd on Take It Eazee 2018 Idaho Futurity Open Derby Novice Finalist (4th) on Addisyns Bella Cat 2018 Idaho Futurity Classic Open Finalist (3rd) & Gelding Champion on Mr Luckys 2018 NCHA Super Stakes Open Derby Finalist (+Gelding) riding Take It Eazee 2018 Cattlemen's Futurity Open Derby Finalist (+Novice) riding Metallic Drifter 2018 Cattlemen's Futurity Open Derby Gelding Champion riding Metallic Drifter 2018 Cattlemen's Futurity Open Classic Novice Finalist riding Mr Luckys 2018 Arbuckle Mountain Futurity Open Classic Reserve Champion riding MR LUCKYS 2018 Arbuckle Mountain Futurity Open Classic Novice/Gelding Champion riding MR LUCKYS 2018 Arbuckle Mountain Futurity Open Derby Finalist (+Novice/Gelding) riding Metallic Drifter 2018 Arbuckle Mountain Futurity Open Derby Finalist riding Wicked Little Cat 2018 Bonanza Futurity Open Derby Finalist (+Novice) riding Wicked Little Cat 2018 Augusta Open Derby Co-Reserve Champion riding Metallic Drifter 2017 NCHA Futurity Open Semi Finalist riding Take It Eazee and Metallic Drifter 2017 Brazos Bash Futurity Open Derby Finalist ( + Gelding) riding Smooth Sailing Cat 2017 Brazos Bash Futurity Open Derby Finalist (+ Gelding) riding Mr. Luckys 2017 Breeder's Invitational Open Classic Finalist Smooth Nu Cat 2017 NCHA Super Stakes Classic Open Finalist riding Peeptos Cat 2017 Ike Derby Open Finalist riding Peepaboo
2016 NCHA Futurity Open Champion!!!!!!!! - Total of 13 aged event finalists in 2016! - Cotton Stakes Open Futurity Champion on Nu Metallic Wood 2015 NCHA OPEN WORLD CHAMPION on Special Nu Baby - set a new NCHA record for amount of Money Won in the Open at Weekend shows including Mercuria Cuttings with $142,346.04 total money won 2015 NCHA Futurity Open Finalist riding Special Nu Cat 2015 Southern Futurity Open Champion on Smooth Cowstruck 2015 Southern Futurity Open Reserve Champion on Found My Dream 2015 Quarter Horse Congress Open Mercuria Champion on Special Nu Baby 2015 EL RANCHO OPEN MERCURIA CHAMPION WITH RECORD TYING 234 SCORE ON SPECIAL NU BABY!!! 2015 El Rancho Futurity Open Derby Champion on Kit Kat 2015 El Rancho Open Futurity CO-CHAMPION on Smooth Cowstruck 2015 Idaho Futurity Open Mercuria CHAMPION on Special Nu Baby 2015 The Mane Event Mercuria Open CHAMPION on Special Nu Baby 2015 Calgary Stampede Mercuria Open Reserve Champion on Special Nu Baby 2015 Pacific Coast Mercuria Open Reserve Champion on Special Nu Baby 2015 San Antonio Livestock Show Mercuria Open CHAMPION on Special Nu Baby