Gunners Star and Schmersal Lead NRHA Open Futurity
Adequan NAAC Champions:
Malmberg and Whizzin In The Rein
Pitts and Anna Wana Boggie
By Christa Morris – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show moved into the first go-round, second section of the $540,000 added NRHA Open Futurity and welcomed the first day of Adequan North American Affiliate Championship classes. The show is the most elite reining event in the world with 3,000 entries competing for more than $2 million in cash and prizes at Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.
Even though the temperatures took a slight dip in Oklahoma City, the reining competition heated up with big changes made to the leader board. Gunners Star (Rr Star x Gunners Smokin Jane by Gunner) and NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider Craig Schmersal (Overbrook, Okla.) received a 224 from the judges to take the lead in the level 4 open division. The American Paint Horse gelding is owned by Frank Costantini, Jr. and Bill Bradley.
Wimpys Littlecolonel ridden by NRHA Million Dollar Rider Jordan Larson (Whitesboro, Texas) and Gunners Tinseltown ridden by NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider Tim McQuay (Tioga, Texas) both earned a 222 to move into a three-way tie for second place with yesterday’s leader, Electric Jac and Tom McCutcheon. Wimpys Littlecolonel (Wimpys Little Step x One Right Chic by Smart Chic Olena), owned by George Lawrence (Gainesville, Texas), placed eighth in the level 4 open division at the 2012 Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity (SWRHA) with Larson. Gunners Tinseltown (Gunner x Miss Tinseltown by Great Red Pine), owned by David Silva, Sr. (Tolland, Conn.), and McQuay finished in the top five in the level 4 open division at the 2012 SWRHA Futurity.
In the level 3 open division, Bella Juice (Smart Like Juice x Bella Conquistador by Conquistador Whiz) and NRHA Professional Luke Gagnon (Gainesville, Texas) marked a 220.5 which was good enough to take the lead. The team placed 5th in the level 3 open division at the 2012 SWRHA Futurity for owner Cache Performance Horses, LLC of Bosalt, Colo.
Shock Star Groupie (Jacs Electric Spark x Lovin Me Good by Lil Gun) and NRHA Professional Jody Brainard (Mulhall, Okla.) ended the day in second place in the level 3 open division and first in the level 2 open division with a 219.5. The team has earned more than $16,000 with successful performances at the SWRHA Futurity, Hollywoodstinseltown Open Futurity and North Central Reining Horse Association Futurity. Mary Beth Sellers of Sapulpa, Okla. owns the mare. Legacy In Lights (owned by Janet Benson of Valley View, Texas) and NRHA Professional Ruben Vandorp (Aubrey, Texas) held onto third place in the level 3 open division with the 219 they earned yesterday.
Whizen Starlight (Topsail Whiz x Starring Trouble by Grays Starlight, owned by Robert Reterson of Rigby, Idaho) and Jackson Porath (Idaho Falls, Idaho) slid into a two-way tie for second in the level 2 open division (218.5) with Dunnit Like A Master (owned by Impresa Agricola Cuoghi of Modena, Italy) and Bobby Barko (Ardmore, Okla.). Dunnit Like A Master still leads the level 1 open division.
Alma De Gato Cala Bassa (Pirai 1569 Do Brazao x Beta Cala Bassa) and Roberto Jou (Porto Alegre, Brazil) earned a 217.5 for second in the level 1 open division. The Crioulo stallion is owned by Silvio Rickes of Porto Alegre, Brazil.
Malmberg and Whizzin In The Rein Claim Limited Open Championship
The first champions were named in the Adequan North American Affiliate Championships, a competition that features the top eight riders from NRHA Affiliates across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The show hosted two concurrent classes today – the Adequan NAAC Limited Open and Adequan NAAC Rookie Professional.
In the Adequan NAAC Limited Open, Shayla Malmberg (Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada) and Whizzin In The Rein (Jumping Jack Whiz x Rein Dance Lena) claimed the championship with a 224.5 for owner Kyle Weston (Grand Prairie, Alberta, Canada). In 2011, the duo won the same title in a dramatic run-off, as well as top honors in the NAAC Rookie Professional. Melissa Hood (Plattsburg, Mo.) and her Watch This Way (Lena My Way x Whisper Shay Rondo) took the reserve championship with a 221.
Pitts and Anna Wana Boggie Win Rookie Profesional Championship
In the NAAC Rookie Professional, Anna Wana Boggie with Alan Pitts and Houston Shine with Emily Emerson received identical scores of 215.5. Anna Wana Boggie (Don Quintana x Dun Berry Flashy) and Pitts came back to win the run-off and the championship honors. Alan and Julie Pitts (Pueblo, Colo.) own the 2005 mare that represented the Mountain region. Houston Shine (Hey Houston x Shining Shiner, $60,000 NRHA LTE) and NRHA Professional Emily Emerson (Elbert, Colo.) also represented the Mountain region for owner Sheryl Mease (Grand Junction, Colo.).
MORE ABOUT THE SHOW
It’s the most elite reining event in the world with 3,000 entries competing for more than $2 million in cash and prizes. More than 1,300 horses and 127,000 visitors come from nearly 20 countries to compete and watch the excitement unfold. During its 10-day run, the show contributes more than $67 million to the overall Oklahoma City economy.
The show features the $540,000-added NRHA Open Futurity Finals on Saturday, December 1 when the winning entry is guaranteed a check for $150,000, as well as incredible prizes from NRHA Corporate Partners and award sponsors. The NRHA / Cinch Non Pro Futurity offers an additional $260,000 in added money for non pro reiners, which will be awarded on Friday, November 30. Nearly $100,000 in nominator incentive money also will be distributed to those individuals who originally nominated horses to the NRHA Nomination Program, despite whether or not they still own the horse.
NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show Supporters
The NRHA would like to thank the following corporate partners for their support of the NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show: Adequan, Arenus, Bob’s Custom Saddles, Cinder Lakes Ranch and Reproduction Center, Classic Equine, Darling 888 Ranch, Downunder Horsemanship, Horse&Rider, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialists, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Miller International – Cinch / Cruel Girl, Montana Silversmiths, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Pard’s Western Shop, Platinum Performance, Purina, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes / Anderson Bean Boot Company, Silver Spurs Equine, SmartPak, Twister Trailer and World Development Group International.
In addition, NRHA thanks NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show Event Sponsors:
- Platinum Futurity Sponsors: 4R Performance Horses, Equine Sports Medicine, KO Trading, RAM, Roleski Ranch, Sandbur Productions LLC and Scott Cleaners
- Gold Futurity Sponsors: Cowdog Saddles, Equine Oasis, Kyle Tack, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Soft Ride and The New West
- Silver Futurity Sponsors: Avila’s Pro Shop, E-Z Go, Forewheeler Golf Cars, Heat-A-Zone and Millennium Luxury Coaches