Gunners Tinseltown and McQuay Sit Atop NRHA Open Futurity Standings
By Christa Morris – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma completed the second go-round, second section of the $540,000-added NRHA Open Futurity on Tuesday. One section remains to determine who will qualify for $1.5 million final on Saturday, December 1.
Tim McQuay moved to the top of the composite standings with a 444 aboard Gunners Tinseltown (Gunner x Miss Tinseltown by Great Red Pine). The NRHA Professional from Tioga, Texas marked a 222 in both go-rounds on the stallion owned by David Silva, Sr. (Tolland, Conn.). They lead the $280,000 added level 4 open division.
Sitting in second place in the level 4 open division is Gunners Star (Rr Star x Gunners Smokin Jane by Gunner) and NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider Craig Schmersal (Overbrook, Okla.) with a 219 in the second go-round for a 443 composite score. The American Paint Horse gelding is owned by Frank Costantini, Jr. and Bill Bradley.
Leading the $145,000-added level 3 open division is Bella Juice (Smart Like Juice x Bella Conquistador by Conquistador Whiz) and NRHA Professional Luke Gagnon (Gainesville, Texas) with a composite score of 439 after earning a 218.5 in the second go-round. Cache Performance Horses, LLC of Bosalt, Colo. is the owner.
Callme Mister Mister (Mister Dual Pep x Travelin With Sass by Travelena) and Chris Dawson (Jacksboro, Texas) earned a 221 for their second go-round score. Their composite score of 435 gave them the lead in the $75,000 added level 2 open division for owner Stephen Roseberry of Urbana, Ohio.
Wound Up Wimp (Wimpys Little Step x Wind Her Up Chic by Smart Chic Olena) and NRHA Professional Matthew Armenta (Whitesboro, Tex.) held their lead in the $35,000 added level 1 open division for owner Carl Lambert (Hempstead, Tex.). They added a 217 to their first go-round score of 216.5 for a 433.5 composite score.
The top open horse and rider combinations, based on composite scores from the first and second go-round, will advance to the NRHA Open Futurity Finals on Saturday, December 1 where the winner of the level 4 open division will earn $165,000 as well as incredible prizes from NRHA Corporate Partners and award sponsors.
More About the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show
It’s the most elite reining event in the world with more than 3,000 entries competing for nearly $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.
The NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show offers a variety of spectator events and activities including a western gift market, NRHA / Markel Insurance Horse sales, NRHA Open World Championship Shootout presented by Equine Sports Medicine, Silver Spurs Equine Rookie of the Year and 4R Performance Horses Hometown Heroes Slide & Freestyle Reining benefitting the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum. Go to nrhafuturity.com for more information or to purchase tickets.
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
For more information on the NRHA, or the sport of Reining, please visit nrha.com or call (405) 946-7400.