From Pro Management/Cheryl Cody
October 25 – Michael Jeffcoat Wins NRHA Non Pro at Billingsley Ford Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity and Show / Larry Barker tops Intermediate Non Pro
In the NRHA Non Pro class held Friday morning at the Billingsley Ford Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity and Show, Michael Jeffcoat scored 146 on his great 5-year-old Spooks Gotta Run.
Jeffcoat, from Waurika, Oklahoma, has had the son of Spooks Gotta Gun out of Prettywhizprettydoes that he calls “Possum” since he was a 2-year-old and he has earnings over $60,000. In his futurity year he won the Level 2 Non Pro and Prime Time titles at the National Reining Horse Association Futurity and went on to win the Prime Time Championship at the NRHA Derby. The win at Ardmore earned $873, a champion buckle and Lawson Trophy in the class sponsored by Schmidt Reining Horses.
Reserve honors and the Intermediate Non Pro Championship – for the second consecutive year – went to Larry Barker on Dream It Magnum for a score of 145. Dream It Magnum is a family horse that he and his wife, Kathy, have enjoyed great success on. The 11-year-old mare by Magnum Chic Dream was the $2 Million sire’s first Open Futurity finalist back in her futurity year in 2005.
Since then she has continued to be a winner for the Whitesboro, Texas couple. Kathy earned the National Affiliate Finals Limited Non Pro Championship on her in 2009, and currently rides her daughter. Larry noted, “We even owned her grand-dam.” The win in the Intermediate Non Pro class sponsored by Craig Johnson Reining Horses was worth $563, along with a trophy buckle and a CR Morrison trophy.
Finishing second in the Intermediate Non Pro was Kaylan Marks of Yorktown, Texas on Tagged My Chic by Whiz N Tag Chex out of Cheeky Boom.
October 24 – Tim McQuay Tops John Deere Open Futurity Prelims on Gnna Sassya at Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity and Show Presented by Billingsley Ford
On Thursday, October 24, at the Billingsley Ford Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity and Show, an enduring champion rode a 3-year-old to the top finish of the John Deere Open Preliminaries. National Reining Horse Association Hall of Famer Tim McQuay dominated the preliminaries on his home-owned Gunna Sassya with a score of 224. Gunna Sassya is a son of the late Gunner out of Shining N Sassy, the mare Tim won the NRHA Futurity on for then-owner Carol Rose.
McQuay’s score was just a point ahead of a cluster of 223 scores – by Dell Hendricks on Frank Costantini’s Tricked Out Spook, Bobby Avila Jr. on Im Gunna Shine owned by Teresa Benton, Jared Leclair on This Cats Stressin, owned by Terry Ranch, Jordan Larson on Double Loaded Gun, owned by Freddie Brasfield and Justin Mathison on Mary Jansma’s Walla Walla Gunshine.
Dell, Bobby, and Jared topped the Intermediate Open Qualifiers, where it took a 216 to make the finals. Jared also led the Level 2 Open on This Cats Stressin and just behind in the Level 2 was Robert Chown on Mister Black Magic, owned by WW Ranch of Argyle, Texas.
Eduardo Chrisians rode Sugar Pop Step Ahead to top the Level 1 Open with a score of 219. Mirjam Stillo was in the reserve slot with a 216 on Little Joe Vintage, owned by Harper Conner.
In the Level 2, it was 213 to get to the finals and in the Level 1 it took a 209.5.
It took a 219 to make the finals in the John Deere Open Level 4 Futurity at the Billingsley Ford Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity and Show. One rider qualified three horses – Jordan Larson! Along with Double Loaded Gun, Jordan rode Tinseltownsmokingun, owned by Julie Gaupmann and Magnamus owned by Steve Tyner to Level 4 finals slots.
Earlier in the day, Kinzey Donnelly rode Ms Kyla Michelle to win the Intermediate Open, earning $531 for owner Michael Marks of Yorktown, Texas. Donnelly, of Valley View, Texas, marked a score of 72 for the win on the daughter of Big Chex To Cash out of Ms Remin Whiz.
That was just a half point ahead of Richard Pokluda on Notorious Big (Big Chex To Cas X Da Steady Holiday) owned by Bob Majerus and Jordan McBurney on Rhodes River Ranch’s Hanna Shinetana (Shining Spark X JRC Quixote O Lena).
Hava Vital piloted Nu Magic Cash (Nu Chex To Cash X Dream About Magic) to win both the Limited Open and Rookie Professional classes. Vital, formerly from Israel, has been riding the horse since just before the NRHA Derby and won the Reserve Open Derby title at Waco. At Ardmore, she scored 72.5 to top the class on the good 6-year-old owned by Misty Valley Performance Horses.
Reserve honors in the Limited Open went to Giada Camparsi on Conquistadordaydream (Conquistador Whiz X Custom Dreamer) owned by Stacy Adams of Coppel, Texas. Second place in the Limited Open went to Saar Ben-Hamo on Pick N Berries with a 72 for owner Tzvika Knaani.
October 23 – 3-Way Tie for the John Deere Futurity Open Lead – Larson, Leclair and Avila
Mandy McCutcheon Claims Novice Horse Non Pro Win on Gunner Nic
Wednesday, October 23 began at the Billingsley Ford Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity and Show with the first section of the prelims of the John Deere Open Futurity.
When 64 horses had shown, there was a three-way tie for the top score – at 223. Tied for first in the Level 4 Open were Jordan Larson on Double Loaded Gun (Gunner X Anniegityergun) owned by Freddie Brasfield, Bobby Avila Jr. on Teresa Wynn’s Im Gunna Shine (Gunner X Shiner Light), and Jared Leclair on This Cats Stressin (WR This Cats Smart X Stressin) owned by Terry Ranch.
Avila and Leclair were tied for the Level 3 top slot and Jared also topped the Level 2, with Mathieu Buton sitting second with a 219.5 on Whiz Chica Dee, a daughter of Topsail Whiz out of Chic A Dee Hickory owned by Bob Loomis.
Currently leading the Level 1 Open is Eduardo Christians on his Sugar Pop Step Ahead (Wimpys Little Step X Sugar Pop Gun) with a score of 219. Mirjam Stillo holds second in the level 1 with a 216 on Little Joe Vintage (A Sparkling Vintage X Snappy N Smart Chic) owned by Harper Conner.
The 20-entry Novice Horse Non Pro class followed the Futurity section and Mandy McCutcheon Gunner Nic to the Novice Horse Non Pro win, scoring a 72 on the daughter of Gunner out of Tinker Nic by Reminic. The mare is a full sister to $300K plus winner Tinker with Guns, and, according to Mandy, “Either Cade or I will show her in Oklahoma City. We are making those plans, now.”
For the win, McCutcheon received a Champion SWRHA Buckle and Morrison Trophy, along with a check for $606.
There was a tie for the Reserve Championship between Flis Sassella on Slide To The Bucks and Catherine Wright on Spookaroanie. Each scored 71.5.
October 22 – Jordan Larson Novice Horse Open on MC Gunner at Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity and Show Presented by Billingsley Ford
The Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity and Show presented by Billingsley Ford began October 22 with a familiar name at the top of the leader board.
Top National Reining Horse Association professional Jordan Larson scored a rock solid 75 points on MC Gunner, owned by Jack Covington of Lucas, Texas, topping the 93-entry Novice Horse Open Level 2 class to earn $1,845. MC Gunner is by Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner) and out of Covington’s great mare, Mi Mega.
Reserve honors went to Trevor Dare on Magnumatic, owned by his father, Rocky Dare. Magnumatic is a son of Magnum Chic Dream out of BH Aint Misbehavin. Dare’s score of 74.5 was worth $1,123.
The SWRHA Futurity and Show presented by Billingsley Ford, held at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore, Oklahoma, features a total of $114,000 added in 2013, keeping its position as one of the reining industry’s most important fall events and a consistent prelude to the NRHA Futurity which follows a short month later.
Action continues at Ardmore with the headline John Deere Tractor Open Futurity beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, October 23. For live internet live feed of the action compliments of Waltenberry Videography, go to www.swrha.com.
For more information about the Southwest Reining Horse Association or the SWRHA Futurity, call 580-759-2572 or visit www.swrha.com.
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