FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Deary & Shesouttayourleague NRHA Open Futurity Champions
Oklahoma City, Okla., December 5, 2015 – The 2015 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity held the final day of competition on Saturday that determined the 2015 NRHA Open Futurity Champions.
NRHA Professional Casey L. Deary entered the arena as the last competitor of the day aboard Shesouttayourleague. After scoring an impressive 224 and tying the current leader Franco Bertolani and Inferno Sixty Six, the riders decided to run off for the championship keeping the crowd very anxious. Loping in first was Bertolani and Inferno Sixty Six, owned by Slide Or Die LLC, scoring 223.5. Deary and Shesouttayourleague, owned by Robert Curtis, entered the arena for the second time, and after receiving a score of 224.5, history was made – Casey Deary became the 2015 NRHA Lucas Oil Open Level 4 Futurity Champion!
Winning the most prestigious reining event unofficially brought Deary past $1,000,000 in NRHA lifetime earnings, making him the newest NRHA Million Dollar Rider! Shesouttayourleague is by the newest NRHA Million Dollar Sire Walla Walla Whiz and out of NRHA Hall of Famer Wimpys Little Chic (by Wimpys Little Step) and was nominated by Arcese Quarter Horses USA receiving $7,500 for nominating the horse.
With the win, Casey receives a check for $142,500 together with several awards donated by event sponsors including Bob’s Custom Saddle sponsored by Tamarack Ranch, Montana Silversmiths Custom Trophy Buckle sponsored by Jerry Kimmel Reining Horses, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, Classic Equine product, $500 SmartPak certificate, Shorty’s Cowboy Hattery certificate, Bluebonnet Feed products, and one-year use of a Sundowner Trailer provided by Twin Cities South Trailers.
Winning Level 3 tonight was NRHA Professional Sean McBurney with Rsure Shot Whizkey scoring 218.5. Rsure Shot Of Whiskey is by Whizkey N Diamonds and out of Gunners Sureshot (by Gunner). Rhodes River Ranch, owner and nominator of the stallion, receives a check for $1,417.58 for nominating the horse.
McBurney takes home $26,934 for the first place together with Bob’s Custom Saddle sponsored by Arcese Quarter Horses USA, Montana Silversmiths Custom Trophy Buckle, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, Classic Equine product, $300 SmartPak certificate, Shorty’s Cowboy Hattery certificate, and Bluebonnet Feed products.
Tying to win the Level 2 were NRHA Professional Joe S. Schmidt riding ARC Shesgunnasparkya and Mathieu Buton riding Ms Mercedes Whiz. ARC Shesgunnasparkya is owned by Claudia Simon and was nominated by Arcese Quarter Horses USA that received a check for $1,712.66 for nominating the mare. ARC Shesgunnasparkya is by Gunnatrashya and out Sailing Spark (by Shining Spark). Ms Mercedes Whiz is owned by Mathieu Buton and his wife Angela Rybar, who was also the nominator. The mare is by Cromed Out Mercedes and out of Ms Holywood Whiz (by Topsail Whiz).
The winners each receive a check for $17,665.04 together with Bob’s Custom Saddle sponsored by Arcese Quarter Horses USA, Montana Silversmiths Custom Trophy Buckle, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, Classic Equine product, $300 SmartPak certificate, Shorty’s Cowboy Hattery certificate, and Bluebonnet Feed products.
Justin Michels rode both of Joan E. Julen’s horses in Section 1 of the Finals to a score of 214.5 to tie them for the win in Level 1, receiving a check for a total of $27,160.54. Michels first entered the arena on Berry Great Juice, a gelding by Smart Like Juice and out of Berry Great Twist (by Dun It With A Twist). Berry Great Juice was nominated by Mary A. Jansma, who receives $383.27 for the nomination. Michels then rode Cromed Out Gunner, a gelding by Cromed Out Mercedes and out of Smoking Gypsy Rose (by Gunner), nominated by Roger D. Parks earning $1,046.24 for the nomination. For his win, Justin Michels receives Bob’s Custom Saddle, Montana Silversmiths Custom Trophy Buckle, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, Classic Equine product, $300 SmartPak certificate, Shorty’s Cowboy Hattery certificate, Adequan product, and Bluebonnet Feed products.
Earlier this week, Duane Latimer and Wham Bam Gunner Man won the Prime Time Open division. Prime Time Open winner is determined based on the composite score from first go-round and Semi-final. Latimer and the bay stallion won with a composite of 438. Wham Bam Gunner Man, owned by Tom and Mandy McCutcheon, is by Gunners Special Nite and out of Super Olena Chic (by Smart Chic Olena). The rider receives $2,105.09 for the win.
Prime Time Open Reserve Champion Casey Hinton riding Electro Star receives a check for $1,281.36 together with Montana Silversmiths Custom Trophy Buckle sponsored by Chaps by Nancy. Casey and Kathy Hinton own the stallion.
For additional results including the Adequan NAAC Youth 14-18 and other ancillary classes visit www.nrhafuturity.com/results
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A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:
Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bob’s Custom Saddles, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cinch, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, Horse&Rider, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialist, Lucas Oil, Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, NFuelN Local, OKC Convention & Vistors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, SmartPak, Trailguard, and Xtra Quarter Horses.
NRHA Event Sponsors: RAM, Scott Cleaners, KO Trading, Sandbur Production, Not Ruf At All, Twin Cities South Trailers, Sundowner, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Avila’s Pro Shop, Freewheeler Golf Cars, EZGO, Tamarack Ranch and Pro View, CompetitorCentral.com.
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