2016 NRHA Futurity – Day Five

NRHA Open Futurity Second Go, Section Two: Whiz Gata Prize and Flarida hold the lead

Chicsdreamofdiamonds and Jack Meadows top the first section of the Cinch NRHA Non Pro Futurity

Oklahoma City, November 28 – The 2016 NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show (NAAC) offered the second section of the second go-round of the Open Futurity.

Holding on to the highest composite score in the Level (L)4 Open presented by Lucas Oil is NRHA Five Million Dollar Rider Shawn Flarida aboard E. Alberto Casasco’s Whiz Gata Prize (Topsail Whiz x Smart Little Prize), a stallion nominated and bred by Robert Santagata. The duo is leading with a 444.5 composite.

In the first section of the semi-finals, NRHA Four Million Dollar Rider Andrea Fappani rode Rancho Oso Rio LLC’s Ifwhizswereguns (Spooks Gotta Gun x Ifwhizsweredollars), bred and nominated by Tanya Jenkins, to a 442 composite score. Today, NRHA Three Million Dollar Rider Craig Schmersal equalled Fappani’s composite riding Phantom Face (Pale Face Dunnit x Gorgeous Like A Star), a stallion owned by Hill-Schmersal, bred by Greg Hill and
nominated by Hickory Creek Ranch LLC.

Fernando Salgado and Loveya (Gunnatrashya x Love Em N Lena), a stallion owned and nominated by Camela Essick, are now leading both the L3 and L2 divisions with a 437.5. A half-point behind the leaders in the L3 are Nathan Piper and Toyon Ranch LLC’s Smart Ebony Spook (Smart Spook x Ebony Shines), a palomino mare nominated by John and Nancy Tague.

In the L1 Open division Olenas Little Step (Wimpys Little Step x Ms Collena Olena), a stallion owned by Holy Cow Performance Horses Texas LLC with Titus Covington in the saddle, is firmly leading the L1 with a 429.5 composite score. The chestnut stallion was bred and nominated by Donna Woodruff. A point behind the current leaders are Arnaud Ferret and Spooks Gotta Cowboy (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Marq Of Cita), owned bred and nominated by Bernandino Cervantes. Today they were joined by Barak Gibori riding Talking Dirty (Hollywoodtinseltown x Myskirtisinthedirt), a gelding nominated and owned by David Silva.

The Cinch NRHA Non Pro Futurity:

Riders in the first section of the qualifying go-round of the Cinch NRHA Non Pro Futurity left their mark in the Jim Norick arena today vying for a spot in the coveted finals. In the L4 division, Jac Meadows today rode to the high score – a 217.5 – aboard Chicsdreamofdiamonds (Magnum Chic Dream x Princess In Diamonds). The flashy palomino mare owned by Amy Meadows was nominated and bred by Clinton Anderson.

NRHA Two Million Dollar Mandy McCutcheon riding Customized My Gun (Gunner x Custom Made Dunit), a mare owned, bred and nominated by McQuay Stables Inc., closed her run with a 216, the second highest score in the L4.

With a 214.5, Jesse Asmussen and his Xtra Whinny Berry (Wimpys Red Berry x SLJ Smartlikewhinny) lead the L3 division. The red roan gelding was nominated and bred by Xtra QH LLC. Behind the duo, with a 213, were Ginger Schmersal and Kelle Smith. Schmersal was seen riding Gold Digging Dunnit (Pale Face Dunnit x Dun It Reining), a red dun stallion nominated by Hickory Creek Ranch LLC, owned and bred by B S Syndicate. The duo is also leading the L2 division. Smith rode her own Gotta Shiney Whiz (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Cee Bee Shine), a bay mare nominated by Bobby Lewis and bred by Diane Beckmann.

Leading the L1 division are Jordan Knudsen and his Sparkin Dun It (Pale Face Dunnit x Sparkin Personality), a chestnut gelding nominated by Mary Brown and bred by Hickory Creek Ranch LLC.

Finalists will be determined following the third section of the qualifying go-round. The Cinch Non Pro Futurity Consolation will take place on Thursday, December 1.

Tuesday action will include the section 3 of the Open Futurity semi-final, the section 2 of the Cinch NRHA Non Pro Futurity and the NAAC Novice Horse Open L 1 & Level 2 as well as the NAAC Novice Horse Open Level 1 and Level 2 and NRHA Novice Horse Open Level 1 and Level 2.

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:

Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cinch, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialist, Lucas Oil, MS Diamonds, Texas, Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Trailguard and Xtra Quarter Horses.

NRHA Event Sponsors: RAM, Sandbur, Not Ruf At All, Twin Cities South Trailers, Twin Cities South Sundowner Trailers, Story Book Stables, Star Spangled Whiz, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Continental Saddlery, Equine Oasis, Bob’s Custom Saddles, KO Trading, Elite Stall Mat Rentals, Scott Cleaners, Avila’s Proshop, Brandt Blankets, Mr. Electric Spark, Old Sorrel Western Sports Apparel, John Vance Autogroup, Boot Barn

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2016 NRHA Futurity – Day Four

NRHA Open Futurity Second go, Section One: Whiz Gata Prize and Flarida Lead

Shannon Rafacz and Iboom win the NAAC Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 – Kara Gray Frye and Juice N Silk win the Level 1

Shawn Flarida & Whiz Gata PrizeOklahoma City, November 27 – It was an action-packed Sunday at the 2016 NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show (NAAC). The first section of the second go-round of the $472,500*-added (*subject to change based on nominations) Open Futurity opened the day, and once the last horse ran through the in-gate, the highest composite score was earned by NRHA Five Million Dollar Rider Shawn Flarida riding E. Alberto Casasco’s Whiz Gata Prize. Aboard the talented stallion (by NRHA Eleven Million Dollar Sire Topsail Whiz and out of Smart Little Prize) nominated and bred by Robert Santagata, Flarida closed his performance in the first go-round with a 221.5. The duo posted a 223 today, earning the highest composite score in the Level (L)4 Open presented by Lucas Oil, a 444.5.

NRHA Four Million Dollar Rider Andrea Fappani, rode Ifwhizwereguns (Spooks Gotta Gun x Ifwhizweredollars) for owner Rancho Oso Rio LLC, a stallion nominated and bred by Tanya Jenkins, to a 222.5 which brought his composite score to a 442 after having posted a 219.5 in the first go-round. The duo retains the second highest composite score in the L4.

Topping the L3 Open division with a composite score of 436 (217/219) was Nathan Piper riding High Rolling Spook (Smart Spook x Shining High Roller) for owner Toyon Ranch LLC. Nominated by Rosanne Sternberg, the sorrel stallion is an NRHA Markel Insurance Select Yearling Sale Graduate.

In the L2 Open division, Pedro Baiao and Hollywood Nites (Gunners Special Nite x Dun It For Chex) took the lead with a composite score of 433.5. Bred by Oldenburg Farm LLC, the pretty mare is owned by Michael A Garnett and was nominated by Cardinal Hill Training Center.

In the L1 Open division Little Step (Wimpys Little Step x Ms Colleena Olena), owned by Holy Cow Performance Horses Texas LLC, with Titus Covington in the saddle, holds the highest composite score (428.5).

NAAC Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 & Level 1 Champions

Excitement built in the Adequan arena in Oklahoma City as qualifiers rode for the NAAC Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 and Level 2 titles. Multiple past NRHA Non Pro World Champion Shannon Rafacz won the Level 2 championship with a 219 score riding Iboom, a 5-year-old sorrel gelding by Boom Shernic and out of Bonitas Latin Chic.

“I’m pretty proud of my horse who I got just before the NRHA Derby through the lease program. I bought him a week before this show and am really excited about the fact that the program worked out the way it was intended to,” said an enthused Shannon. “He’s been in our barn since he was 3, and then his owner went to college, so I tried him. I really love him, he has taught me a ton in six months, and we are truly two peas in a pod!”

The reserve championship honors in the Level 2, a half-a-point behind the winners, went to the NAAC Novice Horse Level 1 Champions, Kara Gray Frye and her 5-year-old chestnut gelding, Juice N Silk (Smart Like Juice). “It was a lot of fun, he was there for me today just as he was there for me all year!” said an emotional Kara following the awards presentation. “Because of an eye injury, that fortunately is healing up beautifully thanks to my vet, I was unable to ride him until yesterday! I bought him last year in May from Jill Walton – who did an amazing job with him – and he’s really become solid. He spent last winter with Mark Rafacz, I flew down several times to ride with Mark, and since then I’ve been riding him myself, so this is a dream come true!”

Claiming reserve honors in the Level 1 with a 216.5 was Shannon Kasten aboard Bill Kasten’s Schoen Smart (Smart Starbuck x Schoen Melody), a 5-year-old American Quarter Horse gelding.

Futurity Festivities:

This year’s edition of the NRHA Futurity Show is offering many a special event. Today, the “Learn from the Legends” free clinic featuring NRHA Hall of Famers Bob Loomis and Clint Haverty was a once in a lifetime opportunity for reining enthusiasts and was truly a huge success.

To kick off the most wonderful time of the year, NRHA Futurity spectators and exhibitors are welcome to attend the Platinum Performance Holiday Party on Monday, November 28th at 5 p.m. in Barn 3. Don’t forget to pull out that ugly sweater for your chance to win a prize for the most outrageous holiday sweater!

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:

Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cinch, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialist, Lucas Oil, MS Diamonds, Texas, Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Trailguard and Xtra Quarter Horses.

NRHA Event Sponsors: RAM, Sandbur, Not Ruf At All, Twin Cities South Trailers, Twin Cities South Sundowner Trailers, Story Book Stables, Star Spangled Whiz, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Continental Saddlery, Equine Oasis, Bob’s Custom Saddles, KO Trading, Elite Stall Mat Rentals, Scott Cleaners, Avila’s Proshop, Brandt Blankets, Mr. Electric Spark, Old Sorrel Western Sports Apparel, John Vance Autogroup, Boot Barn

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2016 NRHA Futurity – Day Three

Trevor Dare and Xtra New Pal Voodoo take the lead in the Open Futurity go-round

Oklahoma City, November 26 – The third day of competition of the 2016 NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show (NAAC) determined who would advance to the second go-round of the Open Futurity.

Trevor_Dare_Xtra_New_Pal_VoodooIn section 3 of the first go-round of the Open held today, Trevor Dare posted the highest score in the first go-round of the Level (L)4 Open division – a 223 – riding Xtra New Pal Voodoo (Shiners Voodoo Dr x Wimpys New Pal). Aboard the flashy palomino stallion owned and nominated by Xtra Quarter Horses LLC, Dare bested the 222 score that was in the lead. “He is an awesome horse with so much horse-power, and since I’m a little inexperienced with that level of horse-power – and he’s got an endless amount – I just have to make sure I know how to control it,” said the NRHA Professional who trains out of Xtra Quarter Horses. “I’ve had this horse in training since the beginning of this year. Damian Rico rode him as a 2-year-old and he did an awesome job with him. Thiago (Boechat), who watches me ride him every single day, has helped me incredibly. It’s been a really big team effort.”

Gabriel Diano riding Oops Itsa Spooks (Spooks Gotta Gun x Tejons Finally Dunit), owned by AC Quarter Horses LLC and nominated by Michelle Miola, today tied to lead the L3 Open division with Nathan Piper who yesterday rode Toyon Ranch LLC’s Smart Ebony Spook (Smart Spook x Ebony Shines), nominated by John and Nancy Tague, to a 220.5.

Fernando Salgado and Loveya (Gunnatrashya x Love Em N Lena), owned and nominated by Camela Essick, top the L2 division with a 219.

The top score in the L1 Open division, a 216, belongs to two entries. Arnaud Ferret and Spooks Gotta Cowboy (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Marq Of Cita), owned and nominated by Bernandino Cervantes, and Rafal Dolata riding Got Guns A Blazin (Gunner x Shining N Sassy) owned by Scott and Kathleen McCutcheon.

Sunday, November 27, Action:

The second go-round, Section 1, of the $472,500-added (subject to change based on the nominations) Open Futurity will kick off at 8 a.m. on Sunday, November 27 according to the following:

Bubble score for the Level 4 Open 210: Top 150 horses (plus ties)
Bubble score for the Level 3 Open 208.5: Top 125 horses (plus ties)
Bubble score for the Level 2 Open 206.5: Top 100 horses (plus ties)
Bubble score for the Level 1 Open 206.5: Top 75 horses (plus ties)
Prime Time Open All entries already advancing in Level 1-3

Learn From The Legends

At 3 p.m. in Barn 6, horse enthusiasts of all ages and from all disciplines are invited to “Learn from the Legends” featuring NRHA Hall of Famers Bob Loomis and Clint Haverty. After the free demonstration clinic, NRHA Professionals will be on hand to answer any questions the audience may have about finding a trainer, showing or finding an affiliate. Don’t miss this special offering presented as part of the NRHA’s 50th Anniversary.

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:

Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cinch, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialist, Lucas Oil, MS Diamonds, Texas, Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Trailguard and Xtra Quarter Horses.

NRHA Event Sponsors: RAM, Sandbur, Not Ruf At All, Twin Cities South Trailers, Twin Cities South Sundowner Trailers, Story Book Stables, Star Spangled Whiz, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Continental Saddlery, Equine Oasis, Bob’s Custom Saddles, KO Trading, Elite Stall Mat Rentals, Scott Cleaners, Avila’s Proshop, Brandt Blankets, Mr. Electric Spark, Old Sorrel Western Sports Apparel, John Vance Autogroup, Boot Barn

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First Day of Santa’s Workshop was a success at the 2016 NRHA Futurity & Adequan® NAAC

First Day of Santa’s Workshop was a success at the 2016 NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship!

Several young reiners attended the first day of Santa’s Workshop at the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® NAAC. For two hours, several of Santa’s little helpers had a chance to make their own ornaments and play a holiday game. Santa’s workshop was a complete success and kids enjoyed filling their clear ornaments with an abundance of items from colored pom pom balls and buttons to sequins and glitter.

Aside from the arts and crafts, children also played a game decorating each other as Santa Claus with cotton balls, glittery pipe cleaners and red and white paper steamers. At Santa’s Workshop, children will have the opportunity to decorate ornaments and play a holiday-themed game. If you missed out on today’s activities, there are other days scheduled with a variety of holiday activities planned.

Santa’s Workshop will be held in Sale Arena on these dates:
Sunday Nov. 27: 1-3 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 28: 4- 6 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov 29: 2-4 p.m.

Be sure to stop by Santa’s Workshop and see what’s in store each day!

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:

Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cinch, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialist, Lucas Oil, MS Diamonds, Texas, Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Trailguard and Xtra Quarter Horses.

NRHA Event Sponsors: RAM, Sandbur, Not Ruf At All, Twin Cities South Trailers, Twin Cities South Sundowner Trailers, Story Book Stables, Star Spangled Whiz, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Continental Saddlery, Equine Oasis, Bob’s Custom Saddles, KO Trading, Elite Stall Mat Rentals, Scott Cleaners, Avila’s Proshop, Brandt Blankets, Mr. Electric Spark, Old Sorrel Western Sports Apparel, John Vance Autogroup, Boot Barn

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2016 NRHA Futurity – Day Two

Brant and Electric Wind top the second section of the Open Futurity go-round

Paige Barton and Diamond Oak are NAAC Limited Non Pro Champions

The second day of competition at the 2016 NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show (NAAC) offered excitement as the second section of the Open Futurity first go-round took place in the Jim Norick Arena in Oklahoma City.

With only two riders left to go, Brandon Brant riding Electric Wind (Jacs Electric Spark x Wind Her Up Chic), owned by CCOW Partnership and nominated by Cardinal Hill Training Center LLC, lit up the stage with his performance. The duo closed their run with a 222 topping the $255,000*-added Level (L)4 Open division after three riders tied for ûlead in the first section with a 221.5 yesterday: Shawn Flarida riding Whiz Gata Prize (Topsail Whiz x Smart Little Prize), a stallion owned by E. Alberto Casasco and nominated by Robert Santagata, Robin Schoeller riding Spitfire Spook (Smart Spook X Miss Satin Whiz), a stallion nominated, bred, and owned by Polly Hilliard and Craig Schmersal aboard Pale Black Gun (Pale Face Dunnit x Blazing In Black) a stallion owned, bred and nominated by Hickory Creek Ranch LLC.

In the first section of the $125,000*-added L3 Open division, Nathan Piper had taken the lead after posting a 219 aboard High Rolling Spook (Smart Spook x Shining High Roller) for owner Toyon Ranch LLC. Today, Piper rode another Toyon Ranch LLC owned horse to the top score in the second section, Smart Ebony Spook. Aboard the palomino mare by Smart Spook and out of Ebony Shines, nominated by John and Nancy Tague, the young NRHA Professional posted a 220.5.

Fernando Salgado and Loveya (Gunnatrashya x Love Em N Lena), owned and nominated by Camela Essick, bested Aboomen Revolution (Boomernic x Urika) and Ruben Vandorp’s 218.5 by half a point in the $62,500* -added L2 division.

Holding on to the top score in the $30,000*-added L1 division after yesterday’s performance are Arnaud Ferret and Spooks Gotta Cowboy (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Marq Of Cita), owned and nominated by Bernandino Cervantes.

(*subject to change based on nominations)

NAAC Limited Non Pro Champions are Paige Barton and Diamond Oak

In a field of 103 qualified horses and riders, Paige Barton and her Diamond Oak were draw 102 with a 216.5 to best the other entries. In 2015, the duo had taken reserve honors and this year they were
determined to take home the championship and the trophy, and they did! The young rider and her 7-year-old gelding by Like A Diamond and out of Jr Colored Oak closed their performance with a 217. “My horse was a really good boy today! In the warm-up pen he was really hooked on and was with me all the way in the show arena too!” said Paige following the awards presentation. “I got him close to two years ago from Arno Honstetter, who did an awesome job with him, and now I train with Martin Padilla who is perfect! I’ve a great horse…he’s special.”

Michelle Miola and Bella Juice, a 7-year-old mare by Smart Like Juice and out of Bella Conquistador, owned by Silver Spurs Equine, settled for reserve honors.

On Saturday, riders will be vying for the NAAC Limited Open and Rookie Professional titles.

Live Score & Webcast: http://nrhafuturity.com/live

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:

Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cinch, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialist, Lucas Oil, MS Diamonds, Texas, Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Trailguard and Xtra Quarter Horses.

NRHA Event Sponsors: RAM, Sandbur, Not Ruf At All, Twin Cities South Trailers, Twin Cities South Sundowner Trailers, Story Book Stables, Star Spangled Whiz, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Continental Saddlery, Equine Oasis, Bob’s Custom Saddles, KO Trading, Elite Stall Mat Rentals, Scott Cleaners, Avila’s Proshop, Brandt Blankets, Mr. Electric Spark, Old Sorrel Western Sports Apparel, John Vance Autogroup, Boot Barn

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2016 NRHA Futurity – Day One

Flarida, Schmersal and Schoeller lead the first section of the Open Futurity

Matt Palmer and CC Enterprise are the 2016 NAAC Open Champions

Thanksgiving day in Oklahoma City welcomed the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) 50th anniversary as well as the start of the 2016 NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show (NAAC).

The first section of the first go-round of the $472,500*-added Open Futurity counted 142 entries giving spectators the first taste of what to look forward to on finals night! Three riders tied to post the high score, a 221.5, in the $255,000*-added Level (L)4 Open division: Shawn Flarida (below, left) riding Whiz Gata Prize (Topsail Whiz x Smart Little Prize), a stallion owned by E. Alberto Casasco and nominated by Robert Santagata, Robin Schoeller (below, center) riding Spitfire Spook (Smart Spook X Miss Satin Whiz), a stallion nominated, bred, and owned by Polly Hilliard and Craig Schmersal (below, right) aboard Pale Black Gun (Pale Face Dunnit x Blazing In Black) a stallion owned, bred and nominated by Hickory Creek Ranch LLC.

 Robin Schoeller & Spitfire Spook Craig Schmersal & Pale Black Gun

Leading the $125,000*-added L3 Open division was Nathan Piper (below, left) after posting a 219 aboard High Rolling Spook (Smart Spook x Shining High Roller) for owner Toyon Ranch LLC. Nominated by Rosanne Sternberg, the sorrel stallion is an NRHA Markel Insurance Select Yearling Sale Graduate.

Aboomen Revolution (Boomernic x Urika), with Ruben Vandorp (below, center) in the saddle, closed his run with a 218.5 to lead the $62,500* -added L2 division. The flashy stallion was nominated by Michelle Miola and is owned by Dan Northrup.

Leading the $30,000*-added L1 division with a 216 was Arnaud Ferret (below, right) aboard Spooks Gotta Cowboy (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Marq Of Cita) nominated and owned by Bernandino Cervantes.

athan Piper & High Rolling Spook Robin Schoeller & Spitfire Spook Craig Schmersal & Pale Black Gun

(*subject to change based on nominations)

The first NAAC Champions are crowned:

In a field of 33 qualifiers, Matt Palmer firmly clinched the NAAC Open Championship after posting a 224 with Mark Hurd’s CC Enterprise (Wrangle Whiz x Rems Little Sugs) between the reins. “Last year I tied to win riding Smart Chic Katie, which is also owned by Mark Hurd,” said Matt who also claimed the USA Reining Open title. “Mark’s an amazing customer who always supports me and I cannot thank him and his family enough for trusting me with his horses. His daughters, Elaina and Amanda, have also done very well with this horse and he’s been very good to me this year; he’s the real deal!”

Jared Leclair, riding Robert and Robbin Thayn’s Coded N Karma, a 5-year-old gelding by Electric Code and out of Whiz N Snap, and Jay Dee Anderson, riding Skeets Conquistador, tied for second place honors.

Anderson also rode the 8-year-old stallion by Conquistador Whiz and out of Skeets Scamp, owned by Jay Dee and his wife Janis, to the NAAC Intermediate Open Championship.

“I’ve been coming to the Futurity for the past 37 years and this is the nicest run I’ve ever had here, it’s pretty special!” said an enthused Anderson about his stallion who boasts over $47,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE). “He was a finalist at the Futurity and he’s been a nice horse for my wife and I during his career. I’m now riding his colts and am hoping they ride as well as he does!”

Tying for second place honors were Nick Nelson riding Amy Thompson’s KR Smart Lil Devil (Smart Spook x KR Dirt Devil) and Kim Diercks riding Susan and Harry Jones’ Chic From Shinola (Smart Spook x Shine N In The Finals).

For further information about the 2016 NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship held November 24th – December 3rd in Oklahoma City visit NRHAFuturity.com.

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:

Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cinch, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialist, Lucas Oil, MS Diamonds, Texas, Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Trailguard and Xtra Quarter Horses.

NRHA Event Sponsors: RAM, Sandbur, Not Ruf At All, Twin Cities South Trailers, Twin Cities South Sundowner Trailers, Story Book Stables, Star Spangled Whiz, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Continental Saddlery, Equine Oasis, Bob’s Custom Saddles, KO Trading, Elite Stall Mat Rentals, Scott Cleaners, Avila’s Proshop, Brandt Blankets, Mr. Electric Spark, Old Sorrel Western Sports Apparel, John Vance Autogroup, Boot Barn

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NRHA Futurity & Adequan NAAC News – Updated Daily!

2016 NRHA Futurity – Day One

2016 NRHA Futurity – Day Two

First Day of Santa’s Workshop was a success at the 2016 NRHA Futurity & Adequan® NAAC

2016 NRHA Futurity – Day Three

2016 NRHA Futurity – Day Four

2016 NRHA Futurity – Day Five

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Take Home a Piece of NRHA History at our NRHA 50th Online Store

National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) members and reining fans can now order 50th Anniversary items online with commemorative items designed and created for NRHA members and fans of reining.

Capture the memory of the 50th Anniversary with limited edition belt buckles, pendants, luggage tags and more. All 50th anniversary buckle and jewelry pieces are custom designed by NRHA Corporate Partner Montana Silversmiths.

You can also buy your copy of “The NRHA Futurity: Setting the Pattern to Make History,” NRHA’s 50th Futurity Anniversary DVD. With hours of memorable photos and videos from the first NRHA Futurity, interviews with NRHA Hall of Fame members and current stars of reining, this historic reining DVD can be yours to take home today. Experience the legacy of reining 50 years in the making.

Be sure to purchase the limited edition 2016 NRHA Futurity Jacket, available only at the Official NRHA Outfitters. They can be found on the east concourse during the show.

Other merchandise to remember NRHA’s 50th Anniversary and NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship will be at the event!

To shop all things related to NRHA’s 50th anniversary, order your items here.

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Special Events at the 2016 NRHA Futurity

Futurity Festivities: Special events to place on your calendar during the 2016 NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship  

In celebration of the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) 50th anniversary and the start of the 2016 NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show (NAAC), NRHA has a variety of events in store. Be a part of our legacy this year as we celebrate this exciting milestone.

The Reining Horse Foundation’s (RHF) annual Thanksgiving Dinner will be the first special event on the calendar. Many of our members leave their homes behind to be at the Futurity every year, and NRHA and RHF are glad we can offer attendees a dinner to celebrate with friends and family. Everyone is invited to feast at a Thanksgiving buffet on Thursday, November 24th from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Make reservations by clicking here.

To kick off the most wonderful time of the year, NRHA Futurity spectators and exhibitors are welcome to attend the Platinum Performance Holiday Party on Monday, November 28th at 5 p.m.  Don’t forget to pull out that ugly sweater for your chance to win a prize for the most outrageous holiday sweater! Though the weather outside might not be frightful, this holiday party held in Barn 3 will be delightful.

On Sunday, November 27th at 3 p.m. in Barn 6, horse enthusiasts of all ages and from all disciplines are invited to Learn from the Legends featuring NRHA Hall of Famers Bob Loomis and Clint Haverty. After the free demonstration clinic, NRHA Professionals will be on hand to answer any questions the audience may have about finding a trainer, show or affiliate. Don’t miss this special offering presented as part of the NRHA’s 50th Anniversary.

This year marks the return of the Freestyle Reining at the NRHA Futurity! The Freestyle Reining will be held on Wednesday, November 30 at 6 p.m. in the Jim Norick Arena, and is presented by the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau and benefits the Reining Horse Foundation. For young reining enthusiasts, the first 100 kids admitted to the performance with purchase of a ticket will receive a 50th Anniversary NRHA Breyer Horse.

Be in your seat as we salute four decades of the Non Pro Futurity during the Non Pro Futurity Champions Showcase on Thursday, December 1, at 5:30 p.m. in the Jim Norick Arena. Following the event, stay to watch a thrilling reining competition added to the 2016 NRHA Futurity event line up, the $50,000 Silver Spurs Equine Team Challenge. See which team will “rein” supreme!

One of the most anticipated events of the NRHA Futurity & Adequan NAAC is the NRHA Markel Insurance Futurity Sales. From yearlings and broodmares, Futurity prospects and proven performance horses, there’s no better venue to find your next reining horse. The sales will be held daily Thursday, December 1st through Saturday, December 3rd in Barn 3.

The Non Pro and Open Futurity Finals are two exciting performances that shine a light on the world’s best 3–year–old reining horses and riders. With many events in store for both finals, it is best not to miss out on either. See who will win the title of NRHA Cinch Non Pro Futurity Champion on Friday, December 2nd and who will take home the NRHA Open Futurity Championship on Saturday, December 3rd.

With all the events in store to celebrate NRHA’s 50th Anniversary, this will surely be a historic milestone to remember. Together with a rich history of amazing horses, experience the 2016 NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship held November 24th – December 3rd in Oklahoma City for a reining event unlike any other. For more information about the event visit NRHAFuturity.com.

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2017 NRHA Handbook Available Online

The 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Handbook is available online for worldwide Reining enthusiasts. The 2017 NRHA Handbook includes the Association’s rules, regulations and judges’ guide along with NRHA Patterns.

HOW DO I GET A COPY?2017 Handbook cover

  • Online version – Visit www.nrha.com and click on the Membership tab to find the Handbook in a PDF form. This version is available to anyone free of charge.
  • In print – When renewing your membership, be sure to indicate that you’d like to receive a copy of the 2017 NRHA Handbook. When the print edition is available, it will be mailed to you. If you are a 3-year or Lifetime member and need to request a Handbook, call 405-946-7400 to speak a Member Services representative.
  • Free iPhone app – The 2017 NRHA Handbook will become available on the existing app and via download in the coming weeks. The app is available to anyone free of charge.
  • Save to iBooks – Go to the Handbook in NRHA’s website, click to download the entire 2017 NRHA Handbook pdf, tap the screen and click on “Open in iBooks.” This will save the Handbook in iBooks.

Members interested in viewing the NRHA Bylaws or the Corporate Record Book can find them online in the Members Only section of the NRHA website.

HOW DO I PROPOSE A RULE CHANGE?

Any NRHA member in good standing can submit a proposed change or addition for the NRHA Board of Directors to consider. It is recommended that the merits of the change, as well as specific wording for the rule be submitted. The deadline to propose rule changes for the 2018 NRHA Handbook is December 15, 2016. A form to submit a proposal can be found in the Members Only section of the NRHA website.

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