Kennedy Bryant and All Nite Spook are the 2017 Adequan® NAAC Silver Spurs Equine Rookie of the Year Champions

Kennedy Bryant and All Nite Spook are the 2017 Adequan® NAAC Silver Spurs Equine Rookie of the Year Champions

Oklahoma City, November 30, 2017 - The grandstands stayed filled with supportive friends, families, and coaches throughout the day on Thursday, November 30, to see which competitor’s dream of becoming the Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Silver Spurs Equine Rookie of the Year would come true. At the end of the day, the Adequan® Arena saw yet another run off. This time between Canadian Magalie Boulanger, representing Association Quebecoise de Reining Inc., and Kennedy Bryant, representing the Southwest Reining Horse Association.

Both competitors scored a 216.5 in their first run, but it was Bryant who took the Adequan® NAAC Silver Spurs Equine Rookie of the Year title in a field of 65 competitors, after earning a 220.5 in the run off. Bryant rode her own All Nite Spook (Smart Spook x Dun It Fri Dee Nite), an 8-year-old gelding, to the highest score since they have been together.

“Becoming the [Silver Spurs Equine] Rookie of the Year feels amazing,” Bryant said. “This goal was something that my trainer [NRHA Professional] Bud Lyon suggested, and ever since then, we have worked towards that goal. He wants to be a good horse and listen most of the time. Sometimes he doesn’t, but it makes these moments mean even more.” Lyon speaks highly of his intelligent and determined 16-year-old student who qualified for the finals in OKC at the South Central Affiliate Regional Championship (ARC). “Her memory retention is her best asset,” he said. “I can tell her something one time, and she files that concept away and immediately knows how to implement it. Her ability to process information and put it into action is incredible.” Bryant also won the Adequan® NAAC Rookie Level 2 out of 63 competitors, the $200-added NRHA Rookie Level 2, and NRHA Rookie Level 1. “This moment was possible because of my parents, family, friends, and trainers,” said Bryant. “They all helped me get here, and I could not have done it without them.”

Boulanger and FS Hollywoodwrangler (Starlights Wrangler x MJ Malibu Barbie) took reserve honors in the Adequan® NAAC Silver Spurs Equine Rookie of the Year, NAAC Rookie Level 2, and NRHA Rookie Level 1 after the run off. “I am very happy,” said Boulanger, representing the Eastern Canada (ARC). “We have been together three years, and it has been fantastic the entire time. We get along so well, and I just love him.” The 9-year-old gelding is owned by Boulanger and was bred by Bill and Patty Fingland. “I want to thank my coach, [NRHA Professional] Manon Moisan, who is back in Canada, and my family and friends for being here today,” she said.

Taking reserve honors in the $200-added NRHA Rookie Level 2 were Madison Gustin and her own Guns R Spooky (Smart Spook x Berry Yer Guns) with a 215.5. The 7-year-old gelding was bred by WT Waggoner Estate.

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NRHA Open Futurity finalists are determined following the Level 4 Open Silver Spurs Equine Semifinal

2017 NRHA Futurity & Adequan® NAAC Show

NRHA Open Futurity finalists are determined following the Level 4 Open Silver Spurs Equine Semifinal, also sponsored by Not Ruf At All

Deary and Tinker With Dreams lead the Level 4 Open composite score as Fappani and All American Vintage score a 221.5 to top the Semifinal

Oklahoma City, November 29, 2017 - Each year, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show features the world’s most elite competitors in the sport of reining. To highlight this talent, NRHA created a new event, thrilling for both spectators and reiners alike.

The Futurity Level (L)4 Open Silver Spurs Equine Semifinal took place today in the Jim Norick Arena. Also sponsored by Not Ruf At All, the top 75 horses (plus ties) in the Level 4 Open division from the first go-round, with competitors giving it all they had in hopes of making it to the $575,000-added NRHA Open Futurity Finals on Saturday, rode into the Jim Norick Arena in Oklahoma City today. The horse-and-rider teams with the highest combined score from the first go-round and semifinals will advance to the finals and will compete head-to-head for the winner’s $150,000 guaranteed paycheck on Saturday night.

The exhilarating competition closed with NRHA Million Dollar Rider Casey Deary, who slid Tinker With Dreams (Tinker With Guns x This Chicsdundreamin) to a 221.5, bringing his composite to a 443. Owned, nominated, and bred by Rhodes River Ranch, the stallion and Deary lead the L4 Open Semifinal. “This is an incredibly athletic horse, and I’ve had a lot of help from his owners since we showed in Las Vegas at the High Roller Reining Classic,” said Deary. “There is nothing physically he can’t do; he’s a fun horse to ride and very intelligent. You have to keep him occupied.”

With a composite score of 442.5, NRHA Professional Franco Bertolani took second place honors in the L4 Open Semifinal riding Masked Gun (Gunner x Dun It For Chex), a stallion owned, bred, and nominated by Cardinal Hill Training Center LLC.

The top score of the day in the L4 Open Semifinal was NRHA Four Million Dollar Rider Andrea Fappani on All American Vintage (A Sparkling Vintage x All Ruffed Up), an NRHA/Markel Insurance Sale graduate. The powerful stallion – owned by Cuoghi Reining Horses USA Inc., bred by Petra Zeitler, and nominated by Harper Conner – closed his powerful run with a 222.5, bringing his composite to a 441. “He did pretty good for me today and has been wonderful for me this year,” said Fappani about his 2017 All American Congress NRHA Open Reining Futurity Champion. “In the first go, I tried to stay out of the penalty box, and usually when you show like that you have to make up for it afterward. I changed my mindset, and it worked out!”

The new semifinal format provides more recognition to NRHA owners and riders and showcases the incredibly talented equine athletes in the sport of reining. Additionally, a guaranteed payout was made to each horse that qualified for the semifinals.

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Gunners Bar Fly and Salgado lead the NRHA Level 3 Open Futurity Semifinals

Gunners Bar Fly and Salgado lead the NRHA Level 3 Open Futurity Semifinals

Spooks Grand Slam and Kim Muehlstaetter rise to the top spot of the NRHA Level 4 Non Pro Futurity qualifier

Oklahoma City, November 28, 2017 – As the 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show (NAAC) moved into the second week of competition, more exciting reining action filled the Oklahoma State Fair Park, where one of the world’s most prestigious reining events open to 3-year-old horses is being held. Today, the NRHA Open Futurity Level (L)1, 2, 3 Semifinals concluded with the second section bringing excitement to enthusiasts of the sport who made their way to Oklahoma City from all over the world.

NRHA Professional Eduardo Salgado riding Gunners Bar Fly, a sorrel mare sired by NRHA Nine Million Dollar Gunner out of Blonde At The Bar, stepped up to a 220.5 – after scoring a 216.5 in the first section of the qualifying go round – bringing his composite score to a 437 to lead the Level (L)3 Open Futurity division once the Semifinals were completed. The NRHA/Markel Insurance Futurity Prospect Sale Graduate is owned by NRHA Million Dollar Owner and Hall of Fame Inductee Rosanne Stenberg. She is bred by NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee Clint Haverty and was nominated by McQuay Stables Inc. “My mare was really good and was perfect in all her maneuvers, and she stopped big,” said Salgado. “It was a really good performance, and I hope we will be just as good in the finals.”

In the first section of the L3, 2, and 1 Open Futurity Semifinals, NRHA Professional Bobby Avila, Jr. rode Pale Face Chex (Pale Face Dunnit x Lena Sugar Chex), owned by 6-K LLC and nominated by Kristen Avila, to a 219. The duo had scored a 216.5 in the first go-round, which brought them the highest composite score (435.5) to lead the L2 division. Their composite remained unbeaten following the second section.

Cashing In Diamonds (Lil Joe Cash x Diamond Steppin Whiz), ridden by NRHA Professional Vanessa Strotmann and owned by Stefano Calcagnini, posted a 218 in the Semifinals. With the mare nominated by Green Valley Ranch between the reins, Strotmann posted a 216.5 the first go. With a 218 scored in the first section of the Semifinals, their composite score of 434.5 remains the top score in the L1 division after the conclusion of the Semifinals. Cashing In Diamonds is an NRHA/Markel Insurance Sale consignment.

The following number of horses will qualify for the Open Futurity Finals in each level:
Level 3: Top 30 horses (plus ties)
Level 2: Top 20 horses (plus ties)
Level 1: Top 15 horses (plus ties)
Prime Time: Top 10 horses (plus ties)

Those horses qualifying for only the Level 3 and/or Level 2 and/or Level 1 Open divisions will show in the first section. The remaining qualifiers (Level 4 Open and Level 4 Open/Level 3 Open/Level 2 Open/Level 1 Open divisions) will compete in the second section. The finals in each division will be a clean-slate format.

The top 75 horses (plus ties) in the L4 Open division will advance to the Level 4 Open Silver Spurs Equine Semifinal, also sponsored by Not Ruf At All, to be held on Wednesday, November 29.

The 2017 NRHA Non Pro Futurity

Following the first section of the Non Pro Futurity qualifier, NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider and Hall of Fame Inductee Mandy McCutcheon riding Gunner Be Custom (Gunner x Custom Made Dunit), a mare bred, owned, and nominated by McQuay Stables Inc. scored a 217.5 to lead the Level (L) 4 Non Pro Futurity division. Once the second section concluded, McQuay held on to the highest score. In the third section, Kim Muehlstaetter scored a 220.5 to take the top spot in the L4 Non Pro Futurity division on Spooks Grand Slam (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Shiney Diamond Lady). The stallion, owned by Kim and Martin Muehlstaetter, was bred and nominated by Bobby Lewis.

“He went in there and executed every maneuver,” Muehlstaetter said. “He felt a little tired by the end of the run, so I need to keep him a little fresher for the finals. I really just wanted to get back to the finals; I did not care where I was sitting, I just wanted to make it. I was thrilled with what he marked, and knowing what he is capable of. He is the nicest futurity horse I have ever had, and he has been so much fun along the way at all of the pre-futurities.” Muehlstaetter said her plan is to keep her run in the finals penalty-free and keep him in the same mental and physical space that he was in today. “I wanted it so bad for him,” she said. “It was such a relief knowing that he showed to that ability.”

Debbie Hubbert and Allthewrightstuff earned a 216.5 to lead the L3 and L2 divisions in the second section and held on to the lead. The gelding, by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Hollywoodstinseltown and out of Shes Cowismatic, is bred, owned, and nominated by Hubbert.

A half point behind, Gunnin For The Gold (Pale Face Dunnit x Gorgeous Like A Star), owned and ridden by Terri-June Granger, also held onto the lead in the L1 division after posting a 216 in the first section. The gelding was bred by Greg Hill and nominated by Ginger Schmersal.

The following finalists have been determined and will make their way to the clean slate finals:

Level 4 Non Pro Top 25 horses (plus ties)
Level 3 Non Pro Top 20 horses (plus ties)
Level 2 Non Pro Top 15 horses (plus ties)
Level 1 Non Pro Top 15 horses (plus ties)
Prime Time Non Pro Top 10 horses (plus ties)
Youth Non Pro Top 15 horses (plus ties)

The top 5 horses (plus ties), following those who qualified for the finals in all four levels, have a chance to earn a ticket to the finals by taking part in the Consolation which will be held on Wednesday, November 29.

Riders in the Youth and Prime Time divisions are not eligible for the Consolation. The champions will be determined in the clean slate finals on Friday, December 1.

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A run off decides Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship

Oklahoma City, November 28, 2017 - An anxious crowd filled the grandstands of the Adequan® Arena on Tuesday night, waiting to see a runoff between three competitors vying for an Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) title.

Shelly Hartmann, Laura Bell Parker, and Sally Berg closed their performances with a 219.5 top score in the Adequan® NAAC Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro classes and decided to run off for the title. Once the three horse-rider-combinations went back into the pen, Hartmann and Mistresses Milky Way (Chocolate Chic Olena x Shiners Mistress) posted the highest score – a 219 – to earn the Adequan® NAAC Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro, $1,000-added NRHA Intermediate Non Pro, and the $2,000-added NRHA Non Pro. The 7-year-old gelding was bred by Green Valley Ranch and is owned by Shelly and Chad Hartmann. “I’ve been blessed with an awesome horse – a once in a lifetime horse by the grace of God,” said Hartmann, representing Rocky Mountain Reining Horse Association (RHA). “Timing and everything else worked out today, and I had a good day.” The two qualified for OKC at the Mountain Affiliate Regional Championship (ARC), after earning fourth place in the Non Pro, and fifth in the Intermediate classes. “He got turned a little better in our first run, but he was with me the entire way in both runs. I couldn’t have asked for more; he tried his guts out for me, and he is a special horse. He is like an overgrown dog. I have owned him for six years, and it was really exciting this year when [NRHA Million Dollar Sire] Chocolate Chic Olena reached his million dollar sire mark. He has the mind and heart of his dad. I could not do this without my husband and his love and support. We had the A team with us today.”

The Adequan® NAAC Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro Reserve Co-Championship, after earning a 215.5, was for Laura Bell Parker and Shirley Your A Tag (Whiz N Tag Chex x Pines BH). The 6-year-old mare is owned by her parents, George and Carol Bell, and was bred by NRHA Million Dollar Owner Lance Griffin. “It was a crazy day because I ran over here, then showed in the Non Pro Futurity, and then I heard there was still a tie, and we all wanted to run-off,” said Parker, representing the Oklahoma RHA. “I had to do a super-fast change and get my horse ready to come show here.” The pair qualified at the South Central ARC and had their goal set on the Adequan® NAAC all year. “My horse was amazing; I couldn’t have asked for anything more from her, especially since she showed again on the same day. It was my last show with this mare before she gets bred, so it was like ‘let’s go do it, girl.’ It was an incredible way to end our year together. I don’t think I had time to be nervous; it was such a surreal day, I think I was too determined to feel any of the nerves.”

Co-Champions in the Adequan® NAAC Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro, after earning a 214.5 in the run off, were Berg and Highlanders Scandal (Conquistador Whiz x HR Short Wheel Base). Berg and her 8-year-old mare, owned by Barn 66 LLC, also came to OKC representing the Rocky Mountain RHA and the Mountain ARC. ‘Tot’ was bred by Greg Hill.

John Edd Tucker and Wimpys Lil Hollywood (Wimpys Little Step x Miss Hollywood Whiz) earned the Adequan® NAAC Prime Time Non Pro Championship and $200-added NRHA Prime Time Non Pro. Tucker and his own 9-year-old gelding, bred by 4 R Performance Horses, earned a 216.5. “This was the first time I have shown here,” said Tucker, representing the South Texas RHA. “I have been coming to the NRHA Futurity for around 30-35 years, but always as a spectator. All of my friends told me to qualify at the South Central ARC and come here and compete. I was fortunate enough to qualify, and I have really enjoyed this week; it has been a great experience. I am 72 years old, so I don’t know how much longer I will be able to do this. [NRHA Professional] Nathan Piper says I will just keep going.”

Next year, Tucker will no longer be qualified for the intermediate non pro classes, so he plans to find a horse to enter derbies on.

“Mr. Tucker was my 4-H leader about 20 years ago,” said Piper. “He spent hours with me, teaching me how to pick up and change leads and all of the basics. To be able to coach and help him today is a great blessing.” Tucker has stayed in touch with Piper all of these years, and even though they live over five hours away from each other, Tucker relies on Piper for his advice. “Nathan has always been so supportive and is my go-to guy when I am having any issue training my horse,” said Tucker. “I am just so blessed.”

Greg Gottschalk and Wranglers N Whiskey (Starlights Wrangler x Okie Lil Dokie) earned the Adequan® NAAC Prime Time Non Pro Reserve Championship with a score of 215.5. The 4-year-old stallion is owned by Russet Stables Inc. The pair came to OKC representing the North Central RHA after winning the Prime Time Non Pro championship at the North Central ARC.

The Adequan® NAAC Champions received a Bobs Custom Saddle, a custom Montana Silversmiths Trophy Buckle, a Platinum Performance Gift Certificate, a Classic Equine fleece cooler, Bluebonnet Feed product, a $150 SmartPak Gift card, an embroidered halter from Brandt Blankets, and an Avila Pro Shop Blanket.

All Adequan® NAAC Reserve Champions received a custom Montana Silversmiths Trophy Buckle, a Classic Equine fleece cinch, Bluebonnet Feed product, an embroidered halter from Brandt Blankets, an Avila Pro Shop Blanket, and a gift from KO Trading. All Adequan® NAAC third place winners received a Classic Equine Legacy System and Bluebonnet Feed product, fourth place winners will receive Classic Equine Dyno No-Turn bell boots and fifth place winners will receive Classic Equine hanging groom bags. All top ten winners received a jacket sponsored by SmartPak equine.

Dianna Wolfson and her own Big Tejano (Big Chex To Cash x La Tiagra Tejana) won the USA Amateur Reining with a 205.

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Adequan® NAAC: the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 and Level 1 Champions

Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show: the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 and Level 1 Champions

Oklahoma City, November 27, 2017 - Earning the Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show (NAAC) Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 Co-Championship were Alicia Rapp and James Windham, both earning a 218.5 and representing the Southeast ARC. Rapp rode Magnificent Dreamer (Magnum Chic Dream x Heavenly Rooster), a 5-year-old gelding bred by Zachary Greg. “I just got ‘Reggie’ at the 2017 NRHA Derby from [NRHA Professional] Ashley Kelkenberg,” Rapp said. “He is only my second reining horse and was a step up from my first one. He is so gorgeous and handsome, and his personality is everything I wanted. I joked that I wanted a big, beautiful horse, but I had no intention of buying a new horse at the Derby. I bought him after talking to Ashley for 30 minutes, and I did not even ride him.”

Windham rode his own Walks With Swagger (Topsail Whiz x Princess In Diamonds). He has owned the 7-year-old gelding for a year and a half. “He has been awesome since I first owned him,” said Windham. “This venue is always my best, and he always proves himself out here. I was very happy with his performance today. It has been a really great year with many tough shows to get to this point, so it feels incredible to end it this way.” Both teams will compete tomorrow in the Adequan® NAAC Non Pro and joked that they hope to represent their region and barn aisle as they did today.

In third place in the Adequan® NAAC Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 was Kelly Rainford on Give Me Starbucks (Walla Walla Whiz x Starbucks Rosy Blend), who scored a 218. Rainford came to OKC representing the Rocky Mountain Reining Horse Association (RHA) on her 7-year-old mare bred by Jimmy Pierce.

The Adequan® NAAC Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 Champion received a Kyle Tack saddle, a custom Montana Silversmiths Trophy Buckle, a Platinum Performance Gift Certificate, a Classic Equine fleece cooler, Bluebonnet Feed product, a $150 SmartPak Gift card, an embroidered halter from Brandt Blankets, and an Avila Pro Shop blanket.

Saving the best for last in the Adequan® NAAC Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1, Kristen Avila and Mercedes Dot Tari (Cromed Out Mercedes x Skeets Dot Tari) scored a 217.5 to win the Championship. “I am so excited that I think I am going to cry,” said an emotional Avila. “She is such a special mare to our family.” NRHA Professional Bobby Avila, Jr. and Kristen bought the 5-year-old mare from NRHA Million Dollar Owner and Hall of Fame Inductee Vaughn Zimmerman when she was still on her dam’s side, said Kristen. “Bobby trained her mom, and I have loved her since she was a baby,” said Kristen. “She would run up and want attention and truly is our pet. She will be my son’s short stirrup horse one day and will have a forever home with us. For her to win this is just amazing. I am so thankful Vaughn gave us the opportunity to own her and that my husband trained her for me.”

Earning the Adequan® NAAC Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 Reserve Championship, after scoring a 216.5, were Taryn Bakker and Love Playin Tag (Loveable Nic x Whiz N Tag Chic). Bakker has owned the 6-year-old gelding, bred by Vanessa Noble, since January. The pair, representing Washington RHA, has had an incredibly successful first year together. “I showed as a youth ten years ago and just got back into reining,” Bakker said. “I am learning how to rein again, and it has been really fun. I have four kids, and it just felt like the right time. I have gone and watched and wanted to show again, and she was the inspiration. It has been a surreal dream since you never know how it will go once you get to the show. I have joined the best coach [NRHA Professional Darren Stancik] and family of non pros in this barn.” Their goal has been to compete for the Silver Spurs Equine Rookie of the Year title, to be determined on Thursday, November 30.

The Adequan® NAAC Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 Champion received a Kyle Tack saddle, a custom Montana Silversmiths Trophy Buckle, a Platinum Performance Gift Certificate, a Classic Equine fleece cooler, Bluebonnet Feed product, a $150 SmartPak Gift card, an embroidered halter from Brandt Blankets, and an Avila Pro Shop Blanket.

Adam Donahue and Thata Shiner (Smart Spook x SLJ Smartlikewhinny) won the $1,000-added NRHA Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 after scoring a 219. The 8-year-old mare, owned by Donahue, was bred by Million Dollar Owner Smart Like Juice Inc. Stephanie T Gripp and her own Gun N For Glory (Gunner x Dun It For Chex) won the $1,000-added NRHA Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2. Gripp and the 5-year-old mare, bred by Oldenburg Farm LLC, scored a 220 for the win.

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Pale Face Chex slides Bobby Avila, Jr. to top the first section of the NRHA Open Futurity Level 3, 2, 1 Semifinals

2017 NRHA Futurity & Adequan® NAAC Show

Pale Face Chex slides Bobby Avila, Jr. to top the first section of the NRHA Open Futurity Level 3, 2, 1 Semifinals

Oklahoma City, November 27, 2017 - The 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) $575,500-added NRHA Open Futurity counted 370 horses entered in the four divisions. Following the first go-round, 75 horses (plus ties) in each level advanced to the Level (L)1, 2, and 3 Semifinals held today in Oklahoma City.

The first section of the NRHA Open L3, 2, 1 Futurity Semifinals saw NRHA Professional Bobby Avila, Jr. riding Pale Face Chex (Pale Face Dunnit x Lena Sugar Chex), owned by 6-K LLC, walk away with a 219. The duo had scored a 216.5 in the first go-round, which brought them the highest composite score today (435.5) to lead the L3 and L2 divisions. “My horse was really good and very calm today,” said Avila, Jr. “I actually got ready early as I thought there could be a few scratches before me. Since there weren’t, we took it easy, and it paid off. I showed him a little different than the way I did the first day; I sat back and loosened my reins so that we would get more credit for our maneuvers, and it worked. I feel really confident now and look forward to the Finals on Saturday.”

Cashing In Diamonds (Lil Joe Cash x Diamond Steppin Whiz), ridden by NRHA Professional Vanessa Strotmann and owned by Stefano Calcagnini, posted a 218 in the Semifinals. With the mare nominated by Green Valley Ranch between the reins, Strotmann posted a 216.5 the first section. With a 218 today, their composite score of 434.5 is the second highest score in the L3 and L2. The duo is currently leading the L1 division. Cashing In Diamonds is an NRHA/Markel Insurance Sale consignment. “This is a really sweet mare we purchased when she was a year old, and I broke and trained her,” said Strotmann. “She is probably the best horse I’ve ever had; she’s very feely and very talented. In the qualifier, we incurred into a couple of penalties, but that was all pilot error. Today, I tried to stay out of the penalty box, and she truly stepped up. I’m looking forward to the Finals!”

Smart Chicago Spook (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Smart Chicago Lena), a stallion ridden by NRHA Professional Bradley S. Hill and owned by Thomas Tucker, was bred and nominated by NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee Bob Loomis. The pair scored a 214.5 in the Semifinals bringing their composite to a 431, the second highest composite in the L1 Open division.

The following number of horses will qualify for the Open Futurity Finals in each level:

Level 3: Top 30 horses (plus ties)
Level 2: Top 20 horses (plus ties)
Level 1: Top 15 horses (plus ties)
Prime Time: Top 10 horses (plus ties)

Those horses qualifying for only the Level 3 and/or Level 2 and/or Level 1 Open divisions will show in the first section. The remaining qualifiers (Level 4 Open and Level 4 Open/Level 3 Open/Level 2 Open/Level 1 Open divisions) will compete in the second section. The finals in each division will be a clean-slate format.

The top 75 horses (plus ties) in the L4 Open division will advance to the Level 4 Open Silver Spurs Equine Semifinal, also sponsored by Not Ruf At All, to be held on Wednesday, November 29.

The CINCH Non Pro Futurity: First Go Section 2

Following the first section of the Non Pro Futurity and leading the Level (L)4 Non Pro division with a 217.5 score was NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider and Hall of Fame Inductee Mandy McCutcheon riding Gunner Be Custom (Gunner x Custom Made Dunit), a mare bred, owned, and nominated by McQuay Stables Inc. Once the second section concluded, Mandy held on to the highest score in the L4 aboard Gunner Be Custom as well as the second highest score – a 217 – this time riding This Chics Nite (Gunners Special Nite x This Chic N Whiz), a mare owned by Mandy McCutcheon and Tom McCutcheon and nominated by the latter.

Debbie Hubbert and Allthewrightstuff earned a 216.5 to lead the L3 and L2 divisions yesterday. The gelding, by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Hollywoodstinseltown and out of Shes Cowismatic, is bred, owned, and nominated by Hubbert.

A half point behind, Gunnin For The Gold (Pale Face Dunnit x Gorgeous Like A Star), owned and ridden by Terri-June Granger, is leading the L1. The gelding was bred by Greg Hill and nominated by Ginger Schmersal.

The third section of the CINCH Non Pro Futurity will be held on Tuesday, November 28.

The following will make their way to the clean slate finals:
Level 4 Non Pro Top 25 horses (plus ties)
Level 3 Non Pro Top 20 horses (plus ties)
Level 2 Non Pro Top 15 horses (plus ties)
Level 1 Non Pro Top 15 horses (plus ties)
Prime Time Non Pro Top 10 horses (plus ties)
Youth Non Pro Top 15 horses (plus ties)

The top 5 horses (plus ties), following those who qualified for the finals in all four levels, have a chance to earn a ticket to the finals by taking part in the Consolation which will be held on Wednesday, November 29.

Riders in the Youth and Prime Time divisions are not eligible for the Consolation, and the champions will be determined in the clean slate finals.

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Adequan® NAAC Novice Horse Open Level 1 and Novice Horse Open Level 2 Champions are crowned

2017 NRHA Futurity & Adequan® NAAC Show

Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show (NAAC) Novice Horse Open Level 1 and Novice Horse Open Level 2 Champions are crowned

Oklahoma City, November 26, 2017 – Shauna Larcombe and Setting Off Smart (Smart Spook x Setting Off Sparks) earned the Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show (NAAC) Novice Horse Open Level 1 Championship. The 6-year-old mare owned by Hall of Fame inductee and Million Dollar Owner Rosanne Sternberg scored a 219 for the title. “We were up fairly early and marked a 219 and kept the score through the whole day, so that was a little bit lucky,” said the NRHA Professional representing the Southwest Reining Horse Association (RHA). “She was good. I showed her on Thursday in the NAAC Intermediate Open, and she was pretty good, but I thought she had a little bit more. Today she turned a lot better, and I’m very happy with her.”

The Adequan® NAAC Novice Horse Open Level 1 Champion received a Silver Spurs Custom Saddle, a custom Montana Silversmiths Trophy Buckle, a Platinum Performance Gift Certificate, a Classic Equine fleece cooler, Bluebonnet Feed product, a $150 SmartPak Gift card, an embroidered halter from Brandt Blankets, and an Avila Pro Shop Blanket.

The Adequan® NAAC Novice Horse Open Level 1 Co-Reserve Championship honors went to Guy Vernon and Samantha Musanate. Vernon and Outwestkid (Out West Whiz x Shes A Bella Kid), a 5-year-old gelding owned by Betsy Hardy, earned a 218 for their run. “He was really good today; I showed him in the open earlier, and he didn’t stop as well as he did today,” said the NRHA Professional. “He is a fun horse and is so nice and easy to show.” The gelding, bred by Tildon Whitehurst, also earned the reserve title for this class at the 2016 Adequan® NAAC. “He is pretty quiet, so going faster for him is sometimes a challenge, but he was a trooper today,” Vernon said. “He circled better today than he did at the Mountain ARC, and he is typically a really good turner which he showed today.”

NRHA Professional Samantha Musanate rode Shiners Cable Chic (Shiners Voodoo Dr x Cable Commander). “She did really good today and was so with me,” said Musanate. “She circled and turned big and has such a big heart.” Owned, bred, and raised by Robert Anderson, the 5-year-old mare keeps getting better, she added. The pair, representing Keystone RHA, has been together for two years and is looking forward to their continued success.

NRHA Professional Jared Leclair and Smart Twinkeltown (Hollywoodstinseltown x Smartys Little Jewel) earned a 220 and the Adequan® NAAC Novice Horse Open Level 2 title for owner Ronald Meyer. The 4-year-old stallion was bred by Catherine Wright. “He’s a big stopper, good turner, and he’s really pretty out there in the pen,” said Leclair. “He’s got a lot of style, and he’s definitely got a lot of personality. He’s a really fun horse to show, and today was his day, and he did really well.” The pair came to the Adequan® NAAC representing the Southwest RHA.

The Adequan® NAAC Novice Horse Open Level 2 Champion received a Silver Spurs Custom Saddle, official saddle sponsor of the NRHA, a custom Montana Silversmiths Trophy Buckle, a Platinum Performance Gift Certificate, a Classic Equine fleece cooler, Bluebonnet Feed product, a $150 SmartPak Gift card, an embroidered halter from Brandt Blankets, and an Avila Pro Shop Blanket.

Mistress Gotta Gun (Dun Gotta Gun x Shiners Mistress) and NRHA Professional Mark Rafacz earned the Adequan® NAAC Novice Horse Open Level 2 Co-Reserve Championship honors. The 10-year-old mare, owned by Peter Morgan and Courtney Morgan, earned a 219.5 to complete their successful year together. “She is a really nice mare,” Rafacz said. “I have been showing her all year, and we won at the 2017 All American Quarter Horse Congress [NRHA Prime Time class] together. She has been a super mare for me to show, and the Morgans are thrilled. This was a great way to finish our year.” The pair came to the Adequan® NAAC representing Southeastern RHA. “These are tough classes with really talented horses,” he said. “The fun thing about her is how hard she can turn. Today she stopped big, turned huge, and really stepped it up.”

Also earning the Adequan® NAAC Novice Horse Open Level 2 Co-Reserve Championship was NRHA Professional Dany Tremblay and Misters Temptress (Mister Dual Pep x Colonel Pepinic). Tremblay and the 5-year-old mare scored a 219.5, representing Oklahoma RHA, for owner Adh-Mor Ranch.

All Adequan® NAAC Reserve Champions received a custom Montana Silversmiths Trophy Buckle, a Classic Equine fleece cinch, Bluebonnet Feed product, an embroidered Halter from Brandt Blankets, an Avila Pro Shop Blanket, and a gift from KO Trading. Adequan® NAAC third place winners received a Classic Equine Legacy System Boots, and Bluebonnet Feed product, fourth place winners will receive Classic Equine Dyno No-Turn bell boots and fifth place winners will receive Classic Equine hanging groom bags. All finalists placing in the top ten received a jacket sponsored by SmartPak equine.

NRHA Ancillary Action:

Winning the $1,000-added NRHA Novice Horse Open Level 1 and $1,000-added NRHA Novice Horse Open Level 2 was Abigayle Mixon and Electric Mercedes (Jacs Electric Spark x Best By Benz). The NRHA Professional, aboard the 6-year-old mare owned by CDJ Performance Horses, scored a 221 for the honor.

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Mandy McCutcheon and Gunner Be Custom lead the CINCH NRHA Non Pro Futurity Qualifier

2017 NRHA Futurity & Adequan® NAAC Show

Mandy McCutcheon and Gunner Be Custom lead the CINCH NRHA Non Pro Futurity Qualifier

Oklahoma City, November 26, 2017 – The first section of the CINCH NRHA Non Pro Futurity qualifier provided great reining action in Oklahoma City where the 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships Show (NAAC) is taking place. Counting 192 entries, the first 63 horse-rider-combinations entered in the Non Pro Futurity made their way into the Jim Norick Arena, vying for a spot in the finals to be held on Friday, December 1.

Currently leading the Level (L)4 Non Pro division with a 217.5 score is NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider and Hall of Fame Inductee Mandy McCutcheon riding Gunner Be Custom (Gunner x Custom Made Dunit). “She was good for me,” said McCutcheon about the mare bred, owned, and nominated by McQuay Stables Inc. “I made a couple of mistakes, which I will try to fix for the finals. She is a really nice mare and easy to show. I’m also very happy about how both my kids did; my son Cade [McCutcheon] finished a point behind me – of course his comment was that I was overmarked,” added McCutcheon, laughing. “Carlee [McCutcheon], my daughter, showed another horse of ours [A Special Sidekick] and tied for second place in the level 1 and placed well in the levels 1 through 3. Having her show him was a last-minute decision, and a special thank you goes to NRHA Professional Debbie Brown, who is on our team, for the work she does with our horses.”

The second highest score in the L4 Non Pro Futurity is currently held by three different horse and rider combinations. Tying for the second highest score in the L4 and leading the Youth division of the Non Pro Futurity is Cade McCutcheon riding One Stormy Nite (Gunners Special Nite x Whatta Royal Vintage), a gelding owned by Tom McCutcheon and Mandy McCutcheon.

Debbie Hubbert and Allthewrightstuff (Hollywoodstinseltown x Shes Cowismatic) also earned a 216.5 to tie for the second highest score in the L4. Bred and owned by Hubbert, the gelding also holds the high score in the Level 3 and 2 Non Pro divisions.

NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee Dr. James Morgan and his own Reiningwiththestars (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Wimpys Memorabilia) were the final pair tied for second in the L4. Morgan is also the breeder and nominator of the stallion.

A half point behind, Gunnin For The Gold (Pale Face Dunnit x Gorgeous Like A Star), owned and ridden by Terri-June Granger, earned the second highest score of the Levels 3 and 2. Granger also leads the Level 1 with a score of 216. Her gelding was bred by Greg Hill and nominated by Ginger Schmersal.

The second and third section of the CINCH Non Pro Futurity go round will be held on Monday, November 27, and on Tuesday, November 28, respectively. The following will make their way to the clean slate finals:

Level 4 Non Pro Top 25 horses (plus ties)
Level 3 Non Pro Top 20 horses (plus ties)
Level 2 Non Pro Top 15 horses (plus ties)
Level 1 Non Pro Top 15 horses (plus ties)
Prime Time Non Pro Top 10 horses (plus ties)
Youth Non Pro Top 15 horses (plus ties)

The top 5 horses (plus ties), following those who qualified for the finals in all four levels, have a chance to earn a ticket to the finals by taking part in the Consolation which will be held on Wednesday, November 29. Riders in the Youth and Prime Time divisions are not eligible for the Consolation, and the champions will be determined in the clean slate finals.

Reining action will continue on Monday, November 27, with the first section of the NRHA Open Futurity Level 1, 2 and 3 Semifinals, followed by the second section of the CINCH NRHA Non Pro Futurity go round.

For further information, complete results, live feed and live score visit nrhafuturity.com

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The NRHA Open Futurity First Go Round is in the Books

The NRHA Open Futurity First Go Round is in the Books

Sarah Cunningham and Gotta Get A Diamond are Adequan® NAAC Limited Open and Rookie Professional Championship

Oklahoma City, November 25, 2017 – The first go round of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Open Futurity concluded today with the third section. Of the 370 horses entered in the four divisions, 75 horses (plus ties) will advance to the Level 1, 2, and 3 semifinals to be held on Monday, November 27. The top 75 (plus ties) will advance to the Level 4 Open Silver Spurs Equine Semifinal, also sponsored by NRHA Corporate Partner Not Ruf At All, to be held on Wednesday, November 29.

Following the second section, Marco Ricotta and Shine Plum Shine led the Level (L)4 and L3 Open qualifier with a 224 score. Bred and nominated by NRHA Million Dollar Owner and Hall of Famer Rosanne Sternberg, the stallion owned by Story Book Stables is by Shine Chic Shine and out of Plum Reyning. Ricotta has had the 2015 NRHA/Markel Insurance Select Yearling Sale graduate in training for six months and is quick to give NRHA Four Million Dollar Rider Andrea Fappani credit for helping him get together with his horse.

Today, in the third section, Brazilian native Franco Bertolani equaled Ricotta’s score riding Masked Gun, a stallion by NRHA Nine Million Dollar Sire Gunner and out of Dun It For Chex, the 2016 NRHA Leading Dam. “This horse was born at our place, and we broke and trained him,” said the NRHA Professional. “He is yet another product out of Dun It For Chex, the best mare we’ve ever come across. All of her babies have been great for us. From the beginning, he has always been exceptional, and today he proved his worth. His stops were great, he’s still a little behind in his spins, but he surely made up for those in all the rest of the pattern.” The flashy stallion is bred, owned and nominated by Cardinal Ranch Training Center LLC.

The second highest score in the L3 Open division – a 221.5 – was posted in the third section of the first go round by Martin Larcombe aboard Me And Julio (Gunners Special Nite x Darlins Not Painted), a stallion bred, owned, and nominated by Turnabout Farm Inc.

Leading the L2 Open qualifier with a 220.5 was Checksworthy (Big Chex To Cash x Banjoes Shining Star). The mare bred, owned, and nominated by Terry Leffew posted a 220.5 in the second section with Kole Price in the saddle. In the L1 Open division, Gabriel Bittar Borges, riding his own Gotta Shiney Playboy (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Shining Sage), held on to the 220 scored in the second section for the lead. The stallion was bred and nominated by Bobby Lewis.

Bubble Scores for the Semifinals are as follows:
Level 4: 217.5
Level 3: 215
Level 2: 211.5
Level 1: 204.5

In order to run for the NRHA Prime Time Open Futurity Champion title, the horse-rider combination must have qualified for the Level 3, 2, or 1 semifinals.

Adequan® NAAC Show

Sarah Cunningham and Gotta Get A Diamond (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Brillante Diamantes) swept the Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships (NAAC) Limited Open and Rookie Professional, along with the $500-added NRHA Rookie Professional and $500-added NRHA Limited Open classes, representing Southwest Missouri Reining Horse Association. The NRHA Professional rode the 4-year-old gelding, bred and owned by Cross C Ranch, to a 221.5 for the titles. “It has been a thrill,” said Cunningham. “It is my first year on my own, even though I have some experience and worked here and there for trainers, I have never stepped out on my own and shown consistently.” To make the wins even more special, the gelding was raised and trained by her husband, NRHA Professional Matthew Cunningham, whom she married in January.

“Having this kind of success my first year has been phenomenal, especially for my husband who works so hard and trained the mare,” she said. “It is incredible that we get to share this together.”

Jennifer Robinson on Chics Nite (Gunners Special Nite x Wind Her Up Chic) earned the Adequan® NAAC Limited Open Reserve Championship and the NRHA Limited Open after scoring a 218.5. “I got her as a long 3-year old, and my husband shows her in the non pro,” said the NRHA Professional. “She is athletic enough to compete in the open and do well, yet good-minded enough to throw a non pro on her and say ‘put your hand down and go show.’” The 5-year-old mare, owned by her husband Maurice Robinson, qualified him for the 2017 NRBC Finals in Levels (L)1, L2, L3 and Prime Time Non Pro. Bred by Oldenburg Farm LLC, the mare and her mount came to the NAAC representing the Tennessee Reining Horse Association. “It is pretty rare to find one that is this good minded, nice to be around, athletic, and with that work ethic.”

Earning the Adequan® NAAC Rookie Professional Reserve Championship and reserve in the NRHA Rookie Professional, was Josh Tishman on Chics Love Me Wimpy (Wimpys Little Step x Dream About Magic), earning a 215.5. The NRHA Professional and 7-year-old gelding, bred by Megan Lindberg, had an unexpected start, as the horse was purchased by Debbie Good of DAG Ventures LLC, strictly for her to use as a non pro horse. “He could be a +1 in every maneuver, and then has the ability to slow down and do the same thing for her,” Tishman said. “He has shown all year for both of us and still has the heart to give it his all every time he goes in the pen. Based on his conformation, you would never think he can do what he is capable of; it was so much fun to get on him the first time and feel what he could do.” The NRHA Professional, representing the South Texas Reining Horse Association, received a Silver Spurs Custom Saddle, Official Saddle Sponsor of the NRHA, a custom Montana Silversmiths Trophy Buckle, a Platinum Performance Gift Certificate, a Classic Equine fleece cooler, Bluebonnet Feed, a $150 SmartPak gift card, an embroidered halter from Brandt Blankets, and an Avila Pro Shop Blanket.

Winning the $6,000-added NRHA Open class was NRHA Professional Robin Schoeller and Tinseltown Flash (Hollywoodstinseltown x Billie Gun Flash) with a score of 222. The 5-year-old stallion is owned by Ruoff Dietter Reining Horses LLC.

For further information, results, live stream and live score visit nrhafuturity.com

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Marco Ricotta and Shine Plum Shine lead the NRHA Open Futurity

Marco Ricotta and Shine Plum Shine lead the NRHA Open Futurity

Ariana Kate Dejon and White Chocolat Chunk win the Adequan® NAAC Limited Non Pro Championship

Oklahoma City, November 24, 2017 – Great reining action filled the air on the second day of competition at the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show.

The first go-round of the NRHA Open Futurity continued with section 2, and the day concluded with Marco Ricotta and Shine Plum Shine leading the Level (L)4 and L3 qualifier with a 224 score. Bred and nominated by NRHA Million Dollar Owner and Hall of Famer, Rosanne Sternberg, the stallion owned by Story Book Stables is by Shine Chic Shine and out of Plum Reyning. “I got this horse in training six months ago; because he came from a different program, even though I knew he had all the maneuvers, there were a couple of places I needed to work on. [NRHA Four Million Dollar Rider] Andrea Fappani helped me out, we solved the issues I had, and things have gone well since,” said the Italian professional, based in Arizona, about the 2015 NRHA/Markel Insurance Select Yearling Sale graduate. The duo closed their performance with a 224.

Setting the bar early in the L4 Open division draw with a 223 score was NRHA Three Million Dollar Rider Craig Schmersal aboard Face The Attitude, a mare owned by Hickory Creek Ranch, bred by KC Performance Horses LLC, and nominated by Ginger Schmersal. “I love this mare’s sire [Pale Face Dunnit], and I love her dam [Miss Lil Addy Tude]. I showed both of them, so it was great to see her doing so well today,” Schmersal said.

The second highest score in the L3 Open division – a 221 – was posted by Eduardo Salgado riding Gotta Shiney Diamond (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Shiney Diamond Lady). The mare is bred, owned, and nominated by Bobby Lewis.

Leading the L2 Open qualifier with a 220.5 was Checksworthy (Big Chex To Cash x Banjoes Shining Star). The mare bred, owned, and nominated by Terry Leffew posted a 220.5 with Kole Price in the saddle. In the L1 division, Gabriel Bittar Borges riding his own Gotta Shiney Playboy (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Shining Sage) scored a 220 to lead. The stallion was bred and nominated by Bobby Lewis.

Friday Adequan® NAAC Action

The Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships had a suspenseful conclusion, with one horse after another outdoing the previous score. With two horses left to compete, Ariana Kate Dejong and White Chocolat Chunk (Chocolate Chic Olena x Meadow Jac) scored a big 218 to earn the Adequan® NAAC Limited Non Pro Championship. The 13-year-old and ‘Chip’ came to OKC representing the Great Western Reining Horse Association (RHA).

“This year my goal was to win the affiliate classes I qualified in, and the fact that I actually won the Limited Non Pro championship was amazing,” she said. “He was so good through the whole run, he was so soft. I couldn’t ask for anything more.” Dejong will show her 12-year-old gelding bred by Sally Brown in the Adequan® NAAC 13 & Under, and he will also be shown by her mother, Rejeanne, later this week.

The Adequan® North American Affiliate Limited Non Pro Champion received a Silver Spurs Custom Saddle [Official Saddle Sponsor of the NRHA], along with a custom Montana Silversmiths [Official Silversmiths of the NRHA] Trophy Buckle, a Platinum Performance Gift Certificate, a Classic Equine fleece cooler, Bluebonnet Feed, a $150 SmartPak Gift card, an embroidered halter from Brandt Blankets, and an Avila Pro Shop Blanket.

Kathleen Roach and Freckles Nu Lil Gun (Lil Gun x Nu Bar Freckles) took reserve honors with a 216. “This was my last run in the Limited Non Pro division. I had a great year, and I will no longer be eligible to show in it,” she said. “My secret goal of the year was to be in the top 10 so that I could win a jacket!” Roach and her 9-year-old mare, bred by Paul and Pam Rohus, came to OKC representing the Intermountain RHA. The duo had a fan club of reiners from all over the country who knew the mare before Roach purchased her cheering them on. “This is amazing and so much fun. It is a dream come true, and I just can’t stop smiling.” Roach and her mare will compete in the Adequan® NAAC Prime Time later this week.

All Adequan® North American Affiliate Reserve Champions received a custom Montana Silversmiths [Official Silversmiths of the NRHA] Trophy Buckle, a Classic Equine fleece cinch, Bluebonnet Feed, an embroidered halter from Brandt Blankets, an Avila Pro Shop Blanket, and a gift from KO Trading.

All Adequan® NAAC third place winners received a Classic Equine Legacy System and Bluebonnet Feed, fourth place winners received Classic Equine Dyno No-Turn bell boots and fifth place winners received Classic Equine hanging groom bags.

For further information, live score and live stream, visit nrhafuturity.com

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