Day-by-day recap provided by the Southwest Reining Horse Association
Oct. 22 – Casey Deary leading after first section – The John Deere Open Futurity
With 60 horses having competed, Casey Deary leads the John Deere Open Futurity with a score of 220.5 on Arc Gunna Sparkya (Gunna Trash Ya X Sailing Spark) owned by Rabboni Reining Horses of Gainesville, Texas.
Just behind with identical 220 score are Martin Larcombe on Snip O Lution (Einsteins Revolution X Snip O Chex) owned by XCS Ranch of Gordonville, Texas and Jordan Larson on Electric Cha Ching (Jacs Electric Spark X Kipper Lady Nic) owned by Heritage Farms of Ogden, Utah.
Casey Hinton is leading the Level 3 Intermediate Open John Deere Futurity for his 218.5 run on Gun Whiz It (Colonels Smoking Gun X Roll Whiz It ), owned by Stephanie Diane Nelson of Fort Worth, Texas.
There is a tie for second in the Intermediate Open at 216 between Brian Bell riding Ruffolution (Einsteins Revolution X Ruffle Me Up) owned by Doug Van Rees of Canfield, Ohio and Sam Smith on Gold and Smart (Smart Spook X Whiz Me Gold) owned by David Pratt of Walnut Ridge, Arkansas.
Sam is also leading the Level 2 Limited Open, with Josh Visser holding second place on Lil Money Gun (Colonels Lil Gun X Miss Shiney Cat) owned by Paul and Pam Rohus of Royse City, Texas.
In the Level 1, Melanie Petroll is tied for the lead on Hangten Dreamin (Hangten Suprize X Dream It Magnum) owned by Larry & Kathy Barker of Whitesboro, Texas. Both Melanie and Josh Crawley scored 213.5 – Josh on Jessies Lil Dreamer (Magnum Chic Dream X Lil Ruf Jessie), a mare owned by Casey and Kathy Hinton of Whitesboro, Texas.
The action continues on Thursday with the conclusion of the John Deere Open Futurity Preliminaries and 22 horses will qualify in each open division for Saturday’s Finals!
Oct. 23 – Deary Tops Open Prelims on Arc Gunna Sparkya
At the conclusion of the John Deere Open Futurity Preliminaries, it took a 216.5 to make it to the Level 4 Open Finals.
Casey Deary topped the John Deere Open Futurity prelims with a score of 220.5 on Arc Gunna Sparkya (Gunna Trash Ya X Sailing Spark)
owned by Rabboni Reining Horses of Gainesville, Texas.
Just behind with scores of 220 were Martin Larcombe on Snip O Lution (Einsteins Revolution X Snip O Chex) owned by XCS Ranch of Gordonville, Texas; Craig Schmersal on FS Taris Walla Whiz (Walla Walla Whiz X Taris Little Vintage) owned by Tim Anderson of Millbank, South Dakota and Jordan Larson on Electric Cha Ching (Jacs Electric Spark X Kipper Lady Nic) owned by Heritage Farms of Ogden, Utah.
In the Level 3 Open, Duane Latimer posted a 219 on Reyning Legend (Custom Legend X Plum Reyning) owned by Robert Stinner of Aubrey, Texas to top the field. Right behind were Brian Bell on The Wizolution (Einsteins Revolution X Whizinci) owned by Tremblay REining Horses LLC of Ardmore, Okahoma and Casey Hinton on Gun Whiz It (Colonels Smoking Gun X Roll Whiz It), owned by Stephanie Diane Nelson of Fort Worth, Texas. It took a score of 213.5 to make the Level 3 Finals.
Patti Brownshadel of Hempstead, Texas, leads the Level 2 Open with a score of 217.5 on Magnetised (Im The Chic Magnet X Gee Golly Whiz). There was a three-way tie for second in the round between Arnaud Ferret on Bossy Bueno Bob (Cromed OUt Mercedes X Bueno Bobs BOssy) owned by John Adams of Overbrook, Oklahoma, Trey Pool on Electric Mercedes (Jacs Electric Spark X Best By Benz) owned by CDJ Perofrmances Horses of Sperry, Oklahoma and Sebastian Petrol on Magnums Shining Rey (Magnum Chic Dream X Shiners Miss Rey) owned by Larry and Kthay Barker of WHitesboro, Texas. Each scored 217. It took a 211 to make the Level 2 Finals.
Arnaud also topped the Level 1 Open, followed by Liam MacNeil on Tinseltown Tuffy (Hollywoodstinseltown X CT Raffian) owned by Werner Hermus of Valley View Texas. It took a score of 201 to make it to the Level 1 Finals.
The action continues on Friday with the Red River Equine Vet Services Non Pro Futurity, followed by the Jerry Kimmel Reining Horses Back Gate Pizza Party and the exciting afternoon performance that will feature the Leadline and Walk-Trot classes sponsored by Silva Reining Horses. That will be followed by the Markel Insurance NRHA Open class to finish the night.
Oct. 24 – Mandy McCutcheon Rides Vintage Chrome to Red River Equine Vet Services
Non Pro Futurity Championship
Congratulations to Red River Equine Vet Services Non Pro Futurity Champion Mandy McCutcheon. Mandy topped the Level 4 category on Vintage Chrome (A Sparkling Vintage X Smart Custom Chrome) with a score of 219.5 to win $5,321. Mandy and her husband Tom purchased the mare in March, from Harper and Petra Conner.
“A friend of mine was coming to look at her and when she decided not to buy her, I thought we should.”
The decision was proven sound early on, when Mandy won the North Central Reining Horse Association Futurity on her. “I haven’t shown her again until now,” said Mandy.
Mandy gave credit to trainer Debbie Arballo for “doing most of the work on the mare” and said that Tom helps out occasionally, too. Referring to the mare, Mandy said “She’s so solid and physical – really gritty.”
Mandy also tied to win the Reserve title – with herself! She rode MJG Colonel Dry (Gunner X Hollywood Dry) and Shootin Forthe Stars (Gunner X Dun It On A Star) to scores of 219 to earn $2,834 each. Both horses are owned by her parents’ McQuay Stables of Tioga, Texas.
The Level 3 and Level 2 Non Pro titles ended in a tie between Flis Sassella of Marietta, Oklahoma and Ryan Birkenfeld of Nazareth, Texas. Each scored 217.5 and each earned $1,739 for the Level 3 and $981 for the Level 2.
Flis was riding Chic Magnito (Magnum Chic Dream X Tivito Norma) owned by her husband, Richard. The Sassellas raised her dam and she has produced 7 NRHA money earners, four of which Flis has gotten to ride.
She earned money at the Tulsa Reining Classic, then swept all the divisions of the recent Warmup Futurity in Waco, Texas. “He’s super-easy to show,” she said. “I know I can go in there and trust him.”
Ryan Birkenfeld was riding Cant Spook Me (Spooks Gotta Gun X Te On The Trashy Side). A recent graduate of Texas A & M University, 22-year-old Ryan has been riding reiners about 10 years but this is his first reining futurity horse – and his first major win.
It was also his first time to attend the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity in Ardmore, Oklahoma. Ryan also won the Level 1 Division, with Theresa Putman riding HA Casper (Lena Spark X DA Nic A Tune) to the Reserve title.
Flis also won the Prime Time with John Dergo of Whitesboro, Texas picking up the Prime Time Reserve Title on Shining Chic Dream (Magnum Chic Dream X Shining Moonstone).
Oct. 25 – Martin Larcombe Wins Second Consecutive John Deere Open Futurity
Martin Larcombe drew up early in the John Deere Futurity Open Finals on October 25. He was the third out and when his run was completed, a new standard had been set! He piloted Snip O Lution (Einsteins Revolution X Snip O Chex) to a smoking 224.5 score that would hold up through all the rest of the challengers.
About this time last year, Martin purchased the big-stopping palomino from Mitzi Kingman Martin for XCS Ranch in Gordonville, Texas, where he is resident trainer. He’s ridden him since, and, in his words, “showed him pretty easy a couple of times” before going to the Heritage Futurity in early October, where he edged into the top ten. By time for the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore, he felt the stallion was ready, and the result was the second John Deere Open Futurity championship in as many years!
Like last year, Martin won the John Deere Gator, sponsored by John Deere and Pettit Machinery. He also won the trophy saddle from Scottsdale Western World and a check for $15,651!
The Southwest Reining Horse Association gives a custom golf cart to the owner of the sire of the futurity champion that has participated in the annual SWRHA Stallion Auction and that went to Snip O Lution’s sire, Einsteins Revolution.
Reserve honors went to NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider Tim McQuay on Pinstripe Benz (Smart Starbuck X Dun It For Chex) owned by Benzco International of Tioga, Texas. McQuay earned a score of 221.5 to earn $9,527 and a pair of Anderson Bean boots.
In the Level 3 Open, Brian Bell topped the field of 24 finalists on Ruffolution (Einsteins Revolution X Ruffle Me Up) owned by Doug Van Rees of Canfield, Ohio with a score of 220. That earned $7,821 and a custom saddle sponsored by the Southwest Reining Horse Association.
Brian has only had the gelding about three weeks and is just getting with him and adjusting to his lightening-fast turnarounds! “Ruben Vandorp trained him and my longtime friend Doug Van Ries owns him. I rode his mother, as well.”
Ruffolution earned his sire, Einsteins Revolution, a buckle for the Level 3 win.
There was a tie for the Reserve title in the Level 3 between Ryan Rushing and Liam McNeil, both scoring 219.5 to earn $4,167 each.
They also tied for the Level 2 championship – Ryan on Lil Gaga Gun owned by Paul and Pam Rohus of Royse City, Texas and Liam on Tinseltown Tuffy, owned by Werner Hermus of Valley View, Texas. That Level 2 tie added another $2,421 to each of their totals.
Ryan got Lil Gaga Gun (Colonels Lil Gun X Hollywood Baby Dunit) after the Derby. Jason Vanlandingham had been training him and he suggested to the owners that she go to someone eligible for the level 2 and 3.
It was the first time for the mare ever to be shown. “She acted like an old horse; she’s very good minded and she just got better,” said Rushing. Next on the agenda for the good mare is a trip to the American Paint Horse Association World Championship Show and then the National Reining Horse Association Futurity in Oklahoma City.
Liam started Tinseltown Tuffy (Hollywoodstinseltown X CT Raffian) as a 2-year-old. He showed him to some success at the Tulsa Reining Classic in August, then brought the big stopping stallion to Ardmore. Next on tap is the NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City.
Liam also won the Level 1 Championship, earning another $513 for owner Werner Hermus and garnering the Level 1 sire buckle for Hollywoodstinseltown owners, Dave and Bonnie Silva.
The Einsteins Revolution Open Mare Bonus of $1000 went to Lil Miss Einshine (Einsteins Revolution X Miss Rey O Shine) ridden by Carol Metcalf and owned by Jill Martin of Houston, Texas.
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