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The Adequan North American Affiliate Championships at the 50th Running of the National Reining Horse Futurity Announces the Rookie Professional and Limited Open Champions
Oklahoma City, Okla., November 29, 2015 - The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is proud to announce the newest champions crowned at this year’s Adequan North American Affiliate Championships (NAAC). Though a cold front hit Oklahoma City today, and the lights went out a couple of times, reiners kept the competition ‘hot’ and lit the stage in Barn 8 – at State Fair Park – where the Adequan NAAC are being held!
Adequan NAAC Rookie Professional Champions: Michael Cross & Wimpys My Commander
Meet Michael Cross who rode Wimpys My Commander (Wimpys Little Step x Shez My Commander x Dont Boss Me Around), an 8-year-old gelding owned by Martha Moore, to the Adequan NAAC Rookie Professional Championship with a 213.5. “It’s been a long journey getting here. We didn’t start off too well but, with Gabe Hutchins’ help, we got here and it all turned out for the best!” said the NRHA Professional from Mendon, MI, assistant trainer at Gabe Hutchins Performance Horses. “I’ve only been showing reiners for a little over three years and this horse, who was bred by his owner, has taught me a lot in these past eight months that I’ve been riding him. I really like him, he has a huge heart and, as long as you treat him fair, he treats you fair!”
Micheal Cross qualified at the South Central Affiliate Regional Championship, and rode for the Kansas Reining Horse Association
Claiming second place honors was Derek Heitland, riding Steppin Little Lena, and Jesus Chavez, riding Smart Like Steady. The two scored a 212 for the reserve championship.
Smart Like Steady is an 11-year-old gelding by Steady Tradition and out of Bar S Docs Gay Bar (by Lenas Gyrator), and is owned by Kathleen Jackson. “My horse was very good for me today. We did have an early lead change, but I was super happy with him anyway. He’s so easy to show!” said Jesus. “What makes this result even better is that his owner’s daughter, Ashley, also qualified him for the NAAC Youth Championships here and will be showing him next Friday!”
Jesus Chavez qualified at the Northwest Affiliate Regional Championship and rode for the West Coast Reining Horse Association
Derek and his mount also claimed the Adequan NAAC Limited Open Championship.
Adequan NAAC Limited Open Champions: Derek Heitland & Steppin Little Lena
Steppin Little Lena is a 4-year-old palomino stallion by Wimpys Little Step and out of Collena O Lena (by ARC Matt O Lena), and is owned by Mary Jansma. With Derek Heitland in the saddle, he slid to the highest step of the podium in the Limited Open Championship
“This horse was not shown as a 3 year old and the reins passed on to me at the beginning of this year,” said Derek who was thrilled with the two titles earned. “We had an instant connection and he’s been great to show. ‘Ask and you shall receive’ is his motto!” said the NRHA Professional from Rockwell, IA. “He’s been easy to train, he’s super good minded and I truly love him.”
Derek Heitland qualified at the North Central Regional Affiliate Championship and rode for the North Central Reining Horse Association.
Taking the reserve championship was Michelle Chapman riding West Coast Beach Boy (West Coast Whiz x Reminics Command x Reminic) for owner Kevin Williams. “It’s been really fun and my horse, ‘Hoby’, was really good! He was there for me, he was listening for me, he was waiting for me to call on him and he delivered!” said Michelle. “I’ve had him for three years and it’s been good from year one. We actually won the Rookie Pro Championship in 2013. He’s a huge hearted horse who always wants to please you and is really honest.”
Michelle Chapmann qualified at the Mountain Affiliate Regional Championship and rode for the Western Slope Reining Horse Association.
Tying for third place was Justin Michels riding That’s My Juicy (Smart Like Juice x Hangten Stunt Girl x Hangten Peppy), for Joan Julen, and Josefine Spangfors riding Shiners Banjo (Banjo Whiz x Shiners Hustler x Shining Spark) for Euro-Vets Inc. The two closed their performance with a 210.
Adequan NAAC Awards!
The Champions took home a Bob’s Custom Saddle, a Montana Silversmiths Custom Trophy Buckle, a Classic Equine product, a Platinum Performance product, a pair of Anderson Bean Boots, an Adequan product, a $150 SmartPak Gift Card, an embroidered halter provided by Markel, a blanket from Avila Pro Shop and Bluebonnet Feed supply.
The Reserve Champions were awarded a Montana Silversmiths Custom Trophy Buckle, a Classic Equine product, an Adequan product, an embroidered Halter provided by Markel, a blanket from Avila Pro Shop and Bluebonnet Feed supply.
Don’t miss the special 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity Celebration at 6 p.m. on December 3 in the Cox Pavilion at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, and witness how the NRHA Futurity has developed, improved and advanced the sport of reining over the last 50 years!
For more information about the Adequan North American Affiliate Championships and the 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity to keep up with all the class results, special events and happenings throughout the week, visit nrhafuturity.com. For more live instant updates, follow the show on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:
Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bob’s Custom Saddles, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cinch, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, Horse&Rider, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialist, Lucas Oil, Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, NFuelN Local, OKC Convention & Vistors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, SmartPak, Trailguard, and Xtra Quarter Horses.
NRHA Event Sponsors: RAM, Scott Cleaners, KO Trading, Sandbur Production, Not Ruf At All, Twin Cities South Trailers, Sundowner, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Avila’s Pro Shop, Freewheeler Golf Cars, EZGO, Tamarack Ranch and Pro View, CompetitorCentral.com.
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