Our Loss – Steve Harris

From NCRHA – It is with a sad heart I must share the passing of our friend, Steve Harris. I know reining was made better for the conversations he started. He had a passion for doing things well and true love for the great horses he rode.

Steve Harris was a past NCRHA president, NRHA Champion, successful veterinarian, a father to four children and good friend to many. Steve had the honor of winning the Craig Howard Memorial for highest money winning Non Pro a couple of times but in 2009 he claimed the prize in an special way. He showed four money earning horses; three aged and one futurity horse. All four were foals he had bred. Two of these horses are still winning money with us in 2013.

Steve Harris’ Memorial service is Tuesday at 2 PM at Wayzata Community Church. The complete announcement will be in the Sunday Minneapolis Star Tribune.

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NRHA Demographic Survey Update and Participation Winners Announced

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA)’s membership once again exceeded average response rates for the demographic survey sent to members worldwide in September. In all, 2,905 members took the survey for a more than 25% response rate. More than 1,928 members responded to the previous loyalty survey sent in July.

The overall objective of the survey is to help NRHA understand key demographic characteristics to help NRHA meet its member’s needs. Feedback and input will be critical in developing new activities, plan events and continue to build relationships with Corporate Partners. NRHA is proud to work with PeopleFirst™, the industry’s first comprehensive human capital management solutions service designed with today’s agricultural operations in mind. PeopleFirst™ is a Zoetis Company (formerly the animal health business of Pfizer.)


All survey participants were entered in a drawing to win one of many NRHA Corporate Partner prizes. NRHA congratulates these winners and sends out a tremendous thanks to all members who shared their opinions with the Association.

The 1,200 members who participated in both the demographic and loyalty surveys, were put into another drawing for prize packages.

NRHA appreciates all members who participated in these surveys!

By Christina Brezack

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Become an NRHA Futurity Buckle Sponsor!

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Become an NRHA Futurity Buckle Sponsor!

 We send a big thank you to current buckle sponsors


Quality awards mean a great deal to both exhibitors and owners. NRHA recognizes the need for expanding awards and continually works towards this goal. However, it is only with the support of the Reining community that programs like these can perpetuate. We hope offering a sponsorship at these levels will open doors for more reining enthusiasts to contribute to this prestigious event. This is an amazing opportunity to have a presence at the 2013 NRHA Futurity and Adequan North American Affiliate Championship show and be recognized by Reining fans around the world.

Thanks to your support of the Montana Silversmiths NRHA Futurity Buckle Program, more than 40 buckles will be awarded to Futurity reserve champions in all Open and Non Pro divisions. In addition, buckles will be given to Top 5, Top 10 and Finalists in the Level 4 Open Futurity division.

Buckle Sponsorship Amenities:

  • Your company name listed in “The Score” printed for distribution at both Non Pro and Open Futurity Finals
  • Your company name listed with a hyperlink to your website on the NRHA Futurity Website
  • One (1) Exhibitor Pass for the duration of the event
  • Public announcements in the Coliseum recognizing level of sponsorship during awards presentations
  • For Reserve Champion Buckle Sponsors ONLY: one (1) banner displayed
NRHA Futurity Reserve Champion Buckle Sponsorship = $750
Level 2 Non Pro                 Level 1 Non Pro
Prime Time Non Pro             Youth Non Pro
Selection is first-come, first-serve when full payment is remitted
NRHA Futurity Finalists Buckle Sponsorship = $500
Level 4 Open Futurity Top 10        Level 4 Open Futurity Finalists
Get the form:
2013 NRHA Futurity Buckle SponsorshipFor questions, please contact:
Christina Brezack – Marketing & Sponsorship Coordinator
405-946-7400 ext. 204
For additional assistance contact Terri Sharp at TerriSharp@nrha.com

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Our Loss – Terry Howell

NRHA is saddened to hear that a dear member and friend, Terry Howell, passed away on October 29. The long-time NRHA member suffered a heart attack in her home in Asheville, N.C.

According to her friends, Terry was a tremendously inspiring person and a rare individual who could make them feel better just by having a conversation with her. Although Terry was paralyzed from the chest down, she rode almost everyday and competed actively in freestyle and rookie classes. In fact, in 2012 Terry placed in the top ten at the All American Quarter Horse Congress Non Pro Freestyle. Terry was passionate about Reining and helped NRHA demonstrate the sport during the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games aboard her horse Meadow Lark alongside NRHA Professional Mike Flarida.

A celebration of life and time of fellowship will be held on Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 from 7-9 p.m. in the chapel of Anders-Rice Funeral Home in Asheville, NC.

NRHA sends it condolences to her family and friends.

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IHSA Announces Western Riders for AQHA Horsemanship Challenge

Contact LA Pomeroy, IHSA media liaison – PomeroyLA@aol.com - 413.586.6121

IHSA Announces Western Riders for AQHA Horsemanship Challenge

Fairfield, CT – (October 25, 2013) – The Intercollegiate Horse Show Association (IHSA) and American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) are pleased to confirm eight IHSA Western Horsemanship riders will participate in the 2013 American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Horsemanship Challenge, November 20-21, during the AQHA World Championship Show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The IHSA riders selected include the 2013 IHSA National Championships’ AQHA High Point Rider (Austin Griffith, Ohio State University) and reserve AQHA High Point Rider (Ashley Winters, University of Findlay, who continued her season despite the grief of losing her AQHA show horse to cancer), and a member of the 2013 IHSA National Championships High Point Western Team, Julia Roberts, of West Texas A&M University, who was also selected in 2012 but was competing in collegiate judging (she and her WTAMU team went on to become reserve champions). Emily Honey, of Oregon State University, represents the second (Elizabeth Whitman, 2012) consecutive time OSU riders have earned a slot in the AQHA Horsemanship Challenge.

IHSA riders confirmed to compete in the AQHA Horsemanship Challenge are:IHSA Nationals 2013

Julia Roberts, West Texas A&M University

Austin Griffith, Ohio State University

Douglas Mohr, Ball State University

Emily Honey, Oregon State University

Alissa Frederick, Black Hawk College

Rebecca Strunk, Clemson University

Ashley Winters, University of Findlay

Kodi Anderson, North Central Texas College

Austin Griffith, a business and marketing major at Ohio State, cited both hard work and the IHSA as integral to the path leading him to OKC. The newly-minted AQHA High Point Rider from the 2013 IHSA National Championships is also a two-time (2008, 2009) winner at AQHA Congress.

“I was so excited when I received the invitation,” says the IHSA National’s 2013 reserve AQHA High Point Rider, Ashley Winters, a freshman majoring in Environmental Safety and Occupational Health and Western Equestrian Studies at The University of Findlay. “During the show season I lost my AQHA show horse to cancer. This was an extremely hard time for me and the only way to cope was to keep riding. I knew the open level was going to be really tough and worked really hard, practicing five times a week for reining and horsemanship. The Findlay IHSA Team has wonderful coaches. At Nationals, their advice was to go out there and show them what a freshman can do.” Now she gets her chance to show them at AQHA Worlds.

“This year has just been full of blessings for me, especially going to IHSA Nationals a second time,” says Julia Roberts, who rides on WTAMU’s IHSA National Champion team. “There is a saying that I live by, ‘Hard work beats talent, when talent doesn’t work hard,’ by Tim Notke. This year’s hard work definitely paid off as I was named National Champion in Individual Open Horsemanship and Reserve National Champion in Team Open Horsemanship. Our Western team was also named National Champions — a first for WT! The blessings haven’t stopped now that I have been invited to ride in the Challenge. I am so proud to represent my coach, Amanda Love, and West Texas A&M. Without the support from my family at WT I wouldn’t be where I am today. To ride the quality of horses we will ride at this challenge will be amazing. I can’t wait for November!”

For Douglas Mohr, who will represent Ball State, it’s a dream come true. “Ever since hearing of the AQHA Collegiate Challenge, it’s been a dream to be selected and represent my university, and now that dream is a reality. It’s a huge honor to be one of eight IHSA riders picked, and I am very grateful. To be surrounded by the best collegiate riders will be a humbling and rewarding experience.” Mohr will pursue a masters in Occupational Therapy, having just earned his bachelor’s in Exercise Science.

Animal and Veterinary Science major, Rebecca Strunk (’15) adds, “I was honestly shocked to be invited to this prestigious event. It makes all the long hours of practice worth it. It’s an honor to represent Clemson University and hope to do so to the best of my abilities.”

The eight equestrian athletes representing their educational institutions in the Challenge were selected based on 2012-13 individual statistics for horsemanship. Preliminary AQHA Horsemanship Challenge competition will be Wednesday, Nov. 20, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and the AQHA Horsemanship Challenge finals will be held the following evening.

Learn more about IHSA riders and teams at www.IHSAinc.com.

Photo: Austin Griffith. Photo Credit: Rich Ormanowski

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release.  Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

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SWRHA John Deere Open Futurity Winners – Larcombe & Revolution is Dun

Larcombe Wins John Deere Open Futurity on Revolution Is Dun


When it came down to the second to last horse, Dany Tremblay was leading the pack with a 228.5 on The Wizter owned by MG Reiners of St. Paul, Quebec. Dell Hendricks was just behind with a 228 on Breakout Wrangler, owned by Dan Lindstrom of Gretna, Nebraska. Those are very high scores in futurity competition.

Then, it was Martin Larcombe’s turn on Revolution Is Dun, owned by XCS Ranch. “I knew there were a lot of high scores,” he said shortly after his run. “I just wanted to have a good go.”

Larcombe had better than a good go; he knocked one into the rafters with a scalding performance that netted a 230 point reward – good enough to win the Level 2, 3 and 4 Futurity.1381768_708915149135831_867902437_n

Larcombe has had Revolution Is Dun (Einsteins Revolution X Miss Whiz Done Dunit) since just after this year’s National Reining Breeders Classic in April, purchasing him for XCS Ranch owner Corinna Schumacher from Richard Pokluda and Dr. Bill Rhodes. “Richard did a great job of starting him and I really liked him although I looked at him three times before I bought him,” Larcombe remembers, then laughs. “I’m glad I did!”

He showed “Dallas” at the Tulsa Reining Classic and won the Level 2, and his sights are set, now, on the upcoming NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City. Larcombe, originally from Australia, worked in Europe 8 years, where he got to know the Schumachers. When they decided to build a ranch in Texas, they hired him to run it and he’s been there now for the past two years.

John Deere Sales Promotion Coordinator Britt Cassaday and Regional Service Coordinator Doug Wick were on hand to present the John Deere Gator sponsored by John Deere and Pettit Machinery for the win. The Level 4 victory also netted $16,926, a Lawson Bronze and a trophy buckle. That, added to his take for the Levels 3 and 2 wins, gave him a total paycheck of $28,467!

A Southwest Reining Horse Association signature Golf Cart goes to the owner of the sire of the furthest advancing foal by a current-year SWRHA Stallion Auction donor, so Revolution Is Dun sire – Einsteins Revolution – netted a golf cart for owners Vandorp and Wagner.

Another golf cart goes each year to the winner of a drawing from stallion owners who have donated a breeding to the Southwest Reining Horse Association Stallion Auction. This year’s winners were Jack and Viola Scott, owners of Magnum Chic Dream.

Finishing as the Reserve Champion in the Level 3 was Dany Tremblay on The Wizster (Gallo Del Cielo X Miss Whizard Jac). The Reserve Title in the Level 2 went to Jared Leclair with a score of 225 on Electric Express (Jacs Electric Spark X Hot Coded Candy) owned by Terry Ranch of Hardin, Texas.

Earlier in the day, it was a rainy afternoon in Ardmore, Oklahoma, and inside the Hardy Murphy Coliseum, the lights were flickering, even going out during one run. But when Mirjam Stillo came on Little Joe Vintage, she illuminated the place, scoring 220.5 to win the John Deere Tractor Open Futurity Level 1 Championship.

Little Joe Vintage is owned by Harper Conner of Dallas, Texas, who also owns his sire, A Sparkling Vintage. Both horses were recently moved to Tom McCutcheon Reining Horses, where Mirjam trains, and A Sparkling Vintage will stand there in 2014. The Level 1 Championship came with a commemorative trophy buckle sponsored by Ardmore First Bank and Trust.

The John Deere Tractor Open Level 1 Reserve Championship went to Kim Obenhaus on Treasure Chest Whiz (Topsail Whiz X Diamonds For Chic) owned by Duane and Wendy Latimer of Overbrook, Oklahoma.

For complete results visit www.swrha.com.

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release.  Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

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SWRHA Red River Equine Vet Services Non Pro Futurity Winners – McCutcheon & Ms Whiz Dunit

McCutcheon Wins Red River Equine Vet Services Non Pro Futurity on Ms Whiz Dunit
On Friday, October 25, at the Billingsley Ford Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity and Show, the headline event was the Red River Equine Vet Services Non Pro Futurity. Mandy McCutcheon certainly made some headlines when she rode Ms Whiz Dunit (Topsail Whix X A Bueno Poco Dunit) to an amazing score of 227.5 to win the Futurity.She’d never shown the mare before. “I needed another one to show. She was raised on our place and (husband) Tom had shown her in Minnesota in August for owner Roxanne Koepsell. She’s too small for him, and she looked like she’d fit me so we bought her. I just got her a week ago.”
If the score is any indication it is very good fit. Mandy won $5,242 for the championship, along with a special tooled Bob’s Custom Saddle and a trophy buckle sponsored by Cardinal Training Center.

Mandy added another $3,191 to her take from the show on Check Out My Guns (Gunner X Darlins Not Painted), marking 223.5 to earn the reserve championship and that win netted a SWRHA Golf cart for Tim & Colleen McQuay for the sire award from the SWRHA Stallion Auction.

Brianna Sloan rode Pryce Tag (Whiz N Tag Chex X Chic Lil Ruby) to the Intermediate Non Pro Championship, with a score of 221.5. She bought the gelding at the end of May from Carlos and Laurie Deleu. “He was a little green, still, when I showed him at Tulsa, but I felt I was close.”

The next trip for Brianna and Pryce was at the Heritage Futurity in Katie, Texas, where she tied for the win. “I knew he got better each time and I knew I had more horse here.”

She was right, and the result was her highest score, ever. She earned $1,985 and received a special Bob’s Custom Saddle, along with a trophy buckle sponsored by Cardinal Training Center. Brianna rides with trainer Sebastian Petroll.

The Reserve Intermediate Non Pro title and the Limited Non Pro Championship went to Lauren Hall on West Coast Maid a daughter of West Coast Whiz out of Shining Maid. Lauren earned $1,203 for the Limited Non Pro win, along with a Bob’s Custom Saddle for her score of 219.5.

Third place honors in the Intermediate Open went to Tamra Kyle on A Star On Nicadual. The owner of the sire of highest finishing Intermediate Non Pro sired by a stallion that was donated to the SWRHA Stallion Auction receives a custom belt buckle from the Southwest Reining Horse Association Stallion Auction and that honor went to Jerry Kimmel, owner of A Star On Nicadual’s sire, Mister Nicadual.

The Reserve Championship in the Limited Non Pro was claimed by Stoney Russell of Longview, Texas on Gotta Get Er Done (Spooks Gotta Gun X Zan Hickory Girl).
Samantha Larcomb rode Western Electric to the Level 1 Non Pro Championship, scoring 212 for the win and edging Teresa Putman of Gainesville, Texas by half a point on Loveandotherdisasters.

For Samantha, preparing for the futurity was a blur. She got Western Electric in July and only showed the good gelding in one class at Waco. Her husband, Martin, has done the training for her.

In the past, Lance Griffin has owned quite a few good horses that his daughter, Samantha Burns, has shown. But he had never shown a horse owned by Samantha!

That all changed at Ardmore, when he rode Stiletto Tag (Whiz N Tag Chex X Kachina Oak Olena) to a score of 219.5 to win the Prime Time Non Pro title. Samantha had ridden the horse to a reserve finish at Las Vegas, then had to have neck surgery so Lance found himself catch riding at the Red River Equine Vet Services Non Pro Futurity.

The Griffins raised the mare and Lance credits Justin Mathison with helping him prepare to show. He’ll be piloting her again at Oklahoma City while Samantha is still on the rehab mode.

The Prime Time Reserve Championship went to Ron Thompson with a score of 218 on Golden Dream Chic (Magnum Chic Dream X Whiz Me Gold).

Following the Non Pro Futurity, the Einsteins Revolution Back Gate Pizza Party began at 4 pm.Ruben Vandorp sponsors the popular Pizza Party and a highlight this year was the Rein In Cancer Dog Race.

Heavily attended by appreciative fans who watched the 20 dogs competing in four qualifying heats, it came down to a finals between June Bug, owned by Lindsey McCutcheon, Hero owned by Joel Free, Roo Roo owned by Chad & Cyndi Brown and Mia, whose owners remained anonymous.

The Champion racer was Roo Roo and Roo Roo received a doggie gift bag from Rein In Cancer.

All the dogs earned complimentary dog biscuits.

The final event of the day was the $2,500 added NRHA Open Reining. Jordan Larson had ridden MC Gunner to the win of the Novice Horse Open Level 2 class earlier in the week and he gave a repeat performance in the Open, scoring 151 to earn $1,760.78 for owner Luis Guajardo. “I appreciate getting to ride this horse,” noted Larson. The 5-year-old is by Gunner, out of Mi Mega.

The Open Reserve Championship went to Jared Leclair, who scored 149.5 on ARC Electrical Storm (Jacs Electric Spark X Peppys Little Orphan) owned by Erin Rapp of Houston, Texas.

For complete results visit www.swrha.com.

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release.  Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

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NRHA / Markel Insurance Sales – Online Catalog

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The reining horse industry’s leading sales, the NRHA/Markel Insurance Futurity Sales, will once again be held during the NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show in Oklahoma City December 5 – 7.

From yearlings and broodmares to Futurity prospects and proven performance horses, there’s no better venue to find your next winner. Start browsing through the catalog now.

Mark your calendar with these sales dates:

  • Breeders Showcase – Thursday, December 5
  • Marketplace – Friday, December 6
  • Futurity Prospect – Saturday, December 7

Helpful information:  Host Hotels  ~  Tickets  ~  News  ~  Event Schedule

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Results – Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity and Show

From Pro Management/Cheryl Cody

October 25 – Michael Jeffcoat Wins NRHA Non Pro at Billingsley Ford Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity and Show / Larry Barker tops Intermediate Non Pro

In the NRHA Non Pro class held Friday morning at the Billingsley Ford Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity and Show, Michael Jeffcoat scored 146 on his great 5-year-old Spooks Gotta Run.

Jeffcoat, from Waurika, Oklahoma, has had the son of Spooks Gotta Gun out of Prettywhizprettydoes that he calls “Possum” since he was a 2-year-old and he has earnings over $60,000. In his futurity year he won the Level 2 Non Pro and Prime Time titles at the National Reining Horse Association Futurity and went on to win the Prime Time Championship at the NRHA Derby. The win at Ardmore earned $873, a champion buckle and Lawson Trophy in the class sponsored by Schmidt Reining Horses.

Reserve honors and the Intermediate Non Pro Championship – for the second consecutive year – went to Larry Barker on Dream It Magnum for a score of 145. Dream It Magnum is a family horse that he and his wife, Kathy, have enjoyed great success on. The 11-year-old mare by Magnum Chic Dream was the $2 Million sire’s first Open Futurity finalist back in her futurity year in 2005.

Since then she has continued to be a winner for the Whitesboro, Texas couple. Kathy earned the National Affiliate Finals Limited Non Pro Championship on her in 2009, and currently rides her daughter. Larry noted, “We even owned her grand-dam.” The win in the Intermediate Non Pro class sponsored by Craig Johnson Reining Horses was worth $563, along with a trophy buckle and a CR Morrison trophy.

Finishing second in the Intermediate Non Pro was Kaylan Marks of Yorktown, Texas on Tagged My Chic by Whiz N Tag Chex out of Cheeky Boom.

October 24 – Tim McQuay Tops John Deere Open Futurity Prelims on Gnna Sassya at Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity and Show Presented by Billingsley Ford

On Thursday, October 24, at the Billingsley Ford Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity and Show, an enduring champion rode a 3-year-old to the top finish of the John Deere Open Preliminaries. National Reining Horse Association Hall of Famer Tim McQuay dominated the preliminaries on his home-owned Gunna Sassya with a score of 224. Gunna Sassya is a son of the late Gunner out of Shining N Sassy, the mare Tim won the NRHA Futurity on for then-owner Carol Rose.

McQuay’s score was just a point ahead of a cluster of 223 scores – by Dell Hendricks on Frank Costantini’s Tricked Out Spook, Bobby Avila Jr. on Im Gunna Shine owned by Teresa Benton, Jared Leclair on This Cats Stressin, owned by Terry Ranch, Jordan Larson on Double Loaded Gun, owned by Freddie Brasfield and Justin Mathison on Mary Jansma’s Walla Walla Gunshine.

Dell, Bobby, and Jared topped the Intermediate Open Qualifiers, where it took a 216 to make the finals. Jared also led the Level 2 Open on This Cats Stressin and just behind in the Level 2 was Robert Chown on Mister Black Magic, owned by WW Ranch of Argyle, Texas.

Eduardo Chrisians rode Sugar Pop Step Ahead to top the Level 1 Open with a score of 219. Mirjam Stillo was in the reserve slot with a 216 on Little Joe Vintage, owned by Harper Conner.

In the Level 2, it was 213 to get to the finals and in the Level 1 it took a 209.5.
It took a 219 to make the finals in the John Deere Open Level 4 Futurity at the Billingsley Ford Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity and Show. One rider qualified three horses – Jordan Larson! Along with Double Loaded Gun, Jordan rode Tinseltownsmokingun, owned by Julie Gaupmann and Magnamus owned by Steve Tyner to Level 4 finals slots.

Earlier in the day, Kinzey Donnelly rode Ms Kyla Michelle to win the Intermediate Open, earning $531 for owner Michael Marks of Yorktown, Texas. Donnelly, of Valley View, Texas, marked a score of 72 for the win on the daughter of Big Chex To Cash out of Ms Remin Whiz.

That was just a half point ahead of Richard Pokluda on Notorious Big (Big Chex To Cas X Da Steady Holiday) owned by Bob Majerus and Jordan McBurney on Rhodes River Ranch’s Hanna Shinetana (Shining Spark X JRC Quixote O Lena).

Hava Vital piloted Nu Magic Cash (Nu Chex To Cash X Dream About Magic) to win both the Limited Open and Rookie Professional classes. Vital, formerly from Israel, has been riding the horse since just before the NRHA Derby and won the Reserve Open Derby title at Waco. At Ardmore, she scored 72.5 to top the class on the good 6-year-old owned by Misty Valley Performance Horses.

Reserve honors in the Limited Open went to Giada Camparsi on Conquistadordaydream (Conquistador Whiz X Custom Dreamer) owned by Stacy Adams of Coppel, Texas. Second place in the Limited Open went to Saar Ben-Hamo on Pick N Berries with a 72 for owner Tzvika Knaani.

October 23 – 3-Way Tie for the John Deere Futurity Open Lead – Larson, Leclair and Avila
Mandy McCutcheon Claims Novice Horse Non Pro Win on Gunner Nic

Wednesday, October 23 began at the Billingsley Ford Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity and Show with the first section of the prelims of the John Deere Open Futurity.

When 64 horses had shown, there was a three-way tie for the top score – at 223. Tied for first in the Level 4 Open were Jordan Larson on Double Loaded Gun (Gunner X Anniegityergun) owned by Freddie Brasfield, Bobby Avila Jr. on Teresa Wynn’s Im Gunna Shine (Gunner X Shiner Light), and Jared Leclair on This Cats Stressin (WR This Cats Smart X Stressin) owned by Terry Ranch.

Avila and Leclair were tied for the Level 3 top slot and Jared also topped the Level 2, with Mathieu Buton sitting second with a 219.5 on Whiz Chica Dee, a daughter of Topsail Whiz out of Chic A Dee Hickory owned by Bob Loomis.

Currently leading the Level 1 Open is Eduardo Christians on his Sugar Pop Step Ahead (Wimpys Little Step X Sugar Pop Gun) with a score of 219. Mirjam Stillo holds second in the level 1 with a 216 on Little Joe Vintage (A Sparkling Vintage X Snappy N Smart Chic) owned by Harper Conner.

The 20-entry Novice Horse Non Pro class followed the Futurity section and Mandy McCutcheon Gunner Nic to the Novice Horse Non Pro win, scoring a 72 on the daughter of Gunner out of Tinker Nic by Reminic. The mare is a full sister to $300K plus winner Tinker with Guns, and, according to Mandy, “Either Cade or I will show her in Oklahoma City. We are making those plans, now.”

For the win, McCutcheon received a Champion SWRHA Buckle and Morrison Trophy, along with a check for $606.

There was a tie for the Reserve Championship between Flis Sassella on Slide To The Bucks and Catherine Wright on Spookaroanie. Each scored 71.5.
October 22 – Jordan Larson Novice Horse Open on MC Gunner at Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity and Show Presented by Billingsley Ford

The Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity and Show presented by Billingsley Ford began October 22 with a familiar name at the top of the leader board.

Top National Reining Horse Association professional Jordan Larson scored a rock solid 75 points on MC Gunner, owned by Jack Covington of Lucas, Texas, topping the 93-entry Novice Horse Open Level 2 class to earn $1,845. MC Gunner is by Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner) and out of Covington’s great mare, Mi Mega.

Reserve honors went to Trevor Dare on Magnumatic, owned by his father, Rocky Dare. Magnumatic is a son of Magnum Chic Dream out of BH Aint Misbehavin. Dare’s score of 74.5 was worth $1,123.
The SWRHA Futurity and Show presented by Billingsley Ford, held at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore, Oklahoma, features a total of $114,000 added in 2013, keeping its position as one of the reining industry’s most important fall events and a consistent prelude to the NRHA Futurity which follows a short month later.

Action continues at Ardmore with the headline John Deere Tractor Open Futurity beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, October 23. For live internet live feed of the action compliments of Waltenberry Videography, go to www.swrha.com.

For more information about the Southwest Reining Horse Association or the SWRHA Futurity, call 580-759-2572 or visit www.swrha.com.


The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release.  Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

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Our Loss – Jack B. Ledister

Our Loss – Jack B. Lidester

Jack B. Lidester, age 80, a well-known horseman from Wingate, Indiana, died Saturday, October 5, 2013. He had been in failing health. He was born January 22, 1933 in Montgomery County, son of the late Archie and Juanita Crowder Lidester. He married Donna Boswell, June 4, 1983 and she survives. Jack graduated from Wingate High School and served with the U.S. Army. His passion was horses and he was involved in National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) open events from coast-to-coast and internationally. He was an accomplished competitor, judge and horse trainer.

5252086cc8f4a_imageJack bred, raised, trained and showed many different breeds of horses successfully in Reining, cutting, western pleasure, working cow horse and other disciplines.

Jack officiated at the American Livestock Show, NRHA Reining Classic, Canadian Pleasure futurities, as well as the All American Quarter Horse Congress. Jack was a tough instructor, but he made winners out of his many students over the years.

Surviving, along with his wife Donna, are a son: Mike (Susan) Lidester of Frankfort, three daughters: Linda Earl of Waynetown, Cindy Lidester of Carmel, Launa (Greg) Tyra of Newtown, stepson Blake Hershberger of Crawfordsville, and step-daughter Michelle (Jeff) Moore of Crawfordsville. Eleven grandchildren: Michael, Heather, Gabe, Lindsey, Kobe, Haleigh, Chandler, Connor, Ann, Zack, and Abby survive along with seven great-grandchildren: Samantha, Elizabeth, Rose, Addy, Isis, Peyton, Mason. Jack’s best friend and fellow horseman Gary Eason led the service. Military graveside rites were performed by American Legion Post 72 and Bowman VFW of Crawfordsville. To leave a condolence or share a memory, visit www.familyandfriendsfh.com.

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