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The Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships (NAAC) at the 50th Running of the National Reining Horse Futurity Announces the Youth 13 & Under Champions
Oklahoma City, Okla., December 4, 2015 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is proud to announce the newest champions crowned at this year’s Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships.
Alexa Lovejoy wins the Adequan NAAC Youth 13 & Under Championship aboard Walla Walla Wizard
The youth competition lit up the stage in the Adequan® Championship Arena at the Oklahoma State Fair Park today as 29 qualified riders rode for the prestigious title.
It took a run-off to determine who would take this year’s Youth 13 & Under Championship as Alexa Lovejoy riding Walla Walla Wizard, owned by Peggy Lovejoy, and Lauren Heine aboard Conquistador Custom, owned by Janet Heine, closed their runs with a 210.5.
Once the two young riders had made it back to the show arena, it was the 214 posted by Alexa and her 6-year-old gelding by Walla Walla Whiz and out of Queens Doc Madonna (by Uno Superstar), that topped the competition.
“I was really nervous in the run-off but once I started my pattern it got better and now I’m really excited!” said the thirteen-year-old rider. “I’ve had ‘Wizard’ for a year now, he’s always been really consistent and I’m very proud of him. My trainer is John Zimmerman and his wife, Lacy, showed him until the reins passed on to me. I now look forward to riding him again next year and I would really like to thank my grandma, Peggy, as she has helped me so much through this year. Of course I thank John and Lacy Zimmerman for all their help.”
‘Wizard’s’ performance was even more special since the sorrel gelding is blind in one eye. “This proves how much trust this great horse has in his rider, Alexa,” said NRHA Vice President, Mike Deer who awarded the youth riders today.
Lauren Heine and her ten-year-old mare, a.k.a. Moka, settled for reserve honors after closing her second run with a 211. “I’ve been riding reiners for the last four years with my trainer, Serena Siebrandt,” said Heine. “Both our runs today were simply amazing and I’m really happy even though I was pretty nervous! Thank goodness my mare didn’t feel my nerves. My goal is to become a Million Dollar Rider, like Shawn Flarida, and I would like to make reining become my life…hopefully that will happen.”
Lauren 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.
Tying for third place were Ashley Johnson, aboard Smart Like Steady (Steady Tradition x Bar S Docs Gay Bar x Lenas Gyrator), and Raeanna Thayn riding Nics Wimpy (Wimpys Little Step x Nics Whiz x Topsail Whiz). Both scored a 208.5.
For more information about the 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 (www.facebook.com/nrhareining), Twitter (www.twitter.com/nrha) and Instagram (www.instagram.com/nrhareining#).
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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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