NRHA Sire & Dam Online Auction Closing Soon!

By Hayley Lewallen –  The National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) Sire & Dam Program is counting the hours until the gavel hits the auction block!  Interested buyers have only a couple more weeks to place their bids to win breeding to the stallions of their choice.  The auction ends at noon CST, December 31, 2014.

Breedings to some of the industry’s top stallions start at 60% of the advertised stud fee. Offspring resulting from a breeding purchased through the Sire & Dam Program enjoys the following benefits:

  • Reduced entry fees for the NRHA Futurity and NRHA Derby (can equal a savings of up to $4,000);
  • Later entry deadlines for the NRHA Futurity and NRHA Derby;
  • Automatically eligible to compete in the NRHA Futurity and NRHA Derby without being nominated ($300 savings).

Featured stallions include: A Sparkling Vintage, Banjo Whiz, Chocolate Chic Olena, Custom Legend, Custom Pistol, Dun Gotta Gun, Hollywoodstinseltown, Jerry Lees Surprise, Lil Gun, Magnum Chic Dream, Master Snapper, Mister Nicadual, Smart and Shiney, Smart Like Juice, Smart Spook, Star Spangled Whiz, Starlights Wrangler, Walla Walla Whiz, and Wimpys Little Step

To view all the great stallions available in the auction and to place your bid visitreiningauction.com.  For more information about the program please contact Hayley Lewallen at (405)946-7400 ext. 103 or email hlewallen@nrha.com.

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NRHA Welcomes Santa Hill Ranch as Ranch Partner

NRHA Welcomes Santa Hill Ranch
as Ranch Partner

 


By Christina Brezack 
– The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is pleased to announce that Santa Hill Ranch is now an official NRHA Ranch Partner. NRHA is a worldwide organization dedicated to the promotion of the reining horse and the sport of Reining. Santa Hill Ranch, located in Campbell, New York, is a full service professional reining and breeding operation situated on 325-acres of scenic farmland and pastures with two beautiful state-of-the-art barns.

Santa Hill Ranch’s training and boarding barn includes a 125X250 foot indoor climate-controlled riding arena, 150X400 foot outdoor riding pen, 12X12 stalls, spacious tack and grooming area and wash bays with heated flooring and rubber mats. Owner of Santa Hill Ranch Bob Santagata states, “It’s an honor to be on board (with NRHA).”

Head trainer and NRHA Professional Dean Brown leads Santa Hill’s team. Brown boasts over $633,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings from his many prominent wins including the first ever NRHA Cowtown Classic Novice Derby Champion, National Reining Breeders Classic Champion, multiple NRHA Open Futurity Finalists and the All American Quarter Horse Congress Reining Futurity. This team of professionals has more than 50 years combined experience and is poised to show why Santa Hill Ranch is known for “Producing Results” and preparing riders for a successful showing experience.

Santa Hill Ranch is excited to announce the opening of a brand new breeding barn that includes spacious foaling stalls, mare stalls with walkouts, specially designated stallion stalls and full service breeding lab. Interested customers are encouraged to contact Santa Hill Ranch when shopping for that next prospect or selecting next year’s sire. For breeding and mare care information, or to inquire about sale horses, contact this ranch today at (845) 294-3662, email info@santahillranch.com or visit santahillranch.com.

Todd Barden, Sr. Director of Business Development, said “The National Reining Horse Association is thrilled to welcome Santa Hill Ranch as an NRHA Ranch Partner.  We appreciate Bob Santagata and his team for continuing to support the reining industry. Their efforts at the local, regional and international level, will continue to move reining and the NRHA forward.”

NRHA has more than 850 NRHA-approved shows worldwide with nearly $14 million in competition purses annually. Santa Hill Ranch will be an official NRHA Partner of the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show and NRHA Derby.

Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the standard-setting body for the sport of Reining. NRHA, with their International Headquarters in Oklahoma City, is responsible for promoting the sport of Reining and working to ensure the highest standards of competition. To learn more about the NRHA, its programs and family of corporate partners, visit nrha.com.

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A Perfect Holiday Gift: RK3DE Cross-Country & KRC World Championship Freestyle Reining Super Saturday Is The Place To Be In April

2014 World Champion Freestyle Reiner Dan James showing Smart Little Elan (AQHA). Photo Credit:  Waltenberry, Inc.

2014 World Champion Freestyle Reiner Dan James showing Smart Little Elan (AQHA). Photo Credit: Waltenberry, Inc.

Provided by Kentucky Reining Cup/Brad Ettleman - Ticket packages for the 2015 Kentucky Reining Cup, April 24-25 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, KY are now available. Packages include tickets for each of the individual days plus a new Super Saturday ticket, offering a discounted rate to attend the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event Cross-Country event in the afternoon,  and the Kentucky Reining Cup Freestyle Reining in the evening on Saturday, April 25.

The Kentucky Reining Cup, held in conjunction with the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, features an FEI Concours de Reining International (CRI3*), the widely popular Freestyle Reining, the Kentucky Reining Cup Team Challenge, FEI Junior and Young Rider classes and the addition of Para-Reining classes.

“The Freestyle Reining class at last year’s event was an electrifying, over-the-top success,” said Brad Ettleman, President of HorsePower, Inc., producers of the Kentucky Reining Cup. “We know based on year-round video-on-demand views and You Tube views of the winning run that the public agrees with us.  It was just incredible.  We are already hard at work making this year’s event even better and more thrilling.  If you loved what you saw in 2014, you definitely won’t want to miss the show this year.”

An incredible holiday gift idea for the horse lover in your family and offered now at a savings just in time for gift giving, the new “Super Saturday” ticket is the ideal way to access elite level horse sport in both English and Western disciplines for only $45.

The Freestyle Championship will be held on Saturday, April 25 at 5:30 pm, following FEI Junior and Young Rider classes and Para-Reining classes, which will be held earlier that afternoon. All classes will be held in the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena and a total of $120,000 in prize in prize money will be awarded over the weekend.

Visit www.KentuckyReining.com to order tickets for the 2015 Kentucky Reining Cup, or contact HorsePower, Inc., at (303) 525-3964 for more information.

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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Wimpys Little Step Becomes an NRHA Seven Million Dollar Sire

 By Hayley Lewallen  –  In eight months after achieving the six million dollar mark, Wimpys Little Step is the newest National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) Seven Million Dollar Sire. This makes him the second stallion to earn such a prestigious title, with the only other stallion to reach this mark being Topsail Whiz.

Wimpys Little Step is a 2011 NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee and is by Two Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame Inductee Nu Chex To Cash and out of Leolita Step by Forty Seven. He is owned by NRHA Corporate Partner Xtra Quarter Horses, LLC in Purcell, Okla. where he currently stands.  With limited showing in 2002 and ridden by NRHA’s only Five Million Dollar Rider Shawn Flarida, Wimpys Little Step has an impressive show record with NRHA Lifetime Earnings of more than $185,000.

His top earning progeny include:

  • Wimpys Little Chic (Wimpys Little Step x Collena Chic Olena by Smart Chic Olena): $514,700 NRHA LTE, bred by Double Run Farm, currently owned by NRHA Two Million Dollar Owner Arcese Quarter Horses U.S.A.
  • RC Fancy Step (Wimpys Little Step x Sonita Wilson by Doc Wilson): $362,600 NRHA LTE, bred by Bernie Paetzel, currently owned by Molly Morgenstern
  • Wimpyneedsacocktail (Wimpys Little Step x Seven S Mimosa by Hollywood Dun It): $280,300 NRHA LTE, owned by NRHA Corporate Partner Xtra Quarter Horses, LLC
  • Wimpys Little Buddy (Wimpys Little Step x All Thats Dun by Hollywood Dun It): $262,200 NRHA LTE, currently owned by Kim and Martin Muehlstaetter
  • CFR Centenario Wimpy (Wimpys Little Step x Miss Hollywood Whiz by Topsail Whiz): $168,700 NRHA LTE, bred by 4 R Performance Horses, currently owned by Slide Or Die, LLC

Photo credit: John Brasseaux

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The December Digital Reiner is Ready

decemberreinercoverThe final issue for 2014 is ready for you! The December NRHA Reiner issue has an array of stories inside including competition coverage of the All American Quarter Horse Congress Reining Futurity, the Eastern Canada, Northwest, Mountain, and Southeast Regional Affiliate Finals (RAF), and an informative article on advances in the breeding industry.

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Shine N Spook & ARC Gunnabeabigstar: NRHA Open Futurity Co-Champions

By Christa Morris – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Open finals, including the Lucas Oil Level (L) 4, closed out the 2014 NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Okla. on Saturday, December 6. A total of 64 riders were mounted on world-class reining horses all aiming for the $150,000 L4 open championship purse and their share of NRHA Corporate Partner and Futurity Sponsor awards.

The 2014 NRHA Open Futurity finals gave the packed house just what they were craving – the best of the best in a dramatic finish, right until the end of the second section.

Shine N Spook (Smart Spook x Ebony Shines) and NRHA Five Million Dollar Rider Shawn Flarida landed in draw 23 in the second section. They earned a 224.5 to jump ahead of the previous leader Wimpy Chic (Wimpys Little Step x Chics Fancy Lady) and Gabriel Diano who had marked a 224. Shine N Spook and Flarida held the lead until the last run of the finals when ARC Gunnabeabigstar (Gunnatrashya x Wimpys Little Chic) and NRHA Million Dollar Rider Jordan Larson met the challenge and lit the board with a 224.5 of their own. They decide to share the title and stand as Lucas Oil L4 Open Co-Champions.

Shine N Spook, owned by Clark Reining Horses, LLC and nominated by Rosanne Sternberg, previously placed fifth at this year’s All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity.

ARC Gunnabeabigstar, owned by HDC Quarter Horses and nominated by Arcese Quarter Horses USA, also placed eighth at this year’s All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity.

The co-championship paid $132,600 each to the owners and $6,980 each to the nominators. Both co-champions were consignments at the 2012 NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Sales.

Wimpy Chic, owned by Thales Rocha Bordignon, and Diano placed third in the L4 open division and claimed championships in both the L3 and L2 open divisions. The team has earned $15,444 to date taking reserve championships in the L2 open division at the High Roller Reining Classic Futurity and Hollywoodstinseltown Futurity. Tonight, they added another $134,820 for the owner Bordignon and $7,100 nominator Ericka Smith.

Winning the L1 open division (222) was FM Shine N Tag Chex (Whiz N Tag Chex x Shine With Wanda) and Jordan Kole Price for owner Tricia Jaeger. FM Shine N Tag Chex was sold in 2012 at the NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Sales. Tonight the stallion, nominated by Fausto Mattioli, won $40,400 for the owner and $2,100 for the nominator.

All open champions received a custom Montana Silversmiths buckle sponsored by Jerry Kimmel Reining Horses, a Bob’s Custom Saddle, Rios of Mercedes boots, a Center Back pad, a Classic Equine Contour Pedic Reiner pad, Platinum Performance CJ, Purina feed, a SmartPak gift card, $100 Pard’s Western Shop gift card, Equine Oasis Gift card, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery certificate and a $100 Kyle Tack gift card. Each open champion was presented with a KO Trading Saddle Stand sponsored by the following proud supporters: L4 – Lucas Oil, L3 – NRHA Inside Reining, L2 – Dubarry of Ireland and L1 – Tinsel Jac. The L4 champion also received a four-horse slant gooseneck trailer with living quarters for one-year of use courtesy of Twister Trailer. Twister Trailer certificates went to the remaining champions.

NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Prospect Sale Results
“We made great improvements with the presentation of the sale, and the committee and staff have received a lot of positive feedback from people attending this year. I am extremely pleased with the results we saw Friday night,” said NRHA Sale Committee Chair Fred Thomsson

Futurity Prospect Sale (unofficial)
Through Ring: 51 (48 in 2013)
Sold: 38 (37 in 2013)
Gross: $2.4 million  ($1.81 million)
Net: $1.83 million ($1.56 million)
Average Sold: $48,263 ($42,120)
High Seller: $225,000 – Buena Spook (Smart Spook x Chex Drive) – Consigned by Prospects Unlimited, LLC – Purchased by Geir and Jill Ramleth

Select Yearling (New sale) (unofficial)
Through ring: 70
Sold: 63
Gross: $1.38 million
Net: $1.26 million
Average Sold: $19,430
High Seller: $112,000 – Pearlly Pistols – 2013 sorrel filly (Colonels Smoking Gun x Pearlly Handles) – Consigned by Darling 888 Ranch – Purchased by Andrew Fox, agent

Marketplace Sale (unofficial)
Through ring: 87 (69 in 2013)
Sold: 71 (63 in 2013)
Gross: $705,900 ($522,200 in 2013)
Net: $430,200 ($577,500 in 2013)
Average Sold: $6,060 ($8,290 in 2013)
High Seller: $23,000 – HF Dirtsurfer – 2013 red dun colt (Jerry Lees Surprise x Dun It With Flair) – Consigned by Heritage Farms – Purchased by Ted Kuczynski

More About the NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show
Relive the excitement at nrhafuturity.com where you can find the top three runs from each day, news and results.

SHOW SUPPORTERS
The NRHA would like to thank the following corporate partners for their support of the NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show: Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bob’s Custom Saddles, Cardinal Reining Horses, Center Back Pads, Classic Equine, Darling 888 Ranch, Downunder Horsemanship, Horse&Rider, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialists, Kyle Tack, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Miller International – Cinch / Cruel Girl, Montana Silversmiths, NFuelN Local, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Pard’s Western Shop, Platinum Performance, Purina, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, SmartPak, Schmersal Reining Horses, Twister Trailer and Xtra Quarter Horses.

In addition, NRHA thanks NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show Event Sponsors:

  • Platinum Futurity Sponsors: Ram, Scott Cleaners, KO Trading, Sandbur Productions, Protect the Harvest and Lucas Oil
  • Gold Futurity Sponsors: Shorty’s Caboy Hattery and Equine Oasis
  • Silver Futurity Sponsors: Avila’s Pro Shop, Forewheeler Golf Cars, E-Z Go and Arenus
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Asumussen and Blue Berry Jac: NRHA Non Pro Champions

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) held the first of two finals performances on Friday, December 5. The $232,000-added Cinch NRHA Non Pro Futurity. The show runs through December 6 at Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Okla.

This year’s Futurity had approximately 550 non pro entries and $600,000 in purse money. In all, nearly $30,000 will be paid in nominator incentives.

From the last draw in the class, Jesse Asmussen (Maquoketa, Iowa) and his Blue Berry Jac (Wimpys Red Berry x Mainly Jac) marked a 217 to win the level (L) 4 non pro division championship. Asmussen has won more than $220,000 in NRHA competition including a co-championship at the 2012 NRHA Futurity on Smart Chuka. The L4 non pro division championship paid a total of $42,880 with $2,100 of that amount going to nominator Xtra Quarter Horses, LLC.

14-year-old Cade McCutcheon and Starbucks Finale (Smart Starbuck x Dun Its Deja Vu) won the reserve championship with a 216.5. Cade’s parents, Tom and Mandy McCutcheon, own the 3-year-old gelding that was nominated by Tom. With his showing in the non pro go-round on Golden Survivor,With his showing in the non pro go-round, Cade also won the Youth Non Pro Championship which is determined by go-round score.

The L3 and L2 no pro division championship went to Taylor Larson (Whitesboro, Texas) and Wimpys Dolled Up (Wimpys Little Step x Dolled Up Gunner) with a score of 215.5. Their score also landed them in the fourth place position in the L4 non pro division. Larson Performance Horses, Inc. owns the palomino mare and Taylor is her nominator. In all, they won $54,870, including the nominator incentive. Prior to the Futurity, the team earned more than $12,000 after strong showings at the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity and All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity.

Teresa Putman (Gainesville, Texas) and Gary Putman’s HA Casper claimed the championship honors in the L1 non pro division with a 209. They placed fourth in the L2, ninth in the L3 and 11th in the L4 non pro division. The cremello stallion is by Lena Spark and out of DA Nic A Tune. The Putman’s earned $25,970 for the effort with $1,370 going to the nominator Hillis Akin Family Partnership.

The Prime Time Non Pro Championship and $3,480 went to Ron Thompson (Whitesboro, Texas) and his Magnum Marilynmonroe (Magnum Chic Dream x Ms Mello Yello). Their 216 also gave them third place honors in the L3 non pro division. For this, they won $22,100, plus $1,160 to nominator KO Korral, LLC.

Each year, NRHA recognizes the highest scoring first time exhibitor in the Non Pro go round with a championship buckle. In addition, the Non Pro rider’s trainer receives a check for $5,000. This year’s winner was Ryan Birkenfeld (Nazareth, Texas) and his trainer NRHA Professional Melanie Wilhelm (Nazareth, Texas).

All non pro champions received a custom Montana Silversmiths buckle, a Center Back pad, a Classic Equine Contour Pedic Reiner pad, Platinum Performance CJ, Purina feed, a SmartPak gift card, $100 Pard’s Western Shop gift card, Equine Oasis Gift card, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery certificate and a $100 Kyle Tack gift card. Champions in L1-L4, as well as the youth champion, received Bob’s Custom Saddle. Rios of Mercedes boots went to L1 through L4 champions. Prime time and youth champions received a pair of Anderson Bean Boots. Each non pro champion was presented with a KO Trading Saddle Stand sponsored by the following proud supporters: L4 – Dubarry of Ireland, L3 – NRHA Inside Reining, L2 and L1 – NRHyA, Youth – Tinsel Jac and Prime Time – Jerry Kimmel. The L4 Non Pro Champion also received a four-horse slant gooseneck trailer with living quarters for one-year of use courtesy of Twister Trailer. Twister Trailer certificates went to the remaining champions.

Watch the free live webcast, keep tabs on full results and get the latest news at nrhafuturity.com, facebook.com/nrhareining or twitter.com/nrha.

Results from the NRHA / Markel Insurance Marketplace Sale (unofficial)
-  Gross Sales = $430,200
-  87 through the ring with 71 head sold (82%)
-  Average = $6,060
-  High Seller – $23,000 – HF Dirtsurfer – 2013 red dun colt (Jerry Lees Surprise x Dun It With Flair) – Consigned by Heritage Farms – Purchased by Ted Kuczynski

SHOW SUPPORTERS
The NRHA would like to thank the following corporate partners for their support of the NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show: Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bob’s Custom Saddles, Cardinal Reining Horses, Center Back Pads, Classic Equine, Darling 888 Ranch, Downunder Horsemanship, Horse&Rider, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialists, Kyle Tack, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Miller International – Cinch / Cruel Girl, Montana Silversmiths, NFuelN Local, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Pard’s Western Shop, Platinum Performance, Purina, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, SmartPak, Schmersal Reining Horses, Twister Trailer and Xtra Quarter Horses.

In addition, NRHA thanks NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show Event Sponsors:

  • Platinum Futurity Sponsors: Ram, Scott Cleaners, KO Trading, Sandbur Productions, Protect the Harvest and Lucas Oil
  • Gold Futurity Sponsors: Shorty’s Caboy Hattery and Equine Oasis
  • Silver Futurity Sponsors: Avila’s Pro Shop, Forewheeler Golf Cars, E-Z Go and Arenus
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Lil Joe Cash and Fappani: Open World Championship Shootout Champs

By Christa Morris – The $75,000-added National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Open World Championship Shootout brought some of the best reining horses in the world to the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on Thursday, December 4.
Entries included the earners of nearly $2.3 million, plus past Shootout Co-Champion Shiners Chic, past Shootout Reserve Co-Champion Custom Cash Advance, NRHA Futurity Champion Lil Joe Cash; and National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Champions Wimpyneedsacocktail and Blue Collar Tag.

The packed house also enjoyed watching Reining’s top open riders including members of the NRHA Million Dollar Club: Shawn Flarida, Craig Schmersal, Andrea Fappani, Tom McCutcheon and Jordan Larson.

The Shootout ended with a top score of 223 turned in by Lil Joe Cash (Nu Chex To Cash x RS Lilly Starlight) and NRHA Three Million Dollar Rider Andrea Fappani for owner Lil Joe Cash, Inc. To date, the 2008 stallion has earned $246,800 in NRHA competition including the 2011 NRHA Open Futurity Championship. The Shootout paycheck added another $21,300 to his earnings. This is the fourth Shootout title for Fappani.

Right behind was What A Wave (Tidal Wave Jack x What A Sunrise) and NRHA Three Million Dollar Rider Craig Schmersal with a 221. Karl and Terri Roberts own the 2008 stallion that has earned more than $105,000 during his NRHA career, plus another $14,500 for his placing in the Shootout. What A Wave and Schmersal won the reserve championship at this year’s NRBC.

Third place went to the defending Shootout Champion Shiners Chic (Smart Chic Olena x Ebony Shines) and Jason Vanlandingham. They marked a 220.5 and earned $10,200 for owner Rosanne Sternberg. The 2005 gelding had $234,500 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings prior to the Shootout.

Watch the free live webcast, keep tabs on full results and get the latest news at nrhafuturity.com, facebook.com/nrhareining or twitter.com/nrha.

Previous Shootout Winners
2013: 1st – Colonels Smart Spook and Jordan Larson, 2nd/3rd Custom Cash Advance and Larson, 2nd/3rd – Smoking Whiz and Andrea Fappani

2012: 1st tie – Sail On Top Whizard and Bernard Fonck / Shiners Chic and Andrea Fappani, 3rd – Smoking Whiz and Andrea Fappani

2011: 1st – Tinker With Guns and Andrea Fappani, 2nd – Whizkey N Diamonds and Shawn Flarida, 3rd tie – Custom Cash Advance and Duane Latimer / Great Sun Burst and Bernard Fonck

2010: 1st – Yellow Jersey and Andrea Fappani, 2nd – Smart Spook and Rudi Kronsteiner, 3rd tie – Mister Montana Nic and Craig Schmersal / Wimpys Little Chic and Shawn Flarida

SHOW SUPPORTERS
The NRHA would like to thank the following corporate partners for their support of the NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show: Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bob’s Custom Saddles, Cardinal Reining Horses, Center Back Pads, Classic Equine, Darling 888 Ranch, Downunder Horsemanship, Horse&Rider, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialists, Kyle Tack, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Miller International – Cinch / Cruel Girl, Montana Silversmiths, NFuelN Local, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Pard’s Western Shop, Platinum Performance, Purina, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, SmartPak, Schmersal Reining Horses, Twister Trailer and Xtra Quarter Horses.

In addition, NRHA thanks NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show Event Sponsors:

  • Platinum Futurity Sponsors: Ram, Scott Cleaners, KO Trading, Sandbur Productions, Protect the Harvest and Lucas Oil
  • Gold Futurity Sponsors: Caboy Hattery and Equine Oasis
  • Silver Futurity Sponsors: Avila’s Pro Shop, Forewheeler Golf Cars, E-Z Go and Arenus
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NRHA Futurity Open Composite Winner: Chexmaster and Bertolani

By Christa Morris – The world’s best open riders and horses set their aim on qualifying for the nearly $500,000-added National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Open Futurity Finals at the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show. The show runs through December 6 at Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Okla. with the NRHA Futurity Open finals being featured on the closing day. With today’s conclusion OF the open semi-finals, fans moved one step closer to seeing the crowing of the 2014 NRHA Futurity Open Champion.

In the Lucas Oil Level (L) 4 Open, yesterday’s leaders held the top positions, with one new addition, Xtra Electric Meter and Craig Schmersal, who tied for third:

- 1st: Chexmaster (Nu Chex To Cash x Snip O Gun) with Franco Bertolani for owner Slide or Die LLC and nominator Hilldale Farm – Semi-Finals – 223.0 / Go 1 – 221.5 / Composite – 444.5

- 2nd: Snip O Lution (Einsteins Revolution x Snip O Chex) with Martin Larcombe for owner XCS Ranch and nominator Cinder Lakes Ranch – Semi-Finals – 217.5 / Go 1 – 224.0 / Composite – 441.5

- 3rd/4th: Pinesail Jac (Tinsel Jac x Sailin Lil Ruf) with Andrea Fappani for owner and nominator Raul Leal – Semi-Finals – 222 / Go 1 – 219 / Composite – 441

- 3rd/4th: Xtra Electric Meter (Jacs Electric Spark x Metermaid To Order) with Craig Schmersal for owner Eric Unger and nominator Xtra Quarter Horses, LLC – Semi-Finals – 222 / Go 1 – 219 / Composite: 441

The L3 open and L2 open division leader remained unchanged. Wimpy Chic (Wimpys Little Step x Chics Fancy Lady) and Gabriel Diano held the lead with a 440 composite score. They earned a 221.5 in the semi-finals to add to their go-round score of 218.5. Thales Rocha Bordignon owns the stallion that was nominated by Ericka Smith.

There was a tie for second place in the L3 open division composite (437.5): Little Rooster Spark ridden Peter Defreitas and Redhot Walla ridden by Nicole Renick.

Defreitas and his Little Rooster Spark (Gallo Del Cielo x Shining Little Angel) improved on their go-round score of 216.5 with a 221 in the semi-finals. Franco Mari nominated the 3-year-old stallion. Little Rooster Spark was previously consigned to the NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Sales.

Redhot Walla (Walla Walla Whiz x Roosters Redhot) and Nicole Renick made a fierce run in the semi-finals to add a 222 to their 217.5 from the go-round. Michelle Preston’s Redhot Walla (nominated by Rhodes River Ranch) and Renick also took second place in the L2 open division and won the L1 open division composite.

The second-place duo in the L1 open division was FM Shine N Tag Chex (Whiz N Tag Chex x Shine With Wanda, owned by Tricia Jaeger, nominated by Fausto Mattioli) and Jordan Kole Price with a 433.5 composite score. FM Shine N Tag Chex was sold in 2012 at the NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Sales.

The top open horse and rider combinations, based on composite scores from the first go-round and semi-finals, will advance to the NRHA Open Futurity Finals, including the Lucas Oil L4 Open, on Saturday, December 6. The bubble to qualify for finals are: L4 – 434, L3 – 428.5, L2 – 426 and L1 419.5.

Watch the free live webcast, keep tabs on full results and get the latest news at nrhafuturity.com, facebook.com/nrhareining or twitter.com/nrha.

CONGRATULATIONS:
NRHA / MARKEL INSURANCE FUTURITY SALES CONNECTIONS

NRHA congratulates the following horses that were previously consigned to the NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Sales:

  • Snip O Lution owned by XCS Ranch, LLC
  • FS Taris Walla Whiz owned by Tim Anderson
  • ARC Gunnabeabigstar owned by HDC Quarter Horses
  • Little Rooster Spook owned by Peter Defreitas
  • Shine N Spook owned by Clark Reining Horses, LLC
  • ARC Gunna Sparkya owned by Rabboni Reining Horses
  • FM Shine N Tag Chex owned by Tricia Jaeger
  • Custom Vickie owned by Steven Simon

SHOW SUPPORTERS
The NRHA would like to thank the following corporate partners for their support of the NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show: Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bob’s Custom Saddles, Cardinal Reining Horses, Center Back Pads, Classic Equine, Darling 888 Ranch, Downunder Horsemanship, Horse&Rider, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialists, Kyle Tack, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Miller International – Cinch / Cruel Girl, Montana Silversmiths, NFuelN Local, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Pard’s Western Shop, Platinum Performance, Purina, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, SmartPak, Schmersal Reining Horses, Twister Trailer and Xtra Quarter Horses.

In addition, NRHA thanks NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show Event Sponsors:

  • Platinum Futurity Sponsors: Ram, Scott Cleaners, KO Trading, Sandbur Productions, Protect the Harvest and Lucas Oil
  • Gold Futurity Sponsors: Caboy Hattery and Equine Oasis
  • Silver Futurity Sponsors: Avila’s Pro Shop, Forewheeler Golf Cars, E-Z Go and Arenus
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Chexmaster and Bertolani Lead Second Section

NRHA Futurity Open Semi-Finals

By Christa Morris - The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) is one day closer to its final weekend. The semi-finals of the NRHA Open Futurity, including the Lucas Oil Level (L) 4 Open, continued on Tuesday evening. The third and final section of the semi-finals is scheduled for Wednesday, December 3.

Three entries edged their way to the top of the composite standings:

- Chexmaster (Nu Chex To Cash x Snip O Gun) with Franco Bertolani for owner Slide or Die LLC and nominator Hilldale Farm – Semi-Finals – 223.0 / Go 1 – 221.5 / Composite – 444.5

- Snip O Lution (Einsteins Revolution x Snip O Chex) with Martin Larcombe for owner XCS Ranch and nominator Cinder Lakes Ranch – Semi-Finals – 217.5 / Go 1 – 224.0 / Composite – 441.5

- Pinesail Jac (Tinsel Jac x Sailin Lil Ruf) with Andrea Fappani for owner and nominator Raul Leal – Semi-Finals – 222 / Go 1 – 219 / Composite – 441

In the L3 open and L2 open division, Wimpy Chic (Wimpys Little Step x Chics Fancy Lady) and Gabriel Diano moved to the lead with a 440 composite score. They earned a 221.5 in the semi-finals to add to their go-round score of 218.5. Thales Rocha Bordignon owns the stallion that was nominated by Ericka Smith.

The L1 open division leader is Honky Tonkin Dream (Magnum Chic Dream x Blonde At The Bar) and Becky Sorrell. They have a composite score of 431.5 after marking a 213.5 in the semi-finals and a 218 in the go-round. Owner Viola Scott nominated the mare that has earned nearly $4,000 to date in her career.

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