By Christa Morris – The world’s most talented 3-year-old reining horses and open riders made their way into the Oklahoma State Fair Park Jim Norick arena on November 28. They came from across the globe to compete in the first go-round, first section of the nearly $500,000 added National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Open, including the Lucas Oil Level (L) 4 Open. The NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show is the world’s largest reining horse show and continues through Saturday, December 6 in Oklahoma City.
Leading the level L4 open division with a 221.5 was Electric Cha Ching (Jacs Electric Spark x Kipper Lady Nic) and NRHA Million Dollar Rider Jordan Larson. Heritage Farms owns the 2011 mare that was nominated by Haworth Family Partnership.
There were two entries that marked a 221 for second place thus far: Survivorman and Ruffolution.
Survivorman (Gunner x Shining Survivor), owned by Cardinal Hill Training Center, LLC, was ridden by NRHA Million Dollar Rider Tom McCutcheon. This year, they’ve earned more than $5,000 together including a win at the North Central Reining Horse Association Futurity. The stallion was originally nominated by Oldenburg Farm, LLC.
Ruffolution (Einsteins Revolution x Ruffle Me Up), owned by Douglas Van Rees, was ridden by NRHA Million Dollar Rider Brian Bell. Their earnings for the year exceed $11,000 including a second place finish at the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity. The team leads the L3 open division.
In the L2 open division, Shiney Little Queen (Smart And Shiney x Tivios Little Queen) marked a 220 with rider Chris Dawson. The mare, owned by G2 Performance Horses, ended the day leading the L2 open division and in second place in the L3 open division.
Mary Jansma’s Juicy Little Step received a 213.5 from the judges to lead the L1 open division with Liam Alex Mac Neil in the saddle. The 3-year-old son of Smart Like Juice and Wimpys Babe worked her way to the top of the L1 open division leaderboard in today’s section.
Competition continues on Saturday, November 29 with the second section of the first go-round. The second go-round begins on Monday, December 1. Cinch Non Pro Futurity entries take to the arena on Monday, as well.
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MORE ABOUT THE SHOW
It’s the most elite reining event in the world with approximately 3,000 entries competing for more than $2 million in cash and prizes. More than 1,000 horses and 100,000 visitors come from nearly 20 countries to compete and watch the excitement unfold.
The show features the NRHA Open Futurity finals, including the Lucas Oil L4 Open, on Saturday, December 6 and the Cinch NRHA Non Pro Futurity for non pro reiners on Friday, December 5. Nearly $100,000 in nominator incentive money also will be distributed to those individuals who originally nominated horses to the NRHA Nomination Program.
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, Equine Oasis and Icehole High Performance Coolers
- Silver Futurity Sponsors: Avila’s Pro Shop, Forewheeler Golf Cars, E-Z Go and Arenus