Cade McCutcheon & Golden Survivor:
Non Pro Go-Round Leaders

Click to watch Cade’s run.

By Christa Morris – The $232,000-added National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Cinch Non Pro Futurity entered the Jim Norick Coliseum Arena at Oklahoma State Fair Park today with the first section of the go-round. Nearly 100 non pro riders took to the arena today at the 2014 NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show that runs until December 6 at Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.

Setting the pace in the first section with a 217 was NRHA Youth member Cade McCutcheon on Golden Survivor (Topsail Whiz x Shining Survivor). McCutcheon leads the level (L) 4 non pro division on the 3-year-old mare nominated by Oldenburg Farm, LLC.

Click to watch Christy’s run.

Two scores of 215 hold the second place position in the L4 non pro division and the first place position in the L3 non pro divisions:

- Christy Brasier and her Boomers In The Bar (Boom Shernic x Gaye Bar Chex Lena), nominated by Ginger Schmersal

- Lindsey McCutcheon and Wimpy Little Jewel (Wimpys Little Step x Smart Little Jewel), nominated by Susan Jones and owned by Scott and Kathleen McCutcheon

Click to watch Lindsey’s run.

Right behind with a 214 to lead the L2 non pro divisions, was Joshua Hattig aboard Gunners Snappy Chic (Gunner x Chics Miss Snap). Bradford Hattig is the owner, breeder and nominator of the mare that won the L4 and L2 non pro divisions at the Rocky Mountain Summer Slide Futurity.

With a 213.5 Lauren Crivelli and Check Your Gun Lad (Magnum Chic Dream x Check Your Gun Lady) landed in the top spot in the L1 non pro division and in second place in the L2 non pro division. Loren Booth nominated the 3-year-old gelding.

The second section of the non pro go-round is scheduled for Tuesday, December 2. 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.

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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Snip O Lution and Larcombe Win the Go-Round

Snip O Lution & Larcombe (By Waltenberry)

Snip O Lution & Larcombe (By Waltenberry)

By Christa Morris – The first go-round of the nearly $500,000 added National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Open Futurity, including the Lucas Oil Level (L) 4 Open, ended today at the 2014 NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show. Reining fans can enjoy the show until December 6 at Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.

The high score (224) marked yesterday held through more than 130 runs from today’s section to win the Lucas Oil L4 open go-round: Snip O Lution (Einsteins Revolution x Snip O Chex) and Martin Larcombe for owner XCS Ranch of Gordonville, Texas. The 3-year-old stallion, nominated by Cinder Lakes Ranch, and Larcombe won the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity earlier this year. Snip O Lution is a 2012 NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Sale graduate.

Whizzen For Chex & Fappani

Whizzen For Chex & Fappani

Whizzen For Chex (Topsail Whiz x Dun It For Chex) and NRHA Three Million Dollar Rider Andrea Fappani slid into the second place spot with a 222.5 in the final section. Rancho Oso Rio, LLC owns the mare that was nominated by Oldenburg Farm, LLC. So far in her career, she’s won nearly $16,000 including a top ten at the All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity and the reserve championship at the High Roller Reining Classic Futurity.

Electric Snow & Larson

Electric Snow & Larson

 

The last horse of the day, Electric Snow (Jacs Electric Spark x Snow Gun), and NRHA Million Dollar Rider Jordan Larson earned a 222 and third place in the go-round. Electric Snow, owned by Equine Plus and nominated by Andre De Bellefeuille, won third place and $14,300 at this year’s All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity.

Winning the L3 open division with a 221 was Ruffolution (Einsteins Revolution x Ruffle Me Up) and 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. Douglas Van Rees owns the stallion that was nominated by Greg Hill.

In the L2 open division, Shiney Little Queen (Smart And Shiney x Tivios Little Queen) and Chris Dawson held the highest score (220) to win the go-round. The mare, owned by G2 Performance Horses, was nominated by McQuay Stables, Inc.

Honky Tonkin Dream (Magnum Chic Dream x Blonde At The Bar) and rider Becky Sorrell won the L1 open division with a 218. Owner Viola Scott nominated the mare that has earned nearly $4,000 to date in her career.

A portion of first go-round entries will move on to the semi-finals as follows:

  • Level 4 open division – Top 100 scores, plus ties (Bubble score: 212)
  • Level 3 open division – Top 75 scores, plus ties (Bubble score: 211)
  • Level 2 open division – Top 75 scores, plus ties (Bubble score: 209)
  • Level 1 open division – Top 50 scores, plus ties (Bubble score: 203.5)

The semi-finals begin on Monday, December 1 following the first go-round, first section of the Cinch NRHA Non Pro Futurity. The top horse-and-rider combinations, based on composite scores from the first go-round and semi-finals, will advance to the Open Futurity Finals on Saturday, December 6 where the winner of the L4 open division will earn $150,000 as well as incredible prizes from NRHA Corporate Partners and award sponsors. Nearly $100,000 in nominator incentive money also will be distributed to those individuals who originally nominated horses to the NRHA Nomination Program.

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.

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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Snip O Lution and Larcombe Take the Lead

Christa Morris – More than 130 horse and rider combinations competed today in the second section of the first go-round of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Open, including the Lucas Oil Level (L) 4 Open. In all, more than 400 runs are scheduled for the first go-round with all eyes on the $150,000 level 4 open champion check.

Marking an impressive 224 to lead the go-round by 2.5 points was Snip O Lution (Einsteins Revolution x Snip O Chex) and Martin Larcombe for owner XCS Ranch of Gordonville, Texas. The 3-year-old stallion, nominated by Cinder Lakes Ranch, and Larcombe won the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity earlier this year. Snip O Lution was sold at the 2012 NRHA / Markel Insurance Marketplace Sale.

Electric Cha Ching (Jacs Electric Spark x Kipper Lady Nic) and NRHA Million Dollar Rider Jordan Larson moved to second place in the L4 open division with their 221.5 from yesterday. Heritage Farms owns the 2011 mare that was nominated by Haworth Family Partnership.

Chexmaster (Nu Chex To Cash x Snip O Gun) and Franco Bertolani posted a 221.5 today to share the second place position. Slide or Die, LLC owns the stallion that was nominated by Hilldale Farm.

There were two entries that marked a 221 yesterday. They are tied for fourth place in the L4 open division 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. 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. The team remains at the top of the L3 open division.

In the L2 open division, Shiney Little Queen (Smart And Shiney x Tivios Little Queen) and Chris Dawson continue to hold the highest score in the in the L2 open division (220). The mare, owned by G2 Performance Horses, was nominated by McQuay Stables, Inc.

Honky Tonkin Dream (Magnum Chic Dream x Blonde At The Bar) and rider Becky Sorrell jumped ahead of the leader in the L1 open division today with a 218. Owner Viola Scott nominated the mare that has earned nearly $4,000 to date in her career.

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.

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, Equine Oasis and Icehole High Performance Coolers
  • Silver Futurity Sponsors: Avila’s Pro Shop, Forewheeler Golf Cars, E-Z Go and Arenus
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Electric Cha Ching and Larson Lead Open Go-Round

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.

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.

NRHA REWARDS
Debuting at the 2014 NRHA Futurity is a program called NRHA Rewards. NRHA Rewards can turn fan conversations and their love of reining into real-life rewards. Each time fans participate in polls, trivia, code entry or through various social network interactions, they will earn rewards points. Those points are good for entry into special promotions or to get their hands on amazing NRHA prizes. Register today to discover the possibilities – at nrharewards.com!

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.

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, Equine Oasis and Icehole High Performance Coolers
  • Silver Futurity Sponsors: Avila’s Pro Shop, Forewheeler Golf Cars, E-Z Go and Arenus
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NRHA Congratulates Corporate Partner SmartPak on 15 Years

SmartPak LogoPLYMOUTH, MA – November 19, 2014 – SmartPak is excited to be celebrating 15 years of proudly supporting healthy horses and happy riders. Founded by riders and horse owners, SmartPak got its start in 1999, with the purpose of simplifying the administration of nutritional supplements for horses. Since that time, SmartPak has introduced its own line of SmartSupplements, began carrying tack, equipment, and apparel, and introduced ColiCare, our revolutionary $7,500 colic surgery reimbursement program.

“Over the years, we’ve had the honor of supporting thousands of healthy horses and happy riders. Every relationship is truly unique, just like SmartPaks!” said Paal Gisholt, SmartPak’s Chief Executive Officer. “As we celebrated our 15th anniversary, we wanted to share the feedback we’ve gotten from a couple of special customers who’ve been with us for the whole ride.”

“I started using SmartPaks because I thought that they would be convenient to take to horse shows,” said Loanne L. “I have continued to use them because they are a great time saver. I think that your customer service is the best. You have grown into a bigger and better company over the years. You never lost the personal touch that so many companies do.”

“Goodness – fifteen years of SmartPak in my life!  I wish it had been forever, but at least I now can’t imagine my life with my horses, dogs, and without this wonderful company,” said Alexandra D. “From the very first customer contact, it was obvious that customer service, ease of communication, and highly efficient product delivery and support were foremost goals for this new company.”

Thanks to loyal customers like these, SmartPak has been lucky enough to receive many honors over the past 15 years. Those honors include being a nine-time Inc. 500/5000 honoree, a four-time Bizrate Platinum award recipient, and earning an “Elite” rating from STELLAService.

With 2015 fast approaching, SmartPak is looking forward to celebrating many more milestones with customers and their horses. SmartPak understands that customers want to spend more money on their horses and not shipping charges, so SmartPak has been offering Free Shipping Every Day to its customers for years. All SmartPaks over $40 and orders over $75 qualify.

Founded and run by riders, SmartPak knows what it’s like to order for your horse online. That’s why the created rider-focused policies like Guaranteed to Work, free returns on sized items, and SmartPak’s 100% Happiness Guarantee, to ensure that riders can order from SmartPak completely risk-free. Three years ago, SmartPak took that peace of mind to the next level, introducing ColiCare, a FREE $7,500 colic surgery reimbursement program. “Everything we do is inspired by and focused on our customers,” said Gisholt. “Looking back over the last 15 years, we are truly honored and humbled by the number of horse owners who have invited us to be a part of their horse’s care team. As we look towards a new year, we’re excited to continue offering innovative solutions for life in the barn, and we hope you’ll come along for the ride.”

About SmartPak

From the feed room to the tack room, SmartPak offers innovative solutions to help riders take great care of their horses. SmartPak was founded in 1999 with the introduction of the patented SmartPak supplement feeding system. The revolutionary, daily dose SmartPaks are custom-made for your horse, individually labeled and sealed for freshness. With the success of this simple and convenient feeding system, SmartPak has continued to expand its offering of quality products, including its own line of more than 55 supplement formulas called SmartSupplements, and a wide variety of tack, equipment, and supplies. The company has grown rapidly each year and is now the largest retailer of equestrian products in the United States. SmartPak’s success has been powered by a passion for delivering an unbeatable customer experience, and the company has been recognized with a Bizrate Circle of Excellence award as well as an “Elite” rating from STELLAService. A nine-time Inc. 500/5000 honoree, SmartPak is the only equine company ever named to the Inc. 500 list.

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

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Lucas Oil Becomes Presenting Sponsor of Level 4 Open

Lucas Oil Becomes Presenting
Sponsor of Level 4 Open

By Christina Brezack – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show is a multi-million-dollar event held Nov. 28 – Dec. 6 in Oklahoma City, Okla. NRHA is excited to welcome Lucas Oil as the presenting sponsor of the $260,000-added Level 4 Open.The NRHA Futurity consists of 3-year-old horses ridden for a guaranteed first place prize of $150,000 with a total purse and prizes totaling more than $2.5 million! The contest draws over 3,000 entries competing in all classes, three special reining horse sales, and an intercollegiate judging contest. This event creates more than $67 million in economic impact and draws in more than 125,000 attendees worldwide.

Lucas Oil Open Rider Futurity Patch Program
By wearing a Lucas Oil patch in their finals run, NRHA Open Futurity finalists will have the opportunity to ride for $1,000 towards Lucas Oil products for their trucks and equipment. The patches will be available at the Platinum Performance Open Draw Party. If a finalist wins one of the four open divisions while wearing the Lucas Oil patch, he or she will receive a $1,000 gift certificate for Lucas Oil products that can be redeemed at one of their retailers.

About Lucas Oil
Forrest and Charlotte started Lucas Oil Products with the simple philosophy of producing only the best line of lubricants and additives available anywhere. Since its inception, Lucas has steadfastly adhered to this corporate objective. Through innovative product research and development, along with aggressive marketing programs, Lucas has established itself as a top selling additive line in the American truck stop industry.

Lucas is the fastest growing additive lines in the consumer automotive industry. A premium line of oils, greases and problem-solving additives has helped to firmly establish Lucas as a prominent figure in this marketplace. Lucas also produces a heavy-duty line of products for the industrial and agricultural markets.

Lucas Oil is a huge component of Protect the Harvest, a group that educates and communicates with the general public wherever those elements, including extremist animal rights groups, pose a threat to farmers, ranchers or hunters. Protect the Harvest was created to inform the true nature of animal rights groups, protect freedoms and way of life by creating lasting legal safeguards, and to respond to activities of radical groups by opposing efforts to pass laws or enact regulations that would restrict the rights and freedoms of farmers, sportsmen and animal owners. Find out more at ProtectTheHarvest.com.

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Cody Sapergia becomes NRHA’s Newest Million Dollar Rider

 

By Hayley Lewallen –  Oklahoma City, Okla. – With two successful runs, one aboard Nu Chexomatic and the other on Gotta Gold Chain, at the Reining International de Lyon Cody Sapergia earned enough to unofficially become the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) newest Million Dollar Rider.

Originally from Canada, Cody now resides in Austria. Some of his most notable show accomplishments include:

2001: USET Champion team member aboard SR Cotton Candy

2004: North American Affiliate Championship Open Champion aboard SR Sweet N Low

2005: top ten at the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Open on JD Whizkey

2006: NRHA Futurity Open finalist and Canadian Reining Breeders Classic Futurity Open Champion aboard Whizter Chic

2007: American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show Senior Reining third place aboard Whiz N Tag Chex, NRHA Futurity Open finalist on JDS Shining Image and Dun Playin Tag, top ten at the NRBC Open on Whizter Chic

2008: NRHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion on The Great Tag and finalist aboard Smart Kachina Olena, NRHA Open Derby finalist aboard Dun Playin Tag and Peppy Dun Hollywood, top ten at the NRBC Open on Dun Playin Tag

2009: Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity Open Champion on Leonard Tag, NRHA Derby Open and NRBC Open finalist on Dun Playin Tag and The Great Tag

2010: Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA) Futurity Open Reserve Champion on Mizzen Crome, IRHA Maturity Open Champion on Star Spangled Whiz, Austrian Reining Horse Association (ARHA) Western Star Futurity Open Reserve Champion on Mizzen Crome and finalist aboard Ms Solano Whiz

2011: ARHA Western Star Futurity Open finalist on Blue Collar Tag, Whiz Pop Gun and Ebony Spook; IRHA Derby Open finalist aboard Mizzen Crome, Spin N Wimp and Thechexkeepmestylin

2012: NRHA European Derby Open finalist on Nu Chexomatic and Ruf And Lucky

2013: third place at the IRHA Futurity Open with This Wimps So Fly, first place in the Category 1 Open at the SVAG CS Classic and 23 Classic on Nu Chexomatic, NRHA Germany Breeders Derby Open L4 Champion on Shining Tinsel, NRHA European Futurity Level (L) 4 Open finalist on Gotta Gold Chain and Tari Whizzin, NRHA Open World Champion on Nu Chexomatic

2014: Austrian Maturity Open L4 Reserve Champion on Nu Chexomatic, ARHA Western Star Futurity finalist on JP Great Lil Wimpy and SL Wild Spook, NRHA European Derby Open L4 finalist on Gotta Gold Chain and Tari Whizzin, member of Team Canada at the Alltech Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) World Equestrian Games

 

Photo Credit: Andrea Bonaga

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2014 IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Futurity Highlights

Fonck wins his first IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Futurity on Lil Ruf Whiz N Tag  Fonck_Lil Ruf Whiz N Tag

The 39th edition of the IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Futurity closed the show season for the sport of Reining. Over 520 horses made their way to Manerbio along with an enthusiastic crowd.  In front of a full house, 41 finalists left their mark in the Palasturla arena vying for the titles in the Euro 112.500-added Open Futurity.

Taking top honors as well as the Level 4 Open Futurity title was the last horse-rider-combination to enter the seeded finals: Bernard Fonck and Lil Ruf Whiz N Tag (Whiz N Tag Chex x Lil Trouble Miss). Aboard the stallion owned by his wife Ann Poels Fonck, the NRHA Million Dollar Rider posted a 223. “This final was fantastic, I tried to push my horses a little more than I did in the go-rounds and it went well. I want to thank all the people who cheered for me, it was truly exciting.”

Ann Poels Fonck was also recognized with the Italian Reining Horse Breeders Association 2014 award for having bred Lil Ruf Whiz N Tag.

Fonck also took the reserve championship with a 222 riding Big Fat (Big Chex To Cash x ARC Senorita Cal Bar) for owner 23 Quarter Horses.

Giovanni Masi De Vargas, the 22-year-old Italian professional, rode Custom Miranda (CustomMasi_Custom Miranda Blackberry x Margarita Boonsmal), owned by Laura Quaglia, to a 216 – enough to claim both the Level 3 and Level 2 Open championships.  “This is the first time since I turned to open competition that I also made the Level 4 finals in the IRHA futurity and I am simply thrilled. I came here with the idea of doing well and my mare was super. She always listened to me and I cannot thank her owner, Laura, for trusting me with her.”

In the Level 3 division, Adriano Meacci and Hot Tough Chex (Hot Smoking Chex x Snap Her Gun), owned by XO Reining Horses, scored a 213.5 for the reserve championship. Francesco Arrighi and his Topsail Pop (Remins Remedy x MM Lollipop) posted a 212.5 for reserve honors in the Level 2.Vedovato_Magica Lena

Winning the Level 1 Open Futurity with a 211.5 was Matteo Vedovato and Magica Lena (ARC Magic Enterprise x Monika Lena), a mare owned by Mario Ponso. “The final went very well, it was a fantastic ending to this show season. Despite being tired, my mare gave everything she had tonight.”

Co-reserve champions in this division with a score of 209.5 are Roberto Vettore riding Sofisat (Saturdaynight Custom x Sofia Catalyst) and Massimo Bianchi aboard Sailing Sparkle Again (Sailing Ruf x Sparkinic).

During the show, the Italian Reining Horse Association 2014 Champions were crowned, a full-slate of NRHA approved classes were offered as well as the 4-year-old IRHA Open & Non Pro Futurity.

Thank you to our Sponsors:

Cardinal Reining Horses

Cowboy’s Magazine

Quarter Dream

Smira Print

Tema

Tenute del Falco Rosso

 

Complete results on:  www.showmanager.eu

Photos:  Andrea Bonaga Photography

 

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

 

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Para-Reining Returns to the World Show

By Larri Jo Starkey and Tara Matsler
The American Quarter Horse JournalDerrick Perkins rides Mr Fritz Wood in para-reining at the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show with help from AQHA Professional Horseman J.D. Yates and NRHA's $5 million rider Shawn Flarida.
PHOTO: Derrick Perkins rides Mr Fritz Wood in para-reining at the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show with help from AQHA Professional Horseman J.D. Yates and NRHA’s $5 million rider Shawn Flarida. (Larri Jo Starkey photo) Watch the video below for an exclusive interview with Derrick, plus footage from the class.

Para-dressage riders change saddles for a spin on a reiner in a demonstration class at the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show.

Para-reining returned November 15 to the 2014 AQHA World Championship Show as a demonstration sport.

Six high-level para-dressage riders changed saddles and took a spin on American Quarter Horses in the Jim Norick Coliseum at Oklahoma State Fair Park.

Along with a standing ovation from the crowd of reining enthusiasts in Oklahoma City, U.S. Air Force veteran Derrick Perkins received the high score of the night, a 74, from international judge Joe Carter.

Perkins was injured in 1988 while on active duty and the crowd was on its feet to honor both his service and his riding.

For the demonstration at the World Show, the para-reiners were matched with top-notch professionals who coached them on their rides and helped mount them on American Quarter Horses donated for the day.

Perkins’ coaches were reining’s double-gold medalist and the National Reining Horse Association’s  only $5 million rider, Shawn Flarida of Springfield, Ohio, and AQHA Professional Horseman J.D. Yates of Pueblo, Colorado, one of the best ropers in the world.

Perkins’ horse was Mr Fritz Wood, a 2008 buckskin stallion by Mr Junewood and out of Fritz Lovelady by China Fritz. He was bred by 20-year breeders Sam Shoultz and Ken Matzner of Fort Collins, Colorado, and was donated by his owner, Lincoln Figueiredo of Brazil, who was world champion in amateur heeling and amateur tie-down roping at the World Show. Figueiredo and the stallion were also reserve champions in the AQHA Farnam All-Around Amateur standings.

Other competitors included Katie Shoemaker, who won the reserve national title in both the team test and freestyle competitions for Grade 3 at the United States Equestrian Federation Para-Dressage National Championship. She was selected for the United States Equestrian Team short list for the 2014 Alltech World Equestrian Games. Shoemaker studies at Midwestern University College of Veterinary Medicine and has served in several leadership roles with the United States Dressage Federation.

Shoemaker was coached by Josh Visser of Visser Reining Horses in Whitesboro, Texas, and she rode See Stevies Dream, a 2011 gelding by Magnum Chic Dream and out of Kalico Whiz by Topsail Whiz. He was bred by Lyle, Sondra and Josh Visser of Whitesboro and is owned by Visser’s wife, Carri.

Frederick Win rode Shiners Little Spark, a 2008 palomino gelding by Shining Spark and out of Smart Little Betty by Smart Little Lena. He was bred by Blair Visser of Agassiz, British Columbia, and was donated by his owner, Christina Riley of Battle Ground, Washington.

Win started learning dressage in 2011 and successfully competed at the United States Dressage Federation national level and FEI international level shows. Win competed at the Kentucky Reining Cup and at the World Show in 2013. He is coached by reining trainer Josh Visser, who also serves on the NRHA executive committee and was the 2013 NRHA professional horseman of the year.

Elinor Switzer traveled from Europe to participate in the para-reining demonstration at the World Show. Switzer is a founding member and past chairwoman of the Para-Western Riders of Germany and has an extensive show record in AQHA Equestrians With Disabilities classes. Switzer is a para-equestrian FEI Grade 4 rider.

AQHA Professional Horseman Shane Brown, a winning freestyle reiner from Elbert, Colorado, coached Switzer through her ride on Little Dual Dunnit, a 2001 bay gelding by Hollywood Dun It and out of Little Dual Missie by Dual Pep. He was bred by Tim and Colleen McQuay of Tioga, Texas, and is owned by Marc Jenkins of Colorado Springs, who generously donated him for the demonstration.

Paralympian Rebecca Hart was among the riders who competed at the World Show in 2013 and returned for more in 2014. She represented the United States in para-dressage at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy. Her coach was Martin Muehlstaetter, a respected reining trainer and a member of Team Austria at the 2014 World Equestrian Games. Hart rode Spookanne, a homebred mare donated by Rosanne Sternberg of Sterling Ranch. Spookanne is a 2006 mare by Smart Spook and out of Annieote Freckles by Colonel Freckles.

Holly Jacobson of Ipswich, Massachusetts, grew up in Connecticut riding hunters. Jacobson has been pursuing para-dressage the last four years and now para-reining. For the second time, Jacobson rode Zins Smart Wrangler, a 2011 gelding donated by Reed Kyle of Whitesboro, Texas. Jacobson was third on “Wrangler” at the para-reining event during the Kentucky Reining Cup in April. Jacobson’s coach for the day was Fred Thomsson, a champion reining trainer who represented Sweden at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky and the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy.

Para-reining made its debut during the 2013 AQHA World Championship Show, and interest in the sport continues to grow.  For 2014, AQHA adopted para-reining rules in collaboration with USA Reining and NRHA. Those rules will be revised after this test year and with the cooperation of the United States Para-Equestrian Association with the goal of making para-reining a nationally recognized sport in 2015.

See more at aqha.com.

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2014 IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Futurity & Italian Championship

Manerbio, November 8-15th

Today in Manerbio, on the sixth day of the 2014 IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Futurity, the crowed filled the stands to watch the IRHA 4-year-old Open and Non Pro Futurity finals.

The Open divisionMarkus Gebert & Charly Step N Cool BNG_8376

In a field of 35 finalists where ‘exciting’ was the key word, it was not until the very last horse-rider-combination entered the pen that the Level 4 champion was decided. The 2013 IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Level 4,3,2 and 1 Open Champions came back to Manerbio to take the title. Markus Gebert and Charly Step N Cool (Wimpys Little Step x Charlys Cool Running) owned by Angelika Gebert marked an amazing 227.5 for the win. “My mare is always the same, it’s just fantastic. Tonight we marked the same score as last year. Now our plans include showing her in the States.”

The reserve championship in the Level 4 went to the Level 3 champions, Guglielmo Fontana and GVR Gunalicous (Gunner x GVR Surprising Badge) owned by Bvba Van Roosbroeck & ZN. The pair scored a 221. “I’ve been riding this horse for about 10 days,” said the 23 QH assistant trainer. “Bernard showed her before coming here. She gave me her soul tonight and she really has such a big heart. I’m so happy!”

Reserve champions in the Level 3 Open division with a score of 219.5 was Austrian Johannes Hasenauer riding Walla Walla Glitter (Walla Walla Whiz x Ms Majestic Spark) for owner by Edith Hochmair.

Taking the Level 2 championship was Giovanni Masi De Vargas aboard Saturday Whiz (Saturdaynight Custom x Anjolena Whiz) owned by Little Ranch ASD and scoring 220.5.  “In the first go I felt her a bit tired and for this reason I only made the Level 2  finals. She’s a serious and reliable mare with whom I did a lot of shows and I’m really happy with how she went tonight.”

Giovanni also claimed the reserve championship with a 219.5 riding Marry Smoke (Dun It Up In Smoke x Marry For Tobia) owned by Maria Rachele Casini.

In the Level 1 division the championship went to Belgian Tiara Van Dongen and Dry Wimpys Kid (Wimpys Little Step x owned by Karla Frick with a 219.  Tiara also took the co-reserve championship aboard Hollywood Diva BB (Wimpys Little Step x Hollywood Balloues), owned by Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck, after posting a 216.5.

“I am particularly happy for this victory. I’ve been riding these horses for a short time and they are so different from each other. This is our last show and next year they will be shown by their owners. This evening they were both fantastic!”

Tying for the reserve championship was Alessandro Roasio riding Jupiter Of Sun (Wimpys Little Step x Flirtin A Little) for owner Franco Rosso.

The Non Pro division

Gina Maria & Captain Igloo BNG_7798Claiming the Level 4 Non Pro championship with a score of 215 was Gina Maria riding Captain Igloo (Frozen Sailor x Whiz Sandy), owned by Channay Sky Management SA.  The pair were last to enter the arena and beat the 214.5 posted by Italian Edoardo Bernardelli who had to settle for the reserve championship in the Level 4 Non Pro and claimed the Level 3 title.  Bernardelli was riding his own Im Taris Slide (OT Taris Melody x Im Gunna Slide).

In the Level 3 division the reserve championship was for Anthony De Lorenzis and Showman Chocolate (Chocolate Chic Olena x Hollywood Stopper). The pair scored a 213.

Tying for the co-championship in the Level 2 division with a 212.5 were  Greta Sordelli aboard DV Foxy Rooster (Ricochet Rooster x Olena Foxy Red) and Roberta Giongo riding MTK Flipper (Mr Tori Kid x SGA Miss Dual Flip). Greta Sordelli and her mount also claimed the Level 1 championship.  Behind her in this division were Enzo Marniga and LF Custom Black Chex (Custom Blackberry x White Chex) with a score of 211.

IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Futurity Finals

The Non Pro Futurity Finals will be held on Friday. The crowning of the 2014 edition of the IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Open Futurity champions will close the Show on Saturday.

Ancillary Action

Making the event all the more exciting will be the finals of the IRHA Championship, a full-slate of NRHA approved classes and the ‘Reiner of The Future’ Trophy which will feature the Youth Under 13 and Short Stirrup classes.

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