Non Pro Futurity Finalists

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Non Pro Futurity Finalists

Oklahoma City, Okla., December 3, 2015 – The 2015 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity held another day of competition on Wednesday including the first go, third section of close to $250,000 added Cinch Non Pro Futurity, plus ancillary classes for Non Pro riders. The Non Pro finalists are determined based on their scores from the first go-round, plus additional coming from the Consolation round. Cinch Non Pro Futurity Finals will take place on Friday, December 4, starting with Section 1 at 9 a.m.

The newest NRHA Million Dollar Rider, and only the second Non Pro to ever achieve this milestone, Jose Vazquez, takes the lead in the first Non Pro go-round. His impressive run with Like Shiner was awarded a 218.5. Like Shiner, a sorrel mare by Smart Like Juice and out of Wind Her Up Shiner (by Shining Spark), is owned by Smart Like Juice Inc.

Two riders reached the highest score of 215.5 in Level 3 – Kristin M. Darnall-Titov with Miss Chexy Banjo and David T. McGee with Xtra Voodoo Gun. Darnall-Titov rode her mare Miss Chexy Banjo (Banjo Whiz x Mrs Chexinic x Bueno Chexinic) on Monday to lead section 1 of the Non Pro first go. McGee riding Xtra Voodoo Gun (Shiners Voodoo Dr x Miss Silver Gun x Gunner) tied the highest score on Tuesday and both held on the top through section 3 on Wednesday.

William Rhoads and his mare Mega Maggie Mae started strong with their first go run on Monday posting 215 and leading both Level 2 and 1 all the way till the end. Mega Maggie Mae is by the NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire Magnum Chic Dream and out of Cinco De Mega (by Marthas Mega Jac).

A portion of the entries will move on to the finals as follows:

  •  Level 4 Non Pro division – Top 25 scores, plus ties (Bubble score: 213)
  •  Level 3 Non Pro division – Top 20 scores, plus ties (Bubble score: 212)
  •  Level 2 Non Pro division – Top 15 scores, plus ties (Bubble score: 212.5)
  •  Level 1 Non Pro division – Top 15 scores, plus ties (Bubble score: 207.5)
  •  Prime Time Non Pro division – Top 10 scores, plus ties (Bubble score: 213)
  •  Youth Non Pro division – Top 15 scores, plus ties (Bubble score: 200)

Another Top 5 scores, plus ties, from Levels 1 – 4 are coming from the Consolation round held on Thursday:

  •  Level 4 Non Pro division – Top 5 scores, plus ties (Bubble score: 212.5)
  •  Level 3 Non Pro division – Top 5 scores, plus ties (Bubble score: 208.5)
  •  Level 2 Non Pro division – Top 5 scores, plus ties (Bubble score: 207.5)
  •  Level 1 Non Pro division – Top 5 scores, plus ties (Bubble score: 200.5)

For additional results including the NAAC Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and Prime Time Non Pro, visit www.nrhafuturity.com/results

Don’t miss the special 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity Celebration at 6 p.m. on December 3 in the Cox Pavilion at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, and witness how the NRHA Futurity has developed, improved and advanced the sport of reining over the last 50 years!

For more information about the 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity and 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#).

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:

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.

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.

Media Contact:
Todd Branson
Sr. Director of Marketing
National Reining Horse Association
tbranson@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400

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The Adequan® NAAC at the 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity Announce the Non Pro, the Intermediate Non Pro and the Prime Time Champions

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The Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships (NAAC) at the 50th Running of the National Reining Horse Futurity Announce the Non Pro, the Intermediate Non Pro and the Prime Time Champions

Oklahoma City, Okla., December 2, 2015 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is proud to announce the newest champions crowned at this year’s Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships.

Adequan® NAAC Non Pro Champions: Shannon Rafacz & Better Not Rest
Mark Rafacz and Better Not Rest (Custom Crome x Rest Stop x Topsail Cody), a fifteen-year-old gelding a.k.a. ‘Jay’, owned by Mark, has won more than $81,000 LTE. On day one of competition, the duo had claimed the Adequan® NAAC Open Championship. Today, Mark’s wife, Shannon, scored a 219 with the talented gelding between the reins to win the Adequan® NAAC Non Pro Championship.

“Someone counted how many times ‘Jay’ has walked through the in gate today and the number that came up was 166!” said the multiple NRHA Non Pro World Champion. “He’s Mark’s horse and I asked Mark if I could show him this year only one time. Well, it turned out to be six times and here we are. He’s never been beat and this is a first for me. I’ve been showing close to thirty years, I have shown in the NAAC – and I love the program – but I’ve never won it, it’s my first win! We are so blessed to own him and I am so happy he gets to spend the rest of his years with us.”

Mega Watt Shine (Marthas Mega Jac x Bella Della x Shining Spark), ridden by Lindsey McCutcheon and owned by Kathleen and Scott McCutcheon, and Tamra Kyle, riding Gunner Git Ya Dun, both posted a 216 to tie for the reserve championship.

Mega Watt Shine is an 8-year-old stallion by Marthas Mega Jac and out of Bella Della (by Shining Spark) and boasts close to $57,000 in NRHA competition. Scott McCutcheon showed him as a 3-year-old, and the reins were then passed to Lindsay in 2012.

Tamra Kyle and her mare a.k.a. Heidi went on to claim the Adequan® NAAC Intermediate Non Pro Championship.

Adequan® NAAC Intermediate Non Pro Champions: Tamra Kyle & Gunner Git Ya Dun
The spotlight stayed in the family in the Adequan® NAAC Intermediate Non Pro Championship as Tamra Kyle went on to win the title and her son, Reed, claimed reserve honors.

Tamra was seen riding Gunner Git Ya Dun, a 7-year-old mare by NRHA Seven Million Dollar Sire Gunner and out of Gotta Git Ya Dun (by Country Dyna) who boasts more than $72,000 in NRHA competition. “It was a very good day for me!” said an enthused Tamra. “We bought ‘Heidi’ at the end of her 3-year-old year for a customer from Gunny and Monica Mathison. Pete showed her and won close to $70,000 on her and I started showing her regularly this year. I rode for a while with Carol and Steve Metcalf, who helped me with her, and I just love her. She will now be getting some time off, lots of treats and pasture time…she loves to get dirty in the mud!”

In the Non Pro division of the Adequan® NAAC, the PHBA (Palomino Horse Breeders of America) Award went to Gotta Git Ya Dun. “We’re happy to be able to present something to enhance our relationship and grow together,” said Louis Hufnagel, President of the PHBA. “This is the second trophy that we awarded here and everybody was just as thrilled as we were.”

Aboard Zins Smart Wrangler (Starlights Wrangler x Smart Rowdy Lady x Smart Chic Olena), Reed Kyle won the Adequan® NAAC Limited Non Pro Championship and earned the co-reserve championship in the NAAC Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1.

Adequan® NAAC Prime Time Non Pro Champions
Julie Terry and CBK A Nu Kinda Spark, owned by Terry Ranch, won the Adequan® NAAC Prime Time Non Pro Championship. Aboard the 4-year-old stallion by Jacs Electric Park and out of HR Wright On Cash (by Lenas Wright On), Terry closed her run with a 209.5.

“I had to suffer until the very end before we knew for sure that we had won this title,” said Julie Terry. “We purchased ‘Little Jac’ at the Tulsa Futurity last year and then I went on to show him at the Futurity here. It was my first futurity and I guess nerves got in the way, but we did make the Consolation round. He’s a really good horse and I am thrilled with this win especially because I was not planning on it. I was just trying to get him more broke, and this is my first major win. He’s awesome!”

Tying for reserve honors, a point behind the winners, were Jon Gilbert riding Cielo San Lewis (Cielo San Badger x Jessie Lewis x Skip Rouge) and Sally Southerland aboard Smoknsmart Chocolate (Chocolate Chic Olena x Doc Chex My Smoke x Call Me Quick Draw).

The Adequan® NAAC Awards:
For the win, the Champions 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.

The Reserve champions were awarded a Montana Silversmiths Custom Trophy Buckle, a Classic Equine product, an Adequan® product, an embroidered Halter provided by Markel, a blanket from Avila Pro Shop and Bluebonnet Feed supply.

Don’t miss the special 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity Celebration at 6 p.m. on December 3 in the Cox Pavilion at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, and witness how the NRHA Futurity has developed, improved and advanced the sport of reining over the last 50 years!

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).

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:

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.

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.

Media Contact:
Todd Branson
Sr. Director of Marketing
National Reining Horse Association
tbranson@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400

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2015 NRHA Open Futurity Finalists Determined

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2015 NRHA Open Futurity Finalists Determined

Duane Latimer and Wham Bam Gunner Man are NRHA Prime Time Open Champions

Oklahoma City, Okla., December 2, 2015 – The 2015 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity held the third and final section of the semi-final round of the $515,000-added NRHA Open Futurity. Today, the highest-scoring riders and horses in each level, plus ties, advance on to the Finals on Saturday December 5, including the Level 4 Open sponsored by Lucas Oil.

NRHA Million Dollar Rider Brian Bell and Ruf Lil Magnum held the highest composite score of 447.5 from the NRHA Open Futurity go-rounds. Bell and the sorrel stallion by NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire Magnum Chic Dream and out of Dunit A Lil Ruf (by Lil Ruf Peppy) scored a 224.5 to win the first go-round and 223 in their second run. Ruf Lil Magnum is owned by Silver Spurs Equine, LLC.

Wham Bam Gunner Man and NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider Duane Latimer completed their run on Tuesday to keep their composite score of 438 and lead the Level 3 Open. The duo scored 219 in both the first and semi- final round. The bay stallion is by Gunners Special Nite and is out of Super Olena Chic (by Smart Chic Olena). Latimer and Wham Bam Gunner Man, owned by Tom and Mandy McCutcheon, also won the Prime Time Open Futurity championship, which is determined by the highest-composite score earned in the first and second go-rounds. “I’ve been riding him since September of his 2-year-old year and this is the first show that everything has come together. These are the first two penalty-free runs. I’ve always thought he could be good and it happened this time,” said Latimer. “He’s super laid back with lots of talent and he gets better all the time and now we’ll see what happens in the finals.”

Winning the Level 2 Open division of semi-final go-round was NRHA Professional Mathieu Buton who rode the sorrel mare Ms Mercedes Whiz to a score of 215.5. The duo scored 221 in the first go-round to lead both Level 2 and 3 Open and with a composite score of 436.5 to lead the Level 2 Open semi-final round. Buton and his wife Angela Rybar own the mare that was consigned in the 2014 NRHA Markel Futurity Prospect Sale. Ms Mercedes Whiz is by Cromed Out Mercedes and out of Ms Hollywood Whiz (Topsail Whiz).

NRHA Professional Roberto Berti rode Mary A. Jansma’s stallion Double Down Shiner to a score of 217.5 in both rounds to top the Level 1 with a composite of 435.5. Double Down Shiner is by Shine On Line and is out of Wimpys Babe (Wimpys Little Step).

A portion of the semi-final entries will move on to the finals as follows:

•                Level 4 Open division – Top 30 scores, plus ties (Bubble score: 436)
•                Level 3 Open division – Top 30 scores, plus ties (Bubble score: 429.5)
•                Level 2 Open division – Top 20 scores, plus ties (Bubble score: 428)
•                Level 1 Open division – Top 15 scores, plus ties (Bubble score: 422)

For additional results, including the Adequan® NAAC Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro and Prime Time Non Pro, visit www.nrhafuturity.com/results

Don’t miss the special 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity Celebration at 6 p.m. on December 3 in the Cox Pavilion at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, and witness the way the NRHA Futurity has developed, improved and advanced the sport of Reining over the last 50 years!

For more information about the 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity and 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#).

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:

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.

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.

Media Contact:
Todd Branson
Sr. Director of Marketing
National Reining Horse Association
tbranson@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400

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The Adequan NAAC at the 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity Announces the Novice Horse Open Level 2 and Level 1 Champions

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The Adequan North American Affiliate Championships (NAAC) at the 50th Running of the National Reining Horse Futurity Announces the Novice Horse Open Level 2 and Level 1 Champions

Oklahoma City, Okla., December 2, 2015 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is proud to announce the newest champions crowned at this year’s Adequan North American Affiliate Championships.

Tom Foran & Wimpys Whiz Steps are Adequan NAAC Novice Horse Open Level 2 Champions

Wimpys Whiz Steps, the flashy 7-year-old palomino stallion by NRHA Eight Million Dollar Sire Wimpys Little Step and out of RC Sonita Whiz (by Whizard Jac), owned by Gail Hutcherson, left his mark in the Adequan Championship Arena today. With NRHA Professional Tom Foran in the saddle, he claimed the NAAC Novice Horse Open Level 2 title with a score of 212, taking home $911.80.

“This is a wonderful horse owned by great people, Bob and Gail Hutcherson. I originally bought him a few years ago for actor Silvester Stallone. When ‘Sly’ decided to sell him, Bob and Gail, who have always liked him, wanted to buy him. I thought that he would be good for Gail, and he has been. She has in fact been showing him in the Green As Grass and Rookie classes. What’s great is that he then comes back and shows in the open classes for me! He’s a fantastic, sweet, kind horse and I couldn’t be any happier,” claimed Tom who qualified at the Southwest Affiliate Regional Championship and who rode for the California Reining Horse Association.

For the win, Foran 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.

Claiming the Reserve championship was Johnette Burman riding Dreamin About Wimpy, a 4-year-old stallion by Wimpys Little Step and out of Valentine Dreamin (by Magnum Chic Dream). Burman, from Helena, MT, qualified at the Southwest Affiliate Regional Championship and rode for the Arizona Reining Horse Association. He was awarded a Montana Silversmiths Custom Trophy Buckle, a Classic Equine product, an Adequan product, an embroidered Halter provided by Markel, a blanket from Avila Pro Shop and Bluebonnet Feed supply.

David Hanson & Vintage Sparks are Adequan NAAC Novice Horse Open Level 1 Champions

David Hansen qualified at the Northwest Affiliate Regional Championship and rode for the West Coast Reining Horse Association aboard Laura Johnson’s Vintage Sparks (A Sparkling Vintage x Chic Hickory Doc x Smart Chic Olena). Last to go in the draw, Hansen took home the championship as well as third place honors in the Adequan NAAC Novice Horse Open Level 2 with a score of 208.5, taking home $618.35.

“We purchased this 5-year-old gelding for our client, Laura (Johnson), in February this year and she’s been showing him in the Green As Grass and Green Reiner classes with the intent to come back in the Rookie here next year,” said the NRHA Professional. “I’ve been showing him in the novice and open divisions and we made it here. He’s a very good natured and good minded horse, has lots of talent, is a big stopper and is still forgiving enough to help a novice person learn. Yet, he will still be competitive at an open level. We are lucky enough to have good-minded horses that cross over fairly well and I give my wife Becky the credit for finding them. I showed three geldings here and they’re all rookie horses!”

For the win, Hansen 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.

Kyle Kellmer rode Melinda Lynn Cresap’s ARC King Snapper to the Reserve championship. The 5-year-old stallion is by Master Snapper and out of Custom Mahogany (by Custom Crome). Kellmer qualified at the Northwest Affiliate Regional Championships and rode for the Oregon Reining Horse Association. The reserve champions were awarded a Montana Silversmiths Custom Trophy Buckle, a Classic Equine product, an Adequan product, an embroidered Halter provided by Markel, a blanket from Avila Pro Shop and Bluebonnet Feed supply.

The PHBA Award:

NRHA is proud to partner with the Palomino Horse Breeders of America (PHBA) as a new alliance partner. PHBA is awarding a special trophy to the highest overall scoring Palomino in the Open, Non Pro and youth divisions of the Adequan NAAC classes.

Earning the award was Hollywood Golden Gun, a 7-year-old stallion by NRHA Seven Million Dollar Sire Gunner and out of Docs Dunnit Bar (by Hollywood Dun It), owned by Glo Tazi. Presenting the award was Terri Green, PHBA General Manager. “The pairing of PHBA and NRHA is a natural collaboration. Through this partnership and the sport of reining in general, it allows for the true athleticism and versatility of the palomino horse to be showcased,” said Green.

Don’t miss the special 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity Celebration at 6 p.m. on December 3 in the Cox Pavilion at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, and witness how the NRHA Futurity has developed, improved and advanced the sport of reining over the last 50 years!

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#).

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:

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.

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.

Media Contact:
Todd Branson
Sr. Director of Marketing
National Reining Horse Association
tbranson@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400

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NRHA Futurity Completes Another Awesome Day of Competition

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National Reining Horse Futurity Completes Another Awesome Day of Competition

Oklahoma City, Okla., December 2, 2015 – The 2015 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity held another day of competition on Tuesday including the second section of the first go of close to $250,000 added Cinch Non Pro futurity as well as the Semi-Finals of more than $500,000 added Open Futurity, plus ancillary classes for Novice Horse Open riders.

NRHA 2 Million Dollar Non Pro Rider Mandy McCutcheon and the sorrel stallion Always Gotyer Gun owned by McQuay Stables Inc. scored 218 to lead Level 4 of the Cinch NRHA Non Pro Futurity first go. Always Gotyer Gun is by NRHA Seven Million Dollar Sire Gunner and out of Always A Dunit (by Hollywood Dun It).

David T. McGee and Xtra Voodoo Gun earned the lead in Level 3 with their score of 215.5. The palomino stallion, owned by McGee Farms LLC, is by Shiners Voodoo Dr and out of Miss Silver Gun (by Gunner).

Jennifer L. Gilliam rode her mare Boom Box Dancer to a score of 214.5 to top Level 2 today. Boom Box Dancer is by Boom Shernic and out of Dancer Nic (by Tinsel Nic). Gilliam and Boom Box Dancer are currently sitting second in Level 2 after yesterday’s highest score, 215, posted by William Rhoads with Mega Maggie Mae (Magnum Chic Dream x Cinco De Mega x Marthas Mega Jac).

Alicia M. Knowles and her mare Hollywood Traction received the highest score of the day in Level 1. The brown mare by Dunnit In Hollywood and out of Taris Attraction (by Mr. Boomerjac) scored 211.5 to take the third place in Level 1 after current leaders William Rhoads with Mega Maggie Mae (Magnum Chic Dream x Cinco De Mega x Marthas Mega Jac), scored 215, and David McBurney with Fancy Steppin Whiz (RC Fancy Step x TC West Coast Wendi x West Coast Whiz), scored 212.5.

NRHA Million Dollar Rider Brian Bell and Ruf Lil Magnum yet again showed how reining is done when, scoring a 223, they took the lead in Level 4 division of the Open Semi-Finals with a composite of 447.5. Bell and the sorrel stallion by NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire Magnum Chic Dream and out of Dunit A Lil Ruf (by Lil Ruf Peppy) scored a 224.5 to win the first go-round. Ruf Lil Magnum is owned by Silver Spurs Equine, LLC.

NRHA Professional Casey Hinton and Electro Star tied yesterday’s highest score of 219, posted by the current leader of Level 3, NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider Duane Latimer and John Wayne Tag (Whiz N Tag Chex x Kachina Oak Olena x Smart Chic Olena) owned by Fred Tremblay. Together with their first run, a 217.5, Hinton and Electro Star are currently sitting second in the Level 3 division with a composite of 436.5. Electro Star, a sorrel stallion by Electric Code and out of RG Miss Starlight (by Greys Starlight), is owned by Casey and Kathy Hinton.

NRHA Professional Riccardo Nicolazzi piloted the sorrel mare Diamonds N Mercedes, owned by Jenny R. Sparling, to a score of 218.5 to lead the second section of the Level 2 Open Semi-Finals and tie the top composite of 435. Diamonds N Mercedes is by Cromed Out Mercedes and out of Lemon Twist Nic (by Reminic N Dun It). Niccolazzi and Diamonds N Mercedes received a 216.5 in the first go-round.

Titus Covington rode Gun Maker, owned by Oscar Lozano, to a 215 to top the Open Level 1 division today. The duo scored a 215.5 in the first go-round, which gave them a composite score of 430.5 to lead the Level 1 Open Semi-Finals. Gun Maker is by NRHA Seven Million Dollar Sire Gunner and out of SR Mischief Maker (by Holidoc).

For additional results, including the Adequan NAAC Novice Horse Open Level 1 and 2, visit www.nrhafuturity.com/results.

Don’t miss the special 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity Celebration at 6 p.m. on December 3 in the Cox Pavilion at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, and witness how the NRHA Futurity has developed, improved and advanced the sport of reining over the last 50 years!

For more information about the 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity and 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#).

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:

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.

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.

Media Contact:
Todd Branson
Sr. Director of Marketing
National Reining Horse Association
tbranson@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400

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Non Pro Riders Take the Coliseum Arena at the 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity

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Non Pro Riders Take the Coliseum Arena at the 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity

Oklahoma City, Okla., November 30, 2015 – The 2015 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity opened the new week with the first go, first section of close to $250,000 added Cinch Non Pro Futurity, as well as the semi-finals of the Open Futurity, plus ancillary classes for Rookie riders.

The first section of the Cinch Non Pro Futurity started in the afternoon following the Open semi-finals. Jessicah Keller and Malena Chic Olena took the lead in the Level 4 with a 216.5. The sorrel mare by Hickory Chic Olena out of Malena Chex (by Nu Chex To Cash) is owned by Hilldale Farm and earlier this year won the All American Quarter Horse Congress Non Pro Futurity as well as Tulsa Reining Classic Non Pro Futurity.

Kirstin M. Darnall-Titov rode her mare, Miss Chexy Banjo, to a score of 215.5 to lead the Level 3 division. Miss Chexy Banjo is by Banjo Whiz and out of Mrs Chexinic (by Bueno Chexinic). NRHA Professional, Cody Stark, won the Level 1 Open Futurity Championship aboard Miss Chexy Banjo at the High Roller Reining Classic this year.

Currently leading the Level 1 and 2 divisions is William Rhoads with his mare Mega Maggie Mae. The sorrel mare is by the NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire Magnum Chic Dream and out of Cinco De Mega (by Marthas Mega Jac).

Open Futurity Semi-Finals

Leading the Level 4 Open division composite is Todd Bergen with Redd Snapper for owner Tony Grover. The NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider and the sorrel stallion by Master Snapper and out of A Ruf Mistress (by Lil Ruf Peppy) scored a 222 in the first go-round and a 219 in the semi-finals for a composite score of 441.

Sliding on top of the Level 3 division today was NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider Duane Latimer with John Wayne Tag posting a 216.5 and adding it to his first go run, a 218.5, brought a composite score of 435. John Wayne Tag is a sorrel gelding by NRHA Two Million Sire Whiz N Tag Chex and out of Kachina Oak Olena (by Smart Chic Olena) and is owned by Fred Tremblay.

Luke Gagnon and Dun Spooked Us, the last draw of Section 1, scored an amazing 220. The stallion by Smart Spook and out of Always A Dunit (by Hollywood Dun It) is owned by Janice Lynn Thomas. The duo scored a 214.5 in the first go-round making their composite score 434.5 to lead the Level 2 division of the semi-finals.

Saar Ben Hamo piloted Electric Skeet, owned by Marc and Kathy Gordon, to a score of 215.5 today that added to his first run score, a 212.5, made the duo leaders of the Level 1 with composite 428. Electric Skeet is a sorrel stallion by NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Jacs Electric Spark and out of Smart Lady Skeet (by Smart Chic Olena) and was consigned in the 2014 Markel Futurity Prospect Sale.

For additional results, including the Adequan NAAC Silver Spurs Rookie of the Year and Adequan NAAC Rookie II, visit www.nrhafuturity.com/results

Don’t miss the special 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity Celebration at 6 p.m. on December 3 in the Cox Pavilion at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, and witness how the NRHA Futurity has developed, improved and advanced the sport of reining over the last 50 years!

For more information about the 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity and 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#).

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:

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.

Photos by Waltenberry.

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.

Media Contact:
Todd Branson
Sr. Director of Marketing
National Reining Horse Association
tbranson@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400

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The Adequan NAAC at the 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity Announces the Silver Spurs Equine Rookie of the Year and Rookie Level 2 Champions

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The Adequan North American Affiliate Championships at the 50th Running of the National Reining Horse Futurity Announces the Silver Spurs Equine Rookie of the Year and Rookie Level 2 Champions

Oklahoma City, Okla., December 1, 2015 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is proud to announce the newest champions crowned at this year’s North American Affiliate Championships.

Holly Valerio and Soula Doulla: Rookie of the Year and Rookie Level 2 Champions!

It was a three-peat for Holly Valerio in Oklahoma City as she went on to claim the Adequan NAAC Silver Spurs Equine Rookie of the Year and the Adequan NAAC Rookie Level 2 Championships. “It’s amazing! Glory to God, He helped me through the whole time! My horse once again proved that he’s so consistent and so willing!” said Holly.

Consistent and willing is truly what the 6-year-old gelding by Soule Jule Star and out of Prittie Gallitia (by Gallo Del Cielo) proved to be. In the second day of competition, at the Adequan North American Affiliate Championships, the pair scored a 212 and tied for the co-championship in the Limited Non Pro. The duo went on to win the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 Championship with a 213.5 and finally took both titles on Monday as the Championships went into the fifth day of competition. This time with a 215!

Holly qualified at the Northwest Affiliate Regional Championship and rode for the Great Western Reining Horse Association. Along with the NAAC Silver Spurs Rookie of the Year title, she took home a Bob’s Custom Saddle sponsored by Kaiser Equine Transportation, a Montana Silversmiths Custom Trophy Buckle, a Classic Equine product, a Platinum Performance product, a pair of Rios of Mercedes Boots, an Adequan product, a $250 SmartPak Gift Card, an embroidered halter provided by Markel, a blanket from Avila Pro Shop and Bluebonnet Feed supply.

Kathy Loudamy and Miss Winnie Tag, aka Ups, earned the reserve championship in both the Rookie of the Year and in the Rookie Level 2 after posting a 211. The pretty ten-year-old sorrel mare is by NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire, Whiz N Tag Chex, and is out of MS Lindy Roanstad (by Strato Chief).

“My mare is truly my other half,” said an emotional and happy Kathy following the awards presentation. “I got ‘Ups’ in April this year and I qualified her in three shows. I’ve been riding reiners for the past two years but I finally understood what this discipline is all about after I got her. She’s there for me all the time and I never thought that we would achieve this result!”
Though Kathy rides with NRHA Professional Jordan Donnelly, ‘Ups’ lives at Kathy’s home in Brownsboro, TX. “I live about three hours away from my trainer and every time I need a lesson I haul up there and then bring her back home with me.”

Kathy qualified at the South Central Affiliate Regional Championship and rode for the Southwest Reining Horse Association.

For the reserve championship Kathy was awarded a Bob’s Custom Saddle sponsored by Kaiser Equine Transportation, a Montana Silversmiths Custom Trophy Buckle sponsored by CompetitorCentral.com, a Classic Equine product, an Adequan product, a $150 SmartPak Gift Card, an embroidered halter provided by Markel, a blanket from Avila Pro Shop and Bluebonnet Feed supply.

Third place honors in both the Championships went to Annabeth Payne who, riding her 5-year-old gelding Chexamillion (Nu Chex To Cash x Snip O Gun x One Gun), closed her run with a 210. The duo was awarded a Classic Equine product, an Adequan product, a $100 SmartPak Gift Card and Bluebonnet Feed supply.

Annabeth qualified at the South Central Affiliate Regional Championship and rode for the Heart of Texas Reining Horse Association

The NAAC Rookie of the Year is sponsored by Silver Spurs Equine Equine, LLC, of Scottsdale, AZ, owned by Michelle and Michael Miola. “We’ve been sponsoring for years and the reason is because we want to promote the sport and who better to promote than our non pros, the backbone of the NRHA? We want to support and help them and do whatever we can for them,” said Michael Miola. “Our non pro riders bring so much excitement to the sport and all around them there is so much support, as can be seen here!”

The Adequan NAAC Awards!

The Adequan NAAC Champions 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 supply.

The Reserve Champions were awarded a Montana Silversmiths Custom Trophy Buckle, a Classic Equine product, an Adequan product, an embroidered Halter provided by Markel, a blanket from Avila Pro Shop and Bluebonnet Feed supply.

Don’t miss the special 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity Celebration at 6 p.m. on December 3 in the Cox Pavilion at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, and witness how the NRHA Futurity has developed, improved and advanced the sport of reining over the last 50 years!

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#).

Live Score and Webcast: http://nrhafuturity.com/live

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:

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.

Photos by Waltenberry.

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.

Media Contact:
Todd Branson
Sr. Director of Marketing
National Reining Horse Association
tbranson@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400

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The 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® NAAC Show Invites a Special Guest!

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The 50th Running of the National Reining Horse Association Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show Invites a Special Guest!

Oklahoma City, Okla., November 30, 2015 – The 50th Running of the 2015 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show is off to a great start and concludes December 5, 2015, in Oklahoma City, Okla.  Exhibitors planning to attend this pinnacle event will vie for estimated total cash, purse and prizes of more than $2 million! More information is available at nrhafuturity.com.

Aside from all the action, one of most talked about horses in world, best friend to the newest storied horse in the thoroughbred world, and everyone’s best friend, Smokey, will be available all week for photos and neck scratches! Smokey is a six-year-old American Quarter Horse reiner, and is known in the western world as This Whiz Shines, owned by Bob Baffert of Bob Baffert Racing Stables, Inc. His calm, easy demeanor and patience under stress keeps everyone happy, including trainers, jockeys and owners! He is a permanent member of trainer Bob Baffert’s barn, and is loved by all. He accompanies American Pharoah everywhere he goes.

Smokey is available in the SuperBarn at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City every day until December 5 for one hour at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Parking is free, and coliseum tickets start at $15 to stick around and watch all the great action this week at the 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity!

While making plans to come to the Futurity to see Smokey and all the reining action, don’t miss the special 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity Celebration at 6 p.m. on December 3 in the Cox Pavilion at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. Join NRHA members from around the world to witness how the NRHA Futurity has developed, improved and advanced the sport of reining over the last 50 years! There is a special place for all fans of the sport of reining to witness this much-anticipated celebration for free.  Donor tables are still available.  For more information about donor tables still remaining, contact NRHA at (405) 946-7400!

For more information about the 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity and 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 FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:

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.

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.

Media Contact:
Todd Branson
Sr. Director of Marketing
National Reining Horse Association
tbranson@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400

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The Adequan NAAC at the 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity Announces the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 & Level 2 Champions

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The Adequan North American Affiliate Championships at the 50th Running of the National Reining Horse Futurity Announces the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 & Level 2 Champions

Oklahoma City, Okla., November 30, 2015 – The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is proud to announce the newest champions crowned at this year’s Adequan North American Affiliate Championships.

Adequan NAAC Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 Champions: Holly Valerio & Soula Dualla

With a score of 213.5, Adequan NAAC Limited Non Pro Co-Reserve Champions, Holly Valerio and her 6-year-old gelding Soula Doulla (Soule Jule Star x Prittie Gallitia x Gallo Del Cielo), made it back to the winner’s circle by claiming the Adequan NAAC Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 championship. “This is just great because I only ride about three days a month. Mack Weaver, my trainer, is all about consistency and I guess it truly does pay off,” said Holly who also qualified for the Rookie finals. “The reason that I have so little time to ride is that I have three children; Isaiah (18), McKenzie (16) and Dawson (11) and that I also have a day job. I am a day care provider, I watch ten to fifteen children a day, so my release is running to Mack’s and enjoying my horse back time!”

Holly qualified at the Northwest Affiliate Regional Championship and rode for the Great Western Reining Horse Association.

Earning the reserve championship, a half a point behind the winners, were Amber Schafer and her Benjamin Banjo, a 6-year-old gelding by Banjo Whiz and out of Lil Ruff Jessie (by Lil Ruf Peppy). “I’ve had Banjo for about three years and he’s what you call a phenomenal show horse. I am really lucky to have had the opportunity to show him all this time,” stated Amber following the awards presentation. “He is such a solid and true horse every time I go in the pen and today was just icing on top of the cake! I do a lot of the work with him at home, and I have really good friends who I ride with every day, Jerry and Judy Mathews. Occasionally we go over to Sean Johnson’s for extra help. I truly thank Jerry for all his help, I wouldn’t have made it here without him!”

Amber qualified at the South Central Affiliate Regional Championship and rode for the Arkansas Reining Horse Association.

Third place honors went to the NAAC Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 Champions, Lacy Zimmerman and ARC Chics Sparkle.

Adequan NAAC Novice Horse Level 1 Champions: Lacy Zimmerman & ARC Chics Sparkle

Taking home the Championship in the Novice Horse Level 1, with a 210.5, was the all-girl team made up of Lacy Zimmerman and ARC Chics Sparkle (Smart Chic Olena x Sparkle On Top x Topsail Whiz). “I’ve been riding this mare for the last two years, she was my first futurity horse, we won a couple of small futurities together and then we showed here last year but missed the consolation by half a point. She’s pretty special and very easy,” said Lacy who is married to NRHA Professional John Zimmeran. “We bought her here in OKC at the Marketplace Sale and I broke and trained her myself with my husband’s help. On top of showing her to qualify for the NAAC, we were also here for the NRHA Derby where we made the Limited Non Pro finals. She truly was a good find and I love her to death!”

Lacy qualified at the North Central Affiliate Regional Championship and rode for the North Central Reining Horse Association.

Earning the co-reserve championship was Reed Kyle riding Tamra Kyle’s Zins Smart Wrangler (Starlights Wrangler x Smart Rowdy Lady x Smart Chic Olena), and Sharee Schwartzenberger riding Shes Moonstruck (Smart Like Juice x Chyna Moon x Wallawalla Moonshine).

Reed and his mount won the Adequan NAAC Limited Non Pro Championship on Friday: “My horse was great for me again today and I’m real happy with the two titles we took home!”

Reed qualified at the South Central Affiliate Regional Championship and rode for the Southwest Reining Horse Association.

“I showed my mare here once as a 3 year old and, since she was a little flustered, we gave her a year off to let her grow up,” said Sharee about the 5-year-old mare bred by the Schartzenberger’s. “I started showing her again this year and she’s been really consistent and steady. She’s sitting in the Top Ten in the Level 1 this year and now plans are to breed her next year. I showed her full brother, we made the Futurity finals and we also won the AQHA High Point in 2014. I now look forward to showing on Tuesday in the Non Pro Futurity!”

Sharee qualified at the Mountain Affiliate Regional Championship and rode for Rocky Mountain Reining Horse Association.

Adequan NAAC Awards!

The Champions 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 supply.

The Reserve Champions were awarded a Montana Silversmiths Custom Trophy Buckle, a Classic Equine product, an Adequan product, an embroidered Halter provided by Markel, a blanket from Avila Pro Shop and Bluebonnet Feed supply.

Don’t miss the special 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity Celebration at 6 p.m. on December 3 in the Cox Pavilion at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, and witness how the NRHA Futurity has developed, improved and advanced the sport of reining over the last 50 years!

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 FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

Live Score and Webcast: http://nrhafuturity.com/live

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:

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.

Photos by Waltenberry

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.

Media Contact:
Todd Branson
Sr. Director of Marketing
National Reining Horse Association
tbranson@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400

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Ruf Lil Magnum and Brian Bell Winners of the First Go-Round

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Ruf Lil Magnum and Brian Bell Winners of the First Go-Round

Oklahoma City, Okla., November 29, 2015 – The 2015 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity held its fourth day of competition on Sunday including the first go, fourth section of more than $500,000 added Open Futurity, plus ancillary classes for Novice Horse Non Pro riders.

The excitement climaxes at the 50th running of the NRHA Futurity as the first go-round of the Open Futurity is over and the riders are preparing their horses for the second go-round!

The highest score in Level 4 of the NRHA Open Futurity posted yesterday by Brian Bell and Ruf Lil Magnum held through today making 224.5 the winning score of the first go-round. The sorrel stallion Ruf Lil Magnum is by the NRHA 3 Million Dollar Sire Magnum Chic Dream and out of Dunit A Lil Ruf (Lil Ruf Peppy) and is owned by Silver Spurs Equine.

Posting the highest score of the day and sweeping Levels 3 and 2 of the first go was Mathieu Buton with sorrel mare Ms Mercedes Whiz (Cromed Out Mercedes x Ms Hollywood Whiz x Topsail Whiz) who received a score of 221. Buton and his wife Angela Rybar own the mare that was previously consigned with the NRHA Futurity Prospect Sale.

Tying for the win in Level 1 were Justin Michels with bay gelding Cromed Out Gunner (Cromed Out Mercedes x Smoking Gypsy Rose x Gunner) owned by Joan E. Julen and Roberto Berti with sorrel stallion Double Down Shiner (Shine On Line x Wimpys Babe x Wimpys Little Step) owned by Mary A. Jansma, both scoring 217.5.

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: 214)
  • Level 3 open division – Top 75 scores, plus ties (Bubble score: 212)
  • Level 2 open division – Top 75 scores, plus ties (Bubble score: 210)
  • Level 1 open division – Top 50 scores, plus ties (Bubble score: 206.5)

The semi-finals begin on Monday, November 30 followed by 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 5.

For all the results from the Adequan NAAC and ancillary classes visit nrhafuturity.com/results

Don’t miss the special 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity Celebration at 6 p.m. on December 3 in the Cox Pavilion at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, and witness how the NRHA Futurity has developed, improved and advanced the sport of reining over the last 50 years!

For more information about the 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity and 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 FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:

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.

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.

Media Contact:
Todd Branson
Sr. Director of Marketing
National Reining Horse Association
tbranson@nrha.com
(405) 946-7400

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