Oklahoma City, December 2, 2017 – The 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity and Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show saw its final day of competition on Saturday. The Adequan® Arena concluded with the NAAC Youth 14-18 Championship and more big scores by NRHA’s young riders.
Camden Wilson and Chocolate N Crome (Cromed Out Mercedes x Nestle Quik Chic) earned the Adequan® NAAC Youth 14-18 Championship after scoring a 219.5. Matthew Wilson, Camden’s father, has owned and trained the 4-year-old gelding, bred by Kindra Rader, since he was a 2-year-old. He realized that the gelding and Camden were the perfect match, and Camden has done most of the training since. “Our run felt great,” said Camden. “When I got him ready this morning, I knew he was ready to go to work. I was pretty nervous before I showed because I did not know what to expect, and it was quite a bit of pressure.” The pair, representing the Rocky Mountain Reining Horse Association (RHA) and Mountain Affiliate Regional Championship (ARC), marked their highest score yet.
“I want to be a horse trainer one day so this win makes that dream seem a lot closer,” he said. “I would like to thank my dad for training him and [NRHA Professional] Casey Hinton for helping me at the show. I feel really blessed to have the opportunity to come show here on a horse like this and give all the glory to God.”
Emily Opell on her own HA Tears Of The Sun (Lena Spark x HA Chic A Tune) earned the Reserve Championship after scoring a 219. “I feel great,” Opell said. “It was so overwhelming after my run; he was just perfect for me.” Opell and the 6-year-old gelding, bred by Hillis Akin Family Partnership, have been together just over a year. “We had wanted to compete at an ARC but had some bad luck and were not able to make any of them until this year,” she said. “This was our first time to compete at the NAAC show, and I am so excited to have ended it like this.” The pair came to the finals in OKC representing Ohio Valley RHA and the East Central ARC.
The Adequan® NAAC Youth 14-18 Champion received a Continental Saddle, a custom Montana Silversmiths Trophy Buckle, a Platinum Performance Gift Certificate, a Classic Equine fleece cooler, Bluebonnet Feed product, a $150 SmartPak Gift card, an embroidered halter from Brandt Blankets, and an Avila Pro Shop Blanket.
All Adequan® NAAC Reserve Champions received a custom Montana Silversmiths Trophy Buckle, a Classic Equine fleece cinch, Bluebonnet Feed product, an embroidered halter from Brandt Blankets, an Avila Pro Shop Blanket and a gift from KO Trading. All Adequan® NAAC third place winners received a Classic Equine Legacy System and Bluebonnet Feed product, fourth place winners will receive Classic Equine Dyno No-Turn bell boots and fifth place winners will receive Classic Equine hanging groom bags. All top ten winners received a jacket sponsored by SmartPak Equine.
The USA Reining Youth 16-21 Championship went to Gabriella Kammerer on her own Gunners Star (RR Star x Gunners Smokin Jane). Kammerer and her 8-year-old gelding scored a 210 for the championship. Dani Latimer and Sparklin Nite (Gunners Special Nite x Getaway Spark) earned the USA Reining Youth 14-18 Championship after scoring a 215.5. Elaine Latimer bred and owns the 5-year-old gelding. Both young riders were on Team USA representing their country at the inaugural FEI World Reining Championships for Juniors and Young Riders held this past August.
The USA Para Reining Grade 3 Championship went to Cole Jacobs on his own Pinstripe Benz (Smart Starbuck x Dun It For Chex), bred by Oldenburg Farm LLC. The pair won with a 70.5.
Reserve in the Grade 3 class went to Holly Jacobson on her own Shiney Juice (Smart Like Juice x Wind Her Up Shiner). She earned a 68.5 with her 9-year-old gelding, bred by Smart Like Juice Inc. USA Para Reining Grade 2 went to Jennifer Flanagan on Ms Xtreme Makeover (Mr Boomerjac x Little Annies Oak), who earned a 67.5 and is owned by Ann Salmon Anderman and bred by Randy Paul.
For further information, complete results, live feed and live score, please visit nrhafuturity.com