NRHA Has a New Million Dollar Owner

For Immediate Release – December 15, 2017 – Oklahoma City – Many historic milestones were crossed at the 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show. Adding to the list of accomplishments was Silver Spurs Equine. During the Lucas Oil Level 4 Open Futurity final, Silver Spurs Equine crossed the mark as an NRHA Million Dollar Owner.

A vast majority of Silver Spurs Equine’s success began with their vision for improving the industry. Beginning with the world famous Boomernic (Reminic x Docs Leavem Smoke), the ranch founded an elite breeding program that features some of the top stallions in the equine world. The success continued as Silver Spurs Equine bred, purchased and sent horses to top level shows. Notable finishes include 2017 NRHA Derby Level 3 Open Champion, Ruf Lil Magnum (Magnum Chic Dream x Dunit A Lil Ruf), and 2016 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open Reserve Co-Champion, Platinum Vintage (A Sparkling Vintage x Starjac Miss).

During the 2017 NRHA Futurity, Silver Spurs Equine had two horses competing in the Level 4 Open Finals. During the event, the ranch earned more than $78,000 with runs made by the following horses:

  • Xtra Dun Step Xtra Dun Step (Wimpys Little Step x All Thats Dun) ridden by Trevor Dare placing third in the Level 4 Open division
  • Xtra Gotta Step (Wimpys Little Step x Gotta Git Ya Dun) ridden by Jordan Larson in the Level 4 Open division

Congratulations to NRHA’s newest Million Dollar Owner, Silver Spurs Equine.

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Bertolani Crosses NRHA Milestone

For Immediate Release – December 13, 2017 – Oklahoma City – There were many shining moments at the 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show, from the Hall of Fame Induction to the singing of Run for the Roses. One moment that will forever stand out in the NRHA history books is the addition of a new Million Dollar Rider—Franco Bertolani.

Bertolani is a Brazilian native and is currently the head trainer for Cardinal Reining Horses. During his reining career, Franco has had many significant accomplishments, including Reserve Champion in the 2016 NRHA Level 4 Open Futurity. In 2016, he also won the All American Quarter Horse Congress Level 4 Open Futurity and the Tulsa Reining Classic Level 4 Open Futurity, all of which were done aboard Dun It For Whizkey (Topsail Whiz x Dun It for Chex), owned by Cardinal Hill Training Center LLC.

During the 2017 NRHA Futurity, Bertolani competed with two half-siblings owned by Cardinal Hill Training Center LLC in the Lucas Oil Level 4 Open Futurity Finals. Masked Gun (Gunner x Dun It For Chex) placed fifth and earned $45,062.63. Chex For Nite (Gunners Special Nite x Dun It For Chex) placed twentieth and earned $10,540.92—bumping him across the coveted million dollar mark.

Congratulations to Franco Bertolani for achieving this huge accomplishment as an NRHA rider!

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Electronic Logging Device News and Updates

A Giant Step Backwards for Animal Welfare

– How the ELD Mandate and Hours of Service Impacts Agriculture

From Protest the Harvest – The livestock hauling and other live cargo industries are asking the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) to provide the industry with a longer-term extension to comply with the Electronic Logging Device (ELD) Mandate than the initial 90-day extension that has been granted. They have asked for this longer extension because it is clear that both the ELD Mandate and the Hours of Service are not appropriate for the care and transportation of livestock. They believe, and we agree, that following the Hours of Service to the letter as is required with an ELD will be a giant step backwards for animal welfare and agriculture… Download the rest of the story from Protect the Harvest: ELD Mandate Impacts Animal Welfare Livestock Transportation.

This pdf includes information on the follwoing topics:

  • Hauling livestock – A job for a specialist
  • Why cattle are hauled long distances
  • Cattle are not the only animals shipped
  • Bees – The unsung heroes of crop production
  • How the ELD Mandate will devastate bees and crop production
  • Animal welfare – education and technology
  • ELD – A setback for animal welfare
  • ELD – A setback for food safety
  • The ELD has no provision for livestock transportation
  • Other forms of transportation are not a solution
  • Team drivers are not an easy solution
  • Its not a safety issue
  • List of concerned groups
  • List of Concerned Lawmakers and Public Officials

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Fappani Earns Another Million

For Immediate Release – December 11, 2017 – Oklahoma City – Fappani and Futurity are two words that instantly come to mind when thinking about the reining industry. The combination of the two have always seemed to bring about great success, and this year was no different. During the 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show, Andrea Fappani became NRHA’s second Five Million Dollar Rider.

In 2006, Fappani crossed his first Million Dollar milestone. Since then, he has raced through the ranks as a top rider and has become a household name within the reining industry. At the early age of 33, he was the youngest rider to cross the $2 million mark.

Qualifying two horses for the Lucas Oil Level 4 Open Finals, the milestone was within grasp. First in the arena was Coughi Reining Horses USA Inc’s, All American Vintage (A Sparkling Vintage x All Ruffed Up). The run earned a 224 ½ and landed the pair in second place. Lil Patron (Lil Joe Cash x Miss Rey O Shine), owned by Tim Roper, placed 26th with a 216. The pair of horses earned Fappani more than $129,000—making him NRHA’s newest Five Million Dollar Rider.

NRHA is proud of Andrea Fappani’s accomplishments and excited to see what he has in store for the future.

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Shawn Flarida Hits the Record Books Once Again

For Immediate Release – December 8, 2017 – Oklahoma City – After another successful year at the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show, Shawn Flarida has crossed yet another milestone in the NRHA history books—becoming NRHA’s first Six Million Dollar Rider.

Shawn earned his first million after a successful run at the 2003 All American Quarter Horse Congress, making his mark on the sport of reining. His successes continued as he achieved notoriety within the industry by surpassing earning records with NRHA year after year.

Flarida’s quest to become NRHA’s first Six Million Dollar Rider became reality during the Lucas Oil Level 4 Open Futurity Finals. With two horses in the competition, his chances of crossing this historic milestone were high. Flarida’s first run on Garry Ray Smith’s Missin My Tinsel (Hollywoodstinseltown x Dont Miss This) scored a 220, earning him 9th place and $22,287.89. George and Carol Bell’s Mr. Masota Star (Wimpys Little Step x Cee Another Masota) was Flarida’s second ride. A score of 222 ½ fell in 3rd place and earned $73,554.10—pushing his earnings just over $6 million.

At just 48 years of age, Shawn Flarida has achieved many successes during his time as an NRHA rider. It is only a matter of time before the iconic green shirt hits his next record in the NRHA history books.

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Tom McCutcheon Earns His First Owner Million

For Immediate Release – December 6, 2017 – Oklahoma City – The 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show featured thrilling competition and fabulous parties. Adding to the excitement were many great achievements earned over the course of the 10-day event—including the addition of a new Million Dollar Owner to the NRHA history books, Tom McCutcheon.

McCutcheon achieved Million Dollar Rider status in 2006 and is now making his mark once again. Over the course of his career, he has owned many successful reiners, including 2017 NRHA Derby Level 4 Non Pro Champion, Hollywood Starburst, by Hollywood Dun It and out of Chic Olena Starbuck (by Smart Starbuck).

McCutcheon owned five horses that competed in the Cinch Non Pro Futurity Finals at the 2017 Futurity. Collectively, the following horses earned him more than $78,000:

  • Best Nite Ever (Gunners Special Nite x Best By Benz) ridden by Mandy McCutcheon, placing first in the Level 4 Non Pro Division
  • One Stormy Nite (Gunners Special Nite x Whatta Royal Vintage) ridden by Cade McCutcheon, placing seventh in the Level 4 Non Pro Division and first in the Youth Non Pro Division
  • This Chics Nite (Gunners Special Nite x This Chic N Whiz) ridden by Mandy McCutcheon, placing ninth in the Level 4 Non Pro Division
  • A Special Sidekick (Gunners Special Nite x A Shining Sidekick) ridden by Carlee McCutcheon, placing twenty-first in the Level 4 Non Pro Division, twelfth in the Level 3 Non Pro Division, seventh in the Level 2 Non Pro Division, sixth in the Level 1 Non Pro Division, and fifth in the Youth Non Pro Division
  • Whizkey N Jewels (Whizkey N Diamonds x Starbucks Jewel) ridden by Cade McCutcheon, placing eighteenth in the Level 4 Non Pro Division and third in the Youth Non Pro Division

Congratulations to NRHA’s newest Million Dollar Owner, Tom McCutcheon.

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The 2017 NRHA Open Futurity Finals  

The 2017 NRHA Open Futurity Finals

Craig_Schmersal_Level_4_Reiner_WOklahoma City, December 2, 2017- The 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show saw the highest scores of the week as the biggest stars shined in the Lucas Oil Level (L)4 Open Finals on Saturday night in front of a full house. The Open Futurity also witnessed a new champion crowned: Craig Schmersal. Though the NRHA Three Million Dollar Rider has won every NRHA major event, the NRHA Open Futurity Championship title was missing in his impressive show record.

Helping Schmersal conquer the Futurity crown was Face The Attitude (Pale Face Dunnit x Miss Lil Addy Tude), a mare owned by Hickory Creek Ranch LLC, bred by KC Performance Horses LLC, and nominated by Ginger Schmersal. The duo was the last draw in the Open Finals with a 224.5 to beat, posted by NRHA Four Million Dollar Rider Andrea Fappani – who unofficially surpassed the Five Million Dollar Mark – riding All American Vintage. Following a powerful ride that thrilled the crowd, Schmersal and his mare conquered the Championship with a 226.5 score.

“It’s taken a while to win the NRHA Futurity – 27 years – but we finally made it,” said Schmersal, who did not try to hide his tears. “This mare reminds me of her mom and dad, and I had the pleasure of showing them both. The babies by and out of them try so hard and are so steady. They have their brain and the ability,” said Schmersal. “This mare, ‘Ariel,’ has the ability, but most importantly she has the brain to back it up. You can have a horse with a great ability, and you can have a horse with a great brain, but if you don’t have it all, it’s just a hard deal.”

“I’m so grateful that nobody bought her,” said Craig’s wife, Ginger. “I put a high price on her, and I’m sure they thought I was nuts. In the last few months, she’s just bloomed and grew up. That brain has always been beautiful, but now she’s growing into what she is, and I am thrilled with this title that Craig so deserves.”

All American Vintage (A Sparkling Vintage x All Ruffed Up) – a stallion now owned by Cuoghi Reining Horses USA Inc., bred by Petra Zeitler, nominated by Harper Conner, and ridden by Fappani – settled for reserve honors. “This horse is amazing,” said Fappani. “I purchased him [previously] because my son Luca convinced me to buy him. He wasn’t the easiest horse to ride as a 2-year-old, and after the first time I rode him, I had decided not to buy him. Luca told me I should go back and try him again. We did, and I guess he was right! We won the All American Quarter Horse Congress Open Futurity and now earned the reserve Open Championship here. The mistakes we made tonight were determined by me, so at the end of the day, even though my goal is to win, I am happy with the way he went for me.”

Adam_Henrickson_Level_3_CoChampion_Reiner_WThree horses tied to win the L3 Open Futurity Championship with a 220.5: You Gotta Be Dreamin (Magnum Chic Dream x Forever Going Steady) ridden by Adam Hendrickson (owned by Jake Dahl and Heather Dahl DVM, bred by Heather Dahl and nominated by Jake Dahl); NRHA/Markel Insurance Sale Graduate Shine Plum Shine (Shine Chic Shine x Plum Reyning) ridden by Marco Ricotta (owned by Story Book Stables, bred by Andre De Bellefeuille and nominated by Rosanne Sternberg);  Mega Mag (Magnum Chic Dream x Big Gold Chex) a stallion ridden by Casey Hinton, owned by Kathy Hinton and Casey Hinton, and bred and nominated by Garth Hystad.

“I am on cloud 9 and this is awesome; this horse is awesome,” said NRHA Professional Hendrickson. “I don’t even know what to say right now. I’ve made the finals here, but this is by far the best run in the finals that I’ve had!”

Marco_Ricotta_Level_3_CoChampion_Reiner_W“I thought ‘ok, now we’re going to stop,’ I looked down to stop and he anticipated the maneuver,” said an emotional Ricotta, who is quick to thank the owners for trusting him with their horse. “That’s where I messed up. The rest was really good and I’m thrilled. I’m very happy because I’ve won other major events but I’ve never won the NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City! He is a super amazing horse with a whole lot of talent. He still has a lot to learn, because he is only three, but I cannot wait to show him in the aged events next year. I really wish my parents could have been here…I truly miss them a lot,” said the NRHA Professional.

Casey_Hinton_Level_3_CoChampion_Reiner_W“There are certain horses that really fit you and this one, ‘Elvis,’ fits me. I have a lot of confidence in this horse” said NRHA Professional Hinton, who also claimed the Prime Time Open Futurity Championship. “I did a clinic where I rode his mother, who at the time was owned by Garth Hystad who raised Elvis. His trainer, Devin Warren, thought he would be a good fit for me, so I tried him and he was correct.”

Morey_Fisk_Level_2_Champion_Reiner_WEarning the L2 championship with a 219 score was My Dream Gun (Chicks Smokingun x Custom Made Dream) with Morey Fisk in the saddle. Bred and nominated by Mark Gratny, the gelding is owned by Sabine Schmid. “I flew in five days before the first go-round and got to know him a little bit,” said Fisk. “I flew in, got to know him, and then had some fun and showed. I was just trying to stay quiet and enjoy the ride. I reached my goal of making the finals, so I was just having fun and just trying to do things right. It all worked out.”

Reserve honors in the L2 Open Futurity division, a point behind the winners, went to NRHA Professional Jonathan Gauthier and Dreaminintinseltown (Hollywoodstinseltown x This Chicsdundreamin), a stallion owned by Sue Henson bred and nominated by Rhodes River Ranch.

Vanessa_Strotmann_Level_1_Champion_Reiner_WWith a 217, NRHA Professional Vanessa Strottman riding Cashing In Diamonds (Lil Joe Cash x Diamond Steppin Whiz), an NRHA/Markel Insurance Sale consignment owned by Stefano Calcagnini – bred and nominated by Green Valley Ranch – took home the L1 Open Futurity Championship. “We tried to put her through the NRHA/Markel Insurance Prospect Sale at the Futurity last year, but her preview was so good that I knew she was special, and I decided at that point that I wanted to show her if she didn’t sell for a lot of money. We ended up bringing her back home and I’ve gotten to show her. She’s been pretty awesome and by far the best horse I’ve ever shown,” said the NRHA Professional.

A half-a-point behind, NRHA Professional Joshua Crawley and Gunnamoonya (Gunnatrashya x Shining Moonstone) – a mare bred by Andre De Bellefeuille, owned and ridden by Joshua Crawley – took reserve honors. “She felt really good in there tonight,” said Crawley. “Stopping is her biggest maneuver, so to run in and get a good maneuver accomplished right away was important. I tried to play smart and stay out of the penalty box, and she handled everything great; she was really fun to show,” said Joshua Crawley. “To feel my horse try that hard and have that kind of run, and be that good, was incredible. It is a long two weeks here and three runs is a lot on a 3-year-old. I was just thrilled with her.”

Making history at the 2017 NRHA Futurity & Adequan® NAAC Show were the following riders and owners (unofficial):

Tom McCutcheon crossed his Million Dollar Owner mark.
Total before the Non Pro Finals: $950,437.67
The following horses helped him cross:
Best Nite Ever – L4 Champion – $40,159.91
One Stormy Nite – L4 7th Place & Youth Futurity Champion – $12,940.25
This Chics Nite – L4 9th Place – $7,923.74
A Special Sidekick – L4 21st Place, L3 12th Place, L2 7th Place, L1 6th Place, & Y 5th Place – $13,448.27
Whizkey N Jewels – L4 18th Place & Y 3rd Place – $4,352.78

Shawn Flarida - $6,047,064.95
Total before the Open Finals: $5,956,015.05
Mr Masota Star – 3rd Place L4 – $69,876.40
Missin My Tinsel – 9th Place L4 – $21,173.50

Andrea Fappani – $5,061,176.53
Total before the Open Finals: $4,938,326.14
All American Vintage – 2nd Place L4 – $113,936.75
Lil Patron – 26th Place L4 – $8,913.68

Silver Spurs Equine – $1,022,712.56
Total before the Open Finals: $944,532.14
Xtra Dun Step – 3rd Place L4 – $69,876.40
Xtra Gotta Step – 31st L4 – $8,304.02

The 2017 NRHA Level 4 Open Futurity Champion received a Silver Spurs custom saddle, a custom Montana Silversmiths Trophy Buckle, Anderson Bean boots, Classic Equine Contour Pedic Reiner, Bluebonnet Feed, a SmartPak Gift Card, a Shorty’s Caboy Hattery certificate and tote bags courtesy of KO Trading.

The Level 4 Champion also took home a four-horse slant gooseneck trailer for the use of one year courteously of Twin Cities South Trailers the official trailer of NRHA, a custom Italian leather headstall courtesy of Conqueror Art.

The Level 4 Champion Rider and Owner will each receive a beautiful, diamond Champion ring from MS Diamonds TX. The top ten in the Level 4 Open all received a diamond pin from MS Diamonds TX.

The 2017 NRHA Level 3 Open Futurity Champion received a Bob’s Custom saddle, a custom Montana Silversmiths Trophy Buckle, Anderson Bean boots, Classic Equine Contour Pedic Reiner, Bluebonnet Feed, a SmartPak Gift Card, a Shorty’s Caboy Hattery certificate and tote bags courtesy of KO Trading.

The 2017 NRHA Level 2 Open Futurity Champion received a Continental Saddlery custom saddle sponsored by Arcese Quarter Horses, a custom Montana Silversmiths Trophy Buckle, Anderson Bean boots, Classic Equine Contour Pedic Reiner, Bluebonnet Feed, a SmartPak Gift Card, a Shorty’s Caboy Hattery certificate and tote bags courtesy of KO Trading.

The 2017 NRHA Level 1 Open Futurity Champion received a Continental Saddlery custom saddle, a custom Montana Silversmiths Trophy Buckle, Anderson Bean boots, Classic Equine Contour Pedic Reiner, Bluebonnet Feed, a SmartPak Gift Card, a Shorty’s Caboy Hattery certificate and tote bags courtesy of KO Trading.

The 2017 NRHA Prime Time Open Futurity Champion received an Equine Oasis custom saddle, a custom Montana Silversmiths Trophy Buckle, Anderson Bean boots, Classic Equine Contour Pedic Reiner, Bluebonnet Feed, a SmartPak Gift Card, a Shorty’s Caboy Hattery certificate and tote bags courtesy of KO Trading.

The 2017 Level 3 Open Reserve Champion received a Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle sponsored by Brandt Blanket Company, Classic Equine product, Bluebonnet Feed and a Grooming Kit from KO Trading.

The 2017 Level 2 Open Reserve Champion received a Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle sponsored by Martinez Ranches Inc, Classic Equine product, Bluebonnet Feed and a Grooming Kit from KO Trading.

The 2017 Level 1 Open Reserve Champion received a Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle sponsored by Custom Bits and Spurs by Maheu, Classic Equine product, Bluebonnet Feed and a Grooming Kit from KO Trading.

The 2017 Prime Time Open Reserve Champion received a Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle sponsored by Whoazone, Classic Equine product, Bluebonnet Feed and a Grooming Kit from KO Trading.Third place champions all received Classic Equine product and Bluebonnet Feed product, and fourth and fifth place received Classic Equine product.

For complete results visit nrhafuturity.com

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Camden Wilson and Chocolate N Crome win the Adequan® NAAC Youth 14-18 Championship

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

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Run-Off Determines 2017 CINCH NRHA Non Pro Futurity Champions

Oklahoma City, December 1, 2017 – For veteran NRHA Futurity competitors Mandy McCutcheon and Kelle Smith, it’s still exciting to have your name associated with the high score at the end of Finals night. But it’s even more thrilling to go head-to-head in a run-off to determine the CINCH NRHA Level (L)4 Non Pro Futurity Champion.

After tying with a score of 216.5, the competitors chose to do a run-off to crown the winner. Smith was up first, riding her stallion, Night Time Spook (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Custom Night Time) into the pen. After a slight stumble, the pair’s score improved over their original with a 217.5.

McCutcheon and Best Nite Ever (Gunners Special Nite x Best By Benz), nominated by Lisa Stafford-Johnson, slid to a 219 and the crown of 2017 CINCH NRHA Non Pro Level 4 Futurity Champions.

“I just tried to be smoother the second time,” says McCutcheon, NRHA’s leading money earning Non Pro and Million Dollar Owner. “She does everything real dynamic and powerful; I tried to just be smoother instead of forcing her into things.”

The plan worked, as the mare – a Legacy Sale purchase for Mandy and her husband, NRHA Million Dollar Rider Tom [McCutcheon] – added $42.273.59 to the lifetime earnings of the NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider. The win was McCutcheon’s eighth NRHA Non Pro Futurity championship, and her first since 2013.

Smith’s original finals score of 216.5 was good enough to earn her the Prime Time Non Pro Futurity Championship on top of her reserve L4 Non Pro Championship. The check written for $28,639.62 was a nice bonus, considering she didn’t think her stallion, bred and nominated by Steve Simon, would make it to the big show.

“We didn’t have a lot of time together. I purchased him in June this year, and he was very green,” Smith says.

Another rider who did not have a lot of time to get to know his mount was 17-year-old Cade McCutcheon, winner of the CINCH NRHA Youth Non Pro Futurity Championship aboard One Stormy Nite (Gunners Special Nite x Whatta Royal Vintage), owned by Mandy McCutcheon and Tom McCutcheon. Cade got the last-minute ride from his father, Tom, after the gelding – bred and nominated by Turnabout Farm Inc. – did not make the Open L4 Futurity Silver Spurs Equine Semifinals, also sponsored by Not Ruf At All.

“I rode him as a 2 year old but have only ridden him three times since then before we showed this week,” says Cade. “He’s very easy to get along with.”

Cade’s third NRHA Youth Non Pro Futurity Championship and his seventh place in the L4 Non Pro Futurity earned him an additional $13,550.87 to his lifetime earnings.

Kevin Ball’s first foray into showing a futurity horse proved to be very successful. The mechanical engineer from North Texas showed his mare, This Chic Guns It (Gunner x This Chic Dun It), to win the Level 3, 2, and 1 Non Pro Futurity Championships and a paycheck of $67,102.46.

“She will give you 110 percent of what you ask, and she always has a good attitude and expression,” says Ball. “She’s just gotten better and better as the week went on. I was a little nervous going into the finals, to be honest, and she panicked a little in the left turns, but I got her confidence back as the ride went on.”

The Reserve Championship in the L3 Non Pro Futurity went to Kristen Darnall-Titov and her Gunsup In Tinseltown (Hollywoodstinseltown x Always Gotyer Gunsup), a stallion bred and nominated by McQuay Stables Inc.

André Lauzon and Sonia Smart Chic (Smart Chic Olena x Miss Poco Whizard), a mare bred, owned, and nominated Lauzon, took reserve honors in the the L2 Non Pro and in the Prime Time Non Pro Futurity divisions.

For complete results, live feed and live score please visit nrhafuturity.com

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Youth Competition fills the Adequan® Arena at the 2017 NRHA Futurity & Adequan® Show

Oklahoma City, December 1, 2017 – Youth competitors of all ages, aiming for the Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) titles, took over the Adequan® Arena in Oklahoma City where the 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® Show is taking place.

The Adequan® NAAC Youth 13 & Under Championship went to Raeanna Thayn on Coded N Karma, who scored a 218. The 6-year-old gelding by Electric Code and out of Whiz N Snap is owned by her parents, Robert and Robbin Thayn. “He performs great for me every time,” said Thayn, representing the Southwest Reining Horse Association (RHA). “He was with me, and I am really excited to have this accomplishment.” The pair has had a successful year in the Youth 13 & Under, winning the class at the Southwest RHA show and placing third in the 2017 High Roller Reining Classic Level 1 Non Pro Derby and at the South Central Affiliate Regional Championship (ARC).

“We have been together for about one year and get better each time,” said Thayn. “We have really started to click.”

The Adequan® NAAC Youth 13 & Under 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.

Earning Reserve Championship honors was Ariana Dejong on White Chocolat Chunk (Chocolate Chic Olena x Meadow Jac). Dejong and her 12-year-old gelding, bred by Sally Brown, scored a 216.5 for the honor. “I could not ask for a better little horse,” said Dejong. “This is my second year coming to this show with him, and he won this class last year. He has placed in the top ten in every class we entered last year and this year in OKC.” The pair already saw success this week, winning the Adequan® NAAC Limited Non Pro Championship, representing the Great Western RHA and Northwest ARC. “‘Chip’ will have a home with me for his entire life; I don’t know what I would do without him,” said Dejong. “I just love him so much.”

Third in the Adequan® NAAC Youth 13 & Under and reserve in the USA Reining Youth 13 & Under class was Bo Van Duys on her own Aim Your Pistol (Custom Pistol x Topnotch Melody). Van Duys and 11-year-old mare, bred by Steven Simon, came to the finals in OKC representing the Eastern Plains RHA and the Mountain ARC. The pair scored a 215.5 for the honors.

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.

Winning the NRHA Youth 13 & Under with a 219 was Samuel Flarida and Wrighteous Man (Lenas Wright On x Sugar Pop Gun). The 10-year-old gelding is owned by NRHA Five Million Dollar Rider Shawn Flarida.

Short Stirrup Talent

Kicking off the day was the NRHA Short Stirrup 10 & Under class, where Madison Rafacz and Kendall Wigen tied to win with a 217 score in a field of 24 riders.  Wigen rode her own Chexouthisreminic (Von Reminic x Miss Celebrity Chex), a 14-year-old gelding, to the co-championship. “‘Joe’ has a personality, a really big one,” said Wigen. “When I show, he memorizes the pattern, so sometimes it can cause a lot of mistakes, but sometimes he can be perfect.” Today was their last run together in the Short Stirrup class as Wigen will no longer be eligible to show in this class. “I have had such a great year on him, and I just came here to have fun,” said the rider representing the Snake River Reining Alliance and Northwest Affiliate Regional Championship (ARC). Two years ago, Wigen’s sister, Madison, came to the Adequan® NAAC Show and took co-champion honors in the Short Stirrup 10 & Under class – also with a 217 score – making the win even more special for the whole family. “It has been a really good year for me and Joe, and I am so thankful that I showed at the [2017 NRHA] Derby and even more thankful that I made it to the NRHA Futurity to participate in this class and that I was able tie for the win here.”

Rafacz, representing the Virginia Reining Horse Association (RHA), rode Better Not Rest (Custom Crome x Rest Stop) to the co-championship. “My run felt really good today,” said Rafacz. “I wasn’t really nervous because I was going to show in the Adequan® NAAC Youth 13 & Under after this class, so I tried to school him at the same time.” Rafacz and the 17-year-old gelding, who boasts over $177,000 NRHA life time earnings (LTE) and is owned by her father, NRHA Professional Mark Rafacz, came to the finals in OKC after qualifying at the Southeast ARC. “I love this horse and the [2017 NRHA Derby] was the first time I was able to get him shown,” she said. “Some people won’t believe it, but he is not the easiest to ride. It helps that my legs have gotten longer.”

Third in the NRHA Short Stirrup was Turner Thompson riding Vintage Nic Nac (Nic It In The Bud x Suddenly Shiney), after scoring a 215.5. The 8-year-old gelding is owned by Dianna Shafer and was bred by Irene Vogt. Thompson came to the finals in OKC representing the Central Plains RHA and the North Central ARC.

For further information, complete results, live feed and live score, please visit nrhafuturity.com

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