Million-Dollar Watch

Big money and career-making milestones are both on the line here at the 2020 NRHA Futurity and Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships. The NRHA recognizes the accomplishments of sires, dams, owners, and riders who reach million dollars increments in earnings.

With the incredible generosity of the NRHA Futurity Challenge Sponsors, this year’s Open Futurity Champion will win $250,000, the CINCH Non Pro Futurity Champion will receive $60,000, and the added money for the NAAC has been doubled.

With so much money up for grabs, it’s likely that more than a few more millionaires will be made during this event.

Here is a short list of those closest to earning their next, or first, million.

Million Dollar Sires

Both Shine Chic Shine, owned by Amabile & Strusiner, and Lil Joe Cash, owned by Lil Joe Cash Inc, are exceptionally close to becoming the newest Million Dollar Sires.

Shine Chic Shine, former NRHA Derby Open Reserve Champion and National Reining Breeders Classic Open Champion, is a mere $21,000 shy of one million. The flashy stallion has eight foals competing in the Open Futurity, and two entered in the CINCH Non Pro Futurity.

Lil Joe Cash, the 2011 NRHA Open Futurity Champion who also won an NRBC Open Championship, has more than $951,000 in offspring earnings. The 12-year-old stallion has 19 foals entered in the Open Futurity, and 12 foals competing in the CINCH Non Pro Futurity.

Multi-Million Dollar Sires

Gunnatrashya, owned by Arcese Quarter Horses USA, is just $13,282 away from surpassing $3 million in offspring earnings, and has 35 foals competing in the Open Futurity alone, and an additional eight in the Non Pro Futurity.

With seven Open Futurity entries that could win big, and five CINCH Non Pro Futurity entries, it’s entirely possible that the late Hollywoodstinseltown, owned by David J. Silva, Sr., can become the next NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire. Although he sits just over $200,000 away from that milestone, a L4 Open Championship could easily push him past that mark.

Million Dollar Dam

The 2007 NRHA Futurity Open Champion, Wimpys Little Chic, owned by Arcese Quarter Horses USA, is poised to become the NRHA’s fourth Million Dollar Dam, as her foals have won more than $945,000 in the show pen. She has one foal, All Bettss Are Off, competing in the NRHA Open Futurity, with NRHA Five Million Dollar Rider Andrea Fappani at the reins. 

Million Dollar Owner

Casey Hinton, of Whitesboro, Texas, is less than $35,000 away from becoming an NRHA Million Dollar Owner. He has four horses competing in the Open Futurity. Casey himself will show Onecoolchic, Jimmy Van der Hoeven will show Trustmeimadr, Ricardo Amaral competes on Gunnaroost, and Abby Kampmann will show Magnums Chevy Dream. 

Million Dollar Riders

There are three riders closing in on the million dollar earnings mark, and all three are competing in this year’s Open Futurity.

Todd Crawford, already a million dollar rider in the National Reined Cow Horse Association, has three entries in this year’s Futurity. Less than $100,000 away from the NRHA milestone, Crawford is eligible for Open L2 through 4, as well as Prime Time. He will be showing Xtra Jackontherocks, Gunnin For Nic, and Extra Wimp It Good.

Ruben Vandorp is coming off of a big win at this year’s NRBC, where he won the L3 Open Championship and tied for fourth in the L4. With only $64,500 left to surpass one million, Vandorp has two horses, Chic At Nite and Route Sixty Six, entered in the Open Futurity.

Former NRBC Open Champion Nathan Piper is also a million dollar contender, with earnings of $903,000+. He has two horses, Always A Magnum and Sheza Foxy Whiz, entered in the Open Futurity.