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 8. 12. 19 - WRWS/NRHA -  - NRHA Futurity-News: Nov 28 – Dec 7, 2019 • State Fair Park, Oklahoma City, OK.

Inferno On Ice Tops NRHA/Markel Futurity Select Yearling Sale.
 
Inferno On Ice (© NRHA)Inferno On Ice (© NRHA)The NRHA/Markel Futurity Select Yearling Sale took place December 5 during the 2019 NRHA Futurity and Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship, and an outstanding group of yearlings was showcased at the event. Two colts, both by Inferno Sixty Six, topped the sale, bringing $80,000 and $70,000, respectively.

The top seller was hip number 1039, Inferno On Ice, a grey colt that brought $80,000 and applause from the crowd. Rick Christen signed the ticket on the colt, who was consigned by Pro Fit Equine LLC, an agent for Lotti Quarter Horses.

“We think he’s an amazing prospect, and we’re really fortunate to get him into our program,” Christen said. “We’ve bought some nice horses from Lorenzo [Lotti], so we feel fortunate that we were able to get him purchased.”

The colt is out of Unquestionably Crome (by Custom Crome), an NRHA Level(L) 2 Non Pro Futurity Champion who earned more than $62,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE). Inferno On Ice is five panel negative and is enrolled in the NRHA Nomination Program.

Comehellorhiwater, a bay colt consigned by Sergio Elia, brought the second-highest bid of $70,000 as hip number 1049. He is a half-brother to NRHA Open Derby finalist Gunnafoolya, an earner of $79,000 LTE; NRHA Open Futurity finalist Berry Best Step; and APHA World Champion My Berry Best Gun.

Out of Berry Dun It Best (by Hollywood Dun It), the colt is enrolled in the NRHA Nomination Program and the NRBC.

Toward the end of the sale, the hammer fell at $66,000 for hip number 1094, Gunnin For Fri Dee, a palomino filly consigned by Toyon Ranch LLC. She is a daughter of Gunnatrashya out of Dun It Fri Dee Nite (by Hollywood Dun It), a full sister to $44,000-earner Dun It By Chick.

Gunnin For Fri Dee is enrolled in the NRHA Nomination Program, NRHA European Nomination Program, and the NRBC, and is five panel negative.

The NRHA/Markel Futurity Prospect and Select Broodmare Sale will take place tomorrow, December 6. The sale, which starts at 6:00 p.m. in Barn 3 of State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, will be preceded by a dinner at 5:00 p.m.

Emily Emerson Wins NRHA Invitational Freestyle on Give Me Starbucks-

Emily Emerson and Give Me Starbucks (© NRHA)Emily Emerson and Give Me Starbucks (© NRHA)Easily one of the most entertaining events of the National Reining Horse Association Futurity took place Thursday evening, when the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau presented the $20,000-added Invitational Freestyle. 

Ten riders were invited to compete, and the pool was chosen from winners and crowd favorites from other freestyle events. Swashbuckler Captain Jack Sparrow, Santa, and more fantastic characters made an appearance in the Jim Norick Coliseum of State Fair Park.

Taking top honors in the Invitational Freestyle, and winning a big check for $6,936, were Emily Emerson and Give Me Starbucks. They performed to Gary Allen’s hit song, “Every Storm Runs Out Of Rain,” and marked a 223. “I didn’t have the greatest year, and I did this song a few years ago. It hits a certain spot inside of you when you had a year you had hoped would be better. Doing this song and coming out at the top is a great way to start out the new year,” Emerson said.

Emerson was riding Give Me Starbucks, a 9-year-old mare owned by Kelly Rainford. “This was the first time I got to be super serious with her and so the fact that I took the bridle off without not knowing how she would be, shows what a rock solid, good mare she is,” she shared.

The pair entered the arena missing a very vital piece of equipment – the bridle. “I was feeling confident. When she walked in, she was really good. When I first loped her off, it didn’t go like I planned, but she locked in and gave me the run I was hoping for,” Emerson said.

Having grown up on a ranch in Montana, Emerson has worked for Shane Brown for almost 13 years. “He’s taught me everything that I got done tonight,” she shared.

Dan James and Don Magnum finished second in the Invitational Freestyle with a 222.5, collecting a check for $5,508. Third went to Sharee Schwartzenberger and Game Day Surprise, who won $4,080.

Rookie Riders Take the Spotlight for the Adequan® NAAC  

The National Reining Horse Association Futurity also includes the Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship, which features horses and riders from across North America competing for big money, prizes, and bragging rights.

On Thursday, Rookie riders took over the Adequan® Arena, with many competing for the title of Toyon Ranch Rookie of the Year. 

Kalena Reynolds and Gun Whiz It Win Toyon Ranch Rookie of the Year.
Kalena Reynolds and „Gun Whiz It Win“ Toyon Ranch – Rookie of the YearKalena Reynolds and „Gun Whiz It Win“ Toyon Ranch – Rookie of the YearKalena Reynolds has had her eye on the Toyon Ranch Rookie of the Year title for several years, and on Thursday evening, that dream became reality. She and her horse, Gun Whiz It, marked a 215.5 to win not only the Toyon Ranch Rookie of the Year title but also Reserve in the Adequan® NAAC Rookie Level 2.  “I can’t describe how excited I am. This is amazing,” Reynolds said following the class. “I’m so incredibly grateful for it all. Just to have the chance to win is absolutely amazing. I’m so thankful to have it and I owe it all to my mare.”

Although Reynolds has won quite a bit with Gun Whiz It, she still had some setbacks during the year. “I almost fell off in the finals at the (AQHA) youth world, and that hurt my confidence a bit. Then I didn’t have a great run at the Run For a Million, but I was still happy to be here,” she said. “I pulled it together and had the mindset of whatever happens, happens. I walked in, and she spun so well for me, and she was good for the entire performance.”

Reynolds won a Bob’s Custom Saddle, an Adequan® champion vest, a Montana Silversmiths buckle, product from Classic Equine, and gift certificates to Bluebonnet, Platinum Performance, and SmartPak.

The 16-year-old, who competes in the Oklahoma Reining Horse Association and represents the South Central Region, has owned the mare for 3.5 years. The 8-year-old mare is by Gunner and out of Roll Whiz It. “She’s my absolute best friend in the entire world. I love her so much. She loves oranges and hanging out with people,” Reynolds shared. “I thank her for always being there. I thank my mom who is my number one supporter. I also thank Fred and Dany Tremblay, and Ethan and Angie Wiley.”

There was a tie for reserve in the Toyon Rookie of the Year and the ancillary Rookie Level 1 between Jenna Webb and Sydney Friedman. Both riders marked 214s on their horses. Webb rode Ima Blonde Chic, a 5-year-old mare by Magnum Chic Dream out of Im Not Blonde. Friedman rode her 7-year-old stallion Spooks Full Throttle, by Spooks Gotta Gun out of Angierilla Boom.

Webb and Friedman split prizes which included a Montana Silversmith’s buckle, Adequan® vests, Classic Equine products, and gift certificates to Platinum Performance, Bluebonnet, and SmartPak.


Kyla Thurlow Wins Adequan® NAAC Rookie Level 2 on Kachina Olena Tag.
Kyla Thurlow Wins Adequan® NAAC Rookie Level 2 on Kachina Olena TagKyla Thurlow Wins Adequan® NAAC Rookie Level 2 on Kachina Olena TagKyla Thurlow wasn’t feeling too confident riding into the Adequan® Arena for the NAAC Rookie Level 2. The night before, her horse had shown he had his own ideas. “I was a little nervous, but he was wonderful today. When we got in the arena I knew he was going to let me show him,” she said of their run. “We had a penalty to the right, but he circled better than he ever has, and he stopped really good for me. I couldn’t have asked for more from him.”

Not only did Thurlow win the Adequan® NAAC title, she also won the accompanying ancillary class, winning a bevy of prizes including a saddle from Bob’s Custom Saddles, an Adequan® vest, a Montana Silversmiths buckle, Classic Equine product, and gift certificates to Bluebonnet and SmartPak.

“I never thought I would win here. I did the Rookie of the Year many years ago, and it’s changed for sure. Now you have a lot of steps to get here, and you have to conquer them all. It’s been wonderful,” Thurlow said.

Although Thurlow lives in Massachusetts, her horse, Kachina Olena Tag (Whiz N Tag Chex x Kachina Oak Olena) resides in Florida with Mark and Shannon Rafacz. “I fly down for the weekend a couple times a month to see him and ride. I don’t get a lot of time in the saddle, so I’m fortunate he’s as nice as he is,” Thurlow said. “I thank Shannon and Mark. I owe them. They make this possible for me. I also thank everyone who has a hand in this – my mom and dad, Madison Rafacz, and my boyfriend Steven.”
 

Debbie Good Wins Adequan® NAAC Rookie Prime Time on Chics Love Me Wimpy.

Debbie Good Wins Adequan® NAAC Rookie Prime Time on „Chics Love Me Wimpy“Debbie Good Wins Adequan® NAAC Rookie Prime Time on „Chics Love Me Wimpy“Debbie Good and her 9-year-old gelding Chics Love Me Wimpy (Wimpys Little Step x Dream About Magic) marked a 213 to win the Adequan® NAAC Prime Time Rookie. Winning an NAAC title has been a goal of hers since purchasing the gelding three years ago. “It feels absolutely amazing. I can’t even express it. Josh (Tishman) won so many awards on this horse, and I’ve just been trying to win one of my own,” Good shared.”

The first ever Adequan® NAAC Prime Time Rookie Champion received a saddle from Bob’s Custom Saddle, as well as an Adequan® vest, a Platinum Performance jacket, a Montana Silversmiths buckle, Classic Equine product, and gift certificates to Bluebonnet and SmartPak.

“We’ve been practicing in the arena all week and working on our circles. We were finding the holes we had and working on them. I broke my shoulder nine weeks ago, and my goal was just to get back here,” Good said. “Our goal was to go in the arena and not get overwhelmed by it. I felt very confident when I walked in. He was locked into me, and we really went for it on our rundowns, slides, and rollbacks.”


Dentoni & Brokaw Claim Ancillary Rookie Prime Time Co-Championship.
Dentoni & Brokaw Claim Ancillary Rookie Prime Time Co-ChampionshipDentoni & Brokaw Claim Ancillary Rookie Prime Time Co-ChampionshipLisa Dentoni and Kimberly Brokaw tied for the ancillary Prime Time Rookie Championship, with each rider marking a 209.5. Both riders gave much of the credit to their equine counterparts. Dentoni was riding Smart Little Dunnit, while Brokaw rode KR Ima Dreamer.

“Harry (Smart Little Dunnit) was just super, and we got through all the maneuvers. We just did the best we could, and it all worked out,” Dentoni said. “I thank everyone here who has been there for me this week. We all pulled together. I thank everyone from the west coast who came together to support us all here.”

Brokaw rode KR Ima Dreamer (© NRHA)Brokaw rode KR Ima Dreamer (© NRHA)Dentoni purchased Smart Little Dunnit, by Smart Spook out of Jan Van Bar B Dun It, in July. “We picked him up from the McCutcheons, and he’s just a kind horse. He’s gentle, well-mannered, and good natured. He’s just a pleasure to have in the barn,” she said.

Brokaw has been riding KR Ima Dreamer, by Magnum Chic Dream out of KR Ima Tejon, for almost a year. “I probably couldn’t have asked him for anything better. He did everything I asked him to do. I just love this horse,” she shared. “He has taught me a ton. Tonight was probably the best run we’ve ever had. He just locked on and was awesome.”

KR Ima Dreamer is owned by Kristen Avila. “I thank Bobby and Kristin Avila for the privilege of riding this awesome horse. I also thank my trainer and coach Josh Murphy,” Brokaw said.

Short Stirrup and Adequan® NAAC Youth 13 & Under Champions Crowned in Oklahoma City.
The Adequan® Arena at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City has been bustling with activity all week, as riders from across North America compete in the Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships.
Youth competition began Friday with the Adequan® NAAC Youth 13 & Under and the ancillary Short Stirrup class.


Madison Rafacz Wins Third Adequan® NAAC Title with Wimpys Dun Twistin.

Madison Rafacz Wins Third Adequan® NAAC Title with Wimpys Dun Twistin (© NRHA)Madison Rafacz Wins Third Adequan® NAAC Title with Wimpys Dun Twistin (© NRHA)Madison Rafacz has had quite the week. She traveled from Ocala, Flo., hoping to do well in the Adequan® NAAC competition. She started off strong by winning the NAAC Limited Non Pro on her gelding Whizenboonsmal. The pair followed that up with another NAAC title three days later – this time in the Novice Horse Non-Pro.

She capped off her time in Oklahoma City on Friday by winning the Adequan® NAAC Youth 13 & Under, but this time on Wimpys Dun Twistin. “It was a really good run today. I was just trying to have a clean ride, and she was really good for me,” Rafacz said. “It was great to win these classes. I came out here to show seven times, and was hoping I could win something, so to win these three was great.”

Wimpys Dun Twistin is by Wimpys Little Step out of Totally Dun Twistin. “She’s been in our barn since she was three or so, and she’s around 13 now. A customer owned her, and she (Wimpys Dun Twistin) went away for a while to have babies, but now she’s back and we own her,” Rafacz explained. “She’s back in shape now and winning, and she’s just perfect. She’s the favorite in the barn.”

Although his stablemate won the title, Whizenboonsmal (Peptoleap x She Whiz A Star) still pulled off a run that was good enough to mark a 214 and win second in the NAAC Youth 13 & Under. “He is so tired. He showed four times and he’s just over it and ready to be home, but he was good, too,” Rafacz said.

The 12-year-old took home many prizes, including a Bob’s Custom Saddle, Adequan® vests, Platinum Performance jackets, Montana Silversmiths buckles, product from SmartPak and Classic Equine, and gift certificates to Platinum Performance and Bluebonnet. “I thank my mom and dad, Kyla Thurlow, Steven Borgia, Jenna Webb, Stephen Graycheck, McKenna Ivey, my grandma back home, and everyone for being here for me,” she said.
 

Colt Mitchell Wins Short Stirrup Championship on Playgun Chic Olena.

Colt Mitchell Wins Short Stirrup Championship on Playgun Chic Olena (© NRHA)Colt Mitchell Wins Short Stirrup Championship on Playgun Chic Olena (© NRHA)Charismatic Colt Mitchell claimed the Championship of the Short Stirrup division on Playgun Chic Olena. The pair wowed the judges, earning a 217.5. “He was great. The only problem I had was I slowed down after the center. That was our only bobble, but the rest of the run was really good,” Mitchell explained.

Mitchell’s family has owned Playgun Chic Olena, by Smart Chic Olena and out of Mamas Packin, for several years. “He’s actually my sister Molly’s horse, but I stole him from her. He’s 16 years old now, and we’ve had him since he was about seven.” Mitchell added, “He’s just a great horse that is really good at everything. He does it all right. I love him.”

The Short Stirrup title isn’t the only thing Mitchell is taking back to Missouri with him. He also got a new beagle puppy. “His name is Hank. I’m going to use him to hunt rabbits,” he said.

Mitchell, who will turn 11 next year, still has a year of Short Stirrup eligibility left. “I thank the good Lord for keeping me safe and giving me a nice run, and I thank all my family members for coming to watch and support me,” he said.

Becca Schaffhauser took the Short Stirrup reserve title on Dun Got My Rest with a 212.5. Dun Got My Rest, by Hollywood Dun It and out of Got My Rest, is owned by Becca’s father, Sam.

 

Great horses and riders were shining under the Friday-night lights of the Jim Norick Coliseum at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) CINCH Non-Pro Futurity featured the top horses and riders from the preliminary round, and the champion was decided in an exciting runoff.

Jesse Asmussen & Ruf Style Of Play — CINCH Levels 4 & 3 Non-Pro Futurity Champions.
Jesse Asmussen & „Ruf Style Of Play“ (© NRHA)Jesse Asmussen & „Ruf Style Of Play“ (© NRHA)Jesse Asmussen and Ruf Style Of Play drew the dreaded No. 1 position for the CINCH Non Pro Futurity finals, but the pair made it count, marking a 220 to take the lead of Levels 3 and 4. As rider after rider took a shot at the lead and fell short, Asmussen and his team worked hard to stay busy. “We were back at the stalls sitting around, pacing, sweeping, and doing anything to just stay busy,” he said. “You don’t really expect a tie. You think someone will come in and beat you.”

Luca Fappani had a wild run-in with a dog that jumped into the pen during his finals’ run, even though State Fair Park requires leashes for all dogs and were checking them at the door. Fappani was given the option of running again after the last draw. “I was just waiting for Luca to go at the end, and then he also marked a 220. We decided to run off, and we had only 15 minutes to get ready,” Asmussen explained. “This mare has been at Kole Price’s, and he told me to just trot her around and that she’d be good to show. It was nerve-wracking, but she was great.”

Rules dictate that the runoff occurs in the same draw order as the original, so once again Asmussen knew he had to set the pace. Once again, the 3-year-old mare gave her best, resulting in a 222. “She was phenomenal in the runoff. I couldn’t believe she was better there than the first time I showed her in the finals,” he said.

The win came with a bounty of prizes, and checks totaling $61,455. “Winning this is a dream every year, and until it happens, it is hard to imagine.”

Asmussen purchased Ruf Style Of Play, by Not Ruf At All and out of UB Stylin With Me, from Vaughn Zimmerman earlier this year. “Bobby Avila Jr. called me in June and told me I needed to buy her. I didn’t need another horse at the time, but he kept calling me and talking to me about her, so we ended up buying her without ever trying her,” he explained.

After showing the mare a couple times, Asmussen elected to send her to Kole Price. “We live in Iowa, and the weather was really bad, so I sent her to Kole’s and he did a phenomenal job getting her ready to come here. She felt so well-trained and easy. I owe him a huge thank-you. I couldn’t have done it on my own. Kole’s wife, Kelsey, did a great job of getting her pretty and making sure everything looks nice,” he said. “I also thank my wife and boys. It’s been a long week, and the boys have been great. My wife does so much at home and keeps me from self-destructing. My mom and dad are also huge supporters. I thank them so much.”

Making this win extra-special for Asmussen is that his long-time friend Dave Kunkle was able to be present. “Dave is the guy who got me started, and both times I’ve won it before he’s been in Iowa, so him being here was pretty special,” Asmussen said.


Luca Fappani & Gotta Get Diamonds — CINCH Level 4 & 3 Non-Pro Futurity Reserve Champion, Level 2 & Youth Champion.

Luca Fappani & Gotta Get Diamonds (© NRHA)Luca Fappani & Gotta Get Diamonds (© NRHA)Luca Fappani didn’t know he’d get to show his horse three times in the non pro finals at his first NRHA CINCH Non-Pro Futurity. While competing as draw 30 in the finals, Fappani was completing his second set of circles when a dog catapulted itself into the ring and tried to herd Fappani and his horse.

 

“The first run was going pretty good. I saw something black and white run out in front of my horse, and I kept going, but the dog kept cutting the circle. I didn’t want to run him over, so I stopped. I’d never seen anything like it,” Fappani said.

Fappani and Gotta Get Diamonds were given the option of a re-run at the end of the finals, but that only gave him nine horses to prepare for yet another run. “He was pretty good the first time, so I trusted him the second time, and he was great. He did everything I wanted,” Fappani said.

When the score of 220 was announced, Fappani had taken the lead of the Level 2 and Youth divisions but was tied with Jesse Asmussen for the lead of the Level 4 and 3. “My horse was great, but I wasn’t sure he could do the same in the runoff. Before the runoff we stayed here and gave him some water and just touched on a few buttons,” Fappni said.

Fappani and Gotta Get Diamonds marked a 218 in the runoff, finishing as reserve champions in Levels 4 and 3. Still, earnings for the day came to $56,910. “This was my first futurity, and it was definitely one to remember,” Fappani said.

Luca’s parents, Andrea and Tish, purchased Gotta Get Diamonds, by Spooks Gotta Whiz out of Tinker With Diamonds, from Rancho Oso Rio in October. “Dad showed him a couple times, and marked a couple 218s, I think. I tried him at Best of the West, and then had a game plan coming in here to make the finals,” Fappani shared. “I took him out there and opened him up. He gave it everything.”

The 15-year-old was gracious, thanking the many people who supported him. “Thank you to my mom and dad and my brother. My whole family supports me,” he said. “Thank you to Rancho Oso Rio for letting us buy him.”

Finishing second in the Level 2 Non Pro was Jessicah Keller and Snips Shining Gun with a 218. Keller and Snips Shining Gun, by Colonels Shining Gun out of newly inducted NRHA Hall of Fame mare Snip O Gun, also placed in Levels 4 and 3. Keller and Snips Shining Gun, owned by Hilldale Farm, pocketed $37,030.

Taylor Zimmerman and Its All About Ruf, by Not Ruf At All and out of Dun Pretty Nifty, finished reserve in the Youth division with a 217.5. Zimmerman won $24,707 for her finals runs on Its All About Ruf. Its All About Ruf is owned by her father, Vaughn Zimmerman.


Blair McFarlin Wins CINCH Level 1 Non-Pro Futurity on Starlights N Dreams.
Blair McFarlin Wins CINCH Level 1 Non Pro Futurity on Starlights N Dreams (© NRHA)Blair McFarlin Wins CINCH Level 1 Non Pro Futurity on Starlights N Dreams (© NRHA)Blair McFarlin had never shown at the NRHA CINCH Non-Pro Futurity before, but she made it count, qualifying for the finals of the Level 1 through Level 3. In the end, she and her horse, Starlights N Dreams, won the Level 1 Championship with a 215. “I’m extremely excited to even be in the finals. I had a futurity horse a few years ago, but this is the first one to bring here,” she said. McFarlin’s earnings for all levels came to $20,760.

McFarlin and Starlight N Dream, by Magnum Chic Dream out of Strike A Star, had to make an extra run to earn a finals berth. “The first time I went in there and let her do her job, and she was good for me, but not good enough to make it back, so we rode in the consolation round on Wednesday,” she explained. “That really solidified for her and me where we are and what we need to work on.”

McFarlan’s trainer, NRHA Professional Nathan Piper, did most of the prep work on the mare. “He would ride her early in the morning, and then I’d just cruise her around before we went in,” McFarlin said. “Before the finals, Nathan told me to go have fun and stay out of the penalty box.”

McFarlin felt confidence from the first stop of the run. “She ran in and dragged her butt, so I knew we had started on a good note. She got turned well for me, and that’s been her weak spot, so when we got through that I knew we were golden,” she said.

McFarlin, of Franklin, Tennessee, has been riding reiners since she was 12 years old but spent the last four years in college. “I’ve been out of the loop a little bit, but she’s been a fun horse to get back into it,” she said. “I thank my dad, Mike McFarlin, for sticking with me and supporting me all these years.”

Sally Berg and Had Us At Hello (REF Black Mamba x Dunit N Continental) finished as reserve champions in the Level 1, and placed in Levels 2 through 4, winning more than $21,645.


José Vazquez Tops CINCH Prime Time Non-Pro With „Xtra Winding Step“.

Josè Vazquez Tops CINCH Prime Time Non-Pro With „Xtra Winding Step“Josè Vazquez Tops CINCH Prime Time Non-Pro With „Xtra Winding Step“Over the years, Jose Vazquez has built an impressive breeding program and has made an impressive career on the resulting foals of his program. He won the Prime Time Non-Pro title and placed third in the Level 4 Non-Pro on one of those foals, this one a colt named „Xtra Winding Step“.

“It was a fun run,” Vazquez said of his 219-point run in the finals, which resulted in a $20,862 paycheck. “He showed he can compete at a high level. I showed him two times before here. He came out here and put together two quality runs. Of course, you want to win every time, so I hope our turn is right around the corner.”

„Xtra Winding Step“ is by „Wimpys Little Step“ out of „SLJ Smartlikewhinny“. “This is a horse we raised. I showed his grandmother, mother, granddaddy. The first good horse I showed was his grandmother,” he added. “This one is a little more special than the rest. He’s one of the best. I hope you hear from us again soon.”

Vazquez was quick to thank his friends and family. “I thank my family and Alejandro and Mario, his brother. They work hard so I can have fun. Everything is a team effort. My veterinarian, my horseshoer — we all work as a team. That’s how we compete on this level,” he said.

Finishing tied for second in the Prime Time Non-Pro was Andre Lauzon and Kelle Smith. Lauzon rode „A Whizard Dream“ (Magnum Chic Dream x Miss Poco Whizard), while Smith rode „Spookadoodlede“ (Tricked Out Spook x Tivitos Top Starlet). Lauzon also placed in the Level 3, for total earnings of $8,696. Smith placed in the Level 3 and Level 4 to take home $16,296. 

McKinnon Larcombe Claims Second Adequan® NAAC Title on Designed With Shine.
 
McKinnon Larcombe (© NRHA)McKinnon Larcombe (© NRHA)The Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships, held during the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity, culminated Saturday afternoon with the Youth 14-18 competition.

McKinnon Larcombe and Designed With Shine capped off a stellar week with yet another Adequan® NAAC title in the Youth 14 – 18, after winning both the Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro earlier this week.

In Saturday’s competition, the pair marked a 220, winning a saddle from Bob’s Custom Saddles, a Montana Silversmiths buckle, an Adequan® vest, a Platinum Performance jacket, product from Classic Equine, and gift certificates to Bluebonnet Feed and SmartPak.

“I went in today with the mentality that I didn’t need to run her as hard as I did the other day for the Non-Pro. She was so good for me then, she didn’t have to do anything more for me to make me happy, but she went in there and did it once again,” Larcombe said. “She was perfect. She turned remarkably well for me, circled like she always does, and ran and stopped really well. I was so happy with her.”

Designed With Shine, by Smart And Shiney out of Taris Designer Genes, is owned by McKinnon’s aunt Shauna Larcombe. “When I rode her the first time, I told my aunt I could easily take her into the show pen the next day. She’s so well-trained and easy to get along with, but I never imagined we would be this successful. I never thought in a million years I would have a horse like this to show. I’m very lucky,” she said.

Winning an Adequan® NAAC title has been a goal of Larcombe’s for many years. “There are some incredibly great horses in these classes, and you have to bring your A-game when you walk in the pen. There are great sponsors that make it possible for you to compete for saddles and big trophies, not to mention all the other fantastic prizes you can win,” she said. “It’s exciting because you know you have something to run for.”

Larcombe shared how thankful she was to her great family and friends who support her. “Thank you to my auntie Shaua. Without her, I wouldn’t be mounted on such a good horse. I thank my parents who pay for this hobby which is not cheap. My dad is a great coach who helps me every day. I thank everyone at the barn from Team Larcombe and Sterling Ranch. I thank my great friends. It takes a crew and there are too many people to name, but I’m appreciative of all of them,” she said.

Taking second in the Adequan® NAAC Youth 14 – 18 with a 213.5 was Raeanna Thayn and Coded N Karma (Electric Code x Whiz N Snap). They won an Adequan® vest, a Platinum Performance jacket, a Montana Silversmiths buckle, product from Classic Equine and SmartPak, and gift certificates to Platinum Performance and Bluebonnet Feed.

Reserve in the ancillary Youth 14 – 18 was won by Alexia Tordoff and Blue Collar Tag with a 218. Blue Collar Tag is by Whiz N Tag Chex and out of Kachina Oak Olena.

Xtra Half N Half Tops NRHA/Markel Marketplace Sale.
 
„Xtra Half N Half“ (© NRHA)„Xtra Half N Half“ (© NRHA)On December 7 during the 2019 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity and Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships, 56 horses walked through the ring at the NRHA/Markel Marketplace Sale. As Xtra Half N Half strode into the sale arena, bidders sat up and took notice.

The handsome 2018 sorrel colt (Shiners Voodoo Dr x Cremes Chic Olena x Smart Chic Olena) brought a final bid of $64,000 from Jimmy Nichols, of Templeton, California, making him the highest seller of the day. Consigned by Heritage Farms, he is a half-brother to the earners of more than $250,000. Xtra Half N Half is enrolled in the NRHA Nomination Program and the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC).

“We just liked the way he’s bred, the way he’s made. He’s so pretty-headed,” Nichols said. “Watching him in his video, he’s just really physical, but he seems really quiet-minded.”

Nichols planned to send the colt to Mathieu Buton for training.

Nichols and his wife, Nancy, also purchased the second-highest-seller Lil Whizin Inferno (Inferno Sixty Six x Miss Jacspins Whiz x Conquistador Whiz), a 2018 red dun filly who was consigned by Terry and Warnetta Martin. Nichols said he saw the same characteristics in her that interested him in Xtra Half N Half.

“She’s not very big, but she’s so physical,” he added. “We’re going to take her home, and I’ll ride her myself and get her ready. I’ve shown in the Open all my life and trained there in California, and we’ve had our own now for five or six years. I’m actually considering going back and doing the non-pro with her.”

Lil Whizin Inferno was in training with Josh Visser for 60 days at the time of the sale. She is five panel negative and enrolled in the NRHA Nomination Program, NRHA Euro Nomination Program, and NRBC.

The gavel fell at $31,000 for Heritage Farms/Parker Slavin Performance Horses consignment HF A Winforthechics, a 2018 buckskin filly. Purchased by Gabriel de la Torre, the mare (HF Mobster x Win Smart Chicy x Smart Chic Olena) is a half-sister to National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) money-earner and American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) point-earner Duallers Smart Chic.

HF A Winforthechics is enrolled in the NRHA Nomination Program and NRBC.

The NRHA/Markel Marketplace Sale wrapped up the NRHA Futurity Sales. Complete results can be found online at nrhafuturity.com/lives.

Cade McCutcheon and Super Marioo Claim Level 4 Open Championship.

Ten days of intense, world-class competition culminated Saturday, Dec. 7, with the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Open Finals. The NRHA Futurity, held at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, featured top horses and riders from across the globe. Cade McCutcheon and Super Marioo Claim Level 4 Open Championship (© NRHA)Cade McCutcheon and Super Marioo Claim Level 4 Open Championship (© NRHA)When the curtain fell as the final horse left the arena, it was 19-year-old Cade McCutcheon who emerged victorious, not only winning the Level 4 Championship but also tying for the Reserve title.

It’s been a banner year for Cade McCutcheon, who turned in his non pro card in January to become an NRHA Professional. Prior to the NRHA Futurity, he had won more than $706,616 in lifetime earnings, not including the $307,500 he won in August at the inaugural Run for a Million event.

Still, he wasn’t counting on winning the Level 4 Open Championship at the NRHA Futurity. “I didn’t expect to win it my first time here as a professional, but that’s everyone’s goal,” he said.

McCutcheon had three shots at finishing in the top spot of the Level 4: Deja Vu With A Gun, Super Marioo, and Guns And Dynamite. He competed first on Deja Vu With A Gun (owned by David Silva), marking a 212.5.

Next up was Super Marioo, and the pair scored a 224.5. “I ran in and hit my first stop. I got turned big, and before I loped off, I thought to myself, ‘Just make sure you lope off on the correct lead. Don’t screw it up,’” he recalled. “That horse was there for me the whole way. There are a couple things that could have been better, but overall, what can I say?”

Just five horses later, NRHA Six Million Dollar Rider Shawn Flarida entered the arena on the 2018 NRHA Markel Insurance Prospect Sale high seller Shine Colt Shine. With gracefully executed circles and powerful stops, it looked like McCutcheon’s lead could be in jeopardy. When the score was announced, Flarida and Shine Colt Shine fell just short with a 223.5.

Competing in the third from last set, McCutcheon rode Guns And Dynamite. The 19-year-old trainer piloted the colt through another great run, resulting in a 223.5, tying Flarida for second.

After that, McCutcheon couldn’t have told you how the last seven horses scored, but he could have given you an update on college football. “I went to the bus and was watching Wisconsin vs. Ohio State and doing my best not to pay attention to it. I was just waiting for my mom to call me,” he admitted.

Unbeknownst to him, his scores held, and McCutcheon won not only the Level 4 with Super Marioo, but also Levels 3 and 2, for $196,175 in earnings. Super Marioo’s nominator, Hillis Akin Family Partnership received $9,808.

McCutcheon also tied for Reserve in the Level 4 on Guns And Dynamite, and took sole possession of the title in Levels 3 and 2. Combined with his earnings on Deja Vu With A Gun, McCutcheon’s winnings for the evening came to $341,899. That unofficially pushed him to NRHA Million Dollar Rider status.

Super Marioo, owned by Story Book Stables, is by Gunnatrahya out of HA Chic A Tune. McCutcheon began riding the colt in early fall when he was purchased from Gunny Mathison by Freddy Brassfield. “Gunny sold me this horse this summer. He did a phenomenal job training him, and I just had to pick him up and do some of my things. Without Gunny, this never would have happened,” McCutcheon said.

Shortly after McCutcheon showed the colt at the Best of the West Futurity, he received a phone call from Brenda Joyce, owner of Story Book Stables. “She said she wanted to have a horse with me and asked about Super Marioo. She bought him from Freddy, and has been amazing to work with ever since,” he said. “This is the first horse I’ve had with her, and I’m really excited for the future, whatever she decides to do.”

McCutcheon and Kirstin Booth’s Guns And Dynamite, by Gunners Special Nite out of Chic Olena Starbuck, won a total of $145,724 across the three levels. Nominator Turnabout Farms received $7,286.

“I thank my parents and grandparents for doing whatever it takes to make me as good as I can be,” he said. “There are hundreds of people who played into this, and I’m lucky I had the right horse to win tonight.”

Flarida and Shine Colt Shine pocketed a check for $110,752 for the Level 4 Open Reserve title, with nominator Sally Amabile receiving $5,637. The Shine Chic Shine colt, out of Gunners Miss Oak, lived up to the high expectations of being the 2018 Markel Insurance Prospect Sale high seller. The colt is owned by Gaynia Revenberg.
 

Jacob Ballard and Flashin Benjamins Win Level 1 Open Championship.

Jacob Ballard and Flashin Benjamins Win Level 1 Open Championship. (© NRHA)Jacob Ballard and Flashin Benjamins Win Level 1 Open Championship. (© NRHA)On October 6, Jacob Ballard took Flashin Benjamins into his training program. He was familiar with the horse, who he started as a 2-year-old, but the stallion had spent the last year-and-a-half with Kole Price. The pair only had two months to sync back up before the NRHA Futurity, but Ballard rose to the challenge, and the duo scored a 218 to win the Level 1 Open, place in Levels 3 and 2, and earn $52,389.

“I’ve dreamed about being in the finals of the [NRHA] Futurity forever, and to pick off the Level 1 was pretty exciting,” said Ballard, who is 26 years old. “I can’t describe it.”

Prior to running pattern 10, Ballard said he knew if he could execute the run-in, stop, and back-up well, everything else would fall into place. The horse didn’t let him down, turning even better under the bright lights than he did in the warm-up arena.

“After I loped off [from my turns], I knew that he was locked in and I could go and push him in his circles,” Ballard said. “By the time I got done with my second lead change, I knew I was home free. All I had to do was turn the corner and go stop him. He just killed the ground like he does every time.”

Ballard, who apprenticed under Price before going out on his own at the beginning of 2019, said it was a testament to Price’s program that he was able to click with the horse so quickly. Since he only had two months before the NRHA Futurity, he knew he needed to make every ride count. Schooling at his local college gave him a place to practice in a show setting, which he thinks gave him an advantage.

Flashin Benjamins (Gunnatrashya x Shiners Hot Flash) was owned by Leann Spurlock at the time of the NRHA Futurity and was nominated by Nicole Miller, who will receive $2,619. Ballard said the horse’s owners have been very involved, which he respected and appreciated.

“You can’t get to where I am without having good owners,” he said. “Everyone wants to talk about the horse and other factors, but the owners are a huge part of it.”

The stallion may be moving on to new things, as his owners received an offer on him at the NRHA Futurity. Ballard has some other prospects waiting in the wings, but he won’t forget the colt he started and then rode to an NRHA Futurity L1 Open Championship.

“I remember stopping him when he first got sliders on, and he stopped really smooth — about 10, 12 feet,” he said. “He has that same effect, only now he does it with 25 feet. He hasn’t changed a whole lot as far as talent goes, just a lot of the buttons are different and more progressed.

“It’s been a long road of ups and downs, but I’m thankful for all of it,” he added. “I wasn’t sure it was the best move in January [to go out on my own], but God is on my side as far as the events and people he’s put in my life to get me where I am.”

The Level 1 Reserve Championship was won by Josh Tishman and Lanas Lil Joe, by Lil Joe Cash and out of Elanachics. Lanas Lil Joe, owned by Steve Carr, won $29,493. Rainbow Ridge Equestrian, nominator of Lanas Lil Joe, received $1,474.


Martin Larcombe Wins Prime Time Open on Shines Like Spook.

Martin Larcombe Wins Prime Time Open on Shines Like Spook (© NRHA)Martin Larcombe Wins Prime Time Open on Shines Like Spook (© NRHA)It didn’t take much convincing when Rosanne Sternberg, and NRHA Million Dollar Owner,* asked Martin Larcombe to ride Shines Like A Spook. The royally bred colt is by NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire Smart Spook and out of Ebony Shines, who recently became one of two NRHA Million Dollar Dams. “Rosanne bred this horse, and owns both the sire and the dam, so this is a pretty good promotion for her brand. You can imagine in April when she said she had this colt that it didn’t take much to get me to try him,” Larcombe said with a laugh.

Larcombe and Shines Like Spook qualified for the Level 4 and 3 Open Finals, as well as the Prime Time. Their score of 220 equated to good checks in the Level 4 and 3, and the win in the Prime Time. All totaled, the pair took home $2,033 in finals cash. “I’ve taken him to a couple pre-futurities, and he’s been respectable. I know he has a lot of ability and a lot of stop. I think he will mature a bit more and get more solid as a show horse,” Larcombe shared. “Even saying that, I can’t complain about how good he’s been this week. He has stepped up all week. He’s going to be a show horse.”

Sternberg and Larcombe have a long history together. They got to know each other when Larcombe was training reiners in Europe, and the relationship continued when his family moved to the United States. “I thank Rosanne. She’s had horses with me the past few years and has been a great customer. I also thank my crew, which is basically my family,” he said. “I also thank my great customers who support me.”

Larcombe went one-two in the Prime Time, taking Reserve on One Sensationaldream, owned by Neylon Performance Horses LLC. The pair marked a 217.5, worth $11,410, with nominator Kathy Bagnell receiving $498. One Sensationaldream is by Magnum Chic Dream and out of Dun Up Sensational.

*During the Level 4 Open Finals, Rosanne Sternberg unofficially became an NRHA Two Million Dollar Owner. Rosanne is only the second owner to reach this milestone, following Arcese Quarter Horses that reached the Two Million Dollar mark in 2012.


8. 12. 19 - WRWS/NRHA - - NRHA Futurity-News: Nov 28 – Dec 7, 2019 • State Fair Park, Oklahoma City, OK.

Custom Vintage Berry Tops Markel Futurity Prospect and Select Broodmare Sale.
The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA)/Markel Futurity Prospect and Select Broodmare Sale, held December 6 during the 2019 NRHA Futurity and Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships, kicked off by auctioning breedings to 12 stallions to benefit the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA). A total of $20,400 was raised to support youth activities and scholarships.

The evening was topped by the $175,000 sale of Custom Vintage Berry, a 2017 bay roan colt (A Sparkling Vintage x Custom Roan Berry x Custom Crome). Steve Simon consigned the horse, who was then purchased by Elementa.

The evening was topped by the $175,000 sale of Custom Vintage Berry (© NRHA)The evening was topped by the $175,000 sale of Custom Vintage Berry (© NRHA)

“She [Elementa owner, Cecilia Fiorucci] loved the horse from Europe as soon as she saw him,” said agent Domenico Lomuto of Slide or Die LLC. “He will go to Elementa, and I think Cira [Baeck] will show him at the next [European] Futurity. I think that with him, it will probably be one of the best stables in Europe for sure.”

Custom Vintage Berry was in training with Nici Schneider West for 335 days by the time of the sale. His dam is a full sister to American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Champion Custom Red Berry, an earner of more than $187,000. Custom Vintage Berry was enrolled in the NRHA Nomination Program and the NRBC.

A bid of $67,000 made Xtra Kiss Me Again the second-highest seller. Consigned by Gabriel Diano, the 2017 sorrel colt was purchased by Karl Roberts.

Xtra Kiss Me Again (Boom Shernic x SS Kiss Me Kate x Wimpys Little Step) is a grandson of One Tuf Muffin, an earner of nearly $78,000 who was an NRHA Non Pro Reserve World Champion. He was enrolled in the NRHA Nomination Program and the NRBC.

The third-highest seller went for a price of $62,000 and was a young broodmare. Im Mizzen Gunner, a 5-year-old palomino mare consigned by Toyon Ranch LLC, was purchased by Russell Coiles.

Im Mizzen Gunner (Colonels Smoking Gun x Mizzen Shine x Shining Spark) was injured as a yearling and sold as broodmare sound. She had carried two foals in the past but was reset this year, and sold with an embryo conceived May 9, 2019, by SG Frozen Enterprize. Enrolled in the NRHA Nomination Program, NRHA Euro Nomination Program, and the NRBC, the mare was five panel negative.

For those looking for a good deal on a quality reiner, the NRHA/Markel Marketplace Sale will start tomorrow, December 7, at 9:30 a.m. in Barn 3 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, following the Quarter Horse News Sale Breakfast at 8:30 a.m.


8. 12. 19 - WRWS/DQHA - Teil 3 der Interview-Serie: DQHA-Zuchtrichterin Nina Obermüller stellt sich vor.

In dieser Woche stellen wir ihnen die dritte neue DQHA-Zuchtrichterin vor, die im Frühjahr erfolgreich ihre Abschlussprüfung absolvieren konnte: Nina Obermüller. Die junge Frau ist neben ihrer Tätigkeit als Zuchtrichterin auch passionierte Reiterin...
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8. 12. 19 - WB - NRHA Futurity: Daumen drücken – Non-Pro-Finale am Nikolaustag mit deutscher Beteiligung/Livescoring, Livestream mehr...
Böckmann: Der Neo – nominiert für den Produkt-Award „INNOVATION PFERD“ auf der Messe Pferd & Jagd mehr...
NRHA-Germany: Fohlen können noch bis zum 10. Januar 2020 ins Nomination Program eingezahlt werden mehr...
USA: Andrea Fappani und „Guns In My Genes“ setzen sich an die Spitze der NRHA Open Futurity Semifinals mehr...  


7. 12. 19 - WRWS - HansePferd hamburg 2020: Workshops zum Wohl des Pferdes mit Top-Coaches. Die neue HansePferd Mobile Academy tourt durch den Norden.

Hamburg –
Die HansePferd Hamburg kommt zu den Menschen. Nordeuropas beliebteste Messe rund um den Pferdesport bietet mit der neuen HansePferd Mobile Academy im ersten Halbjahr 2020 in mehreren norddeutschen Städten Workshops mit renommierten Tierärzten und Trainern an.
Bereits vor Beginn der Veranstaltung im April können interessierte Pferdefreunde bei Partnern und Akteuren der HansePferd Hamburg dazu lernen und einen Blick hinter die Kulissen werfen. Dabei geht es zum Beispiel um das richtige Verhalten in gesundheitlichen Notfällen oder die angesagte Disziplin Extreme Trail. Mit der HansePferd Mobile Academy wird die traditionsreiche Pferdemesse somit im Vorwege erlebbar, gewährt erste Einblicke in ihre Themen und stellt konsequent ihr Anliegen, eines harmonischen Miteinanders und einer von gegenseitigem Vertrauen geprägten Partnerschaft zwischen Mensch und Pferd, in den Fokus.

Los geht‘s am Samstag, 18. Januar 2020, von 14 bis 18 Uhr, im Tiergesundheitszentrum für Pferde und Kleintiere Isernhagen mit dem Workshop „Moderne Lahmheitsdiagnostik“. Dr. Enno Allmers, Fachtierarzt für Orthopädie, stellt umfangreiche diagnostische und therapeutische Maßnahmen vor, während Dr. Helmut Ende mittels seiner einmaligen Präparatesammlung Einsichten in den Bewegungsapparat der Pferde gewährt. Mit einer detailierten und persönlichen Perspektive wirft Dr. Ende so im Vorfeld einen Blick auf seine einzigartige „Lehrschau Pferdewelt“, die auf der HansePferd Hamburg 2020 präsentiert wird. Die Teilnahmegebühren betragen 32 Euro, die maximale Teilnehmerzahl liegt bei 35 Personen.

Am Samstag, 15. Februar 2020, von 10 bis 15 Uhr, dreht sich auf Gut Tangstedt alles um das Thema „Erste Hilfe am Pferd“. Anke Rüsbüldt, Fachtierärztin für Pferde und ausgebildete Pferdeosteopathin, erläutert anhand verschiedener Notfallsituationen, welche Sofortmaßnahmen bei welchen Symptomen ergriffen werden sollten. Im praktischen Teil können die Teilnehmer selbst aktiv werden. Anke Rüsbüldt begleitet die HansePferd Hamburg seit 1994 als Pferdefachtierärztin. Die Teilnahmegebühren liegen bei 32 Euro. Die Teilnehmerzahl ist auf 15 Personen beschränkt.

Um Vertrauen und Gelassenheit dreht es sich bei der HansePferd Mobile Academy am Sonntag, 1. März 2020, von 10 bis 16 Uhr. Auf der Wittmoor Ranch in Norderstedt führen die erfahrenen Trainer Roger und Nicola Rahn in die immer beliebter werdende Diszplin „Extreme Trail“ ein, die allen Pferderassen offen steht und auf den Teamgedanken zwischen Mensch und Pferd setzt. Der Workshop ermöglicht  einen vertiefenden Einblick in die Sonderschau „Extreme Trail“ auf der HansePferd Hamburg 2020. Die Teilnahmegebühren mit Pferd betragen 140 Euro, die maximale Teilnehmerzahl liegt bei zehn Personen. Bis zu 30 Personen können ihr Wissen beim Zuschauen  gegen eine Gebühr von jeweils 40 Euro erweitern.

Bei allen drei Workshops sind noch Plätze frei. Weitere Informationen und die Anmeldung zur HansePferd Mobile Academy finden Sie auf der Webseite (https://www.hansepferd.de/programm/specials/mobile-academy/).
Ein tolles Extra: In den Teilnahmegebühren ist der einmalige Eintritt zur HansePferd Hamburg enthalten. Nordeuropas beliebteste Messe rund um den Pferdesport ist von Freitag, 24., bis Sonntag, 26. April, täglich von 10 bis 19 Uhr auf dem Hamburger Messegelände geöffnet. Beginn des Show-Abends „Stars“ ist am 24., 25. und 26. April 2020 jeweils um 19.30 Uhr.


6. 12. 19 - WRWS/NRHA -  - NRHA Futurity-News: Nov 28 – Dec 7, 2019 • State Fair Park, Oklahoma City, OK.

 

 

Oklahoma –
It was a night of honor and tradition as the Reining Horse Foundation (RHF) hosted the annual Sliders’ Night Out, presented by Toyon Ranch, during the 2019 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity and Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships.

New members were added to the NRHA Hall of Fame and two outstanding individuals were recognized for their contributions to the sport of reining.

NRHA Hall of Fame Inductees

Snip O GunSnip O GunSnip O Gun
Snip O Gun, by One Gun and out of Miss Kim O Lena, was purchased by her current owner, Tammye Hutton of Hilldale Farm in Brashear, Texas, as a 4-year-old from Hill and Dollie Clements. While she has never shown in the arena, this exceptional mare has proven herself as a star dam from her first foal, producing some of today’s most recognizable reining horses.

 

 

 

 

Roberto CuoghiRoberto CuoghiRoberto Cuoghi
Roberto Cuoghi has been involved in the reining world for more than 30 years. Today, he’s one of NRHA’s most successful European owners, breeders, and nominators with offspring both on the top and bottom sides of well-known, performing reiners. Cuoghi was the first owner to enter an Italian-bred horse, Master Snapper, in the NRHA Derby. Master Snapper went on to win all three divisions of the 2006 NRHA Open Derby with Kelly Zweifel. Cuoghi paved the road for many European breeders who’ve followed in his footsteps. 

Claudio Risso (© NRHA)Claudio Risso (© NRHA)

 

Claudio Risso
Claudio Risso’s name is synonymous with reining all over the world. His NRHA membership dates back to the early 90s and spans many categories—owner, exhibitor, breeder, nominator, and mentor. Risso is 14th on NRHA’s Leading Owner list by breeding money-earning offspring that have accumulated more than $912,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE). Most recently, his horse Spat Olena made history as the first European horse to make NRHA’s Million Dollar Sire list

Find more information about these inductees here.

 

 

 

Honorees
2019 Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award: David Silva.
David SilvaDavid Silva

David Silva and his wife, Bonnie, have both supported NRHA for well over 30 years as exhibitors, breeder, sponsors, and owners. Silva’s loyalty to the sport has encompassed all levels of reining, from grassroots all the way to elite competition. Silva has been a major donor to the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) as well as RHF. He’s also sponsored a variety of shows throughout the Northeast Region.

Taylor SheridanTaylor Sheridan2019 NRHA Reiner of the Year: Taylor Sheridan
The NRHA Hall of Fame Committee developed a new award supported by RHF to recognize the NRHA Reiner of the Year. This new accolade allows NRHA to honor a person or entity who enacts a measurable, positive influence on the industry.
The inaugural recipient of the Reiner of the Year award is Taylor Sheridan.

A horse enthusiast since childhood, Sheridan started reining after his Hollywood acting and directing career took off. He elevated his commitment to reining by producing The Last Cowboy, a reality-based TV program on Paramount Network, which tied to August’s Run for a Million event in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Last Cowboy put reining center-stage by chronicling the journeys of eight reining professionals as they prepared elite horses for the Million Dollar Invitational, the marquee event of the Run for a Million. Both the television series and the event in Las Vegas brought reiners together in a unique way and exposed a new audience to the sport of reining.

Find more information about these honorees, here and here.

Sliders’ Night Out, presented by Toyon Ranch, benefits the non-profit branch of NRHA—the Reining Horse Foundation. Dinner and dancing are both staple elements of the evening, but the awards presentation and live auction get the blood pumping.

Thanks to the generous donors and bidders, RHF is able to support its philanthropic efforts. This includes the Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund, providing scholarships for NRHyA members, and perpetuating reining’s legacy.

Without members and sponsors, NRHA and RHF wouldn’t exist. Both entities are thankful for the support they continue to receive year after year for Sliders’ Night Out as well as their many other events and fundraising efforts. For details on how to become donor, contact RHF Executive Director Leslie Baker at Diese E-Mail-Adresse ist vor Spambots geschützt! Zur Anzeige muss JavaScript eingeschaltet sein! or (405) 946-7400. 


5. 12. 19 - WRWS/DQHA - Attraktive Turniere im Saddle Shop Trading Cup 2020.

Neue Informationen für die Turniersaison 2020 …
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Stichtag 31. 12.: Fohlen noch bis Ende des Jahres für Futurity nominieren!

Züchter und Fohleneigentümer können Ihren Nachwuchs noch bis 31. Dezember 2019 für die Futurity nominieren. Für nur 25 Euro sichern Sie damit Ihrem vierbeinigen Nachwuchs die Startmöglichkeit im Rahmen des größten privaten Zuchtförderprogramms...
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Ein Gentleman bei den Oldies der Woche.

Bald 30 Jahre zählt der Hengst – unser Oldie der Woche!
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Termin der Jahreshauptversammlung der Regionalgruppe NRW.

Anfang Februar trifft sich die Regionalgruppe NRW zum Jahres-Fazit… 
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5. 12. 19 - WB - AQHA-Sport: Das ist der Ausblick auf die Saison 2020/Alle Termine auf einen Blick mehr...
Westernreitsport: European Appaloosa Championships, European Championships Quarter Horses etc. – das sind die Termine der Championate 2020 mehr...
Paint-Horse-Zucht: Kostenlos starten auf den PHCG-Fohlenschauen 2020/Das sind die Termine mehr...
EWU-Sport: Das sind die Turnier-Termine für die Saison 2020 in Hessen mehr...
AQHA: Quarter-Horse-Verband lädt zum 6. European Summit vom 30. Januar – 2. Februar 2020 nach Rom ein mehr...


5. 12. 19 - WRWS/NRHA -  - NRHA Futurity-News: Nov 28 – Dec 7, 2019 • State Fair Park, Oklahoma City, OK.

Andrea Fappani and Guns In My Genes Top NRHA Open Futurity Semifinals.

Finalists Set for 2019 NRHA Futurity Finals

The field of more than 370 entries has been paired down to the crème de la crème who will compete in the National Reining Horse Association Open Futurity Finals on Dec. 7.

Competition began last Thursday, with the top 75 from each division advancing to the semifinals. The entries who fell in the top 30 for composites scores of the first round and semifinals earned a spot in the clean-slate finals.

There was an increase in Open finalists for Levels 1 and 2, bringing each of those to 30. That means this year there will be 25 more spots to the finals, equating in deeper payouts. This year will feature the most added money ever in the Level 1 through Level 4 Open purse at $714,113, and it will be the second-highest Level 1 through Level 4 Open purse ever with $1,552,677.

Andrea Fappani (© Waltenberry)Andrea Fappani (© Waltenberry)Guaranteeing his spot in the Level 4 Finals and topping that division with a composite of 443.5 was NRHA Five Million Dollar Rider Andrea Fappani and Guns In My Genes. Fappani and Guns In My Genes marked a 223 in the first round and a 220.5 in the semifinals. Guns In My Genes, by Tinker With Guns and out of the blue hen mare Taris Designer Genes, is owned by Rancho Oso Rio.

Cade McCutcheon held on to the top spot in both the Level 3 and Level 2 Open on Super Marioo, owned by Story Book Stables LLC. McCutcheon and Super Marioo followed a big 222.5 in the first go with a 219.5 in the semi-finals for a 442 composite. Super Marioo is by Gunnatrashya and out of HA Chic A Tune.

Ryan Rushing and Isnt She Dreamy claimed the top spot of the Level 1 with a 437, thanks to a 217 in the first go and a 220 in the semi-finals. Isnt She Dreamy is by Magnum Chic Dream and out of Miss Silver Gun, and is owned by Amy Rushing.

The score needed to earn a spot in the Level 4 Open Finals was a 436.5, while it took a 432.5 to advance in the Level 3. Riders with a score of 426 in the Level 2 earned a spot in the Finals, as did Level 1 riders who marked at least a 420.5.
 

Josh Murphy and CBKtinseltownsparty Win NRHA Honorable Mention Futurity.

Josh Murphy (© Waltenberry)Josh Murphy (© Waltenberry)Riders not advancing to the finals had the option of entering the $1,000 Added Honorable Mention Futurity, and CBKtinseltownsparty and Josh Murphy were victorious. The pair marked a 217.5 to top the class and get a bit of redemption.

“We call her Hazel. She’s by Gunners Tinseltown out of HR Wright On Cash. I’ve ridden several of her siblings, and they’ve all been a joy to ride,” Murphy shared. “We had some bad luck in the first go, and felt like we left some stuff on the table, so we brought her back today, and I feel like we redeemed ourselves.”

Murphy noted that the mare really showed her true colors in the Honorable Mention Futurity. “She was really honest for me. She ran hard and turned big like I know she can. It all came together today,” he said. “I thank Bill and Corliss Kellogg, Kalyn Sanders, and my whole group.”

Taking second in the Honorable Mention Futurity was Keiran Moses and FM Lovely Nite with a 212. FM Lovely Nite, by Gunners Special Nite and out of Lovely Colonel, is owned by Cameron Halliwell.
 

 

Riders Advance from CINCH Non-Pro Futurity Consolation

Although the preliminary round of the National Reining Horse Association CINCH Non-Pro Futurity concluded Tuesday evening, riders who barely missed qualifying for the finals still had a chance to advance.

That’s because the CINCH Non-Pro Futurity Consolation round gives entries that last chance needed to secure a spot in the Finals. In the consolation, the top five from each of the four Levels move on to Friday’s competition.

Ginger Schmersal and Mobstop topped the CINCH Level 4 and Level 3 Non Pro Consolation with a 215.5. Mobstop is by HF Mobster and out of Stop Little Sister.

Finishing with the high score in the Level 2 Non Pro was Camden Wilson and Master Gallo (Master Spook x Rode A Rooster) with a 214.5.

Marking the high score of the Consolation and topping the Level 1 was Addisyn Schmersal and her horse Black Gun Face (Pale Face Dunnit x Blazing In Black) with a 218.

Bubble scores to advance to the CINCH Non Pro Futurity Finals on Friday, Dec. 6 from the Consolation were a 212.5 for the Level 4, 211 for the Level 3, 207 for the Level 2, and 199.5 for the Level 1.

Draw positions for the finals will be decided during the Platinum Performance Open and CINCH Non-Pro Draw Party on Thursday morning


4. 12. 19 - WRWS/NRHA -   - NRHA Futurity-News: Nov 28 – Dec 7, 2019 • State Fair Park, Oklahoma City, OK.

 

Larcombe & Kulmer Win Adequan® NAAC Non Pro Titles in Tuesday’s Competition

On Tuesday, the longest day at the Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship featured 98 stellar non-pro riders competing to earn titles in a multitude of classes. In the end, McKinnon Larcombe and Morris Kulmer each managed to win more than one division.


McKinnon Larcombe & Designed With Shine Take Adequan® NAAC Non Pro & Int. Non Pro Championships

McKinnon Larcombe (© Waltenberry)McKinnon Larcombe (© Waltenberry)When McKinnon Larcombe and Designed With Shine enter the arena, people notice. That’s because the team, although they only began competing together earlier this year, have racked up several big wins in their short time together. Earlier this week, they won the Adequan® NAAC Reserve Championship in the Limited Non-Pro, and followed that victory with titles in the Adequan® NAAC Non Pro and Intermediate Non-Pro today.

“This is amazing. It’s the cherry on top for me. She’s been wonderful all year – so consistent time and time again. For her to come here and finish off strong like this, well, I couldn’t be happier,” Larcombe, who competes in the South Central Region in the Southwest Reining Horse Association, said following the awards ceremony. “She was fantastic earlier in the week in the Limited Non Pro, and even more so today.”

Larcombe and Designed With Shine, by Smart And Shiney out of Taris Designer Genes, marked a 220 in today’s class – a half-point higher than their Limited Non Pro run. “My dad (NRHA Professional Martin Larcombe) rode her a little bit since we showed on Friday. I was a little concerned I was getting in her way a bit, but when I went in today, I did so with the mentality of just showing like I always do – nice and easy,” Larcombe explained.

Not only did the two win the NAAC titles, they also won the ancillary classes that ran concurrently, bringing the day’s take to $6,379. As for prizes, Larcombe got several, including two saddles from Bob’s Custom Saddles, Adequan® champion vests, Platinum Performance jackets, two Montana Silversmiths trophy buckles, gift certificates to Bluebonnet and SmartPak, as well as Classic Equine product.

“It’s so exciting. You’re running for a saddle and a big trophy, and it’s a prestigious thing for the riders and older horses. The fact that it’s ran with the Futurity, too, gives the NAAC an overall excited atmosphere. I appreciate how big of a deal NRHA makes about this because it gives people that aren’t in the Futurity something to run for,” Larcombe said. “Ever since we have moved to the United States it has been a goal of mine to have that one horse that could go in there and have a good chance of winning. I’ve been working at it a while and been close, so to win this now is amazing.”

Designed With Shine is owned by Larcombe’s aunt Shauna Larcombe. “First and foremost, I thank my aunt Shauna. She’s the one who lets me show this mare, and without her, I wouldn’t be mounted on such a great horse. I also thank my parents. They pay for everything, and without them, I wouldn’t be here,” she said. “Of course, I thank everyone at the barn – the whole Larcombe team and the Sterling Ranch crew.”

Finishing with the Reserve Championship in the Adequan® NAAC Non Pro was Kirstin Booth and Babys Got Blue Eyes. The pair marked a 217, which also earned them second in the ancillary division and a check totaling $2,427.  The pair also won an Adequan® vest, a Platinum Performance jacket, a custom Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle, gift certificates to Bluebonnet and Platinum Performance, and product from SmartPak and Classic Equine. Babys Got Blue Eyes, a 7-year-old mare, is by Spooks Gotta Whiz out of One Stylish Chic.

Ariana Dejong and her horse White Chocolat Chunk won second in the Adequan® NAAC Intermediate Non Pro and finished third in the ancillary Intermediate Non Pro with a 215.5. They also placed in both Non Pro classes, for earnings exceeding $3,088, as well as great prizes including an Adequan® vest, a Platinum Performance jacket, a custom Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle, gift certificates to Bluebonnet and Platinum Performance, and product from SmartPak and Classic Equine. White Chocolat Chunk, a 14-year-old gelding, is by Chocolate Chic Olena out of Meadow Jac.

Taking second in the Intermediate Non Pro ancillary class was Alexia Tordoff and Blue Collar Tag with a 216. The second place finish was worth $1,154. Blue Collar Tag, an 11-year-old gelding owned by Wild Oats Farm LLC, is by Whiz N Tag Chex out of Kachina Oak Olena.
 

Morris Kulmer Wins Adequan® NAAC Prime Time Non-Pro on NVR What A Lucky Joe

Morris Kulmer (© Waltenberry)Morris Kulmer (© Waltenberry)Morris Kulmer and his horse, 5-year-old NVR What A Lucky Joe, clinched the top spot in the Adequan® NAAC Prime Time Non-Pro with a score of 215. Along with a check for $2,364, Kulmer also was presented with a saddle from Continental Saddlery, an Adequan® champion vest, a Platinum Performance jacket, a custom Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle, gift certificates to Bluebonnet and SmartPak, and Classic Equine product.

“This horse was in the winner’s circle here last year when we won the Novice Horse, and that put him over the limit. This year we showed in the Non-Pro and Prime Time,” said Kulmer, who represents the Arizona Reining Horse Association in the Southwest Region. “It is always fun to come show out here.”

Although they had a winning run, Kulmer shared that it could have been better. “We had a bobble coming in. I was one of the last on the ground, so I was a little nervous about finding the right part of dirt, and I didn’t know which way to go. I wound up doing something I don’t do very often – I started thinking,” he laughed. “I was looking down and missed that first stop, but other than that he was really good. This horse was solid as can be. My coach and trainer Dan Huss is a perfectionist, and has done a great job with me and this horse.”

NVR What A Lucky Joe, by Lil Joe Cash out of What A Lucky Hit, had a successful derby year, and Fulmer is looking forward to more. “He still has two years of eligibility left, so I’m looking forward to that. I plan to have him at most of the big derbies, including the NRHA Derby in June. I also hope to do the Run for a Million in the non pro,” he shared.

Kulmer shared how grateful he is for the people who help him. “I thank God first. He has blessed me with a lot of good horses and more than I deserve. I thank my trainer, Dan, and my wife for all her support.” He added a special thanks to a very important group – his grandchildren. “They are my biggest inspiration. They are amazing and a lot better athletes than I am. They keep me going.”

Taking second in both the ancillary and Adequan® NAAC Prime Time Non-Pro was Kim Niven and Cashing Black Chex with a 214. Niven and Cashing Black Chex, by Big Chex To Cash out of Blazing In Black, placed in all six classes that ran concurrently, to rack up earnings exceeding $2,279. She also won great awards including an Adequan® vest, a Platinum Performance jacket, a custom Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle, gift certificates to Bluebonnet and Platinum Performance, and product from SmartPak and Classic Equine.


4. 12. 19 - WRWS/NRHA -   - NRHA Futurity-News: Nov 28 – Dec 7, 2019 • State Fair Park, Oklahoma City, OK.

Asmussen & Keller Top NRHA CINCH Non-Pro Futurity Preliminary Round.

Jesse Asmussen (© Waltenberry)Jesse Asmussen (© Waltenberry)Over the past three days of competition, the top 3-year-old reining horses and their riders from across the country have vied for a spot in the finals of the National Reining Horse Association Futurity. With the conclusion of Tuesday’s preliminary round, most of the field is set for the CINCH Non Pro Futurity finals, which will be held on Friday, Dec. 6.

Tied for the win of the Level 4 and Level 3 CINCH Non Pro Futurity are Jessicah Keller and Jesse Asmussen, who each rode their horses to a 218.

Keller held sole possession of the top spot until the last draw, when Asmussen and his horse, Ruf Style Of Play, tied for the lead. Ruf Style Of Play is by Not Ruf At All out of UB Stylin With Me.  


Jessicah Keller (© Waltenberry)Jessicah Keller (© Waltenberry)Keller rode Snips Shining Gun, by Colonels Shining Gun out of Snip O Gun, owned by Hilldale Farm. Keller and the talented mare also won the Level 2 CINCH Non Pro Futurity preliminary round.

Janine Ketterer and her horse KR Smart Gal maintained their lead of the Level 1 Non Pro with a 216.5. KR Smart Gal is by Smart Spook and out of A Ruf Gal.

Topping the Youth Non Pro with a 215.5 is Taylor Zimmerman and Its All About Ruf. The stallion, owned by Vaughn Zimmerman, is by Not Ruf At All and out of Dun Pretty Nifty.

Jose Vazquez and Xtra Winding Step finished with a 217.5 to top the Prime Time Non Pro. Xtra Winding Step, a stallion by Wimpys Little Step out of SLJ Smartlikewhinny, is owned by Smart Like Juice Inc.

To secure a spot in the CINCH Level 4 Non Pro Futurity, it took a score of 213, while a 212 was the magic number for the Level 3. Riders with a 209.5 or higher earned a place in the Level 2, as did those in the Level 1 with a 207 or higher. The bubble for the Prime Time is a 211 (including handicap), while the one for the Youth is 207.

For those not advancing directly to the finals from the first go, hope is still alive. That’s because of the CINCH Non Pro Futurity Consolation Round on Wednesday morning. The next 30 horses (plus ties) in the Level 4, next 12 in the Level 3, and next 10 in Levels 1 and 2, will compete for a spot in the finals. The top five in each of the four Levels will earn a spot in Friday’s finals.
 

Larcombe Leads Level 3 Open Semi-Finals with Drinkin Moonshine

Currently leading the Level 3 Open Futurity semi-finals is Martin Larcombe with Drinkin Moonshine, by Shine Chic Shine out of Wimpy Little Girl. The pair marked a 214 in the first go, and came back strong with a 221.5 in the semi-finals to secure a 435.5 composite. Drinkin Moonshine is owned by Lance Griffin.

Sitting well for the Level 2 Open is Adam Hendrickson, who rode Lipstick And Glitter to a 215.5 in the first go and a 218 in the semi-finals for a 433.5 total on two runs. Lipstick And Glitter, owned by Judy Box, is by Magnum Chic Dream and out of Shiners Spumanti.

Josh Tishman and Quik Draw McGraw, by HF Mobster out of Nestle Quik Chic, marked a 215 in the first go and a 216.5 for a 431.5 composite, which currently leads the Level 1 Open. Quik Draw McGraw is owned by Jolan and Jody Puno.

The finalists for all Levels of the Open will be decided during Wednesday’s Level 4 Open semi-finals. Excitingly, of the 76 who advanced to the Level 4 Open semi-finals, 20 are eligible for the Level 2, and five of those are also eligible for the Level 1.

Draws for both the Open and CINCH Non Pro Futurity will be decided Thursday morning at 10 a.m. during the Platinum Performance Open and CINCH Non Pro Draw Party.


4. 12. 19 - WRWS/NRHA -   - NRHA Futurity-News: Nov 28 – Dec 7, 2019 • State Fair Park, Oklahoma City, OK.

Current NRHA Futurity Preliminary Round Leaders.

With five days of competition completed at the State Fair Park, the finalists for the National Reining Horse Association Futurity are closer to being decided. On Monday, Dec. 2, the first section of the Open semi-finals was held, followed by the second section of the first go of the CINCH Non-Pro Futurity.

With the first day of the semi-finals for Levels 1, 2, and 3 of the Open Futurity in the books, the field of potential finalists is narrowing. The top 30 composite scores from the go-round and Semi-Finals, including ties, will advance to the finals.

Martin Larcombe and Drinkin Moonshine (© McKinnon)Martin Larcombe and Drinkin Moonshine (© McKinnon)After the first day of semi-finals competition, Martin Larcombe and Drinkin Moonshine hold the top spot of the Level 3 Open with a 435.5 composite. Drinkin Moonshine, by Shine Chic Shine and out of Wimpy Little Girl, is owned by Lance Griffin.

Sitting second in the Level 3 and first in Levels 2 and 1 is Josh Tishman and Quik Draw McGraw with a 431.5. Quik Draw McGraw, owned by Jolan and Jody Puno, is by HF Mobster and out of Nestle Quik Chic.

The Non Pro leaders of the first section of the CINCH Non Pro Futurity preliminary round maintained their leads through the second section.

Leading the CINCH Non Pro Futurity preliminaries with 218 is Jessicah Keller. Keller is riding Snips Shining Gun, a 3-year-old mare by 2014 NRHA European Derby Open Champion Colonels Shining Gun out of Snip O Gun. Keller and Snips Shining Gun, owned by Hilldale Farm, marked a 218, which not only tops the Level 4 Non Pro, but also the Level 3 and Level 2.

Currently leading the Level 1 Non Pro is Janine Ketterer and her horse KR Smart Gal with a 216.5. KR Smart Gal is by Smart Spook and out of A Ruf Gal.

Topping the Prime Time Non Pro is Jim Morgan, DVM, and his mare Guns R For Girls with a 215.5. Guns R For Girls is by Guns R For Shootin and out of Dun Its Deja Vu.

In the Youth Non-Pro, also with a 215.5, Taylor Zimmerman and Its All About Ruf lead the first go. The stallion, owned by Vaughn Zimmerman, is by Not Ruf At All and out of Dun Pretty Nifty.


4. 12. 19 - WRWS/NRHA -   - NRHA Futurity-News: Nov 28 – Dec 7, 2019 • State Fair Park, Oklahoma City, OK.

Rafacz and Yarbrough Win Adequan® NAAC Nov. Horse Non Pro Titles.

With Tuesday’s classes in the books, the 2019 National Reining Horse Association Futurity and Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship has passed the halfway point. The Adequan® NAAC titles have grown over the years to be one of the most prestigious awards a reiner can win, with competitors traveling hundreds of miles to compete at the State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.

Madison Rafacz Wins Adequan® NAAC Nov. Horse Non Pro Level 2 on Whizenboonsmal.

Madison Rafacz Wins (© NRHA)Madison Rafacz Wins (© NRHA)Madison Rafacz is making the most of her time in Oklahoma City. The 12-year-old competitor picked up her second Adequan® NAAC title on Monday when she and her horse topped the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 with a 217. The duo also finished second in the ancillary class, bringing total earnings for the day to $1,614.

Madison and Whizenboonsmal, by Peptoleap and out of She Whiz A Star, also won a variety of prizes, including a saddle from Continental Saddlery, an Adequan® champion vest, a Platinum Performance jacket, a custom Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle, gift certificates to Bluebonnet and SmartPak, and Classic Equine product.

“He was really good again today, and tried as hard as he always does,” Rafacz said. “We didn’t do anything special to prepare. I just gave him lots of treats. He ran in really well, stopped big time, and circled good. We overturned one way, but it was okay.”

Rafacz and Whizenboonsmal, who represent the Florida Reining Horse Association in the Southeast Region, will show two more times this week; Tuesday in the Non Pro and Friday in the Youth 13 & Under. “My only plan is to feed him more treats,” she said.

One of Madison’s biggest fans, her mom Shannon, shared how her daughter works with her horse every day. “I’m so proud of her. She is so dedicated to making sure this horse is happy, healthy, and wants to do his job. She takes care of him from A to Z,” Shannon said. “This horse is having a great week, too. I’m proud of them both.”
 

Stacy Yarbrough Wins Nov. Horse Non Pro Level 1 Adequan® NAAC on Xtra Rubiesforwimpy

Stacy Yarbrough Wins (© NRHA)Stacy Yarbrough Wins (© NRHA)Stacy Yarbrough and Xtra Rubiesforwimpy represented the Southwest Reining Horse Association and the Southeast Region well, winning the Adequan® NAAC Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 Championship and the Level 2 Reserve Championship with a 216.5. They also took second in the ancillary Level 1. Their earnings for the day exceeded $2,183, in addition to a saddle from Continental Saddlery, an Adequan® champion vest, a Platinum Performance jacket, a custom Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle, gift certificates to Bluebonnet and SmartPak, and Classic Equine product. For the reserve title, she won an Adequan® vest, a Platinum Performance jacket, a custom Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle, gift certificates to Bluebonnet and Platinum Performance, and product from SmartPak and Classic Equine.

“I’m done for the week now, and this was a great way to end it,” Yarbrough said following her run. “I schooled her Friday, and she was really good today.”


Yarbrough said her husband, NRHA Professional Dan Yarbrough, gave her some great advice before she went in the show ring. “He told me to look up, put my hand down, and keep driving,” she recalled.

The Yarbroughs purchased Xtra Rubiesforwimpy, by Wimpys Little Step out of Ruby Chic Olena, from one of Martin Larcombe’s customers earlier this year. “I haven’t had her very long - just enough to get her qualified for regionals. We won the Level 1 and Level 2 at the Regional Affiliate finals, so my husband said he’d bring me out here to show,” Yarbrough said. “I thank my husband. He’s my best friend and coach, and we do everything together. I also thank our family and friends who do so much to help us. Most of all I thank God for the opportunity, the ability, and of course the horses.”

Jessicah Keller took second in the NAAC Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 on Smoking Ice, owned by Hilldale Farm. The pair marked a 215, winning $476.03, a champion vest, a Platinum Performance jacket, a custom Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle, gift certificates to Bluebonnet and Platinum Performance, and product from SmartPak and Classic Equine. Smoking Ice is by Gunner On Ice and out of Rondas Tio.
 

Sam Flarida & PS Misses Officer Win NRHA Nov. Horse Non-Pro Ancillary.

Sam Flarida wins (© NRHA)Sam Flarida wins (© NRHA)With a big score of 219.5, Sam Flarida won both levels of the ancillary Novice Horse Non Pro classes on PS Misses Officer. “She ran in really well. We went really hard in the run-in. She stopped forever. Her first turn was a little weak, but I was super pleased with the rest of the pattern.” He added, “She killed the last three stops. It’s the biggest she’s stopped, ever.”

PS Misses Officer is a 3-year-old by Wimps Littlecolonel and out of PS A Whizzen Chic. “She won New York earlier this year and has been strong for me all year. She had a couple months off, but she came back really well, and I think she will be a really good derby horse,” Flarida, who’s only 16 years old, shared.

Flarida may be done showing for the week, but he’s staying busy helping his father, NRHA Six Million Dollar Rider Shawn Flarida, get ready to show in the Futurity. “My dad is the one who gives me all the advice and helps me with everything I do,” Flarida said. “I thank my whole family, and everyone who helped me here. I wish my brother and sister, Cody and Courtney, could have been here, too.” 


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2. 12. 19 - WRWS/NRHA - - NRHA Futurity-News: Nov 28 – Dec 7, 2019 • State Fair Park, Oklahoma City, OK.

Adequan® NAAC Competition Continues at State Fair Park.

It was another full day of competition in the Adequan® Arena at the State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. The Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships award some of the most prestigious titles a reiner can win outside of aged event competition. With horses and riders across North America traveling to the Sooner State, the competition only gets tougher. On Sunday, riders competed in the Novice Horse Open classes.
 

Devin Warren Wins Adequan® NAAC Nov. Horse Open Level 2 on Outlaw Dreams.

Devin Warren (© NRHA)Devin Warren (© NRHA)With a score of 218.5, Devin Warren and Outlaw Dreams clinched the Adequan® NAAC Novice Horse Open Level 2 championship for owner Megan Mulqueen. The pair also won the ancillary class, bringing total earnings to $1,611. They also won several great prizes, including a saddle from Continental Saddlery, an Adequan® champion vest, a Platinum Performance jacket, a custom Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle, gift certificates to Bluebonnet and SmartPak, and Classic Equine product.

“I was really pleased with him today. I liked feeling how hooked he was in the circles. They had a really good song playing, and it was fun. It was one of those rides you could sit back, take it in, and enjoy it,” Warren said recounting the run on Outlaw Dreams, by Magnum With A Dream out of Mollie Montana. “I’ve had this horse for three years now. He’s been an awesome little horse that goes and does his job. He pulls double-duty in the open and non pro, and has been consistent all year.”

Warren, who’s representing the Rocky Mountain Reining Horse Association in the Mountain Region, was excited to win the NAAC title. “This has gotten so much more prestigious, and they’ve been working hard with the sponsors to make this a bigger part of the show. The owners are more apt to send them down here, so that makes it nice,” Warren said.

The Colorado native will stay busy this week, not only showing his futurity horses but also working with his youth and non pro riders. “I thank my wife Joleen. She’s at home holding down the fort with my son who just had his tonsils out. I couldn’t do it without her. She’s always behind the scenes giving me so much support,” Warren said.

Shauna Larcombe and Gunners Bar Fly took reserve honors in the Adequan® NAAC Novice Horse Open Level 2, and a check for $685, with a 217. Gunners Bar Fly, by Gunner and out of Blonde At The Bar, is owned by Rosanne Sternberg. Thanks to generous sponsorship, each Adequan® NAAC Champion wins a champion vest, a Platinum Performance jacket, a custom Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle, gift certificates to Bluebonnet and Platinum Performance, and product from SmartPak and Classic Equine. Larcombe represented the Southwest Reining Horse Association in the South Central Region.
 

Jeromy Lipps & Some Likeit Hot Claim Adequan® NAAC Nov. Horse Open Level 1 Championship.

Jeromy Lipps (© NRHA)Jeromy Lipps (© NRHA)Some Likeit Hot is a special mare, and on Sunday, with NRHA Professional Jeromy Lipps, the talented mare added a new title to her resume – that of NAAC Novice Horse Open Level 1 Champion. In addition to a check for $622, the pair took home a saddle from Continental Saddlery, an Adequan® champion vest, a Platinum Performance jacket, a custom Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle, gift certificates to Bluebonnet and SmartPak, and Classic Equine product.


“I’ve had her in my barn about two years now, and she has been very fun to have. She’s very special. I have showed her in some derbies and had a lot of success with that,” Lipps explained. “Today she loped off real quiet, and drug her hiney when she got to the end, and rolled back really hard. She stopped hard all three times and circled really quiet. She turned really hard like she always does and managed to get shut off without overturning.”

Lipps knew what score he and Some Likeit Hot, by Wimpys Little Step out of Princessontheprowl, would have to beat. “I felt pretty good about it. I knew I needed to be quiet and consistent, and stay out of the penalty box. We sure don’t like being there,” he said.

As for future plans for Some Likeit Hot, Lipps shared that the owners Deana and Kenny Nell were planning to sell her. “We will just see what happens. I thank Deana and Kenny for supporting me, my family, and just everyone around who has helped,” he said. Lipps represented the Midwest Reining Horse Association in the North Central Region.

Tying for reserve in the NAAC Novice Horse Open Level 1 was Drake Johnson with Gunners Special Chic and Jared Leclair with Codes Lady Kippernic with scores of 212. Gunners Special Chic, by Gunners Special Nite and out of Smart Chico Lashes, is owned by Kristle Raile. Codes Lady Kippernic, owned by Susan Meyer, is by Electric Code and out of Kipper Lady Nic. Each took home $430.

Each Adequan® NAAC Reserve Champion receives an Adequan® champion vest, a Platinum Performance jacket, a custom Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle, gift certificates to Bluebonnet and Platinum Performance, and product from SmartPak and Classic Equine.
 

Hava Vital & FM Cottonwood Win Ancillary Nov. Horse Open Level 1.

Hava Vital & FM Cottonwood (© NRHA)Hava Vital & FM Cottonwood (© NRHA)Riding FM Cottonwood, by Gunner out of Sonita Lena Chick, Hava Vital won the ancillary Novice Horse Open Level 1 and earned reserve in the Novice Horse Open Level 2.
Vital has been riding the 5-year-old reiner, owned by Carlton and Khris Crowe, since the beginning of the year. “We’ve had some ups and downs, but today was definitely an up,” Vital said. “Everything was good today. I have no complaints.”
Vital is looking forward to showing FM Cottonwood in some smaller derbies and novice horse classes in 2020. “Khris and Carlton love this horse, and I thank them. I have ridden some 2-year-olds in the past for them, and hopefully I get to ride more for them in the future,” Vital said.

Dakin Allred and Wimpys Best Bid finished second in the Novice Horse Open Level 1 with a 215. Wimpys Best Bid, by Wimpys High Bid out of Surpriseinadarkally, is owned by Story Book Stables.


2. 12. 19 - WRWS/NRHA - - NRHA Futurity-News: Nov 28 – Dec 7, 2019 • State Fair Park, Oklahoma City, OK.

Jessicah Keller and Snips Shining Gun Lead NRHA CINCH Non-Pro Futurity Preliminaries.
Competition for the National Reining Horse Association CINCH Non Pro Futurity began Sunday, Dec. 1, with the first section of the first go. At the end of the day Jessicah Keller, of Texas, sits atop the leaderboard.

Keller is riding Snips Shining Gun, a 3-year-old mare by Gunner out of Snip O Gun. The pair marked a 218, which not only tops the Level 4 Non Pro, but also the Level 3 and Level 2. Snips Shining Gun is owned by Hilldale Farm.

 

Currently leading the Level 1 Non Pro is Janine Ketterer and her horse KR Smart Gal with a 216.5. KR Smart Gal is by Smart Spook and out of A Ruf Gal.

Topping the Prime Time Non Pro is Jim Morgan, DVM, and his mare Guns R For Girls with a 215.5. Guns R For Girls is by Guns R For Shootin and out of Dun Its Deja Vu.

In the Youth Non Pro, also with a 215.5, is Taylor Zimmerman and Its All About Ruf lead the first go. The stallion, owned by Vaughn Zimmerman, is by Not Ruf At All and out of Dun Pretty Nifty.

CINCH Non Pro Futurity competition continues Monday following the first section of the Open Futurity Semi-Finals. Complete results for the NRHA Futurity and Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships can be found at NRHAFuturity.com.

Watch Jessicah's first round run here!


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1. 12. 19 - WRWS/NRHA - - NRHA Futurity-News: Nov 28 – Dec 7, 2019 • State Fair Park, Oklahoma City, OK.

NRHA Open Futurity Semi-Finalists Decided After First Round of Competition.

Andrea Fappani (© NRHA)Andrea Fappani (© NRHA) More than 378 entries have been whittled down to the top 75 of each division after the first go-round of the 2019 National Reining Horse Association Open Futurity. Competition began Thursday at the State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, with the top 3-year-old reining horses in the nation competing not only for the prestige but also for some big paychecks.

 

This year, the NRHA Level 4 Open Futurity Champion will be decided after the clean-slate finals on Saturday, Dec. 7.

Now, many are one step closer to that goal.

Unofficially, it took a score of 216 to advance to the semi-finals of the Level 4 Open, which will run Wednesday, Dec. 4. Leading the field advancing to the semi-finals was NRHA five million dollar rider Andrea Fappani and Rancho Oso Rio’s Guns In My Genes with a 223. Guns In My Genes is by Tinker With Guns out of the blue hen mare Taris Designer Genes.

Sitting second in the Level 4 Open and holding the top spot in Levels 3 and 2 is Cade McCutcheon, who rode Super Marioo to mark a 222.5. Super Marioo, owned by Story Book Stables, is by Gunnatrashya out of HA Chic A Tune.

With a 218.5, Hava Vital and A Sparkling Dream topped the first go of the Level 1 Open. Owned by Dee Dee Boeckman, A Sparkling Dream is by A Sparkling Vintage out of Msdreamy.

Unofficial bubble scores were 214 for the Level 3, 210 for the Level 2, and 207.5 for the Level 1.

Complete results for the first round of the Open Futurity can be found at NRHAFuturity.com.


1. 12. 19 - WRWS/NRHA - - 2019 NRHA Futurity - News: Nov 28 - Dec 7, 2019 • State Fair Park, Oklahoma City, OK.

Two New NRHA Adequan® NAAC Champions Crowned on Saturday.

 

Competition in the Adequan® Arena of the State Fair Park in Oklahoma City continued Saturday with the Rookie Professional and Limited Open classes of the Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships. More than 65 entries from across North America competed to win prestigious titles during the most exciting reining events of the year.
 

 

 

 

 

Meaghan Shea Wins NRHA Adequan® NAAC Ltd. Open on Master Magnums Dream.

Meaghan Shea (© NRHA)Meaghan Shea (© NRHA)Riding Master Magnums Dream, Meaghan Shea won the NRHA Adequan® NAAC Limited Open with a 215. The pair also took second in the ancillary class, bringing their total earnings to more than $528. Thanks to generous sponsors, all NAAC winners take home a variety of great prizes, including a Bob’s Custom Saddle, an Adequan® champion vest, a Platinum Performance jacket, a custom Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle, gift certificates to Bluebonnet and SmartPak, and Classic Equine product.

“He was awesome. He turned really well. He tried his little heart out and stopped really good,” Shea said. “Our game plan was to just stay out of the penalty box.”

Master Magnums Dream, by Magnum Chic Dream out of Tuckalnite, is owned by Jack and Suzanne Marlow. “I started riding this horse in April and have been showing him all year. In the middle of the show season, we decided to make the NAAC a goal for us,” Shea, who’s representing the Montana Reining Horse Association, said. “I thank Jack and Suzanne for the opportunity to show this horse, as well as my great clients for coming along.”

Taking second in the Adequan® NAAC Limited Open was Marco Formentin and CC Plain Vanilla, by Wimpys Little Step and out of Sheza Bonita Whiz. CC Plain Vanilla is owned by Audrey Kidd. Along with a check for $183, the pair were presented with an Adequan® champion vest, a Platinum Performance jacket, custom Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle, gift certificates to Bluebonnet and Platinum Performance, and product from SmartPak and Classic Equine.
 

Matthew Cunningham and Im Spookin Electric Win NRHA Ancillary Ltd. Open.

Matthew Cunningham (© NRHA)Matthew Cunningham (© NRHA)With a 216.5, Matthew Cunningham and Im Spookin Electric, owned by Cross C Ranch, topped the Limited Open. Open ancillary class that was run concurrently with the NAAC. “This is a 4-year-old stud we’ve been bringing along nice and slow. We just started showing him, and this was the first time we’ve really ran him hard, and he was really good,” Cunningham said of the colt, by Spooks Gotta Whiz and out of Electric Whizanna. “We got him last spring, and he’d just barely been started so he was kind of behind, but he’s coming along nice.”


As for today’s run, Cunningham said he was pleased. “He was really honest. We took it nice and quiet, and I feel really good about him,” he said. “If we don’t sell him, I’ll take him home and get him ready for my wife to show in the non pro. I thank my wife, little boy, and my family.”
 

 Cody Garrison and Bombshell Banjo Win NRHA Adequan® NAAC Rookie Professional.

Cody Garrison (© NRHA)Cody Garrison (© NRHA)An exciting runoff decided the champion of the Adequan® NAAC Rookie Professional, and when the last stop had been made, Cody Garrison and Bombshell Banjo were victorious. The pair, who also won the ancillary Rookie Professional class, took home $474, a Bob’s Custom Saddle, an Adequan® champion vest, a Platinum Performance jacket, a custom Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle, gift certificates to Bluebonnet and SmartPak, and Classic Equine product.

“The first run, she was awesome and showed her ever-loving heart out for me. This mare’s big thing is stopping, and she didn’t disappoint,” Garrison recalled. “In the runoff, she felt good. The cool thing that she’s 12, and we showed the first time right at the end of the class. For her to go back in and show again like that is great. She was tired, but did her job and didn’t anticipate at all. She’s unbelievable.”

Bombshell Banjo is owned by Garrison’s girlfriend Brogan Lee, who typically shows in the rookie classes. When Brogan had to have back surgery, Bombshell Banjo was turned out to be a broodmare for a year. “We brought her back for Brogan to show at the Run For A Million. I was on the way to school the mare, and she called me and told me to show her because we were in the running for a world title,” he said. “She’s a once-in-a-lifetime horse and gives it all every time she goes in the pen.”

Garrison and Bombshell Banjo, by Banjo Whiz out of Bob Acre Badgerlena, actually qualified for the Adequan® NAAC in four divisions – the Rookie Professional, Limited Open, Intermediate Open, and Open. They showed Thursday in the Intermediate Open and tied for third.  “It’s been a great year. I thank my girlfriend, my dad who was watching today, my family, my mom, my brother, Shawn Flarida, Mark Turner, and Mike Davis,” he said.

Kaleigh Geringer and Lil Coded Jac took second in both the Adequan® NAAC and ancillary Rookie Professional.
Lil Coded Jac, owned by Susan Meyer, is by Electric Code out of Hot Coded Candy. They won $372, an Adequan® champion vest, a Platinum Performance jacket, a custom Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle, gift certificates to Bluebonnet and Platinum Performance, and product from SmartPak and Classic Equine.


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