Kennedy Bryant and All Nite Spook are the 2017 Adequan® NAAC Silver Spurs Equine Rookie of the Year Champions

Kennedy Bryant and All Nite Spook are the 2017 Adequan® NAAC Silver Spurs Equine Rookie of the Year Champions

Oklahoma City, November 30, 2017 – The grandstands stayed filled with supportive friends, families, and coaches throughout the day on Thursday, November 30, to see which competitor’s dream of becoming the Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Silver Spurs Equine Rookie of the Year would come true. At the end of the day, the Adequan® Arena saw yet another run off. This time between Canadian Magalie Boulanger, representing Association Quebecoise de Reining Inc., and Kennedy Bryant, representing the Southwest Reining Horse Association.

Both competitors scored a 216.5 in their first run, but it was Bryant who took the Adequan® NAAC Silver Spurs Equine Rookie of the Year title in a field of 65 competitors, after earning a 220.5 in the run off. Bryant rode her own All Nite Spook (Smart Spook x Dun It Fri Dee Nite), an 8-year-old gelding, to the highest score since they have been together.

“Becoming the [Silver Spurs Equine] Rookie of the Year feels amazing,” Bryant said. “This goal was something that my trainer [NRHA Professional] Bud Lyon suggested, and ever since then, we have worked towards that goal. He wants to be a good horse and listen most of the time. Sometimes he doesn’t, but it makes these moments mean even more.” Lyon speaks highly of his intelligent and determined 16-year-old student who qualified for the finals in OKC at the South Central Affiliate Regional Championship (ARC). “Her memory retention is her best asset,” he said. “I can tell her something one time, and she files that concept away and immediately knows how to implement it. Her ability to process information and put it into action is incredible.” Bryant also won the Adequan® NAAC Rookie Level 2 out of 63 competitors, the $200-added NRHA Rookie Level 2, and NRHA Rookie Level 1. “This moment was possible because of my parents, family, friends, and trainers,” said Bryant. “They all helped me get here, and I could not have done it without them.”

Boulanger and FS Hollywoodwrangler (Starlights Wrangler x MJ Malibu Barbie) took reserve honors in the Adequan® NAAC Silver Spurs Equine Rookie of the Year, NAAC Rookie Level 2, and NRHA Rookie Level 1 after the run off. “I am very happy,” said Boulanger, representing the Eastern Canada (ARC). “We have been together three years, and it has been fantastic the entire time. We get along so well, and I just love him.” The 9-year-old gelding is owned by Boulanger and was bred by Bill and Patty Fingland. “I want to thank my coach, [NRHA Professional] Manon Moisan, who is back in Canada, and my family and friends for being here today,” she said.

Taking reserve honors in the $200-added NRHA Rookie Level 2 were Madison Gustin and her own Guns R Spooky (Smart Spook x Berry Yer Guns) with a 215.5. The 7-year-old gelding was bred by WT Waggoner Estate.

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NRHA Open Futurity finalists are determined following the Level 4 Open Silver Spurs Equine Semifinal

2017 NRHA Futurity & Adequan® NAAC Show

NRHA Open Futurity finalists are determined following the Level 4 Open Silver Spurs Equine Semifinal, also sponsored by Not Ruf At All

Deary and Tinker With Dreams lead the Level 4 Open composite score as Fappani and All American Vintage score a 221.5 to top the Semifinal

Oklahoma City, November 29, 2017 – Each year, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show features the world’s most elite competitors in the sport of reining. To highlight this talent, NRHA created a new event, thrilling for both spectators and reiners alike.

The Futurity Level (L)4 Open Silver Spurs Equine Semifinal took place today in the Jim Norick Arena. Also sponsored by Not Ruf At All, the top 75 horses (plus ties) in the Level 4 Open division from the first go-round, with competitors giving it all they had in hopes of making it to the $575,000-added NRHA Open Futurity Finals on Saturday, rode into the Jim Norick Arena in Oklahoma City today. The horse-and-rider teams with the highest combined score from the first go-round and semifinals will advance to the finals and will compete head-to-head for the winner’s $150,000 guaranteed paycheck on Saturday night.

The exhilarating competition closed with NRHA Million Dollar Rider Casey Deary, who slid Tinker With Dreams (Tinker With Guns x This Chicsdundreamin) to a 221.5, bringing his composite to a 443. Owned, nominated, and bred by Rhodes River Ranch, the stallion and Deary lead the L4 Open Semifinal. “This is an incredibly athletic horse, and I’ve had a lot of help from his owners since we showed in Las Vegas at the High Roller Reining Classic,” said Deary. “There is nothing physically he can’t do; he’s a fun horse to ride and very intelligent. You have to keep him occupied.”

With a composite score of 442.5, NRHA Professional Franco Bertolani took second place honors in the L4 Open Semifinal riding Masked Gun (Gunner x Dun It For Chex), a stallion owned, bred, and nominated by Cardinal Hill Training Center LLC.

The top score of the day in the L4 Open Semifinal was NRHA Four Million Dollar Rider Andrea Fappani on All American Vintage (A Sparkling Vintage x All Ruffed Up), an NRHA/Markel Insurance Sale graduate. The powerful stallion – owned by Cuoghi Reining Horses USA Inc., bred by Petra Zeitler, and nominated by Harper Conner – closed his powerful run with a 222.5, bringing his composite to a 441. “He did pretty good for me today and has been wonderful for me this year,” said Fappani about his 2017 All American Congress NRHA Open Reining Futurity Champion. “In the first go, I tried to stay out of the penalty box, and usually when you show like that you have to make up for it afterward. I changed my mindset, and it worked out!”

The new semifinal format provides more recognition to NRHA owners and riders and showcases the incredibly talented equine athletes in the sport of reining. Additionally, a guaranteed payout was made to each horse that qualified for the semifinals.

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Gunners Bar Fly and Salgado lead the NRHA Level 3 Open Futurity Semifinals

Gunners Bar Fly and Salgado lead the NRHA Level 3 Open Futurity Semifinals

Spooks Grand Slam and Kim Muehlstaetter rise to the top spot of the NRHA Level 4 Non Pro Futurity qualifier

Oklahoma City, November 28, 2017 – As the 2017 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show (NAAC) moved into the second week of competition, more exciting reining action filled the Oklahoma State Fair Park, where one of the world’s most prestigious reining events open to 3-year-old horses is being held. Today, the NRHA Open Futurity Level (L)1, 2, 3 Semifinals concluded with the second section bringing excitement to enthusiasts of the sport who made their way to Oklahoma City from all over the world.

NRHA Professional Eduardo Salgado riding Gunners Bar Fly, a sorrel mare sired by NRHA Nine Million Dollar Gunner out of Blonde At The Bar, stepped up to a 220.5 – after scoring a 216.5 in the first section of the qualifying go round – bringing his composite score to a 437 to lead the Level (L)3 Open Futurity division once the Semifinals were completed. The NRHA/Markel Insurance Futurity Prospect Sale Graduate is owned by NRHA Million Dollar Owner and Hall of Fame Inductee Rosanne Stenberg. She is bred by NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee Clint Haverty and was nominated by McQuay Stables Inc. “My mare was really good and was perfect in all her maneuvers, and she stopped big,” said Salgado. “It was a really good performance, and I hope we will be just as good in the finals.”

In the first section of the L3, 2, and 1 Open Futurity Semifinals, NRHA Professional Bobby Avila, Jr. rode Pale Face Chex (Pale Face Dunnit x Lena Sugar Chex), owned by 6-K LLC and nominated by Kristen Avila, to a 219. The duo had scored a 216.5 in the first go-round, which brought them the highest composite score (435.5) to lead the L2 division. Their composite remained unbeaten following the second section.

Cashing In Diamonds (Lil Joe Cash x Diamond Steppin Whiz), ridden by NRHA Professional Vanessa Strotmann and owned by Stefano Calcagnini, posted a 218 in the Semifinals. With the mare nominated by Green Valley Ranch between the reins, Strotmann posted a 216.5 the first go. With a 218 scored in the first section of the Semifinals, their composite score of 434.5 remains the top score in the L1 division after the conclusion of the Semifinals. Cashing In Diamonds is an NRHA/Markel Insurance Sale consignment.

The following number of horses will qualify for the Open Futurity Finals in each level:
Level 3: Top 30 horses (plus ties)
Level 2: Top 20 horses (plus ties)
Level 1: Top 15 horses (plus ties)
Prime Time: Top 10 horses (plus ties)

Those horses qualifying for only the Level 3 and/or Level 2 and/or Level 1 Open divisions will show in the first section. The remaining qualifiers (Level 4 Open and Level 4 Open/Level 3 Open/Level 2 Open/Level 1 Open divisions) will compete in the second section. The finals in each division will be a clean-slate format.

The top 75 horses (plus ties) in the L4 Open division will advance to the Level 4 Open Silver Spurs Equine Semifinal, also sponsored by Not Ruf At All, to be held on Wednesday, November 29.

The 2017 NRHA Non Pro Futurity

Following the first section of the Non Pro Futurity qualifier, NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider and Hall of Fame Inductee Mandy McCutcheon riding Gunner Be Custom (Gunner x Custom Made Dunit), a mare bred, owned, and nominated by McQuay Stables Inc. scored a 217.5 to lead the Level (L) 4 Non Pro Futurity division. Once the second section concluded, McQuay held on to the highest score. In the third section, Kim Muehlstaetter scored a 220.5 to take the top spot in the L4 Non Pro Futurity division on Spooks Grand Slam (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Shiney Diamond Lady). The stallion, owned by Kim and Martin Muehlstaetter, was bred and nominated by Bobby Lewis.

“He went in there and executed every maneuver,” Muehlstaetter said. “He felt a little tired by the end of the run, so I need to keep him a little fresher for the finals. I really just wanted to get back to the finals; I did not care where I was sitting, I just wanted to make it. I was thrilled with what he marked, and knowing what he is capable of. He is the nicest futurity horse I have ever had, and he has been so much fun along the way at all of the pre-futurities.” Muehlstaetter said her plan is to keep her run in the finals penalty-free and keep him in the same mental and physical space that he was in today. “I wanted it so bad for him,” she said. “It was such a relief knowing that he showed to that ability.”

Debbie Hubbert and Allthewrightstuff earned a 216.5 to lead the L3 and L2 divisions in the second section and held on to the lead. The gelding, by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Hollywoodstinseltown and out of Shes Cowismatic, is bred, owned, and nominated by Hubbert.

A half point behind, Gunnin For The Gold (Pale Face Dunnit x Gorgeous Like A Star), owned and ridden by Terri-June Granger, also held onto the lead in the L1 division after posting a 216 in the first section. The gelding was bred by Greg Hill and nominated by Ginger Schmersal.

The following finalists have been determined and will make their way to the clean slate finals:

Level 4 Non Pro Top 25 horses (plus ties)
Level 3 Non Pro Top 20 horses (plus ties)
Level 2 Non Pro Top 15 horses (plus ties)
Level 1 Non Pro Top 15 horses (plus ties)
Prime Time Non Pro Top 10 horses (plus ties)
Youth Non Pro Top 15 horses (plus ties)

The top 5 horses (plus ties), following those who qualified for the finals in all four levels, have a chance to earn a ticket to the finals by taking part in the Consolation which will be held on Wednesday, November 29.

Riders in the Youth and Prime Time divisions are not eligible for the Consolation. The champions will be determined in the clean slate finals on Friday, December 1.

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A run off decides Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship

Oklahoma City, November 28, 2017 – An anxious crowd filled the grandstands of the Adequan® Arena on Tuesday night, waiting to see a runoff between three competitors vying for an Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) title.

Shelly Hartmann, Laura Bell Parker, and Sally Berg closed their performances with a 219.5 top score in the Adequan® NAAC Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro classes and decided to run off for the title. Once the three horse-rider-combinations went back into the pen, Hartmann and Mistresses Milky Way (Chocolate Chic Olena x Shiners Mistress) posted the highest score – a 219 – to earn the Adequan® NAAC Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro, $1,000-added NRHA Intermediate Non Pro, and the $2,000-added NRHA Non Pro. The 7-year-old gelding was bred by Green Valley Ranch and is owned by Shelly and Chad Hartmann. “I’ve been blessed with an awesome horse – a once in a lifetime horse by the grace of God,” said Hartmann, representing Rocky Mountain Reining Horse Association (RHA). “Timing and everything else worked out today, and I had a good day.” The two qualified for OKC at the Mountain Affiliate Regional Championship (ARC), after earning fourth place in the Non Pro, and fifth in the Intermediate classes. “He got turned a little better in our first run, but he was with me the entire way in both runs. I couldn’t have asked for more; he tried his guts out for me, and he is a special horse. He is like an overgrown dog. I have owned him for six years, and it was really exciting this year when [NRHA Million Dollar Sire] Chocolate Chic Olena reached his million dollar sire mark. He has the mind and heart of his dad. I could not do this without my husband and his love and support. We had the A team with us today.”

The Adequan® NAAC Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro Reserve Co-Championship, after earning a 215.5, was for Laura Bell Parker and Shirley Your A Tag (Whiz N Tag Chex x Pines BH). The 6-year-old mare is owned by her parents, George and Carol Bell, and was bred by NRHA Million Dollar Owner Lance Griffin. “It was a crazy day because I ran over here, then showed in the Non Pro Futurity, and then I heard there was still a tie, and we all wanted to run-off,” said Parker, representing the Oklahoma RHA. “I had to do a super-fast change and get my horse ready to come show here.” The pair qualified at the South Central ARC and had their goal set on the Adequan® NAAC all year. “My horse was amazing; I couldn’t have asked for anything more from her, especially since she showed again on the same day. It was my last show with this mare before she gets bred, so it was like ‘let’s go do it, girl.’ It was an incredible way to end our year together. I don’t think I had time to be nervous; it was such a surreal day, I think I was too determined to feel any of the nerves.”

Co-Champions in the Adequan® NAAC Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro, after earning a 214.5 in the run off, were Berg and Highlanders Scandal (Conquistador Whiz x HR Short Wheel Base). Berg and her 8-year-old mare, owned by Barn 66 LLC, also came to OKC representing the Rocky Mountain RHA and the Mountain ARC. ‘Tot’ was bred by Greg Hill.

John Edd Tucker and Wimpys Lil Hollywood (Wimpys Little Step x Miss Hollywood Whiz) earned the Adequan® NAAC Prime Time Non Pro Championship and $200-added NRHA Prime Time Non Pro. Tucker and his own 9-year-old gelding, bred by 4 R Performance Horses, earned a 216.5. “This was the first time I have shown here,” said Tucker, representing the South Texas RHA. “I have been coming to the NRHA Futurity for around 30-35 years, but always as a spectator. All of my friends told me to qualify at the South Central ARC and come here and compete. I was fortunate enough to qualify, and I have really enjoyed this week; it has been a great experience. I am 72 years old, so I don’t know how much longer I will be able to do this. [NRHA Professional] Nathan Piper says I will just keep going.”

Next year, Tucker will no longer be qualified for the intermediate non pro classes, so he plans to find a horse to enter derbies on.

“Mr. Tucker was my 4-H leader about 20 years ago,” said Piper. “He spent hours with me, teaching me how to pick up and change leads and all of the basics. To be able to coach and help him today is a great blessing.” Tucker has stayed in touch with Piper all of these years, and even though they live over five hours away from each other, Tucker relies on Piper for his advice. “Nathan has always been so supportive and is my go-to guy when I am having any issue training my horse,” said Tucker. “I am just so blessed.”

Greg Gottschalk and Wranglers N Whiskey (Starlights Wrangler x Okie Lil Dokie) earned the Adequan® NAAC Prime Time Non Pro Reserve Championship with a score of 215.5. The 4-year-old stallion is owned by Russet Stables Inc. The pair came to OKC representing the North Central RHA after winning the Prime Time Non Pro championship at the North Central ARC.

The Adequan® NAAC Champions received a Bobs Custom Saddle, a custom Montana Silversmiths Trophy Buckle, a Platinum Performance Gift Certificate, a Classic Equine fleece cooler, Bluebonnet Feed product, a $150 SmartPak Gift card, an embroidered halter from Brandt Blankets, and an Avila Pro Shop Blanket.

All Adequan® NAAC Reserve Champions received a custom Montana Silversmiths Trophy Buckle, a Classic Equine fleece cinch, Bluebonnet Feed product, an embroidered halter from Brandt Blankets, an Avila Pro Shop Blanket, and a gift from KO Trading. All Adequan® NAAC third place winners received a Classic Equine Legacy System and Bluebonnet Feed product, fourth place winners will receive Classic Equine Dyno No-Turn bell boots and fifth place winners will receive Classic Equine hanging groom bags. All top ten winners received a jacket sponsored by SmartPak equine.

Dianna Wolfson and her own Big Tejano (Big Chex To Cash x La Tiagra Tejana) won the USA Amateur Reining with a 205.

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Adequan® NAAC: the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 and Level 1 Champions

Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show: the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 and Level 1 Champions

Oklahoma City, November 27, 2017 – Earning the Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show (NAAC) Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 Co-Championship were Alicia Rapp and James Windham, both earning a 218.5 and representing the Southeast ARC. Rapp rode Magnificent Dreamer (Magnum Chic Dream x Heavenly Rooster), a 5-year-old gelding bred by Zachary Greg. “I just got ‘Reggie’ at the 2017 NRHA Derby from [NRHA Professional] Ashley Kelkenberg,” Rapp said. “He is only my second reining horse and was a step up from my first one. He is so gorgeous and handsome, and his personality is everything I wanted. I joked that I wanted a big, beautiful horse, but I had no intention of buying a new horse at the Derby. I bought him after talking to Ashley for 30 minutes, and I did not even ride him.”

Windham rode his own Walks With Swagger (Topsail Whiz x Princess In Diamonds). He has owned the 7-year-old gelding for a year and a half. “He has been awesome since I first owned him,” said Windham. “This venue is always my best, and he always proves himself out here. I was very happy with his performance today. It has been a really great year with many tough shows to get to this point, so it feels incredible to end it this way.” Both teams will compete tomorrow in the Adequan® NAAC Non Pro and joked that they hope to represent their region and barn aisle as they did today.

In third place in the Adequan® NAAC Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 was Kelly Rainford on Give Me Starbucks (Walla Walla Whiz x Starbucks Rosy Blend), who scored a 218. Rainford came to OKC representing the Rocky Mountain Reining Horse Association (RHA) on her 7-year-old mare bred by Jimmy Pierce.

The Adequan® NAAC Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 Champion received a Kyle Tack saddle, a custom Montana Silversmiths Trophy Buckle, a Platinum Performance Gift Certificate, a Classic Equine fleece cooler, Bluebonnet Feed product, a $150 SmartPak Gift card, an embroidered halter from Brandt Blankets, and an Avila Pro Shop blanket.

Saving the best for last in the Adequan® NAAC Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1, Kristen Avila and Mercedes Dot Tari (Cromed Out Mercedes x Skeets Dot Tari) scored a 217.5 to win the Championship. “I am so excited that I think I am going to cry,” said an emotional Avila. “She is such a special mare to our family.” NRHA Professional Bobby Avila, Jr. and Kristen bought the 5-year-old mare from NRHA Million Dollar Owner and Hall of Fame Inductee Vaughn Zimmerman when she was still on her dam’s side, said Kristen. “Bobby trained her mom, and I have loved her since she was a baby,” said Kristen. “She would run up and want attention and truly is our pet. She will be my son’s short stirrup horse one day and will have a forever home with us. For her to win this is just amazing. I am so thankful Vaughn gave us the opportunity to own her and that my husband trained her for me.”

Earning the Adequan® NAAC Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 Reserve Championship, after scoring a 216.5, were Taryn Bakker and Love Playin Tag (Loveable Nic x Whiz N Tag Chic). Bakker has owned the 6-year-old gelding, bred by Vanessa Noble, since January. The pair, representing Washington RHA, has had an incredibly successful first year together. “I showed as a youth ten years ago and just got back into reining,” Bakker said. “I am learning how to rein again, and it has been really fun. I have four kids, and it just felt like the right time. I have gone and watched and wanted to show again, and she was the inspiration. It has been a surreal dream since you never know how it will go once you get to the show. I have joined the best coach [NRHA Professional Darren Stancik] and family of non pros in this barn.” Their goal has been to compete for the Silver Spurs Equine Rookie of the Year title, to be determined on Thursday, November 30.

The Adequan® NAAC Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 Champion received a Kyle Tack saddle, a custom Montana Silversmiths Trophy Buckle, a Platinum Performance Gift Certificate, a Classic Equine fleece cooler, Bluebonnet Feed product, a $150 SmartPak Gift card, an embroidered halter from Brandt Blankets, and an Avila Pro Shop Blanket.

Adam Donahue and Thata Shiner (Smart Spook x SLJ Smartlikewhinny) won the $1,000-added NRHA Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 after scoring a 219. The 8-year-old mare, owned by Donahue, was bred by Million Dollar Owner Smart Like Juice Inc. Stephanie T Gripp and her own Gun N For Glory (Gunner x Dun It For Chex) won the $1,000-added NRHA Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2. Gripp and the 5-year-old mare, bred by Oldenburg Farm LLC, scored a 220 for the win.

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