For Immediate Release – November 25, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Today marked the first day of the 2018 National Reining Horses Association (NRHA) Non Pro Futurity. 99 horses competed in the first section, and riders represented seven different countries. After the last rider left the arena, NRHA Million Dollar Rider Dr. James Morgan, DVM held the highest score with a 219 ½ on Tracy Tinseltown [video].
Dr. Morgan had this to say about his run, “I broke my leg about three months ago, so when I did that, I took the horse to Brian [Bell] and let him ride. So, he is a part of it, and I always want to give him credit.” He went on to add, “All her buttons were working today. She has a lot of buttons, and she is a bit of an overachiever.” He purchased Tracy Tinseltown (by Hollywoodstinseltown and out of Smart Scooter Chic) as a 2-year-old, and she is nominated by Tracy Higginbottom.
The second-highest score went to Cade McCutcheon and Alpha Brave Hard (Gunners Special Nite x Miss Brim Peppy) owned by Tom and Mandy McCutcheon. Together the duo marked a 219. “He was really good. I messed up my left turn a little bit and had a penalty, but his right turn was really good. After that he was really easy and real honest,” said McCutcheon. Alpha Brave Hard is nominated by Alpha Quarter Horses LLC.
Earning the third-highest score of the day was Kim Muehlstaetter and Spooks Diamond Rio (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Shiney Diamond Lady). The combo slid their way to a 218 in the Jim Norick coliseum today. Spooks Diamond Rio is nominated by Bobby Lewis.
Starting at 8 a.m. tomorrow, another 48 pairs will run through the gates of the coliseum in hopes of jumping to the top of the leaderboard, advancing to the semifinals, and earning a position in Friday’s finals. For further information, results, live stream, and live score, visit nrhafuturity.com