NRHA Open Futurity Finalists are Determined

NRHA Open Futurity finalists are determined following the Level 4 Open Semifinal sponsored by Not Ruf At All and Tamarack Ranch

Deary and Gunnarickashay lead the Level 4 Open composite

For Immediate Release – November 28, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
– Each year in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 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, last year NRHA created a new event, thrilling for both spectators and reiners alike; the Level (L)4 Open Semifinal.

The NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Semifinal sponsored by Not Ruf At All and Tamarack Ranch included the top 75 horses (plus ties) in the L4 Open division from the first go-round. Those achieving the highest combined score from the first go-round and semifinals advance to the finals and compete head-to-head for the winner’s $150,000 guaranteed paycheck on the night of Saturday, December 1. This year’s L4-L1 purse is the second largest in NRHA history, making the achievement even more special. Additionally, those riders qualifying for the semifinal, but not marking high enough to advance to the final, will receive a paycheck of more than $1,600 for their effort.

The L4 Open Semifinal was packed with high scores, but at the end of the day it was NRHA Million Dollar Rider Casey Deary and Gunnarickashay [video] who added a 225 to their 224 go-round score to win the L4 composite. Their 449 edged out Austin Lee Roush and Gunna Stop by one-half point for the win.

Earlier this year, Deary and Gunnarickashay won the All American Quarter Horse Congress L4 Open Reserve Championship to bring the stallion’s earnings to over $23,000. The son of NRHA Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya is out of Rondas Tio, a mare that has produced winners of more then $215,000 including Heavy Duty Chex ($133,50 NRHA LTE). Gunnarickashay is owned by Judy and Jolan Puno and nominated by St-Onge Reining Horses, Inc.

Go-round winner Kole Price and Isnt She Perfect (NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Walla Walla Whiz x Miss Silver Gun) [video] marked a 220½ to bring their composite score to 447½ and land them in the third place position. The gray mare is owned by Amy Medows and nominated by Tamarack Ranch, LLC.

Gunna Stop and Roush – Levels 1-3

A composite score of 448½ rose to the top of the field in L3 through 1. Austin Lee Roush and Gunna Stop [video] marked a 227 in the semifinal for owner Alexandria Gokey. The chestnut stallion nominated by Toyon Ranch, LLC is by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya and out of Stop Little Sister. So far this year, the duo has earned more than $6,500 at the HOT Summer Slide Futurity, Tulsa Reining Classic Futurity, and All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity.

Pale Face Whiz and McEntire – Prime Time

With a composite score of 442½, Mike McEntire took top honors in the prime time open division riding Pale Face Whiz. The dual-registered AQHA/APHA stallion owned by Everett and Karen Wiggins is already an NRHA money earner having won more than $6,000 at the All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity with Craig Schmersal.

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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2018 Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships – Vol 1

Celebrating the Champions – Vol. I

 


NAAC Open & Intermediate Open Co-Champion

Smart Stepin Lena
Owned by Carolyn Tellepsen
Wimpys Little Step x Smart Shiney Lena
2012 G with $81,400 NRHA LTE

Stephen Archer
Richmond, Texas
South Texas RHA
$312,600 NRHA LTE

Archer and the gelding won the reserve championship in the Open at the South Central Affiliate Regional Championships in Tulsa to qualify for Oklahoma City. [Watch their NAAC run]


NAAC Open & Intermediate Open Co-Champion

Arlosa Whiz
Owned by Euro-Vets, Inc.
Topsail Whiz x Dream Olena Chic
2009 S with $41,200 NRHA LTE

Fredrik Thomsson
Pilot Point, Texas
South Central Region
$249,900 NRHA LTE

“Coming here to America [in 1993] and then winning the North American Championships for me, it means a lot, and I’m very happy to do it.” [Watch the interview]


NAAC Limited Open Champion

Whizkeys Hot Jewel
Owned by White River Ag Products, Inc.
Whizkey N Diamonds x Jewels Lil Sparkle
2014 G / North Central Int. Open Champion

Jeff Kasten
River Falls, Wisconsin
North Central Region
$267,800 NRHA LTE

“When you’re in the show pen, he’s dialed in and hooked on you. He’s been a real easy horse to prepare.” [Watch the interview]

NAAC Rookie Professional Champion

Lil Coded Jac
Owned by Susan Meyer
Jacs Electric Spark x Hot Coded Candy
2012 G with $4,200 in NRHA LTE

Kaleigh Geringer
Collinsville, Texas
South Central Region
NRHA Professional since 2017

“He’s such a fun horse to show. He’s a huge stopper. That’s my favorite part about him so smooth to stop, so much fun!” [Watch the interview]


NAAC Novice Horse Open L1 & L2 Champion

Lil Coded Jac
Owned by Susan Meyer
Jacs Electric Spark x Hot Coded Candy
2012 G with $4,200 in NRHA LTE

Jared Leclair
Tioga, Texas
South Central Region
$773,700 NRHA LTE

“I think the affiliate part is a big part of keeping the industry going, and keeping those older horses going.” [Watch the interview]


NAAC Non Pro Champion

Brittalynae Goodlin
Boring, Oregon
Northwest Region
Took home $2,496 for the win

ARC Trashin Yer Chic
Owned by Greg and Kathy Goodlin
Gunnatrashya x Wimpys Little Chic
2012 G with $47,175 NRHA LTE

“When I first started riding him, I was ok. I had only ridden a couple of years then once I got on him, he makes you a better rider because you really have to learn how to ride him.” [Watch the interview]


NAAC Limited Non Pro Champion

Emily Coultrap
Morgantown, West Virginia
South Central Region
$13,800 NRHA LTE

Sparkys Shining Doll
Owned by Emily Coultrap
Friday Night Shiner x BB Holly Doll
2012 S with $24,400 NRHA LTE

“I think he [Sparkys Shining Doll] knows. When I’m on him, he takes care of me. He goes out there and he does his job. He is a pleaser.” [Watch the interview]


NAAC Prime Time Non Pro Champion

Karen Shedlauskas
Austintown, Ohio
East Central Region
$172,100 NRHA LTE

Red Gun 2
Owned by Karen Shedlauskas
Gunner x Call Me N Hollywood
2012 G with $30,900 NRHA LTE

“I had the opportunity to win the [NAAC] Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 in 2013, and that hooked me on the program; the awards and the recognition. I’ve been looking for one to come back here!” [Watch the interview]

NAAC Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 Champion

Adam Donahue
Marshfield, Missouri
South Central Region
$38,100 NRHA LTE

Thata Shiner
Owned by Adam Donahue
Smart Spook x SLJ Smartlikewhinny
2009 M with $16,600 NRHA LTE

“This mare really deserved to win a bronze, and I’m really glad she won this bronze. It means a lot because it shows that old horses still have a place in the industry.”[Watch the interview]


NAAC Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 Champion

Morris Kulmer
Bountiful, Utah
Southwest Region
$121,700 NRHA LTE

NVR What A Lucky Joe
Owned by Morris Kulmer
Lil Joe Cash x What A Lucky Hit
2014 G with $27,500 NRHA LTE

“It was fun. It was good. Great competition. I love challenges. I love competition, and the reining horse industry will give you all that you’d ever want.” [Watch the interview]

Schmidt and Gunna Cash Ya Lead Open Semifinal

Schmidt and Gunna Cash Ya Lead Open Semifinal
Morgan and Tracy Tinseltown Win Non Pro Go-Round

As the 2018 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show (NAAC) moved into the second week of competition, more talented reining horses entered the Jim Norick Arena at Oklahoma State Fair Park. “The Futurity” is the world’s most prestigious reining event open to 3-year-old horses. Today, the NRHA Open Futurity Level (L)1, 2, 3 Semifinals concluded its second section, and the CINCH NRHA Non Pro Futurity qualifying go-round ended, setting the stage for this weekend’s finals.

Schmidt and Gunna Cash Ya hold onto the lead
In Monday’s first section of the semifinal, Joe Schmidt of Pilot Point, Texas rode Allison Sutton’s Gunna Cash Ya (Lil Joe Cash x Gunners Blonde Chic) to a 222 [video]. The semifinal effort gave the pair a 438 composite to lead the L3-L1 divisions.

Just one-half point behind in the composite is Smokin Paleface and Brent Naylor of Phoenix, Arizona. On Monday, they slid their way to a 221½ [video] to bring their composite score to 437½ . Owned and nominated by Tim Anderson, the sorrel stallion is by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Pale Face Dunnit and out of Lost In Tinseltown.

NRHA Markel Futurity Sales Graduate Off N Running took to the arena in the second section of the semifinal with Austin Lee Roush of South Bend, Indiana. The duo marked a 216 ½ to move up the leaderboard for owner Matt Roush and nominator Arcese Quarter Horses USA. The sorrel stallion sits third in the L3 and L2 and second in the L1 division with a composite score of 435½.

In the Prime Time Open division, it’s all about the ladies with Shauna Larcombe and Ann Salmon Anderman taking the top spots. Larcombe leads the division for riders 50 and older with a 430½ composite score on NRHA Million Dollar Owner Rosanne Sternberg’s Lil Ruf Spook (Smart Spook x Lil Ruf Muffin). Anderman and John McCarroll’s Tinseltown Joe (Hollywoodstinseltown x Joe Cat Jac) are right behind with a 430 composite score.

The qualifying continues tomorrow with the Level 4 Open Semifinal sponsored by Not Ruf At All and Tamarack Ranch. The top 75 horses (plus ties) in the L4 Open division will vie for their chance at the second largest purse in NRHA Futurity history ($1.5 million estimated).

At the completion of tomorrow’s competition, the following number of horses will advance to the Open Futurity Finals to be held on Saturday, December 1:

Level 4 Open: Top 30 horses (plus ties)
Level 3 Open: Top 30 horses (plus ties)
Level 2 Open: Top 20 horses (plus ties)
Level 1 Open: Top 15 horses (plus ties)
Prime Time Open: 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.

Morgan and Tracy Tinseltown setting the bar

After 202 horse and rider teams took to the arena to qualify for the CINCH Non Pro Futurity Finals, the richest in the event’s history, one pair remained at the top of the leaderboard: NRHA Million Dollar Rider James Morgan, DVM and Tracy Tinseltown [video]. They marked a 219½ in the first section to set the bar. Dr. Morgan purchased Tracy Tinseltown (by Hollywoodstinseltown and out of Smart Scooter Chic) as a 2-year-old. She is nominated by Tracy Higginbottom. The pair also lead the prime time division.

The second-highest score in the go-round and highest in the youth division was posted by 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 [video]. Alpha Brave Hard is nominated by Alpha Quarter Horses LLC.

In the L3 division, Samantha Smith and Neverthoughtiwould held onto the top position with a 218 ½ [video]. Neverthoughtiwould, by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Pale Face Dunnit and out of Shine Tini, is nominated by Ginger Schmersal and owned by Lance Griffin.

The leaderboard changed in the L2 and L1 divisions with two entries earning a 217 ½: George Lawrence aboard Time For The Gunshow and Daniele Whitney riding Absolute Gunner. Lawrence Ranch owns Time For The Gunshow (nominated by Kindra Rader), a stallion by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Gunners Special Nite and out of Timed To Shine. Absolute Gunner (nominated by Turnabout Farm, Inc.) is a son of NRHA Hall of Fame Sire Gunner and Taris Modern Design.

The following finalists have been determined and will make their way to the clean slate finals on Friday, November 30:
Level 4 Non Pro: Top 25 horses (plus ties) – 215½
Level 3 Non Pro: Top 20 horses (plus ties) – 215
Level 2 Non Pro: Top 15 horses (plus ties) – 214½
Level 1 Non Pro: Top 15 horses (plus ties) – 214½
Prime Time Non Pro: Top 10 horses (plus ties) – 215½
Youth Non Pro: Top 15 horses (plus ties) – 208

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

2018 NRHA Futurity in Full Swing

Big Numbers for CINCH Non Pro Futurity

For Immediate Release – November 26, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The Jim Norick arena saw open and non pro competitors today at the 2018 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity. The day started off with the second go-round, section one of the Open Futurity, which saw 50 horse and rider combinations. The CINCH Non Pro Futurity wrapped up the day with section two of the go-round.

Schmidt and Gunna Cash Ya Lead the Open
Joe Schmidt rode Gunna Cash Ya (Lil Joe Cash x Gunners Blonde Chic) for owner and nominator Allison Sutton to a 222, which gave the pair the highest score in the open section [video]. After marking a 216 in the first go-round, that left them with a composite score of 438.

Smokin Paleface and Brent Naylor slid their way to a 221 ½ [video]. Owned and nominated by Tim Anderson, the sorrel stallion is by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Pale Face Dunnit and out of Lost In Tinseltown. They ended the go-rounds with a composite score of 437 ½ after earning a 216 earlier in the week.

With only four horses left, Jesse Beckley and Holly Gun gave it their best shot and marked a 216 to be added to their first go-round score of 217 for a composite score of 433 ½ [video]. Holly Gun, owned and nominated by Kar K2 Ranch Partnership, is by NRHA Ten Million Dollar Sire Gunner and out of Docs Dunnit Bar.

Smith and Neverthoughtiwould Lead the CINCH Non Pro
The second section of the non pro featured a total of 48 runs. Among some tough competition, Samantha Smith and Neverthoughtiwould marked the top score of the day [video]. “He is one of the most fun horses I have ever had, and he is a great show horse,” Smith said. She went on to add, “I did have a turn penalty, so there is a little more room for improvement, but I just wanted to turn around and go back in there and do it again.” Neverthoughtiwould, by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Pale Face Dunnit and out of Shine Tini, is nominated by Ginger Schmersal and owned by Lance Griffin.

NRHA Million Dollar Rider and Owner Jose Vazquez rode SLJ Corazon Valiente to a 217 ½ [video]. The sorrel stallion, by Smart Like Juice and out of Wind Her Up Shiner, is owned and nominated by Smart Like Juice, Inc. Rounding out the top three scores of the day was Frank Ordner, III and Tinseltown Footprint (Gunners Tinseltown x Fabulous Footwork). Tinseltown Footprint is owned and nominated by David Silva, Sr.

Big Numbers for 2018 NRHA CINCH Non Pro Futurity
The 2018 NRHA Futurity continues its successful start with impressive and historic numbers. Non Pro entries are up 8% (629) in comparison to last year (582). This year’s edition has the largest purse (level 1 – level 4) in history with $617,166. The second largest was held in 2012 with $605,111. Additionally, the purse for each level of the is at a record high.

For further information, results, live stream, and live score, visit nrhafuturity.com

2018 NRHA Non Pro Futurity Underway

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