2018 NRHA Open Futurity First Go Complete

For Immediate Release – November 24, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Going into the third section of the open first go at the 2018 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity, Casey Deary and Gunnarickashay held the top score of the first go with a 224 [video]. With only 32 horse left to run, Craig Schmersal and Ladysdreamofblueeyes slid their way to a 224, tying Deary for the high score [video].

But, the day was far from over. 19 horses later, Kole Price riding Isnt She Perfect (by NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Walla Walla Whiz and out of Miss Silver Gun) entered the pen and laid down an exhilarating run that earned the duo a 227 and the highest score of the go round [video]. When asked about his run, Price had this to say: “The mare just has a heart of gold, and she is so intense when you get her right.”

Price has only shown the gray mare three times, winning the Buckeye Reining Series Coughlin Automotive Futurity on her the first time. The pair faced a little bad luck at the All American Quarter Horse Congress but made it count today. When asked about his game plan for today’s run, Price said, “I really wanted to stay clean with that mare. She is so pretty and so physical how she does stuff. I just wanted to stay out of her way.” While talking to Price about the run, it’s very clear how much appreciation and respect he has for the mare owned by Amy Medows. Isnt She Perfect is nominated by Tamarack Ranch LLC.

Deary and Schmersal ended the first go tied for the second-highest score. When talking with Schmersal about his run he said, “It gets me excited for the week when I show a horse for the first time here and they do that good.” Schmersal, an NRHA Three Million Dollar Rider, went on to talk about the game plan he had for getting his horse shown, mentioning he wanted to plus half his maneuvers while making sure he didn’t push his horse too hard early on in the show. Ladysdreamofblueeyes (by NRHA Five Million Dollar Sire Magnum Chic Dream and out of Check Your Gun Lady) is owned by Tim Anderson and was nominated by Loren Booth.

Deary talked about Gunnarickashay, owned by Jody & Jolan Puno and nominated by St-Onge Reining Horses, and the struggle they had getting ready the night before their run. He wasn’t sure how the run would go, but when the pair entered the arena, it all came together and Gunnarickashay did his part. “He is a really nice horse, and I get along with him,” said the NRHA Million Dollar Rider. “[He’s] a sweet horse with loads of ability. I think once he gets all the way solid and polished, he will be really good.”

Qualifying for the semifinals
Of the 399 horses entered in the four division, 75 horses (plus ties) will advance to the level 1, 2, and 3 semifinals to be held Monday, November 26. The top 75 (plus ties) in the level 4 will advance to the Level 4 Open Semifinal sponsored by Not Ruf At All and Tamarack Ranch, to be held on Wednesday, November 28.

Bubble Scores for the Semifinals are as follows:
Level 4: 217 ½
Level 3: 215 ½
Level 2: 212 ½
Level 1: 209

About the 2018 NRHA Open Futurity
The 2018 NRHA Futurity has had a successful start. Open entries are up 14% (1,124) in comparison to last year and open horses are up 8% (399). In addition to seeing strong growth in the open entries, the 2018 NRHA Open Futurity will feature the second largest level 1 – level 4 purse with $1,499,600 up for grabs with the level 1 purse seeing the largest gain at 22%. The largest purse was in 2012 with $1,532,700.

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

Second Day of 2018 NRHA Futurity Complete

For Immediate Release- November 23, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The competition stayed fierce as another 113 horse and rider pairs entered the Jim Norick Coliseum hoping to qualify for the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Open Futurity Finals to be held Saturday, December 1 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. After the dust settled and the last maneuver had been marked, Nathan Piper, riding Patriot for owners Shannon & Hershel Reid, had the highest score of the first go, second section with a 222 ½ [video]. Patriot is by NRHA Five Million Dollar Sire Smart Spook and out of Dunnit A Lil Ruf.

Marking the second-highest score of the day was Vintage Galaxy (by NRHA Million Dollar Sire A Sparkling Vintage and out of Smart Lil Whiz) ridden by Martin Muehlsaetter. The pair slid their way to a 222 amongst some tough competition [video]. Vintage Galaxy is owned by Martin & Kim Muehlstaetter.

Two riders tied for the third-highest score of the day. Casey Deary piloted Americas Supermodel (by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Walla Walla Whiz and out of Americasnextgunmodel) for owners Whitmarsh Arcese Partnership. Together they marked a 221 ½ [video]. Gunna Stop and Austin Lee Roush, who drew as the first draw today, made it count for owner Alexandria Gokey by also marking a 221 ½ [video]. Gunna Stop is by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya and out of Stop Little Sister.

Despite the best of efforts, no horse and rider combination could beat the 224 marked yesterday by NRHA Million Dollar Rider Casey Deary and Gunnarickashay.

Starting at 8 a.m. tomorrow, another 117 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 Saturday’s finals. For further information, results, live stream, and live score, visit nrhafuturity.com

2018 NRHA Futurity Underway

For Immediate Release – November 22, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Equine enthusiasts and reining horse competitors from across the globe have traveled to Oklahoma City for the 2018 NRHA Futurity which started today. Over the course of the next nine days, horse and rider duos will lay down their best run in hopes of walking away with a coveted championship title.

The Jim Norick arena saw 116 horses during the first go, first section of the NRHA Open Futurity. At the conclusion of the day’s competition, Casey Deary and Gunnarickashay (owned by Jody & Jolan Puno) held the highest score of the day with a 224 [video]. Gunnarickashay is by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Gunnaytrashya and out of Rondas Tio.

Yonathan Baruch piloted Dolls Dun It Again (by NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire Hollywood Dun It and out of Chics Baby Doll) for owner Marc Gordon to a score of 222 ½ which gave them the second highest score of the day and the highest score in the level (L) 3 division [video].

Mike McEntire and Craig Schmersal tied for the third highest score of the day with a 222. Mike was aboard Pale Face Whiz (by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Pale Face Dunit and out of Lady Naskiia Whiz) for owners Everett and Karen Wiggins [video]. Schmersal rode Pale Quistador by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Pale Face Dunit and out of Luz Del Conquistador) for B S Syndicate [video].

Tomorrow’s action will include the second section of the first go of the NRHA Open Futurity in addition to the Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Limited Non Pro.

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

The NRHA Level 4 Open Futurity Champion’s Ring

Proudly sponsored by NRHA Corporate Partner MS Diamonds TX, “Official Diamond Jeweler of NRHA”

Each one-of-a-kind diamond ring by NRHA Corporate Partner MS Diamonds TX is a masterpiece that tells a story. The same can be said about the one and only National Reining Horse Association Futurity Championship ring. Inspired by the deep traditions of NRHA, MS Diamonds TX created a unique trophy ring design that clearly defines the ‘Champion.’

The internationally known company has gone to great lengths to develop a diamond jewelry line that is as bold as the name suggests; Sleipnir. The mythological creature is an eight-legged horse with supernatural strength that belonged to the Greek God Odin. MS Diamonds TX’s Sleipnir, the ‘sliding one,’ brought forth the first NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Champion’s ring to the 2016 NRHA Level 4 Open Futurity Champion Rider and Owner. A ring so rare that it was first revealed at the 50th Anniversary of the NRHA Futurity and is an exclusive product for NRHA.

NRHA Five Million Dollar Rider Andrea Fappani captured the 2016 NRHA Level 4 Open Futurity win as well as the very first coveted Champion’s ring riding Spooky Whiz for NRHA Million Dollar Owners Rancho Oso Rio who also received the one and only NRHA Champion Owner’s ring by Sleipnir. In 2017, NRHA Three Million Dollar Rider Craig Schmersal conquered the Futurity crown and the Championship ring riding Face The Attitude for owner Hickory Creek Ranch LLC, recipient of the Owner’s Futurity Championship ring.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with MS Diamonds TX in order to grow the sport of reining and to elevate the honor and prestige associated with the NRHA Futurity Championship. Carat by carat, MS Diamonds TX is making a lasting impression on the title and the sport,” said NRHA Commissioner Gary Carpenter.

Proud of the partnership with NRHA, MS Diamonds TX, Official Diamond Jeweler of NRHA, looks forward to offering more prestigious awards to the members and to presenting the prestigious ring to the 2018 NRHA Open Futurity Champion rider and owner.

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