The Elementa 50,000 euro-added IRHA 4-year-old Futurity

Max Ruggeri and MR No Guns In Town win the Elementa IRHA 4-year-old Open

Cremona, November 28 — Provided by Simona Diale, International Horse Press — The 35th edition of the Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA) Futurity this year was made even more prestigious with the Elementa 50.000 euro-added 4-year-old Futurity. Run in a qualifying go round and seeded finals, the Open and Non Pro divisions closed the sixth day of competition in Cremona, Italy.

Massimiliano Ruggeri

Italian Professional Massimiliano Ruggeri aboard MR No Guns In Town (Gunstar x Dunnit With Cash) owned by Az. Agr. Equiesse laid down a run worth 219, enough to take home both the Level L(4) and L3 Open Championships. “This victory is for all of us: the breeder, the owner and all my team,” said Ruggeri. “I saw this horse when he was a 2-year-old, bred by Max Rudari, and when he was a baby he was already a great mover. One of my clients purchased him; after that I moved and met up with this horse five months ago after his new owner contacted me to ask me if I would be willing to take him in training. He hasn’t been shown much, and I am certain he still has a lot of potential as he is very talented and still has a lot to learn. Tonight he showed everyone how good he is and now we’ll decide his future step by step.”

Stefano Ferri

Taking the L2 Championship with a 218.5 was Stefano Ferri and UB Electric (Electric Code x UB Styin With Me) owned by Luga LLC. “I’ve only been riding this horse for a short while, as a matter of fact he was shown by my colleague and friend Mirko Midili,” said Ferri. “I still have to get to know him, it’s the second time I’ve shown him, and I have to thank Mirko for helping me out here. I look forward to showing him in the derbies as I know he has a lot of potential.”

Alberto Ferrara

The L1 Open Futurity Championship went to Alberto Ferrara who scored a 212 with Little Bingo Player (Peptos Lil Bingo x Supertrump Out), owned by Riccardo Morichi, between the reins. “This is a particularly sweet win since I convinced the owner [Morichi] to breed his mare to Peptos Lil Bingo,” said Ferrara. “This gelding is a product of this cross and I am really happy for this sweet and talented horse. His future includes working on cows, like his sire, and then we’ll go from there.”

Nogue Puig and A Whiz N Cash do it again!

Andreu Nogué Puig

The 50.000 euro-added Elementa IRHA 4-year-old Futurity saw one of Europe’s rising star rise to the top of the finals standings in the Non Pro division: winning the Level (L)4 was Andreu Nogué Puig and his faithful companion A Whiz N Cash (Custom Cash Advance x A Whiz N Wranglers) take the prize with a final score of 218. “This is really a special win. It’s is our second here at the Italian Futurity since last year we won all levels of the 3-year-old Futurity,” said the 17-year-old. “I would like to dedicate this Championship to my grandmother who passed away one week ago. It’s still a very fresh loss and I thought about her during my whole run — I felt she was with me from the beginning of the pattern to the end. She didn’t care that much about horses but A Whiz N Cash was always special to her. She loved him and she always said that he was great for me. Of course, I need to thank my parents for being such great supporters and sponsors as well as my trainers, Mirko Midili and [NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider] Bernard Fonck for helping me out during this year.

Fabienne Kuratl-Suter

It was yet another win for Swiss Fabienne Kuratl-Suter and her Alpha Top Gun (NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Hollywoodstinseltown x Smoking Walla Wanda): After topping the L4-3- and 2 qualifier, the pair swept both the L3 and L2 Futurity Championships with a 214.5 after taking home the NRHA of Germany L3 and L2 Futurity titles. “I stopped riding for a couple of years after my second son,” said a smiling Fabienne. “I love showing, this is my life, so I going back into the show pen came easy…especially thanks to my great trainer Grischa Ludwig. I really could not have done this without him. He keeps my horses so tuned and in tip-top condition. I am really thrilled with this win and, to tell the truth, I did not know I had also won the L3 until it was time to go in for the awards presentation.”

Ludwig was quick to praise his non pro’s win: “Fabienne is as good as any open rider in the pen. The only thing you need to tell her is to press the right buttons and she does it!”

Susanna Sodi

An enthused Susanna Sodi took the L1 Championship aboard her Ladysdreamofblueeyes (NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire Magnum Chic Dream x Check Your Gun Lady). “He’s a USA-bred horse. I purchased him from [NRHA Four Million Dollar Rider] Craig Schmersal after last year’s NRHA Futurity and this is our first big show together,” she said. “He’s such a good and nice show horse; he loves to work and he has amazing rollbacks. Also in barn life, he’s adorable.

His barn name is “Cinghialone [big boar] — she added with a laugh — he always wants to touch and stay with the humans! I’m planning to show him at the Derby here in Cremona the next May and I cannot wait.”

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McCutcheon and Schmersal Lead NRHA Open Futurity Preliminaries

Cade McCutcheon

The 2019 National Reining Horse Association Futurity and Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships are in full-swing, with the first section of the first go of the Futurity in the books. The 378 entries competing in the Open Futurity at the State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Okla., will be whittled down over the next week to determine who will compete in the clean-slate finals on Saturday, Dec. 6.

Currently tied for the lead of the Level 4 Open with scores of 220 are reigning Run For A Million Co-Champions Cade McCutcheon and Craig Schmersal. McCutcheon rode Deja Vu With A Gun for David Silva, while Schmersal competed on Tim Anderson’s Starjac Vintage. Starjac Vintage is by A Sparkling Vintage out of Starjac Miss.

Craig Schmersal

McCutcheon and Deja Vu With A Gun, by Gunner out of Dun Its Deja Vu, also lead the Level 3 and Level 2 Open.

The high score of Level 1 Open belongs to Hava Vital and A Sparkling Dream, owned by Dee Dee Boeckman. A Sparkling Dream, by A Sparkling Vintage out of Msdreamy, marked a 218.5.

Martin Larcombe and Lance Griffin’s Drinkin Moonshine lead the Prime Time Open with a 214. Drinkin Moonshine is Shine Chic Shine out of Wimpy Little Girl.

Competition continues Friday with the second section of the first go of open. Complete results can be found at

Stillo and Boyes Win Adequan® NAAC Open & Int. Open Titles at NRHA Futurity

In addition to the aged event taking place in the Jim Norick Coliseum, the National Reining Horse Association Futurity features the Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship, which kicked off on Thursday, Nov. 28.

Lauren Rufo, NRHA Affiliate Program Representative, was excited to crown the first of the 2019 Adequan® NAAC Champions. She explained that the Adequan® NAAC helps spotlight a variety of members and horses from across North America. “It’s a great opportunity to recognize our grassroots program riders and horses at the most exciting NRHA event of the year,” she said.

This year, each of the Adequan® NAAC Champions will be recognized the next day in the Jim Norick Coliseum Arena, where they will receive their Adequan® NAAC champion vest.

Mirjam Stillo Wins Adequan® NAAC Open with Steppin Little Lena

Mirjam Stillo claimed the Adequan® NAAC Open title on Steppin Little Lena with a 219.5. In addition to a check for $1,957, the pair also won a saddle from Bob’s Custom Saddles, an Adequan® champion vest, a Platinum Performance jacket, a custom Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle, gift certificates to Bluebonnet and SmartPak, as well as Classic Equine product.

“It was a good ride and I was happy with it. We just ran in and he was phenomenal stopping. He did that great, and we stayed clean everywhere else. He stayed with me all the time and gave it his all,” Stillo recounted.

Steppin Little Lena, owned by Heidi Pichotta, is by Wimpys Little Step out of Collena O Lena, and Stillo say’s he’s exceptionally easy to take care of. “He’s super easy at home. We don’t work him very hard. He’s had a really busy show season, so we give him time off and then prep him right before each horse show. This show was different. We practically just came back from the World Show, and didn’t have much time, but fortunately it worked out,” she said. “He still has a busy week. I’ll show him again in the Novice Horse Open, and his owner will show him in the Rookie. After that he’ll get a well-deserved winter break.”

Stillo and her crew will stay busy this week with Futurity and ancillary entries, as well as a couple horses in the NRHA/Markel Insurance Futurity Sale. “I thank the owner who allows me to ride him and trusts me with him. We had a plan to step him up slowly and it all worked out. I also thank my team, my husband, and everyone at home who takes care of things when we’re gone,” she said.

Taking Reserve in the Adequan® NAAC Open was Mark Rafacz and Wimpys Dun Twistin with a 218.5. Owned by Mark and his wife Shannon, Wimpys Dun Twistin is by Wimpys Little Step and out of Totally Dun Twistin. Along with a check for $1,655, the pair won an Adequan® champions vest, a custom Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle, gift certificates to Bluebonnet and Platinum Performance, and product from SmartPak and Classic Equine.

Tanner Boyes & Guns Last Chance Claim Adequan® NAAC Int. Open

Tanner Boyes only began riding Guns Last Chance this year, and on Thursday afternoon piloted the talented reiner to the Adequan® NAAC Intermediate Open title with a 214. Boyes and Guns Last Chance won a saddle from Bob’s Custom Saddles, an Adequan® champion vest, a Platinum Performance jacket, a custom Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle, gift certificates to Bluebonnet and SmartPak, Classic Equine product, and $1,277. They earned an additional $810 for placing in both the NAAC Open and the ancillary Intermediate Open.

“I just started working for the owner this year, and this horse has been an absolute dream to work with. I actually share him with Paige Vernon, a non pro, and she’s been doing a phenomenal job with him,” Boyes explained. “White River Ag Products owns him, and they’ve been incredible about letting us take him to all the events and keep him happy, so it’s been great.”

Guns Last Chance is by Gunner out of Shiners Woman, and Boyes noted that the NAAC was definitely an objective. “This was definitely a goal this year, and this horse did great for me. I can’t complain about how he’s done all year,” he said. “The run-in pattern was really good for him. We were able to get that pretty solid, and after that, he smoked his circle, then I just let him do his job.”

Boyes and Guns Last Chance traveled 15 hours from Wisconsin to compete. “It has been amazing coming down here to do this. I was lucky we were able to cruise though in the NAAC and compete. It’s been a lot of fun,” he said. “I thank my wife. She’s been great and pushes me to be the best I can. I also thank White River Ag Products.”

Boyes was also part of a three-way tie for reserve in the Intermediate Open with Dan Yarbrough and Cody Garrison. Boyes rode Whizkeys Hot Jewel, also owned by White River Ag Products, Yarborough rode Gunna Bea Natural owned by Judy Yarbrough Realty, while Garrison rode Bombshell Banjo, owned by Brogan Lee. Each marked a 212.5 to win $745, as well as great prizes from NRHA Corporate Partners.

Shawn Flarida Wins NRHA Ancillary Open on Spooks Gotta Spark

With an incredible 225, Shawn Flarida and Spooks Gotta Spark won the ancillary open, which ran concurrently with the Adequan® NAAC. The win netted owner Gaynia Revenberg a check for $2,265. Flarida rode Spooks Gotta Spark at the Run For A Million in Las Vegas earlier this year, where they finished fourth. “He was awesome there. I actually had him as a three-year-old, but he got hurt and went home. Loris Epis rode him as a four and five-year-old, and then I got him back,” Flarida explained. “He’s been a great horse for me and has always been a personal favorite of mine.”

Flarida, the NRHA’s only six million dollar rider, explained that Pattern 9 suits the stallion’s style. “He was really good. It’s a run-in pattern that fits him really well. It was very, very cool, and he’s such a fun horse to show,” Flarida said.

Spooks Gotta Spark is by Spooks Gotta Whiz out of Doolittle Lena. “I’m just honored that his owner let me ride him at the Run For A Million and here, and I thank her for the opportunity. I’m glad to ride this horse whenever they allow it,” he said. “My help was awesome. My son Sam is always a huge help as well. I thank my wife Michelle, because without her I couldn’t do it at all.”

Jared Leclair and Susan Meyer’s great mare Lime A Rita took second in the open ancillary with a 220.5, worth $1,540.

David Hanson & Smart Little Dunnit Win NRHA Ancillary Int. Open

Riding Smart Little Dunnit for Lisa Dentoni, David Hanson marked a 220 to win the NRHA ancillary Int. Open, as well as third in the Open. All totaled, the pair won $1,692.

Smart Little Dunnit is by Smart Spook and out of Jan Van Bar B Dun It. “We were fortunate to get him from the McCutcheons this year. I feel honored to have such a nice horse to show,” Hanson said. “Today he was good. He tried and he showed good. He’s got a great disposition. He’s a seven-year-old stud, but he’s so good-natured. Cade did an excellent job on him this summer, and I’m fortunate to follow up on such a good horse.”

Hanson noted that owner Lisa Dentoni will be showing Smart Little Dunnit in the future at affiliate events with the goal of returning to the Adequan® Arena in 2020. “I thank my family, friends, and help, and the Dentonis for letting me take the reins on this horse.” Hanson added, “My wife isn’t here today, and it’s a very difficult thing. I would love to have her here. She’s always been right here with me, and I thank her for everything she’s always done.”

Joshua Crawley and Spin N Wimp took second in the Intermediate Open with a 215, collecting $416. Spin N Wimp is owned by Denise Severson-Hobbs.

2019 NRHA Futurity & Adequan® NAAC – Daily Updates

The State Fair Park in Oklahoma City is bustling with activity in preparation for the reining industry’s largest and most prestigious event. Not only will the 2019 National Reining Horse Association Futurity and Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships once again top $2 million in total payout, it promises to be a show full of extraordinary excitement. Visit for more.

12.7.19 – Cade McCutcheon and Super Marioo Claim Level 4 Open Championship

12.7.19 – Xtra Half N Half Tops NRHA/Markel Marketplace Sale

12.7.19 – McKinnon Larcombe Claims Second Adequan® NAAC Title on Designed With Shine

12.7.19 – Custom Vintage Berry Tops Markel Futurity Prospect and Select Broodmare Sale

12.6.19 – Jesse Asmussen and Ruf Style Of Play Win NRHA CINCH Non Pro Futurity 

12.6.19 – Short Stirrup and Adequan® NAAC Youth 13 & Under Champions Crowned in Oklahoma City

12.5.19 – Rookie Riders Take the Spotlight for the Adequan® NAAC 

12.5.19 – Emily Emerson Wins NRHA Invitational Freestyle on Give Me Starbucks

12.5.19 – Inferno On Ice Tops NRHA/Markel Futurity Select Yearling Sale

12.5.19 – Sliders’ Night Out Honors NRHA Elite

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

12.4.19 – Josh Murphy and CBKtinseltownsparty Win NRHA Honorable Mention Futurity

12.4.19 – Riders Advance from CINCH Non Pro Futurity Consolation

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

12.3.19 – Asmussen & Keller Top NRHA CINCH Non Pro Futurity Preliminary Round

12.2.19 – Current NRHA Futurity Preliminary Round Leaders

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

12.1.19 – Adequan® NAAC Competition Continues at State Fair Park

12.1.19 – Jessicah Keller and Snips Shining Gun Lead NRHA CINCH Non Pro Futurity Preliminaries

11.30.19 – Two New NRHA Adequan® NAAC Champions Crowned on Saturday

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

11.29.19 – Madison Rafacz Wins NRHA Adequan® NAAC Limited Non Pro on Whizenboonsmal

11.29.19 – Tremblay & Muehlstaetter Lead NRHA Futurity Open Preliminaries First Go after Second Section

11.28.19 – Stillo and Boyes Win Adequan® NAAC Open & Int. Open Titles at NRHA Futurity

11.28.19 – McCutcheon and Schmersal Lead NRHA Open Futurity Preliminaries 

11.27.19 – 2019 NRHA Futurity & Adequan® NAAC Begins Thursday

2019 NRHA Futurity & Adequan® NAAC Begins Thursday

The State Fair Park in Oklahoma City is bustling with activity in preparation for the reining industry’s largest and most prestigious event. Not only will the 2019 National Reining Horse Association Futurity and Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships once again top $2 million in total payout, it promises to be a show full of extraordinary excitement.

Jason Vanlandingham and A Vintage Smoke won the 2018 NRHA Futurity. Photo by Waltenberry.

Competition begins Thanksgiving Day with the first section of the first go-round of the Open Futurity preliminaries in the Jim Norick Coliseum. A major change for this year’s competition is the number of entries that will qualify for the finals. Increases in several divisions will allow the top 30 in Levels 1 – 4 of the Open and Non Pro to earn a spot in the clean-slate finals.

Thanks to MS Diamonds TX, Level 4 Open finalist owners will receive special recognition during the CINCH® Level 4 Non Pro finals on Friday afternoon. “Each owner of a Level 4 Open finalist will receive a custom MS Diamonds TX lapel pen created exclusively for this event,” noted Sr. Director of Corporate Relations & Communication Sammi Miller. “The owners are the backbone of our sport, and we can’t wait to honor them in this special presentation.”

The Futurity won’t be the only opportunity to win titles, money, and prizes at this year’s event; reiners from across North America have traveled to the Sooner State to compete for an NAAC title in 17 different divisions. Those include the Toyon Ranch Rookie of the Year (formerly Rookie Level 1), and the first-ever NAAC Prime Time Rookie. Lauren Rufo, Affiliate Program Representative, shared her excitement about changes to the event. “I am thrilled for our NAAC competitors this year. Thanks to the generosity of our Corporate Partners, the top 10 of each class will receive prizes in the Adequan® Arena, including the Platinum Performance top 10 jackets, which they’ll take home from the event this year,” she noted.

Rufo added that there will be additional recognition for each NAAC Champion. “The Champion of each NAAC class will be presented an Adequan® Championship vest the following day in the Jim Norick Coliseum. We look forward to spotlighting our hardworking and successful affiliate riders in this way,” she said.

Special events at the NRHA Futurity include the Thanksgiving Buffet hosted by the Reining Horse Foundation, the Platinum Performance Celebration, Cowboy Church, Sliders’ Night Out Presented by Toyon Ranch, the Markel Insurance NRHA Futurity Sales, the Quarter Horse News pre-sale breakfast, and the Bluebonnet Feeds open Finals Reception. In addition, the $20,000 NRHA Invitational Freestyle Reining presented by Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau will be held on Thursday evening, Dec. 5, at 7 p.m.

There are several ways to follow along with the excitement of this year’s Futurity. The live webcast, as well as live scoring, can be accessed on the website at NRHA Official social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram will be regularly updated not only with up-to-date news but also with additional photos and fun facts.

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