The National Reining Horse Association Open Futurity preliminary rounds continued Friday, Nov. 26, with the second section of the first go. More than 140 horses walked through the gate of the Jim Norick Coliseum at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.
NRHA Professional and Six Million Rider Andrea Fappani currently leads the Level 4 Open preliminary round with Winding Inferno. The duo marked a 224.5 late Friday evening to take a half-point lead over Two Million Rider Brian Bell and Cool Couture (Lil Joe Cash x Couture Tag).
Fappani and Winding Inferno, owned by Teton Ridge and nominated by Giorgia Codeluppi, are coming off a recent Level 4 Open Championship at the High Roller Reining Classic. The stallion, by Inferno Sixty Six, is out of Wind Her Up Chic, who currently holds the 16th spot on the NRHA Lifetime Producers list and is the leading NRHA Producer for 2021.
While embryos to Wind Her Up Chic are not offered to the public, owners and NRHA Corporate Partners Tim Anderson and Kim Niven have donated an embryo to the Live Auction that will be held at Sliders’ Night Out presented by Toyon Ranch. Interested buyers unable to attend Sliders’ Night Out can still bid at Auctions.NRHA.com.
Dan Huss and This Joe Got A Gun are part of the four-way tie for second in the Level 4 and top the Level 3 and Open Prime Time. This Joe Got A Gun, owned by Jamie Walters, is by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Lil Joe Cash out of This Girls Got A Gun.
Currently tied for the lead of the Level 2 Open with scores of 220 are Jesse Beckley on Trashinyurdreams and Joao Felipe Lacerda with Plain Genes. Trashinyurdreams, owned by Norma Siebert, is by Gunnatrashya out of This Chicsdundreamin. Plain Genes, owned by Andre Tripoloni, is by SG Frozen Enterprise out of Taris Designer Genes.
Continuing to hold the lead of the Level 1 Open with a 216.5 is Colin Fitzpatrick on Flamethrow, owned by Brian Bell and Chuck Swain. Flamethrow is by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Lil Joe Cash out of Freckled Whiz.
The first go of the Open Futurity continues Saturday, Nov. 27. Following Saturday’s competition, the top 75 (plus ties) in Levels 1 – 4 will advance to the semi-final round, hoping to earn a spot in the clean-slate finals on Saturday, Dec. 5.