Asmussen & Keller Top NRHA CINCH Non Pro Futurity Preliminary Round

Jesse Asmussen

Over the past three days of competition, the top 3-year-old reining horses and their riders from across the country have vied for a spot in the finals of the National Reining Horse Association Futurity. With the conclusion of Tuesday’s preliminary round, most of the field is set for the CINCH Non Pro Futurity finals, which will be held on Friday, Dec. 6.

Tied for the win of the Level 4 and Level 3 CINCH Non Pro Futurity are Jessicah Keller and Jesse Asmussen, who each rode their horses to a 218.

Keller held sole possession of the top spot until the last draw, when Asmussen and his horse, Ruf Style Of Play, tied for the lead. Ruf Style Of Play is by Not Ruf At All out of UB Stylin With Me.

Jessicah Keller

Keller rode Snips Shining Gun, by Colonels Shining Gun out of Snip O Gun, owned by Hilldale Farm. Keller and the talented mare also won the Level 2 CINCH Non Pro Futurity preliminary round.

Janine Ketterer and her horse KR Smart Gal maintained their lead of the Level 1 Non Pro with a 216.5. KR Smart Gal is by Smart Spook and out of A Ruf Gal.

Topping the Youth Non Pro with a 215.5 is Taylor Zimmerman and Its All About Ruf. The stallion, owned by Vaughn Zimmerman, is by Not Ruf At All and out of Dun Pretty Nifty.

Jose Vazquez and Xtra Winding Step finished with a 217.5 to top the Prime Time Non Pro. Xtra Winding Step, a stallion by Wimpys Little Step out of SLJ Smartlikewhinny, is owned by Smart Like Juice Inc.

To secure a spot in the CINCH Level 4 Non Pro Futurity, it took a score of 213, while a 212 was the magic number for the Level 3. Riders with a 209.5 or higher earned a place in the Level 2, as did those in the Level 1 with a 207 or higher. The bubble for the Prime Time is a 211 (including handicap), while the one for the Youth is 207.

For those not advancing directly to the finals from the first go, hope is still alive. That’s because of the CINCH Non Pro Futurity Consolation Round on Wednesday morning. The next 30 horses (plus ties) in the Level 4, next 12 in the Level 3, and next 10 in Levels 1 and 2, will compete for a spot in the finals. The top five in each of the four Levels will earn a spot in Friday’s finals.

Larcombe Leads Level 3 Open Semi-Finals with Drinkin Moonshine

Currently leading the Level 3 Open Futurity semi-finals is Martin Larcombe with Drinkin Moonshine, by Shine Chic Shine out of Wimpy Little Girl. The pair marked a 214 in the first go, and came back strong with a 221.5 in the semi-finals to secure a 435.5 composite. Drinkin Moonshine is owned by Lance Griffin.

Sitting well for the Level 2 Open is Adam Hendrickson, who rode Lipstick And Glitter to a 215.5 in the first go and a 218 in the semi-finals for a 433.5 total on two runs. Lipstick And Glitter, owned by Judy Box, is by Magnum Chic Dream and out of Shiners Spumanti.

Josh Tishman and Quik Draw McGraw, by HF Mobster out of Nestle Quik Chic, marked a 215 in the first go and a 216.5 for a 431.5 composite, which currently leads the Level 1 Open. Quik Draw McGraw is owned by Jolan and Jody Puno.

The finalists for all Levels of the Open will be decided during Wednesday’s Level 4 Open semi-finals. Excitingly, of the 76 who advanced to the Level 4 Open semi-finals, 20 are eligible for the Level 2, and five of those are also eligible for the Level 1.

Draws for both the Open and CINCH Non Pro Futurity will be decided Thursday morning at 10 a.m. during the Platinum Performance Open and CINCH Non Pro Draw Party.