NRHA Futurity Entries on the Uptick

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – As reiners from across the globe pack to make the trek to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, for the largest reining horse show in the world, they should be pleased with preliminary entry tallies. The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show promises to be buzzing with significant increases in this year’s aged event entries.

Overall, total NRHA Futurity entries in both the open and non pro divisions (levels 1-4) are up nearly 11% over final 2017 numbers. In the open, 398 horses will vie for the championship title (versus 370 in 2017), and 200 horses will come through the gate in the non pro (versus 192 in 2017). The following chart breaks down the entries in each level and lists the respective percentage increase.

OPEN – Entries (as of 11/15/18)

  • Level 4 = 398 (up 8%)
  • Level 3 = 305 (up 10%)
  • Level 2 = 234 (up 12%)
  • Level 1 = 176 (up 33%)
  • TOTAL = 1,113 (up 13%)

NON PRO – Entries (as of 11/15/18)

  • Level 4 = 200 (up 4%)
  • Level 3 = 169 (up 6%)
  • Level 2 = 137 (even)
  • Level 1 = 118 (up 26%)
  • TOTAL = 624 (up 7%)

Late entries and transfers between the open and non pro divisions are still possible, so these numbers may change prior to the event.

During the NRHA Futurity, the world’s best reining horses and competitors come to Oklahoma City to compete for an estimated total purse and cash prizes of more than $2 million. For more information on schedules, tickets, hotel accommodations, sponsors, and more, visit nrhafuturity.com.

Photo by Waltenberry

Sliders’ Night Out – Get a Seat Before They’re Gone

RHF Hall of Fame Event Presented by Toyon Ranch

Centennial Building at State Fair Park

Presented by Toyon Ranch, Sliders’ Night Out benefits the nonprofit Reining Horse Foundation. Attend the celebratory reception, dinner, and program while honoring past NRHA Hall of Fame inductees and welcoming new inductees Bill Bradley and Dun It For Chex. William Shatner will be recognized with the NRHA Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award. Everyone in the reining community is invited to reserve your seat or table today!

Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity

Fernando Salgado Wins SWRHA Billingsley Ford Open Futurity on Stars And Sparks 

The Southwest Reining Horse Association Billingsley Ford Open Futurity was held Saturday, October 27, at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore, Oklahoma. This year, the Futurity featured a record number of entries – 112! That’s up from 75 in 2017.

“We were thrilled to see the increase in Open entries this year,” said Cheryl Cody, President of Pro Management, Inc., which manages the event. “We know there are many places for our exhibitors to compete, and we’re glad they joined us here in Ardmore.”

Billingsley Ford has been a sponsor of the SWRHA Futurity for several years. “Billingsley Ford has been an important part of this event for many years, and that’s why I, along with many other reiners, choose to buy vehicles there,” Cody said.

With top riders from across the country converging in southern Oklahoma for a last-chance run through before the National Reining Horse Association Futurity in Oklahoma City, it was Fernando Salgado of Aubrey, Texas, who topped the leaderboard.

Salgado was riding Stars And Sparks, by A Sparkling Vintage out of Belle Starr Dun It, owned by Oldenburg Farm LLC. Salgado, who works for Tom and Mandy McCutcheon, had his eye on the talented mare long before he ever got to ride her. “I always saw Tom riding her and she looked really nice, and one day he came to me and said he thought I should ride her since I’m in the Level 3, and they wanted to put some earnings on her to be a broodmare one day. I was very, very happy,” he recalled.

Stars And Sparks lost some time near the beginning of the year, but was able to show at the Tulsa Reining Classic. “She was ok, but still showing some green spots. At the beginning of this week I schooled her, and didn’t plan to show her here, but Mandy said I was going to. She thought I was ready and that it was best or the mare and me to get ready for Oklahoma City. She entered us without me knowing it.” He added, “It ended up working. I love that mare. She fits me really well!”

Salgado actually won the SWRHA Futurity two years ago with the same score, and then went to Oklahoma City and made the Level 4 finals. “I hope I can do it again this year! This show is really important. It’s our test drive for the futurity and it pays so well. It lets us know where we need to work more,” he said. “I had a bad show in Arizona and my confidence level was low, but this was great.”

Salgado has worked for the McCutcheons since the beginning of 2018. “It has been perfect. They take care of me, support me, and I couldn’t be happier,” he said. “I thank them for the opportunity, and the whole team. Thank you to my wife Sabrina who is with me good and bad.”

In addition to checks totaling $25,988, the win (and the win of the Level 3 Open) came with an SWRHA Golf Cart and a saddle sponsored by Scottsdale Western World.

Yonathan Baruch finished in second with Ready N Willing (Walla Walla Whiz x Dainty Dunit), owned by Rodion Cantacuzene. They also finished Reserve in Level 3, for earnings totaling $10416.

Ann Salmon and Tinseltown Joe Win Billingsley Ford Open Level 2 

Former SWRHA President Ann Salmon piloted Tinseltown Joe to win the Open Level 2 with a 220, earning $3,695. The pair also placed in the Level 3, worth an additional $3,280. It was a special win for Salmon, who raised the young stallion. “We raised him, my husband started him, and I have been riding him ever since. A very good friend of ours, Dr. John McCarroll, owns him, so it’s a real family project,” she said with a laugh.

Salmon noted that Tinseltown Joe, by Hollywoodstinseltown out of Joe Cat Jac, was a little bit of a late bloomer, but that changed around August. “He didn’t know if he really wanted to be a reiner, but one day he just woke up and said, ‘This is easy!’ and he’s been a dream ever since. This is our third show, and he just keeps getting better. He’s actually better in the show pen than the warm up. I don’t know how he knows, but he just gets focused,” she said.

With the Futurity a month away, Salmon explained her plan to make things smoother. “We’ll get it a little cleaner, easier, and dynamic, because it’s tough in Oklahoma City,” she said.

Although she resigned from the board a few years ago, Salmon still loves the SWRHA Futurity. “This show has been going on a long time. We’re so happy that it continues to be successful. It’s fun to win a little piece of it. It is a lot of fun to be able to just come and enjoy it, especially with a horse like this,” she said. She added, “Thank you to John for letting me show this horse, believing in us, and being a wonderful customer to be a partner with.”

Max Fontana and Wimpysred Gaylena Win Billingsley Ford Open Level 1 

With a score of 216.5, Max Fontana and Wimpysred Gaylena held on to win the Open Level 1 Championship and the reserve title for the Level 2. It was the first big win for the pair, who won $4,126. “I’m very happy. I was a little nervous, but she was really good today. It was our second to to show, and she was very comfortable through all the maneuvers,” Fontana said.

Wimpysred Gaylena, a mare by CFR Centenario Wimpy out of Baby Red Gaylena, is owned by Mary Scott Brown of San Angelo, Texas. Fontana began riding her in May of 2017. “We started training and felt she had a good disposition and ability and a good feel. She’s very smart and that helped me. She’s very talented and steps up every day,” he said.

Originally from Italy, Fontana now works at XCS Ranch. “I worked with him a long time ago. He helped me very much on all the horses. I think I have a very good opportunity to ride with him,” Fontana said.

There was a three-way tie for third in the Level 1 between Lee Deacon and Benz Special Nite (Gunners Special Nite x Best By Benz), Joe Schmidt and Gunna Cash Ya (Lil Joe Cash x Gunners Blonde Chic), and Marie Kleiner and Xtra Voodoo Shine (Shiners Voodoo Dr x Xtra Vintage Step). All marked a 216 to win $911.

Mandy McCutcheon and Whizzenintothenite Win OE Nutraceuticals Non Pro Futurity 

The OE Nutraceuticals Non Pro Futurity was held Friday, October 26, at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore, Oklahoma. The one go-round event provides reiners looking towards Oklahoma City a chance to compete for big money and last-minute experience. It was the first year that OE Nutraceuticals has sponsored the event, and representative Lisa Stafford was on-hand to discuss the products and present awards.

Mandy McCutcheon and Ms Whiz Dunit won the SWRHA Level 4 Non Pro Futurity in 2013. This year, McCutcheon returned on Ms Whiz Dunit’s foal Whizzenintothenite to win this year’s championship with a 220.

“He’s by Gunners Special Nite and we raised him. There are definitely a lot of similarities between him and his dam – they both have a lot of personality,” McCutcheon recalled. “He was good everywhere. I think I had a little turn penalty one way, but other than that he was really pretty solid the whole way.”

McCutcheon has only shown Whizzenintothenite one other time, and the result was less than stellar. “It didn’t go great. I feel better about the (NRHA) futurity after this,” she said. The Championship came with a check for $5,411. The McCutcheon’s also accepted the SWRHA Golf Cart for Turnabout Farm, owner of Gunners Special Nite.

McCutcheon, her son Cade and daughter Carlee, will all compete at this year’s NRHA Futurity, but there’s still a question about who will show what horse in Oklahoma City. “We’re still trying to decide who’s showing what, so the good news about this one is that he’s too little for anyone but me and Carlee,” Mandy said with a laugh. “Cade has been riding five so he has to decide which ones he wanted to give up.”

Mandy actually rode one of Cade’s horses, Cody Vintage, for the first time at the SWRHA Futurity, and won the Reserve title with him. “Cade’s been showing him all year and doing all the training on him. He did a great job getting him ready. He’s very broke, and really easy and fun to show,” she said. The Reserve Championship was worth an additional $3,293.

As always, McCutcheon credited her team for her success. “It takes a village to get us ready. Debbie Brown has done a lot of work on the horse, and Fernando Salgado has ridden that horse a little for me. When I got here, Dell Hendricks gave me a few pointers circling. I try to pick everyone’s brain,” she said. “Tom, Debbie, Fernando, Cade – they’re all amazing.”

Lawrence, Brown, and Russell Tie for OE Nutraceuticals Non Pro Levels 3-1 Championships! 

There was a three way tie for the Championship of the OE Nutraceuticals Non Pro Levels 3-1 with all exhibitors scoring a 215.5. George Lawrence, Stoney Russell, and Jillane Brown all also tied for third in the Non Pro Level 4. Lawrence won $4,815.37, while Russell and Brown, who also tied for the Prime Time title, took home $5,512.

Lawrence was riding his horse Time For The Gunshow, by Gunners Special Nite out of Miss Timed To Shine. “He was really pure in there. He turned really well. We could have stopped better, so we’ll work on that, but he was good. He was about as honest as it gets,” Lawrence said. “I didn’t have a game plan for today. We just winged it and he was fun.”

George and his wife Chloe purchased the gelding as a yearling. While Luke Gagnon rode the colt for half of his two year old year, George and Chloe have been the main ones training and riding him with help from Casey Deary. “The horse is good. I just need to make fewer mistakes as a rider. The fewer I make, the better he’s going to be,” Lawrence said.

The OE Nutraceuticals Futurity was the colt’s second event, having won a little over $1,000 at the Tulsa Reining Classic. Lawrence’s mother, a fan of the show Vikings, named the colt, by Gunners Special Nite out o Miss Times To Shine, after the show’s protagonist Ragnar. It’s an unlikely moniker for a horse that Lawrence said, “Like’s cookies. He’ll drag you to a cookie jar!”

Jillane Brown purchased her mare KR Ima Dream from Casey Hinton. “I bought her from him at the Denver show where he did well with her. I’ve had her a couple weeks. She’s with Sam Smith now, and I love her,” Brown said. “We were just wanting to go in and have a nice quiet run. I knew she’d be there in my circles for me, so I ran here harder there. I wanted to be quiet in my turnarounds, and knew she’d be there in my stops. She nailed every stop.”

KR Ima Dream is by Magnum Chic Dream out of KR Ima Tejon. “She’s sweet, quiet and curious, and very good-minded,” Brown said. The next stop for the pair is the NRHA Futurity, and Brown noted that the win in Ardmore was a big confidence booster. “Thank you to Sam for all his work, and to Casey for selling her to me.”

Stoney Russell of Longview, Texas, didn’t expect his score with Whata Special Nite to hold, so after competing he went back to work. “I went early in the draw. Mathieu called me before the end and said it was still holding, but I couldn’t get back for the awards in time,” Russell said.

Stoney and his wife Stuart purchased Whata Special Nite, by Gunners Special Nite out of SLJ Sweet N Juicy, from Lindy Longfellow. “We went and rode him. He was actually for my wife, and for some reason they didn’t fit, so we swapped horses,” Stoney said. “He’s a really nice horse. He’s good-minded and when you walk into the pen there is nothing that bothers him.”

Stoney showed “Big John” at the Tulsa Reining Classic, and marked a 215.5, placing in the top five. Unfortunately, he hadn’t entered the Level 4 because it was the pair’s first event. “I should have. This time Stuart put us in everything and it worked well,” he said.

Stoney noted that Mathieu Buton has been riding Big John to get him prepared for the upcoming events. “I feel a lot better about Oklahoma City after this. Mathieu has been riding him for me and is catching him up because he was just a little behind,” he said. “I thank my wife Stuart, and Mathieu who has done a wonderful job. Thank you also the SWRHA who has put on a really good show.”

A New Million Dollar Face – Pale Face Dunnit

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – October 29, 2018 – Members of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) enjoy welcoming new faces to the sport every day. From eager youth wanting to experience a sliding stop and breeders bringing new prospects to the show pen to the moments when NRHA honors a new Million Dollar Sire, all levels of accomplishment are celebrated. Today, NRHA recognizes Pale Face Dunnit as a new face in the NRHA Million Dollar Sires club with unofficial offspring earnings totaling more than $1 million.

Pale Face Dunnit is proudly owned by Schmersal Reining Horses and Silver Spurs Equine of Scottsdale, Arizona, where he stands at stud. The 2007 AQHA/APHA palomino/dunalino stallion has ties running deep in Arizona having been bred by NRHA Million Dollar Owner Rancho Oso Rio, LLC also located in Scottsdale. “Gold Digger” is by NRHA Ten Million Dollar Sire Gunner and out of Lena Dun It ($48,600+ NRHA LTE) by NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire Hollywood Dun It.

Pale Face Dunnit started his show career under the guidance of NRHA Million Dollar Rider Randy Paul and owner Shari Kay Jaster winning the Rocky Mountain Summer Slide Level (L)4 Open Futurity Championship, tying for 3rd in Scottsdale L4 Open Futurity, and placing in the top ten at the NRHA L4 Open Futurity. Following those achievements, Craig and Ginger Schmersal (Hickory Creek Ranch, LLC) purchased Gold Digger in 2011. With NRHA Three Million Dollar Craig Schmersal in the saddle, he went on to be a two-time NRHA L4 Open Derby finalist, National Reining Breeders Classic L4 Open finalist, High Roller Reining Classic L4 Open Derby Reserve Champion (229 score), top ten finisher at the AQHA World Championship Show in Junior Reining, and United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) National Open Reserve Champion. In all, Pale Face Dunnit earned more than $70,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings

The accomplished show horse switched gears breeding to a limited number of mares starting in 2011. The following seasons saw more and more breeders taking their mares to him looking for their next champion. Now with only four foals crops of competition age, Pale Face Dunnit has proven his worth in the breeding shed and earned the distinction of being an NRHA Million Dollar Sire. Pale Face Dunnit’s top performing offspring include:

  • Face The Attitude (out of Miss Lil Addy Tude) – $161,700 NRHA LTE
  • Phantom Face (out of Gorgeous Like A Star) – $94,800 NRHA LTE
  • Gold Digging Dunnit (out of Dun It Reining) – $91,700 NRHA LTE
  • Pale Black Gun (out of Blazing In Black) $89,700 NRHA LTE
  • Pale Face Gunslinger (out of Lost In Tinseltown) $61,500 NRHA LTE

Photo by John Brasseaux

NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire – Einsteins Revolution

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – October 23, 2018 – In June 2015, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) welcomed Einsteins Revolution to the elite NRHA Million Dollar Sire club. Today, NRHA congratulates him and his owners Silver Spurs Equine & Vandorp on surpassing $2 million in NRHA offspring earnings.

Einsteins Revolution is a 2002 stallion bred by Christian and Rosi Wagner of Germany. In 2005, Ruben Vandorp became a part owner and the Wagner & Vandorp partnership was listed as his official owner. Vandorp became the young prospect’s trainer and guided the young stallion’s budding career. His oversight involved having multiple NRHA Professionals show the dun dynamo.

  • Tim McQuay, NRHA Three Million Dollar Rider and Hall of Fame Inductee, showed the stallion to a Level (L) 4 Open finalist position at the 2005 NRHA Futurity.
  • Shawn Flarida, NRHA Five Million Dollar Rider and Hall of Fame Inductee, showed him at the 2006 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC), winning the L4 Open Champion title.
  • Vandorp and Einsteins Revolution collected the L3 Open division win and the L4 reserve title at the 2007 NRBC. At the following NRHA Derby, with Vandorp at the reins, the stallion earned the Level 3 Open Championship.

Einsteins Revolution, by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Einstein (AQHA Great Resolve) and out of Fly Flashy Jac by Boggies Flashy Jac, was the first horse to earn more than $300,000 in NRHA events! All told he has NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE) of $352,720.

When he went to the breeding shed, Einsteins Revolution created much excitement based on his show pen success and quickly proved his worth as a sire, attracting some of the best mares in the performance horse industry. Currently, his total offspring earnings are $2,004,006.  Einsteins Revolution stands in Scottsdale, Arizona, at Silver Spurs Equine.
Einsteins Revolution’s top-earning offspring include:

  • Turn Down For What (out of My Way Marla) – $181,495 NRHA LTE
  • Revolution Is Dun (out of Miss Whiz Done Dunit) – $165,950 NRHA LTE
  • Footwork Revolution (out of Fancy Footwork) – $110,604 NRHE LTE
  • Snip O Lution (out of Snip O Chex) – $94,199 NRHA LTE
  • Relatively Sweet (out of Sweet Ginger Chic) – $67,448 NRHA LTE

Photo by John Brasseaux