A Smoking Run leads to the 2018 NRHA Open Futurity Champion

For Immediate Release – December 1, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The 2018 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Open Futurity Finals featured a field 70 horses deep across the four levels and prime time division. At the end of the night after the last score had been announced, NRHA Million Dollar Rider Jason Vanlandingham, riding A Vintage Smoke for owner Diane Mesmer, secured the title of 2018 NRHA Open Level (L) 4 Futurity Champion [video].

A Vintage Smoke, nominated by Karl Hapcic, is by NRHA Million Dollar Sire A Sparkling Vintage and out of Lady Smoke Peppy. “I had been struggling with  some things this week. I thought my turns went as good as they could be. In the warm up pen, he was really locked in and gave me a ton of confidence,” said Vanlandingham. He went on to add, “I went for it all and ran him through the gate as hard as we could run, and he swallowed that first stop up.” A Vintage Smoke earned $142,500 for his owner and $7,500 for his nominator.

Isnt She Perfect and rider Kole Price took home the L4 Open Reserve Championship. Isnt She Perfect is by NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Walla Walla Whiz and out of Miss Silver Gun. She is owned by Amy Meadows and nominated by Tamarack Ranch LLC. The owner’s and nominator’s share of the purse was $130,352 and $6,518, respectively.

Winning the L3 Open division, Prime Time Open, and Prime Time Open Reserve Championship was NRHA Million Dollar Rider Mike McEntire aboard two similar named horses. McEntire rode his first draw, Pale Faced Whiz (NRHA Million Dollar Sire Pale Face Dunnit x Ms Maggie Whiz), for owners A4L-Equine to a score of 218 ½ to win the title of Prime Time Open Reserve Champion and a top ten finish in the L3 Open division. Pale Faced Whiz is nominated by Ginger Schmersal.

McEntire’s second draw, Pale Face Whiz, slid to a score of 222 ½ earning the duo the title of Open L3 Champion and Open Prime Time Champion, as well as more than $87,000 in owner and nominator earnings [video]. The sorrel stallion is by Pale Face Dunnit and out of Lady Naskiia Whiz. He is nominated by Everett Wiggins and owned by Everett and Karen Wiggins. “It felt good; the horse has been so good all week. He has stayed real solid,” said McEntire when asked about his run on Pale Face Whiz.

Earning the L3 Open Reserve Championship was Vintage Jewels and NRHA Million Dollar Rider Dell Hendricks. Vintage Jewels, owned by Kristi Clark, is by A Sparkling Vintage and out of Jewels Lil Sparkle and nominated by Todd Vernon.

Riding to the L2 and L1 Open Futurity Championship was Austin Lee Roush and Gunna Stop (NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya x Stop Little Sister) owned by Alexandria Gokey and nominated by Toyon Ranch LLC [video]. “I felt pretty confident. Both of my horses rode good for the whole horse show. I was ready to show today,” said Roush when asked about his run.

Tying for the L2 Open Reserve Champion was Smokin Paleface (Pale Face Dunnit x Lost In Tinseltown) with Brent Naylor, and Mr Royal Hollywood (NRHA Million Dollar Sire Hollywoodstinseltown x Cee Miss Hollywood) with NRHA Million Dollar Rider Cody Sapergia. Smokin Paleface is owned and nominated by Tim Anderson. Mr Royal Hollywood is owned by George and Carol Bell and nominated by George Bell.

Tinker This and Thiago Sobral earned the L1 Open Reserve Championship for owners Mary Beth and Tim Ruckman. Tinker This is by Tinker With Guns and out of Tejons Finally Dunit and nominated by Silver Spurs Equine.

Record-Setting Payout

The 2018 NRHA Open Futurity witnessed the second largest purse in the event’s history with nearly $1.5 million awarded Saturday night. Additionally, there was an 8% increase in horses entered (399) and 14% increase in total entries (1,124).

Cool As Ice – Fappani Wins 2018 NRHA Cinch Non Pro Futurity

For Immediate Release – November 30, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The competition in the 2018 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Cinch Non Pro Futurity was hot, but Tish Fappani kept her cool despite a three-way runoff for the championship. Fappani claimed her third Level (L) 4 Non Pro Championship tonight aboard Icecube, a red dun stallion by SG Frozen Enterprize and out of Taris Designer Genes, nominated by Andrea Fappani and owned by Andrea and Tish Fappani.

Fappani, who actually prefers to go earlier in the draw, drew up second to last in the second section of the finals tonight. As she entered the arena Samantha Smith riding Neverthoughtiwould and Madison Steed aboard Into The Nite were in a two-way tie with a 222 ½. After the completion of her run, a two-way tie turned into a three-way tie, but Fappani kept her cool in the runoff marking a 223 ½ and clinching the win [video].  “His first run he was really good, he is such a powerful horse, but I had a few bobbles on my end so we tied,” said Fappani “I’ve never had to do a run off at a major aged event.” She went on to add “He [Icecube] went back in there and tried even harder for me.”

Earning the title of 2018 NRHA Cinch Non Pro L4 Reserve Co-Champion and L3 Champion was Samantha Smith and Neverthoughtiwould (NRHA Million Dollar Sire Pale Face Dunnit x Shine Tini) [video]. The cremello gelding is owned by NRHA Million Dollar Owner Lance Griffin and nominated by Ginger Schmersal. When asked about her run Smith said, “Going in the first time I knew there was a pretty big score to beat, but I just wanted to be good. My plan was to show smart because he is a fun horse but to be able to put the hammer down and show him clean and correct and it worked.” Smith gave credit to her trainer, Martin Larcombe and how prepared he had her horse for tonight.

Madison Steed and Into The Nite claimed the Cinch Non Pro L4 Reserve Co-Championship and L2 Championship [video]. Into The Nite, nominated by Turnabout Farms, Inc. and owned by Steed, is by NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Gunners Special Nite and out of Chexy Dun It.  “My first run he was awesome. He turned better in there than I think he has in his entire life. We bobbled in the run in on the first one, but he is three and he tried super hard, and I really couldn’t have asked for a better horse,” said Steed when asked about her run.

Wining the Cinch Non Pro L1 and Youth Championship as well as the L2 Reserve Championship was Sam Flarida riding Hollywooddirtysecret [video], a red dun gelding nominated by Patricia Duque and owned by Shawn Flarida. Daniele Whitney and Absolute Gunner slide their way to the Cinch Non Pro L1 Reserve Champion. Absolute Gunner, nominated by Turnabout Farm, Inc, is by NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee Gunner and out of Taris Modern Design. Cade McCutcheon and Alpha Brave Hard (nominated by Alpha Quarter Horses, Inc.) clinched the Non Pro Youth Reserve Championship. Alpha Brave Hard is by NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Gunners Special Nite and out of Miss Brim Peppy.

The Non Pro Prime Time Championship ended with a two-way tie between Think Im Gunna Shine ridden by Chad Clark [video] and Whata Special Nite ridden by Stoney Russell [video]. Think Im Gunna Shine (Nominated by Rick Sassella) is by NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya and out of Shiny Wrangler. “It was super fun and I love a horse that will let you show them like that. She is super sweet,” said Clark when talking about his winning run tonight.

Whata Special Nite, owned and shown by Stoney Russell, is by Gunners Special Nite and out of SLJ Sweet N Juicy and was nominated by Lindy Longfellow.  We asked Russell about his run tonight, and this what he had to say: “I came across the middle on my right circle and drug a lead and had an overturn on my spins, but other than that he was there for me. I pushed him, and he never said no. I was very happy with him.”

Big Numbers for 2018 NRHA CINCH Non Pro Futurity
The 2018 NRHA Futurity continues its successful start with impressive and historic numbers. Non Pro entries were up 8% (629) in comparison to last year (582). This year’s edition had the largest purse (level 1 – level 4) in history with $617,166. The second largest was held in 2012 with $605,111. Additionally, the purse for each level was at a record high.

NRHA Open Futurity Finalists are Determined

NRHA Open Futurity finalists are determined following the Level 4 Open Semifinal sponsored by Not Ruf At All and Tamarack Ranch

Deary and Gunnarickashay lead the Level 4 Open composite

For Immediate Release – November 28, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
– Each year in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show features the world’s most elite competitors in the sport of reining. To highlight this talent, last year NRHA created a new event, thrilling for both spectators and reiners alike; the Level (L)4 Open Semifinal.

The NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Semifinal sponsored by Not Ruf At All and Tamarack Ranch included the top 75 horses (plus ties) in the L4 Open division from the first go-round. Those achieving the highest combined score from the first go-round and semifinals advance to the finals and compete head-to-head for the winner’s $150,000 guaranteed paycheck on the night of Saturday, December 1. This year’s L4-L1 purse is the second largest in NRHA history, making the achievement even more special. Additionally, those riders qualifying for the semifinal, but not marking high enough to advance to the final, will receive a paycheck of more than $1,600 for their effort.

The L4 Open Semifinal was packed with high scores, but at the end of the day it was NRHA Million Dollar Rider Casey Deary and Gunnarickashay [video] who added a 225 to their 224 go-round score to win the L4 composite. Their 449 edged out Austin Lee Roush and Gunna Stop by one-half point for the win.

Earlier this year, Deary and Gunnarickashay won the All American Quarter Horse Congress L4 Open Reserve Championship to bring the stallion’s earnings to over $23,000. The son of NRHA Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya is out of Rondas Tio, a mare that has produced winners of more then $215,000 including Heavy Duty Chex ($133,50 NRHA LTE). Gunnarickashay is owned by Judy and Jolan Puno and nominated by St-Onge Reining Horses, Inc.

Go-round winner Kole Price and Isnt She Perfect (NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Walla Walla Whiz x Miss Silver Gun) [video] marked a 220½ to bring their composite score to 447½ and land them in the third place position. The gray mare is owned by Amy Medows and nominated by Tamarack Ranch, LLC.

Gunna Stop and Roush – Levels 1-3

A composite score of 448½ rose to the top of the field in L3 through 1. Austin Lee Roush and Gunna Stop [video] marked a 227 in the semifinal for owner Alexandria Gokey. The chestnut stallion nominated by Toyon Ranch, LLC is by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya and out of Stop Little Sister. So far this year, the duo has earned more than $6,500 at the HOT Summer Slide Futurity, Tulsa Reining Classic Futurity, and All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity.

Pale Face Whiz and McEntire – Prime Time

With a composite score of 442½, Mike McEntire took top honors in the prime time open division riding Pale Face Whiz. The dual-registered AQHA/APHA stallion owned by Everett and Karen Wiggins is already an NRHA money earner having won more than $6,000 at the All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity with Craig Schmersal.

The new semifinal format provides more recognition to NRHA owners and riders and showcases the incredibly talented equine athletes in the sport of reining. Additionally, a guaranteed payout was made to each horse that qualified for the semifinals.

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2018 Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships – Vol 1

Celebrating the Champions – Vol. I

 


NAAC Open & Intermediate Open Co-Champion

Smart Stepin Lena
Owned by Carolyn Tellepsen
Wimpys Little Step x Smart Shiney Lena
2012 G with $81,400 NRHA LTE

Stephen Archer
Richmond, Texas
South Texas RHA
$312,600 NRHA LTE

Archer and the gelding won the reserve championship in the Open at the South Central Affiliate Regional Championships in Tulsa to qualify for Oklahoma City. [Watch their NAAC run]


NAAC Open & Intermediate Open Co-Champion

Arlosa Whiz
Owned by Euro-Vets, Inc.
Topsail Whiz x Dream Olena Chic
2009 S with $41,200 NRHA LTE

Fredrik Thomsson
Pilot Point, Texas
South Central Region
$249,900 NRHA LTE

“Coming here to America [in 1993] and then winning the North American Championships for me, it means a lot, and I’m very happy to do it.” [Watch the interview]


NAAC Limited Open Champion

Whizkeys Hot Jewel
Owned by White River Ag Products, Inc.
Whizkey N Diamonds x Jewels Lil Sparkle
2014 G / North Central Int. Open Champion

Jeff Kasten
River Falls, Wisconsin
North Central Region
$267,800 NRHA LTE

“When you’re in the show pen, he’s dialed in and hooked on you. He’s been a real easy horse to prepare.” [Watch the interview]

NAAC Rookie Professional Champion

Lil Coded Jac
Owned by Susan Meyer
Jacs Electric Spark x Hot Coded Candy
2012 G with $4,200 in NRHA LTE

Kaleigh Geringer
Collinsville, Texas
South Central Region
NRHA Professional since 2017

“He’s such a fun horse to show. He’s a huge stopper. That’s my favorite part about him so smooth to stop, so much fun!” [Watch the interview]


NAAC Novice Horse Open L1 & L2 Champion

Lil Coded Jac
Owned by Susan Meyer
Jacs Electric Spark x Hot Coded Candy
2012 G with $4,200 in NRHA LTE

Jared Leclair
Tioga, Texas
South Central Region
$773,700 NRHA LTE

“I think the affiliate part is a big part of keeping the industry going, and keeping those older horses going.” [Watch the interview]


NAAC Non Pro Champion

Brittalynae Goodlin
Boring, Oregon
Northwest Region
Took home $2,496 for the win

ARC Trashin Yer Chic
Owned by Greg and Kathy Goodlin
Gunnatrashya x Wimpys Little Chic
2012 G with $47,175 NRHA LTE

“When I first started riding him, I was ok. I had only ridden a couple of years then once I got on him, he makes you a better rider because you really have to learn how to ride him.” [Watch the interview]


NAAC Limited Non Pro Champion

Emily Coultrap
Morgantown, West Virginia
South Central Region
$13,800 NRHA LTE

Sparkys Shining Doll
Owned by Emily Coultrap
Friday Night Shiner x BB Holly Doll
2012 S with $24,400 NRHA LTE

“I think he [Sparkys Shining Doll] knows. When I’m on him, he takes care of me. He goes out there and he does his job. He is a pleaser.” [Watch the interview]


NAAC Prime Time Non Pro Champion

Karen Shedlauskas
Austintown, Ohio
East Central Region
$172,100 NRHA LTE

Red Gun 2
Owned by Karen Shedlauskas
Gunner x Call Me N Hollywood
2012 G with $30,900 NRHA LTE

“I had the opportunity to win the [NAAC] Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 in 2013, and that hooked me on the program; the awards and the recognition. I’ve been looking for one to come back here!” [Watch the interview]

NAAC Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 Champion

Adam Donahue
Marshfield, Missouri
South Central Region
$38,100 NRHA LTE

Thata Shiner
Owned by Adam Donahue
Smart Spook x SLJ Smartlikewhinny
2009 M with $16,600 NRHA LTE

“This mare really deserved to win a bronze, and I’m really glad she won this bronze. It means a lot because it shows that old horses still have a place in the industry.”[Watch the interview]


NAAC Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 Champion

Morris Kulmer
Bountiful, Utah
Southwest Region
$121,700 NRHA LTE

NVR What A Lucky Joe
Owned by Morris Kulmer
Lil Joe Cash x What A Lucky Hit
2014 G with $27,500 NRHA LTE

“It was fun. It was good. Great competition. I love challenges. I love competition, and the reining horse industry will give you all that you’d ever want.” [Watch the interview]

Schmidt and Gunna Cash Ya Lead Open Semifinal

Schmidt and Gunna Cash Ya Lead Open Semifinal
Morgan and Tracy Tinseltown Win Non Pro Go-Round

As the 2018 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show (NAAC) moved into the second week of competition, more talented reining horses entered the Jim Norick Arena at Oklahoma State Fair Park. “The Futurity” is the world’s most prestigious reining event open to 3-year-old horses. Today, the NRHA Open Futurity Level (L)1, 2, 3 Semifinals concluded its second section, and the CINCH NRHA Non Pro Futurity qualifying go-round ended, setting the stage for this weekend’s finals.

Schmidt and Gunna Cash Ya hold onto the lead
In Monday’s first section of the semifinal, Joe Schmidt of Pilot Point, Texas rode Allison Sutton’s Gunna Cash Ya (Lil Joe Cash x Gunners Blonde Chic) to a 222 [video]. The semifinal effort gave the pair a 438 composite to lead the L3-L1 divisions.

Just one-half point behind in the composite is Smokin Paleface and Brent Naylor of Phoenix, Arizona. On Monday, they slid their way to a 221½ [video] to bring their composite score to 437½ . Owned and nominated by Tim Anderson, the sorrel stallion is by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Pale Face Dunnit and out of Lost In Tinseltown.

NRHA Markel Futurity Sales Graduate Off N Running took to the arena in the second section of the semifinal with Austin Lee Roush of South Bend, Indiana. The duo marked a 216 ½ to move up the leaderboard for owner Matt Roush and nominator Arcese Quarter Horses USA. The sorrel stallion sits third in the L3 and L2 and second in the L1 division with a composite score of 435½.

In the Prime Time Open division, it’s all about the ladies with Shauna Larcombe and Ann Salmon Anderman taking the top spots. Larcombe leads the division for riders 50 and older with a 430½ composite score on NRHA Million Dollar Owner Rosanne Sternberg’s Lil Ruf Spook (Smart Spook x Lil Ruf Muffin). Anderman and John McCarroll’s Tinseltown Joe (Hollywoodstinseltown x Joe Cat Jac) are right behind with a 430 composite score.

The qualifying continues tomorrow with the Level 4 Open Semifinal sponsored by Not Ruf At All and Tamarack Ranch. The top 75 horses (plus ties) in the L4 Open division will vie for their chance at the second largest purse in NRHA Futurity history ($1.5 million estimated).

At the completion of tomorrow’s competition, the following number of horses will advance to the Open Futurity Finals to be held on Saturday, December 1:

Level 4 Open: Top 30 horses (plus ties)
Level 3 Open: Top 30 horses (plus ties)
Level 2 Open: Top 20 horses (plus ties)
Level 1 Open: Top 15 horses (plus ties)
Prime Time Open: Top 10 horses (plus ties)

Those horses qualifying for only the Level 3 and/or Level 2 and/or Level 1 Open divisions will show in the first section. The remaining qualifiers (Level 4 Open and Level 4 Open/Level 3 Open/Level 2 Open/Level 1 Open divisions) will compete in the second section. The finals in each division will be a clean-slate format.

Morgan and Tracy Tinseltown setting the bar

After 202 horse and rider teams took to the arena to qualify for the CINCH Non Pro Futurity Finals, the richest in the event’s history, one pair remained at the top of the leaderboard: NRHA Million Dollar Rider James Morgan, DVM and Tracy Tinseltown [video]. They marked a 219½ in the first section to set the bar. Dr. Morgan purchased Tracy Tinseltown (by Hollywoodstinseltown and out of Smart Scooter Chic) as a 2-year-old. She is nominated by Tracy Higginbottom. The pair also lead the prime time division.

The second-highest score in the go-round and highest in the youth division was posted by Cade McCutcheon and Alpha Brave Hard (Gunners Special Nite x Miss Brim Peppy) owned by Tom and Mandy McCutcheon. Together the duo marked a 219 [video]. Alpha Brave Hard is nominated by Alpha Quarter Horses LLC.

In the L3 division, Samantha Smith and Neverthoughtiwould held onto the top position with a 218 ½ [video]. Neverthoughtiwould, by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Pale Face Dunnit and out of Shine Tini, is nominated by Ginger Schmersal and owned by Lance Griffin.

The leaderboard changed in the L2 and L1 divisions with two entries earning a 217 ½: George Lawrence aboard Time For The Gunshow and Daniele Whitney riding Absolute Gunner. Lawrence Ranch owns Time For The Gunshow (nominated by Kindra Rader), a stallion by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Gunners Special Nite and out of Timed To Shine. Absolute Gunner (nominated by Turnabout Farm, Inc.) is a son of NRHA Hall of Fame Sire Gunner and Taris Modern Design.

The following finalists have been determined and will make their way to the clean slate finals on Friday, November 30:
Level 4 Non Pro: Top 25 horses (plus ties) – 215½
Level 3 Non Pro: Top 20 horses (plus ties) – 215
Level 2 Non Pro: Top 15 horses (plus ties) – 214½
Level 1 Non Pro: Top 15 horses (plus ties) – 214½
Prime Time Non Pro: Top 10 horses (plus ties) – 215½
Youth Non Pro: Top 15 horses (plus ties) – 208

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