A Great Day Eight at the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® NAAC

The 2022 National Reining Horse Association Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships are in full swing, and with the Finals weekend on the horizon, the competition continues to heat up.

Petrol & Rapp Win Thursday’s NRHA Bob’s Custom Saddles Showdowns

The final weekend of the NRHA Futurity and Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships started on a high note. The Bob’s Custom Saddles Intermediate Non Pro and Intermediate Open Showdowns were held in the Jim Norick Coliseum Thursday morning, with 21 top riders from the NAAC classes competing for additional cash prizes. Those earnings are on top of what anyone might have already won in the Adequan® Arena.

The top 10 (plus ties) in the classes had the opportunity – with no extra entry fee – to compete in the Showdowns for additional monetary prizes.

Bob’s Custom Saddles sponsored the Showdown rounds for the Intermediate Open, Intermediate Non Pro, as well as the Rookie Level 2, which will run concurrently with the Toyon Ranch Rookie of the Year Showdown Saturday morning.

Bob’s Custom Saddles NAAC Intermediate Open Showdown – Xtra Miss Wimpy and Sebastian Petrol

Xtra Miss Wimpy added another $5,000 to her resume Thursday morning in the Bob’s Custom Saddle Intermediate Open Showdown. With Sebastian Petrol at the helm, the mare marked a 217.5.

“I am very thankful for Bob’s Custom Saddles for doing this,” Petrol said. “That company does a great job supporting us and supporting the Association. We’re very grateful.”

Bred and nominated by Ixtul Quarter Horses, Xtra Miss Wimpy is described as a “positive, happy, and good horse to be around.” The mare is owned by Ellen Cummins and is sired by NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Shiners Voodoo Dr and out of Little Smart Wimpy.

“She is just a darling. We’ve had her since her 3-year-old year. I showed her as a 3-year-old year and had some terrible luck all year long. Never really felt like I did her justice in her career,” Petrol said. “Now that she’s turned 7, we’re switching gears and looking for different places to show her. She’s still so good in the pen, so we’re looking to rack up some more earnings, and today was a great opportunity here today.”

Petrol thanked Cummins for her continued support and his entire team – including his wife ­­– for their hard work.

Bob’s Custom Saddles NAAC Intermediate Non Pro Showdown – Alicia Rapp and Spooks Gotta Glo

For Alicia Rapp, the Bob’s Custom Saddles Showdown was the cherry on top of a successful NRHA Futurity. She surpassed her lifetime earnings goal of $100,000 in the ancillary classes and got the chance to run through the Gateway of Champions entrance in the Bobs Custom Saddles Intermediate Non Pro Showdown.

“I think Bob’s doing this is awesome,” Rapp said. “I think it’s absolutely great. It was so much fun to be able to do this and show in the coliseum.”

With a score of 216.5, Rapp earned $5,000 aboard 5-year-old Spooks Gotta Glo.

“It was a really good run,” Rapp said. This pattern is really hard for me – pattern 7 – things happen so fast. But he was really a good boy. Ran in and got stopped huge three times, turned the best today that he has all week, and my slowdowns were [on center].”

According to Rapp, her gelding Spooks Gotta Glo (Spooks Gotta Gun x Look At Her Glo) is a “dork” who loves treats, turnout time, and competing.

“I thank my trainer, Ted Chancey. I’ve been with him for almost 15 years. And Mari Little, who does all of my acupuncture and chiropractic work on my horses. I couldn’t have done it without them,” Rapp said.

Complete results can be found at NRHAFuturity.com

NAAC Youth 13 and Under Co-Champion and Ancillary Youth 13 and Under Co-Champion – Addison Sawyer and Whizkey At Dawn

The competition in the Youth 13 and Under classes was fierce, and in the end, the top place finished in a tie. Scoring a 211, North Carolina’s Addison Sawyer earned a Co-Championship in both the NAAC Youth 13 and Under, as well as the ancillary division in the class. All told, she earned more than $200.

Riding “easy” gelding Whizkey At Dawn (Whizkey N Diamonds x Dualin At Dawn x Dualin Gun), Sawyer put together a smooth run.

“He has prepared amazing this week,” Sawyer said. “It was fun today. I started to laugh because he didn’t spin good, but that’s OK. His best maneuver is his circles.”

According to Sawyer, Whizkey At Dawn’s favorite treat is German Horse Muffins. He was bred by Bundy Lane and is owned by Wayne Mizelle.

Sawyer thanked her trainer, Miss Joe, for her help.

NAAC Youth 13 and Under Co-Champion and Ancillary Youth 13 and Under Co-Champion – Hayley Thompson and Fifty Shades Of Roan

Hayley Thompson may have started riding pleasure horses but got to the reining pen as soon as she could. Riding new teammate Fifty Shades Of Roan (Roosters Wrangler x The Roan Whizard), Thompson garnered two Co-Championships in the NAAC Youth 13 and Under and the ancillary division of the class.

Riding to a score of 211, Thompson earned $214.

“I just got him this year in August,” Thompson said of Fifty Shades Of Roan. “He’s really fun, and I love him so much. He’s always happy. He loves apples, and he’ll be getting some.”

According to Thompson, Fifty Shades Of Roan’s best maneuvers are his stops and spins, and she plans on improving her run downs with him. The gelding was bred by Cora Solum and is owned by Clayton Thompson.

“We’ve been riding him a lot, and I rode him in here last night, and he was really good,” Thompson said. “I thank my trainer, Jason Donahue, and my parents.”

Youth Short Stirrup Champion – Rafael Christians and New N Town

The 2022 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Champion will have competition for the largest entourage… and it comes from Brazilian youth Rafael Christians. Christians marked a massive 219 on New N Town to win the Short Stirrup. The only one more excited about the championship than the entourage was the Champion himself.

With the help of translator Ty Boechat, Christians expressed his gratitude.

“I am very happy, very excited, and have a mix of emotions after marking a 219,” Christians said. “The run went very well. I’ve trained very hard, even before I came to the United States. I trained in Brazil for a long time, and I’m very happy to get to ride.”

Riding Janice Laney’s 5-year-old gelding, New N Town (Gunners Tinseltown x Wimpys New Pal) Christians marked his highest score ever.

“He’s a really good horse, and I’m honored I get to ride him. I’m very glad I got to stay at Eleven Equine to train in preparation,” Christians said.

Christians’ list of people to thank was long and included Janice Laney, Eduardo Christians, Thiago Boechat, Joao Batistella, Joao Felipe Lacerda, Telma Eltink, Lucio Casalecchi, Ricardo Amaral, and the Tripol Ranch.

Tyson Randle Wins NRHA Honorable Mention Futurity on SRH Legally Blond

Riders not advancing to the finals had the option of entering the $1,000 Added Honorable Mention Futurity, and Tyson Randle and SRH Legally Blonde were victorious. The NRHA Professional and the mare, owned by Beth Ann Biber, marked a 215 for the win.

SRH Legally Blond, by NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Pale Face Dunnit out of Java Light, was bred and nominated by Silver Spurs Equine.

Taking second in the Honorable Mention Futurity was Cody Garrison and Aintnofortunateson with a 213.5. Xtra Voodoo Me is by Colonel Smart Spook out of Custom Sparklolena. The stallion was bred, nominated, and is owned by Brogan Lee.

Andiamoe and Shawn Flarida Top NRHA Open Prelims with Fiery Scores

The stage has been set for the world of reining’s most prestigious night; the NRHA Level 4 Open Futurity Finals. Held Saturday, Dec. 3, what was a field of 391 has been whittled to 35 Level 4 Open horses and riders.

The Open first go took place Nov. 24-26, and the top horses from each level advanced to the semi-finals. Levels 3, 2, and 1 went through the pen on Tuesday, Nov. 29, and on Wednesday, the L4 Open semi-finals, sponsored by Not Ruf At All, featured the top 75 horses from the first round. From there, the top 30 competitors (plus ties) with the highest composite scores in L4-1, plus the top 10 in the Prime Time, advanced to the clean-slate Finals.

There, in the Jim Norick Coliseum, more than $2 million will be paid out, breaking the previous record by more than $200,000!

In fact, all four Open Level purses are record-breakers in 2022!

This year, the Level 4 Open exhibitors will be competing for an impressive $350,000 1st place prize during the MS Diamonds TX L4 Open Futurity Finals. The Reserve Champion will still win a guaranteed $150,000, and third place will bank $100,000.

That’s huge news, and the guaranteed payouts for all Open Levels are impressive.

  • Level 3 – Champion/$70,000, Res. Champion/$50,000, 3rd/$35,000
  • Level 2 – Champion/$50,000, Res. Champion/$25,000, 3rd $15,000
  • Level 1 – Champion/$13,000, Res. Champion/$7,000

Topping the L4 semi-finals and securing their spot in the finals with a composite 453 were Adiamoe and Seven Million Dollar Rider Shawn. Leading the field by more than three points, Flarida has shown his poise to the competition headed into the electric clean-slate finals.

The pair marked a 228.5 in the first round and came back for more in the second round with a 224.5. Andiamoe is bred and owned by Two Million Dollar Owner Arcese Quarter Horses, sired by Eight Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya and out of NRHA Million Dam Wimpys Little Chic.

Her name is Italian and translates to “Let’s go!”

Flarida is a five-time NRHA Open Futurity Champion and advanced to the Prime Time Open Finals in the top spot, as well.

In the L3 and L2 Open, Rodrigo Nieves and Spook Lil Whiz took the top spot with a composite of 445.5. The stallion is bred and owned by Renata Lemann and was nominated by Eduardo Salgado. Spook Lil Whiz is sired by Four Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Whiz and out of Lil Dreamer.

The top L1 horse and rider were Shineoncrazydiamond with Vanessa Strotmann, who marked a 219.5 and 220 for a 439.5 composite. The stallion was bred and nominated by Stefano Calcagnini and is owned by Strotmann herself. He’s sired by NRHA Million Sire Shine Chic Shine and out of Cashing In Diamonds.

The bubble needed to earn a berth in the L4 Open Finals was a 440. In the L3, it took a 434.5 to advance. L2 riders had to mark at least a 430, while in the L1, it took a 420.5 or more. To make the Top 10 in the Prime Time Open, riders needed to earn at least a 439.

Riders Advance from CINCH Non Pro Futurity Consolation

Although the preliminary round of the NRHA CINCH Non Pro Futurity concluded Monday evening, riders who barely missed qualifying for the finals still had a chance to advance.

That’s because the CINCH Non Pro Futurity Consolation round gives entries that last chance needed to secure a spot in the Finals. In the consolation, the top five from each of the four Levels move on to Friday’s competition.

Jesse Asmussen and TR Who N Who topped the CINCH Level 4 Non Pro Consolation with a 215.5. TR Who N Who was bred and nominated by Tamarack Ranch and is owned by Jesse Asmussen. TR Who N Who is sired by Eight Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya and out of Spooks N Sparks.

Finishing with the top score in Level 3 were Sarah Lynn Locker and Frankie D with a 215. The stallion is nominated, bred, and owned by Hilldale Farm. He’s sired by Heavy Duty Chex and out of CR Kim.

Marking a 212 in Level 2 was Tiffany Bauer and CC Pearl Jam. The mare was bred and nominated by Brent Loseke and is owned by Bauer. She’s sired by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Colonels Shining Gun and out of Jamrock Joe.

Marking the high score in Level 1 was Shelby Reine and Dun Playing Tag. Dun Playing Tag is sired by Six Million Dollar Sire Hollywood Dun It and out of Thelma Tag. The mare was bred, nominated, and owned by Reine.

Bubble scores to advance to the CINCH Non Pro Futurity Finals on Friday, Dec. 3, from the Consolation were 213 for Level 4, 211 for Level 3, 183 for Level 2, and 202 for Level 1.

Draw positions for the finals will be decided during the Platinum Performance Draw Party on Thursday at 9 a.m. in the Platinum Zone.

Vernon, Gentile, & Vazquez Claim NRHA Adequan® NAAC Non Pro Titles

National Reining Horse Association members have turned out in droves for the Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships. Section two of the exceptionally large NAAC Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro, and Prime Time Non Pro classes wrapped up Wednesday morning, and the riders who set the pace in the first section held for the win.

Adequan® NAAC Non Pro Non Pro Champion – Paige Vernon and Magnum Starlight

Magnum Starlight has proved himself a steady-Eddy with Paige Vernon at the helm, capturing the NAAC Non Pro and Affiliate Non Pro Championship with a score of 224, earning $6,182.

“He’s been a very steady, easy, fun, good horse to show,” Vernon said. “He’s always confident and always takes care of me in the show pen.”

The 8-year-old gelding, sired by NRHA Eight Million Dollar Sire Magnum Chic Dream and out of FS Lenas Starlight, is owned by White Rive Ag products.

“He turned huge for me, which was surprising. He circled good, and he ran down to the stops, which was great,” Vernon said. “I’ve been working on running down and getting him past the middle cone.”

According to Vernon, Mangum Starlight is great for kids to ride, but his wild hair comes out when it’s time to be caught in the pasture.

“My trainers have helped me a lot, and he worked really good for me. They told me to go have fun and run him because I’m going to have a baby in May, and he’s going to have a little while off,” Vernon said. “Tanner and Christine [Boyes] have done a hell of a job. I thank my husband, Tommy, my cousins, and my family for cheering me on in the show pen. And White Rive Ag for owning the horses we get to show.”

Adequan® NAAC Intermediate Non Pro Champion – Stephanie Gentile and Joes Lil Wrangler

Stephanie Gentile has had the week of a lifetime, earning four North American Affiliate Championships. Her latest victories were in the NAAC Intermediate Non Pro, where a score of 219.5 earned them $4,469 (including ancillary earnings). The pair won an additional $2,822 for placing third in the NAAC and ancillary Non Pro.

“It’s been a phenomenal week,” Gentile said. “Definitely one that’ll go down in the history books. I can’t believe it; I am a little bit speechless still. Today was our highest score, and he was right there, consistent as always.”

To keep Joes Lil Wrangler (Lil Joe Cash x A Chic In Wranglers) on track for the intense week of showing, Gentile and husband Jesse relied on the slow build of schooling they’d done all year.

“We put this trust in all the miles leading up to this and all the work Jesse has put into this horse to make him strong and confident,” Gentile explained. “It’s fun to see him progress because I always knew this horse was really special. He’s started to shine as we’ve pushed him, and he’s shined all week again and again.”

While Gentile says she hopes to renew Joes Lil Wranglers’ lease for the coming year, being able to see him and care for him in the barn is most important to her.

Gentile thanked owner Lori Baker, husband Jesse, her family and friends, sponsors and producers of the show, and most of all, Starlights Lil Wrangler.

Gentile will be showing in the Bobs Custom Saddles NAAC Intermediate Non Pro Showdown on Thursday, Dec. 1, in the Jim Norick Arena.

Adequan® NAAC Prime Time Non Pro Champion – Jose Vasquez and SLJ Corazon Valiente

Riding a son of his late stallion Smart Like Juice, Jose Vasquez rounded up an armful of prizes in the North American Affiliate Championships Prime Time Non Pro, scoring a 223 and earning a total of $1,967 (includes ancillary Prime Time Non Pro earnings).

“He was so good yesterday; I just stay on. If I just stay out of his way, he is easy,” Vasquez said.

SLJ Corazon Valiente (Smart Like Juice x Wind Her Up Shiner) has proven himself a level-headed individual both at home and at the show. If Vasquez was not already keeping several full siblings to the stallion, he might have had a place in the breeding shed.

“He’s a very nice horse, so I’m very proud to own him,” Vasquez said. “He’s always on the same team. He’s a stud, but you’d never know; he doesn’t care. And that’s why he’s a very special animal – I don’t keep many studs.”

Vasquez thanked his family for their support and trainer Alejandro Ortiz Vasquez for his work training the horse. 

Cash For Color: APHA’s Chrome Cash Makes a Splash at NRHA Futurity

The National Reining Horse Association’s competitors had even more opportunities to add to their horses’ lifetime earnings, thanks to a partnership with the American Paint Horse Association’s Chrome Cash incentive program.

At the NRHA Futurity alone, $5,000 in added money was available to registered Paint Horses. The Chrome Cash classes were offered as a part of the Level 4 Open and Non Pro Futurities, with $3,000 and $2,000 added, respectively.

The incentive paid 14 places in the Open and six places in the Non Pro, rewarding hard-working Paints making their mark in the futurity arena.

In the Open Futurity, Bringnthaheat and Abby Lengel took the top honors with a score of 226 in the first go round. For the effort, the pair earned $2,366. The mare, who is owned by Lengel, is sired by Million Dollar Sire Inferno Sixty Six and out of Tackie Dreams.

“I’ve had her from the beginning, I’ve done all the riding on her and she’s probably my favorite horse of all time,” Lengel said. “I think the Chrome Cash is another awesome way to get the Paints involved. I got [Bringnthaheat]’s Paint papers early on because I want to get more involved in the APHA.”

Reserve Champion – Customize My Dream (Magnum Chic Dream x Gunna Be Custom) $1,440

Ridden by Casey Deary, Owned by Devin Warren, and Nominated by Garth Hystad

3rd Place – CS Especially Moody (Gunners Special Nite x Judys A Little Moody) $1,080

Ridden by Duane Latimer, Owned and Nominated by XCS Ranch LLC

In the Non Pro Futurity, preliminary leader Fire N Rein and Jack Medows secured the Chrome Cash prize with a score of 221.5. The Amy Medows-owned mare added $1,582 to her record before she even set foot in the Finals pen. Fire N Rein is sired by Four Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Whiz and out of Chicsdreamofdiamonds.

“I’m really excited as I prep her throughout this week, getting ready for Friday night,” Medows said. “The Chrome Cash is such a cool deal. The opportunity to get some money in the first go is really great for the industry and supporting APHA. It’s fantastic.”

Reserve Champion – Sighted In (Colonels Smoking Gun x Dainty Little Step) $1,088

Ridden by Mandy McCutcheon, Owned by Cade McCutcheon, and Nominated by Brooke Wharton

3rd Place ­– CS Face The Shine (Shine Chic Shine x Face Of A Gun Model) $939

Ridden by Gina-Marie Schumacher, Owned and Nominated by XCS Ranch LLC

Both solid and regular paint horses are eligible to compete in Chrome Cash classes.

For complete results, visit NRHAFuturity.com

Sommers & Dont Give A Flinn Lead 2022 NRHA Futurity L3 Open Semi-Finals

The sixth day of the 2022 National Reining Horse Futurity wrapped up Tuesday, Nov. 29, with the first section of the Open Semi-Finals for Levels 3, 2, and 1. The finalists for all levels of the Open will be determined during Wednesday’s Level 4 Open Semi-Finals sponsored by Not Ruf At All. The top 30 composite scores from the go-round and semi-finals, including ties, will advance to the clean-slate finals on Saturday, Dec. 3. There, more than $2 million will be paid out, breaking the previous record by more than $200,000!

Punching his ticket to the Finals and securing his chance to win a few big checks is NRHA Million Dollar Rider Todd Sommers. As the very last draw of the day, Sommers rode Dont Give A Flinn, by In Like Flinn out of SL Lenas Chic, to a Semi-Finals score of 219 for a 435 composite. That placed them firmly at the top of the lead of Levels 3, 2, and Open Prime Time. The stallion, owned by Stephany Monteleone, was bred and nominated by Methogest, Inc.

Topping the Open L1 Semi-Finals were Diego Gaona on Rush Gotta Whiz and Wade McDonald on Itsmistertou. Both finished the Semi-Finals with a composite score of 433.

Rush Gotta Whiz (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Rush N Cat), owned by Joseph Paukner, was nominated by Lorenzo Lotti.

Itsmistertou (PS Mega Shine Chic x Misters Temptress), owned by David White, was nominated by Adh-Mor Ranch.

All four Open Level purses are record-breakers in 2022. The L4 increased by more than $20,000, and the L3 Open rose to a new high of $385,499; the previous record was $289,541, set in 2012. The L2 Open purse, which hit its peak in 2021 at $134,868, has climbed once again to $193,924, and the L1 Open, at more than $74,000, beats the previous record from 2019 by nearly $20,000!

While that’s huge news, the guaranteed payouts for all Open Levels are impressive, including the Level 3 Open Championship check for $70,000 and the Level 2 Championship prize of $50,000.

The Open Guaranteed Payouts for Levels 1, 2, and 3 are:

  • Level 3 – Champion/$70,000, Res. Champion/$50,000, 3rd/$35,000
  • Level 2 – Champion/$50,000, Res. Champion/$25,000/3rd $15,000
  • Level 1 – Champion/$13,000, Res. Champion/$7,000

For complete results, visit NRHAFuturity.com.