2018 NRHA Futurity Underway

For Immediate Release – November 22, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Equine enthusiasts and reining horse competitors from across the globe have traveled to Oklahoma City for the 2018 NRHA Futurity which started today. Over the course of the next nine days, horse and rider duos will lay down their best run in hopes of walking away with a coveted championship title.

The Jim Norick arena saw 116 horses during the first go, first section of the NRHA Open Futurity. At the conclusion of the day’s competition, Casey Deary and Gunnarickashay (owned by Jody & Jolan Puno) held the highest score of the day with a 224 [video]. Gunnarickashay is by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Gunnaytrashya and out of Rondas Tio.

Yonathan Baruch piloted Dolls Dun It Again (by NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire Hollywood Dun It and out of Chics Baby Doll) for owner Marc Gordon to a score of 222 ½ which gave them the second highest score of the day and the highest score in the level (L) 3 division [video].

Mike McEntire and Craig Schmersal tied for the third highest score of the day with a 222. Mike was aboard Pale Face Whiz (by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Pale Face Dunit and out of Lady Naskiia Whiz) for owners Everett and Karen Wiggins [video]. Schmersal rode Pale Quistador by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Pale Face Dunit and out of Luz Del Conquistador) for B S Syndicate [video].

Tomorrow’s action will include the second section of the first go of the NRHA Open Futurity in addition to the Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Limited Non Pro.

For further information, results, live stream, and live score, visit nrhafuturity.com

The NRHA Level 4 Open Futurity Champion’s Ring

Proudly sponsored by NRHA Corporate Partner MS Diamonds TX, “Official Diamond Jeweler of NRHA”

Each one-of-a-kind diamond ring by NRHA Corporate Partner MS Diamonds TX is a masterpiece that tells a story. The same can be said about the one and only National Reining Horse Association Futurity Championship ring. Inspired by the deep traditions of NRHA, MS Diamonds TX created a unique trophy ring design that clearly defines the ‘Champion.’

The internationally known company has gone to great lengths to develop a diamond jewelry line that is as bold as the name suggests; Sleipnir. The mythological creature is an eight-legged horse with supernatural strength that belonged to the Greek God Odin. MS Diamonds TX’s Sleipnir, the ‘sliding one,’ brought forth the first NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Champion’s ring to the 2016 NRHA Level 4 Open Futurity Champion Rider and Owner. A ring so rare that it was first revealed at the 50th Anniversary of the NRHA Futurity and is an exclusive product for NRHA.

NRHA Five Million Dollar Rider Andrea Fappani captured the 2016 NRHA Level 4 Open Futurity win as well as the very first coveted Champion’s ring riding Spooky Whiz for NRHA Million Dollar Owners Rancho Oso Rio who also received the one and only NRHA Champion Owner’s ring by Sleipnir. In 2017, NRHA Three Million Dollar Rider Craig Schmersal conquered the Futurity crown and the Championship ring riding Face The Attitude for owner Hickory Creek Ranch LLC, recipient of the Owner’s Futurity Championship ring.

“We are thrilled to continue our partnership with MS Diamonds TX in order to grow the sport of reining and to elevate the honor and prestige associated with the NRHA Futurity Championship. Carat by carat, MS Diamonds TX is making a lasting impression on the title and the sport,” said NRHA Commissioner Gary Carpenter.

Proud of the partnership with NRHA, MS Diamonds TX, Official Diamond Jeweler of NRHA, looks forward to offering more prestigious awards to the members and to presenting the prestigious ring to the 2018 NRHA Open Futurity Champion rider and owner.

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2018 NRHA Futurity News

Stay updated on the 2018 NRHA Futurity at NRHAFuturity.com

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12-1-18: A Smoking Run leads to the 2018 NRHA Open Futurity Champion

11-30-18: Cool As Ice – Fappani Wins 2018 NRHA Cinch Non Pro Futurity

11-28-18: NRHA Open Futurity Finalists are Determined

11-28-18: 2018 Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships – Vol 1

11-27-18: Schmidt and Gunna Cash Ya Lead Open Semifinal / Morgan and Tracy Tinseltown Win Non Pro Go-Round

11-26-18: 2018 NRHA Futurity in Full Swing

11-25-18: 2018 NRHA Non Pro Futurity Underway

11-24-18: 2018 NRHA Open Futurity First Go Complete

11-23-19: Second Day of 2018 NRHA Futurity Complete

11-22-19: 2018 NRHA Futurity Underway

11-21-18: Freestyle Reining Returns to NRHA Futurity

11-21-18: The NRHA Level 4 Open Futurity Champion’s Ring

12-15-18: NRHA Futurity Entries on the Uptick

Freestyle Reining Returns to NRHA Futurity

For Immediate Release – November 21, 2018 – Oklahoma City – Freestyle reining unites the finesse and precision of reining with music, costumes, props, and theatrics. The combination creates some of the most entertaining performances a horse enthusiast could hope to see! Mark your calendars to witness the next installment of this crowd favorite on Thursday, November 29 at 7 p.m. during the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show.

The $20,000 NRHA Invitational Freestyle Reining is proudly presented by the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau in the Jim Norick Arena at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. The competition features talented riders performing their choreographed, one-of-a-kind reining routines. The 12 riders gearing up to compete are:

  • Dan James – Midway, Kentucky
  • Drake Johnson – Wray, Colorado
  • Emily Emerson – Elbert, Colorado
  • Jessicah Keller – Sumner, Texas
  • Keith Ceddia – Centerburg, Ohio
  • Kirstin Booth – Temecula, California
  • Melanie Wilhelm – Nazareth, Texas
  • Randall Dooley – Elbert, Colorado
  • Reed Kyle – Pilot Point, Texas
  • Sarah Locker – Brashear, Texas
  • Shane Brown – Elbert, Colorado
  • Shannon Rafacz – Citra, Florida

“NRHA is thrilled to have the Invitational Freestyle Reining at the Futurity again this year. With the help of the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, we have established a fantastic lineup for this year’s competition. Everyone is invited to come out on Thursday night, and enjoy this exciting event at the Futurity,” said Shianne Megel, NRHA Senior Director of Events.

Whether you’re a reining pro or simply someone looking for fun on Thursday night, this event is sure to be fun for all! Buy your tickets now at nrhafuturity.com or by calling the Oklahoma State Fair Box Office at (405) 948-6800.

Reining Superstars Autograph Session
Also on the schedule for November 29, is an autograph session featuring gold, silver, and bronze medalists from the recent FEI World Equestrian Games held in Tryon, North Carolina. Just like Olympic athletes representing their home countries, these reining superstars rode for their nations for honor and timeless glory. Stop by the east concourse of the Jim Norick prior to the 7 p.m. Freestyle Reining and get their autographs!

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.