The final week of the 2023 National Reining Horse Association Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships has officially begun, with the second section of the first round of the CINCH Non Pro Futurity being held Sunday, Nov. 26. The action in the renowned Jim Norick arena continued, as Gina-Maria Schumacher topped her own previously leading score by a whopping two points aboard Reining Royalty.
At the end of the second section, the NRHA Million Dollar Rider and Reining Royalty topped the leaderboard with a 219.5. Reining Royalty is a 2020 stallion sired by NRHA Five Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Whiz and out of the Shining Spark mare Bella Della. He was bred by Michell Anne Kimball and is owned by NRHA Two Million Dollar Owner XCS Ranch.
In the CINCH Non Pro Futurity, the top 25 from each level will automatically advance to the finals at the end of the preliminary go-round on Nov. 27. The finals will be held on Dec. 1 in the Norick Coliseum, and the Level 4 Non Pro Champion will be presented with a check for $75,000.
The riders who did not secure a spot in CINCH Non Pro Futurity during the first round will still have a chance to advance through the Consolation Round, which will be Nov. 29. A specific number of horses who just missed that top-25 mark will compete in the Consolation Round, with the top five of each level then advancing to the finals.
Current Level Leaders through Go 1, Section 2, are:
Level 4 & Chrome Cash – Gina-Maria Schumacher & Reining Royalty (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Bella Della) – 219.5
Nominated by Michell Anne Kimball | Owned by XCS Ranch LLC
Level 3, 2, 1 & Youth – Rylee Butler & SS Rock My World (Ruf Lil Magnum x Xtra Ruby Step) – 217.5
Owned by Rylee Butler | Nominated by Silver Spurs Equine
Level 3, 2 & 1- Dani Latimer & Snap My Crush (PS Mega Shine Chic x Snapbacks) – 217.5
Owned and nominated by Dean Latimer
Prime Time – Lance Griffin & Heza Wimpy Chic (Wimpy Chic x Sheza Shiney Chic) – 217.5
Nominated by Alpha Quarter Horses | Owned by Lance Griffin
Complete results, draws, schedules, and more can be found at NRHAFuturity.com.