Novice Horses and Riders Entered the Adequan® Arena

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is elated to celebrate the achievements of novice horses and non pro riders who took center stage, delivering standout performances. Today’s competition decided the champions of the second slate and high-point achievements.

Blair McFarlin enjoyed a dominant performance, claiming victory in all three Novice Horse Non Pro classes: Levels 1-3. Riding her homebred gelding, Sundrop (Hollywoodstinseltown x Sheza Chic Olena), a 4-year-old with a promising future, McFarlin scored a high 144.5 in Level 3.

“Sundrop has been such a great horse. We raised him, so we’ve had him through the whole process. It’s been just so rewarding watching him turn into an easygoing, sweet boy,” said McFarlin. “He has a puppy dog personality, and he’s been great to have around. It has been exciting to go win on him today!”

Emily Moomaw took the high-point title in both the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 and 3. She accomplished this feat on Ima Baby Spooks, an 8-year-old gelding by NRHA Hall of Famer Spooks Gotta Whiz and out of Call Me Marlena. The horse was bred by Petska Trinity Equine LLC. The duo will take home two Montana Silversmiths buckles for their consistent placing in the classes.

Krista Marshall and Smart Electric Spook earned the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 high-point championship. The 4-year-old stallion is by NRHA Hall of Famer Smart Spook and out of Blues Electric Spark. Marshall will compete in the Non Pro Derby finals tomorrow in the Jim Norick Arena.

NRHA congratulates these champions and high-point winners in the Novice Horse Non Pro divisions. These talented riders and their developing equine partners showcased exceptional skills and horsemanship. NRHA looks forward to seeing their continued growth and success in the exciting world of reining horse competition.