More than 378 entries have been whittled down to the top 75 of each division after the first go-round of the 2019 National Reining Horse Association Open Futurity. Competition began Thursday at the State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, with the top 3-year-old reining horses in the nation competing not only for the prestige but also for some big paychecks.
This year, the NRHA Level 4 Open Futurity Champion will be decided after the clean-slate finals on Saturday, Dec. 7.
Now, many are one step closer to that goal.
Unofficially, it took a score of 216 to advance to the semi-finals of the Level 4 Open, which will run Wednesday, Dec. 4. Leading the field advancing to the semi-finals was NRHA five million dollar rider Andrea Fappani and Rancho Oso Rio’s Guns In My Genes with a 223. Guns In My Genes is by Tinker With Guns out of the blue hen mare Taris Designer Genes.
Sitting second in the Level 4 Open and holding the top spot in Levels 3 and 2 is Cade McCutcheon, who rode Super Marioo to mark a 222.5. Super Marioo, owned by Story Book Stables, is by Gunnatrashya out of HA Chic A Tune.
With a 218.5, Hava Vital and A Sparkling Dream topped the first go of the Level 1 Open. Owned by Dee Dee Boeckman, A Sparkling Dream is by A Sparkling Vintage out of Msdreamy.
Unofficial bubble scores were 214 for the Level 3, 210 for the Level 2, and 207.5 for the Level 1.
Complete results for the first round of the Open Futurity can be found at NRHAFuturity.com.