With Tuesday’s classes in the books, the 2019 National Reining Horse Association Futurity and Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship has passed the halfway point. The Adequan® NAAC titles have grown over the years to be one of the most prestigious awards a reiner can win, with competitors traveling hundreds of miles to compete at the State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.
Madison Rafacz Wins Adequan® NAAC Nov. Horse Non Pro Level 2 on Whizenboonsmal
Madison Rafacz is making the most of her time in Oklahoma City. The 12-year-old competitor picked up her second Adequan® NAAC title on Monday when she and her horse topped the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 with a 217. The duo also finished second in the ancillary class, bringing total earnings for the day to $1,614.
Madison and Whizenboonsmal, by Peptoleap and out of She Whiz A Star, also won a variety of prizes, including a saddle from Continental Saddlery, an Adequan® champion vest, a Platinum Performance jacket, a custom Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle, gift certificates to Bluebonnet and SmartPak, and Classic Equine product.
“He was really good again today, and tried as hard as he always does,” Rafacz said. “We didn’t do anything special to prepare. I just gave him lots of treats. He ran in really well, stopped big time, and circled good. We overturned one way, but it was okay.”
Rafacz and Whizenboonsmal, who represent the Florida Reining Horse Association in the Southeast Region, will show two more times this week; Tuesday in the Non Pro and Friday in the Youth 13 & Under. “My only plan is to feed him more treats,” she said.
One of Madison’s biggest fans, her mom Shannon, shared how her daughter works with her horse every day. “I’m so proud of her. She is so dedicated to making sure this horse is happy, healthy, and wants to do his job. She takes care of him from A to Z,” Shannon said. “This horse is having a great week, too. I’m proud of them both.”
Stacy Yarbrough Wins Nov. Horse Non Pro Level 1 Adequan® NAAC on Xtra Rubiesforwimpy
Stacy Yarbrough and Xtra Rubiesforwimpy represented the Southwest Reining Horse Association and the Southeast Region well, winning the Adequan® NAAC Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 Championship and the Level 2 Reserve Championship with a 216.5. They also took second in the ancillary Level 1. Their earnings for the day exceeded $2,183, in addition to a saddle from Continental Saddlery, an Adequan® champion vest, a Platinum Performance jacket, a custom Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle, gift certificates to Bluebonnet and SmartPak, and Classic Equine product. For the reserve title, she won an Adequan® vest, a Platinum Performance jacket, a custom Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle, gift certificates to Bluebonnet and Platinum Performance, and product from SmartPak and Classic Equine.
“I’m done for the week now, and this was a great way to end it,” Yarbrough said following her run. “I schooled her Friday, and she was really good today.”
Yarbrough said her husband, NRHA Professional Dan Yarbrough, gave her some great advice before she went in the show ring. “He told me to look up, put my hand down, and keep driving,” she recalled.
The Yarbroughs purchased Xtra Rubiesforwimpy, by Wimpys Little Step out of Ruby Chic Olena, from one of Martin Larcombe’s customers earlier this year. “I haven’t had her very long – just enough to get her qualified for regionals. We won the Level 1 and Level 2 at the Regional Affiliate finals, so my husband said he’d bring me out here to show,” Yarbrough said. “I thank my husband. He’s my best friend and coach, and we do everything together. I also thank our family and friends who do so much to help us. Most of all I thank God for the opportunity, the ability, and of course the horses.”
Jessicah Keller took second in the NAAC Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 on Smoking Ice, owned by Hilldale Farm. The pair marked a 215, winning $476.03, a champion vest, a Platinum Performance jacket, a custom Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle, gift certificates to Bluebonnet and Platinum Performance, and product from SmartPak and Classic Equine. Smoking Ice is by Gunner On Ice and out of Rondas Tio.
Sam Flarida & PS Misses Officer Win NRHA Nov. Horse Non Pro Ancillary
With a big score of 219.5, Sam Flarida won both levels of the ancillary Novice Horse Non Pro classes on PS Misses Officer. “She ran in really well. We went really hard in the run-in. She stopped forever. Her first turn was a little weak, but I was super pleased with the rest of the pattern.” He added, “She killed the last three stops. It’s the biggest she’s stopped, ever.”
PS Misses Officer is a 3-year-old by Wimps Littlecolonel and out of PS A Whizzen Chic. “She won New York earlier this year and has been strong for me all year. She had a couple months off, but she came back really well, and I think she will be a really good derby horse,” Flarida, who’s only 16 years old, shared.
Flarida may be done showing for the week, but he’s staying busy helping his father, NRHA Six Million Dollar Rider Shawn Flarida, get ready to show in the Futurity. “My dad is the one who gives me all the advice and helps me with everything I do,” Flarida said. “I thank my whole family, and everyone who helped me here. I wish my brother and sister, Cody and Courtney, could have been here, too.”