Schmidt and Gunna Cash Ya Lead Open Semifinal

Schmidt and Gunna Cash Ya Lead Open Semifinal
Morgan and Tracy Tinseltown Win Non Pro Go-Round

As the 2018 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show (NAAC) moved into the second week of competition, more talented reining horses entered the Jim Norick Arena at Oklahoma State Fair Park. “The Futurity” is the world’s most prestigious reining event open to 3-year-old horses. Today, the NRHA Open Futurity Level (L)1, 2, 3 Semifinals concluded its second section, and the CINCH NRHA Non Pro Futurity qualifying go-round ended, setting the stage for this weekend’s finals.

Schmidt and Gunna Cash Ya hold onto the lead
In Monday’s first section of the semifinal, Joe Schmidt of Pilot Point, Texas rode Allison Sutton’s Gunna Cash Ya (Lil Joe Cash x Gunners Blonde Chic) to a 222 [video]. The semifinal effort gave the pair a 438 composite to lead the L3-L1 divisions.

Just one-half point behind in the composite is Smokin Paleface and Brent Naylor of Phoenix, Arizona. On Monday, they slid their way to a 221½ [video] to bring their composite score to 437½ . Owned and nominated by Tim Anderson, the sorrel stallion is by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Pale Face Dunnit and out of Lost In Tinseltown.

NRHA Markel Futurity Sales Graduate Off N Running took to the arena in the second section of the semifinal with Austin Lee Roush of South Bend, Indiana. The duo marked a 216 ½ to move up the leaderboard for owner Matt Roush and nominator Arcese Quarter Horses USA. The sorrel stallion sits third in the L3 and L2 and second in the L1 division with a composite score of 435½.

In the Prime Time Open division, it’s all about the ladies with Shauna Larcombe and Ann Salmon Anderman taking the top spots. Larcombe leads the division for riders 50 and older with a 430½ composite score on NRHA Million Dollar Owner Rosanne Sternberg’s Lil Ruf Spook (Smart Spook x Lil Ruf Muffin). Anderman and John McCarroll’s Tinseltown Joe (Hollywoodstinseltown x Joe Cat Jac) are right behind with a 430 composite score.

The qualifying continues tomorrow with the Level 4 Open Semifinal sponsored by Not Ruf At All and Tamarack Ranch. The top 75 horses (plus ties) in the L4 Open division will vie for their chance at the second largest purse in NRHA Futurity history ($1.5 million estimated).

At the completion of tomorrow’s competition, the following number of horses will advance to the Open Futurity Finals to be held on Saturday, December 1:

Level 4 Open: Top 30 horses (plus ties)
Level 3 Open: Top 30 horses (plus ties)
Level 2 Open: Top 20 horses (plus ties)
Level 1 Open: Top 15 horses (plus ties)
Prime Time Open: Top 10 horses (plus ties)

Those horses qualifying for only the Level 3 and/or Level 2 and/or Level 1 Open divisions will show in the first section. The remaining qualifiers (Level 4 Open and Level 4 Open/Level 3 Open/Level 2 Open/Level 1 Open divisions) will compete in the second section. The finals in each division will be a clean-slate format.

Morgan and Tracy Tinseltown setting the bar

After 202 horse and rider teams took to the arena to qualify for the CINCH Non Pro Futurity Finals, the richest in the event’s history, one pair remained at the top of the leaderboard: NRHA Million Dollar Rider James Morgan, DVM and Tracy Tinseltown [video]. They marked a 219½ in the first section to set the bar. Dr. Morgan purchased Tracy Tinseltown (by Hollywoodstinseltown and out of Smart Scooter Chic) as a 2-year-old. She is nominated by Tracy Higginbottom. The pair also lead the prime time division.

The second-highest score in the go-round and highest in the youth division was posted by Cade McCutcheon and Alpha Brave Hard (Gunners Special Nite x Miss Brim Peppy) owned by Tom and Mandy McCutcheon. Together the duo marked a 219 [video]. Alpha Brave Hard is nominated by Alpha Quarter Horses LLC.

In the L3 division, Samantha Smith and Neverthoughtiwould held onto the top position with a 218 ½ [video]. Neverthoughtiwould, by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Pale Face Dunnit and out of Shine Tini, is nominated by Ginger Schmersal and owned by Lance Griffin.

The leaderboard changed in the L2 and L1 divisions with two entries earning a 217 ½: George Lawrence aboard Time For The Gunshow and Daniele Whitney riding Absolute Gunner. Lawrence Ranch owns Time For The Gunshow (nominated by Kindra Rader), a stallion by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Gunners Special Nite and out of Timed To Shine. Absolute Gunner (nominated by Turnabout Farm, Inc.) is a son of NRHA Hall of Fame Sire Gunner and Taris Modern Design.

The following finalists have been determined and will make their way to the clean slate finals on Friday, November 30:
Level 4 Non Pro: Top 25 horses (plus ties) – 215½
Level 3 Non Pro: Top 20 horses (plus ties) – 215
Level 2 Non Pro: Top 15 horses (plus ties) – 214½
Level 1 Non Pro: Top 15 horses (plus ties) – 214½
Prime Time Non Pro: Top 10 horses (plus ties) – 215½
Youth Non Pro: Top 15 horses (plus ties) – 208

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