On Friday, Nov. 25, the Limited Non Pro competition of the National Reining Horse Association Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships took place in the Adequan® Arena at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In addition to the aged event taking place in the Jim Norick Coliseum, the NRHA Futurity features exhibitors from across North America who qualify to compete for prestigious titles in Oklahoma City.
Thanks to NRHA Corporate Partners, the champions of each of the 17 NAAC classes are presented with incredible prizes along with coveted titles. Furthermore, they are recognized the following day in the Jim Norick Coliseum as a show of support for these successful affiliate riders.
Stephanie Gentile, of Medina, Ohio, topped the Adequan® NAAC Limited Non Pro riding Joes Lil Wrangler to a 219 for earnings of $583. Gentile also won the ancillary Limited Non Pro class that was run concurrently for an additional $235. The pair also won prizes, including a Bob’s Custom Saddle, and numerous awards from NRHA Corporate and Event Sponsors, including Bluebonnet Feeds, OK Equine Hospital, Classic Equine, Platinum Performance, Adequan®, SmartPak, Equine Oasis, Brandt Blankets, and Tenda.
Joes Lil Wrangler, by NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Lil Joe Cash out of A Chic In Wranglers, is owned by Lori Baker. “I got the opportunity to lease him through the end of the year, and he’s been a ton of fun. He’s super talented, and my husband [NRHA Professional] Jesse has been showing him, too, and doing well. It’s been fun to share him with Jesse, and today was extra sweet,” Gentile said. “He exceeded my expectations. I know he’s really good, but I was glad I could step up and be the level he needs as a rider and show what we can do together.”
Jesse added, “I am extremely proud of her. That’s the best I’ve seen her look showing. She was confident, and so I was super happy.”
Gentile and the 5-year-old gelding will have a day of rest, then prepare to show in the Novice Horse Non Pro on Monday and the Non Pro that begins on Tuesday.
“First and foremost, I thank Jesse for helping me and giving me the opportunity to have these nice horses and Lori Baker for leasing him to me. I love that horse to death!” She added, “I also thank all my family and friends here and at home who have supported me along the way.”
Complete results, as well as the latest news, updates, and draws, can be found at NRHAFuturity.com.