NRHA NEWS – NRHA FUTURITY FINALS DRAW NEAR

Flarida and Shine Chic Shine Lead Open

Composite Armenta Takes High Score in Non Pro Consolation

Boer and Hippensteel Win NAAC Top Honors

World Championship Shootout Entries

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & AdequanR North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show rolled on today in Oklahoma City. As competitors battled it out in the final section of the $170,000 added NRHA Open Futurity and in the $105,000 added Cinch / NRHA Non Pro Futurity consolation round, the leader board continued to take shape.

Flarida and Shine Chic Shine Lead Open Composite Shawn Flarida and Shine Chic Shine marked a 226.5 to regain the lead in the Level 4 Open Futurity. Flarida rode the three-year-old stallion by Smart Chic Olena, owned by Amabile & Strusiner of Grandview, Texas, to 227.5 during the first go round. The duo now has a 454 composite score and solid five-point lead going into Saturday night’s Open Futurity Finals, which will award the winner of the level 4 open a check for $125,000 as well as incredible prizes from NRHA Corporate Partners and award sponsors.

Andrea Fappani earned the Open Futurity’s highest score yet during the third and final section of Open go round. The Two Million Dollar Rider marked a 227.5 aboard Colonels Shining Gun, a Gunner stallion owned by Rancho Oso Rio of Cave Creek, Arizona. They’re in second with a composite score of 449.

Tim McQuay of Tioga, Texas was named the Prime Time Open Futurity champion. This division winner is determined by the composite score of the first and second go round. The NRHA Million Dollar Rider and Owner marked a 455 composite aboard McQuay Stables’ Always Gotyer Gunsup, a mare by his NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Gunner.

Armenta Takes High Score in Non Pro Consolation The Non Pro Consolation round offered another opportunity for nearly 50 exhibitors to qualify for Friday’s Cinch Non Pro Futurity finals. Earning the high score of 217 to claim his spot in Friday’s finals was Matthew Armenta riding his stallion Missin The Bud (by Nic It In The Bud). Nearly 20 non pro riders advanced to the finals according to the conditions of the Non Pro Consolation round.

Boer and Hippensteel Win NAAC Top Honors Competition continued in the AdequanR North American Affiliate Championships with the NAAC Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro, and Prime Time Non Pro classes. Julie Boer, Rigby, Idaho, represented the Northwest Region well by claiming both the NAAC Non Pro and NAAC Intermediate Non Pro championship titles. Boer scored a 220 aboard her six-year-old mare Taris Little Lilly. The duo also won 2009 NAAC Intermediate Non Pro championship.

Bonnie Hippensteel, Ocala, Florida rode Hes Justa Benz to a 219 and the NAAC Prime Time Non Pro championship. Hippensteel and her six-year-old gelding were also the Prime Time Non Pro champions at their NAAC qualifying competition, the Southeast Regional Affiliate Finals.

Make plans to attend Thursday night’s main event at 7pm – the $100,000 added NRHA World Championship Shootout, sponsored by Equine Sports Medicine and Kyle Tack. It’s an “Open-to-the-World” class where the top Open reining horses on the planet will compete in a dramatic showdown for the winner’s estimated purse of $30,000. In addition, the 2010 NRHA Open World Champion will be recognized and honored at the show – even though the World Champion and the Shootout winner may not be the same. Entries will include:

Naylor; Brent & Big Papi Brown; Shane Allen & Boon N Crockett Warren; Devin K & Bright Lil Gun Mc Cutcheon; Tom & Chic Olena Starbuck Leclair; Jared T. & Chics Blazin Spark Larson; Jordan & Custom Harley St-Onge; Patrice & Don Da Vinci Mills; Matt & Dunit For Sugar Brown; Dean B. & Friday Night Shiner Foran; Tom R & Gunball Machine Ricotta; Marco & Hollywoodstinseltown Coleman; Jerry & Leonard Tag Foran; Tom R & Lil Ruff Hollywood Tremblay; Dany & Lucky Star Gun Schmersal; Craig C. & Mister Montana Nic Larson; Jordan & Out Shinin Wimpy Anderson; Jarvis M & Pretty Peppy Chec Gilson; Tracer S & Princess On The Prowl Brown; Dean B. & Shine By The Chex Lovett; Lyle & Smart And Shiney Kronsteiner; Rudi & Smart Spook Leclair; Jared T. Smarty Starlight Fappani; Andrea & Smokeelan Mathison; Justin W & Snip O Chex Fappani; Andrea & Star For The Chicks Mc Burney; Sean & Tin Top Kat Potucek; Ryan & West Coast Wrangler Leclair; Jared T. & Westward Whiz Palmer; Matthew Noel & Whale Of A Whiz Sommers; Todd & Whiz It A Chic Vanlandingham; Jason & Whizin Off Sparks Schmersal; Craig C. & Whizs Katrina Muehlstaetter; Martin & Wimpys Little Buddy Flarida; Shawn W & Wimpys Little Chic Flarida; Shawn W & Wimpys Tonnob Fappani; Andrea & Yellow Jersey

The NRHA would like to thank the following corporate partners for their support of the 2010 NRHA Futurity & AdequanR North American Affiliate Championship Show: AdequanR; Arenus, Bob’s Custom Saddles, Cimarron Trailers; Cinder Lakes Ranch and Reproduction Center; Classic Equine; Horse&Rider; John Deere; Kiser Arena Specialists; Markel Insurance Company; MD Barns; Montana Silversmiths; Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau; Pard’s Western Shop; Platinum Performance; Purina Mills; Quarter Horse News; Rios of Mercedes / Anderson Bean Boot Company; Rocky Mountain Clothing Co.; SmartPak, and Wimpys Little Step.

Incorporated in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is the standard setting body of the sport of Reining. NRHA, with their International Headquarters in Oklahoma City, is responsible for promoting the sport of Reining and working to ensure the highest standards of competition.

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