NRHA Futurity Leaders – McCutcheon & Customized Gunner – Ref Black Mamba & Larson

Cinch Non Pro Futurity Leaders: McCutcheon and Customized Gunner

Open Futurity Second Go-Round Leaders: Ref Black Mamba and Larson

Adequan NAAC Champions: Wimpys King Lad and Chamberlain; Hamilton and Chicadero

The $260,000-added National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) / Cinch Non Pro Futurity entered the Jim Norick Coliseum Arena at Oklahoma State Fair Park today with the first section of the go-round. In addition, open riders competed in the first section of the second go-round of the $540,000 added NRHA Open Futurity, and Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) qualifiers battled for championship titles in two classes.

McCutcheon and Customized Gunner Lead Non Pro Futurity
About halfway into today’s non pro section, NRHA Million Dollar Rider Mandy McCutcheon (Aubrey, Tex.) set the pace with a 219.5 on Customized Gunner (Gunner x Custom Made Dunit by Hollywood Dun It). In October, McCutcheon and the mare won the Turnabout Farms Non Pro Futurity and Southwest Reining Horse Association (SWRHA) Futurity for owner McQuay Stables Inc. (Tioga, Tex.). The team now lead the level 4 non pro division with close to 100 horses left in the go-round.

Holding the second place position is Samantha Griffin (Ardmore, Okla.) and Shesa Kachina Chic (Smart Chic Olena by Kachina Oak by Docs Oak) with a 217.5. To date, Griffin has accumulated $575,400 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings. Samantha’s father, NRHA Million Dollar Owner Lance Griffin (DeWinton, Alberta, Canada), owns the mare.

Two entries marked a 216.5 to tie for third in the level 4 non pro division and the lead in the level 3 non pro division: Tricia Hamilton (Phoenix, Ariz.) aboard Gun Gone Hollywood (Gunner x BH Hollywood Lady by Hollywood Dun It) and Kimberly Crupper (Paris, Ky.) riding Mr Briteside (Wimpys Little Step x Go Red Pine by Great Red Pine). Hamilton and Gun Gone Hollywood, owned by Linda Hamilton of Scottsdale, Ariz., won the Scottsdale Classic Futurity Level 3 Non Pro Championship earlier this year. Crupper and her Mr Briteside placed in the top ten at the 2012 All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity in the level 4 non pro division.

The level 3 non pro division ended the day with another tie. Two scores of 215 are tied for third: Ronald Thompson (Whitesboro, Tex.) showing Little Catstep (Wimpys Little Step x Genuine Gold Cat by High Brow Cat) and Jeanna Schaffhauser (Tioga, Tex.) riding Dunitwithasmokingun (Gunner x Dun It Doll by Hollywood Dun It). Schaffhauser and Dunitwithasmokingun, owned by Sam Schaffhauser of Tioga, Tex., also lead level 2 non pro division.

Identical scores of 214 tied for second in the level 2 non pro division and first in the level 1 non pro division: National Reining Horse Youth Association member Cade McCutcheon (Aubrey, Tex.) on Dually With A Star (Mister Nicadual x Dun It On A Star by Hollywood Dun It) and Brianna Sloan (Whitesboro, Tex.) with her Jaysinic (Grays Jay x Chex Drive by Bueno Chexinic). Dually With A Star is owned by Cade’s father, Tom.

Ref Black Mamba and Larson Lead Open Composite
Ref Black Mamba (Jacs Electric Spark x Metermaid To Order by Doc O Lena) and NRHA Million Dollar Rider Jordan Larson (Whitesboro, Tex.) garnered a 221.5 from the judges to put them at the top of the composite standings (442.5). The team has earned more than $13,000 this year with strong outings at the High Roller Reining Classic and Rocky Mountain Summer Slide. Rancho El Fortin of Del Rio, Tex. owns the stallion.

Electric Jac (Jacs Electric Spark x Katijac Miss by Hollywood Jac 86) and NRHA Million Dollar Rider Tom McCutcheon (Aubrey, Tex.) sit in the #2 position with a 441 composite score. Their run today earned a 219. Turnabout Farm Inc. (Gloucester, Mass.) owns the stallion that placed 7th in the level 4 open division at the 2012 Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity (SWRHA) with McCutcheon aboard.

The level 3 open division is led by Whata Whata Whiz (Walla Walla Whiz x Fine Point by Boggies Flashy Jac) and NRHA Professional Matthew Hudson (Marieville, Quebec, Canda) with a 437.5 composite score. The pair received a 222 in the second go-round and a 215.5 in the first go-round. Whata Whata Whiz, owned by Equine Plus (St-Basile-Le-Grand, Quebec, Canada), and Hudson won the level 3 open division at the 2012 All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity and the level 4 open division at the Futurity Performance – Quebec 2012.

Two horses have a composite score of 433.5 to tie for second in the level 3 open division: Whiz Starbrite ($3,750 NRHA LTE, Topsail Whiz x Chics Starlight by Smart Chic Olena) with NRHA Professional Stefano Calcagnini (Pilot Point, Tex.) for owner Amabile & Strusiner (Grandview, Tex.) and Wound Up Wimp ($9,390 NRHA LTE, Wimpys Little Step x Wind Her Up Chic by Smart Chic Olena) with NRHA Professioanl Matthew Armenta (Whitesboro, Tex.) for owner Carl Lambert (Hempstead, Tex.). Wound Up Wimp leads the level 2 open and level 1 open divisions.

Second place in the level 2 open and level 1 open division is held with two composite scores of 432.5: Dunnit Like A Master (owned by Impresa Agricola Cuoghi of Modena, Italy) with Bobby Barko (Ardmore, Okla.) and Walla Walla Smarts (Walla Walla Whiz x Ms Peppy Mint Chic by Smart Chic Olena) with NRHA Professional William Bowen (owned by Southern Trace Reining of Dublin, Ohio).

Wimpys King Lad and Chamberlain – NAAC Novice Horse Open Level 1 Champs
Wimpys King Lad (Wimpys Little Step x King Tuck Lassie) and Seth Chamberlain (Stamford, Neb.) marked a 218.5 to give the North Central region the championship in the Adequan NAAC Novice Horse Open Level 1. The pair also placed in the top ten in the Adequan NAAC Novice Horse Open Level 2. Oxford, Nebraska’s Robert and Robbin Thayn own the 2008 gelding.

Just shy of the championship was Zins Smart Spark (Shining Spark x Smart Rowdy Lady) and NRHA Professional Shane Brown (Elbert, Colo.) with a 218. The 2007 stallion and Brown were 2011 American Quarter Horse World Championship Show Finalists and 2011 Utah Classic Derby Champions for owner Dee Olson (Castle Rock, Colo.)

From Sunday – Hamilton and Chicadero Win Adequan NAAC Limited Non Pro
The Adequan NAAC Limited Non Pro Championship went to Northwest region representatives Ken Hamilton (Clovis, Calif.) and Chicadero (Smart Chic Olena x Madera Jewels). The 2002 gelding has more than $26,100 in NRHA LTE including winning the reserve championship in the Adequan NAAC Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 last year with Hamilton.

Reserve honors went to Brooke Kaiser (Richmond, Tex.) and her WR Kentucky Chic (Smart Chic Olena x Docs Merry Lady). The 2005 gelding placed third in the Novice Horse Open Level 2 with Stephen Archer in 2011.

MORE ABOUT THE SHOW

It’s the most elite reining event in the world with 3,000 entries competing for more than $2 million in cash and prizes. More than 1,300 horses and 127,000 visitors come from nearly 20 countries to compete and watch the excitement unfold. During its 10-day run, the show contributes more than $67 million to the overall Oklahoma City economy.

The show features the $540,000-added NRHA Open Futurity Finals on Saturday, December 1 when the winning entry is guaranteed a check for $150,000, as well as incredible prizes from NRHA Corporate Partners and award sponsors. The NRHA / Cinch Non Pro Futurity offers an additional $260,000 in added money for non pro reiners, which will be awarded on Friday, November 30. Nearly $100,000 in nominator incentive money also will be distributed to those individuals who originally nominated horses to the NRHA Nomination Program, despite whether or not they still own the horse.

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