Oklahoma City, OK -
December 3, 2006 - Randy Paul, Scottsdale, AZ, beat a field of
spectacular three-year-olds to bring Taris Designer Genes (Mr
Boomerjac x Taris Little Vintage), owned by Rancho Oso Rio, to
the winner’s circle of the 2006 NRHA Futurity $100,000 added Open
Division and a guaranteed paycheck of $125,000!
Paul showed with tremendous
confidence, scoring a 227. “I felt really good showing her,” said
Randy. “And I was going to sell her pretty darn cheap in September.”
But, when several people told Randy he needed more horse, it inspired
him to try a little harder and this wonderful mare responded.
“We decided to keep her after the second go,” said Randy. “I need
a good horse for next year.” He’s got one!
Taris Designer Genes
is the first mare to win the Futurity’s Open Division since 1990
when Doug Milholland won the event on Silver Anniversary (AQHA
Two T Whisky Royal), owned by Terry Hunt. And talk about mare
power – Taris Little Vintage, the dam of Taris Designer Genes,
produced the 1999 NRHA Futurity Open Division Champion, Hollywood
Vintage, shown by Dell Hendricks and owned by Alan and Kay Needle.
The “Ladies Night Out”
theme continued with the Open Division Reserve Champion, Collenas
Finest Tafy. Ridden by Brian Bell, Smithfield, NC, for Double
Run Farm, Collenas Finest Tafy is by Footworks Finest and out
of Collena Chic Olena. Brian scored a 226.5 for second place and
a paycheck made out for $103,110.96
In a dramatic runoff
for first place in the $50,000 added Elite Trailer Intermediate
Open Division, Shawna Sapergia bested Matt Flarida by a half point.
Shawna, from Cochrane, AB, Canada, rode This Chics On Top, a three-year-old
daughter of Smart Chic Olena and out of This Chex On Top, owned
by Outrider Ranch Ltd. Shawna is a beautiful rider and she put
together two beautiful patterns on Finals night. Shawna earned
$23,249.56 for the win.
Matt Flarida, Midway,
KY, rode Custom Blackberry, a son of Custom Crome and out of Be
Berry Sweet, owned by Craig Jobe. Matt was aggressive where he
needed to be aggressive – soft and pretty when called for. The
quality of both his rides was amazing. Matt earned $19,331.19
for the reserve championship.
Gunnin For Diamonds
(Like A Diamond x BH Top Gun), shown by Arno Honstetter, San Marcos,
CA, won the $20,000 added APHA Gelding Award for owner Juston
Palmer. The Great Guntini, by Gunner and out of Miss Wicked Filena,
was shown by Mike McEntire and was the winner of the American
Paint Horse Association Paint Preferred Award for owner John Faulkner.
The day started with
the Performance Horse Rookie of the Year competition. Jennifer
Hoffman, from Wesley Chapel, FL, scored a 215.5 on her Spats Dot
Com to best a field of 21 riders. She represented the Florida
Reining Horse Association.
Don Thomas was second
on Broady BH Dunit owned by Tori Thomas, Hayesville, OH. Don rode
for the Central Ohio Reining Horse Association, scored a 212.5.
Both riders qualified for the event at the Eastern US Affiliate
Finals in Springfield, OH.
saw sunshine and snow – and one heck of a show!
Kelle Smith Wins
Cinch NRHA Non Pro Futurity on JD Conquista Anna at NRHA Futurity
Oklahoma City, OK -
December 2, 2006 - Kelle Smith, Belle Center, OH, scored a 217.5
in the qualifying go round of the Cinch NRHA Non Pro Futurity
to earn a slot in the Finals. She upped the ante with her Finals
ride and scored a 221 to earn the championship in the $60,000
added Cinch NRHA Non Pro Futurity aboard her JD Conquista Anna
by Conquistador Whiz and out of Hollywood Anna. Kelle, wife of
NRHA Professional Sam Smith, is no stranger to the winner’s circle
in OKC. She won the Non Pro Futurity in 2003 aboard See Ya At
NRHA’s Leading Lifetime
Non Pro Money Earner and a multiple NRHA Non Pro Futurity Champion
is Mandy McCutcheon. Mandy placed second this year on I Spin For
Chics with a score of 219.5 and third on SLJ Sweet N Juicy with
a score of 217.5. I Spin For Chics is by Tangys Classy Peppy and
out of Chics Koko Angel. The stallion, I Spin For Chics, is owned
by Mandy’s dad, Tim McQuay, Tioga, TX. SLJ Sweet N Juicy (Smart
Like Juice x Jacks My Sugar Daddy) is owned by Mandy and her husband,
NRHA Professional Tom McCutcheon, Aubrey, TX.
John McCarty, Gaviota,
CA, was the “top gun” on Top Dun Cody Rose (Top Dun x Fritzie
Rose) in the $25,000 added Intermediate Division of the Non Pro
Futurity with a score of 215. Chad Clark, River Falls, WI, shared
the co-reserve championship with Melony Jayne Jackson, Selma,
NC. Both riders scored a 214. Chad rode Hailstorm Jaci, an NRHA
Sire & Dam offspring, and a daughter of Shine Like Hail out of
Cowboys Mysti Jac; Melony rode Lil Ruf Whiz Quiz by Lil Ruf Peppy
and out of Pretty Ms Qhiz.
In a dramatic runoff
for the championship title, young Clayton Eggers, the winner of
the inaugural Highest-Scoring First Time Non Pro Futurity Rider
award and Youth Non Pro Division, won the Limited Non Pro as well.
Clayton is from Mingus, TX. He trained and rode his own Hesa Smarty
Pants (Freckles Fancy Twist x Sneza Smarty Pants) to his multiple
Nadine Galbraith, Rocky
Mount, NC, earned the reserve title on Gundelion (Gunner x Slidin
Miss Daisy) and Juan Manuel Vazquez, Markham, IL, was third on
Great Juice (Smart Like Juice x One Great Diamond) owned by Smart
Like Juice, Inc.
John McCarty earned
the Prime Time Non Pro championship on his Top Dun Cody Rose.
Don Murphy’s Panas Jewels (Tachitas Jewels x Pana Sugar Chex)
won the Non Pro Gelding Incentive Award with his daughter Nelle
Murphy, Marietta, OK, riding.
There were Co-Champions,
Bryan Luark and Ian Barnard, in the Adequan North American Affiliate
(NAAC) Youth 14-18 and NRHA Youth 14-18. Bryan Luark, Burns, CO,
representing the Western Slope Reining Horse Association, rode
his Boomen James Foley (Boomernic and Pep Aledo). Ian Barnard
on Got It Dun (Hollywood Dun It x Last Little Lena) owned by Elizabeth
Ann Barnard of Kendallville, IN, rode for the Michigan Reining
In a touching performance
dedicated to her mom and “other mothers, sisters, friends and
family who have lost their fight with cancer,” Kirstin Foran,
Temecula, CA, won the $7,500 added North American Freestyle Open
Championship presented by Century Investment Group. Kirstin and
her stallion Guinness performed to Faith Hill’s There You’ll Be.
Representing the California Reining Horse Association, Kirstin
won the championship with a score of 224.5.
For the sixth year
in a row, West Texas A & M coached by Dr. John Pipkin, won the
Intercollegiate Judging Contest. The evening performance recognized
each team. The contestants in this long-standing Futurity event
undoubtedly represent future NRHA Judges to help fill the needs
of our growing sport.
The Weather Challenges
Everyone! Shawn Flarida Challenges NRHA Futurity Open Division
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
- December 1, 2006 - It went from shirtsleeves to sweat shirts
and goose-down jackets overnight Wednesday. As if the sleet, ice
and snow weren’t challenge enough, Shawn Flarida finished first,
second and third after the two qualifying go rounds of the $100,000
added NRHA Futurity taking place at the Oklahoma State Fair Park
in Oklahoma City, OK. The “Run for the Roses” NRHA Futurity Finals,
with a total purse in excess of $990,000 is slated for Saturday,
On Wednesday, Shawn
earned the highest composite score, 453.5, on Western Whiz (West
Coast Whiz x Cameos Brite Star) owned by Sammy and Nell Ely, Taylorsville,
GA. He earned a composite of 450.5 on Walla Walla Whiz (Topsail
Whiz x Shiney Walla Wanda) owned by Arcese Quarter Horses USA,
Clements, CA, and placed third overall on Senor Tejano Whiz (Topsail
Whiz x Tejana Chic) owned by Green Valley Partners, Aubrey, TX.
But anything can happen
at the Futurity, NRHA’s premier event for three-year-old reining
horses, especially since the winner is determined in a clean-slate
finals where the winner is guaranteed $125,000! Riders in the
30-horse Finals’ field (who scored a 439 or better) are poised
to meet the challenge!
Brian Bell, riding
Collenas Finest Tafy (Footworks Finest x Collena Chic Olena) owned
by Double Run Farm, Leland, NC, is hot on Flarida’s heels with
a composite of 446.5. Randy Paul, riding Taris Designer Genes
(Mr Boomerjac x Taris Little Vintage) goes to the Finals with
a composite of 446. There are NRHA Million and Two Million Dollar
Riders as well as multiple NRHA Futurity and/or NRHA Derby Champions
and finalists in the field as well as those hungry to make their
mark in the NRHA history books. The Open Division Finals on Saturday,
December 2, will be a sizzling competition no matter what kind
of challenge the weather presents!
Two riders shared the
lead in the $50,000 Elite Trailer Intermediate Open Division of
the Futurity. Craig Johnson, riding Too Busy Cashin Chex (Nu Chex
To Cash x Bay N Busy) owned by Rebecca and Chris Brasel, Ava,
IL, and Mark Prince, Carterville, IL, earned a composite of 445.5
as did Corey Cushing riding Chexinics Starlight (Bueno Chexinic
x Spooks Maid) owned by Snowy Range Ranch, Laramie, WY. Casey
Hinton, riding Smarty Starlight (Bueno Starlight x Cat) owned
by Hinton and Joe Verser, Jonesboro, AR, is tied for third place
with Corey Cushing riding Bad Paint Job (Gunner x Lenas Peppy
Cutter) owned by Cathy Frank, Phoenix, AZ. Riders had to score
a 433.5 or better to make the Intermediate Open Finals.
The $10,000 added
Limited Open Division of the NRHA Futurity is determined by
the composite scores from the two go rounds. The winner was
Arno Honstetter riding Gunnin For Diamonds (Like A Diamond
x BH Top Gun) owned by Juston Palmer, Washington, UT. The Reserve
Champion, John Irish, rode Chex This Melody Out (Chex That Out
x Tularosa Melody) owned by H.J. and Terry Hanscom, White City,
Western Whiz, ridden
by Shawn Flarida for Sam and Nell Ely, was declared the winner
of the $20,000 added NRHA Futurity Open Gelding Incentive Award.
The action continued
well into the evening and Reining fans were treated to a tough
$10,000 added NRHA Open competition held concurrently with the
$2,000 added North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Open
Mike Boyle, representing
the West Coast Reining Horse Association won the NAAC Open title
on Paps Major Dad owned by Kara Coleman, Modesto, CA. Steve Schwartzenberger,
riding for the Rocky Mountain Reining Horse Association, placed
second on Country Bay Berry owned by Linda Wise, Boulder, Colorado.
Brian Welman wowed
the crowd with a score of 226.5 to win the NRHA Open class on
Brennas Golden Dunit owned by John Rivard, Hot Springs, SD, Scott
McCutcheon scored a 223 to place second on Great King Pine owned
by Patricia Widener, Columbia Falls, MT.
Carlie Thompson, Dublin,
OH, won the $5,000 added NRHA Non Pro and the $2,000 added Intermediate
Non Pro classes with a score of 219.5 earned on her Maggie Chex.
Jim Babcock, Valley View, TX, was second in both classes with
a score of 217.5 riding his Cowboy Smarts.
In the $2,000 added
NAAC Non Pro class, Bernie Paetzel, New Vienna, OH, was the winner
on his Toriana Dun It. Bernie represented the Ohio Valley Reining
Horse Association. Rebeca Martin, from Gold River, CA, and representing
the West Coast Reining Horse Association, was second on her Cee
A Chocolate Chic.
In the $1,000 added
NAAC Intermediate Non Pro class, Kimberly Tillman, White Hall,
MD, representing the Eastern Pennsylvania Reining Horse Association,
was the winner on her Dualin Son Of A Gun. There was a tie for
second between Rebeca Martin, from Gold River, CA, riding Cee
A Chocolate Chic for the West Coast Reining Horse Association
and Pam Dickinson, Greenwood, FL, riding Chicken Enchilada for
the Florida Reining Horse Association.
The $200 added NRHA
Limited Non Pro, run concurrently with the NAAC Limited Non Pro,
had 101 entries. Debi Murnan, Grass Valley, CA, scored a 218 to
win both divisions of this class on Arapaho Sailor. Debi represented
the West Coast Reining Horse Association. Jordan Donnelly, Aubrey,
TX, riding Hollywood All Star tied for second in both classes
with Alan Frye riding Mickey The Kid. Jordan rode for the Southwest
Reining Horse Association and Alan rode for the Central Kentucky
Reining Horse Association
Friday night's program
includes the fun, fast and exciting North American $7,500 added
Freestyle Open Championship presented by Century Investment Group.
Each rider will perform their specially choreographed routine
to music – a delight for spectators!
On Saturday, The Clinton
Anderson Clinic, presented by Horse and Rider magazine, begins
at 10:00 am.
Scores Big in 2006 Cinch NRHA Non Pro Futurity
With a score big enough
to be competitive in the Open Division of the NRHA Futurity, Mandy
McCutcheon went to the head of the class in the Cinch NRHA $60,000
added Non Pro Futurity. Mandy, NRHA’s Leading Lifetime Non Pro
Money Earner, scored a 224 on I Spin For Chics (Tangys Classy
Peppy x Chics Koko Angel) owned by her dad, NRHA Two Million Dollar
Rider, Tim McQuay, Tioga, TX.
Nelle Murphy, Marietta,
OK, turned in a classy run on Panas Jewels (Tachitas Jewels x
Pana Sugar Chex), owned by her dad Don Murphy. She earned a score
of 220 and is sitting second at the completion of the first go
round, second section of the Cinch NRHA Non Pro Futurity. With
a score of 219.5, Jose Vazquez is third aboard Dunit Lika Juice
(Smart Like Juice x Dunits Papoose) owned by Smart Like Juice
Inc., Markham, IL.
With a score of 217.5,
Zane Haverty is leading the $25,000 added Intermediate Non Pro
Division on Button Up Wranglers (Roosters Wrangler x Little Smart
Jac) owned by Clint Haverty, Krum, TX. Janice Free, Bonduarnt,
WY, rode Kid Lethal (Lethal Lena x Riggins) to a score of 216.5
and second place in the standings while Kim Horn, riding Gunnalena
Doc (Lil Gun x Little Fanta Lena) owned by her husband, NRHA’s
first Million Dollar Rider, Bill Horn, Valley View, TX, maintained
third place with a score of 215.5.
Clayton Eggers, Mingus,
TX, scored a 214.5 to lead both the $10,000 added Limited Non
Pro and the inaugural Youth Non Pro divisions on his Hesa Smarty
Pants (Freckles Fancy Twist x Sneza Smarty Pants). Rick Ford’s
score of 214 aboard Snip O Chex (Nu Chex To Cash x Snip O Gun)
owned by Cinder Lakes Ranch, Powell Butte, OR, has him sitting
second. Carlie Thompson, Dublin, OH, is second in the Youth Non
Pro Division on her Peppys Lil Miss (Missin James x Pure Lil Peppy).
The second go round,
first section of the $100,000 added NRHA Futurity Open Division
got underway with Craig Schmersal scoring a 224 on Sparkling Waves
(Tidal Wave Jack x Shining Proof) owned by Timorie Budge, Laguna
Niguel, CA, to go to the head of the class. After the first go
round, Craig had to make up ground on this horse, but he was confident.
“If I had to make up ground, I knew I could do it on him,” said
Craig. “He doesn’t want any trouble.” Sparkling Waves is representing
Tidal Wave Jack’s first colt crop!
Shawn Flarida scored
a 223 on Senor Tejano Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Tejana Chic) owned
by Green Valley Partners, Aubrey, TX., to place second in this
section of the second go round. Andrea Fappani and Mr Moth Money
(Jerry Lees Surprise x Miss Moth Money) owned by the 23 Partnership,
San Marcos, CA, scored a 219.5 for third place.
Dan Huss riding Dun
It Regally (Hollywood Dun It x Tivios Little Queen) for Frederick
Christen, Whitehouse, OH, scored a 219 and is leading the $50,000
added Intermediate Open Division. Shawna Sapergia is just a half
point behind Huss with a score of 218.5 earned on This Chics On
Top owned by Outrider Ranch Ltd., Calgary, AB, Canada. Matt Flarida
scored a 218 on Custom Blackberry (Custom Crome x Be Berry Sweet)
owned by Craig Jobe, Indian Wells., CA, and is sitting third.
Nathan Piper and Another
Chic Star (Smart Chic Olena x Almost Starlight) owned by Jim Grice,
Hockley, TX, is leading the second go round of the $10,000 added
Limited Open Division. Four riders are tied for second place:
Robin Schoeller riding Shock Shake Shook (Paid By Chic x Docs
Brat Sur) owned by Tom Mason, Canton, MI, Fred Berschauer riding
Magnifichic (Magnum Chic Dream x Special Dose) owned by Eby Horse
Company, Olathe, KS, Debbie O’Neil, Bloomfield, NM, riding her
Monts Jigger Of Gin (Smart Gin x Christy Genuine CT) and Nathan
Morton riding A Little Electric (Jacs Electric Spark x Smart Little
Jewels) owned by Roger Parks, Blanchard, OK.
This fabulous show
continues through Saturday, December 2 at the Oklahoma State Fair
Park in Oklahoma City, OK. In addition to the keen competition
in the show pen, Reining enthusiasts and horse lovers will find
plenty to enjoy. On Saturday, popular clinician Clinton Anderson,
assisted by NRHA Million Dollar Rider Andrea Fappani, will present
the Clinton Anderson Downunder Horsemanship Clinic from 10:00
am – 1:00 pm. There are three major sales featuring the finest
bloodlines in the performance horse industry. They get underway
on Thursday, November 30. You can rub elbows with the Reining
world’s celebrities at the Gathering of Legends reception to honor
NRHA Hall of Famers. The Gathering also includes presentation
of the Vaquero Media Awards and the Open Finals Draw Party on
Friday and there are first class vendors to help get your shopping
done for the holiday season.
Shawn Flarida Maintains
the Lead…Todd Sommers in the Hunt at 2006 NRHA Futurity
Shawn Flarida maintained
his lead in the Open Division of the NRHA Futurity on Senor Tejano
Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Tejana Chic) owned by Green Valley Partners,
Aubrey, TX, with a score of 226.5. And he’s still sitting second
with a score of 225.5 earned on Walla Walla Whiz (Topsail Whiz
x Shiney Walla Wanda) owned by Arcese Quarter Horses USA, Clements,
CA. However, Todd Sommers is seriously in the hunt with Docs Wound
Up (Skeets Peppy x Wind Her Up Doc) owned by Vaughn Zimmerman,
Springfield, MO. They scored a 224.
“He’s really solid,
really physical,” said Sommers of this three-year-old stallion
that was purchased as a yearling at the NRHA Breeders Showcase
Select Sale. “I plan to go in, have a clean, nice run in the second
go round then let it all hang out in the Finals.”
Mike McEntire, riding
The Great Guntini (Gunner x Miss Wicked Filene) for John Faulkner,
Dade City, FL, is sitting fourth with a score of 223.5 earned
in the second section on Friday, but now shares that placing with
Craig Johnson riding Too Busy Cashin Chex owned by Rebecca and
Chris Brasel, Ava, IL, and Mark Price, Carterville, IL. Craig
has already enjoyed success on this stallion by Nu Chex To Cash
and out of Bay N Busy. This fall they won the NCRHA Futurity in
St. Paul, MN, and the SWRHA Futurity in Ardmore, OK.
Johnson is leading
the Intermediate Open Division with three riders tied for second
place with a score of 222.5: Corey Cushing riding Bad Paint Job
(Gunner x Lenas Peppy Cutter) owned by Cathy Frank, Phoenix, AZ.,
Casey Hinton, Whitesboro, TX., riding Smarty Starlight (Bueno
Starlight/Cat) owned by Hinton and Joe Verser and Roberta McCarty
riding Shine All The Chex (Shine On x Taco Chex) for Sherilyn
Held, La Habra Heights, CA.
Todd Martin went to
the head of the Futurity’s Limited Open Division with a score
of 219.5 earned on Br Sheza Cameo Jac (Master Cowboy Jac x Sheza
Dun Dry) owned by Sandra M. Morris, Nixon, TX. Deon Locke, riding
Whizin In The Dirt (Topsail Whiz x A Shining Starlett) owned by
Clinton Anderson, Belle Center, OH, is sitting second with a 219
while Nathan Piper, riding Miss Lil Addy Tude (Whizard Jac x Miss
Col Otoe) owned by C Perkins, Houston, TX, earned a 217.5 and
is in third place.
The first go round
of the NRHA Open Futurity will be finalized today, with the second
go round getting underway Monday, November 27 at 7:00 am. The
Finals is slated for Saturday, December 2. The winner of the NRHA
Futurity Open Division is guaranteed $125,000.
Aaron Ralston, riding
Dunit N Continental for John Deer, Glenwood Springs, CO, won the
Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Intermediate
Open class with Kathy Stafford riding her Rollin Back Rawhide
Ann Salmon scored a
218 to win the NRHA Intermediate Open class on Doc Dun It Dry
owned by Gretchen Chrane, Dallas, TX, with Jessie Allred placing
second on Boogachex owned by Castle Valley Ranch, Emery, UT.
Arno Honstetter auf Gunnin For Diamonds (Bild:
Arno Honstetter is
leading the Futurity’s $10,000 added Limited Open Division on
Gunnin For Diamonds (Like A Diamond x BH Top Gun), owned by Juston
Palmer, Washington, UT., with a score of 222. Todd Martin is sitting
second in the Division on BR Sheza Cameo Jac (Master Cowboy Jac
x Sheza Dun Dry) owned by Sandra Morris, Nixon, TX.
The action continues
today with the second go round of the Open and the first go round,
second section of the Non Pro Futurity. “Visitors Welcome!” Today
and tomorrow are “free days” (no charge for admission) for anyone
who would like to come and see what Reining is all about. There
are vendors throughout the Coliseum and barns – the perfect place
to do your holiday shopping.
The first of three
sales, featuring the top bloodlines in the reining horse industry,
is the Breeders Showcase Select Sale scheduled for Thursday, November
30 at 10:00 am; the NRHA Marketplace Sale will take place on Friday
morning, December 1 followed by the premier NRHA Futurity Prospect
Sale on Saturday, December 2 at 10:00 am. The Clinton Anderson
Downunder Horsemanship Clinic, featuring Clinton and NRHA Million
Dollar Rider Andrea Fappani, is also on Saturday, December 2 at