Competition at the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show in Oklahoma City, Okla., held Dec. 6, featured the $260,000-added Cinch NRHA Futurity Non-Pro finals. The event welcomed back 53 non-pros to compete in a clean-slate format for nearly $600,000 in cash. From the fifth draw in the second section, Mandy McCutcheon, of Aubrey, Texas, set the bar for the remaining finalists.
McCutcheon earned a 218 from the judges on her Ms Whiz Dunit to win the title of 2013 Cinch NRHA Futurity Non-Pro Champion. Ms Whiz Dunit is by Topsail Whiz and out of A Bueno Poco Dunit, by Hollywood Dun It. McCutcheon and the mare won the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity Non-Pro in October to bring her freshman earnings to more than $7,700 prior to the NRHA Futurity.
The Level 4 Non-Pro Championship paid a total of $44,575, with $2,200 of that amount going to nominator Roxanne Koepsell.
With a score of 216, Annie Reynolds, of King Hill, Idaho, and her mother, Joyce Pearson’s, Magicality (Very Smart Remedy x Magical Lena) clinched the Level 3 and Prime Time Non-Pro championships. She tied for the Level 4 Non-Pro Reserve Championship with Kelle Smith, of Marietta, Okla. Aboard her Dunit The Gunner Way (Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner] x Dun It The Hard Way). Reynolds nominated the stallion to the NRHA Nomination Program, so she earned the rider’s portion of the purse ($48,920), plus the nominator incentive ($2,570).
Sarah Lynn Locker, of Brashear, Texas, and The Chex Factor (Nu Chex To Cash x Lockyourgun) improved their go-round score to a 215 to win the Level 2 Non-Pro Championship, Level 3 Non-Pro Reserve Championship and tie for fourth place in the Level 4. Owner Hilldale Farms also nominated the stallion. They’ll receive 5 percent of the $54,160 earned across all three divisions.
Maggie Gratny, of Aubrey, Texas, and Wallywood (Walla Walla Whiz x Custom Mahogany) marked a 208 to win the Level 1 Non-Pro for owner Mark Gratny. The team qualified for all four Non-Pro divisions and earned $24,270 total (including the 5 percent nominator incentive earned by Arcese Quarter Horses USA).
Youth member Emily Winegar took home Championship honors in the Youth Non-Pro on A Wimpy Remedy (Wimpys Little Step x Remedys Sure Slide), owned by Green Valley Ranch, with a score of 213. Former Youth Non-Pro Champion Jaci Marley, of Plainview, Texas, earned second place this year on her mother’s Sailon Mega (Topsail Whiz x Mi Mega) with a score of 212. Youth Non-Pro placings are determined by go-round score, and both youth members qualified for and showed in the Level 4 Non-Pro finals as well.
Each year, NRHA recognizes the highest-scoring, first-time exhibitor in the Non-Pro go-round with a Championship buckle. In addition, the non-pro’s trainer receives a check for $5,000. This year’s winners are Indy Roper and trainer NRHA Professional Gabe Hutchins.
Results from the NRHA/Markel Insurance Marketplace Sale
– Gross Sales = $522,000
– 63 head sold
– Average = $8,286
– Highest Seller – $27,000 – Trashy Starlet – 2012 chestnut filly (Gunnatrashya x Starlights Legacy x Grays Starlight) – Consigned by Stephen Nelson – Purchased by Mary Carter