The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship is edging closer to its final weekend. The show runs through Dec. 7 at Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Okla. Mandy McCutcheon, of Aubrey, Texas, and her Ms Whiz Dunit (Topsail Whiz x A Bueno Poco Dunit) jumped to the top of the Level 4 Non-Pro standings with a go-round score of 219.
McCutcheon and the mare won the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity Non-Pro in October to bring the horse’s freshman earnings to more than $7,700.
Lisa Bissell, of Fort Valley, Ga., and Starlights Lil Belle (Bueno Starlight x Beaus Liberty Belle) marked a 217.5 to finish second in the Level 4 Non-Pro go-round and first in the Level 3 Non-Pro. Jamie Bissell owns the gelding that has already earned more than $4,000 this year.
Tish Fappani, of Scottsdale, Ariz., rode her stallion Big Creme Chic (Big Chex To Cash x Cremes Chic Olena) to a go-round score of 216.5. That ride moved them into third place in the Level 4 Non-Pro. Fappani and her husband, Andrea, both have shown the 3-year-old to win more than $8,000 at events like the High Roller Reining Classic and Reining By The Bay.
Annie Reynolds, of King Hill, Idaho, aboard her Shiney Smart Sparks (Very Smart Remedy x Shirley Shine) and Indy Roper, of Hobart, Ind., riding Samantha Roper’s Tinkers Redneck (Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner] x Tinker Nic) moved to fourth place in the Level 4 Non-Pro and held second place in the Level 3 with matching scores of 216 posted.
Wining the go-round in the Level 2 Non-Pro division was Stoney Russell, of Longview, Texas, and his Gotta Get Er Done with a 214.5. The son of Spooks Gotta Gun and Zans Hickory Girl has earned more than $6,000 this year.
Two entries marked a 214 to tie for second place in the Level 2 Non-Pr: Katie Forest, of Valley View, Texas, with Frank Forest’s Jacquis Banjo (Banjo Whiz x Musk Be Bueno) and Julia Gaupmann, of Euchenau, Austria, riding her Tinseltownsmokingun (Gunner x Miss Tinseltown). Gaupmann and her stallion won the Level 1 Non-Pro go-round.
With a 213.5, Maggie Gratny, of Aubrey, Texas, and Wallywood (Walla Walla Whiz x Custom Mahogany) finished in the second place spot in the Level 1 for owner Mark Gratny.
Youth member Emily Winegar took home Championship honors in the Youth division on A Wimpy Remedy (Wimpys Little Step x Remedys Sure Slide), owned by Green Valley Ranch, with a score of 213. Former Youth 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. The Youth division is determined by the go-round score.
Purse estimates for this year’s Non-Pro event look strong due to nearly 600 entries across all divisions. It will pay a total of more than $590,000 with nearly $300,000 going to Level 1 through Level 3 Non-Pro entries. In all, nearly $30,000 will be paid in nominator incentives.