The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Open finals closed out the 2013 show at Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Okla., on Dec. 7. More than 60 riders were mounted on world-class reining horses, all aiming for the increased $165,000 Level 4 Open Championship purse. Not Ruf At All and NRHA Professional Jason Vanlandingham, of Whiteboro, Texas, marked the score to beat from draw two in the second section of the finals. Their 225.5 held through nearly 30 more runs to claim the title.
Not Ruf At All has earned more than $31,000 including championships at the Hollywoodstinseltown and High Roller Reining Classic futurities. This win added another $165,000 to that tally, including the $8,250 nominator incentive for Petra Zeitler Connor.
Not Ruf At All was consigned in the 2012 NRHA/Markel Insurance Futurity Prospect Sale. Vaughn Zimmerman owns the stallion that is by A Sparkling Vintage and out of All Ruffed Up, by Lil Ruf Peppy. Not Ruf At All’s earnings also unofficially moved Zimmerman onto the NRHA Million Dollar Owner list.
The next finalists to enter the pen after Not Ruf At All were Tinseltown Fly Guy (Hollywoodstinseltown x Fly Flashy Jac) and NRHA Professional Shawn Flarida, of Springfield, Ohio. They marked a 224 for owner Wagner & Vandorp to win the Level 4 Open Reserve Championship. The second-place finish paid $135,600 to the owner and $7,100 to nominator Melissa Vandorp. As of that ride, Flarida unofficially became NRHA’s first Five Million Dollar Rider.
Casey and Kathy Hinton’s Black Hails Gold and NRHA Professional Jimmy Van Der Hoeven, of Whitesboro, Texas, thrilled the crowd and scored a 223.5. Their score was good enough to win the Level 3 Open and place third in the Level 4. In all, they earned $136,200, including the 5 percent nominator incentive for Rhodes River Ranch.
Walla Dun A Whiz (Walla Walla Whiz x Dun It Like Torima) and NRHA Professional Patrice St-Onge won the Level 2 Open and placed sixth in the Level 3 for total earnings of $30,500. The duo won the Level 3 and 2 Open at the Darling 888 Ranch Developing Horse Futurity in September. Walla Dun A Whiz is owned by St-Onge Reining Horses. Alain Maheux nominated the stallion to the NRHA Nomination Program and received the 5 percent incentive.
After finishing in second place in the Level 1 Open composite, Spark Of Starlight (Jacs Electric Spark x Starlight Angela) and Ryan Rushing, of Whitesboro, Texas, turned in a score of 215.5. That put them in first place in the Level 1 Open and fourth place in the Level 2 to earn $17,500 total. Shelly MacLellan owns the stallion that was nominated by Cinder Lakes Ranch.
NRHA Professional Carol Metcalf, of Pilot Point, Texas, won the Prime Time Open division riding Mister Smart (Mister Dual Pep x Cowgirls Are Smart), nominated by FOCUS. She owns the stallion with her husband Steve.
NRHA also presented Sire & Dam Program awards earned in the Open to Hollywoodstinseltown ($13,100), Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner) ($6,560) and Walla Walla Whiz ($6,560). Magnum Chic Dream earned the Level 3 Open division award.
In addition to Zimmerman and Flarida’s accomplishments, the following million-dollar milestones were achieved (unofficially): Mike McEntire – Million Dollar Rider, Brian Bell – Million Dollar Rider and Arcese Quarter Horses USA – Two Million Dollar Owner.
NRHA/Markel Insurance Futurity Prospect Sale Results
– Sold = $1,581,300
– 37 head sold
– Average = $42,119
– Highest Seller – Hip 2046 – $300,000 – Mr Magnum Dun It – 2011 red dun colt (Magnum Chic Dream x Brennas Red Dunit x Hollywood Dun It) – Consigned by Tallone Reining Horses – Purchased by Gier Ramleth