National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Open ended Sunday, Dec. 1, at the 2013 NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show, which continues through Dec. 7 in Oklahoma City. The high score of 222.5, marked Saturday by REF Magico (Big Chex To Cash x Skeets Genuine Miss x Skeets Peppy) and NRHA Professional Jordan Larson, held through more than 100 runs from Sunday’s section.The first go-round of the nearly $500,000-added
The 3-year-old stallion, owned by Rancho El Fortin of Del Rio, Texas, and Larson placed in the top 10 at the 2013 Heritage Futurity.
The Wizster (Gallo Del Cielo x Miss Whizard Jac x Whizard Jac) and Dany Tremblay earned a 220 from the judges to finish the go-round with the second-highest score in the Level 4 Open and the highest score in the level 3 Open. The stallion, owned by MG Reiners, of St. Paul, Quebec, has earned more than $18,000 this year including reserve championships in the levels 4 and 3 Open at the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity, plus championships at the Aireau Pre-Futurity and Gunners Peppy Oak Snaffle Bit.
Several of the first go-round leading contenders are graduates of the NRHA/Markel Insurance Futurity Sales. Those graduates include:
Electric Express (Jacs Electric Spark x Hot Coded Candy x The Hot Express) with Jared Leclair for owner Terry Ranch – earned a 221.5 for third in the Level 4, second in the Level 3 and first in the Level 2 Open. Electric Express, a full-brother to Electric Code, has earned nearly $40,000 in NRHA competition so far in his career.
Shiners Crown Jewel (Shining Spark x Cattilion x High Brow Cat) with Nathan Piper for owner John and Nancy Tague – earned a 221 for 8th place in the Level 4 Open.
Walla Whiz Affair (Walla Walla Whiz x Memorable Affair x Major Vaquero) with Todd Bergen owner Xtra Quarter Horses, LLC – marked a 220.5 for 10th place in the Level 4 Open. Walla Whiz Affair was the high seller in last year’s NRHA/Markel Insurance Futurity Prospect Sale.
Custom Innovation (Custom Crome x Dry Doc Bobbie x Dry Doc Bob) with Casey Deary for owner Amanda Brumley – scored a 220 to land in the top 15 scores of the Level 4 Open. The stallion has earned nearly $10,000 this year with strong showings at the High Roller Reining Classic Futurity and Heritage Futurity.
Electric Outlaw (Jacs Electric Spark x Docs Lil Bullet x Lenas Gyrator) with Gabe Hutchins for owner Darling 888 Ranch – received a 219 to finish in the top 30 of the Level 4 Open and top 15 of the Level 3 Open. So far this year, the stallion has won more than $12,500 including the Level 3 Open Co-Championship at the Hollywoodstinseltown Futurity.
A portion of first go-round entries will move on to the second go-round as follows, with Saturday’s Level 4 Open Champion earning $165,000:
Level 4 Open – Top 200 scores, plus ties (Bubble score: 209.5)
Level 3 Open – Top 150 scores, plus ties (Bubble score: 209)
Level 2 Open – Top 100 scores, plus ties (Bubble score: 208)
Level 1 Open – Top 100 scores, plus ties (Bubble score: 173)
The second go-round begins on Monday, Dec. 2, following the first go-round, first section of the $260,000-added Cinch NRHA Non-Pro Futurity. The top horse-and-rider combinations, based on composite scores from the first and second go-round, will advance to the Futurity Open Finals on Saturday, Dec. 7, where the Level 4 Open winner will earn $165,000 as well as incredible prizes from NRHA Corporate Partners and award sponsors. Nearly $100,000 in nominator incentive money also will be distributed to those individuals who originally nominated horses to the NRHA Nomination Program.