Some of the world’s best riders battled it out in the final section of the nearly $500,000-added National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Open go-rounds during the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show. The event runs through Dec. 7 at Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Okla., with the NRHA Futurity Open finals featured on the closing day.
REF Magico (Big Chex To Cash x Skeets Genuine Miss) and NRHA Professional Jordan Larson won the first go-round with a score of 222.5. The 3-year-old stallion, owned by Rancho El Fortin, of Del Rio, Texas, and Larson showed their fire to win again by marking a scorching 224.5 in the second go-round. Their composite score of 447 bested the field by one and one-half points.
The Wizster (Gallo Del Cielo x Miss Whizard Jac) and Dany Tremblay also stepped up their performance. After earning an impressive 222 in the first go-round, they marked a second go 223.5 for a 445.5 composite score. They finished in the No. 1 position in the Level 3 Open division and in second place in the Level 4. The stallion, owned by MG Reiners, of St. Paul, Quebec, Canada, has earned more than $18,000 this year.
Footwork Revolution (Einsteins Revolution x Fancy Footwork) and Brian Bell, of Hinton, Okla., racked up a composite score of 444.5 with their run. They ended the second go-round in second place in the Level 3 Open and third place in the Level 4 Open.
Dual Shot Doc (Nitro Dual Doc x Savannah Hickory), owned by WW Ranch LLC, and Robert Chown added a score of 220 to their 221 from the first go-round. That composite score of 441 topped the Level 2 Open and placed the duo third in the Level 3 Open.
XCS Ranch’s Revolution Is Dun (Einsteins Revolution x Miss Whiz Dunit) and NRHA Professional Martin Larcombe, of Gordonville, Texas, turned in two solid performances to move into second place in the Level 2 Open division with a 440.
In the Level 1 Open, Wallys Chic (Walla Walla Whiz x Smokes Chicalito) and Kim Obenhaus received a 214.5 from the judges in the second go-round to earn a 431.5 composite score. They won the division composite for owner MG Reiners, of St. Paul, Quebec, Canada).
In second place in the Level 1 composite was Spark Of Starlight (Jacs Electric Spark x Starlight Angela) with Ryan Rushing, of Whitesboro, Texas, for owner Shelly MacLellan, of Fort Worth, Texas. They earned a 211 in the first go-round and a 220 in the second for a 431 composite score.
The top open horse-and-rider combinations, based on composite scores from the first and second go-rounds, will advance to the NRHA Futurity Open finals on Saturday, Dec. 7, where the winner of the Level 4 Open will earn $165,000, as well as prizes from NRHA Corporate Partners and award sponsors.