Jesse Asmussen & Blue Berry Jac Win NRHA Futurity Non-Pro

BlueBerryJacBlue Berry Jac & Jesse Asmussen • Photo by Kelsey PecsekThe National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show held the first of two finals performances on Friday, Dec. 5. – the $232,000-added Cinch NRHA Futurity Non-Pro. The show runs through Dec. 6 at Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.

This year’s Futurity had approximately 550 Non-Pro entries and $600,000 in purse money. In all, nearly $30,000 will be paid in nominator incentives.

From the last draw in the class, Jesse Asmussen, of Maquoketa, Iowa, and his Blue Berry Jac (Wimpys Red Berry x Mainly Jac) marked a 217 to win the Level 4 Non-Pro Championship. Asmussen has won more than $220,000 in NRHA competition, including a co-championship at the 2012 NRHA Futurity on Smart Chuka. The Level 4 Non-Pro Championship paid a total of $42,880, with $2,100 of that amount going to nominator Xtra Quarter Horses LLC.

Cade McCutcheon, 14, and Starbucks Finale (Smart Starbuck x Dun Its Deja Vu) won the Reserve Championship with a 216.5. McCutcheon’s parents, Tom and Mandy, own the 3-year-old gelding that was nominated by Tom. With his showing in the Non-Pro go-round on Golden Survivor, McCutcheon also won the Youth Non-Pro Championship, which is determined by go-round score.

Levels 3 & 2 Non-Pro

TLarsonTaylor Larson & Wimpys Dolled Up • Photo by Kelsey PecsekThe Levels 3 and 2 Non-Pro championships went to Taylor Larson, of Whitesboro, Texas, and Wimpys Dolled Up (Wimpys Little Step x Dolled Up Gunner) with a score of 215.5. Their score also landed them in a fourth-place tie in the Level 4 Non-Pro. Larson Performance Horses Inc. owns the palomino mare, and Larson is her nominator.

In all, the duo won $54,870, including the nominator incentive. Prior to the Futurity, the team earned more than $12,000 after strong showings at the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity and All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity.

Level 1 Non-Pro

Teresa Putman, of Gainesville, Texas, and Gary Putman’s HA Casper claimed championship honors in the Level 1 Non-Pro with a 209. They placed fourth in the Level 2, ninth in the Level 3 and 11th in the Level 4 Non-Pro. The cremello stallion is by Lena Spark and out of DA Nic A Tune. Putman earned $25,970 for her effort, with $1,370 going to the nominator, Hillis Akin Family Partnership.

Prime Time Non-Pro

The Prime Time Non-Pro Championship and $3,480 went to Ron Thompson, of Whitesboro, Texas, and his Magnum Marilynmonroe (Magnum Chic Dream x Ms Mello Yello). Their 216 also gave them third-place honors in the Level 4 Non-Pro. For this, they won $22,100, plus $1,160 for nominator KO Korral LLC.

Each year, the NRHA recognizes the highest-scoring first-time exhibitor in the Non-Pro go-round with a buckle. In addition, the non-pro rider’s trainer receives a check for $5,000. This year’s winner was Ryan Birkenfeld, of Nazareth, Texas, and his trainer, NRHA Professional Melanie Wilhelm, also of Nazareth.

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