Lil Joe Cash & Andrea Fappani Top Shootout

LilJoeAFapLil Joe Cash & Andrea Fappani • Photo by Kelsey PecsekThe $75,000-added National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Open World Championship Shootout brought some of the best reining horses in the world to the NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show in Oklahoma City on Thursday, Dec. 4.

Entries included the earners of nearly $2.3 million, plus past Shootout Co-Champion Shiners Chic, past Shootout Reserve Co-Champion Custom Cash Advance, NRHA Futurity Champion Lil Joe Cash and National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Champions Wimpyneedsacocktail and Blue Collar Tag.

The packed house also enjoyed watching reining’s top open riders, including members of the NRHA Million Dollar club Shawn Flarida, Craig Schmersal, Andrea Fappani, Tom McCutcheon and Jordan Larson.

The Shootout ended with a top score of 223 turned in by Lil Joe Cash (Nu Chex To Cash x RS Lilly Starlight x Grays Starlight) and NRHA Three Million Dollar Rider Andrea Fappani for owner Lil Joe Cash Inc. To date, the 2008 stallion has earned $246,800 in NRHA competition, including the 2011 NRHA Futurity Open Championship. The Shootout paycheck added another $21,300 to his earnings and this is Fappani’s fourth Shootout title.

Right behind was What A Wave (Tidal Wave Jack x What A Sunrise x Sunrise Enterprise) and NRHA Three Million Dollar Rider Craig Schmersal with a 221. Karl and Terri Roberts own the 2008 stallion that has earned more than $105,000 during his NRHA career, plus another $14,500 for placing in the Shootout. What A Wave and Schmersal also won the Reserve Championship at this year’s NRBC.

Third place went to Shiners Chic (Smart Chic Olena x Ebony Shines x Shining Spark), and Jason Vanlandingham. They marked a 220.5 and earned $10,200 for owner Rosanne Sternberg. The 2005 gelding had $234,500 in NRHA lifetime earnings prior to the Shootout.

Previous Shootout Winners

2013: 1 – Colonels Smart Spook and Jordan Larson; 2/3 Custom Cash Advance and Larson / Smoking Whiz and Andrea Fappani

2012: 1/2 – Sail On Top Whizard and Bernard Fonck / Shiners Chic and Andrea Fappani; 3 – Smokin Whiz and Andrea Fappani

2011: 1 – Tinker With Guns and Andrea Fappani; 2 – Whizkey N Diamonds and Shawn Flarida; 3/4 – Custom Cash Advance and Duane Latimer / Great Sun Burst and Bernard Fonck

2010: 1st – Yellow Jersey and Andrea Fappani, 2nd – Smart Spook and Rudi Kronsteiner, 3rd tie – Mister Montana Nic and Craig Schmersal / Wimpys Little Chic and Shawn Flarida

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