NRHA Futurity Open Ends In Memorable Tie

ShawnJordan2014 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Co-Champions Shawn Flarida and Jordan Larson โ€ข Photo by Kelsey PecsekThe National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Open finals, including the Lucas Oil Level 4, closed out the 2014 NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City on Saturday, Dec. 6. A total of 64 riders were mounted on world-class reining horses, all aiming for the $150,000 Level 4 Open Championship purse and their share of NRHA Corporate Partner and Futurity Sponsor awards.

The 2014 NRHA Futurity Open finals gave the packed house just what they were craving โ€“ the best of the best in a dramatic finish, right until the end of the second section.

Shine N Spook (Smart Spook x Ebony Shines) and NRHA Five Million Dollar Rider Shawn Flarida landed draw 23 in the second section. They earned a 224.5 to jump ahead of previous leaders Wimpy Chic (Wimpys Little Step x Chics Fancy Lady) and Gabriel Diano, who had marked a 224.

Shine N Spook and Flarida held the lead until the last run of the finals, when ARC Gunnabeabigstar (Gunnatrashya x Wimpys Little Chic) and NRHA Million Dollar Rider Jordan Larson met the challenge and lit the board with a 224.5 of their own. They decided to share the title and stand as Lucas Oil Level 4 Open Co-Champions.

Shine N Spook, owned by Clark Reining Horses LLC and nominated by Rosanne Sternberg, previously placed fifth at this yearโ€™s All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity. ARC Gunnabeabigstar, owned by HDC Quarter Horses and nominated by Arcese Quarter Horses USA, placed eighth at that event.

The Co-Championship paid $132,600 to each of the owners and $6,980 to each of the nominators. Both Co-Champions were consignments at the 2012 NRHA/Markel Insurance Futurity Sales.

Levels 3 & 2 Open

Wimpy Chic, owned by Thales Rocha Bordignon, and Gabriel Diano placed third in the Level 4 Open and claimed championships in Levels 3 and 2. The team has earned $15,444 to date, taking Reserve championships in the Level 2 Open at the High Roller Reining Classic Futurity and Hollywoodstinseltown Futurity. Tonight, they added another $134,820 for the owner Bordignon and $7,100 for nominator Ericka Smith.

Level 1 Open

Winning the Level 1 Open with a 220 was FM Shine N Tag Chex (Whiz N Tag Chex x Shine With Wanda) and Jordan Kole Price for owner Tricia Jaeger. FM Shine N Tag Chex was sold in 2012 at the NRHA/Markel Insurance Futurity Sales. Tonight the stallion, nominated by Fausto Mattioli, won $40,400 for the owner and $2,100 for the nominator.

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