On Saturday, Dec. 3, all eyes in the reining world will be focused on Oklahoma City, where the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Open finals will begin at noon with Section 1, immediately followed by Section 2 and the Lucas Oil Level 4 Open Futurity finals. The road to the Futurity can be long and arduous, with hopefuls hailing from all over the United States and, indeed, the world. The paths of some horses led them through various sale rings, as one-third of the Level 4 Open finalists are previous sale horses.
After two go-rounds, Luckie Moonstone and Shawn Flarida’s 445 composite topped the list of 30 Level 4 Open finalists. They marked a 221.5 in the first go and a 223.5 their second run in the Jim Norick Arena.
Bred by Loren Booth, of Orange Grove, California, Luckie Moonstone was consigned to the 2014 Legacy Breeders Sale as a yearling. Oso Horses, of Wayne, Oklahoma, had the winning $10,000 bid that day. Less than four months later, they sold Luckie Moonstone privately to Jason Dobrinski, of Factoryville, Pennsylvania, who now finds himself with a finalist in this year’s premier event for 3-year-olds. Luckie Moonstone and Flarida drew deep in the finals – 26 out of 30 – ensuring an exciting finals from beginning to end.
With Craig Schmersal in the saddle, Pale Conquistador turned in go-round scores of 220.5 and 219.5 for a 440 composite that easily secured his spot in the NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open finals. Pale Conquistador was bred by the B.S. Syndicate, which consigned the stallion to the 2014 Legacy Consignment Sale. Eric Unger signed the ticket that day, paying $9,500 for the stallion. Schmersal, who rode and stands Pale Conquistador’s sire, Pale Face Funnit, will show Pale Conquistador from draw No. 8 in the NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open finals.
While those two horses could be considered relative bargains, there is one horse whose finalist berth has justified his six-figure purchase price. PS Mega Shine Chic made headlines last year as the highest seller in the NRHA/Markel Insurance Futurity Prospect Sale when Bradley and Amanda Kelly paid $280,000 for the palomino stallion.
PS Mega Shine Chic’s sale was a successful pinhook for the Houde and Tremblay Partnership, which bought the horse as a yearling for $5,300 at the NRHA/Markel Insurance Marketplace Sale before turning him around as a 2-year-old for more than 50 times his original purchase price. PS Mega Shine Chic and Dany Tremblay will compete from draw five in the finals.
From sale horse to NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open finalist:
No Smoking Required
$27,000 2014 Legacy Consignment Sale
s (Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner] x Icing Required x Smart Chic Olena)
Consignor: Carlo Orsi
Buyer: Randy Shepherd
PS Mega Shine Chic
$5,300, 2014 NRHA/Markel Insurance Marketplace Sale
s (Shine Chic Shine x Megas Sugar Baby x Marthas Mega Jac)
Consignor: Patsy Schutz
Buyer: Houde & Tremblay Partnership
$280,000, 2015 NRHA/Markel Insurance Futurity Prospect Sale
Consignor: Houde & Tremblay Partnership
Buyer: Bradley & Amanda Kelly
Whizkey Rock N Roll
$37,000, 2014 NRHA/Markel Insurance Select Yearling Sale
s (Whizkey N Diamonds x Snip O Chex x Nu Chex To Cash)
Consignor: Cinder Lakes Ranch LLC
Buyer: Rhodes River Ranch Inc.
$9,500, 2014 Legacy Consignment Sale
s (Pale Face Dunnit x Luz Del Conquistador x Conquistador Whiz)
Consignor: B.S. Syndicate
Buyer: Eric Unger
Gunshot N Tinseltown
$100,000 (RNA), 2014 Legacy Breeders Sale
s (Gunner x Tinseltown Wimpy x Wimpys Little Step)
Consignor: Ron McRorie
$15,000, 2014 NRHA/Markel Insurance Select Yearling Sale
s (Smart Spook x Best Stop x Custom Crome)
Consignor: Wagman Ranch Inc.
Buyer: 4V Livestock LLC
Tunes In Hollywood
$50,000, 2013 Carol Rose Quarter Horses Dispersal Sale
s (Hollywoodstinseltown x Shiney Tari x Shining Spark)
Consignor: Carol Rose, Agent
Buyer: Aaron Ranch
$10,000, 2014 Legacy Breeders Sale
s (Spooks Gotta Gun x My Lucky Moonstone x Topsail Whiz)
Consignor: Loren Booth
Buyer: Oso Horses
High Rolling Spook
$40,000, 2014 2014 NRHA/Markel Insurance Select Yearling Sale
s (Smart Spook x Shining High Roller s Shining Spark)
Consignor: Sterling Ranch
Buyer: Toyon Ranch LLC
$8,000 (RNA), 2014 2014 NRHA/Markel Insurance Marketplace Sale
s (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Myo Starlight x Paddys Irish Whiskey)
Consignors: Spence & Kristin Bell