Flis Carey Sassella & Chic Magnito • Photo courtesy of SWRHA

Bertolani Leads Billingsley Ford Open Futurity, Novice Horse Champs Crowned 

The 2017 Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity (SWRHA) continued Wednesday with snappy maneuvers in the first section of the Billingsley Ford Open Futurity, Novice Horse Non Pro and the second class of the Novice Horse Open.

Franco Bertolani leads the Billingsley Ford Open Futurity Level 4 with a score of 219.5 riding Chex For Nite, who is by Gunners Special Nite and out of Dun It For Chex, for owners Cardinal Hill Training Center. Right behind Bertolani is Ruben Vandorp with a score of 217.5 aboard Il Capo.

Leading the Level 3 and Level 2 is Joe Schmidt riding Spooks Lil Princess, who is by Smart Spook and out of Slide By Shiner for owner Allison Sutton. Schmidt and Spooks Lil Princess turned in a score of 217.5.

Leading the Level 1 is Trent Harvey riding Mobsters First Lady, who is by HF Mobster and out of Chexys Fancy Step, scored a 213.5 for owners Heritage Farms.  
Following the first section of the Billingsley Ford Open Futurity, the Novice Horse Non Pro competitors took centerstage in the Hardy Murphy Coliseum. 

Flis Carey Sassella rode Chic Magnito to the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 championship with a score of 72.5. Chic Magnito is a home raised and trained 6-year-old stallion by Magnum Chic Dream and out of Tivito Norma.

“He was really honest and did everything that I asked him to do. I was really pleased with him,” Sassella said adding that when she entered the arena she was hoping to score a 72.5. “The number in my head was 72.5 and that’s what he did.”

Chloe Lawrence rode Whiskymakesmefrisky to the Level 1 win with a score of 72. Whiskymakesmefrisky is by Topsail Whiz and out of DN Smart Snap. 

In the Ancillary Arena the Novice Horse Open took center stage for the second time this week.

Brian Bell riding Xtra Adorable Step took home the Novice Horse Open Level 1 win with a score of 73 for owner Kalyn Sanders. Xtra Adorable Step is by Wimpys Little Step and out of Dora Whiz and has been showing well for both Bell and Sanders.

“We give her quite a bit of time off, we don’t work her very hard she doesn’t need it,” Sanders said. “Here we wanted to get some more foundation runs on her as Brian calls them, so he showed in the Novice Horse Open and I’m going to show her in the Limited Non Pro on Friday. My focus here has been Brian getting through and having some nice runs. I’m just going to go in and try to have a quiet, penalty-free run and just do my best.”

Ruben Vandorp rode Aboomen Revolution to the Novice Horse Open Level 2 win with a score of 73.5 for owner DFS Group. Aboomen Revolution is by Boomernic and out of Urika. Vandorp has been riding “Mike” – as he’s known around the barn – since he was 2 and the pair has had a lot of success.

“The horse was awesome [today] he was a blast to show,” Vandorp said. “He’s been a very special horse, we really like him. I showed him last year at the NRHA Futurity and made the Level 3 finals on him. We had a really good first go and he got hurt after the first go, but we gave him a lot of time off and let him heal up all the way. He’s 100 percent recovered and we just started seasoning him and getting him back to work and this was his second horse show since that, so we’re really happy.”

Ethan Willey rode All Guns On Deck (Colonels Smoking Gun x Rhonda Gray) to win the Novice Horse Open Level 1 High Point championship with 123 points.

Dany Tremblay rode Misters Temptress (Mister Dual Pep x Colonel Pepinic) to the Novice Horse Open Level 2 High Point championship with 50 points.

The SWRHA Futurity continues with tough competition Thursday with the second section of the Billingsley Ford Open Futurity, Open Intermediate Open, Limited Open and Rookie Professional classes in the Hardy Murphy Coliseum, and in the Ancillary Arena the second class of Novice Horse Non Pro competitors will make their bids for championships.
For more information and complete results from the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity, held , visit www.swrha.com.