Spooky Whiz and Andrea Fappani were the 2016 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Champions. • Photo by Waltenberry

NRHA Futurity to Host New Semifinals Event

Each year, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show features the world’s most elite competitors in the sport of reining. To highlight this talent, the NRHA created a new event that is sure to be thrilling for both spectators and reiners alike.

The Futurity Level 4 Open Silver Spurs Equine Semifinals is set to take place on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 10 a.m. in the Jim Norick Arena. Also sponsored by Not Ruf At All, the event will feature the top 75 horses (plus ties) in the Level 4 Open division from the first go-round, as well as competitors giving it all they have in hopes of making it to the event finals on Saturday. The horse-and-rider teams with the highest combined score from the first go-round and semifinals will advance to the finals and go head-to-head for the winner’s $150,000 guaranteed paycheck!

Approved at the Feb. NRHA Board of Directors meeting, this new semifinals format provides more recognition to NRHA owners and riders and also showcases the amazingly talented equine athletes in the sport of reining. Additionally, a guaranteed payout will be made to each horse that qualifies for the semifinals.

During the NRHA Futurity, reining horses and competitors come to Oklahoma City to compete for an estimated total purse and cash prizes of more than $2 million. For more information on schedules, tickets, hotel accommodations, sponsors and more, visit nrhafuturity.com.