Legend Slides Wright • Photo by Waltenberry

In the Stats: NRHA Futurity

Top 10 Open Horses

The Great Whiz • Photo by Waltenberry

The Great Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Shirleys Folly x Great Pine), a 2000 gelding bred and owned by Lance Griffin, of Edmond, Oklahoma, is the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity’s leading open horse with earnings of $209,252. The gelding and Equi-Stat Elite $2 Million Rider Duane Latimer won the 2003 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Championship. 

  1. The Great Whiz (00G), $209,252
  2. RR Star (PT) (98S), $185,481
  3. Americasnextgunmodel (09M), $182,417
  4. KR Lil Conquistador (02G), $180,130
  5. Smart Spook (01S), $175,310
  6. Shining N Sassy (05M), $174,527
  7. Wimpys Little Step (99S), $170,868
  8. Spooky Whiz (13G), $170,759
  9. Shesouttayourleague (12M), $167,208
  10. Not Ruf At All (10S), $165,530

Top 10 Open Riders

Shawn Flarida • QHN File Photo

The No. 1 NRHA Futurity open rider, Shawn Flarida, of Springfield, Ohio, has ridden 55 horses to the pay window for total Futurity earnings of $2,187,455. His leading money-earner at the event is KR Lil Conquistador with earnings of $180,130. He has ridden seven other horses to more than $100,000 in earnings at the prestigious event: Smart Spook, Wimpys Little Step, Tinseltown Fly Guy, Shine N Spook, Wimpys Little Chic, Gunnatrashya and Whiz Gata Prize. 

  1. Shawn Flarida, Springfield, OH, $2,187,455
  2. Andrea Fappani, Scottsdale, AZ, $1,715,553
  3. Tim McQuay, Tioga, TX, $1,390,511
  4. Todd Bergen, Eagle Point, OR, $1,132,106
  5. Craig Schmersal, Scottsdale, AZ, $1,044,143
  6. Duane Latimer, Ardmore, OK, $856,767
  7. Jordan Larson, Whitesboro, TX, $773,506
  8. Todd Sommers, Whitesboro, TX, $716,820
  9. Randy Paul, Buellton, CA, $609,181
  10. Brent Wright, Ottawa, KS, $583,012

Top 10 Non-Pro Horses

Legend Slides Wright• Photo by Waltenberry

The leading non-pro horse is Legend Slides Wright (Custom Legend x She Slides Wright x Smart Little Lena), a 2012 gelding bred by Cam Essick, started by Steve Worman and trained by Andrea Fappani. Now owned by Edoardo Bernardelli, from Italy, the gelding and Tish Fappani, of Scottsdale, Arizona, won the 2015 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Non-Pro, worth a paycheck totaling $93,048. 

  1. Legend Slides Wright (12G), $93,048
  2. Mega Maggie Mae (12M), $76,917
  3. Spooks N Sparks (08M), $71,191
  4. Gotta Twist It Up (13S), $67,389
  5. Smart Chuka (09S), $65,174
  6. Unquestionably Crome (09M), $59,861
  7. A Gal With A Gun (06M), $58,874
  8. Magicality (10S), $58,088
  9. Wimpys Dolled Up (11M), $57,744
  10. Imacockadoodledude (02S), $54,641

Top 10 Non-Pro Riders

Mandy McCutcheon • QHN File Photo

Once again Equi-Stat Elite $2 Million Rider Mandy McCutcheon, of Aubrey, Texas, topped the NRHA Futurity non-pro rider chart, this time with total earnings of $906,370. Sixty-seven horses have carried McCutcheon to the pay window in Oklahoma City, with her leading money-earner being Smart Scat. That mare is followed by Ms Whiz Dunit, West Coast Mizzen, Customized Gunner and Haidachino Hollywood. 

  1. Mandy McCutcheon, Aubrey, TX, $906,370
  2. Jim Morgan, DVM, Pilot Point, TX, $354,272
  3. Kelle Smith, Marietta, OK, $292,374
  4. Tish Fappani, Scottsdale, AZ, $279,033
  5. Charlie Wiederholt, Hastings, MN, $248,827
  6. Samantha Burns, Edmond, OK, $217,036
  7. Quincy Allen, Madisonville, TX, $163,239
  8. Nelle Murphy, Gainesville, TX, $162,140
  9. Veronica Deans, Gainesville, TX, $154,816
  10. Ginger Schmersal, Overbrook, OK, $153,964

Top 10 Breeders

Bob Loomis • QHN File Photo

The NRHA Futurity’s leading breeder is Bob Loomis, of Loomis Quarter Horses Inc. in Marietta, Oklahoma. He has bred 76 horses that have won a total of $767,441 at the event. At the top of his list of money-earners is Las Cruces Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Shining Bubbles x Shining Spark), a 2002 gelding owned by Bette Simpson, of Sylmar, California, who was ridden by Tanya Jenkins to the 2005 Futurity Level 3 Open Championship and Gelding Open Reserve Championship for $80,191 in earnings. 

  1. Bob Loomis Quarter Horses Inc., Marietta, OK, $767,441
  2. Lance Griffin, Ardmore, OK, $733,274
  3. Rosanne Sternberg, Aubrey, TX, $697,699
  4. Steve Simon, Marietta, OK, $687,945
  5. Hilldale Farm, Brashear, TX, $682,397
  6. McQuay Stables Inc., Tioga, TX, $652,529
  7. Arcese Quarter Horses, Weatherford, TX, $570,256
  8. David Silva Sr., Pilot Point, TX, $519,988
  9. Rancho Oso Rio LLC, Scottsdale, AZ, $519,053
  10. Carol Rose, Gainesville, TX, $504,372

Top 10 Owners

Eleuterio Arcese • Photo by Cappy Jackson

Eleuterio Arcese, of Arcese Quarter Horses in Weatherford, Texas, is the NRHA Futurity’s leading owner. Twenty-two Arcese-owned horses have credited the group with NRHA Futurity paychecks totaling $966,279. Wimpys Little Chic (Wimpys Little Step x Collena Chic Olena x Smart Chic Olena), the 2007 Level 4 Open Champion who was shown by Shawn Flarida, is Arcese Quarter Horses’ high-dollar earner with earnings of $150,293.

  1. Arcese Quarter Horses, Weatherford, TX, $966,279
  2. Rancho Oso Rio LLC, Scottsdale, AZ, $780,653
  3. Lance Griffin, Edmond, OK, $773,569
  4. Vaughn Zimmerman, Springfield, MO, $645,225
  5. McQuay Stables Inc., Tioga, TX, $572,162
  6. Tom & Mandy McCutcheon, Aubrey, TX, $537,923
  7. Frank Bolea, Gilroy, CA, $496,313
  8. Carol Rose, Gainesville, TX, $366,097
  9. David Silva Sr., Pilot Point, TX, $362,175
  10. Steve Simon, Marietta, OK, $342,078

Top 10 Sires

Topsail Whiz • Photo by John Brasseaux

Equi-Stat Elite $11 Million Sire Topsail Whiz is the No. 1 NRHA Futurity sire with 147 of his performing offspring having earned $2,275,488, for average show earnings of $15,480. The Great Whiz is the stallion’s leading money-earner, followed by 1993 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Champion Whizard Jac and 2016 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Co-Reserve Champions Whiz Gata Prize and Dun It For Whizkey. 

  1. Topsail Whiz, $2,275,488
  2. Colonels Smoking Gun, $2,225,974
  3. Wimpys Little Step, $1,756,717
  4. Hollywood Dun It, $1,699,443
  5. Smart Chic Olena, $1,260,379
  6. Shining Spark, $1,061,120
  7. Smart Spook, $1,044,471
  8. Magnum Chic Dream, $853,171
  9. Jacs Electric Spark, $852,687
  10. Gallo Del Cielo, $810,805

Top 10 Dams

Snip O Gun (One Gun x Miss Kim O Lena x Doc O’Lena), a 1993 mare bred by R.H. Clements and R.H. Clements Jr., of Minor Hill, Tennessee, and owned by Hilldale Farm, of Brashear, Texas, is the NRHA Futurity’s leading dam with her seven money-earners having won $384,336 for average earnings of $54,905 at the event. Her leading NRHA Futurity offspring is Inferno Sixty Six, who carried Franco Bertolani to the Level 4 Open Reserve Championship in 2015. Snip O Gun’s second-leading money-earner at the show is Big Chex To Cash with earnings of $133,039. 

Inferno Sixty Six • Photo by Waltenberry
  1. Snip O Gun, $384,336
  2. Shirleys Folly, $371,317
  3. Wimpys Little Chic, $332,841
  4. Taris Little Vintage, $322,376
  5. Smart Little Prize, $296,862
  6. Collena Chic Olena, $254,474
  7. Ebony Shines, $253,803
  8. Dun It For Chex, $248,013
  9. Sassy O Lena, $238,863
  10. Princess In Diamonds, $232,872

NRHA Futurity History (1988-2016)

Year / Location / Entries / Added $ / Total Purse

1988, Oklahoma City, OK, 534, n/a, $454,925
1989, Oklahoma City, OK, 493, $82,500, $524,115
1990, Oklahoma City, OK, 640, $80,000, $573,637
1991, Oklahoma City, OK, n/a, $90,159, $586,073
1992, Oklahoma City, OK, n/a, $82,500, $631,129
1993, Oklahoma City, OK, 737, $82,500, $622,958
1994, Oklahoma City, OK, 883, $80,000, $676,253
1995, Oklahoma City, OK, 1,027, $80,000, $777,719
1996, Oklahoma City, OK, 871, $115,000, $900,331
1997, Oklahoma City, OK, 848, $115,000, $924,306
1998, Oklahoma City, OK, 891, $115,000, $1,035,675
1999, Oklahoma City, OK, 1,032, $120,000, $1,062,296
2000, Oklahoma City, OK, 1,447, $180,000, $1,241,262
2001, Oklahoma City, OK, 1,418, $205,000, $1,318,952
2002, Oklahoma City, OK, 1,416, $205,000, $1,262,640
2003, Oklahoma City, OK, 1,526, $205,000, $1,354,530
2004, Oklahoma City, OK, 1,389, $275,000, $1,399,357
2005, Oklahoma City, OK, 1,512, $275,000, $1,553,748
2006, Oklahoma City, OK, 1,380, $295,000, $1,466,063
2007, Oklahoma City, OK, 1,219, $295,000, $1,395,828
2008, Oklahoma City, OK, 1,531, $295,000, $1,752,475
2009, Oklahoma City, OK, 1,762, $305,000, $1,616,153
2010, Oklahoma City, OK, 1,620, $275,100, $1,637,543
2011, Oklahoma City, OK, 1,705, $800,000, $2,077,828
2012, Oklahoma City, OK, 1,910, $800,000, $2,183,783
2013, Oklahoma City, OK, 1,789, $745,000, $2,138,739
2014, Oklahoma City, OK, 1,688, $714,500, $1,979,718
2015, Oklahoma City, OK, 1,891, $764,500, $2,007,031
2016, Oklahoma City, OK, 1,767, $714,500, $2,059,095

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