The Jim Norick arena saw open and non-pro competitors go through the ring Monday, Nov. 26 at the 2018 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity. The day started off with the second go-round, section one of the Futurity Open, which saw 50 horse-and-rider combinations. The CINCH Futurity Non-Pro wrapped up the day with section two of the first go-round.
Joe Schmidt rode Gunna Cash Ya (Lil Joe Cash x Gunners Blonde Chic x Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner]) for owner and nominator Allison Sutton to a 222, which gave the pair the highest score in the Open section. After marking a 216 in the first go-round, that left them with a composite score of 438.
Smokin Paleface and Brent Naylor slid their way to a 221.5. Owned and nominated by Tim Anderson, the sorrel stallion is by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Pale Face Dunnit and out of Lost In Tinseltown (by Jacs Electric Spark). They ended the go-rounds with a composite score of 437.5 after earning a 216 earlier in the week.
With only four horses left, Jesse Beckley and Holly Gun (PT) gave it their best shot and marked a 216, which was added to their first go-round score of 217 for a composite score of 433.5. Holly Gun, owned and nominated by Kar K2 Ranch Partnership, is by NRHA 10 Million Dollar Sire Gunner and out of Docs Dunnit Bar (by Hollywood Dun It).
The second section of the non-pro featured a total of 48 runs. Among some tough competition, Samantha Smith and Neverthoughtiwould marked the top score of the day.
“He is one of the most fun horses I have ever had, and he is a great show horse,” Smith said. “I did have a turn penalty, so there is a little more room for improvement, but I just wanted to turn around and go back in there and do it again.”
Neverthoughtiwould, by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Pale Face Dunnit and out of Shine Tini (by Shining Spark), was nominated by Ginger Schmersal and is owned by Lance Griffin.
NRHA Million Dollar Rider and Owner Jose Vazquez rode SLJ Corazon Valiente to a 217.5. The sorrel stallion, who is by Smart Like Juice and out of the Shining Spark mare Wind Her Up Shiner, is owned and nominated by Smart Like Juice Inc.
Rounding out the top three scores of the day was Frank Ordner III and Tinseltown Footprint (Gunners Tinseltown x Fabulous Footwork x Hollywood Dun It). Tinseltown Footprint is owned and nominated by David Silva Sr.
Big Numbers for 2018 NRHA CINCH Futurity Non-Pro
The 2018 NRHA Futurity continues its successful start with impressive and historic numbers. Non-Pro entries are up 8 percent to 629, in comparison to last year’s 582. This year’s edition has the largest purse (Levels 4-1) in history with $617,166. The second largest was held in 2012 with $605,111. Additionally, the purse for each level is at a record high.
For further information, results, live stream and live score, visit the NRHA Futurity’s website.