Gunnabebigtime and Brian Bell had the highest cumulative score during the preliminary rounds of competition at the 2020 NRHA Futurity. * Photo by Waltenberry.

Gunnebebigtime Leads Field To NRHA Futurity Open Finals

Led by Gunnabebigtime and Brian Bell, 30 horses and riders forged their way through the early rounds of competition to earn a spot in the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Level 4 Open finals.

For the first time in NRHA history, the NRHA Futurity Open Futurity Champion will win a quarter-million dollars during the Level 4 Open finals on Saturday, Dec. 5 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

This year, the NRHA Futurity boasts a record $1,033,530 in added money for the Open and Non-Pro futurities combined, thanks in large part to NRHA Futurity Challenge sponsors and the NRHA nomination program.

The score needed to earn a spot in the Level 4 Open finals was a 438.5, while it took a 433.5 to advance in the Level 3 Open. Riders with a score of 428 in the Level 2 Open earned a spot in the Finals, as did Level 1 Open riders who marked at least a 420.5. 

Making the top 10 for the Prime Time Open were scores of 436 or more.


Guaranteeing his spot in the level 4 Open Finals and topping that division with a composite of 448 was NRHA Million Dollar Rider Brian Bell and Gunnabebigtime. Bell and the son of Equi-Stat Elite $4 Million Sire Gunnatrashya marked a 223.5 in the first round and a 224.5 in the semi-finals.

The stallion is out of Big Time Jazzy (by Shine Big Time), and is owned and was nominated by Tami Nelson.

Level 4 Open Qualifiers

Qualifiers for the 2020 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Finals (Horse, age/sex, pedigree, rider, owner):

  • All Bettss Are Off, 17S, (Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner] x Wimpys Little Chic x Wimpys Little Step), Andrea Fappani, Arcese Quarter Horses USA
  • Thee American Dream, 17S, (Magnum Chic Dream x Gunner Git Ya Dun x Gunner) Andrea Fappani, Morris Kulmer
  • A Smalltown Trick, 17S, (Tricked Out Spook x A Smalltown Gal x Hollywoodstinseltown), Andrea Fappani, Rancho Oso Rio
  • Wimpys All In, 17G, (Walla Walla Whiz x Wimpys Little Fritz x Wimpys Little Step), Matt Mills, MaryBeth Ruckman & Tim Ruckman
  • Special Kinda Gun, 17G, (Lil Gun x One Ova Kind x One Time Pepto), Matt Mills, MaryBeth Ruckman & Tim Ruckman
  • Suns Out Guns R Out, 17S, (Guns R For Shootin x Freckled Whiz x Topsail Whiz), Matt Mills, Taylor Sheridan
  • Setting Off To Town, 17G (Gunners Tinseltown x Setting Off Smart x Smart Spook), Craig Schmersal, Taylor Sheridan
  • GT Shooter, 17S, (Gunners Tinseltown x Rio Dun Good x Hollywood Dun It), Craig Schmersal, Schmersal/Spring Partnership
  • Xtra Kiss Me Again, 17S, (Boom Shernic x SS Kiss Me Kate x Wimpys Little Step), Craig Schmersal, Karl D. Roberts, Jr.
  • Best Shine, 17S, (Shine Chic Shine x Best Stop x Custom Crome), Jason Vanlandingham, Robert Santagata.
  • Stopping In Jersey, 17S, (Yellow Jersey x Stop Little Sister x Magnum Chic Dream), Jason Vanlandingham, 2Star Investments LLC
  • Drivin By Shootin, 17S, (Guns R For Shootin x Chex Drive x Bueno Chexinic), Jason Vanlandingham, 2Star Investments LLC
  • Gunnabebigtime, 17S, (Gunnatrashya x Big Time Jazzy x Shine Big Time), Brian Bell, Tami L. Nelson
  • MR Boaz, 17S, (Not Ruf At All x Juicy Red Berry x Wimpys Little Step), Brian Bell, George Bell
  • Gunners Town, 17S, (Hollywoodstinseltown x Bubblegun x Gunner), Cade McCutcheon, David Silva, Sr.
  • Americasnextcovrgirl, 17M, (Walla Walla Whiz x Americasnextgunmodel x Gunner), Cade McCutcheon, Arcese Quarter Horses USA
  • Starfire Sixtysix, 17M, (Inferno Sixty Six x Wind Her Up Chic x Smart Chic Olena), Casey Deary, Kevin Corcoran
  • Down Right Amazing, 17S, (Gunner x Shesouttayourleague x Walla Walla Whiz), Casey Deary, DAG Ventures LLC,
  • Step Out N Rock It, 17M, (Wimpys Little Step x Ms Whiz Dunit x Topsail Whiz), Fernando Salgado, La Sierita
  • Vinny Gun, 17S, (A Sparkling Vintage x Dolled Up Gunner x Gunner), Fernando Salgado, Guillermo De Anda Martinez
  • Trendsetter, 17S, (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Timed To Shine x Shining Spark), Kole Price, Thomas J Moffit/Kole Prie
  • Dun Shined Em, 17M, (Shine Chic Shine x Dun Dry Whiz x Conquistador Whiz), Marco Ricotta, Tracy L. Cole.
  • The Whizard of Oz, 17S, (Walla Walla Whiz x Spinderella Story x Smart Spook), Martin Muehlstaetter, Anne Solbraekke
  • Hey Roy, 17S, (Star Spangeled Whiz x Dun It For Chex x Hollywood Dun It), Franco Bertolani, Hey Roy Partners
  • Warlocks Last Step, 17S, (Shiners Voodoo Dr x SDP A Lasting Step x Wimpys Little Step), Robin Schoeller, Himes Coughlin Partners
  • Bandido With A Gun, 17S, (Inferno Sixty Six x Quarta Earl x Earl Be Nimble), Luke Gagnon, Robert Dalcamo
  • Blue Inferno, 17S, (Inferno Sixty Six x Showtimes Lil Step x Wimpys Little Step), Arno Honstaetter, Story Book Stables
  • Littlelectricolonel, 17S, (Wimpys Littlecolonel x Ms Electric Sparkler x Jacs Electric Spark), Brandon Brant, Michael J. Peplowski, DVM
  • Dunit The Walla Way, 17M, (Walla Walla Whiz x Dunit The Gunner Way x Gunner), Sebastian Petroll, Ellen Lloyd Cummins
  • Smokin 66, 17M, (Inferno Sixty Six x Nuthin Chic x Smart Chic Olena), Martin Larcombe, Lance Griffin
  • Gunner In The Nite, 17S, (Gunners Special Nite x Chic Olena Whiz x Smart Chic Olena), Austin Seelhof, Outrider Ranch Ltd
  • Detective McClane, 17S, (SG Frozen Enterprize x Starbucks Déjà Vu x Smart Starbuck), Dany Tremblay, Triple U Quarter Horses LLC
  • Whizsicle, 17S, (SG Frozen Enterprize x Miss Whizzletown x Hollywoodstinseltown), Shawn Flarida, Arcese Quarter Horses USA