The field of more than 400 entries in the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Open is a lot shorter now. And, after the first go, Casey Deary and Ten Thirty have the top score.
With the conclusion of the first go-round, the field was cut to the top 75 entries in each of the four levels of the Open. Qualifiers for the next round will either compete in the Level 1-3 Semifinals on Monday, Nov. 30, or in the Level 4 Open Semifinals on Dec. 1.
It took a 217.5 to advance to the Level 4 Open semi-finals, while a 214 was the magic number in the Level 3. Riders marking a 210 or higher earned a spot for Level 2, and Level 1 riders with a 200.5 also moved on in that level.
Building on a record-breaking year in 2020, the NRHA Futurity has continued to grow. Total entries for the Open levels are up by 117, or more than 12 percent. The total Open purse, now above $1.8 million, is an increase over 2020 by more than 20 percent.
Level 4 Open
Former NRHA Open Futurity Champion and EquiStat Elite $2 Million Rider Casey Deary piloted Ten Thirty to a 225, the high score of the round. By EquiStat Elite $5 Million Sire Gunnatrashya and out of Dainty Little Step (by Wimpys Little Step), Ten Thirty is owned by Rancho El Fortin.
The talented colt had a relaxed but spectacular demeanor during his first go-round run. Bred by Reining Horse Foundation Board Member Brooke Wharton, Ten Thirty (originally named Gunna Go Rogue) is an NRHA Markel Futurity Sale Graduate, having been through the sale ring in 2019 as part of the Select Yearling Sale.
Level 3 Open
Dan Huss and This Joe Got A Gun, who competed on the first day of competition, held on to the top spot of the Level 3 and Open Prime Time. This Joe Got A Gun, owned by Jamie Walters, is by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Lil Joe Cash and out of This Girls Got A Gun (by Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner]).
Level 2 Open
Tying for the lead of the Level 2 Open with scores of 220 were Jesse Beckley on Trashinyurdreams and Joao Felipe Lacerda with Plain Genes. Trashinyurdreams, owned by Norma Siebert, is by Gunnatrashya and out of This Chicsdundreamin (by Magnum Chic Dream). Plain Genes, owned by Andre Tripoloni, is by SG Frozen Enterprise and out of Taris Designer Genes (by Mr Boomerjac).
Level 1 Open
Linde Von Koeding and Dollys Inferno finished with the high score of the Level 1 with a 217.5, earning a spot in the semi-finals for all four levels of the Open. Dollys Inferno, by Inferno Sixty Six and out of Wimpys Lil Doll (by Wimpys Little Step), is owned by Patricia Ruemmler.