Allison Thorson and Froze * Photo by Amy Olson

Three-way Tie stands for NRHA Futurity Non Pro Level 3 Championship

As the dust settled in the Jim Norick arena on Dec. 1, after the Non Pro Futurity there was an issue to be settled. A three way tie for the Level 3 Championship.

Dani Latimer and Snap My Crush earned a score of 219, as did Kelsey Price on Let Err Rip, and Allison Thorson on Froze. Although the three women could’ve agreed to a run-off to decide the victor, they all agreed to let the tie stand.

After a long show of qualifying rounds and the finals, their horses had earned a well-deserved rest. Although they all marked the same score, they each had a different way of ending up there.

Dani Latimer & Snap My Crush

Dani Latimer rode Snap My Crush (PS Mega Shine Chic x Snapbacks x Master Snapper) to success earlier in the futurity season. The pair took the reserve champion title at The Invitational Non Pro Futurity in August. That win put $30,000 on their show records.

This horse is special to Latimer, and not just because he’s a big winner. Dani rode his dam, Snapbacks, to the futurity finals in her first Non Pro futurity.

“This is her first baby. So it’s super special to have been able to run through the gates tonight on him and have as much success as I did,” Latimer said.

Latimer wanted to thank her family and friends as well as her trainer Wade McDonald and his whole crew for their help throughout the year and for taking good care of her and her horse. Latimer and Snap My Crush also earned high honors in the Level 2 & 1 of the Non Pro Futurity, stay tuned for another story about Latimer soon.

Dani Latimer and Snap My Crush * Photo By Amy Olson

Kelsey Price & Let Err Rip

Kelsey Price and her husband Kole bought Let Err Rip (Magnum Chic Dream x Gunner Be Custom x Colonels Smoking Gun) as a yearling and have had him in Kole’s training program since.

“He has always been an old soul, and incredible minded, very easy to train,” Kelsey said of the young gelding.

Kelsey had two horses in the Non Pro finals that night, but it was ‘Rip’ that had carried her to a 220, the highest score during the Non Pro go-rounds. When she entered the show pen on Friday night, she had confidence that her gelding could do it again.

“I just wanted to be clean,” Kelsey said. “That horse really carries me and I don’t have to ask for a lot and he always gives me a lot more. So I kind of wanted to just stay out of his way.”

Their game plan worked and let the pair to the Level 4 Co-Reserve Championship, Level 3 Co-Championship and the Level 2 Co-Championship. She would like to thank her husband for training Rip and getting him broke, as well as their team for all of their long nights and hard work.

Kelsey Price and Let Err Rip * Photo by Amy Olson

Allison Thorson & Froze

Allison Thorson may have had some of the least reining experience in the finals last night. However, the showmanship experience she earned in other disciplines came in handy when she rode FrozeĀ (SG Frozen Enterprize x Electric Cha Ching x Jacs Electric Spark) to the Level 4 Co-Reserve Championship and Level 3 Co-Championship.

“This is my first futurity showing, so I don’t really have much experience showing three-year-olds,” Allison explained. “We’ve had three-year-olds show in the past with our trainer Craig Schmersal. So it’s been fun to enjoy the futurity process, being an owner.”

For most of this year, Thorson has been enjoying the ride as an owner. And said she was happy to be able to ride Froze at the futurity.

“I grew up showing gaited horses, I’ve only been doing reining for about six years now. I’ve been with the Schmersal family for about five years,” she said.

Thorson has had a lot of success in her short reining career, but will only be eligible for Level 4 next year. Being in the horse business her whole life, she knows the meaning of hard work and is aware that there may be more bad than good some years.

The women will each add $26,666 to their EquiStat rider earnings and to the records of their great horses.