Oklahoma City, Okla. - The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is proud to announce the newest champions crowned at this year’s Adequan North American Affiliate Championships. Taking home the Championship in the Novice Horse Level 1, with a 210.5, was the all-girl team made up of Lacy Zimmerman and ARC Chics Sparkle (Smart Chic Olena x Sparkle On Top x Topsail Whiz).
“I’ve been riding this mare for the last two years, she was my first futurity horse, we won a couple of small futurities together and then we showed here last year but missed the consolation by half a point. She’s pretty special and very easy,” said Lacy who is married to NRHA Professional John Zimmeran. “We bought her here in OKC at the Marketplace Sale and I broke and trained her myself with my husband’s help. On top of showing her to qualify for the NAAC, we were also here for the NRHA Derby where we made the Limited Non Pro finals. She truly was a good find and I love her to death!”
Lacy qualified at the North Central Affiliate Regional Championship and rode for the North Central Reining Horse Association. Earning the co-reserve championship was Reed Kyle riding Tamra Kyle’s Zins Smart Wrangler (Starlights Wrangler x Smart Rowdy Lady x Smart Chic Olena), and Sharee Schwartzenberger riding Shes Moonstruck (Smart Like Juice x Chyna Moon x Wallawalla Moonshine). Reed and his mount won the Adequan NAAC Limited Non Pro Championship on Friday: “My horse was great for me again today and I’m real happy with the two titles we took home!”
Reed qualified at the South Central Affiliate Regional Championship and rode for the Southwest Reining Horse Association.
“I showed my mare here once as a 3 year old and, since she was a little flustered, we gave her a year off to let her grow up,” said Sharee about the 5-year-old mare bred by the Schartzenberger’s. “I started showing her again this year and she’s been really consistent and steady. She’s sitting in the Top Ten in the Level 1 this year and now plans are to breed her next year. I showed her full brother, we made the Futurity finals and we also won the AQHA High Point in 2014. I now look forward to showing on Tuesday in the Non Pro Futurity!”
Sharee qualified at the Mountain Affiliate Regional Championship and rode for Rocky Mountain Reining Horse Association.
For more information about the North American Affiliate Championships and the 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity to keep up with all the class results, special events and happenings throughout the week, visit nrhafuturity.com.