Oklahoma City, November 23, 2017 - The Oklahoma State Fair Park, the center of Oklahoma City’s status as “Horse Capital of the World,” came alive on Thanksgiving Day as the 2017 National Reining Horse (NRHA) Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show officially opened the in gate of the Jim Norick and Adquan® arenas.
The Coliseum welcomed the first go, section 1 of the NRHA Open Futurity which counts 370 entries. Earning the highest score on the first day of competition and leading the Level (L)4 division was Brian Bell riding Makeit In Hollywood. The NRHA Million Dollar Rider posted a 221.5 riding Julie Ridgeway’s gelding by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Hollywoodstinseltown and out of SR Mischief Maker, a NRHA/Markel Sale Grad. “I’ve shown him several times this year, and he’s won a paycheck every time, but he just didn’t go the way I would have wanted him to,” said Bell. “Today I was really happy with him, and he was really easy, too.”
NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider Duane Latimer rode Rosanne Koepsell’s stallion, Dun Its Shiney Son (Hollywood Dun It x Shining N Sassy), to a 221, earning the second highest score of the day.
Leading the L3 Open division with a 219.5 was Casey Hinton aboard Mega Mag, a stallion by Magnum Chic Dream and out of Big Gold Chex owned by Kathy Hinton and Casey Hinton. In the L2 Open division, Brent Naylor rode Trashy Spookshow (Gunnatrashya x Spook Off Sparks) to the top score, a 218. Leading the L1 division with a 216.6 was Vanessa Strottman riding Stefano Calcagnini’s Cashing In Diamonds (Lil Joe Cash x Diamond Steppin Whiz), a 2016 NRHA/Markel Prospect Sale consignment.
The reining family celebrated Thanksgiving at the Thanksgiving buffet hosted by the Reining Horse Foundation.
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