Oklahoma City, Okla., - The 2015 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity opened the new week with the first go, first section of close to $250,000 added Cinch Non Pro Futurity, as well as the semi-finals of the Open Futurity, plus ancillary classes for Rookie riders.
The first section of the Cinch Non Pro Futurity started in the afternoon following the Open semi-finals. Jessicah Keller and Malena Chic Olena took the lead in the Level 4 with a 216.5. The sorrel mare by Hickory Chic Olena out of Malena Chex (by Nu Chex To Cash) is owned by Hilldale Farm and earlier this year won the All American Quarter Horse Congress Non Pro Futurity as well as Tulsa Reining Classic Non Pro Futurity.
Kirstin M. Darnall-Titov rode her mare, Miss Chexy Banjo, to a score of 215.5 to lead the Level 3 division. Miss Chexy Banjo is by Banjo Whiz and out of Mrs Chexinic (by Bueno Chexinic). NRHA Professional, Cody Stark, won the Level 1 Open Futurity Championship aboard Miss Chexy Banjo at the High Roller Reining Classic this year.
Currently leading the Level 1 and 2 divisions is William Rhoads with his mare Mega Maggie Mae. The sorrel mare is by the NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire Magnum Chic Dream and out of Cinco De Mega (by Marthas Mega Jac).
Open Futurity Semi-Finals
Leading the Level 4 Open division composite is Todd Bergen with Redd Snapper for owner Tony Grover. The NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider and the sorrel stallion by Master Snapper and out of A Ruf Mistress (by Lil Ruf Peppy) scored a 222 in the first go-round and a 219 in the semi-finals for a composite score of 441.
Sliding on top of the Level 3 division today was NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider Duane Latimer with John Wayne Tag posting a 216.5 and adding it to his first go run, a 218.5, brought a composite score of 435. John Wayne Tag is a sorrel gelding by NRHA Two Million Sire Whiz N Tag Chex and out of Kachina Oak Olena (by Smart Chic Olena) and is owned by Fred Tremblay.
Luke Gagnon and Dun Spooked Us, the last draw of Section 1, scored an amazing 220. The stallion by Smart Spook and out of Always A Dunit (by Hollywood Dun It) is owned by Janice Lynn Thomas. The duo scored a 214.5 in the first go-round making their composite score 434.5 to lead the Level 2 division of the semi-finals.
Saar Ben Hamo piloted Electric Skeet, owned by Marc and Kathy Gordon, to a score of 215.5 today that added to his first run score, a 212.5, made the duo leaders of the Level 1 with composite 428. Electric Skeet is a sorrel stallion by NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Jacs Electric Spark and out of Smart Lady Skeet (by Smart Chic Olena) and was consigned in the 2014 Markel Futurity Prospect Sale.
For additional results, including the Adequan NAAC Silver Spurs Rookie of the Year and Adequan NAAC Rookie II, visit www.nrhafuturity.com/results
Don’t miss the special 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity Celebration at 6 p.m. on December 3 in the Cox Pavilion at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, and witness how the NRHA Futurity has developed, improved and advanced the sport of reining over the last 50 years!
For more information about the 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity and to keep up with all the class results, special events and happenings throughout the week, visit nrhafuturity.com.