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.
Mark Rafacz and Better Not Rest (Custom Crome x Rest Stop x Topsail Cody), a fifteen-year-old gelding a.k.a. ‘Jay’, owned by Mark, has won more than $81,000 LTE. On day one of competition, the duo had claimed the Adequan® NAAC Open Championship. Today, Mark’s wife, Shannon, scored a 219 with the talented gelding between the reins to win the Adequan® NAAC Non Pro Championship.
“Someone counted how many times ‘Jay’ has walked through the in gate today and the number that came up was 166!” said the multiple NRHA Non Pro World Champion. “He’s Mark’s horse and I asked Mark if I could show him this year only one time. Well, it turned out to be six times and here we are. He’s never been beat and this is a first for me. I’ve been showing close to thirty years, I have shown in the NAAC - and I love the program - but I’ve never won it, it’s my first win! We are so blessed to own him and I am so happy he gets to spend the rest of his years with us.”
Mega Watt Shine (Marthas Mega Jac x Bella Della x Shining Spark), ridden by Lindsey McCutcheon and owned by Kathleen and Scott McCutcheon, and Tamra Kyle, riding Gunner Git Ya Dun, both posted a 216 to tie for the reserve championship.
Mega Watt Shine is an 8-year-old stallion by Marthas Mega Jac and out of Bella Della (by Shining Spark) and boasts close to $57,000 in NRHA competition. Scott McCutcheon showed him as a 3-year-old, and the reins were then passed to Lindsay in 2012.
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.