NHRA recap: Larson and Spooks Gotta Whiz win the NRHA Futurity
December 10, 2010
OKLAHOMA CITY – The 2010 National Reining Horse Association $170,000 added National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Open Futurity Finals brought an exciting end to the NRHA Futurity and Adequan North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, OK. This year’s riders were mounted on world-class reining horses all aiming for the $125,000 championship purse and their share of NRHA Corporate Partner and Futurity Sponsor awards.
Jordan Larson and Spooks Gotta Whiz were crowned the 2010 Level 4 Open Futurity champions. The duo scored a 227 in the finals and a $125,000 check for the win. The stallion by Spooks Gotta Gun and out of Prettywhizprettydoes is owned by Michell Anne Kimball of Encinita, CA.
Level 4 Open Futurity Reserve Champion, Mike McEntire of Selma, NC rode Red Stripe Spook (Smart Spook x Ms Red Capri) to a 226.5 and $120,764 in earnings. The stallion is co-owned by McEntire and David Evans.
Arno Honstetter, San Marcos, CA topped the Level 3 Open Futurity division with a 222 aboard Rancho Oso Rio’s stallion Chicsdundreamin (Magnum Chic Dream x Goody Goody Dun Drop). The trainer from San Marcos, CA earned over $71,000 for his win and a fourth place finish in the Level 4 Open division.
In the Level 2 Open Futurity, a co-championship was awarded to Thiago Boechat and Jonathan Gauthier, each scoring a 218.5. Boechat, Purcell, OK, rode Prudencio Flores’ stallion Wimpyneedsacocktail (Wimpys Little Step x Seven S Mimosa) while Gauthier, Lucama, NC, marked an equally impressive 218.5 aboard Russell Flint’s stallion Hollys Electricspark (Jacs Electric Spark x Dunit N Continental). Gauthier also championed the Level 1 Open Futurity division.
Tim McQuay of Tioga, TX was named the Prime Time Open Futurity champion earlier this week. This division winner is determined by the composite score of the first and second go round. The NRHA Million Dollar Rider and Owner marked a 455 composite (222.5 – 1st Go, 222.5 – 2nd Go) aboard McQuay Stables’ Always Gotyer Gunsup, a mare by his NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Gunner.
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In the Adequan Championship Arena, 76 rookie reiners competing for the NRHA Rookie of the Year title. Nick Kingston Schmersal, a 15-year-old from Overbrook, OK, championed the event with a score of 217.5 aboard Blazing In Black. The eight-year-old mare is owned by his father, Craig Schmersal.
The South Central Region won the 2010 Adequan NAAC Team Championship award presented by SmartPak. Representatives were presented with a $2,500 check for their region. All members of the team will receive customized trophy jackets courtesy of SmartPak.
The Sale Arena also saw a lot of action during Saturday’s NRHA/Markel Futurity Prospect Sale. The high-seller, Splashin In The Wave, was sold to Augustine and Gaynia Revenberg of Ontario, Canada, to the tune of $200,000. The two-year-old colt by Tidal Wave Jack and out of Star CD (by CD Olena) was consigned by Hickory Creek Ranch and Craig Schmersal of Overbrook, OK.