NRHA Futurity – December 1

Americasnextgunmodel wins NRHA Futurity open division for owner Dana Conrad.

By Larri Jo Starkey
The American Quarter Horse Journal
December 1, 2012

Americasnextgunmodel and Casey Deary

Casey Deary slides Americasnextgunmodel to the NRHA Futurity open championship December 1 in Oklahoma City. the mare is owned by Dana Conrad of Weatherford, Texas. (Larri Jo Starkey photo) To see more Journal photos from the reining futurity, scroll to the slide show below.

From the first sliding stop to the last, Americasnextgunmodel kept the crowd screaming December 1 at the 2012 National Reining Horse Association.

Before Casey Deary of Weatherford, Texas, rode in on the bald-faced mare, the judges had been tight with the scores. Ruben Vandorp of Aubrey, Texas, and Legacy In Lights were leading with a 223.5.

But Americasnextgunmodel made no mistakes. The 3-year-old mare spun hard, circled harder and stopped harder yet as thousands cheered. The judges rewarded the ride with a gaudy 228, a score that held until the end of the 31-horse Level 4 finals.

Americasnextgunmodel is a 2009 sorrel mare by Colonels Smoking Gun-Cee Dun It Do It by Hollywood Dun It. She was bred by David Silva of Pilot Point, Texas, and is owned by Dana Conrad of Weatherford, Texas.

The mare tied for the lead after the futurity open prelims with a composite of 447 from two rounds of competition, matching Yankee Gun, the 2012 futurity winner at the All American Quarter Horse Congress.

For the win, Dana will get a check for $165,000, a record for the NRHA Futurity.

The victory in Oklahoma City isn’t Americasnextgunmodel’s first taste of success. The mare won the Level 4 open division at the 2012 High Roller Reining Classic Futurity in Las Vegas and took third in the Level 4 open at the 2012 NRHA Cowtown Classic Pre-Futurity in Fort Worth, Texas, also with Casey in the saddle.

Breeder David Silva nominated the mare for the futurity as well as Gunners Tinseltown, the horse that finished second, earning a 225 with Tim McQuay of Tioga, Texas, in the saddle. David still owns that horse,

The 2009 sorrel stallion Gunners Tinseltown is by Colonels Smoking Gun and out of Miss Tinseltown by Great Red Pine.

The Journal featured Miss Tinseltown’s breeder, Charles Vaughan of Lafayette, Indiana, in the December issue.

More Journal Coverage from the NRHA Futurity

  • December 1, 2012 – Americasnextgunmodel wins NRHA Futurity open division for owner Dana Conrad.
  • November 30, 2012 – After a runoff at the NRHA Futurity, two non-pro riders share the championship.
  • November 29, 2012 – Americasnextgunmodel and Yankee Gun lead the pack into the open division finals. 
  • November 28, 2012 – Gunners Tinseltown and Tim McQuay lead the National Reining Horse Association Futurity open standings.