Snip O Lution Tops NRHA Futurity Go-Round

Martin Larcombe rode Snip O Lution to lead the first go-round of the 2014 National Reining Horse Association Futurity.

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The first go-round of the nearly $500,000 added National Reining Horse Association Open Futurity, including the Lucas Oil Level 4 Open, ended November 30 at the 2014 NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show. Reining fans can enjoy the show until December 6 at Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.

The high score – 224 – marked Saturday held through more than 130 runs from Sunday’s section to win the Lucas Oil Level 4 open go-round: Snip O Lution (Einsteins Revolution-Snip O Chex) and Martin Larcombe for owner XCS Ranch of Gordonville, Texas. The 3-year-old stallion, nominated by Cinder Lakes Ranch, and Larcombe won the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity earlier this year. Snip O Lution is a 2012 NRHA/Markel Insurance Marketplace Sale graduate. Watch Snip O Lution's 224-point run in the first go-round. 
Whizzen For Chex (Topsail Whiz-Dun It For Chex) and NRHA $3 million rider Andrea Fappani slid into the second place spot with a 222.5 in the final section. Rancho Oso Rio owns the mare that was nominated by Oldenburg Farm. So far in her career, she’s won nearly $16,000 including a top ten at the All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity and the reserve championship at the High Roller Reining Classic Futurity. Watch Whizzen For Chex's run with Andrea Fappani.
The last horse of the day, Electric Snow (Jacs Electric Spark-Snow Gun), and NRHA $1 million rider Jordan Larson earned a 222 and third place in the go-round. Electric Snow, owned by Equine Plus and nominated by Andre De Bellefeuille, won third place and $14,300 at this year’s All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity. Watch Electric Snow's performance from the first go-round.
Winning the Level 3 open division with a 221 was Ruffolution (Einsteins Revolution-Ruffle Me Up) and NRHA $1 million dollar rider Brian Bell. Their earnings for the year exceed $11,000 including a second place finish at the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity. Douglas Van Rees owns the stallion that was nominated by Greg Hill. Watch Ruffolution and Brian Bell in the first go-round. 
In the Level 2 open division, Shiney Little Queen (Smart And Shiney-Tivios Little Queen) and Chris Dawson held the highest score (220) to win the go-round. The mare, owned by G2 Performance Horses, was nominated by McQuay Stables.

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Honky Tonkin Dream (Magnum Chic Dream-Blonde At The Bar) and rider Becky Sorrell won the Level 1 open division with a 218. Owner Viola Scott nominated the mare that has earned nearly $4,000 to date in her career.
A portion of first go-round entries will move on to the semi-finals as follows:

  • Level 4 open division – top 100 scores, plus ties (bubble score: 212)
  • Level 3 open division – top 75 scores, plus ties (bubble score: 211)
  • Level 2 open division – top 75 scores, plus ties (bubble score: 209)
  • Level 1 open division – top 50 scores, plus ties (bubble score: 203.5)

The semi-finals begin oDecember 1 following the first go-round, first section of the Cinch NRHA Non-Pro Futurity. The top horse-and-rider combinations, based on composite scores from the first go-round and semi-finals, will advance to the open futurity finals December 6, where the winner of the Level 4 open division will earn $150,000, as well as incredible prizes from NRHA corporate partners and award sponsors. Nearly $100,000 in nominator incentive money also will be distributed to those individuals who originally nominated horses to the NRHA Nomination Program.

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