Chexmaster Tops NRHA Futurity Open Semi-Finals

Franco Bertolani rides Slide or Die LLC's Chexmaster to lead the National Reining Horse Association Futurity open semi-finals.

National Reining Horse Association

The world’s best open riders and horses set their aim on qualifying for the nearly $500,000-added National Reining Horse Association Open Futurity finals at the NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show. The show runs through December 6 at Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City with the NRHA Futurity open finals being featured on the closing day. With today’s conclusion of the open semi-finals, fans moved one step closer to seeing the crowing of the 2014 NRHA Futurity open champion. 

In the Lucas Oil Level 4 open, yesterday’s leaders held the top positions, with one new addition, Xtra Electric Meter and Craig Schmersal, who tied for third:

  • First: Chexmaster (Nu Chex To Cash-Snip O Gun) with Franco Bertolani for owner Slide or Die LLC and nominator Hilldale Farm – Semi-Finals - 223.0 / Go 1 - 221.5 / Composite – 444.5
  • Second: Snip O Lution (Einsteins Revolution-Snip O Chex) with Martin Larcombe for owner XCS Ranch and nominator Cinder Lakes Ranch – Semi-Finals - 217.5 / Go 1 - 224.0 / Composite – 441.5
  • Third/Fourth: Pinesail Jac (Tinsel Jac-Sailin Lil Ruf) with Andrea Fappani for owner and nominator Raul Leal – Semi-Finals – 222 / Go 1 – 219 / Composite – 441
  • Third/Fourth: Xtra Electric Meter (Jacs Electric Spark-Metermaid To Order) with Craig Schmersal for owner Eric Unger and nominator Xtra Quarter Horses, LLC – Semi-Finals – 222 / Go 1 – 219 / Composite – 441. Watch the run.            

The Level 2 and 3 open division leader remained unchanged. Wimpy Chic (Wimpys Little Step-Chics Fancy Lady) and Gabriel Diano held the lead with a 440 composite score. They earned a 221.5 in the semi-finals to add to their go-round score of 218.5. Thales Rocha Bordignon owns the stallion that was nominated by Ericka Smith.

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There was a tie for second place in the Level 3 open division composite (437.5): Little Rooster Spark ridden Peter Defreitas and Redhot Walla ridden by Nicole Renick. 

Defreitas and his Little Rooster Spark (Gallo Del Cielo-Shining Little Angel) improved on their go-round score of 216.5 with a 221 in the semi-finals. Franco Mari nominated the 3-year-old stallion. Little Rooster Spark was previously consigned to the NRHA-Markel Insurance Futurity Sales. 

Redhot Walla (Walla Walla Whiz-Roosters Redhot) and Nicole Renick made a fierce run in the semi-finals to add a 222 to their 217.5 from the go-round. Michelle Preston’s Redhot Walla (nominated by Rhodes River Ranch) and Renick also took second place in the Level 2 open division and won the Level 1 open division composite. 

The second-place duo in the Level 1 open division was FM Shine N Tag Chex (Whiz N Tag Chex-Shine With Wanda, owned by Tricia Jaeger, nominated by Fausto Mattioli) and Jordan Kole Price with a 433.5 composite score. FM Shine N Tag Chex was sold in 2012 at the NRHA/Markel Insurance Futurity Sales.

The top open horse and rider combinations, based on composite scores from the first go-round and semi-finals, will advance to the NRHA Open Futurity finals, including the Lucas Oil Level 4 open, on Saturday, December 6. The bubble to qualify for finals are: Level 4 – 434, Level 3 – 428.5, Level 2 – 426 and Level 1 – 419.5.

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