A Rideoff Settles the NRHA Futurity

Casey Deary and Shes OuttaYourLeague battle Franco Bertolani and Inferno Sixty Six for the win at the 50th running of the National Reining Horse Association Futurity.

The American Quarter Horse Journal

More than 500 horses were entered in the 50th running of the National Reining Horse Association Futurity.

It came down to two horses when Inferno Sixty Six and Shesouttayourleague tied December 5 in the open finals with matching scores of 224.

In 2014, tied scores meant two Futurity champions – Shine N Spook and ARC Gunnabeabigstar. This year, though, the horses’ owners agreed to run it off. Each horse had one more chance to impress the judges and the crowd.

Inferno Sixty Six competed first. The 2012 sorrel stallion is by Gunnatrashya and out of Snip O Gun by One Gun. He was bred by Hilldale Farm of Brashear, Texas, and is owned by Slide Or Die LLC of Aubrey, Texas.

His trainer is Franco Bertolani of Aubrey, and they ran in for Pattern 10 to deafening cheers and a score of 223.5 – just a half point below their original mark.

Then it was Shesouttayourleague’s turn with Casey Deary of Weatherford, Texas, in the saddle.

The score was a 224.t, making the palomino mare the Futurity winner.

“I would love to have co-championed it with Franco,” Casey said. “Franco’s worked so hard and he has such a great horse, but obviously I’m thrilled it worked out the way it did. I have an exceptional mare. When I came out (the first time), I knew I did a sorry job in a lot of areas that made her look below average. I knew if I had a chance to re-do it, she would do better. I thought she was definitely better the second go.”

At the same time Casey and Shesouttayourleague’s score was announced, NRHA added that with the win, Casey officially went over $1 million in NRHA earnings.

“It’s pretty incredible,” Casey said. “I don’t think you could have written it better. Obviously that mare has so much history with her mother and her brother last year.”

Shesouttayourleague is a 2012 mare by Walla Walla Whiz and out of Wimpys Little Chic by Wimpys Little Step. All three of those horses are in the NRHA Hall of Fame. Wimpys Little Chic, the highest money-earning horse in NRHA history with more than $514,000, won the NRHA Futurity in 2007. Her 2011 colt, ARC Gunnabeabigstar, was co-champion at the 2014 Futurity.

Casey wasn’t worried about his second run.

“I wasn’t worried even the first time I rode,” Casey said, saying he knew the mare’s owner would be happy no matter the results. “It’s great to work for a guy like Rob who has given me free rein to do what I need to do to get the mare ready.

“Franco’s a good friend of mine, and that stallion of his is going to be around for a long time.”

Shesouttayourleague was bred by Arcese Quarter Horses of Weatherford and is owned by Rob Curtis of Fort Worth, Texas, and both Casey and Rob liked “Lexie” from the first time they saw her.

“We bought her as a yearling,” Casey said. “She was so elegant-looking in the pasture – the way she carried herself in the pasture and obviously (her) family has been exceptional. It’s harder to go wrong when you buy strong mares. I’ve tried to put my customers in the best quality mares we can find.”

Casey couldn’t stop thinking about her after the first time he saw her, he said, but he was surprised that Rob wanted to buy her.

“I had a sign in front of my place that said ‘Riding Lessons’ and my phone number and that’s it,” Casey said. “I got a call from Rob five or six years ago. When people come to my place, I don’t ask questions. It’s an escape from whatever they’re going through and I want them to enjoy being there so Rob brought (his son) Steven out for lessons for a couple of years and I didn’t know if he had two nickels to rub together.”

When Rob said he wanted to buy a Futurity horse, Casey took him to see Lexie.

“The next thing I know, Rob’s buying this filly, and I’m thinking, ‘I have really misread this,’” Casey said as he and Rob laughed. “It’s been a fun trip.”