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☛ NSHA Futurity/Derby 8-24-16





By Glory Ann Kurtz
Photos from NSHA
Aug. 24, 2016

Duals Lucky Charm and Kelby Phillips claimed the 3-year-old Open Futurity title.

Duals Lucky Charm, a 2013 sorrel gelding sired by Dual Smart Rey out of TRR Ms Pepcid Olena by Pepcid) owned by Mike and Robyne Stewart, Munday, Texas, and ridden by Kelby Phillips, claimed the 3-Year-Olds Open Futurity title during the National Stock Horse Association Snaffle Bit Futurity held Aug. 16-21 in Paso Robles, Calif. The gelding was bred by Carolyn and Mark Murray, Dallas, Texas, who sold him, as a 2-year-old in February 2015, to William Roden, Ovalo, Texas. Roden sold him to the Stewarts in December 2015.


With 86 entries and a total purse of $86,517.60, the Phillips and Duals Lucky Charm scored a composite of 660 points in the three events, taking home a $16,438.34 paycheck.  Phillips also rode Hickory Holly Time in the World’s Richest event, earning an additional $3,036.000 – giving him a total from the show of $19,474.34. However, Phillips was not the leading money-earning rider of the event; he was the third highest earner.


The highest money-earning Open Rider Justin T. Wright finished second in the Open Futurity riding Step To The Light. He also placed second in the Open Derby and won the World’s Richest Open and Intermediate classes.

The highest money-earning Open Rider was Justin T. Wright, who finished second in the Open Futurity riding Step To The Light, for $12,112.46; second in the Open Derby riding Lil Bay Hawk for $4,842; and won the Worlds Richest riding Talkin Prize for $3,795 and the Worlds Richest Intermediate for $3,795 – totaling $23,803.46.


Step To The Light, bred and owned by Mark and Kelly Gowing, Lompoc, Calif., and ridden by Justin T. Wright to a 658 composite score, taking home $12,112.46. The palomino stallion is sired by CD Lights out of Shinersdiamondjackie by Shining Spark.


Third in the Open Futurity was Nicholas S. Dowers, riding High Stressin Cat for Bill Stevenson, Buellton, Calif, scoring a 657.50 and earning  $9,949.52. However, that was Dowers’ only paycheck for the show.


Cory Cushing also cashed in with more total money than Phillips , $21,196.82 to be exact , when he placed five horses in the Open Futurity finals: Metallic Train for fourth for $8,651.76, Attracted To Royalty for fifth and $6,488.82; Maliblu Barbie to ninth for $2,595.53, Moonstruck One Time to tenth for $2,595.53 and Metallic Look to 18th for $865.18.



The 56-entry Intermediate Open Division, a class-within-a-class, paying out $18,649.50, was won by Shiney Smart Remedy, owned by Anne M. Reynolds, King Hill, Idaho, and ridden by Randy J. Paul to a composite score of 653.50, earning $3,729.90. The amount helped Paul become the fourth leading money-earner in the Open classes, with a total of $17,071.84. Paul finished sixth in the Open Futurity for $5,191.06 and second in the World Richest Intermediate for $2,545.00 riding Shiney Smart Remedy; fifth in the Open Derby riding CD Highlights for $2,421.00; third in the World’s Richest riding Lenaliltothewright for $2,277.00 and third in the Intermediate Open Derby  riding CD Highlights again for $907.88.


The Reserve Intermediate Open title went to Poppys Troubudour, owned by Lois George and Jean Sander, ridden by Tucker J. Robinson, to a 651.50 composite score, taking home $2,564.31. The pair had finished seventh in the Open Futurity, taking home an additional  $3,893.29 for a total of $6,457.60 for the entire show.



The 16-entry Limited Open Division, also a class-within-a class, paying out $8,696.39, was won by My Gun Goes Boom, owned by Cathy Corrigan Frank, Phoenix, Ariz., and ridden by Tyson Ray Benson to a composite score of 638.50. The pair, who also placed in the Intermediate Open, winning $186.50, collected a $2,608.92 paycheck, for a total of $2,795.42 for the show. The Reserve Limited Open title went to Stylish Tallica, owned and ridden by Billy J. Martin, Aromas, Calif., to a 629 composite score, collecting his only check of $2,087.14.


There was a tie in the 8-entry Level 1 Limited Open Futurity, also a class-within-a-class, paying out $5,466.51, with both top-scoring contestants scoring a 624.50 composite score and taking home $1,913.28.  The champions included Metal Cat, owned by Quinton and Sandy Kersh/Brandon Clark, ridden by Clark and Very Blu, owned by Beverly Vaughn, Durango, Colo., and ridden by Nic Howard. Both entries tied for 4th place in the Ltd. Open Futurity, where they also took home $913.12 each. Both Howard and Clark took home a total of $2,826,40 in the Limited Open classes.

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Phillip Ralls rode Metallic Star to the Open Derby title.

The 4-Year-Old Open Derby title, with 27 entries and a total payout of $24,210, went to SJR Metallic Star, a red roan gelding sired Metallic Cat out of Starlights Rhonda by Grays Starlight, owned by the Billie Jo Ralls Trust, Paso Robles, Calif., and ridden by Phillip J. Ralls to a 659 combined score on the three events, earning $6,052.50. The gelding was bred by the San Juan Ranch, Weatherford, Texas, and was sold to Phillip Ralls as a yearling in October 2013 and transferred to the trust in December 2013.


Ralls was the eighth leading Open rider in the show, winning a total of $8,852.46. He also finished 16th in the Open Futurity riding Bens the Boss, $1,018.00 riding One Fine Vintage for fifth in the World Richest Intermediate and eighth riding Pepe Le Wright for $484.20 in the Open Derby.


Reserve went to Lil Bay Hawk, a bay gelding owned by Stephen Silva, Atascadero, Calif., and shown by the show’s leading Open rider Justin T. Wright to a 658.50 score, winning $4,842. The gelding, sired by Catty Hawk out of Little Gray Freckles by Playgun, was bred by the Cowan Ranch Inc., Ardmore, Okla., and sold to Silva in December 2014.



Clayton Edsall rode Shiners Lil Nickle to the Intermediate Open Derby.

The 20-entry Intermediate Open Derby was a class-within-in class, with the title taken by Shiners Lil Nickle, owned by Michelle Cannon, Waxahachie, Texas, and ridden by Clayton M. Edsall to a 652.50 composite score, taking home $1,513,13 of the $5,043.76 total purse.  The pair also captured third place in the Open Derby on Shiners Lil Nickle, earning $3,631.50; 13th in the Open Futurity riding Uno What Time for $1,730.35; fifth in the Intermediate Open Futurity riding Uno What Time for $1,243.30;,Short N Catt to fifth in the Intermediate Open Derby for $453.94 and 13th in the Intermediate Futurity riding Lidem Up, earning $372.99.


The Reserve title, with a 652 composite score, went to One Time Merada, owned by Debbie J. Proctor, Ravensdale, Wash., ridden by Lance B. Johnson, taking home $1,210.50. The pair also finished fourth in the Open Derby, for an additional $2,905.20. for total take-home pay of $4,115.70.


With six showing in the Limited Open Derby (a class-within-a-class), and a total purse of $2,690, MI Smart Ichi Girl, owned by Mary F. Hobbs, Novato, Calif., took the top spot and $1,345 first-place paycheck ridden by Daniel Sanchez, with a 627.50 composite score. Reserve went to Gunna Smokum Alittle, owned by Linda Tayne and also ridden by Sanchez, to a 614 total score, collecting $807.


The same two horses and riders won the Level 1, Limited Open Derby with 4 entries paying out a total of $1,681.55 for the class within a class. Mi Smart Ichi Girl took home $1,008.75 in this division, while Gunna Smokum Alittle won $672.50 – giving Sanchez a total of $3,833.25 for the show.

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Sam, an unregistered horse, owned and ridden by Shannon M. McCarty, took the Non-Pro Futurity title.

Nine entries were vying for a part of the $8,442.50 total purse in the Non-Pro Futurity, with an AQHA unregistered horse named “Sam” coming out on top, owned and shown by Shannon M. McCarty, Solvang, Calif. The pair scored a 624.50 composite score, taking home the first-place paycheck of $3,377.


The Reserve title went to Genuinely Roo, a bay mare sired by Gallo Del Cielo out of Genuinely Nu, bred by Kathryn H. and Tim T. Murphy, Arroyo Grande, Calif. , and shown by Shawn B. Renshaw, Pismo Beach, Calif.. The couple sold the mare to Shawn and his wife Kimberly  in May of 2016. The pair was one point under the championship, scoring a 623.50 and taking home $2,532,75.


Genuinely Roo and Shawn B. Renshaw were Reserve Champions in the Non-Pro Futurity, making Renshaw the highest money-earning non-pro.

Genuinely Roo picked up an additional $1,681.25 for winning the 5-entry Intermediate Non-Pro, a class-within-a-class that hosted a $3,362.50 total purse, giving Renshaw a total of $4,214.00, and the title of the highest Non-Pro money earner.


The Reserve title of the Non-Pro Futurity went to Ill Be A Super Cat, owned and shown by Carol D. Roberts, Ojai, Calif, scoring a 615.50 for a $1,008.75 paycheck. The pair also finished third in the Non-Pro composite for $1,688.50 for total take-home pay of $2,697.25.


The two-entry Novice Non-Pro Futurity (a class-within-a class) was won by Smart N Shiney Cat, owned by Randy and Celia Gamble, Prineville, Ore., and ridden by Randy to a 596 composite score, taking home the $1,445 paycheck. The pair also finished third in the Intermediate Non-Pro Futurity, for an additional $672.50, giving him show earnings of $2,117,50.


Austin L. Miller won the Amateur Futurity riding Cats Genuine Shiner.

The Amateur Futurity, with six entries, was won by Cats Genuine Shiner, owned and ridden by Austin L. Miller, Catheys Valley, Calif. The pair took home $1,770 of the $3,540 total purse. Reserve went to Tangly Lil Time, owned and ridden by Murray G. Thompson, Atwater, Calif., with a 595 score, taking home $1,062.


The six-entry Non-Pro Limited Futurity, with a $3,540 total purse, showed there was a tie between SH Powder Cat, owned and ridden by Jessica D. Wright, Oakdale, Calif., and Slicker Than Nic, owned and ridden by Claire E. Hanssen, Solvang, Calif., with both receiving a 618 composite score. (Note: Results showed Jessica Wright taking first for a $1,770 paycheck and Hanssen finishing second for a $1,062.00 paycheck).

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Eric Freitas and Maverick Rey won the Non-Pro Derby.

With nine entries in the Non-Pro Derby and a $5,085.50 purse. Maverick Rey, owned and shown by Eric Freitas, Santa Maria, Calif., to a 642, the pair took home a $2,034.20 paycheck. Maverick Rey is a 2011 chestnut stallion sired by Dual Rey out of Shiners Goldielocks by Shing Spark. He was bred by the San Juan Ranch, Weatherford, Texas, and sold as a yearling to Mark Broeckel, Chico, Calif, who sold him as a 2-year-old to Cable Creek Ranch, Aurora, Ore. Freitas purchased the stallion in July 2014.


Reserve Champion was Shadyrools, a 2012 sorrel gelding sired by Shady Lil Starlight out of Sheza Roo by Gallo Del Cielo, owned by Kathy Ferguson, Cottonwood, Calif., and ridden by Dave A. Ferguson to second in the composite with a 634.50. The pair took home a $1525.65 paycheck.



Maverick Rey also won the 5-entry Intermediate Non-Pro Derby (a class within a class) with Freitas in the saddle. With a total purse of $2,017.50, the pair took home an additional $1,008.75, giving the pair a total of $3,042.95 for the show.


The Reserve Champion of the Intermediate Non-Pro Derby was Shining Mirabelle, owned and shown by Dylan Sponseller, Alturas, Calif. The pair picked up $605.25, plus $1,017.10 for third in the Non Pro Derby composite, $460.20 for winning the Novice Non-Pro Derby and $1,425 for the Championship of the Amateur Derby. The Novice Non-Pro Derby had 4 entries and the Amateur Derby had 5 shown. Sponseller earned a total of $3,507.55 for the four clases.


Cash For Diamonds, owned and ridden by Vanessa Lawrence, Paso Robles, Calif., took Reserve in both the Novice Non-Pro Derby for $306.80 and Amateur Derby for $855.00, as well as third in the Intermediate Non-Pro Derby for $403.50 – taking home a total of $1,565.30. The pair also finished sixth in the Non-Pro; however, that was out of the money.

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Justin T. Wright, the event’s richest rider, rode Talkin Prize to the World’s Richest Horse title.

The World’s Richest horse in the Open Horse Show, with 17 shown and $5,000 added money and a $12,650 purse, was Talkin Prize, owned by Stephen Silva, Atascadero, Calif., and ridden by the leading money earner of the show – Justin T. Wright – with a 439 total score and a $3,795 paycheck. The Reserve went to Hickory Holly time, owned by DT Horses LLC, Bend, Ore., ridden by Kelby Phillips. For their 437.50 composite score, the pair won $3,036.


Talking Prize also picked up an additional $3,054 in the $5,000 added, 14-entry Intermediate Horse Division of the Worlds Richest, for the class-within-a-class event. Talkin Prize won a total of $6,849 for Wright in the two Worlds Richest classes.


Third in the Open and second in the Intermediate Horse Division of the World’s Richest was LenaLilToTheWright, owned by Linda S. Katz, Bell Canyon, Calif., and ridden by Randy J. Paul to a 436 in the Open for $2,277 and $2,545.00 in the Intermediate.


The World’s Richest Non-Pro class-within-a-class, with three entries and $5,000 added, was taken by Very Smart Rico, owned and ridden by Hope Miller to a 410.50. The pair took home $3,324.00 of the $5,540 total purse. Second, with a 204, was TF Cats Lilypad, owned and shown by Molly Russell, Creston, Calif., taking home a $2,216 paycheck.

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There were also several NRCHA Open and Non-Pro classes, as well as a NSHA Greener Than Grass and Youth classes. A Performance Horse Sale was also held on Aug. 20.


Click for full results of the show>> 

Click for Riders with breakdown of money won>>

Click for Open and Non-Pro Riders ranking over $1,000>>



The National Stock Horse Association was founded in 2004 with the goal of producing premier stock horse competitions, while promoting the sport, their Western heritage and the rich history of the stock horse and its origination from the Spanish Vaquero tradition.


In 2016, the NSHA strove to grow the stock horse industry through the production of added programs, events and competitions. Programs such as the newly developing year-end awards program will benefit all levels of riders from professional and non-professionals to beginning youth and adults. This awards program will allow members to earn more points toward year-end awards through other year-end awards through other local, regional and national clubs and organizations. To increase participation in these competitions, the NSHA says they will continue to increase the pay-out purses for their events. Also, they say their Board of Directors is dedicated to continually pursuing new ways to increase exposure for their industry and sponsors.


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