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☛ Andrea Fappani/Spooky Whiz claim NRHA Open Futurity 12-4-16





Information taken from a Press release by Hayley Eberle, NRHA Manager of Marketing & Communications
Dec. 4, 2016

Fappini shown winning his third NRHA Open Futurity riding Spaoky Whiz, owned by Rancho Oso Rio LLC, Scottsdale, Ariz. NRHA photo

Andrea Fappani, who won the Limited Non-Pro NRHA Futurity in 1997 and came back to win two Open Futurity titles, returned to the winner’s circle this year riding Spooky Whiz, an own son of Spooks Gotta Whiz out of Myo Starlight, owned by Rancho Oso Rio LLC, Scottsdale, Ariz., to top honors.


In Non-Pro competition Jack Medows rode Chicsdreamofdiamonds (Magnum Chic Dream x Princess In Diamonds) to claim the title of Cinch NRHA Non Pro Level (L)4 Champion as well as the Youth Non Pro Championship. The event was held Nov. 24 through Dec. 3 at the Fairgrounds  in Oklahoma City, Okla.



The NRHA Futurity champions were crowned Friday, Dec. 2 and Saturday, Dec. 3 of the Nov. 24-Dec 3 event in  exciting finals which filled the days in Oklahoma City.

In 1997, Andrea Fappani left his mark in the NRHA history books by winning the Limited Non Pro Futurity championship riding Best By Tari (Taris Catalyst x Pocono Annie). He was the first European to conquer a Futurity championship in the most coveted reining show pen in the world!

In 2001, Fappani came back to write yet another important chapter by claiming the NRHA Open Futurity Championship riding RR Star (Like A Diamond x RL Miss Kitty), owned by Lundin Farm, and then went on to claim the title in 2011 aboard Lil Joe Cash (Nu Chex To Cash x RS Lilly Starlight) for Russel Giles.

In this year’s finals, with only one contestant left to go, the NRHA Four Million Dollar Rider once again proved his worth by reining Spooky Whiz, a son of Spooks Gotta Whiz out of Myo Starlight by Paddys Irish Whiskey, owned by million-dollar owners Rancho Oso Rio LLC, Scottsdale, Ariz., to top honors.

The score to beat, when Fappani rode in the pen, was a 221 posted by All American Quarter Horse Congress Open Futurity champions Franco Bertolani and Dun It For Whizkey (Topsail Whiz x Dun It For Chex), owned by Cardinal Hill Training Center LLC and by NRHA Five Million Dollar Rider Shawn Flarida riding Whiz Gata Prize (Topsail Whiz x Smart Little Prize) for owner Alberto Casasco of Argentina.

Fappani was determined to take home his third Open Futurity championship and rode the bay gelding through NRHA pattern #10 performing deep stops, fast spins and controlled transitions and his third title with a 225.5 score! Fappani, who is the first NRHA Futurity champion to show in the Spanish old-style romal, which is the traditional method of training working cow horses, picked up a $150,000 paycheck.

“This is a pretty special horse. He’s pretty solid, we changed our program a little bit with him, and I went pretty easy in the go-rounds even though I knew we had a horse that could do well in the finals even though I did not know how much he would step up. I asked him and he did step up!” said Andrea who took home the guaranteed champion paycheck of $150,000 aboard the gelding bred and nominated by Spence Bell, Maysville, Okla., who sold the horse to Rancho Oso Rio LLC in December 2015,

Bertolani and Flarida settled for reserve honors and each added $109,854.78 to their earnings.

Click for NRHA Open Futurity results>>



Jack Medows and Chicsdreamofdiamonds won the NRHA Non-Pro Futurity title as well as the Youth Non-Pro Futurity Championship. NRHA photo.

With an impressive ride, Jack Medows piloted a beautiful palomino mare Chicsdreamofdiamonds (Magnum Chic Dream, a son of Smart Chic Olena, out of  Princess In Diamonds by Shining Spark,  as draw 31 out of a field of 32 to a score of 218.5. The duo claimed the title of Cinch NRHA Non Pro Level (L)4 Champion as well as the Youth Non-Pro Championship. The mare was bred by Clinton Anderson, Stephenville, Texas, and purchased by Amy Medows in November, 2015.

“I can’t thank this horse enough…she is a one-in-a-lifetime horse. She was with me every step and I can’t thank her enough. I knew she was capable of it, but I had to get her shown. We bought her over a year ago and she’s been great every single ride,” said the 19-year-old rider. “I won over $80,000 on her half sister, Surprizentheprincess (Jerry Lees Surprise x Princess In Diamonds), and this horse is her equal. She has her looks, her mind and her talent!”

Before arriving in Oklahoma City, Medows boasted $136,952.67 LTE. His L4 championship win added $43,984.63 to his earnings and he also took home $1,416 for the Youth Non Pro Futurity championship.

Cade McCutcheon rode Duallin Guns (Mister Nicadual x Always Gotyer Gunsup), a stallion bred, owned and nominated by McQuay Stables Inc. to the reserve championship in the Youth Futurity after posting a 213.

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Click for Non-Pro Youth futurity results>>




With a 222, Arno Honstetter rode Marilyn Overgaard’s Whizkey Chaser (Whizkey N Diamonds x Sparklin Chic), owned by Marilyn Overgaard and nominated and bred by Matthew Armenta, to a 222 in the Level 3 Open Finals.
“It was a good ride!” said Honstetter who added $29,538.24 to his earnings for the win. “I made a few mistakes in the go rounds, which kept me out of the Level 4, and since I did not show much last year, I went back to the Level 3. I’m really happy with my ride tonight, he’s a lot of horse and really talented.”

With a 219, reserve honors went to Nathan Piper riding Toyon Ranch LLC’s Dun Gotyer Guns Up (Gunner x Always A Dunit), nominated and bred by John and Nancy Tague, and by Gabriel Diano riding AC Quarter Horses LLC’s Oops Itsa Spooks (Spooks Gotta Gun x Tejons Finally Dunit), nominated by Michelle Miola and bred by Silver Spurs Equine. The co-reserve champions won $19,866.15 each.

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Claiming the Level 2 Futurity Championship and a paycheck worth $19,261.05, with a 218.5, was Pedro Baiao riding Michael Garnett’s Hollywood Nites (Gunners Special Nite x Dun It For Chex), a palomino stallion owned by Michael Garnett, nominated by Cardinal Hill Training Center LLC and bred by Oldenburg Farm LLC. “I work for Martin Muehlstaetter and, since I was without a horse to show, he felt I could ride this one. Most of the work done on him is thanks to Martin and I cannot thank him enough!”

Reserve honors with a 218 score went to Fernando Salgado and Loveya (Gunnatrashya x Love Em N Lena), owned and nominated by Camela Essick. The duo added $13,934.66 to their earnings.

Click for Level 2 Ltd Open Futurity results>>


It was a special night for Josh Murphy who rode his Got That Iowa Shine (Smart And Shiney x SLJ This Is My Juice), nominated by Mark Mahaffey, to a 215 and the Level 1 championship. The NRHA Professional also reined CBK Hang A Wright (Hang Ten Surprize x HR Wright On Cash), owned and nominated by William & Corliss Kellogg, to reserve honors with a 214.5. Murphy won $15,736.79.

Click for Level 1 Open Futurity finals>>


NRHA Professional Scott McCutcheon earned the Prime Time Open Championship, along with $1,736.36, riding Special Mi (Gunners Special Nite x Mi Mega), a stallion nominated and owned by Jack Covington.

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Non-Pro Level 2 & 3:

Sandra Bentien and her Gotta Twist It Up (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Make It With A Twist), a Sire & Dam Offspring, scored a 215 to sweep the Non Pro L3 and L2 Futurity Championships.

“This has been four years in the making and you pray you get something like this,” said the rider from Auburn, California. “When Spooks Gotta Whiz won the Open Futurity for owner Michell (Kimball), Michell and I said that we would have to make some babies so that we could become proud grandmas! I bred, raised and trained this horse myself even though I received a lot of assistance from Casey Deary in the last 4 weeks and I am thrilled!”

The Reserve in L3 and L2 divisions, with a 214 score, went to Ginger Schmersal riding Gold Digging Dunnit (Pale Face Dunnit x Dun It Reining). Gold Digging Dunnit is owned and bred by B S Syndicate and was nominated and bred by Hickory Creek Ranch LLC.

Taylor Zimmerman and Wimpys Little Jessie (Wimpys Little Step x Jessie Dot Tari) scored a 213 to win the Non Pro L1 Championship. Wimpys Little Jessie is owned, bred and nominated by Vaughn Zimmerman. “This is the first time that I have made the Level 4 finals and its just where I wanted to be!” said the young rider.


Her grandfather, Vaughn, added: “Taylor had a horse that was not working for her so, when Bobby Avila Jr. recommended this horse, and my granddaughter told me she wanted her, you got to give it to her, that’s what it is all about!”

Click for Level 1 NonPro finals>>


Earning the Championship in the Prime Time Non Pro was James Morgan DVM riding his own horse, Shiney Workboots (Smart And Shiney x Reminic At Work), nominated and bred by David Silva, Sr., to a score of 212.5.

Click for Primetime Non-Pro results>>


Mandy McCutcheon is the L4 Non Pro Futurity Reserve Champion and is the newest NRHA Million Dollar Owner
In the second section of the finals, NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider Mandy McCutcheon set the stage as draw one scoring a 218 aboard Customized My Gun (Gunner x Custom Made Dunit), which secured her the Reserve in the Non Pro L4 Futurity and a paycheck of $29,873.60. Customized My Gun is owned, bred and nominated by McQuay Stables Inc. of Tioga, Texas. Mandy also took home third place honors and a check worth $23,862.82 after posting a 215 aboard Special At Nite (Gunners Special Nite x Royal Chic Solano), a stallion nominated by Teresa Putman and owned by Mandy and Tom McCutcheon. Mandy also made history tonight by surpassing the Million Dollar Mark as an owner. Her earnings and Lindsey McCutcheon’s $5,501 earned in the L4 and $4,018.68 won in the L3 riding Mandy and Tom McCutcheon’s Stars At Midnite (Gunners Special Nite x Chic Olena Starbuck), nominated by Turnabout Farm Inc. pushed her over the coveted mark.


Another major milestone was reached by Wimpys Little Step who crossed the NRHA Nine Million Dollar Sire mark. The impressive stallion’s offspring earnings prior to the 2016 NRHA Futurity & NAAC Championship Show was $8,981,037.25!

A special thank you to the NRHA Partners:

Adequan®, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cinch, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialist, Lucas Oil, MS Diamonds, Texas, Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Trailguard and Xtra Quarter Horses.

NRHA Event Sponsors: RAM, Sandbur, Not Ruf At All, Twin Cities South Trailers, Twin Cities South Sundowner Trailers, Story Book Stables, Star Spangled Whiz, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Continental Saddlery, Equine Oasis, Bob’s Custom Saddles, KO Trading, Elite Stall Mat Rentals, Scott Cleaners, Avila’s Proshop, Brandt Blankets, Mr. Electric Spark, Old Sorrel Western Sports Apparel, John Vance Autogroup, Boot BarnSpooky W



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