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Fappani and Lil Joe Cash Add to Their Bank Account with the Level 4 Open Championship

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NRHA Professional and Two Million Dollar Rider Andrea Fappani (Scottsdale, Ariz.) and Lil Joe Cash were the first draw in the second section of the NRHA Open Futurity finals. They marked a 227.5 to set the bar in the $280,000-added level 4 open division. They held the lead and took the championship title. Russell Giles owns the Nu Chex To Cash stallion out of RS Lilly Starlight.

The pair earned $150,000 including the 5% nominator incentive. Kurt Harris, the nominator, earned $7,500. First place prizes include a Bob’s Custom Saddle, Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle, SmartPak gift card, Pard’s Western Shop gift card, Classic Equine Contour Pedic Reiner pad, John Deere halter, Assure Guard, Sore No More, Rios of Mercedes Boots, Platinum Performance, Purina Feed and a variety of prizes from NRHA Futurity Event Sponsors.
 
There was a tie for the reserve championship in the level 4 open division: Spook Off Sparks, also ridden by Fappani, and the last horse to work in the finals, Show Me The Buckles, ridden by Fappani team-member Arno Honstetter. Arcese Quarter Horses USA owns Spook Off Sparks (Smart Spook x Setting Off Sparks). Show Me The Buckles (Wimpys Little Step x Sunset Whiz) is owned by Rebeca Martin. The co-reserve championship paid $119,133 with 5%, $5,956.65, going to the nominators (Spook Off Sparks - Rosanne Sternberg and Show Me The Buckles - Rebeca Martin).
 
Prizes for the level 4 open co-reserve champions included: Pard’s Western Shop gift card, Classic Equine fleece cinch, John Deere halter, Assure Guard, Sore No More, Platinum Performance, Purina Feed and a variety of prizes from NRHA Futurity Event Sponsors.
 
Never before has a rider taken the championship and reserve championship (or co-championship) in the level 4 open futurity. Fappani will leave his name in the NRHA record books yet again.
 
Jason Vanlandingham and A Smokin Whiz tied withEduardo Salgado and Gunner Boy in the level 3 open division. Both entries scored a 223.  Following a run-off in which Vanlandingham scored a 226 and Salgado earned a 225.5, Vanlandingham was declared the level 3 open champion.
 
A Smokin Whiz (Topsail Whiz x PF Nu Miss Royal Rsk) is owned by Sunrise Ranch LLC (Fayetteville, Ark.).  Jefferson Abbud (Sao Paulo, Brazil) owns Gunner Boy (Gunner x Kat Jordan), a dual registered American Quarter Horse/Brazilian Quarter Horse stallion.
 
First place in the level 3 open division paid $31,184.41 with nominator Sunrise Ranch LLC earning $1,559.22. The level 3 open champion will take home a Bob’s Custom Saddle, Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle, SmartPak gift card, Pard’s Western Shop gift card, Classic Equine Contour Pedic Reiner pad, John Deere halter, Assure Guard, Sore No More, Rios of Mercedes Boots, Platinum Performance, Purina Feed and a variety of prizes from NRHA Futurity Event Sponsors.
 
In the $75,000-added level 2 open and $35,000-added level 1 open divisions, Brazilian rider Salgado and Gunner Boy were victorious ($29,429.77 including Abbud’s nominator incentive). They will take home two of each of the following awards: Bob’s Custom Saddle, Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle, SmartPak gift card, Pard’s Western Shop gift card, Classic Equine Contour Pedic Reiner pad, John Deere halter, Assure Guard, Sore No More, Rios of Mercedes Boots, Platinum Performance, Purina Feed and a variety of prizes from NRHA Futurity Event Sponsors.
 
Crawford and Cashn Rooster (Gallo Del Cielo x Booming Cash, owner Archie Mangus) tied with Michael Boyle and Easy Lil Lady (Easy Otie Whiz x Docs Lil Bullet, owner Darling 888 Ranch) for the Prime Time division championship. This division winner is determined by a handicapped composite score.
 
Prime time open champion awards include a Bob’s Custom Saddle, Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle, Pard’s Western Shop gift card, Classic Equine Contour Pedic Reiner pad, John Deere halter, Assure Guard, Sore No More, Anderson Bean Boots, Purina Feed and a variety of prizes from NRHA Futurity Event Sponsors.
 
Nu Chex To Cash won the NRHA Sire & Dam award totaling more than $10,800 with second place going to Smart Spook ($6,500+) and third place going to Wimpys Little Step ($4,300+).
 
Willette Wins Remaining Adequan NAAC Title
In the Adequan® Championship Arena, more than 60 youth reiners competed for the Adequan NAAC Youth 14 – 18 title. Blair Willette, 2011 National Reining Horse Youth Association Treasurer, beat the field by 3.5 points with a 218.5. The Prescott, Arizona resident rode Jordan Willette’s Whizin In The Dirt (Topsail Whiz x A Shining Starlett) to take the championship for the Southwest Region. Jordan captured the same title last year in the Adequan NAAC on the eight-year-old gelding.

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