Saskatchewan RHA Futurity

A handsome black stallion cast his magic upon the Saskatchewan Reining Horse Association Futurity, held Oct. 27-29 at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. Black Magic 497 and his owner-rider Bonnie Becker of Idaho Falls, Idaho, took home the Open Futurity Championship and total earnings of $1,925.A handsome black stallion cast his magic upon the Saskatchewan Reining Horse Association Futurity, held Oct. 27-29 at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. Black Magic 497 and his owner-rider Bonnie Becker of Idaho Falls, Idaho, took home the Open Futurity Championship and total earnings of $1,925.

Story originally posted by: Teri LeeHorseCity.com Free-Lance Writer

A handsome black stallion cast his magic upon the Saskatchewan Reining Horse Association Futurity, held Oct. 27-29 at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. Black Magic 497 and his owner-rider Bonnie Becker of Idaho Falls, Idaho, took home the Open Futurity Championship and total earnings of $1,925.

The SRHA Futurity Show drew 281 entries, who competed for a share of its $21,404.55 purse. In addition to the Futurity, which included two divisions – a 3-Year-Old Open and a 3-4-Year-Old Non-Pro – 16 auxiliary reining classes were held.

Black Magic 497 is a son of Lena My Way out of Jokin Lynx by Lucky Lynx, and was bred by Toby and Linda Williamson, Eagle, Idaho. Becker purchased the pretty stallion at the 1999 NRHA Futurity Prospect Sale, held in conjunction with the NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City, Okla. The solid black stallion was consigned and ridden in the sale by Dr. Jim Morgan of Pilot Point, Texas.

The Saskatchewan RHA Futurity marked Black Magic 497’s third reining futurity. He placed second in the South Country Slide In Futurity, held in August at Cardston, Alberta, Canada, and tied for the Limited Open Futurity Championship at the Pete Mitchell Memorial Futurity, held in September at Billings, Mont. The stallion and Becker also tied for the Open and Intermediate Open Futurity Reserve Championships at Billings.

A Canadian native, Becker, 35, has been showing reiners since she was 19 and won her first bronze in 1990.

Becker and Black Magic 497 won’t have as long a haul to get to the NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City, Okla., as they would have had. Following the Saskatchewan RHA Futurity, Becker moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho, where she will be working for George and Robyn King (King Equestrian Center).

Becker is excited about Black Magic 497 and believes he is the best 3-year-old horse that she’s ridden. The horse does all the reining maneuvers well, and the big-stopping athlete is an eye-catcher.

"He’s a pretty horse, that’s why I noticed him right away at the sale," she said.

Freedoms Kid Solanos, 3, a son of Dry Doc Freedom out of Haywires Peppy by Solanos Peppy San, bred by Denise Paoker, Asquith, Saskatchewan, Canada, and owned and ridden by Don Kraus, Langham, Saskatchewan, placed second in the Open Futurity.

Otoes Gunsmoke, 4, and Colleen Wallace took home the SRHA Non-Pro Futurity’s first prize paycheck of $786. They won the first go-round and tied for second in the second go. Otoes Gunsmoke, a daughter of Jose Boon out of Otoes Wise Eyes by D’arcy’s Otoe, was bred by and is owned by Wallace of Okotoks, Alberta, Canada.

Wallace raised Otoes Gunsmoke, in fact, the mare’s dam was Wallace’s first show horse. Wallace started and trained Otoes Gunsmoke herself with some help from trainer Locke Duce, who only lives a half an hour from Wallace.

"She’s been really a nice horse to work with," said Wallace, who showed the mare at the Canadian Supreme in Red Deer, Albera, the end of September and won the Non-Pro Derby Championship.

Wallace considers Otoes Gunsmoke’s best manuever to be her spins, which she said in the practice pen at home, are just "phenomenal."

"But," said Wallace, "her stops are actually better in the showmen. She’s a hard stopping kind of horse. She’s pretty honest and tries to get into the ground. It doesn’t matter if it’s deep ground or whatever, because she really tries.." Wallace plans to show the mare at some of next year’s 5-year-old reining events and would like to start training her for the working cowhorse competition.

"Actually," said Wallace, ‘My first love is the working cowhorse event.’ Wallace started reining more in order to improve that portion (reined work) of her cowhorse competitions. Guy Hinds, who owns Otoes Gunsmoke’s sire, helps Wallace with her cow horse work.

Wallace said she and her husband, Harold Slayer, a petroleum engineer, jokingly refer to him as her "long-time sponsor."

Genetically Stacked, 4, and Tom Colleens slid to the Non-Pro Futurity Reserve Championship. The buckskin daughter of Brines Jack out of Jays Sugar Pine by Jay’s Sugar Bars, was bred by David Mince, London, Ontario, and is owned by Collins and his wife, Donna. Genetically Stacked and Wallace placed second in the first go and earned a total of $487.75.

Other class champions included Peps Lil Gunsmoke and Collins, who successfully defended their 1999 SRHA Futurity Show’s Non-Pro class Championship. Wranglers Dawn, owned and ridden by Corrine Catellier, St. Malo, Manitoba, Canada, won four classes, the 18-entry Limited Non-Pro, the 29-entry Rookie, the 26-entry $750 Novice, and the 25-entry $250 Novice.

The Breeders Sponsorship Group Award winners included: Freedoms Princess, High-Point 3/4-Year-Old Non-Pro Reining; Freedoms Kid Solanos, High-Point 3-Year-Old Open Reining; Black Magic 497, 3-Year-Old Futurity Trailer winner; Bonnie Becker, High-Point Open Rider; Tanya Turner, High-Point Youth Rider; Dan Lybbert, High-Point Non-Pro Rider, and Wranglers Dawn, ridden by Corrine Catillier, High-Point Horse and High-Point Novice Horse.