The biggest event at the Billingsley Ford Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity and Show was the John Deere Open Futurity and it became evident, early on, that it would take a big score to win it. When it came down to the second to last horse, Dany Tremblay was leading the pack with a 228.5 on The Wizter owned by MG Reiners of St. Paul, Quebec. Dell Hendricks was just behind with a 228 on Breakout Wrangler, owned by Dan Lindstrom of Gretna, Nebraska. Those are very high scores in futurity competition.
Then, it was Martin Larcombe's turn on Revolution Is Dun, owned by XCS Ranch. "I knew there were a lot of high scores," he said shortly after his run. "I just wanted to have a good go."
Larcombe had better than a good go; he knocked one into the rafters with a scalding performance that netted a 230 point reward – good enough to win the Level 2, 3 and 4 Futurity.
Larcombe has had Revolution Is Dun (Einsteins Revolution X Miss Whiz Done Dunit) since just after this year's National Reining Breeders Classic in April, purchasing him for XCS Ranch owner Corinna Schumacher from Richard Pokluda and Dr. Bill Rhodes. "Richard did a great job of starting him and I really liked him although I looked at him three times before I bought him," Larcombe remembers, then laughs. "I'm glad I did!"
He showed "Dallas" at the Tulsa Reining Classic and won the Level 2, and his sights are set, now, on the upcoming NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City. Larcombe, originally from Australia, worked in Europe 8 years, where he got to know the Schumachers. When they decided to build a ranch in Texas, they hired him to run it and he's been there now for the past two years.
John Deere Sales Promotion Coordinator Britt Cassaday and Regional Service Coordinator Doug Wick were on hand to present the John Deere Gator sponsored by John Deere and Pettit Machinery for the win. The Level 4 victory also netted $16,926, a Lawson Bronze and a trophy buckle. That, added to his take for the Levels 3 and 2 wins, gave him a total paycheck of $28,467!
A Southwest Reining Horse Association signature Golf Cart goes to the owner of the sire of the furthest advancing foal by a current-year SWRHA Stallion Auction donor, so Revolution Is Dun sire – Einsteins Revolution – netted a golf cart for owners Vandorp and Wagner.
Another golf cart goes each year to the winner of a drawing from stallion owners who have donated a breeding to the Southwest Reining Horse Association Stallion Auction. This year's winners were Jack and Viola Scott, owners of Magnum Chic Dream.
Finishing as the Reserve Champion in the Level 3 was Dany Tremblay on The Wizster (Gallo Del Cielo X Miss Whizard Jac). The Reserve Title in the Level 2 went to Jared Leclair with a score of 225 on Electric Express (Jacs Electric Spark X Hot Coded Candy) owned by Terry Ranch of Hardin, Texas.
Earlier in the day, it was a rainy afternoon in Ardmore, Oklahoma, and inside the Hardy Murphy Coliseum, the lights were flickering, even going out during one run. But when Mirjam Stillo came on Little Joe Vintage, she illuminated the place, scoring 220.5 to win the John Deere Tractor Open Futurity Level 1 Championship.
Little Joe Vintage is owned by Harper Conner of Dallas, Texas, who also owns his sire, A Sparkling Vintage. Both horses were recently moved to Tom McCutcheon Reining Horses, where Mirjam trains, and A Sparkling Vintage will stand there in 2014. The Level 1 Championship came with a commemorative trophy buckle sponsored by Ardmore First Bank and Trust.
The John Deere Tractor Open Level 1 Reserve Championship went to Kim Obenhaus on Treasure Chest Whiz (Topsail Whiz X Diamonds For Chic) owned by Duane and Wendy Latimer of Overbrook, Oklahoma.