Ruf Lil Magnum and Brian Bell Winners of the First Go-Round

The 2015 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity held its fourth day of competition on Sunday including the first go, fourth section of more than $500,000 added Open Futurity, plus ancillary classes for Novice Horse Non Pro riders.

The excitement climaxes at the 50th running of the NRHA Futurity as the first go-round of the Open Futurity is over and the riders are preparing their horses for the second go-round!
The highest score in Level 4 of the NRHA Open Futurity posted yesterday by Brian Bell and Ruf Lil Magnum held through today making 224.5 the winning score of the first go-round. The sorrel stallion Ruf Lil Magnum is by the NRHA 3 Million Dollar Sire Magnum Chic Dream and out of Dunit A Lil Ruf (Lil Ruf Peppy) and is owned by Silver Spurs Equine.
Posting the highest score of the day and sweeping Levels 3 and 2 of the first go was Mathieu Buton with sorrel mare Ms Mercedes Whiz (Cromed Out Mercedes x Ms Hollywood Whiz x Topsail Whiz) who received a score of 221. Buton and his wife Angela Rybar own the mare that was previously consigned with the NRHA Futurity Prospect Sale.
Tying for the win in Level 1 were Justin Michels with bay gelding Cromed Out Gunner (Cromed Out Mercedes x Smoking Gypsy Rose x Gunner) owned by Joan E. Julen and Roberto Berti with sorrel stallion Double Down Shiner (Shine On Line x Wimpys Babe x Wimpys Little Step) owned by Mary A. Jansma, both scoring 217.5.
A portion of first go-round entries will move on to the semi-finals as follows:
Level 4 open division – Top 100 scores, plus ties (Bubble score: 214)
Level 3 open division – Top 75 scores, plus ties (Bubble score: 212)
Level 2 open division – Top 75 scores, plus ties (Bubble score: 210)
Level 1 open division – Top 50 scores, plus ties (Bubble score: 206.5)
The semi-finals begin on Monday, November 30 followed by the first go-round, first section of the Cinch NRHA Non Pro Futurity. The top horse-and-rider combinations, based on composite scores from the first go-round and semi-finals, will advance to the Open Futurity Finals on Saturday, December 5.
For all the results from the Adequan NAAC and ancillary classes visit
Don’t miss the special 50th Running of the NRHA Futurity Celebration at 6 p.m. on December 3 in the Cox Pavilion at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, and witness how the NRHA Futurity has developed, improved and advanced the sport of reining over the last 50 years!