Lindy Burch in 2015 on Bet Shes Smooth and in 1980 on Mis Royal Mahogany.
On Friday, November 27, after nine days of first and second go-round trials, 76 horses qualified for the 2015 NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finals, the final portal to the NCHA Futurity Open Finals. The Open Semi-Finals will be held on Friday, December 11; the Finals, with a winner’s purse of $200,000, begins at 6:00 pm, on Saturday, December 12.
Lindy Burch, the longest-standing past NCHA Futurity Open champion among this year’s Open Semi-Finals contenders, won the prestigious event 35 years ago aboard Mis Royal Mahogany. Tarin Rice, co-champion of the 2012 Futurity on He Bea Cat, is the group’s latest winner, while Ronnie Rice, Tarin’s uncle, is the only 2015 Open Semi-Finalist with more than one NCHA Futurity Open championship win. Ronnie won the 1998 Futurity riding Dainty Playgirl; in 2001, he claimed the win on San Tule Freckles; and in 2012, he was co-champion riding CR Tuff Hearted Cat.
Other past champions among 2015 Open Semi-Finalists include Gary Bellenfant, with Peptoboonsmal, in 1995; Paul Hansma in 1996, aboard Playboy McCrae; Tag Rice on Chiquita Pistol, in 2002; Wesley Galyean and Spots Hot, in 2004: Tommy Marvin with Highbrow Supercat, in 2005; Beau Galyean and Metallic Cat, in 2008; and Lloyd Cox with One Time Royalty, in 2010.
Sixteen riders each qualified two horses for the Open Semi-Finals:
437 β Bet Shes Smooth β Oxbow Ranch
432 β Salsa Style β Oxbow Ranch
436 – Smooth Nu Cat – Gary and Shannon Barker, Madill, Okla.
431 β Special Nu Metallica – Jamie Hill, Bastrop, Tex
435 – Cromed Out Cat – Beechfork Ranch, Millington, Tenn.
432 β Hellcat – Beechfork Ranch
434.5 β Metallic Mistress β Texas Holy Cow Perf. Horses, Santa Ynez, Calif.
433.5 β Ichis My Choice βJ Five Horse Ranch Mgmt., Weatherford, Tex.
434.5 β Play Purr View RG β Gary & Michelle Reichart, Frankton, Ind.
431 β Denvers Purdy β Jimmie Miller Smith, Geary, Okla.
433 β Smooth Flow β Robert Tregemba, Castle Rock, Colo.
432.5 β Moms Stylish Player β Robert Tregemba
433 β Tassa Mia Cat 012 β rider, Fort Worth, Tex.
431.5 β Blues Hot β Rusty & Diane Leaver, Weatherford, Tex.
432.5 β CR Lucys Playboy β David & Stacie McDavid, Fort Worth, Tex.
430 β Aristocratic Rey β McDavids
432.5 β One Super Cat β John & Hope Mitchell, Weatherford, Tex.
430 β Metallic Mike β Bellenfant,Β DeLeon, Tex.
432.5 β Papas Shadeaux β Center Ranch, Centerville, Tex.
432.5 β Ricci Ricardo β Ronnie & Theresa Rice, Centerville, Tex.
432 β Kittys Got Faith β Michael & Emily Townsend, Edmond, Okla.
431.4 β Cryogenic β Marvins, Barnsdall, Okla.
432 β Metallic Rebel β Thomas Guinn, Philadelphia, Miss.
431 β Chrome Catillac β Ellen Carter, Jackson, Wyo.
432 β Oklahoma Breykdown β Monty Johnson, Weatherford, Tex.
431 β Set Fire To The Reyn β Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla.
431.5 Smooth Runnin Dually β Terri Brown, Nocona, Tex.
430 β ARC Reynin Cats β Terri Brown
431 – Lone Star WR β Peter & Beth Spadoni, Wenatchee, Wash.
430 β Mayham β Spadoni
430.5 β SJR Smooth Gina β San Juan Ranch, Weatherford, Tex.
430 β Boonsmals Cowgirl β Kit & Charlie Moncrief, Fort Worth, Tex.