2015 NCHA Futurity Open Semi-Finals Stats

November 28th, 2015
Lindy Burch in 2015 on Bet Shes Smooth and in 1980 on Mis Royal Mahogany.

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:

LINDY BURCH
437 – Bet Shes Smooth – Oxbow Ranch
432 – Salsa Style – Oxbow Ranch

MATT GAINES
436 – Smooth Nu Cat – Gary and Shannon Barker, Madill, Okla.
431 – Special Nu Metallica – Jamie Hill, Bastrop, Tex

GEOFFREY SHEEHAN
435 – Cromed Out Cat – Beechfork Ranch, Millington, Tenn.
432 – Hellcat – Beechfork Ranch

GRANT SETNICKA
434.5 – Metallic Mistress – Texas Holy Cow Perf. Horses, Santa Ynez, Calif.
433.5 – Ichis My Choice –J Five Horse Ranch Mgmt., Weatherford, Tex.

PAUL HANSMA
434.5 – Play Purr View RG – Gary & Michelle Reichart, Frankton, Ind.
431 – Denvers Purdy – Jimmie Miller Smith, Geary, Okla.

KENNETH PLATT
433 – Smooth Flow – Robert Tregemba, Castle Rock, Colo.
432.5 – Moms Stylish Player – Robert Tregemba

ASCENCION BANUELOS
433 – Tassa Mia Cat 012 – rider, Fort Worth, Tex.
431.5 – Blues Hot – Rusty & Diane Leaver, Weatherford, Tex.

CLINT ALLEN
432.5 – CR Lucys Playboy – David & Stacie McDavid, Fort Worth, Tex.
430 – Aristocratic Rey – McDavids

GARY BELLENFANT
432.5 – One Super Cat – John & Hope Mitchell, Weatherford, Tex.
430 – Metallic Mike – Bellenfant,  DeLeon, Tex.

RONNIE RICE
432.5 – Papas Shadeaux – Center Ranch, Centerville, Tex.
432.5 – Ricci Ricardo – Ronnie & Theresa Rice, Centerville, Tex.

TOMMY MARVIN
432 – Kittys Got Faith – Michael & Emily Townsend, Edmond, Okla.
431.4 – Cryogenic – Marvins, Barnsdall, Okla.

BEAU GALYEAN
432 – Metallic Rebel – Thomas Guinn, Philadelphia, Miss.
431 – Chrome Catillac – Ellen Carter, Jackson, Wyo.

LLOYD COX
432 – Oklahoma Breykdown – Monty Johnson, Weatherford, Tex.
431 – Set Fire To The Reyn – Kathleen Moore, Madill, Okla.

CHRIS HANSON
431.5 Smooth Runnin Dually – Terri Brown, Nocona, Tex.
430 – ARC Reynin Cats – Terri Brown

SHAD PLATT
431 – Lone Star WR – Peter & Beth Spadoni, Wenatchee, Wash.
430 – Mayham – Spadoni

BOYD RICE
430.5 – SJR Smooth Gina – San Juan Ranch, Weatherford, Tex.
430 – Boonsmals Cowgirl – Kit & Charlie Moncrief, Fort Worth, Tex.