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Tish Fappani pilots her gelding Litn Up Conquistador to a 221 to claim the Level 4 Non Pro Futurity championship by 6.5-point margin.

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Tish Fappani pilots her gelding Litn Up Conquistador to a 221 to claim the Level 4 Non Pro Futurity championship by 6.5-point margin.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Friday’s competition at the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show featured the $105,000 added 2010 Cinch®/ NRHA Non Pro Futurity Finals. This championship event welcomed back 59 non pros to compete in a clean-slate format for more than $430,000 in cash and prizes, a variety of prizes from NRHA Corporate Partners and the coveted NRHA Futurity titles.

Tish Fappani of San Marcos, California piloted her gelding Litn Up Conquistador to a 221 to claim the Level 4 Non Pro Futurity championship by a decisive, 6.5-point margin. Fappani earned over $43,000 for the win aboard her gelding by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Conquistador Whiz and out of Aleena Starlight. In addition to over $43,000 in prize money, Fappani won the use of a Cimarron trophy trailer, Bob’s Custom Saddle, Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle, and a variety of gift certificates from NRHA Corporate Partners.

The reserve championship was awarded to Josiane Gauthier who marked a 214.5 aboard her father Francois Gauthier’s gelding Timber Finest (Boggies Timber Jack x Taris Finest). Gauthier is from Lucama, North Carolina and will take home over $33,000.

In the Level 3 Division, Veronica St-Onge piloted Chexy In Jewels to a score of 214 and the Futurity championship. The Bueno Chexinic mare out of Hot Hollywood Jewels is co-owned by Veronica and her husband Patrice St-Onge of Gainesville, Texas. St-Onge also placed third in the Level 4 Futurity, earning over $43,000 for their efforts.

Ryan Humphrey, Whitesboro, Texas, earned the Level 2 Non Pro Futurity championship and Level 1 Non Pro Futurity Reserve Championship after marking a 212.5 with Wimpys Golden Gunner. Humphrey earned over $13,500 on the Wimpys Little Step Mare owned by Dragoon Creek Quarter Horses of Whitesboro, Texas.

The Level 1 Non Pro Futurity championship was determined by a run-off score after Humphrey and Michael McGee tied in the finals with a 212.5. McGee and his stallion Baylite Bandit (Bay Starlite x Peppy Nancy Lena) won the run-off by a 4.5-point margin and took over $5,200 back to their home in Broken Bow, Okla.

Charles Wiederholt and One Last Corona scored the Prime Time Non Pro Futurity championship. Wiederholt’s mare is by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Magnum Chic Dream and out of Corona Nita.

The Youth Non Pro Futurity championship, determined by the go-round score, goes to Jaci Marley. The fifteen-year-old from Plainview, Texas marked a 214 aboard her mare Graceful Guns during the go-round. The pair also made the top ten of the Level 1 and 2 Non Pro Futurity, earning over $5,500.

Each year, NRHA recognizes the highest scoring first time exhibitor in the Non Pro go round with a championship buckle. In addition, the Non Pro rider’s trainer receives a check for $5,000. This year’s winner is Marley and her trainer NRHA Professional Josh Visser of Whitesboro, Texas.

Youth from throughout the U.S., Canada and Mexico competed for titles in the Adequan NAAC. In the 13 & Under class Javier Melo from Pinecrest, Florida and his nine-year-old gelding Heza Bantie Rooster scored a 215.5 to win the affiliate championship. Melo and his gelding represented the Southeast Region at the NAAC.

NRHyA President Jordan Willette of Prescott, Arizona, rode her seven-year-old gelding Whizin In The Dirt straight to the top of the Youth 14-18 affiliate championship with a score of 218. The duo also won the Youth 14-18 Southwest Regional Affiliate title on their way to the NAAC.

In the Adequan NAAC Team Championship presented by SmartPak standings, the South Central Region leads with 151.5 points, followed by the Northwest (133.5) and the Southeast (107.5).

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