Lisa Bissell and Starlights Lil Belle: Non Pro Go-Round Leaders

December 3rd, 2013 7:37 AM | Comments Off on Lisa Bissell and Starlights Lil Belle: Non Pro Go-Round Leaders

By Christa Morris – Oklahoma City, Okla. – December 2, 2013 – The $260,000-added National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Cinch Non Pro Futurity entered the Jim Norick Coliseum Arena at Oklahoma State Fair Park today with the first section of the go-round. More than 100 non pro riders took to the arena today at the 2013 NRHA Futurity & Adequan®North American Affiliate Championship (NAAC) Show that runs until December 7 at Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.

Early in the day, Lisa Bissell (Ft. Valley, Ga.) and Starlights Lil Belle (Bueno Starlight x Beaus Liberty Belle) set the standard with a 217.5 to lead the level 4 non pro and level 3 non pro divisions. Jamie Bissell owns the gelding that has already earned more than $4,000 this year.

Two scores of 216 stand in the second place position in both the level 4 non pro and level 3 non pro divisions:

Leading the level 2 non pro division is Stoney Russell (Longview, Texas) and his Gotta Get Er Done with a 214.5. The son of Spooks Gotta Gun and Zans Hickory Girl has earned more than $6,000 this year.

Just one-half point behind were two entries marking a 214 to tie for the second place position in the level 2 non pro division: Katie Forest (Valley View, Texas) with Frank Forest’s Jacquis Banjo (Banjo Whiz x Musk Be Bueno) and Julia Gaupmann (Euchenau, Austria) riding her Tinseltownsmokingun (Gunner x Miss Tinseltown). Gaupmann and her stallion lead the level 1 non pro division.

With a 213.5, Maggie Gratny (Aubrey, Texas) and Wallywood (Walla Walla Whiz x Custom Mahogany) landed in the second place spot in the level 1 division for owner Mark Gratny.

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It’s the most elite reining event in the world with 3,000 entries competing for more than $2 million in cash and prizes. Approximately 1,400 horses and more than 120,000 visitors come from nearly 20 countries to compete and watch the excitement unfold. During its 10-day run, the show contributes more than $67 million to the overall Oklahoma City economy.

NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Sales
Thurs., Dec. 5 – Sat., Dec. 7 – 9:30 a.m. daily – Sale Arena
Attend three premier performance horse sales while at the show. The sales feature yearlings, sires and dams of performers, show horses, prospects and 3-year-old reining horses. Total sales of horses last year exceeded $3.65 million. Interested buyers can get more information on the NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Sales page of

SmartPak ColiCare County Fair – Exhibitor Party 
5:30 p.m. – Barn 3 – Come enjoy the county fair atmosphere with fried food, pie eating contest and the John Deere Toy Gator preliminary races.

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Affiliate Summit – 3 p.m. – Conf. Room A

Cardinal Reining Horses International Reception presented by World Development Group International – 5 p.m. – Cantina 

The NRHA would like to thank the following corporate partners for their support of the NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show: Adequan, Anderson Bean Boot Company, Arenus, Bob’s Custom Saddles, Boehringer Ingelheim, Cardinal Reining Horses, Center Back Pads, Classic Equine, Darling 888 Ranch, Downunder Horsemanship, Horse&Rider, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialists, Kyle Tack, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Miller International – Cinch / Cruel Girl, Montana Silversmiths, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Pard’s Western Shop, Platinum Performance, Purina, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes, Silver Spurs Equine, SmartPak, Schmersal Reining Horses, Twister Trailer, World Development Group International and Xtra Quarter Horses.

In addition, NRHA thanks NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show Event Sponsors:

  • Platinum Futurity Sponsors: KO Trading, Lucas Oil, Protect the Harvest, RAM, Sandbur Productions LLC, Santa Hill Ranch and Scott Cleaners
  • Gold Futurity Sponsors: Equine Oasis, Icehole High Performance Coolers and Shorty’s Caboy Hattery
  • Silver Futurity Sponsors: Avila’s Pro Shop, Booth Ranches, E-Z Go, Forewheeler Golf Cars and Heat-A-Zone

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