Whitney Wilson, Wisely Lopin win Little Futurity Non-Pro Slot Class

Source: Text by Corrine Borton

Reserve Non-Pro slot class Champion James Deen Daydream and Kari Kraft.

Whitney Wilson, of Zanesville, Ohio rode away with $3,808 on Tuesday in the Non-Pro 3 & Over Slot Class aboard Wisely Lopin, to close out the 2017 Little Futurity in Raleigh, North Carolina.

A total of seven horses competed in the class open to horses that had not earned $7,500 by the start of the show. The total purse was $11,200 judges included: Clay McCloud, Carly Parks, Kelly McDowall, and Carla McMullin.

Wisely Lopin, is a 2012 bay mare, sired by Lazy Loper and out of Wisely Zippen, owned by Whitney’s father Randy Wilson.

“I just started showing her in March,” Whitney said. “We show next at the NSBA World Show.”

Reserve Champion in the class was James Deen Daydream, 2013 bay gelding, sired by Machine Made and out of Miss Heartrodder, owned and shown by Kari Craft, Fairhope, Alabama. They collected a check for $3,024.

Two North Carolina riders tied for third place. Crank Up The Heat, ridden by Courtney Borton Ament, of Huntersville and RV Wonit Lopin Lazy, ridden by Katie Jo Jones, of Burlington, North Carolina, split $3,360.

Crank Up The Heat is a 2013 sorrel gelding by Blazing Hot and out of A Zip Of Gold, and is owned by Brad & Corrine Borton, Bridgeton, New Jersey. RV Wonit Lopin Lazy is a 2014 bay mare, sired by Lazy Loper and out of Ill Be Dun Won It, owned Jones.

Becky Galyean, of Purcell, Oklahoma, rode No Doubt My Maria, to fourth place, earning $1,008. The 2014 bay mare, sired by No Doubt Im Lazy and out of HP Goodnkrymsun, is owned by Becky and her husband, Gil.

Bret Parrish and Pistol Packin Mann

The Non-Pro 3 & Over Slot Class is one of two premier events held each year at the two-day event, which features 55 futurity classes in Hunter Under Saddle, Western Pleasure, Western Riding and Trail. On Monday Aaron Moses and It’s a Pretty Thing, a 2013 brown mare by It’s a Southern Thing and out of Pine Ventures, won the Southern Oaks $1,000 Novice Horse Western Pleasure collecting a check for $9,928 for owner Georgia Meadows.

“I pushed her a little for the class because it’s such an important event,” Moses said. “When she’s ready, she shows really great.”

Gil Galyean collected $3,360 for winning the inside purse with No Doubt My Maria, for horses with earnings under under $1,000 as of the start of the class.

The Winehurst Limited Horse Western Pleasure Class, held earlier in the day, featured six horses with earnings under $10,000 by the start of year. Bret Parrish and Pistol Packin Mann, won the class, collecting a check for $2,331. The 2013 sorrel gelding, by Machine Made and out of Shes Simply Southern, is owned by Richard Baumann. The pair also placed third in the Southern Oaks $1,000 Novice Horse Western Pleasure Slot Class, earning an additional $5,840. Reserve in the Winehurst class was To Cool To Be Hot, owned by Starland Ranch and shown by Aaron Moses, winning $1,813.

The Heart of Stone Western Pleasure class raised over $1,000 for the Heart of Stone Foundation, that supports research efforts in the fight against childhood heart issues.

Heart of Stone Class winners.

“Of course, we’re emotionally attached to the family,” explained Gale Little, speaking of Shane and Holt Pope, of South Carolina, who lost their very young son to congenital heart defects. “When we approached Shane and Holt (Pope) with our idea to have a class in his name, to benefit the foundation they blessed it. As long as they will let us have it we will have a Heart of Stone class.”

The class is open to everyone with an entry fee of $100.

“Some hand us a $100 bill, some will pay $500,” Gale said. “They just want to participate.”

This year’s class winner was Cheyenne Reams riding piggyback aboard Kaitlin Smith; Reserve, The Pineapple Express and Paige Smith.

Prior to the start of the Little Futurity the North Carolina Quarter Horse Youth Association presented a four-day AQHA show, featuring a full schedule of AQHA and NSBA dual approved classes.

On June 9- 10, a few miles to the south at the 11 Bar East Ranch in Sanford, exhibitors and horses gathered to compete in Boxing, Working Cow Horse, Heading, Heeling, and, Tie-Down and Breakaway Roping; showing to nine judges in three separate goes.

The North Carolina Quarter Horse Association Jamboree, a full schedule of AQHA and NSBA dual approved classes, started on June 11 and now continues through Friday.


For additional information on the North Carolina associations visit www.ncqha.com.

For candids from the show, courtesy of Brad Borton, click here:

Results from the AQHA shows, special event and Little Futurity are available here:

2017 Little Results-Day 1





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