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McQuay Tops SWRHA Futurity Open Prelims on Gunners Tinseltown
Hall of Fame reiner Tim McQuay topped the field of entries in the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity preliminaries on Gunners Tinseltown, owned by Dave and Bonnie Silva. Riding the son of Gunner out of Miss Tinseltown, McQuay earned a score of 224.

Duane Latimer was just behind with a 222 on Mizzen Tag (Whiz N Tag Chex X Mizzen Shine) owned by Lance Griffin and finishing third with 221 was Nathan Piper on Sheza Smart Wimpy (Wimpys Little Step X Chicks And Chex) owned by Tami Nelson and Jan Fleet.

That trio led the field of 22 Open finalists and it took a score of 218.5 to get a ticket to the Level 4 Open finals dance. Piper and Sheza Smart Wimpy topped the Level 3 Open prelims, followed by Fred Thomsson on CJ Whiz (Topsail Whiz X Dream Olena Chic) owned by Euro Vets Inc. tied at 220.5 with Jason Vanlandingham on Wimpys High Bid (Wimpys Little Step X Lucky Little Jewel) owned by Vaughn Zimmerman.

In the Level 2 and Level 1 Open, the leader was Bobby Barko with a score of 221.5 on Dunit Like A Master (Master Snapper X Justanother Dun It) owned by Roberto Cuoghi.

It took a 217.5 to make the Level 3 finals, a 213.5 for the Level 2 and a 209.5 for Level 1.

The Open Preliminaries were followed by the Intermediate Open, Limited Open and Rookie Professional Classes.

The Intermediate Open, sponsored by Metcalf Quarter Horses, was won by Tracy McReynolds riding The Whiz Way for owner Jim McAlister. It was pretty much business as usual for the duo that is leading the NRHA in the Intermediate Open rankings. They won both classes at the NRBC and both at the Derby and the great stopping gelding was just as consistent as ever when it came time for his run in the Hardy Murphy Coliseum. The judges rewarded his hard work with a score of 75.

“He’s a remarkable horse,” noted McReynolds. “He’s one of the most consistent I’ve ever ridden, especially at this level.” Interesting both Tracy and owner Jim McAlister compete on the horse and in 2012 he qualified both for the AQHA Select World with Jim and the AQHA World Show with Tracy. The win at the Southwest Futurity came with $622 and a champion Skyline buckle.

The reserve title went to Kinzy Donnelly on Dun It With A Rose owned by Frank Millstid of Bellville, Texas. Donnelly’s score of 74 was good for a paycheck of $427 and a custom bit sponsored by John Hoyt.

The Limited Open class was sponsored by Schmersal Reining Horses and Paleface Dunit. Christiano Coelho won the class with a score of 71 on The Dualster owned by David Silva, earning a Skyline buckle.

Chris said he enjoys riding the 10-year-old. “He’s got a lot of experience and that helps me,” he laughed.
Coelho, originally from Brazil, has worked for Dave and Bonnie Silva for about a year and he had a really good day on Thursday, as he also finished second in the class on another Silva horse, Rubys Hollywood Kid. That garnered more money and a stable sheet from Dennards.

The Rookie Professional Class sponsored by Stefano Calcagnini ended in a triple tie at 71.5 points. Lars Mortenson rode Vintage Sail for owner Brianna Sloan, Vanessa Strotmann piloted Custom Made Nic for Roger Parks and Kim Obenhaus rode Diamonds Lil Shiner for Duane Latimer to each claim a share of the winner’s purse and prizes including a Skyline buckle sponsored by Matt Golulak and Independence Equine and Small Animal Clinic.

The action will continue on Friday at 8 am with the Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro classes. Then it’s time for the Non Pro Futurity – a one-round event that will feature 63 entries vying for a total of over $28,000. That will be followed by the Einsteins Revolution Back Gate Pizza Party featuring the Wacky Hat contest benefiting Rein In Cancer – and the Open reining class. Viewers at home can visit for a detailed schedule, draws and the Waltenberry Video Productions live feed sponsored by Purina.

Often tagged “Where the Best Go First,” the SWRHA Futurity is a must-attend event for reiners. For most, it is the final stop before the National Reining Horse Association Futurity, which begins November 22 in Oklahoma City. It is supported by a group of sponsors led by Billingsley Ford, Winstar Casino, Anderson Bean Boot Company, the South Farm and Jerry Kimmel. For information visit the web site at