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Calcagnini leads the first section of the Cardinal Reining Horses & Lifeline Open Futurity
At the start of the second day of competition at the SWRHA Futurity, presented by Billingsley, 60 of the 116 Open Futurity riders were competing in the first section trying to set the bar for the second section riders who will perform tomorrow. Out of those 60 horse-and-rider teams, it was Stefano Calcagnini and Annies Custom Pistol (Colonels Smoking Gun x Anniegityergun) who took the lead in the Level 4 with a score of 223.

“This was the first time that I was going to show him one handed at a show and I was a little bit worried, but everything fell into place,” Calcagnini said about the gelding, owned by Shannon and Hershel Reid. “It seems like I’ve got a nice horse and I’m looking forward to showing him at the NRHA Futurity.”

Just behind Calcagnini was Dell Hendricks and Better Get Your Gun (Gunners Special Nite x Dun It For Light). Hendricks and the 3-year-old stallion, owned by Deneshia Larson, scored a 219.

Taking the lead in the Open Futurity Levels 3, 2 and 1 was Melanie Petroll aboard A Stylish Gunner, owned by William Rivera, with a score of 217.

The remaining 56 horse-and-rider teams in the Open Futurity will compete Thursday, Oct. 22 in the second section for a chance to make it to the Open Futurity finals on Saturday, Oct. 24.

The Novice Horse Non Pro class closed out the day at the SWRHA Futurity, but not until the 37 horse-and-rider teams competed. As the 23rd draw, Sherry Sumpter and This Guns The Won (Gunners Indian x Spin Some Magic) took the lead with a score of 72 in the Level 2 despite her nerves.

“I was nervous before I went in because it’s been a long time since I’ve shown, but this feels amazing. It was a lot of fun,” Sumpter said. “Everything worked out as planned today, believe it or not. I was a little bit worried about my turn to the left but everything worked and we didn’t have any penalties. We really just wanted to see where we were at because we want to do the derbies next year. Now we know what to work on.”

Sumpter thanked her trainer Sam Smith. Smith and Sumpter have worked together before when they were both living in Ohio.

“Next year is going to be a lot of fun!” She added.

Sumpter and the 4-year-old gelding that she co-owns with her stepdaughter Ginger Dwyer, garnered a $587 paycheck and also received a Pewter Trophy, Monogrammed Captain Chair, $50 Cowboy Couture Gift Certificate, and a Thomas Moore Tote with a Gift Certificate.

Capturing the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 Championship was Glenda Parks aboard Dun Its Red Berry (Hollywood Dun It x Great Red Berry) with a score of 71. Parks was especially grateful for this win because it was everything she had been working for.

“This is our first big win and it feels wonderful. I’ve been working a long time for this,” Parks said during an emotional interview. “He [Dun Its Red Berry] warmed up really good to the point that I was worried because he was so good in the makeup pen. But we went in and he just stood in the middle and then turned good and circled great. I kind of bobbled on my stops. My horse was there, I was just a little behind but he took care of me.”

Parks and the 6-year-old gelding, owned by Glenda’s husband Gary, also finished fourth in the Level 2. In total, they earned a $490 paycheck along with an Award Plaque, Monogrammed Captain Chair, $50 Cowboy Couture Gift Certificate, and a Thomas Moore Tote with a Gift Certificate.

The action continues in Ardmore, Oklahoma, with the second section (L4-1) of the Cardinal Reining Horses & Lifeline Open Futurity presented by Pettit Machinery Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 8 a.m.

In an unprecedented move, Show Manager Cheryl Cody announced late Wednesday afternoon that the start time for the Ancillary Arena would be moved from 1 p.m. to 8 a.m. Cody noted, “We have had an unprecedented increase this year in horses attending - our stalls are up an incredible 30 percent. When we looked at the entry list for tomorrow's classes, we felt it was in the best interest of our exhibitors to move up the start time in order to finish the two classes - Novice Horse Open 1 and 2 and Novice Horse Non Pro 1 and 2 - at a reasonable hour.”

She added that the Coliseum classes would take precedence for rider and trainer schedule conflicts between the two arenas. For the live Internet feed of the action, compliments of Waltenberry Videography, go to