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Novice Horse Non Pro Levels 1 and 2
(Ardmore, Okla., Oct. 26, 2016) The 2016 Billingsley Ford Open Futurity at the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity held at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum kicked off with tough competition with big stops and fast maneuvers taking over Ardmore, Okla.
Melissa Baird riding Easy Money Miss took the win in the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1, sponsored by Jim McCutcheon, with a score of 72 for $305.Easy Money Miss is a creation of Bairds breeding decision to breed her mare, Major Money Miss to the sire Easy Otie Whiz.

The 9-year-old mare had taken a short hiatus from the show pen taking three years off, but has come back this year performing strong.

We started showing heavy this year and weve been having a great year, said Baird who added the team had a big success in Ardmore after fine-tuning their techniques after the Tulsa Reining Classic in August. I worked on some things that I needed to improve from Tulsa, where I rollback and such and running a little more aggressively to my stops to get her to stop better. I think it all came together and it was fun.

A four-way tie in the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 was shared between Laurie Hauck riding Magnums Crown Royal, Raeanna Thayn riding SDP Gold Bullion, Laura Parker riding Shirley Your A Tag and Jillane Brown riding Wimpys Stepped Up. To earn second place honors the teams turned in scores of 71 worth $161 each.

Ran concurrently, the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 champion was Flis Carey Sassella riding Chic Magnito. Taking the win in the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 sponsored by Richard Pokluda, the duo scored a 73 to take the win worth $563.

Chic Magnito is by Magnum Chic Dream out of Tivito Norma and is owned by Richard and Flis Sassella. Sassella said the 5-year-old has held a special place for the family considering he is home raised out of their mare, Tivito Norma. She said this isnt the first time hes seen success in Ardmore and attributes his successin the show pen to his natural abilities and athleticism.

Although he shows a lot of natural talent, Sassella said it all came together in the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2.

Hes been a really, really nice horse for me, she said. My real goal for today was I wanted to bring him in and do a pattern where the spins where the first thing, and have him spin properly, because thats something hes struggled with for his whole career. He does everything else great, but Ive never been able to get him to spin the way I know he can, so hes been getting better and better at home and today for the first time ever he came in and did two plus-half spins. I was really pleased with that and everything else was just kind of icing on the cake.

A tie in the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 was shared between Melanie Schuckers riding Chromed Olena and David Silva Sr. riding Dontmesswithmygun to scores of 71.50 worth $352 each.

Chromed Olena is by CromedOut Mercedes out of FS Smart Dot Chic and is owned by Schuckers.

Dontmesswithmygun is by Colonels Smoking Gun out of Miss Tinseltown and owned by Silva.

For information and complete results from the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity, held at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore, Okla., visit