The Turnabout Farm Non Pro Futurity featured 57 tough entries vying for the top prize and it looked as though the event might end in a three-way tie for the win at 217.5. That changed when Jessie Asmussen, the second-to-last rider, rode into the arena on Southside Juice.
Asmussen, who was co-champion of the 2012 National Reining Horse Association Futurity, piloted the 3-year-old stallion to a sparkling run and the judges rewarded him with a score of 219.5. “He runs so hard and comes right back in one step,” he said following the run. “He’s really good at every maneuver.”
Jessie, a District Manager for an agricultural company, is from Allison, Iowa. He purchased the son of Smart Like Juice out of Ruf Pistol from Jose Vasquez late last year. He rides with NRHA Professional Gabe Hutchins and credited his trainer, as well as his parents, Jim and Sharon, and his sister Katie for being instrumental in his success.
For the win, he received $5,330, a saddle from Pard’s, Lawson Trophy, Ariat Jacket and gift certificates from Ariat, SmartPak and Santa Cruz Animal Health.
Reserve Co-Champions were Mandy McCutcheon on Check Out My Guns owned by Tim and Colleen McQuay, Sarah Johnson Babcock on Bellectric owned by Craig Johnson, and Julie Gaupmann on Tinseltownsmokingun. Each earned $2,588.
Julie and Sarah also tied for the Level 3 Championship. For Sarah, the win was sweet on Bellectric. The mare is by Jacs Electric Spark out of Doc Santa Belle, a mare upon which Sarah had great success, with wins including the Southwest Reining Futurity Non Pro Championship.
Julie purchased Tinseltownsmokingun (Gunner X Miss Tinseltown) from Tim McQuay in May, but only got to ride the stallion this last week when she returned from her home in Austria. She may have only had a week to prepare but she had a great partner in getting her horse ready, her trainer, Jordan Larson. And if tying for the Non Pro Reserve and the Level 3 win weren’t enough, she also won the Level 2 Championship.
Reserve Honors in the Level 2 went to Gunjacked, a daughter of Gunner out of Whizards Magic, ridden by Rebecca Murray.
The Prime Time Championship went to a talented competitor who has won his share of Futurity money over the years. Charlie Weiderholt of Hastings, Minnesota, rode Guns N Whizkey by Gunner and out of Dun It Whiz Brandy to the win and Charlie is excited about the opportunity to continue to show the good gelding. “I like him a lot; he’s pretty good everywhere.”
Reserve Prime Time honors went to Valerie Nalbantian of Aubrey, Texas on Gonna Twist N Shout a gelding by Whiz N Tag Chex out of This Chic N Whiz.