Trail, Western Riding Exhibitors Earn The First Checks of the 2017 Little Futurity



The 13th annual Little Futurity kicked off at the James B. Hunt Complex in Raleigh, North Carolina on Sunday. The futurity classes are held in conjunction with the Tarheel Triple Classic AQHA and NSBA show circuit.



CallieAdamswebThree exhibitors earned checks for four figures on the first day of futurity earnings. Callie Adams earned her very first NSBA bronze trophy and the largest check if the day with her horse Zippos Cash Award in the NSBA Non-Pro Trail.

“I was kind of nervous going in,” Callie said. “But we had practiced a lot, and once we got in the class he followed through and was really good. Winning this trophy is really exciting.”

Placing second in the Non-Pro Trail was Teresa Balkcum and Pawn Star, who earned $918, while Samantha Johnson and Suddenlyblazin Hot took third and a check for $525.



MayabbwebNick Mayabb piloted VS Code Me Lucky to two NSBA trophies and checks for owners Lisa and William Wilkes. They won NSBA Junior Trail as well as NSBA Green Trail, and checks for $1,176 and $504 respectively.

Lisa Wilkes admitted that at first she was hesitant to have her horse compete in Trail events. “Nick kept telling us that she was pretty good at it,” she said.

“But we’ve always shown Western Pleasure and we weren’t into that. But she is good at it and she really likes it. She’s pretty special. We raised her, so to see her go on and be so successful is really exciting.”

Jason Gilliam showed Invited To Hotrod for Janet Gunn to a second place finish in NSBA Junior Trail, earning $784. In Green Trail, Adrienne Dickerson piloted Mug Shott to second and $378 for Karen Carter, while Dustin Milsap showed Paybackwithinterest for Tara Harland to third and $252 and Justin Wheeler showed Lazy For Sure to earn fourth and $126 for Linda Ball Sargent.


DustinMilsapwebDustin Milsap took Paybackwithinterest to the top in Senior Trail, earning $1,181.25 of Tara Harland. The six year old gelding just started the event.

“We’ve only been doing Trail for about two months,” Dustin said. “He’s just a natural at it, and it comes easy for him. We’re working toward the NSBA World Championship Show and the All American Quarter Horse Congress.

Taking second in NSBA Senior Trail was Teresa Balkcum and Pawn Star, who won $918.75, with Jason Gilliam and Cool Poco Dot for Linda Ball Sargent earning third and $525.



JasonEnglishTrailwebTwo horses competed for the NSBA Green Western Riding plaque, with Jason English and Draped In Assets taking the win and $210 for Marlee White. The six year old gelding is known as Dre.

“We started doing Western Riding with him last year,” Marlee said. “This was our first time to show him this year. He had been a champion at the NSBA World in Amateur Western Pleasure, and we’ve slowly been adding all around events. Eventually I hope to be able to show in the Non-Pro too. He loves his job. We love everything about him.”

NSBA Futurity classes will continue on Monday at the Little Futurity. For more information, please visit