Whitney Wilson and Wisely Lopin Win Little Futurity Non-Pro Three and Over $7,500 Limited Western Pleasure



Whitney Wilson had only shown her horse, Wisely Lopin, three or four times before coming to the 2017 Little Futurity. However this duo has become a team.

They won not only the Little Futurity Non-Pro Three Year Old and Over $7,500 Limited Horse Western Pleasure Slot Class, but also the Maturity Limited Non-Pro Western Pleasure on Tuesday at the show in Raleigh.



“I just started showing her this year,” Whitney said of her five year old mare by Lazy Loper. “I think our first horse show together was in March. She has a really sweet personality, and she doesn’t like to get in trouble. She lets me just sit back and show, and she always gives me everything she has. We will be showing in the Limited Non-Pro and Amateur classes this year, and we’re looking forward to showing at the NSBA World Show,” Whitney said.

Whitney won $3,808 for the first place finish in the Non-Pro Three Year Old and Over $7,500 Limited Horse Western Pleasure and $532 in the Maturity Limited Non-Pro Western Pleasure. Rounding out the money earners were: James Deen Daydream, Kari Craft, second, $3,024; third place – tie between Courtney Borton Ament and Crank Up The Heat with Katie Jo Jones and RV Wonit Lopin Lazy, with each earning $1,680; and No Doubt My Maria and Becky Galyean, fifth, $1,008.


Millsap1webWestern Winners

Tuesday’s Western Pleasure champions included repeat wins for Dustin Millsap and Justa Creepin

The duo went to the top of the NSBA Maturity $2,500 Limited Horse Open Western Pleasure for Waymond and Patty Roberts, earning $210. The duo returned later in the day to win the NSBA Maturity Limited Open Western Pleasure, and another $504.

“He’s by RL Best Of Sudden and is a full brother to The Rock,” Dustin said of the five year old stallion. “He’s just simple. He’s easy because he has so much natural lift, and it’s effortless to ride him. We plan to show him in the Limited Maturity classes this year.”


ParrishwebIn the Winehurst NSBA $1,000 Limited Horse Western Pleasure, Bret Parrish showed Pistol Packin Mann to the win and earned $2,331 for owner Richard Baumann. The four year old gelding by Machine Made has won the Hylton Maiden class in Virginia earlier this year.

“I love everything about him,” Bret said. “From his great attitude, to his great feel, he’s always the same horse every time. He’s soft, steady and he has a lot of try. He’s a lot of fun to show.”

Becky Galyean showed No Doubt My Maria to win the NSBA Three Year Old Non-Pro Western Pleasure. The three year old mare by No Doubt Im Lazy is a recent purchase by the Galyeans. “We’ve only had her a few weeks,” Becky said. “We’re still getting to know her. She wasn’t shown, but she is so pretty, very quiet and wants to do her job. This is her second horse show.”

Gil Galyean also brought home the top prize with Made The Ladies Look in the NSBA Three Year Old Open Western Pleasure. They earned $756 for owner Mary Rath-Knight. “Mikko” had already had success in the Limited Non-Pro Western Pleasure with Mary.

“He’s such a comfortable horse to ride,” Gil said. “He has a lot of self carriage, is very slow legged and just sweepy when he moves. He was very good.”

HannahCookwebAshley Lakins piloted Good Girl Gone Lazy to win NSBA Green Western Pleasure for owner Robin Otto. They earned $378. “She’s very sweet, great minded and wants to please you,” Ashley said of the No Doubt Im Lazy mare. “We will be showing at the Tom Powers and the NSBA World Show.

The NSBA Youth Western Pleasure champion was Naturally Lazy, shown by Hannah Cook, earning $236.25. Hannah said her five year old mare by Lazy Loper is known as J-Lo.

“She was really tired, so I really had to push a lot to keep her going,” she said. “I think the judges liked that she was consistent and she looks really pretty. Plus her head was really level.

ReamswebCheyenne Reams showed Best Of Jasmine to win the Small Fry Western Pleasure. “I did Lead Line before, but this was my first year to do Small Fry,” she said. “I like getting dressed up to show in the class. I showed for the first time this past Thursday and I really like it.”

Cheyenne followed up her win in Small Fry by riding a “horse” of another kind to win the Heart Of Stone Western Pleasure fundraiser – she rode piggyback with her friend Kaitlyn Smith in the fundraiser class that raised more than $1,000 for the Heart Of Stone Fund.



BettyJoCarrwebBetty Jo Carr won the NSBA All Age Novice Non-Pro Western Pleasure, showing OHK Goodbars Krymsun, earning $189.

“I really like that they have these limited classes,” she said. “I’ve shown a few Hunter Under Saddle futurities before, but this is my first time to show in a Western Pleasure futurity. My horse was really good, and I had a lot of fun showing. We will continue to show in the Novice Non-Pro and Level 2 classes wherever they are offered.



LeBlancwebIn the NSBA Three Year Old Limited Open Western Pleasure, Kaitlin LeBlanc and KM Custom Made Best won the top check for $504 for Masterson Farms.

“He was so good,” said Kaitlin, who did most of the training on the gelding. “He was really little when he was born so we named him Popcorn. He has a really cool look to him. He’s pretty and he has a great top line. I’ll be sharing him with Casey Willis this year.”

After earlier wins in Trail and Western Pleasure with Nick Mayabb in the saddle, in the Maturity Intermediate Non-Pro Western Pleasure, Melissa Wilkes showed VS Code Me Lucky to the win. They earned $472.50. Jonathan Meilleur and I Am The Party, showing for Dr. Ted Filiandranos, won the Three Year Old Intermediate Open Western Pleasure, earning $378. Paul Thurston also showed Rocked N Red for Cecilia Hylton to win the Maturity $5,000 Limited Open Western Pleasure, earning $420 for the win.

Hunter Under Saddle Champions

NimiganwebIt was an emotional win for Sarah Nimigan Tuesday morning when she showed Alwayz On My Mind to the win in the Novice Horse Open Hunter Under Saddle. She swept the class, earning the $1,000 bonus for being the highest placing Non-Pro as well as the $1,000 bonus for being the highest placing Limited rider. She gave her Limited bonus back to the other exhibitors.

“After selling my other horse, I wasn’t sure I would find such a nice horse to replace and be able to do what he accomplished,” Sarah said tearfully. “I get so attached to them. We’ve only had him a few months, and he was so green. I’ve really only ridden him a few times. But there was something about him.” Sarah and the horse she calls Willie Nelson also won the NSBA Maturity $2,500 Limited Horse Hunter Under Saddle.

Sarah generously gave her $1,000 Limited Open bonus to the other Limited exhibitors. "I do this for fun and I really was going for the Non-Pro award," she said. "Those guys are doing this for a living. Might as well spread it around."

Keith Miller Jr. piloted The Al Capone to win the Open Two Year Old Hunter Under Saddle for Alexandra Chavez. Although he was alone in the arena for the class, Keith made the best of it. “It was a great soft introduction to the show ring for him. It was a great way to start to get used to the crowd, the announcer and seeing judges in the arena,” he said of the grey stallion by Allocate Your Assets.

TThurstonIn the Three Year Old Limited Open Hunter Under Saddle, Tami Thurston showed For Your Protection to the win and $472.50 for owner Christopher Ringer. The Protect Your Assets gelding is out of a Coats N Tails mare.

“We raised him,” Tami said. “Chris and Melissa Ringer picked him out of a field. We call him Stedman, because his mother’s name is Oprah. He’s a very natural mover, and he canters so easy – it’s effortless for him and he’s even in both directions. He’s a little quirky so you have to do things his way – I have to thank my husband Paul because he has worked very hard with him.”

Imthebadest Of M All and Ashley Bodine won the North Carolina Resident Hunter Under Saddle. Kelly Woodlief showed Protect This Hotchip for Andrea Schaffer, earning $210.

The 2017 Little Futurity has ended, but the last two days of the Tarheel Triple Classic AQHA show continue through Thursday, June 15.