For Immediate Release – December 27, 2013 – Oklahoma City, Okla. – By Hayley Lewallen – No stranger to great accomplishments in his career, NRHA Professional Mike McEntire hit another milestone by becoming the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) newest Million Dollar Rider after his Open finals performance at the NRHA Futurity.
McEntire’s performance aboard Maggie Jac Whiz, owned by Tim Anderson, in the NRHA Futurity Level (L) 4 Open finals earned him over $10,000 giving him last push he needed to cross over the million dollar mark. Mike has been a perennial finalist at major NRHA events such as the NRHA Futurity, NRHA Derby and National Reining Breeders Classic. Some of the top honors he has earned throughout his reining career include:
- 2001 United State Equestrian Team Festival of Champions Champion on Boggies Secret and third place on Freckles Top Prize
- 2003 Dorminy Plantation Futurity Open Champion on Jazzygun and Atlantic Breeders Futurity Open Champion on Smartys Big Wish
- 2004 Carolina Classic Derby Open Champion and Reserve Champion on Nics Whiz and Little Foxy Knoxie, respectively; and All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity Champion Open Dorminy Plantation Futurity Open Champion on Hot Smokin Chex
- 2005 Tradition Futurity Open Champion on Bueno Chexolena
- 2006 Dorminy Plantation Futurity Open Champion on The Great Guntini and Tradition Futurity Open Champion on Miss Gunny
- 2007 Double Run Futurity Open Champion on Helluva Chex
- 2008 Double Run Futurity Open Champion on HR Okie Whiz
- 2009 Double Run Futurity Open Champion on Baroom Gunslinger
- 2010 NRHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion on Red Stripe Spook
- 2011 All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity Open Champion on Harley Surprize Lena
- 2012 Carolina Classic Atlantic Breeders Incentive (ABI) Futurity Open Champion on Rey Jays Revolution; and ABI Derby Open and Carolina Classic Derby Open Champion on Red Stripe Spook
- 2013 Florida Classic Derby open Champion and Reserve Champion on Red Stripe Spook and Big Hollywood Cowboy, respectively
His success hasn’t been limited to just the show pen, McEntire holds his NRHA Judges card, is on the NRHA Judges Committee, is a member of the NRHA Professionals and is known for owning the legendary reining stallion Be Aech Enterprise for a period of time.Mike and his wife, Nathalie, reside in Selma, North Carolina where they train reining horses and stand Lil Ruf Rider and Mr Boomerjac. In his free time, Mike enjoys competing in motocross events.
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