Journal on the Road

Non-Pro Reining at the Futurity

December 3, 2011

Veronica St-Onge claims the non-pro title at the NRHA Futurity.

By Larri Jo Starkey

Veronica St-Onge and Spooks N Sparks

Veronica St-Onge and Spooks N Sparks claim the non-pro title at the 2011 NRHA Futurity. (Journal photo) For more photos, scroll to the slide show below.

Veronica St-Onge of Gainesville, Texas, was a little nervous December 2 riding into the Jim Norick Arena.

Her 3-year-old, Spooks N Sparks, was ready and had scored a 221 in the first round, but it was a long wait at the National Reining Horse Association Futurity.

“I was a little less cool than in the first go,” the non-pro said. “I was confident in that I knew she was capable of doing it again, because we had a good first go, but I was a little more nervous. It was a little nerve-wracking.

Luckily, “Skittles” had the situation under control.

“It went well,” Veronica said. “I was excited. She was really good. She was pumped. She was awesome.”

Veronica and Skittles, 25th to ride in the second section, scored another 221 to claim the non-pro title.

Veronica and her husband, Patrice, are originally from Quebec, and in the spring, Pat returned there to give a reining clinic.

“He looked at some horses and fell in love with her and figured we needed to own her,” Veronica said, adding with a laugh, “He actually bought her so he could steal my other one that I had raised, but that worked out well for me in the end.”

The sorrel mare by Smart Spook and out of Whizicle by Topsail Whiz was bred by Equine Plus of St. Basilelegrand, Quebec.

“We got her delivered here at the Derby and somebody offered us a pretty good profit right away,” Veronica said. But then Veronica had started riding the filly and didn’t want to give her up.

“So then I took her home,” she said.

The rest is NRHA non-pro history.

For more photos from the 2011 NRHA Futurity, see the Journal slide show below. Click on each photo to read about it. Look for more photos in the January edition of Journal Plus, free to subscribers of The American Quarter Horse Journal.

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