Global Reining Sport Group, which produces the Tulsa Reining Classic, has once again made a landmark decision. Due to the large number of Horses entered in its Developing Horse Futurity - the Futurity has been divided into two sections – each with equal added money and each with its own set of awards.
This was a decision that was made for the second year in a row- and again it came when the entries for the futurity closed and there were an astounding 115 horses entered! Colleen McQuay, President of Global Reining Sport Group noted, “Each section will have the same amount of added money – $10,000 – and awards as previously planned for the entire event. Each section will be awarded in its entirety and pinned as an individual event.” The Futurities will begin at 9 am on Wednesday morning. Section A will go first followed by Section B. Both section A and section B award presentations will be made at the end of Section B.
Eduardo Salgado Wins $500 Novice Horse Open Level 1, Marco Ricotta Takes Level 2
Gainesville, Texas-based trainer Eduardo Salgado rode Lil Dreamer to a score of 144.5 to win the $500 Novice Horse Open Level 1.
The Brazilian native says his 5-year-old mare by Magnum Chic Dream and out of Myo Starlight by Paddys Irish Whiskey had a near perfect ride.
“I love her-she has a really good mind, all her maneuvers are good, plus she’s smart,” Salgado said. “She turns good and circles really good; she’s a big stopper. I loved the run.”
Salgado has ridden Lil Dreamer since the beginning of the mare’s career, despite a setback due to injury last year. The pair is now back in winning form for 2017.
“I started her as a 2-year-old, so I have ridden her for 3 years,” Salgado said. “When she was 4 I didn’t show her, because she had a problem with her hock. But I’ve shown her all this year, and she is really good. I show her every time, and she’s never anticipated. She’s a really good mare.”
Jody Brainard rode Hokiss Pokiss to the reserve position for owner John Vance, scoring a 144. The 2013 gelding is by Whizs Chic A Dee and out of Shades of Amos by Primary Pine.
In the $500 Novice Horse Open Level 2, Marco Ricotta piloted See U Saturday Night to a 145.5 to win the class. The 2012 stallion owned by Story Book Stables is by Star Spangled Whiz and out of Wimpys Rose by Wimpys Little Step. Salgado and Lil Dreamer’s 144.5 took reserve in the class.
Rookie Reiners Take the Stage in Mustang Arena
Rookie reiners had their chance to shine Tuesday evening, August 29, in the Mustang Arena at the Tulsa Reining Classic.
Tolbert “Buster” Foster marked a 142.5 aboard Wimpys Memorabilia to win the $100 Rookie Level 2 and the JP Prime Time Rookie classes.
“We hope for bigger and better things. I’ll be out of rookie this year, but I’m hoping she can get me that elusive 72 score which I’ve never gotten,” Foster said. “Our 142.5 today is up there with the best we’ve done, but I feel sure she’s got enough to take me to another level.”
Wimpys Memorabilia is a 2009 mare by Wimpys Little Step and out of the famed Memorable Affair by Major Vaquero.
“Her mother Memorable Affair is a pretty famous mare in the reining business who won over $100,000-a bit of a star,” Foster said. “[Wimpys Memorabilia] had a good non-pro career with Dr. Jim Morgan, and the last time he showed her was the NRBC as a 4-year-old. We had lameness problems later that year… she had three babies and hadn’t been in the show ring for four years until this year, and she’s just been super every time.”
Foster says his mare is the perfect confidence booster, even after her long hiatus from the arena.
“Her biggest thing is her stop. She’s a big mare, so in the spins, she doesn’t have a lot of speed but she has a lot of style,” Foster said. “I’ve got a lot of confidence showing her; you don’t have to worry about anything.”
Foster owns a breeding business and has worked closely with the McCutcheons to build his breeding operation into a quality herd.
“I am a breeder, I moved up to Collinsville, Texas, to be closer to Tom and Mandy McCutcheon,” Foster said. “I raise these Quarter Horses, and Tom and Mandy helped me get several really nice horses, so I look forward to breeding some nice babies-it’s really exciting.”
Kelly Shepherd took reserve honors in the class with a 141.5 aboard Margarita.
In the Rookie Level 1, Krista Marshall and Cromed By Rooster scored a 140 to take the victory.
Marshall purchased the 6-year-old gelding by Cromed Out Mercedes and out of Peekaski Cielo by Gallo Del Cielo last June in Gainesville, Texas. She says “Cromey’s” biggest asset is his big stops and honest ability.
“We had a little trouble in our turns but we pulled through it, and our rundowns were nice, stops were deep, and he was a good boy today,” Marshall said. “He’s like a big dumb hunk! He doesn’t want you to be in his face, he wants you to trust him, and today he proved why you should be able to trust him.”
2017 is Marshall’s first full year in an affiliate circuit and her first time to show in Tulsa. By day, the Minot, North Dakota, resident and her family own a truck stop. Riding and showing reining horses are her escapes from the day-to-day work.
“This is the farthest we’ve traveled this year, and we’re happy to be here,” Marshall said. “We run a 24-hour business, and I show horses to get away from the hustle and bustle of work. It’s a great outlet and keeps me focused, and it’s a lot better than going to the lake.”
In a two-way tie for second, Jon Gilbertson and Koolwhiz N Wranglers tied with Walter Saunders and Shur Sheez Juice, both notching a 138.5.
Sam Schaffhauser Wins AQHA All Age Reining
Riding Lil Rene Gun, Sam Schaffhauser of Eads, Tennessee, took first in the American Quarter Horse Association All Age Reining Class. The 2012 mare is by Colonels Smokingun and out of Sail Away Rene by Cee Blair Sailor and is owned by James Fanello of Lucas, Ohio. Sarah Cunningham came in second place aboard Gotta Get A Diamond, a 2013 mare by Spooks Gotta Whiz and out of Brilliant Diamantes by Shining Spark, owned by Cross C Ranch of Maysville, Oklahoma.
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