Non Pro riders competed for championship honors Sunday at the Tulsa Reining Classic, held at Expo Square.
A tie in the Non Pro saw Jack Medows riding Wimpys Show Stopper and Stephanie Nelson riding Custom Banjo share the championship with scores of 146.
Medows’ 2006 stallion by Wimpys Little Step and out of Pinesail is a horse he pulled from retirement for the Platinum Performance Young Rider Team in Switzwerland and has enjoyed riding the great mount since.
“He showed absolutely perfect today and it was really cool to get him out [and show],” Medows said.
Medows also won the AQHA Non Pro title with Wimpys Show Stopper.
Nelson rode a 2008 gelding by Banjo Whiz and out of Custom Bobbie to the co-championship, plus the Intermediate Non Pro title, Affiliate Regional Championship Non Pro and the ARC Intermediate Non Pro championship.
“I had a great week,” Nelson said. “I feel like I’m back in the saddle again – literally. Now I feel like I can do it again and I can see a future again.”
Nelson thanked her trainer Casey Hinton for his help and support in her success.
Laura Parker riding Shirley Your A Tag claimed the Limited Non Pro and ARC Limited Non Pro championships with a score of 142.5. Shirley Your A Tag is a 2011 mare by Whiz N Tag Chex and out of Pines BH and has only been with Parker for a year. In fact, the 2016 Tulsa Reining Classic was their first show together.
“I wanted to hopefully go in and plus my spins, which are usually pretty good with her and try not to push too hard in my circles and stops, because we are taking her to Vegas next week, so I didn’t want to over do it this week, but we still wanted to try to qualify for [the NRHA Derby],” Parker said. “She felt really good. She and I have come together a lot over the past year. We have both improved a lot.”
Kathleen Armenta riding Notalotacrome (Cromed Out Mercedes x Dual Reys Jewel) claimed the Non Pro Prime Time and ARC Prime Time championships.
Armenta had a busy day on Sunday helping her daughter show in the youth classes as well as trying to focus on her own runs, but her mount handle the pressure well.
“He’s becoming a little soldier,” she said. “Even in a hurry-scurry situation he came through for me. Sometimes you have to go in there and hope your experience gets you through and I guess it did.”
Meg Johnson rode Timber Zak (Boggies Timber Jack x Honey Ofa Hollywood) to the USA Reining Non Pro win.
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