Results from the Tulsa & South Central Regional Finals

From Cheryl Cody

September 1 – Casey Deary Rides Lil Joe Cash to Win Mister Nicadual Open Derby

The final day of the 2103 Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic brought some of the most memorable performances of the event. With 75 horses competing in the Mister Nicadual Open Derby, it was clear that it would take an exemplary run to win the event.

And there certainly were some works that shined brightly – most notably Jordan Larson on Show Me The Buckles owned by Rebeca Martin of Wilton, California and Peter DeFreitas riding Wimpys Little Freckl owned by Double Run Farm LLC of Leland, North Carolina. Each scored 224.5 and when it came down to the final horse to go in the Derby, they were still tied for the lead.

That’s when Casey Deary rode in on Lil Joe Cash and everything changed. Picture perfect maneuvers punctuated by flawless stops at the end of the pattern had watchers guessing. “Did he do it?”

That was asked and answered when announcer Brian Lookabill revealed the score -a 225!

Amid multiple congratulations from his peers after the event, Casey was quick to say, “I can’t take the credit for this horse. Andrea Fappani trained him and did a wonderful job. He’s extremely broke and probably knows more about reining than I do!”

Andrea rode Lil Joe Cash (Nu Chex To Cash X RS Lilly Starlight) to the 21011 NRHA Futurity Championship and a score of other wins, earning over $230,000 and the 2012 AQHA Junior Reining World Championship. “Andrea called me and said he’d won so much on him and he thought a change of scenery would be good for the horse. He had his owner, Russel Giles, call me and I got him about two months ago.”

Casey brought the horse to Tulsa to school in preparation for the upcoming Derby in Las Vegas. “I got here and he schooled so well and was so honest, I talked to Russel and we ended up entering yesterday.”

For the win, Casey collected $7,567, a Lawson Trophy, a saddle sponsored by Tom McCutcheon’s Virtual Horse Help, Ariat Jacket, and gift certificates from Ariat Denim Santa Cruz Animal Health.

Jared Leclair topped the Level 3 and Level 2 divisions riding Arc Electrical Storm. He got the horse a week before the NRHA Derby in June where he made the Level 2 Finals and marked a 220.5 in the finals. “He’s a good-minded horse and wants to be good. He’s easy to show.”

According to Jared, his owner, Erin Rapp of Houston, Texas, will actually begin showing him next year in the rookie classes. He earned $4,213 for the Level 3 win and $1,374 for the Level 2 finish as well as $2,961 for finishing fourth in the Level 4 division.

The Level 3 and Level 2 Reserve Championships went to Patrice St-Onge on Custom Banjo owned by Melanie Schuckers of Gainesville, Texas.

In the Dun Gotta Gun Novice Level 4 Open Derby, Peter DeFreitas rode Wimpys Little Freckl, owned by Double Run Farms to the win with his Level 4 Reserve Champion score, earning another $3,869.

Double Run Farms raised the horse, and Peter started him and has been showing him since. He placed second in the Congress Futurity, then earned an Open Finals berth at the NRBC.

“We missed the finals at the Derby and I wanted to show him again. Today is the best he’s ever shown. He’ll be rested until next year when we get him ready for the derbies.”

The reserve title in the Novice Horse division went to Level 2 and 3 Champion Jared LeClair on Arc Electrical Storm.

Steven Borgia Sweeps SmartPak Non Pro Derby on Electric Starlight

When Steven Borgia rode into the arena as the sixth draw in the SmartPak Non Pro Derby, someone asked, “Who’s that?”

It’s for sure that everyone knows him now, as his 219.5 score on Electric Starlight (Jacs Electric Spark X Carino Del Cielo) held up through all 70 runs and he swept the Level 4, Level 3, and Level 2 Non Pro Divisions and claimed the Novice Non Pro as well.

Borgia bought the good gelding from Mike Davis after the NRBC this year and this is the third time he has shown him. At the NRHA Derby, he placed 3rd in the Level 1 Non Pro and has spent the past few months getting with him.

He’s had some quality help with that as he’s been riding with $3 Million NRHA Professional Shawn Flarida for the past year. “I really appreciate Shawn and all the boys from the farm for all the help they’ve given me,” noted Steven.

Steven has been riding reiners since 2008 after he saw the World Equestrian Games featured on television. Before that he had trail ridden but he was hooked as soon as he watch the reining.

Currently finishing his Masters Degree in Organizational Management, Steven, of LeClaire, Iowa, plans to give Electric Starlight the rest of the year off. “The NRBC will be our next show.”

He collected $5,019 for the Level 4 win and a boatload of prizes, including a Lawson trophy, saddle sponsored by Global Reining Sport Group, Ariat Jacket, and gift certificates from Ariat Denim and Smartpak. He netted an additional $2,806 in the Level 3, $1,275 in the Level 2, and $996 in the Novice Horse.

The Level 4 and Level 3 Reserve Championships went to Indy Roper for a score of 219 on Chicsdundreamin owned by Tim Roper of Hobart, Indiana. They were worth $3,055 and $1,708, respectively.

Winning the Level 2 Reserve title was Gloria Bradley of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, scoring 218 on Colonel G (Smokin Bueno Dell X Lady Kali Jac) owned by Bill Bradley. Gloria also won reserve honors in the Novice Horse division.

Flis Sassella, of Marietta, Oklahoma, rode Tickle My Whizkers, by Remin Whiz and out of Tivito Norma, to the championship in the Prime Time Non Pro. She raised the gelding, and owned both his dam and granddam. The now 6-year-old gelding that she owns with her husband, Richard, was a bit of a late bloomer. “It took a long time to get him trained, ” she said. “He wasn’t ready at 3 or 4 but now he’s got it all together and just wants no trouble. He’s a huge stopper – really easy to ride and after the slow beginning, it looks like he’ll be a long-term performer.”

She missed all the major events this year, as her daughter, Rachel was a senior in high school and the family was involved in college selection. “Every week that there was a big event we’d have a trip to check out a college so that was the priority this year instead of showing.”

The Reserve Champion in the Prime Time was Polly Hilliard of Lexington, Kentucky. Polly rode Little Man Spook, by Smart Spook, out of Miss Satin Whiz.


August 31 – Jason Vanlandingham Wins Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic Hollywoodstinseltown Open Futurity on Not Ruf At All

The tenth anniversary edition of the Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic has shown growth in every aspect – and entry numbers in the Hollywoodstinseltown Open Futurity were up about ten percent from last year.

Always a highlight of the week of intense reining competition, the Futurity featured 94 horses with most of the top open riders in the industry in attendance.   And when the last horse had gone, it was the draw 15 that retained the lead throughout the rest of the event. Jason Vanlandingham rode Vaughn Zimmerman’s Not Ruf At All (A Sparkling Vintage X All Ruffed Up) to a score of 222.5, then had to wait it out as 79 more horses tried to best his score.

Jason laughed, “There were so many great horses, we just left for a few hours. I didn’t want to root against my friends.”

Jason got Not Ruf At All in January. “Bobby Avila, Jr. rode him as a 2- year old, and did a great job. Then Vaughn sent him down to me.”

Tulsa was the first show for the stallion but his rider had a lot of confidence in him. “I’ve never had a horse that can stop like he can. I know I can run down there and have something big happen!” He’ll show the horse at Las Vegas and possibly the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity “if everything is OK. I just want to build his confidence as we get closer to Oklahoma City.”

Jason won $14,631 for the win, along with a saddle sponsored by Kyle Ranch Tack, a Lawson Trophy, Ariat Jacket, Ariat Denim Certificate plus a Gift Certificate from Santa Cruz Animal Health.

The Reserve Championship and $8,906 went to Tim McQuay with a score of 221 on Gunna Sassya a son of the late Gunner out of Shining N Sassy, the mare Tim won the NRHA Futurity on for then-owner Carol Rose.

In the Level 3, there was a tie between Franco Bertolani on Madeof Pure Spangled owned by Bevilacqua Quarter Horses and Gabe Hutchins on Darling 888 Ranch’s Electric Outlaw. Both scored 219.5 to win $4,590 plus both were part of a 5-way tie for third in the Open that netted them each another $5,152.

Franco had already had a winning week in Tulsa since the very first class, but the Futurity win was definitely the highlight. Madeof Pure Spangled is part of the first foal crop by Star Spangled Whiz, owned by Bevilacqua Quarter Horses. Franco has been riding the good mare since she was shipped to the US from Italy mid-year in 2012 and he’s definitely excited about her potential. “She gives everything; she has such a big heart!”

This was her first show and the plan is to take her to the SWRHA Futurity in Ardmore, then to Oklahoma City.

Gabe Hutchins started riding Electric Outlaw (Jacs Electric Spark X Docs Lil Bullet) after the Oklahoma City Futurity last year. Rick Darling, owner of Darling 888 Ranch, bought him at the futurity sale. “He’s a huge stopper – and I think he’s starting to figure things out. He turned well and circled hard. ”

Next on the agenda is a break before the NRHA Futurity. “We’ll give him about three weeks off, then school up and get ready for Oklahoma City.”

The Level 2 Futurity Championship went to Martin Larcombe for a score of 218.5 on Revolution Is Dun (Einsteins Revolution X Miss Whiz Done Dunit) owned by XCS Ranch of Gordonville, Texas. Larcombe got the horse right after the NRBC from Richard Pokluda and Dr. Bill Rhodes.

He was impressed from the beginning by the horse’s seemingly effortless stopping style. “He really curls up and has a stylish stop and the other parts are coming along.”

He was happy with the day’s turnarounds and thought the circles were good although “he popped out of lead in a circle and that cost me.” The horse had only been out one time before when he took him to Waco and loped him through a novice class. “Today was the first time for real. We’ll school him some, then go to the Southwest Futurity.

The win was worth $2170 and a Lawson Trophy, award headstall, Ariat Jacket, Ariat Gift Certificate and Santa Cruz Animal Health Gift Certificate.

The Reserve Championship in the Level 2 went to Gabriel Diano for a score of 216 on The Chex Come Easy owned by Luis Fernando Simas.

Event Champions and NAAC Qualifiers Making History at the Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic

On Saturday, August 31, the Mustang Arena hosted more National Reining Horse Association Classes and more South Central Region Affiliate Finals classes that qualify top finishers for the North American Affiliate Championship at the NRHA Futurity. The day began with Youth 14-18, 13 and under, Jackpot Rookie Youth and USA Reining Youth run concurrently.

Paige Vernon of Ashland, Wisconsin rode Goodtime Starbuck to win the 14-18 Youth with a score of 146. The Reserve Title went to Kaylan Marks of Yorktown, Texas on Tagged my Chic, for a score of 143.

In the 13 and Under Youth, Cade McCutcheon rode This Chic N Whiz to a score of 144.5. His parents bought the mare at the Griffin Dispersal Sale and he began riding her after the NRHA Derby. This week was the first time to show her and in his first attempt, earlier in the week, he “had a little trouble getting used to her.”

On Saturday, he rode with intense concentration, nonplussed when his stirrup broke in his first circle. He continued the run with one stirrup and claimed the win.

The Reserve Championship went to Skyler DesHotels of Maud, Texas on Conquistador Lilstar for a score of 143.5. Skyler also won the USA Reining Youth class with that run. Second in the USA Reining Youth was Tori Cartillar of Wynn, Arkansas, on Gimme Major Bucks with a score of 141.5.

Paige Vernon won the Youth 14-18 on Goodtime Starbuck. She scored 146 on the horse owned by Craig Vernon of Ashland, Wisconsin. Kaylan Marks and Tagged My Chic earned the Reserve title with a score of 143 in the 14-18. Kaylan is from Yorktown Texas.

The Rookie Youth Championship went to Emily Adlof of Gainesville, Texas for a score of 141 on Chex Out This Melody. Emma Taylor of Martin, Tennessee rode Royal Chexy Lady to reserve honors.

The action in the Mustang Arena continued with the Novice Horse Non Pro Classes and Frank Ordner won the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 class on Hollywood Shootout owned by Dave Silva of Pilot Point, Texas. Frank won $313 for his score of 141.5. This was his fourth time he showed the mare, and he noted, “She’s a lot of fun!”

The reserve title went to Amber Schafer of Lonoke, Arkansas for a score of 139.5 on Benjamin Banjo.

The Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 Affiliate Finals Championship went to Katrina Giesbrecht on Mystical Trash for a 142.5. This is Katrina’s first year to show her gelding that she calls “Boogie”. “He has a great personality and is an over-achiever that really tries hard.”

Karla Seale of Pipe Creek, Texas won the reserve title on Cromes Freckle Flynn with a score 138.50.

Dee Dee Boeckman of Kingfisher, Oklahoma won the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 on Peppy San Whiz for a score of 144 worth $309. Boeckman, who rides with Yonathan Baruch, has been successful with the gelding and notes, simply, “When I do my job, he does his.”

Kristen Avila finished just behind with a 143.5 on Kansas City Whiz. Boeckman also won the Affiliate Finals Championship in the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 with Randy Golden of Hockley, Texas just behind on Lil Boo Whiz with a score of 140.5.
August 30 – Jessie Asmussen rides Southside Juice to win Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic Turnabout Farm Non Pro Futurity

The tenth anniversary Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic is a busy event with reining action and titles on the line in multiple arenas.

The Turnabout Farm Non Pro Futurity featured 57 tough entries vying for the top prize and it looked as though the event might end in a three-way tie for the win at 217.5. That changed when Jessie Asmussen, the second-to-last rider, rode into the arena on Southside Juice.

Asmussen, who was co-champion of the 2012 National Reining Horse Association Futurity, piloted the 3-year-old stallion to a sparkling run and the judges rewarded him with a score of 219.5. “He runs so hard and comes right back in one step,” he said following the run. “He’s really good at every maneuver.”

Jessie, a District Manager for an agricultural company, is from Allison, Iowa. He purchased the son of Smart Like Juice out of Ruf Pistol from Jose Vasquez late last year. He rides with NRHA Professional Gabe Hutchins and credited his trainer, as well as his parents, Jim and Sharon, and his sister Katie for being instrumental in his success.

For the win, he received $5,330, a saddle from Pard’s, Lawson Trophy, Ariat Jacket and gift certificates from Ariat, SmartPak and Santa Cruz Animal Health.

Reserve Co-Champions were Mandy McCutcheon on Check Out My Guns owned by Tim and Colleen McQuay, Sarah Johnson Babcock on Bellectric owned by Craig Johnson, and Julie Gaupmann on Tinseltownsmokingun. Each earned $2,588.

Julie and Sarah also tied for the Level 3 Championship. For Sarah, the win was sweet on Bellectric. The mare is by Jacs Electric Spark out of Doc Santa Belle, a mare upon which Sarah had great success, with wins including the Southwest Reining Futurity Non Pro Championship.

Julie purchased Tinseltownsmokingun (Gunner X Miss Tinseltown) from Tim McQuay in May, but only got to ride the stallion this last week when she returned from her home in Austria. She may have only had a week to prepare but she had a great partner in getting her horse ready, her trainer, Jordan Larson. And if tying for the Non Pro Reserve and the Level 3 win weren’t enough, she also won the Level 2 Championship.

Reserve Honors in the Level 2 went to Gunjacked, a daughter of Gunner out of Whizards Magic, ridden by Rebecca Murray.

The Prime Time Championship went to a talented competitor who has won his share of Futurity money over the years. Charlie Weiderholt of Hastings, Minnesota, rode Guns N Whizkey by Gunner and out of Dun It Whiz Brandy to the win and Charlie is excited about the opportunity to continue to show the good gelding. “I like him a lot; he’s pretty good everywhere.”

Reserve Prime Time honors went to Valerie Nalbantian of Aubrey, Texas on Gonna Twist N Shout a gelding by Whiz N Tag Chex out of This Chic N Whiz.

Brian Bell rides Wimpys Showboat to Win 2013 US Equestrian Federation Reining National Championship/ Franco Bertolani Tops NRHA Open on Nu Chex Star

Brian Bell rode WImpys Showboat, owned by Amy Anderson of Marietta, Oklahoma to a score of 221 to win the 2013 US Equestrian Federation Reining National Championship on Friday, August 30 at the Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic.

Franco Bertolani posted his second win of the Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic week when he piloted Nu Chex Star owned by Bevilacqua Quarter Horses of Aubrey, Texas to a 223.5 marking to earn the championship of the NRHA Open and CRI3.

Youth Night at the Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic

A stellar group of Reining Lead Line contestants, ranging in age from two to five years old delighted the crowd with their horsemanship skills and creative outfits. Marley Hutchings, Charlie Johnson, Colton Deputy, Jace Villines, Jimmy Hendricks, Becca Schaffhauser, Hailey Ordner, Ashlynn Emma Ostner and Jocelyn Anderson all received special prizes for their efforts in a class that was judged a nine-way tie.

The next class was the Youth Freestyle and Reed Harris, of Forrest City, Arkansas won with a score of 137 riding Colonel Egor Swensir, a 14-year-old gelding to the tune of Santa Drives a Hotrod.

Second went to Molly Mitchell for a score of 136.5 for her ride on Playgun Chic Olena to the tune of Get Off My Back by Brian Adams.

More Titles and NAAC Qualifications Decided at Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic

On Friday, August 30, the Mustang Arena was host to concurrently-run national Reining Horse Association Classes and South Central Region Affiliate Finals that qualifies top finishers for the North American Affiliate Championship at the NRHA Futurity. Kicking off the action for the day was the 37-entry class that included the Open, Intermediate, Limited and Rookie Professional competition.

Walking away with the most wins, titles and Affiliate Finals qualifications was Tell Edgmon on Starbucks Jazz owned by Whitney Paige Conrad of Weatherford, Texas. Edgmon scored 145.5 to top the Open, Intermediate and Limited Open Classes, and snare the South Central Affiliate win in each of those divisions as well. He collected a truck-full of prizes. I

n the Affiliate program, he earned three Morrison trophies, three Pard’s Gift Cards, 3 Anderson Bean Boot Certificate, Classic Equine Splint Boots, SmartPak and Platinum Performance Gift Cards and a Twister Trailer Gift Certificate.

In the Open, the Reserve title went to Steve Archer on The Whiz Way, owned by Candace Rodriguez of Richmond, Texas with a score of 145.6.

The Intermediate Open Reserve title was won on Custom Whiz Kid ridden by Carlos Deleu for David and Joy Buck of Conroe, Texas. In the Limited Open, the Reserve Champion was Winona Walker on Julia Carberry’s One Smart Request.

There were a whopping 77 entries in the Rookie Level 1 and 2, Prime Time Rookie, and AQHA Novice Amateur, which ran concurrently with the Rookie Level 2 Affiliate Finals. After a long day of showing, Tori Cartiller had risen to the top of the list in the Rookie 1 and 2 and the Rookie 2 Affiliate Championship classes with her score of 145!

Cartiller, 17, had competed solely in barrel racing until six months ago when she got her first reiner, Gimme Major Bucks, which she calls “Money”. She’s adjusted quickly to the new event under the tutelage of Million Dollar Rider Dell Hendricks, consistently improving and in her Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic debut, she carried off an armful of awards for the multiple wins – and still has all her youth classes ahead of her for the weekend.

The Rookie Affiliate Finals Reserv Championship went to Bettie Naquin on Roobix Cube for a 143 marking. Bettie, of DesAllemands, Louisiana also won the REServe Championship of the Rookie Level 2 class.

Michelle Ratcliff of Overland Park, Kansas rode BOS Peppy And Smart to a score of 142 to win the Reserve Title in the Rookie Level 1. Michelle, who rides with Fred Berschauer, also topped the AQHA Novice Amateur class.

The Prime Time Rookie Championship ended in a tie between Kim Oldham of Shamrock, Texas on San Juan Whiz, and Dan Crader of Fulton, Missouri on Fs Dun Its Hitman, each scoring 139.5.

Schmersal Wins Darling 888 Ranch Developing Horse Futurity on Maggie Jac Whiz

Craig Schmersal topped the $20,000 added Darling 888 Ranch Developing Horse Futurity Open Level 4 on Maggie Jac Whiz at the Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic on Wednesday, August 28.

Maggie Jac Whiz was raised by the Two Million Dollar Rider and wife, Ginger. She’s by Jacs Electric Spark and out of Ms Maggie Whiz, a full sister to Don Quintana. The Schmersals sold her to long-time customers, Tim and Kim Anderson of Milbank, South Dakota last year. “They’re great to ride for,” said Schmersal. “It was fun to win for them.”

The mare was solid throughout her run in the Ford Truck Arena, scoring 218.5 to best the other 72 entries, and earning $4251. “She really did everything good today. I’m excited to keep showing her.”

A point behind was Ruben Vandorp on Whizs Revolution (Einsteins Revolution X Sambukas Lady Whiz) owned by Monte Anderman of Tioga, Texas, earning $2588.

Patrice St-Onge won both the Level 3 and Level 2 Open on Walla Dun A Whiz (Walla Walla Whiz X Dun It like Torima) with a score of 217. He’s actually only been riding him since June, when he went to look at a couple horses owned and trained by long-time friend and customer Andre Lauzon. He brought back Walla Dun A Whiz and has spent the past few months getting with him.

“He’s very good-minded and one of the best stoppers I’ve ever ridden,” he noted. St-Onge’s dual wins in the two levels netted him $2,539 and $1,265 and he collected another $1,941 for his third place finish in the Level 4.

Reserve honors in Level 2 and Level 3 went to Pierre Luc Phaneuf on Hang Ten Pretty Lady for a score of 216.5. Hang Ten Pretty Lady, owned by Teresa Demytruk of Edmondton, Alberta, is by Hang Ten Surprize and out of Poco Nickolena.

Italian rider, Mirjam Stillo was catch-riding A Sparkling Chrome for owner Harper Conner after a sore back sidelined Conner and the result was the Level 1 Championship for a score of 213.5. “I had only ridden him three times before,” she noted, then added that she certainly enjoyed the ride. “She circled so nice and she’s such a pretty horse. I enjoyed getting to show her.”

Stillo has worked for Tom McCutcheon since the conclusion of this year’s NRHA Derby and her run in the futurity earned $787.
Reserve honors in the Level 1 Open went to Timothy Beuck with a score of 208 on High Wheeling Lena (Smart Chic Olena X High Wheeling Doll), owned by Alan Piper of Aubrey, Texas.

Austin Lyons swept both the Level I and Level II Green Reiner Classes in the Mustang Arena with a score of 142.5 on Wimpyslittlecritter, a gelding by Wimpys Little Step owned by Lyons Legacy Performance Horses of Cross Plains, Tennessee. According to Austin, he has trained horses as part of the family business, he has only been showing reiners for about six months, but he’s definitely enjoying this new pursuit. He’s already qualified one horse for the youth world this year.

If Austin continues his winning ways, his name might become as well-known as that of his grandfather, legendary clinician John Lyons.

Reserve honors in the Level I and Level II went to Brook Kempker of Russellville, Missouri on Lil Gun Smoke for a score of 139.5.

Action in Tulsa’s Expo Square continues on Thursday, August 29 with an all-day array of National Reining Horse Association classes in both the Ford Truck and Mustang arena.

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