It’s Another Million for Spooks Gotta Gun

For Immediate Release – September 1, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – 2018 has featured several historic milestones for many horses, riders, and owners within the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA). Adding his name to the record books this year is Spooks Gotta Gun. After crossing his million dollar mark in 2015, the stallion has earned another million – making him an NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire.

Spooks Gotta Gun is by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Grays Starlight and out of Katie Gun. Bred by Eric Storey, the bay was purchased by Silver Spurs Equine in 2010. The 16-year-old stallion currently stands at Silver Spurs ranch in Scottsdale, Arizona.

Before entering the breeding shed, Spooks Gotta Gun enjoyed a successful five-year career within the show pen. His first check came in 2005 at the Texas Classic with rider Clint Haverty at the reins. In total, the stallion earned nearly $80,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE) with a variety of riders in the saddle. His top finishes include:

  • 2007 NRHA Level (L)3 and 4 Open Derby Finalist with rider Abigayle Mixon
  • 2008 MEC/WCEF L4 Open Derby Spectacular Reserve Champion with Andrea Fappani
  • 2008 NRHA L4 Open Derby – 3rd Place with Andrea Fappani
  • 2008 Reining by the Bay L4 Open Derby Champion with Andrea Fappani
  • 2009 AQHA World Championship Show Senior Horse Reining – 3rd Place with Andrea Fappani

With 10 offspring earning more than $50,000 in NRHA LTE, Spooks Gotta Gun has sired an abundance of successful reining horses during his career as a stud. His offspring include the 2010 NRHA L4 Futurity Champion, 2011 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) L4 Open Derby Champion, 2012 NRHA L4 Open Derby Champion, 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games Individual and Team Gold Medalist, 2018 NRBC L3 Open Derby Champion, and multiple finalists in many of reining’s top events.

The stallion’s most notable offspring include:

  • NRHA Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Whiz (out of Prettywhizprettydoes): NRHA LTE over $345,130
  • Spooksgottachicolena (out of Braz Us): NRHA LTE over $139,400
  • Oops Itsa Spooks (out of Tejons Finally Dunit): NRHA LTE over $105,070
  • The Kids Gotta Gun (out of Melimelo Kid): NRHA LTE over $100,360
  • Ifwhizswereguns (out of Ifwhizsweredollars): NRHA LTE over $95,900

Photo by John Brazzeaux

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NRHA Financial Information

Occasionally, individuals will inquire or make statements about NRHA’s finances. To be forthcoming about this and the association’s policies, governance, and other topics, we provide information to members via the NRHA website. In the Members Only section, the following is provided so that members can access it anytime they desire:

  • Financial Information: Audit report and financial overview
    • NOTE: NRHA and the Reining Horse Foundation are audited every year, most recently by Van Wieren & Jones, Inc. of Edmond, Oklahoma. Additionally, NRHA underwent an IRS audit a few years ago, and the IRS notified NRHA our organization continues to qualify for exemption for Federal income tax and no changes to our Form 940 and 941.
  • Association information: Minutes, committee reports, and ratified e-votes
  • NRHA Corporate Record Book: Passed resolutions, policies, and procedures
    • This includes such items as reimbursement, conflict of interest, whistle-blower, and investment policies
  • Articles of Incorporation, Bylaws, Rules & Regulations, and the NRHA disciplinary action list
  • Most memberships include a subscription to the NRHA Reinerwhich provides informative and educational materials about the industry

NRHA is legally required to provide our Form 990 and Form 990T tax return to anyone who requests it. If you would like to request a copy please contact John Foy, and he will gladly comply with the request. Otherwise, the Form 990 can be accessed via A person only needs to join to access this information. There is no fee to sign up or to be able to look-up any organization’s Form 990. The same information is available for RHF, as well.

Due to their confidential nature, NRHA does not disclose detailed financial records or contracts.

Other related items of note related to NRHA’s health and performance in growing the sport:

  • NRHA membership has remained relatively stable, especially in comparison to other organizations
    • 2013 = 14,784
    • 2017 = 14,866
    • In 2017, Associate memberships targeted to entry level or beginning reiners increased 13% over the previous year
  • Competition licenses have grown steadily in recent years
    • 2013 = 9,404
    • 2017 = 9,804
  • Nominations also have grown
    • North America
      • 2013 = 2,424
      • 2017 = 2,622
    • Europe
      • 2013 = 699
      • 2017 = 1,151
  • Entry Level Reining entries continue the trend
    • 2013 = 4,348
    • 2017 = 8,891
    • Category 2 & 6 aged events show nearly the same percentage of growth (more than double) in the same time frame
  • Total NRHA entries have been strong
    • 2013 = 73,910
    • 2017 = 102,875

We hope this information is helpful to you as a  member. NRHA is in a strong position thanks to board members, committee members, staff, and others who bring enthusiasm for making the reining world stronger.

Some helpful definitions: 

Form 990 – Return of Organization Exempt from Income Tax (this is basically our exempt tax return, it has both financial and organizational information provided) 

Form 990T – Exempt Organization Business Income Tax Return (this is the return NRHA uses to pay taxes on those activities NRHA engages in that is not tax exempt, primarily Reiner advertising and sponsorship)

Form 940 – Employer’s Annual Federal Unemployment (FUTA) Tax Return

Form 941 – Employer’s QUARTERLY Federal Tax Return

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Ancillary Champs Crowned

Paul Queen

Thursday the Tulsa Reining Classic continued with ancillary classes in the Mustang and Super Duty arenas at Expo Square in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Paul Qeen riding Outta Dough (Gallo Del Cielo x Dough Olena) scored a 144 to top the Non Pro held in the Mustang arena for owner Dorothy Queen. Paul has a long relationship with the 13-year-old that shines through in the show pen. Outta Dough was first Queen’s mother’s horse, but soon she handed over the reins and the rest is history.

“He’s been in the family a long time. My mom rode him for a long time after Mike Berg trained him. I had just gotten out of school and asked Mom if I could show him and she said ‘he’s yours,'” Paul said. “I don’t show him that much, but he’s just as honest as he ever was.”

The duo also took home the reserve titles in the Intermediate and Limited Non Pro. All totaled they earned $1,102 for the their efforts on Thursday.

McKinnon Larcombe

McKinnon Larcombe and Taris Dreamer topped the Intermediate Non Pro and Limied Non Pro with a score of 146. The duo has taken home big wins together, but Larcombe says Thursday’s performance was their best so far.

“Everything put together was the best it’s ever been. It’s the highest I’ve ever scored on him,” Larcombe said. “Everything was as good as it could have possibly been.”

Taris Dreamer is by Magnum Chic Dream out of Taris San Cutter and owned by Ron Thompson. The 9-year-old led Larcombe to a total of $738 on Thursday. Larcombe says over the past several years they’ve build a strong relationship and Thursday’s wins gave her a confidence boost for the remainder of the Tulsa Reining Classic.

“We’ve been working a lot on his run downs. He’s been shown so much in his life that he’s so experienced in that section that he thinks ‘Oh, I’ll show you the way, kid,'” Larcombe said with a laugh. “Today he let me pilot him instead of him piloting me, so I was very happy with him.”

Keri Sigman

Keri Sigman had a great showing in Tulsa on Thursday taking home the championship in the Non Pro Prime Time with a score of 143.5 aboard Wimps Quixote Cody.

“The run was pretty good today, there were a few little bobbles, but he tried really hard, so it was fun,” Sigman said.

The 12-year-old gelding by Wimpys Little Step out of Cody Kay Quiote has been with Sigman since the end of his 3-year-old year and Sigman says he holds a special place in her heart. On top of the Prime Time win Wimps Quixote Cody also earned the reserve co-championship in the Non Pro, tied for third in the Intermediate and Limited classes.

In the Open ancillary and Affiliate Regional Championships Open classes Jared Leclair and Smart Voodoo Doctor (Shiners Voodoo Dr x Smart As Sister) took home the NRHA Open and ARC Open wins from a score of 146.5 for owner Dean Spence.

Jared Leclair

Stephen Archer and Smart Stepin Lena followed up their Wednesday wins with the Intermediate Open and ARC Intermediate Open wins on Thursday. The duo scored a 143.5. Smart Stepin Lena is by Wimpys Little Step out of Smart Shiney Lena and owned by Carolyn Tellepsen and has been a standout horse for the Archer-Tellepson partnership.

“Everything was good, I missed my middle stop a little bit, but that was my fault,” Archer admitted. “He was good, he’s always good.”

Stephen Archer

Nick Valentine and Mandy Faust shared the win in the NRHA Limited Open ancillary class with scores of 143.

Valentine rode Double Loaded Gun (Colonels Smokin Gun x Anniegityergun) to the win for owners Dough and Deborah Forzani. Valentine has only had the stallion for one month and used the Tulsa Reining Classic as a trial to understand the horse’s riding style.

Nick Valentine

“I brought him here for him to get to know me and for me to get to know him and test him out,” Valentine said. “He’s seasoned, he knows his job, so we’re just testing the waters to see what we can do together.”

Faust rode Highlanders Scandal (Conquistador Whiz x HR Short Wheel Base), owned by Barn 66 LLC, to the win. Faust doesn’t normally show the 9-year-old mare, but says Sally Berg gave her the opportunity. Faust also shared the co-championship in the NRHA Rookie Professional division with Kaleigh Geringer.

The ARC Limited Open champions were Todd Martin and Matteo Argentero with scores of 139.5.

Mandy Faust

Martin rode Conquistador Rox (Conquistador Whiz x Roxie Boom) for owner Allison Buffington, who is one of Martin’s youth competitors.

“[Buffington] is showing him in the affiliate championships and I school him throughout the year and I got qualified on accident I didn’t realize that we got qualified,” Martin said with a laugh, “so we brought him up here and I got to show him and get [Buffington] ready for this weekend.”

Todd Martin

Buffington will take the 7-year-old gelding into the show pen Friday for the youth classes.

Argentero rode Skeattle Slew (Skeets Peppy x Starlite N Oak) owned by Ginger Dwyer to the win.

In the NRHA Rookie Professional division Kaleigh Geringer shared the win with a score of 143 aboard Lil Coded Jac owned by Susan Meyer. The duo also took home the ARC Rookie Professional win. Lil Coded Jac is by Jacs Electric Spark out of Hot Coded Candy.

“He’s an awesome horse he’s so cool and super honest in the show pen,” Geringer said. “He was really with me and really quiet today, the run felt really good.”

Kaleigh Geringer

Jennifer Richards topped the Green Reiner Levels 1 and 2 riding Gunna Spook You with a score of 71. Richards said she’s been working on stepping up her game with the 7-year-old gelding by Gunnatrashya out of Sugarplum Chic and accomplished her goal on Thursday.

“We’ve been trying to challenge the pattern a little bit more, so today I kind of challenged it and gave him a little bit more freedom and trusted him through the pattern and it worked,” Richard said.

Jennifer Richards

Don’t miss a second of the action and make plans to watch RFD-TV’s Horse of the West coverage of the Tulsa Reining Classic, which will air on Monday, September 24th and October 1st at 1:30 and 9:30 pm Central Time.

Go to to find an episode schedule, search for RFD in your area, or watch past episodes. Be sure to subscribe to the Horse of the West YouTube page to see more videos, features, and interviews.

Catch all the action of the Tulsa Reining Classic at and by following along on social media.

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

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Cade McCutcheon Wins SmartPak Non Pro Derby

Cade McCutcheon

The Tulsa Reining Classic, held at Expo Square Aug. 27 – Sept. 2 saw smart maneuvers and big stops during the SmartPak Non Pro Derby in the Ford Truck Arena.

Cade McCutcheon took home the championship in the SmartPak Non Pro Level 4 Derby when he claimed the win aboard Me And Julio (Colonels Nite Special x Darlins Not Painted) with a score of 220. The 2014 gelding turned in a big performance for McCutcheon, which he says is a confidence booster for their future.

“We bought him after the NRBC this year and we were still getting to know each other at the NRHA Derby and we had a little trouble,” McCutcheon said. “So, it was good to get this run before we go into the majors next year and get that confidence and get going together.”

McCutcheon and Me And Julio earned $4,967 for their efforts in Tulsa. Last year McCutcheon’s mom, Mandy McCutcheon took home the Non Pro Derby win and Cade says it’s a good feeling to trade the win with his mom.

Gina Schumacher rode Slideomatic Spook (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Shiney Diamond Lady) owned by XCS Ranch to a score of 219 for the SmartPak Non Pro Derby Level 4 Reserve Championship.

Ann-Marie Burns

It was an epic day for Anne-Marie Burnes when she shared the championship in the SmartPak Non Pro Level 3 Derby with Bailey Kolson, plus shared the win with herself on two different horses in the Level 2 and Level 1. Burns also took home the championship in the Novice Horse Non Pro Derby.

Burns said the win is extra special, because of the year she spent working on herself.

“Last year I was plagued with pilot errors so I was so pleased to get them both shown today,” Burns said. “It’s been a long year and this is my last class of the year, so it’s a great way to end the year.”

Aboard REF Sturgis (Custom Harley x Chics Time To Rein) Burns marked a 218.5 to share the co-championship in the Level 3, Level 2, Level 1 and took the championship in the Novice Horse Non Pro.

The 2012 gelding has had a long road to the winner’s stage. He was injured after the first show of his 3-year-old year and put on stall rest for an entire year. Burns says she was able to hold the faith and REF Sturgis pulled through to become the horse he is now.

“We brought him back after a year in the stall and four months of being turned out and he was just awesome,” Burns said adding that he continued to build strength in the show pen. “This year he made the finals in the NRBC in the Level 1 and 2, and he made the Derby finals 3, 2 and 1. I made pilot errors in both finals. So, it’s so satisfying this being his last derby that I was able to get him shown.”

Riding Lil Jersey (Yellow Jersey x Whiz N Darlin) Burns shared the win with herself in the Level 2 and Level 1 with a score of 218.5. Burns purchased Lil Jersey last year and said their relationship hasn’t been as easy as with REF Sturgis.

“Lil Jersey and I have taken a little longer to make friends,” she said with a laugh. “Again, I was so happy to get him shown today. I showed him first and he did so well. I was very excited.”

All totaled Burns earned $6,288 from the SmartPak Non Pro Derby.

Bailey Kolsun

Bailey Kolsun and Diamond Studden Guns (Gunnatrashya x Like To Flo) marked a 218.5 to share the co-championship in the Level 3. They also took third in the Level 4.

Kolsun purchased the 6-year-old gelding three years ago and has been an easy horse for Kolsun to team with and show.

“He was awesome today, he was on his game,” Kolsun said. “He’s a very talented horse and he’s been awesome for me for years.”

The win brings Kolsun confidence going into the High Roller Classic. Together, the team earned $4,164 for their efforts in Tulsa.

Jillane Brown

Jillane Brown won the SmartPak Non Pro Prime Time championship from a score of 220 aboard Xtra Voodoo Sailor. The 2014 mare by Shiners Voodoo Dr out of Always Sailing Smart also led Brown to the Novice Horse Non Pro reserve championship and third in the Level 2 and Level 1.

“She’s an amazing horse,” Brown said. “She circled really good for me and her turn arounds are great and her rundowns are probably the best. She’s a really big stopper. [This win] means a lot to me. We got checks in all the divisions, so I’m really pleased with her this week.”

Brown earned $2,238 in Tulsa and said it marked her biggest win on Xtra Voodoo Sailor thus far.

Frederick Christen won the Prime Time reserve championship riding Blonde Ambishen (Shiners Voodoo Dr x Relaxin With A Bud) as well as third place riding Xtra Voodoo Step (Wimpys Little Step x Voodoo Chic) from a score of 217.5.

Don’t miss a second of the action and make plans to watch RFD-TV’s Horse of the West coverage of the Tulsa Reining Classic, which will air on Monday, September 24th and October 1st at 1:30 and 9:30 pm Central Time.

Go to to find an episode schedule, search for RFD in your area, or watch past episodes. Be sure to subscribe to the Horse of the West YouTube page to see more videos, features, and interviews.

Catch all the action of the Tulsa Reining Classic at and by following along on social media.

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

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Certified Horsemanship Association’s International Conference to Feature National Reining Horse Association’s Ride a Reiner Program

(August 2018) – Those attending the Certified Horsemanship Association’s (CHA) International Conference in September are in for a treat thanks to the return of the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) Ride a Reiner program. The conference is set for September 28-30, 2018 at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. The NRHA Ride a Reiner program will run during the lunch break at noon on Saturday, September 29, in the Bill Pickett Arena. There is an extra $55 fee, payable at the CHA registration desk on site. It is on a first-come, first-serve basis; and at past conferences, the spots fill up fast for this highly anticipated event.

NRHA Professional Ryan Rushing will run the event. Rushing owns Ryan Rushing Performance Horses, LLC, in Eaton, Colorado, with his wife, Amy. Operating out of Spicer Arena, the NRHA Professional specializes in training and showing aged event reining horses and coaching non pros, as well as hosting clinics, sales, and lessons. With NRHA Lifetime Earnings in excess of $122,000, Rushing has earned top finishes in the NRHA Open Derby, the NRHA Open Futurity, and the National Reining Breeders Classic.

The NRHA Ride a Reiner program has been featured at equine events across the country, including at past CHA International Conferences. “NRHA is excited to have the opportunity to give conference attendees the slide of their life by offering Ride A Reiner again,” said Hayley Eberle, NRHA’s Manager of Marketing and Outreach. “Ride A Reiner gives people from different disciplines and skill levels the chance to experience just how skilled and talented reining horses are.”

CHA is thrilled to welcome NRHA’s popular program back and to have support from this discipline organization as a sponsor. Eberle, who is also a CHA Board Member, has seen first-hand the excitement Ride a Reiner generates at events across the country.

In addition to Ride a Reiner, the CHA International Conference will feature presentations, workshops, entertainment, tips for business owners and equine program managers, networking, a large silent auction, vendors, the awards banquet for the annual CHA awards, and the ever-popular hands-on riding sessions. Conference registration is available on CHA’s website at For additional questions, contact the CHA office at 859-259-3399 or email

CHA Instructors Change Lives Through Safe Experiences with Horses. The purpose of CHA is to promote excellence in safety and education for the benefit of the horse industry. CHA certifies instructors and trail guides, accredits equestrian facilities, publishes educational manuals, produces educational horsemanship DVDs and YouTube Safety shorts, and hosts regional and international conferences. For more information on the largest certifying body of riding instructors and barn managers in North America, Certified Horsemanship Association, please visit or call 859-259-3399.  To find a certified horseback riding instructor or accredited equine facility near you, visit


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Vandorp and Calcagnini Claim Equo and Tamarack Ranch Developing Horse Futurity Championships

Wednesday at the Tulsa Reining Classic continued with flashy reining horses and top-notch competition at Expo Square in Tulsa, Oklahoma with the advent of two highly competitive but separate futurities.

Ruben Vandorp and Spooks Gotta Shoot (Spooks Gotta Gun x Lipstick Lies), owned by Laurie Hauck, topped the Equo Developing Horse Futurity in both Level 4 and Level 3. Vandorp and Spooks Gotta Shoot scored a 218 to claim the championships.

Vandorp and 3-year-old stallion work well as a team despite their short partnership together and their showing in Tulsa promises for a bright future.

“We’re just getting to know each other,” Vandorp said. “I had a blast on him. He did everything I asked him to do and I was so happy; he felt like a real show horse in there.”

Vandorp says the win is special for him, because Wednesday was the first time Hauck had the opportunity to watch him show, which made the win especially emotional for the team. All totaled they collected $5,586.

The Equo Developing Horse Futurity Levels 2 and 1 champ was Nicole Schneider-Westset riding Donttinkerwithmygun, owned by Triple U Quarter Horses. The duo marked a 217 to take the win.

“This horse can really, really stop,” Schneider-Westset said admiringly. “She’s a pretty special mare with a big heart and always tries.”

Schneider-Westset said she took every maneuver one at a time and focused on showing the 3-year-old mare correctly.

“I tried to show the horse I had and not over-show her and it worked out,” she said.

Schneider-Westset and Donttinkerwithmygun also took home the reserve championships in the Equo Developing Horse Futurity Level 4 and Level 3. All totaled the duo banked $5,444.

Nicole Schneider-Westset

Stefano Calcagnini and KR Crackerjack won the championship in the Tamarack Ranch Developing Horse Futurity in both the Level 4 and Level 3 with a score of 219.5 for owner Donadeo Stables ASD.

For their first time in the show pen Calcagnini says he couldn’t be more proud of the 3-year-old stallion by Smart Spook out of A Ruf Mistress.

“My run was consistent. I just tried to stay out of his way,” Calcagnini said. “He was pretty focused and went through the pattern really easy.”

For Calcagnini it was two in a row as he won the Developing Horse Futurity in 2017 as well. He and KR Crackerjack earned a total of $5,603 for their efforts in the Tamarack Ranch Developing Horse Futurity.

Stefano Calcagnini

Patrice St Onge and Little Thunder Whiz topped the Tamarack Ranch Developing Futurity Level 2 with a score of 217.

The duo’s first time in the show pen together started rather conservative, however they finished strong for the win. St Onge said the 3-year-old by Who Whiz It out of Little Smart Jac came into his stride during the run.

“I could have trusted him a little bit more in his turn around — that was my fault,” St Onge admitted. “The more he went the more I felt like he was really hooked up and doing his job, so I just relaxed and let him do his job and he got better and better. I’m very, very excited about it.”

St Onge has had Little Thunder Whiz since he was a yearling and after Wednesday’s performance is hopeful for his future. The duo has a great start to their career picking up $1,310 for owner Cheryl Lauder.

Patrice St Onge

Mike Flarida and Xtra Little Playgirl scored a 216 to claim the Tamarack Ranch Developing Horse Futurity Level 1 championship worth $792 for owner Patrice Schreiber.

Flarida took the opportunity to school the 3-year-old mare by Wimpys Little Step out of Playin For Crome in Tuesday’s schooling class, which boosted his confidence going into Wednesday’s show.

“I let her down a little bit in my last stop, because I kind of leaned back, I didn’t look forward and I leaned back,” Flarida admitted, “but she was good everywhere else. She showed really true.”

Xtra Little Playgirl’s joyful personality made an impression on Flarida, which he credits to the ability to enjoy riding her and showing her well.

“She’s probably one of the most fun horses I’ve show in a long time. She’s very easy to show and she’s got a lot of personality,” he said. “She’s an easy horse to get along with.”

Mike Flarida

Wednesday Horse Show Action at the Tulsa Reining Classic

In the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 Morris Kulmer and Nvr What A Lucky Joe (Lil Joe Cash x What A Lucky Hit) topped the field with a score of 140.5.

Kulmer admitted Wednesday’s run wasn’t as perfect as he would have liked.

“It wasn’t my best run, for sure. Matter of fact, I didn’t think I’d be [collecting awards] today,” Kulmer said. “I was getting ready for the derby and I always like to get in a class before a derby run. It was pretty good, but we have some things to work on.”

Still, the 4-year-old pulled through to take the win and make his owner proud.

Morris Kulmer

Steven Mitchell took home the top two places in the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 aboard Tinsletown Tuffy and Playgun Chic Olena, respectively. The wins were special for Mitchell, because both horses have been with his family for seven years and his kids typically are the ones riding these two particular horses.

Tinsletown Tuffy is a 2011 gelding by Hollywoodstinseltown out of CT Raffian and does well in the show pen for both Mitchell and his children. On Wednesday, he showed up in top form for Mitchell and scored a 142.5.

“My kids always show him and they are usually the only ones that show him and I never get to show, so I thought you know what I’m going to show him,” Mitchell said. “So it was fun, because all my life this is all I’ve done and I love the competition.”

Playgun Chic Olena is a 2005 gelding by Smart Chic Olena out of Mamas Packin and scored a 142. Typically the gelding shows with Mitchell’s son in the short-stirrup classes.

“We’ve owned this horse probably seven years and my boy has been showing him… [the kids] haven’t gotten here yet, so I snuck him in the pen,” Mitchell said with a laugh. “He’s kind of tricky, because he’s old so the biggest thing is just to get him to not think about what you’re going to do. It was good though and he stayed in the show pen.”

Steven Mitchell

In the Open classes held in the Mustang arena competitors showed up in top form to claim honors and prizes. Steve Archer and Smart Stepin Lena (Wimpys Little Step x Smart Shiney Lena) took home the win with a score of 144. Owned by Carolyn Tellepsen, Smart Stepin Lena has been in the hands of Archer for a little over a year and proving his worth in the show pen.

“We’re trying for the [Affiliate Regional Championships], so we’re going to do that tomorrow and I’m going to show him in the derby on Sunday,” Archer said. “He’s a special horse.”

Brad Giesbrecht and Frame Draggin (Einsteins Revolution x Coronas Major) topped the Intermediate Open with a score of 146. Wednesday’s class was the first time Giesbrecht had the opportunity to ride the 2012 gelding owned by Don Byrne.

“I was happy with the run. I’m going to show him on Sunday, so I was just kind of testing him,” Giesbrecht said. “He showed how I wanted him to, so I was real happy.”

Brad Giesbrecht

Sean Pulley and Setting Off Spookles took home the win in the Limited Open with a score of 143.5. The 5-year-old mare has been with Pulley since July, but Tulsa is their first show together.

“She’s a nice, gritty mare and she’s pretty fun to ride and show she’s pretty athletic and talented and just pretty cool,” Pulley said. “I’m pretty excited to go on with her next year.”

Sean Pulley

Courtney Sheely and Jess Prior shared the championship in the Rookie Professional with scores of 139.5.

Sheely rode the 15-year-old Taylor Made Jac, whom Sheely says allows her to be confident in the show pen. Sheely used the Open classes to prep the veteran reiner for tomorrow’s classes.

“He’s been around the block and today I was just taking him in to see how he felt in there, because I have a Green Reiner that’s going to show him tomorrow,” she said. “He was good, he’s a simple as they come. He’s a gem that’s for sure.”

Courtney Sheely

Prior rode Take A Boww, owned by Tim McQuay, to the co-championship. Prior had been working recently on her lead changes and took the opportunity Wednesday to make a laid-back, but correct run.

“I was just trying to have a nice, relaxed run,” Prior said. “I schooled her yesterday and she was going a bit more than I wanted her to, so today I was just working on leads and I was happy with how relaxed she was.”

Jess Prior

Felicia VaughnStuhr and Customs Pistol Pete (Custom Pistol x Docs Lil Pepolena) swept the Green Reiner Levels 1 and 2 with their score of 71. The 7-year-old owned by Fred Berschauer resides at Right Lead Ranch and VaughnStuhr says he’s been a great horse for her. Wednesday marked the team’s first time at the Tulsa Reining Classic and they are hopeful for their future.

“I’m excited,” VaughnStuhr said. “He’s a great horse and he showed well, so I’m excited to show again tomorrow.”

AQHA All Age Reining champ from Monday and Tuesday’s classes, Trevor Dare rode 4-year-old Xtra Magic Doctor to the win.

“That horse is just here to prepare for the [High Roller Reining Classic],” he said. “He’s been a really good horse for us. I needed to make some adjustments on myself and I think it helped the horse out.”

Felicia VaughStuhr

Don’t miss a second of the action and make plans to watch RFD-TV’s Horse of the West coverage of the Tulsa Reining Classic, which will air on Monday, September 24th and October 1st at 1:30 and 9:30 pm Central Time.

Go to to find an episode schedule, search for RFD in your area, or watch past episodes. Be sure to subscribe to the Horse of the West YouTube page to see more videos, features, and interviews.

Catch all the action of the Tulsa Reining Classic at and by following along on social media.

The National Reining Horse Association is not responsible for information contained in this press release. Please contact the author or submitting organization for further information, requests or questions.

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Reining Horse Foundation Announces Hall of Fame Event Presented by Toyon Ranch

For Immediate Release – August 30, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The Reining Horse Foundation (RHF), the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) and Toyon Ranch are joining together to create Sliders’ Night Out recognizing members of the NRHA Hall of Fame and raising funds for the nonprofit charitable foundation. The celebratory reception, dinner and program will be held November 28 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. Past Hall of Fame inductees will be hosted and honored as special guests and will welcome new inductees Bill Bradley of Ohio and the mare Dun It For Chex. In addition, equestrian and reining supporter William Shatner will be recognized with the NRHA Dale Wilkinson Lifetime Achievement Award.

Sliders’ Night out coincides with the NRHA Futurity & Adequan® North American Affiliate Championship Show, regarded as the world’s premier reining competition, November 22-December 1.  In its presenting role, Toyon Ranch owners John and Nancy Tague of Pilot Point, Texas, have worked with the Foundation to structure an event that honors reining history while including affiliates, international members and youth reiners. Everyone is invited to make a donation to attend, and RHF Board members are encouraging reining breeders, owners, exhibitors, NRHA Professionals, affiliates, corporate partners and supporters to become major event underwriters, Hall of Fame table hosts and seat donors.

The mission of the Reining Horse Foundation is caring for the reining community and honoring the sport’s legacy. In addition to perpetuating the sport’s history through the NRHA Hall of Fame, RHF funds the Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund for reiners enduring hardships and provides scholarships and youth leadership development through the National Reining Horse Youth Association. Twenty volunteers provide leadership on the RHF Board of Directors, including Nancy Tague. Recent emphasis on fundraising has led to doubling grant amounts for the Crisis Fund and new scholarship support.

“Nancy and I are passionate about reining and the mission of the Reining Horse Foundation,” said John Tague. “We are making a three-year commitment in support of Sliders’ Night Out, because we believe this event is positive for the reining community. It will bring us together to celebrate the love we have for reining and the leaders of our sport and inspire reining’s future at all levels. We are encouraging others to join us in this effort to support the Foundation and the many lives it impacts.”

To date, Silver donors for Sliders’ Night Out include Tim and Kim Anderson of South Dakota; Mark and Julie Blake of Minnesota; Booth Ranches LLC of California; and Rick Clark of Kentucky, with additions anticipated. Tim Anderson, Mark Blake, Loren Booth and Rick Clark serve on the RHF Board of Directors.

Gold and Silver donors and Hall of Fame table hosts can entertain Hall of Fame members as their table guests, bringing ample opportunities to mix and mingle with the icons of reining. The first Hall of Fame inductee was the late Dale Wilkinson, inducted in 1986. Today, the distinguished Hall of Fame includes nearly 100 people, horses and organizations for the sport in existence for more than a half century.

For event details and donor information, visit or contact Foundation Executive Director Leslie Baker at (405) 946-7400, Ext. 106,

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Larcombe, Pulley and Pastorino Win Big

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2018 Reining by the Bay Was a Fantastic 20th Anniversary Celebration


What a special year, what a special event and what a great time for competitors and spectators!  The 2018 Reining by the Bay was a fantastic 20th Anniversary celebration!  From the wonderful outdoor setting, the custom arena preparation, the beautifully staged venue and of course the many talented horses and riders winning incredible amounts of money, “It is definitely the best outdoor Reining competition experience, unmatched anywhere in the Country”, stated Al Dunning during his live commentaries.

Every event producer has that one event that starts it all. For Amanda Brumley, Scottsdale, Arizona and Pat Warren, Woodside, California, Reining by the Bay is it. This year marked 20 years since its conception and it was the most spectacular year imaginable.  When these women met after last year’s RBB show, they committed themselves to Reining by the Bay’s successful future. “That meeting was pivotal, a turning point for our event”, stated Brumley.

Unique cannot begin to describe this venue. The Horse Park at Woodside in almost 300 acres of stunning equestrian facilities and holds multiple events each year ranging from Dressage, Hunter-Jumper, Vaulting, and Three Day Eventing. Reining by the Bay has for the past 20 years been the park’s only major western discipline event.  The Horse Park at Woodside is a Non-Profit run by a group of Board of Directors. The land is actually owned by Stanford University and is leased for the parks operations. There have been many very generous donations given to the park to make improvements over the years.

“The Bay Arena is what makes this venue very unique,” comments Brumley. “When we set up for this show, the arena measures 300’ long by 150’ wide. It’s a huge outdoor pen that allows our exhibitors to really show off the magnificence of their horses and then there’s the view! It overlooks the San Francisco Bay.”

When asked what goes into preparing this huge outdoor facility, the to-do list is really long.  “We start weeks in advance, just my husband Tracy and myself for this event. This is an outdoor multi discipline facility, and the park’s budget is very tight so we must create the required needs for a quality reining show and competition. We want the park to look as special as the event itself.  This year, we cleaned, painted fences, brought in 30 tons of new bark for where the Yellowstone Hospitality tent was to be located, and extensive arena ground construction. I am sure many people think we have a big crew helping us but that is definitely not the case,” laughs Brumley.

While Amanda focuses her efforts on the venues, Tracy is on the tractor to prep the footing in the arenas that will be used for the show. “When I get here, the footing is nothing like we want for reining,” comments Tracy Brumley. “It’s a lot shallower in depth, I have to spend at least two days moving sand around to create and even base. These outdoor arenas are subject to a lot of weather abuse during the winter months.” After his initial preparations, 200 tons of new arena sand was trucked in this year to add softness and depth to the Bay arena. After tents were erected, graphics and audio video equipment put in place, stunning flower arrangements get placed on the linen covered tables, and the show was ready to begin.

The week of competition started with the Open Ancillary divisions with 59 horses to see in slate #1. Offering two slates of Ancillary classes allows for exhibitors to compete for the High Point Gist Custom Trophy Buckles and coveted High Point Trophy Saddles, sponsored by Bob’s Custom Saddles and Scottsdale Western World. Consistency brought Hollywood Voodoo, (Dunnit In Hollywood x Peppys Royal Girl), and rider Mike Boyle for owner Ken Hamilton to the High Point Championship in the Open division. Reserve High Point was a tie between Eric Laporte riding Holier Then Thou, (Jacs Electric Spark x Slide Me Again) for owner Nichole McDevitt and Gunnachicya, (Gunnatrashya x Millionnic Chic) rider Ollie Galligan for owner Margaret Daly. Two slates of Non Pro Ancillary were to follow, 139 horses walked through the Bay arena gate on those days. Kelly Moran and Cromed Out Chic, (Custom Crome x Play For Chic) a handsome grey gelding bested the rest of the Non Pros winning High Point Championship by just one point over Cady Shaw and her horse Dream Whiz Me, (Magnum Chic Dream x Whiz Out Chex). Shaw and Dream Whiz Me also took home the Prime Time High Point Championship.

The surprise of the event was the clean sweep by the soft eyed, twenty year old chestnut gelding named Royal Montana, (Peptoboonsmal x Marjorie Montana), bloodlines not often seen in the reining industry, more often so in the cutting and reined cow horse arenas. Owned by Jennifer LeMere, Royal Montana has been part of her life for seventeen years. This amazing duo captured the Intermediate Non Pro and Limited Non Pro High Point Divisions winning two Gist custom trophy buckles and a Scottsdale Western World, Silver Spurs Equine Custom Trophy Saddle. When asked about their victory, LeMere gushes “I keep Pepto, (Royal Montana), at home in San Martin. I ride him on trails, on the beach and have also shown him in the cow horse and cutting arenas. He has taken me to the AQHA World Show twice in Reining and Reined Cow Horse. He is that once in a lifetime horse for me!” Life was not entirely smooth for Pepto and Jennifer as in 2011 he almost succumbed to colic. “We weren’t sure he would make it through surgery.  Almost losing him made me realize not to waste time and start checking off my bucket list events. I decided that this year’s Reining by the Bay was on that list. Three months before the show I just started legging. He doesn’t need to be trained on. He knows his job. I have never won a saddle on him, this was what I hoped would be the event were that happened.  At twenty years of age, he could win his saddle and he did.” Now retired from reining, Pepto is on lease to a close friend of LeMere’s whose teenager will show him in a few High School Rodeo cuttings until LeMere decides Pepto wants to retire.

Friday morning started perfectly as the cool and calm mountain top Bay Arena waited for the Open Futurity competition.  For the young horses who won championships in all three levels of this class, it was the first time that they were asked to actually compete in a show pen.

Andrea Fappani took the Championship and Reserve on two of his three horses.  Design To Spark, (Jacs Electric Spark x Taris Designer Genes x Mr Boomerjac) owned by Rancho Oso Rio LLC earned the Championship with a score of 220.5.  The win of $10,627.00 was a great start for the talented young horse’s earning career.  Andrea stated, “He’s a very physical horse, and mentally, he’s very strong.”   Andrea riding Diamonds In My Genes, (Whizkey N Diamonds x Electric Genes x Jacs Electric Spark), won the Reserve championship, earning $8,992.00 for Rhodes River Ranch of Arlington, Washington.

Mike Boyle captured the Championships in the Level 2 and 3 divisions on Donttakeurgunstotown, (Gunnatrashya x Gunnalena). The team earned over $5,700.00 for marking their 219.0 score.  Mike said, “You never know how it’s going to go on the Futurity horses, but he was right there for me”.  The horse’s owner Kelly Keenan is Mike’s niece who plans to take over the reins in Las Vegas at the 2018 High Roller Reining Classic.   The Level 2 Reserve Championship was split between Mike Mc Entire showing Pale Face Whiz, (Pale Face Dunnit x Ms Maggie Whiz x Topsail Whiz) for A4L Equine LLC and Pedro Baiao on Bee Whiz, (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Cee Bee Shine x Shining Spark) for owners Martin and Kim Muehlstaetter of Scottdale, Arizona.  The Level 1 Reserve Champion was earned by Jackson Porath riding Gunnshine, (Gunnatrashya x JDF Shining Anna x Shining Spark) for owners Saddle Horn Farms LLC.

The Non Pro Futurity, on Saturday, started with another perfect morning.  Jose Vazquez on Pistols Smart, (Smart Like Juice x Velvet Pistol x Playgun) owned by Smart Like Juice Inc., scored a 217.0 to win the Level 4 competition.  The team won over $8,439.00.  Jose said that this is the first time his horse had been away from home and “he really acted mature, and I was very happy with him.  It’s easy to see where the horses shine after a few circles in the Bay Arena”.  Tara Matsler was Reserve Champion in the Level 4 and captured the Level 3 and 2 Championships on her horse Classic Whizkey, (Whizkey N Diamonds x Classy Sugari x Tangys Classy Peppy), owned by Bonnie Christiansen.  Tara said that, ‘Gibson’ is so special to her because her grandfather bought his grand-dam for her grandmother in 1993 and Tara has been waiting for this day for three years. The team garnered over $10,600.00 for their efforts.  Jared Brotherson on his horse JT Smoken Whiz Juice, (Smokin Gunner x JT Whiz Juice x Smart Like Juice) and Campbell McLeod on Whizkeydrnknprincess, (Whizkey N Diamonds x Custom Skirt) owned by Anne McLeod tied for the Level 2 and 3 Reserve Championships. Those placings along with their tie for third in the level 4 division, earned each of them over $5,380.00.

Fourteen year old Luca Fappani swept the Non Pro Derby winning the Level 4, 3, 2, 1, and Youth 13-Under with a solidly earned scored of 220.0 on his parent’s horse Spooks N Jewels, (Smart Spook x Whiz Jewels x Topsail Whiz).  The competition was packed with talented horses and riders and when the last draw of the class scored the closest with a score of 219.0, Luca could finally enjoy his victory.  Luca has only been showing for two years, so he said he appreciates how “really solid ‘Journey’ is and able do everything correctly”.  For this event, the team was ready to do well and really proved their abilities. “I am grateful to have him at home and my mom giving me the opportunity to show him”, Luca stated.  Luca garnered over $22,500.00 for his Non Pro Derby wins.  Additional prizes included five Gist buckles, five NRHA trophies and three custom trophy saddles from Bob’s Custom Saddles, Scottsdale Western World, Silver Spurs Equine Saddles.  Jose Vazquez scored the 219 to earn the Reserve L4 Championship and Prime Time Champion prizes.  He and, Like Shiner, (Smart Like Juice x Wind Her Up Shiner x Shining Spark) earned the over $9,600.00 for the event.  Another young competitor, Kylie Robinson, showed her talents by taking the Levels 1, 2, and 3 Reserve Champion spots as well as winning the Youth 14-18 Championship on her Xtra Bamstep, (Wimpys Little Step x Miss Bam Bam Command x Docs Fritzie Command) and taking home over $8,127.00.  Marianna Vazquez on Wimpy Little Tejano, (Wimpys Little Step x Tejana Chic x Smart Chic Olena) won the Derby’s Reserve Youth 14-18 Championship.  Michael Garnett took the Championship in the Masters division and was Reserve Champion in the Prime time on Hollywood Nites, (Gunners Special Nite x Dun It For Chex x Hollywood Dun It).  Frederick Christen won the Derby Reserve Championship prizes in the Masters class on Xtra Prettycocktail, (Wimpyneedsacocktail x Prettywhizprettydoes x Topsail Whiz).

Everyone, including the spectators were feeling the pressure this year as the highly anticipated $130,000 Added Open Derby began Saturday afternoon.  Riders noted, it is not easy to show in the big outdoor Bay Arena, the size alone encourages riders to run harder which can lead to mistakes, but then the big added money and the high caliber of horses and riders meant that everyone had to be on their ‘A’ game.  The first two riders in the draw set the tone by scoring well, so Andrea Fappani knew that Chic Dreamin, (Magnums Chic Dream x Skeets Red Dunnit x Skeets Peppy), needed to hit every maneuver and that’s just what he did to take the Level 4 Championship with a score of 232.0!  “I really like this horse and this arena fit him.  He had never been here. I don’t think he really knew he was being shown and that was good for him to be outside”. Andrea mentioned that he was happy and grateful that owners Silver Spurs Equine/Michael and Michelle Miola allowed Chic Dreamin to show and in turn, add a $32,490.00 win to the stallion’s lifetime earnings.  As happy as Andrea was regarding his Derby win, he had to admit that, “he felt no greater joy than to share the winner’s circle with son Luca at the 2018 Reining by the Bay!”

Duane Latimer rode to a 231.0 score to take the Level 4 Reserve Championship on Modern Gun, (Gunners Special Nite x Taris Modern Design x Mr Boomerjac).  Duane is a 2 Million Dollar Rider and “that guy scares me every time he shows!” said Tracer Gilson winner of the Level 3 Open Derby.  Tracer marked a 228 on Loren Booth’s recently acquired horse, Diamonds Tinseltown, (Hollywoodtinseltown x Diamonds Sparklette x Genuine Doc). Tracer said he, “always thought the horse was cool and that he liked the fit immediately”.  They sure proved that they make a good team by and doubling the horse’s Lifetime Earnings with the win.   Martin Muehlstaetter scored a 227 to take the Level 3 Reserve title on Walla Walla Doll, (Walla Walla Whiz x Chics Baby Doll). In the Level 2 Limited, Sean Mc Burney won the Championship riding Tinker With Dreams, (Tinker With Guns x This Chics Dun Dreamin x Magnum Chic Dream) owned by Rhodes River Ranch.  Ricky Nicolazzi earned the Level 2 Limited Reserve Champion spot on Rancho Oso Rio LLC’s Dunnits Special Nite, (Gunners Special Nite x Dun It for Chex X Hollywood Dun It).  Benny Maddox took the Level 1 Championship riding bill Coburn’s Thebettertohearuwith, (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Chex Out The Cowgirl x Lean With Me). Jesus (Chuy) Chavez won the Level 1 Reserve Championship on Woodys toy Gun, (Hollywoodstinseltown x Gunners Pearl x Gunner) for owner Karin DiNapoli.

Sunday’s events continued the action packed week with the popular Non Pro Maturity and the High Point Circuit Championship competitions in the Open and Non Pro Novice Horse, Youth classes, Rookie divisions and the Green As Grass and Green Reiner categories.

The theme of big winning sweeps continued in the $3,000.00 Added SmartPak Non Pro Maturity.  The competition was tough to say the least. It took a score of 71.50 and a run-off before Debi Murnan and her mare, Jacs Red Pine, (Jacs Electric Spark x Shes Flamin Hot x Great Red Pine) emerged victorious winning the Level 4, 3, 2, 1 and Prime Time classes.  She collected a great purse, five Gist Championship buckles, five trophies, five custom saddles, (three Silver Spurs Saddles by AM and two Bob’s Custom Saddles) and a gorgeous, Carlos Durarte Silver headstall.  “I don’t think I can put into words how over the moon thrilled, grateful and walking on air I am about the Reining by the Bay Maturity.  Just WOW, I am still in awe that my Tommy girl, (Jacs Red Pine), won the maturity.”  Debi’s thank you list includes RBB’s awards sponsors, Brumley Management Group, Kim Yancey, Barbi and Mike Boyle, and of course her family for “putting up with my LOVE of horses and Reining.”  Chandler Winard showed her talents by earning the Maturity Reserve Championships in the Level 4, 3 and 2 categories on Tags Golden Star, (Whiz N Tag Chex x Boogies Smart Star x  Smart Starbuck).  Robin Schiller on Smart Like Steady, (Steady Tradition x Bar S Docs Gay Bar x Lenas Gyrator) and Carla Odetto on Wimpchester 73, (Wimpys Little Step x Whiz N darling x Topsail Whiz) tied for the Reserve Championship in the Level 1.  Loren Booth was Reserve Champion in the Prime Time and captured the Championship in the Masters category on Taris Little Gunner, (Gunner x Taris Modern Design x Mr Boomerjac).  Jill Ramleth took home the Masters Reserve Championship awards on Juice N Silk, (Smart Like Juice x Silk N Sable Pine x Okie Paul Quixote).

The stiff competition in the Non Pro Rookie High Point Circuit ended with Sam J Stevens winning both the Level 1 and 2 Championships on Got Spooked, (Smart Spook x Custom Harmony). Sam took home money, prizes, two Gist buckles and a Bob’s Custom Saddle for his Level 2 win.  Rick Keele on Moonshine  N Juice, (Smart Like Juice x Wind Her Up Shiner x Shining Spark) earned the Reserve Championships in the Level 1 and 2 Rookie High Point as well as the Championships in the Prime Time and DRHA Rookie divisions.  The DRHA win landed him a beautiful Silver Spurs Custom Saddle.  Laetitia Loubser road Coronas In Hollywood, (Hollywood Dun It x Dont Miss This x Colonel Campbell) to a reserve High Point Championship in the Rookie Prime Time and Dana Pastorino took the DRHA High Point Reserve Championship on Jac Bee Whiz, (Conquistador Whiz x Cinch Up Cowboy x Master Cowboy Jac).

Warwick Schiller captured Championship Gist buckles on a horse he owns in the Novice Horse Open High Point Circuit Levels 1 and 2 on Shine Spook Shine, (Smart Spook x Ebony Shines x Shining Spark ).  While June Tabor took Reserve Champion in the NH L2 for Danny Meyer on Vaquero In A Mask, (Major Vaquero x Miss Glenda Jac x Crome Plated Jac ) and Eric La Porte was Reserve Champion NH L1 for Nicole McDevitt on Blac Cromed Mercedes, (Cromed Out Mercedes x Miz Brown Velvet x Smart Chic Olena). Non Pro Sharon Gray topped everyone in the Level 1 and 2 Novice Horse Circuit competition on Conquistador Maker, by Conquistador Whiz.  Eileen Maxinoski was Reserve Champion in the Non Pro NH L2 on Boonlight Valentino, (Boonlight Dancer x Jewel In The Night x Grays Starloght) and Pamela Hurst was Non Pro NH L1 Circuit Reserve Champion on Rockn Roll Baby, (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Shiney CD x Shiners Lena Doc).

In the Youth 13 & Under class the Circuit Champion was Taylor Banks on AR Oakies Last Stand, (Starlights Wrangler x Okie Dokie Dunnit x Hollywood Dun It) and Margaret Chancellor was Reserve on Dunnit with A Shine, (Smart Shiner x Wwwdotdunnitdotcome x Hollywood Dun It).  Shayla Schmida won the Championships in the Youth 14-18 and Unrestricted Youth classes on Concealed Gunman, (Gunner x The Green Jacket x Gallo Del Cielo).  Her sister Julia Schmida was Reserve Champion in the Youth 14-18 and Unrestricted Youth on Tick Tic Boom, (Boom Shernic x Princess On The Prowl x High Brow Cat).  The 10-Under Short Stirrup class Champion was McKylie Ivie.

More custom Gist buckles were won by Elizabeth Atkins who showed Almighty Chic, (Smart Chic Olena x Dun Dappled x Zans Diamond Sun) to wins in the Green As Grass and Green Reiner High Point Circuit classes, while Mick Fox on Nics Cashin Chex, (Big Chex To Cash x S Chexy Nic x Reminic) was the Green AS Grass Reserve High Point Champion and Isbella Huchings took the Green Reiner High Pint Reserve Championship on Wimpys Tonnob, (Wimpys Little Step x Powder Playgirl x Powder River Playboy).

Summing up the generous amount of positive RBB comments gathered was a pleasure.  Darren Stancik from Monroe, Washington was reflecting on his week at the 2018 RBB saying, “What an honor to Judge so many great horses and riders.  I think the Open Derby may be the best class, top to bottom, that I have ever judged”.  Andrea Simons of Aubrey, Texas wrote, “What a great week! Beautiful weather, Wonderful venue, Amazing horses! Thankful to have been asked to judge such a fantastic event”.

Andrea Fappani may have said it best when he wrote, “Thank you Pat Warren, Amanda Brumley and the entire Brumley Management team for this outstanding event!  It can’t get much better. A $100.K Added Level 4 Open Derby, 1st class outdoor production in an amazing part of the world!  Let’s join forces and make sure venues like RBB continue to have success, grow and attract the best competition from around the Country!”

“This was the best Reining by the Bay ever!” exudes Pat Warren. “Having new sponsors like Paramount Network’s new series Yellowstone was special. Hopefully when people make plans for next year, seeing all the great comments from exhibitors on social media, they will put Reining by the Bay on their show schedules.” When asked, Amanda Brumley was emphatic when she thanked her small but mighty crew and the generosity of her sponsors.  Rest assured, “We will continue to evaluate and strive to improve our productions for our participant’s positive experience. Reining by the Bay will return in 2019 with the big prize money and fabulous awards. Save the date July 22 – 28, 2019.”

Brumley Manage Group, LLC produces annually, four not-to-be missed, shows in premier locations.  In addition to Reining by the Bay in Woodside, California each July, BMG also produces their March event, Cactus Reining Classic, Scottsdale Arizona, Bay Side Slide, Woodside, California in June and the world famous High Roller Reining Classic, Las Vegas, Nevada in September.  For information contact Amanda Brumley at 602-677-3774 or email,

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Contact: Amanda Brumley



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Larcombe, Pulley and Pastorino Win Big

The Tulsa Reining Classic, held at Expo Square Aug. 27 – Sept. 2 was in full swing on Tuesday with Novice Horse Open, Rookie classes, plus seminars and other activities.

In the Novice Horse Open Shauna Larcombe and Sean Pulley shared the win in the Novice Horse Open Level 1 with scores of 143.

Larcombe rode Shining Spook Dancer (Smart Spook x Shining Dancer) to the co-championship for owner Rosanne Sternberg LLC. The 2013 gelding has been with Larcombe for a year and a half and they’ve been progressing well together. Larcombe and Shining Spook also topped the Novice Horse Open Level 2 with a score of 143.

“I just wanted to make it easy for him,” she said adding that due to showing another horse she only had time to lope a few circles on him before showing. “It was a good test for him and he did good for me.”

Shauna Larcombe

Pulley rode Spooks Shiner a 2014 son of Smart Spook out of Ebony Shines to the co-championship. Pulley says Spooks Shiner greatly resembles his parents in terms of success and talent and was proud of his showing in Tulsa.

“I’m pretty stoked,” Pulley said. “He’s a horse that keeps going in the pen and wants to do his thing and that’s pretty neat to have a horse like that; he’s been really fun.”

Sean Pulley

The Show Managers Seminar presented by Global Reining Sport Group and Pro Management, Inc., took place Tuesday where industry leaders met to share their advice and expertise on the skills it takes to produce a top-tier event.

Show Management Seminar

USEF members met Tuesday to prepare for the World Equestrian Games, which will be held September 11-23, 2018, at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in Mill Spring, North Carolina.

USEF meeting at Tulsa Reining Classic

Dana Pastorino riding Mister Nicashine (Mister Nicadual x Shining Miss) swept the Rookie classes taking home the win in the Rookie Levels 1 and 2 and Rookie Prime Time with a score of 141.

Pastorino said the win was made extra special because three months ago the 4-year-old nearly died from an episode that resulted in colic surgery.

“I got teary eyed when I landed in Tulsa on Saturday thinking my gosh I almost didn’t even have a horse to ride here,” she said.

Dana Pastorino

Healthy and ready to show Mister Nicashine showed well according to Pastorino who says she’s happy, but there’s always room for improvement.

“The run was good. I’ve been working really, really hard on keeping him straight in between me, because he keeps drifting out and everybody knows you can’t stop well if their not straight,” she said. “That’s been hard, but it’s coming together.”

Catch all the action of the Tulsa Reining Classic at and by following along on social media.

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