Tulsa Reining Classic – Mandy McCutcheon and Emily Morris Top Non Pro

Mandy McCutcheon & Emily Morris

Mandy McCutcheon & Emily Morris

The Tulsa Reining Classic, held at Expo Square Aug. 28 – Sept. 3 had an impressive day Thursday, part of which included impressive runs from riders in the Non Pro ancillary classes, USA Reining Amateur and Green Reiner Levels 1 and 2 held in the Mustang Arena.

Mandy McCutcheon and Emily Morris shared the win in the National Reining Horse Association Non Pro ancillary class with a score of 145 to earn $531, each.

McCutcheon rode Always A Specialnite, who is by Gunners Special Nite and out of Always A Dunit. Tom and Mandy McCutcheon have owned the star athlete since his 3-year-old year and the talent continues to shine in the show pen. The now-5-year-old had been off for a year due to injury prior to the Tulsa Reining Classic and came back in prime form.

“He’s had a year off, so that’s why I showed him back in this class here instead of in the derby just to give him a chance to get his horse show wheels back on,” McCutcheon said “He was very good, very easy to show. I’m proud of him.”

McCutcheon also took home the championship in the USA Reining Amateur class with a score of 145 aboard Always A Specialnite.

Morris rode Cross Step Wrangler, who is by Starlights Wrangler and out of Hollywood Two Step, to the winning score. Morris has been partners with the 8-year-old since he was 3 and have formed a special bond over the years.

“I had a really good run today he was very solid with his stops and his circles and was running very good for me,” Morris said. “He has improved for me greatly in this past year and has proven to be an amazing horse.”

Stephanie Nelson riding Custom Banjo (Banjo Whiz x Custom Bobbie) topped the Intermediate Non Pro with a score of 144.5 to earn $470. Nelson also earned third in the Non Pro for an additional $348.

Nelson and the 9-year-old gelding had a great showing in Tulsa today, which set them up for the NRHA regional affiliate finals.

“He’s given me the confidence back in the pen and getting me back into being competitive,” Nelson said. “We’re world show bound as well, so we’re hoping we’ll peak at the right place.”

Alexa Lovejoy

Alexa Lovejoy

Alexa Lovejoy rode 6-year-old ARC Chics Sparkle to the Limited Non Pro win with a score of 143, worth $311. ARC Chics Sparkle, who is by Smart Chic Olena and out of Sparkle On Top, who is by Topsail Whiz, led her rider to the win with her smart maneuvers inside the show pen. The duo was especially proud of their showing today because it means they are one step closer to a NRHA world title.

“We’re second in the [NRHA] world right now, so we’re trying to get back up to the first spot,” Lovejoy said. “She’s a good horse all around. She’s always pretty calm.”

Lovejoy and ARC Chics Sparkle also earned third in the Intermediate Non Pro and fourth in the Non Pro.

Laura Day rode Chics Dream About Me to the Prime Time Non Pro win with a score of 142.5. The duo also earned second place in the Limited Non Pro and fourth in the Intermediate Non Pro.

The 11-year-old athlete holds a special place in Day’s heart and continues to impress his rider in the show pen.

“He’s probably the nicest horse I’ve ever had,” Day said. “I can count on him turning perfectly, I can count on him stopping perfectly – he’s just that kind of horse. I just love showing him.”

Today’s win for Day was extra special, because she hadn’t ridden in five weeks prior to the Tulsa Reining Classic because of an injury.

“There were places where I thought [my run] could be better, but we all think that,” Day said. “All in all it was really good, really fun. The most important thing was I had a great time out there.”

Maddie Pritchett

Maddie Pritchett

Maddie Pritchett riding Reeboks Rerun dominated the Green Reiner Levels 1 and 2 with a score of 71. Pritchett and the Reeboks Rerun, owned by Deary Performance Horses have only been partners for a short while, however they have united as a great team in the show pen.

“I’ve only shown him a few times, not too many,” Pritcher said. “He’s a huge stopper and he’s got a lot of turn. Getting him to settle down in the middle has been my trouble this week, but he was a lot better for me today.”

Pritchett and Reeboks Rerun, who’s by Reeboks Kid and out of Workmans Fisty, will finish their week tomorrow in the Rookie class.

For information and complete results from the Tulsa Reining Classic, held at Expo Square in Tulsa, Oklahoma, visit TulsaReining.com or follow Tulsa Reining Classic on Facebook and Twitter.

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ColiCare Celebrates 5 Years of Protecting Horses & Their Owners

PLYMOUTH, MA – August 31, 2017 – As a company that stands for healthy horses and happy riders, SmartPak is excited to celebrate the 5-year anniversary of their ColiCare program. Since 2012, thousands of horse owners have changed (and in some cases saved) their horse’s lives, thanks to ColiCare, which provides up to $7,500 in colic surgery reimbursement.

Thousands of horses owner across the country have chosen to protect themselves and their horses with ColiCare, which helps keep their horses healthy with daily digestive support and annual wellness care from their veterinarian, and helps ensure they have the financial resources to provide their horses with the care they deserve. And not only is ColiCare chosen by horse owners, but it was also named the #1 Vet-Recommended Colic Surgery Reimbursement Program in the 2016 LeBel Marketing, Veterinary Marketing Survey.

“We are honored to be a member of so many horses’ health care teams through our ColiCare program,” said Sarah Mann, Vice President of Brand and Customer Experience at SmartPak. “We’re horse owners ourselves, so we always love hearing success stories on how our supplements have helped horses live healthy lives. And, for those horses that we have been able to help when the unexpected has happened, it’s incredibly meaningful to know that we’ve helped provide the financial resources needed to give them the care they deserve. It’s truly a dream job”

Along with this milestone, SmartPak is taking their ColiCare-eligible supplements to the next level with a new and improved digestive ingredient: Diamond V® Yeast. This ingredient is a leading brand of yeast that is backed by a portfolio of research showing it supports digestive function, feed efficiency, immunity, recovery from exercise, and more.

“The ColiCare-eligible supplements are now better than ever!” added Casey Fleming, Manager of Product Development at SmartPak. “Essentially, we’ve replaced the type of yeast being used in these formulas. Previously, these included a live form of the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and now they’ll include Diamond V® Yeast, which is a fermented form of that same species. The fermentation is where the magic happens, so to speak, in that it activates a plethora of additional health benefits that aren’t available through feeding a live form.”

Enrolling in ColiCare is fast and easy, and FREE with the purchase of an eligible supplement in SmartPaks. Horse owners can sign up online or over the phone. To learn more about the program or to speak with one of SmartPak’s renowned Supplement Experts, visit www.SmartPak.com/ColiCare or call 1-800-461-8898 today.

About SmartPak

From the feed room to the tack room, SmartPak offers innovative solutions to help riders take great care of their horses. SmartPak was founded in 1999 with the introduction of the patented SmartPak supplement feeding system. The revolutionary, daily dose SmartPaks are custom-made for your horse, individually labeled and sealed for freshness. With the success of this simple and convenient feeding system, SmartPak has continued to expand its offering of quality products, including its own line of more than 55 supplement formulas called SmartSupplements, and a wide variety of tack, equipment, and supplies. The company has grown rapidly each year and is now the largest retailer of equestrian products in the United States. SmartPak’s success has been powered by a passion for delivering an unbeatable customer experience, and the company has been recognized with a Bizrate Circle of Excellence award seven years in a row, as well as receiving an “Elite” rating from STELLAService. A nine-time Inc. 500/5000 honoree, SmartPak is the only equine company ever named to the Inc. 500 list.

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Tulsa Reining Classic – Fernando Salgado Wins Level 4 Developing Horse Futurity Section A

FernandoSalgado_SecAL4_webFernando Salgado rode Tour to the highest score of the Developing Horse Futurity, 220.5, at the Tulsa Reining Classic on August 30 to win Level 4 of Section A. The victory earned $3,484. 

Salgado says the win is meaningful because he was able to improve on his efforts from last year on a different horse in addition to seeing Tour (Gunnatrashya x She Slides Wright) step up to the plate over the past few weeks.

“Last year I won the Level 2 here on pretty much a full brother to this horse for the same owners [Cam Essick], so to come back and do it again and win the Level 4; it was a hard show,” Salgado said. “The last three weeks he’s getting so much better. He’s stepping up and feels like a show horse, so it was actually very easy and enjoyable to get him ready to show.”

Salgado says he was able to relax and enjoy showing Tour since the stallion has started maturing. The Gainesville, Texas-based trainer adds that he only needs to finesse the horse’s training before the big futurity.

“In a show situation he’s getting better and better, so I actually had fun,” Salgado said. “I am excited for him for the future, because I still had a couple penalties in there and could have scored even higher, so I’m very, very excited. [I need to fix] some little spots to be ready one-handed-I showed him two-handed today-so I don’t think I need to change anything, I just need to keep riding and be more one-handed and be ready for the NRHA Futurity.”

Salgado thanked Tour’s owners and his support team.

“Thanks to Cam Essick, she really trusted me and let me do my job,” Salgado said. “Thanks to my whole family; my wife Sabrina always supporting me, and my whole team: my horseshoer Seth Jordan, our vet Marcello, and my assistants. It’s a blessing to come here.”

Tom McCutcheon finished reserve aboard Guns Last Chance (Colonels Smokingun x Shiners Woman), owned by White River Ag Products, with a 219 for $2,121.

Stefano Calcagnini clinched both Levels 2 and 3 with a 218.5 aboard Shines Smokin Gun (Shine Chic Shine x Gunners Miss Oak), worth a total $3,613. Calcagnini says he was pleasantly surprised with the horse’s efforts in the arena. The class is all part of his preparation leading up to the NRHA Futurity in December.

“He is owned by Amabile and Strusiner; they’ve been longtime customers of mine,” Calcagnini said. “I haven’t had this horse very long. He was at Nathan Piper Reining Horses, and I kept training him after Nathan. He was pretty broke, so we got along right away and started to play around.”

The Pilot Point, Texas-based trainer has had Shines Smokin Gun since May and says it’s been smooth sailing since he got the horse in training.

“I feel pretty good and pretty confident,” the Italian native said. “The horse actually showed pretty good for me, and I’m looking forward for the next one, the Southwest Futurity in preparation for the big futurity.”

In Level 3, Tim McQuay rode Lil Jersey (Yellow Jersey x Whiz N Darlin) to a 218 for reserve honors and $1,191 for Saddle Horn Farms, LLC. Garth Brown and Tinseltowns Dollface (Hollywoods Tinseltown x Gunners Doll Face) earned second in Level 2 with a 217.5, earning $838.29, for owner Domingo Alvarado.

Barak Gibori rode Xtra Black Fantasy (Wimpys Little Step x Footworks Fantasy) to a 218 to win Level 1 for $734. Gibori has only ridden the mare for a short period, but they are already firing on all cylinders.

“I just got her two months ago from Xtra [Quarter Horses], and I really like her,” Gibori said. “Eyal Carmon from Israel bought her, and I’m still getting to know her but she’s a really special mare. She’s really sweet and keeps getting better every day. We’re still adjusting to each other and getting to know each other, but she’s really nice.”

Gibori says the horse performed every maneuver well in their winning run, and he looks forward to his future with her at the big futurities.

“She did everything good today; she was there for me everywhere,” Gibori said. “She’s going to show in the Southwest Futurity and then in Oklahoma City [NRHA Futurity] and then she’s going to go back to Israel. I want to thank the owner for trusting me and buying that nice mare for me, for Tim and Colleen McQuay and their crew and sponsors for supporting us and providing everything we need.”

VanlandinghamBertolani_SecBL4_webFranco Bertolani, Jason Vanlandingham Tie For Level 4 Developing Horse Futurity Section B 

Two Paint horses sired by Gunner rose to the top of Level 4 in Section B of the Developing Horse Futurity at the Tulsa Reining Classic on August 30. Jason Vanlandingham showed Smoking Oak Gun to a tie for first place in Level 4 with Franco Bertolani and FM Cottonwood, both scoring a 220 and earning $3,522.

Vanlandingham has had Smoking Oak Gun (Colonels Smokingun x Kachina Oak), who’s owned by Lazaro Elizondo, in training since the start, and he knows the stallion inside and out.

“We started him; they sent him to us as a coming 2-year-old and we’ve done all the work on him, so I know the horse pretty good,” Vanlandingham said. “He’s always had a lot of style and look going around, and he’s a very stocky-made horse so he’s able to handle different types of ground, so that part of him is good.”

Although it was Smoking Oak Gun’s first time in the show pen, the Whitesboro, Texas-based trainer says the stallion showed like a seasoned veteran.

“He seemed like a really good show horse today, it was his first trip out so I didn’t really know what we were going to have. He went in there and stayed locked in the whole time, so I was pleased with him,” Vanlandingham said. “The way he circles, he’s real low-necked and when he slows down he sticks his hock way up underneath him and makes a nice smooth transition. I really love the way he circles; that’s what stands out the most.”

Vanlandingham will continue preparing the stallion for the fall futurities and play it by ear as the big December futurity approaches.

“He’ll go to the Southwest Futurity, and then we’ll see where he falls into my string from there,” Vanlandingham said. “I want to thank my wife Adrienne; I wouldn’t be anywhere without her, and we know all this good stuff comes from God.”

Franco Bertolani also scored a 220 to tie for first riding Carlton and Khris Crowe’s horse FM Cottonwood (Colonels Smokingun x Sonita Lena Chick).

Gunner progeny continued to rule in the Developing Horse Futurity. Eduardo Salgado won Level 3 on Gunners Bar Fly (Colonels Smokingun x Blonde At The Bar), owned by Roseanne Sternberg, to a 218.5 for $2,375. The score also notched third place in Level 4 for $2,035. Yonathan Baruch took second in Level 3 with a 218 riding Yank Your Guns (Colonels Smokingun x Rowdys Money) for $2,009.

Hava Vital piloted Loaded Lady Bug to a $2,172 victory for winning Levels 1 and 2 with a score of 219. The 3-year-old mare by Hes A Loaded Gun and out of BH Lady Bug is owned by Mary Jansma and has been in Vital’s hands for about a year.

“I’ve had her since she was 2, so it’s been a long road, but we finally did it,” Vital said. “Hopefully we can keep up the good work and do it again.”

Vital, who works for Justin “Gunny” Mathison out of Tioga, Texas, says her mare stayed tuned in during the futurity class, which gives Vital confidence moving forward.

“She felt really good, very honest and super ‘with’ me,” Vital said. “I can count on her; she was just awesome. We’re going to the Southwest and then the big futurity.”

In Level 2, Stefano Calcagnini took second place with a 216.5 riding Shine Superboy Shine (Shine Chic Shine x Spooks Stylin) for a paycheck of $1,115. Barak Gibori placed reserve in Level 1 with a 217 on Showin Off My Dually (Mister Nicadual x Showtimes Tinseltown) to earn $535.

Kelly Shepherd

Kelly Shepherd

Green Reiners Shine in Mustang Arena

Green Reiner classes kicked off in the Mustang Arena at the Tulsa Reining Classic, and Kelly Shepherd and Kayla Neill took top honors.

Kayla Neill rode her horse Timber Tomorrow to victory in the Green Reiner Level 2 class with a score of 72. Neill says her 7-year-old gelding by Boggies Timber Jack and out of Footworks Finest Lace is a major confidence booster.

“He’s super easy going, very honest in the show pen and a big clown. Huge stopper, great turner, and he’s really built my confidence,” Neill said. “He was fabulous in his spins-the best set of spins we’ve ever done. His circles, he’ll pick up speed and then comes back really hard which is what I really like about him. Lead changes we need to work on a bit, but then his stops are phenomenal. Super fun to take down the pen, easy stopper and rolls back very nice.”

Kayla Neill

Kayla Neill

The former Western pleasure competitor from Poolville, Texas, has only been reining for a few years but has always been immersed in horses and the agricultural industry, especially through her work with 4-H.

“I’ve shown pleasure horses all my life and just started showing reiners about 3 years ago,” Neill said. “I’m the county extension agent for 4-H and youth development for Parker County, so I actually have two of my 4-Hers here; Kate Lilly and Maddie Guston are here showing, so that’s been fun.”

Maddie McGee Pritchett took second place in both Levels 1 and 2 riding Reeboks Rerun (Reeboks Kid x Worksman Fisty) to a score of 70.

In the Green Reiner Level 1, Kelly Shepherd took the victory with a score of 71 on her horse Magarita. Though she’s only owned the 2012 mare by Magnum Chic Dream and out of Pretty Pirate for about three months, Shepherd says it was an easy transition.

“She’s been easy. She’s won a lot of money already; she’s nice horse,” Shepherd said. “The spins started out kind of rough, but it didn’t look as bad as it felt. Circling she was good, her lead changes and rundowns were good, and everything felt really good.”

Shepherd has had a busy schedule after recently moving to Gainesville, Texas, and getting married only two weeks before the Tulsa Reining Classic to trainer Kinzy Donnelly. She has a long background with horses and has recently taken up reining.

“I team roped and did cutting, so I just got into the reining a couple years ago,” Shepherd said.

Mike Flarida Claims $1,000 Open, Trent Harvey Wins $750 Intermediate Open, Leslie Bingham Takes $500 Limited Open and Rookie Pro

The Mustang Arena hosted several Open classes August 30 at the Tulsa Reining Classic.

Georgetown, Kentucky-based trainer Mike Flarida marked a 143.5 aboard Xtra Playful Chic to win the $1,000 Open. Patrice Schreiber owns the 6-year-old mare by Custom Crome and out of Play For Chic.

“My mare was good today, honest all the way through the pattern, easy to show, easy to prepare-she’s been a nice mare,” Flarida said. “Patrice has been great to work for, she’s given a lot of time to train that mare up and prepare her for a show.”

Flarida says Schreiber’s patience in allowing the mare to blossom has been imperative. He adds that his history with Custom Crome has helped the training process.

“I’m very happy to have her, and I know how to ride the Custom Cromes because I trained him and won the Futurity on him in 1993,” Flarida said. “She’s been a little slow getting here, but she’s actually turned into a very good show horse-the owner has been very patient.”

Mirjam Stillo came in second place riding Gunna Sassya (Colonels Smokingun x Shining N Sassy) for Janet Peterson.

In the $750 Intermediate Open, Trent Harvey and Baileys Sidekick claimed victory with a score of 144. The Deary Performance Horses trainer is riding the 2013 gelding by Gunners Special Nite and out of A Shining Sidekick for owner Kathy Thompson. Harvey used Tulsa to prep him for the High Roller Reining Classic.

“He belongs to a non-pro customer of Jordan Larson’s, and we’re taking him to Vegas for the 4-year-old Derby and Stakes, so here I wanted to just get him prepped and ready and see what I had in a show situation before I went there,” Harvey said. “He felt very good, there’s a couple spots I need to get him where he moves fluid and more forward, but for the most part I have him broke like I needed to.”

Flarida and Xtra Playful Chic’s 143.5 placed second in the class.

Leslie Bingham and Who Dat Hot Chic swept the $500 Limited Open and $500 Rookie Pro classes with a 144.5. The 6-year-old Neiberger Performance Horses-owned mare is by Wimpys Little Step and out of Smart Chic Aloha. Ashley Stroh and Jerrys Mizzen Money (Jerry Lees Surprise x Miss Moth Money) placed second in the Limited Open with a 141.5. Glen Arthur Estival’s 142 on Gunners Goldster (Colonels Smokingun x Spooks Goldstar) was good for second in the Rookie Pro.

Adam Donahue, Kim Sauerwein Tie $500 Novice Horse Level 1, Stephanie Gripp Wins Level 2

Non pro riders filled the Super Duty Arena sponsored by Yellow Jersey on Wednesday morning, August 30 at the Tulsa Reining Classic. In the end, Stephanie Gripp rode off with the $500 Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 title aboard Gunners Glory with a 142.5, while Adam Donahue and Thata Shiner tied for Level 1 with Kim Sauerwein and Commandersparkinchic, both scoring 141.5.

Gripp says it took about a year to get into winning form with her 5-year-old mare (Colonels Smokingun x Dun It Fir Chex) in the non-pro division, but the pair has really come into form this year.

“In June, we won the Non Pro NRHA Derby Levels 3, 2, 1 and Youth, and we showed her today in the novice horse. She’s been phenomenal for me all year,” the 16-year-old of Sheffield, Illinois, said. “We got her in 2016 from Cardinal Reining Horses, and it took about a year to dial her down to non pro where we wanted her.”

“Glory” performed exactly how Gripp hoped in Tulsa, and they both kept a level head in competition.

“Today she was so focused and calm, and that’s exactly what we wanted,” Gripp said. “We didn’t want to get her riled up at all, and she was perfect for me.”

Jessicah Keller placed reserve in the Level 2 with a 141.5 aboard Malena Chic Olena (Hickory Chic Olena x Malena Chex).

In Level 1, Donahue and his talented 2009 sorrel mare Thata Shiner (Smart Spook x SLJ Smartlikewhinny) continued their prosperous year with another victory. Donahue had a banner week in the ancillary classes at the NRHA Derby in June, which was his first show in 16 years. His mare was supposed to be a broodmare, until Donahue decided to bring her back into the show pen.

“We bought her three years ago from Jose Vazquez. She was just standing in the pasture, so we thought she needs a little more money on her,” Donahue said in an interview at the NRHA Derby.

Donahue says Thata Shiner never fails to give her all in the show pen, even with a few mistakes in the run. His favorite traits about the mare are her sweet demeanor and work ethic.

“It was a nice run. We had a few issues-she was tired today. But she’s a really nice mare and I just enjoy showing her,” Donahue said. “She’s a real kind horse. She doesn’t require a lot of work-I just go ride her every day and she shows up.”

Sauerwein tied with Donahue for the first-place victory with her 141.5 aboard Commandersparkinchic. She used the class to prepare for her runs in the derby later this week.

“We’re preparing for the derby, so that was my trainer Jason Torpey’s plan for me, to get ready for the derby,” Sauerwein said. “I guess we did a good job getting ready, because we ended up tying for first. I’m pretty happy!”

Sauerwein’s 6-year-old mare by Commanders Nic and out of Sparkin Personality has performed well for her and has a future in the rookie classes with Sauerwein’s husband.

“I’ve had her for two years now. We were here at Tulsa the first year I had her, and then she got hurt in the pasture so she had her whole 5-year-old year off,” Sauerwein said. “Actually she’s going to be my husband’s horse, he’s a rookie rider so we’re hoping that in addition to being a Novice 1 winner, he’ll do really well in the rookie on her.”

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Tulsa Reining Classic – Daily Updates

Once again the numbers in the Developing Horse Futurity Have made for some BIG changes!

Fernando Salgado Wins Level 4 Developing Horse Futurity Section A

Mandy McCutcheon and Emily Morris Top Non Pro

Thursday’s Ancillary Classes

Mandy McCutcheon Logs Dual Win in SmartPak Non Pro Derby

Mandy McCutcheon, Kevin Ball Share Turnabout Farm Non Pro Futurity

Matt Mills Claims Gold Medal, Franco Bertolani Wins CRI3

Novice Horse Open Riders Crowned in Tulsa

Alexandra Hatchett Claims Rookie Honors

Tulsa Reining Classic Showcases Youth Reiners

Andrea Fappani Claims Hollywoodstinseltown Open Futurity Championship

Avila Dominates Novice Horse Non Pro at Tulsa Reining Classic

Huss Claims TRC Open Derby Championship

Youth Reiners Shine in Tulsa

Non Pro Riders Win Big in Tulsa

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Tulsa Reining Classic – Once again the numbers in the Developing Horse Futurity Have made for some BIG changes!

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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Morris Kulmer Captures World Championship Title in Reining at the 2017 AQHA Select World Championship Show

Unknown-3The American Quarter Horse Association, Amarillo – Morris Kulmer of Bountiful, Utah, captured the world championship title and reserve world championship title in reining at the 2017 AQHA Select World Championship Show, presented by Adequan® (polysulfated glycosaminoglycan), on August 28 in Amarillo.

Kulmer won the world championship title with his American Quarter Horse Chics Dream. The palomino gelding, sired by Magnum Chic Dream and out of First Ex Flame, was bred by Nancy Wilkerson-Ditty of Ocala, Florida.

In the reining class, 52 entries competed for world champion honors and a purse of $7,280. World champions received a prize package that included a custom-designed gold trophy; Montana Silversmiths sterling-silver belt buckle with 14-karat-gold overlay; specially designed logoed jacket, courtesy of Cripple Creek Outerwear; neck wreath; a ribbon; and 100 pounds of Nutrena feed.

Kulmer and Chics Dream, also took home the Super-Select first-place in reining. AQHA recognizes the top three Super-Select competitors in every class at the Adequan® Select World. Super-Select is recognition for exhibitors age 70 and over. Exhibitors winning the Super-Select division receive a plaque, and the achievement will appear on the official records of the horse and exhibitor.

Kulmer won the reserve world championship title with his American Quarter horse Dreamy Little Sailor. The sorrel gelding, sired by Magnum Chic Dream and out of Ejoy A Lena, was bred by Gay and Phillip Verrett of Conroe, Texas.

Reserve world champions received a prize package that included a custom-designed silver trophy; Montana Silversmiths buckle, courtesy of The American Quarter Horse Journal; a specially designed logoed jacket, courtesy of Cripple Creek Outerwear; and a ribbon.

The Adequan® Select World is the pinnacle event for American Quarter Horse exhibitors ages 50 and over from around the world, who must qualify for the event by earning a predetermined number of points to compete in each of the classes representing halter, English and western disciplines. More than 1,090 entries from the United States, Canada, Costa Rica and Belgium are competing for 44 world championships at this year’s event, August 25 – September 2 at the Tri-State Fairgrounds in Amarillo.

For more news from the Adequan® Select World, visit www.aqha.com/selectworld.

Adequan® is proud to be the title sponsor for the Adequan® Select World. Other corporate sponsors include Adequan, Bank of America, John Deere, Markel Insurance, Boehringer Ingelheim, Montana Silversmiths, Nutrena and SmartPak. The event sponsors are Cripple Creek, The American Quarter Horse Journal, Coors, Cavender’s Boot City, Kiser Arena Specialists and the Amarillo Convention & Visitor Council.

Photo courtesy of The American Quarter Horse Journal.
Sarah Davisson
AQHA Manager of Publicity and Special Events
sdavisson@aqha.org or 806-378-4368

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2017 AustrianRHA Futurity – Regular Updates

Rudi Kronsteiner and Spook N Ruffles take lead in Open Futurity Go round 3-year-old Horses

Dominik Reminder takes lead in Open Futurity Go round 4-year-old Horses

Jennifer Nixdorf takes lead in Non Pro Futurity Go Round 3-year-old Horses

Chiara Bartoletti and Holly Jolly Jaba dominate Futurity Non Pro Go round L4 4-year-old Horses

Two Futurity Championships for Nicola Cordioli – Open Futurity Champion L2 with the 3- and 4-year-old horses / Jeffrey Touroute-Thomas Futurity Champion L1 (3-y-o horses), Daniele Bocchieri (3-y-o horses)

Futurity Champion Non Pro Go L1, 4-year-old Horses: Lisa Weiss & Spinning Beauty Whiz / Non Pro Futurity Champion L1, 3-year-old Horses: Elena Kölbl & Gunners Lee Hook 

Massimiliano Ruggeri becomes Austrian Futurity L4 Open Champion der 4-jährig4-year-old Horses, Davide Brighenti wins Open L3  / Huge Success for Lukas Brucek: Open Futurity Champion L4, 3-year-olds Horses / Valentina Sagmeister becomes L3 Open Futurity Champion

Non Pro Futurity Champions 3-year-old horses: Ewald Rifeser & Xtra Dun Wimpy in L4, Elena Kölbl & Gunners Lee Hook in L3 / Elena Kölbl & Gunners Lee Hook earn second Futurity Champion title / Sarah Ehrenreich claims Non Pro Futurity Championship L4 and L3, 4-year-old Horses

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AustrianRHA Futurity: Non Pro Futurity Champions 3-year-old horses: Ewald Rifeser & Xtra Dun Wimpy in L4, Elena Kölbl & Gunners Lee Hook in L3 / Elena Kölbl & Gunners Lee Hook earn second Futurity Champion title / Sarah Ehrenreich claims Non Pro Futurity Championship L4 and L3, 4-year-old Horses

The Austrian Futurity Championship Non Pro in Level 4 was claimed by Italian Ewald Rifeser aboard Petra Burger’s Xtra Dun Wimpy (Wimpys Little Step x SLJ Dun Juice) who scored a 212. The palomino mare was bred by Smart Like Juice Inc. and started by Mathieu Buton Reining Horses. Ewald Rifeser rode this horse to the Reserve Champion title at the  Summer Slide in Italy in 3-year-old Snaffle Bit Reining and had been third with her ion the go round.

Jennifer Nixdorf and her mare Spooks Babe N Chic (Spooks Gotta Gun x Babe And Chic) became Reserve Champion scoring a 211.5. The two had been leading after the go round in L4 and L3. Spooks Babe N Chic was bred by Karin and Ruggero Prevedel. 23-year-old  Jennifer, who trains with Rudi Kronsteiner, was 2016 French Futurity Champion Non Pro and AustrianRHA Futurity Non Pro Reserve Champion. This show is Jennifer‘ s event anyway as her great stallion AB Peppy Diamond was Open Champion last night scoring a 230!

Denise Laengle and Whiz The Way (Walla Walla Whiz x Tuffy Solana) placed third. The horse was bred by Doris Hoefacher. The two had been leading after the go round in L1. 

What a great success: 19-year-old Elena Kölbl from Austria and her Gunners Lee Hook (Dr. Lee Hook x Joaquinspineoak) had become Austrian Futurity Champion Non Pro L1, 3-year-old horses the day before, and now they won the Futurity L3 Non Pro as well scoring a 214.5. Obviously Gunners Lee Hook is like his great sire: you can simply rely on him. Elenas has been highly successful in Youth classes through the years and earned team bronze for Austria at the FEI European Championship Young Riders 2014.

Jennifer Nixdorf and her mare Spooks Babe N Chic became Reserve Champion with Renata Rudolecka and her Paint Horse mare HH Be A Legend (Gunnersaurus Rex x Bit of a Diva) following on third place (207.5). The horse was bred by Miroslav Dolezal.

With a great 222.5, Sarah Ehrenreich and her Diabolika Gunmachine (Colonel Smoking Gun x Chic Luv Chocolate) claimed the Futurity Championship Non Pro L4 and L3 of the 4-year-old horses. The two had been second in the L4 go round and leading the L3 together with Franziska Wallner aboard Heidi Wallner’s Mai Tai Enterprise. Diabolika Gun Machine  and Sarah were Ltd. Non Pro Reserve Champion at the European Futurity and Res. Champion Breeders Futurity

The Reserve Championship  L4 was claimed by the best of the go round Chiara Bartoletti aboard her Holly Jolly Jaba (Jaba Oak x Smart Dolly Hickory), who scored a 221.5. With this mare, the young University student was 2016 IRHA Futurity Non Pro Level 4, 3 and 2. Chiara, who trains with Adriano Meacci, was 2007 Futurity Champion, 2008 NRHA of Germany Breeders Futurity Non Pro Champion, 2009 NRHA European Futurity Non Pro Level 3 and 4 Reserve Champion, FEI European Reining Championship Young Rider Team Silver Medal and Individual Gold Medal, 2010 NRHA European Futurity Non Pro Level 3 Reserve Champion, 2011 FEI European Reining Championship Young Rider Team Gold Medal as well as 2016 IRHA/NRHA Derby Non Pro Champion Levels 4, 3 and 2.

Two riders tied for third place honours in L4: Austrian Andreas Lukner aboard Onceuponastar (Spark N Whiz x Starmax RM) and Jürgen Pritz aboard Rose of Mercedes (Cromed Out Mercedes x Smooth Star Freckles)– both scoring a 218.

Reserve Futurity Champion L3 was Wolfgang Hammer aboard Mr Ricochet (Ricochet Rooster x Docs Oak Rosy), who scored a 220.Simone Eitzinger aboard Hannes Kirchberger’s Rowdys Smart Diamond (Hollywood Yankee Kid x GH Redskin Lady) placed third scoring a 219. 

Informationen: Gerda Langer – ARHA Team, ARHA – Austrian Reining Horse Association, A – 2392 Sulz im Wienerwald, Raitlstraße 154, Tel. +43-2238-8484 mobil +43-664-4534726, Fax +43-2238-8545, office@nrha.atwww.nrha.atwww.futurity.at

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AustrianRHA Futurity: Massimiliano Ruggeri becomes Austrian Futurity L4 Open Champion der 4-jährig4-year-old Horses, Davide Brighenti wins Open L3 / Huge Success for Lukas Brucek: Open Futurity Champion L4, 3-year-olds Horses / Valentina Sagmeister becomes L3 Open Futurity Champion

What an Austrian Futurity Open final of the 4-year-old horses: Dominik Reminder who had been leading after the L4 go round scored a 228 aboard Clemens Hefel’s Selectively Whiz (Amendago Whiz x Selectively Done). This looked like the Futurity Championship for a long time, but in the end the Austrian Futurity Champion L4 of the 4-year-old horses was Massimiliano Ruggeri aboard Maurizio Ferrarol’s Wimpy Margarita (Wimpys Little Step x Custom Margarita) who scored a 228. Massimiliano Ruggeri was an NRHA European Futurity Finalist with this stallion.

Dominik Reminder and Selectively Whiz became Resyesrve Champion. The horse was bred by Jan Dirk Bodenstab and placed nith at the NRHA Breeders Futurity 2016. Dominik Reminder, who trains in Italy, earned individual and team silver for Germany at the 2017 European Championships. Reminder is a multiple Bronze Trophy Open Champion and earned team silver at the 2016 World Championship. He was  NRHA Open World Reserve Champion 2013 and won the AMERICANA Bronze Trophy Open.

Two riders tied for the Reserve Futurity Championship: Markus Gebert aboard  Whiz A Lot (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Lotti vom Letter Berg) and Davide Brighenti aboard Francesco Bonadeo’s Spooks Gotta Crome (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Chics Love Crome). Both scored a 226.5.

This was also the  Futurity Championship L3 for Brighenti and Spooks Gotta Crome . Reserve Futurity Champion L3 was Klaus Lechner aboard Astrid Eisendle‘s Trashy (Gunnatrashy x ARC Martha Surprise).

Spooks Gotta Crome was bred by Carlo Orsi.  Brighenti, who eaned team gold at the FEI European Championship 2008, was AustrianRHA Futurity Finalist 2016.

Emanuel Ernst and Rooster in Command (Reds Rooster Demaso x Freckled Piroska) placed third scoring a 222.5. The horse is owned by H.P. Reiss. Multiple DQHA Futurity and NRHA Breeders Futurity Champion Emanuel Ernst already placed third at the  Austrian Futurity Open L3 3-year-old horses.

What an unbelievable 3-year-old Futurity Open final  L4 and 3! The go rounds had already predicted a great final, and it got even better!! For a long time it looked like no one could beat  NRHA Million Dollar Rider Rudi Kronsteiner and Brigitte Steiner’s Spook N Ruffles (Smart Spook x Ruffle Me Up). The multiple Austrian Futurity Champion and multiple NRHA World Champion had scored a great 223 with the mare bred by Greg Hill after leading the L4 go round with a  222.5. But then the second of the go round, Lukas Brucek aboard Magico Gallo (Rize Rooster x Snappy My Magic) did even better then. The two scored a  224 becoming  Austrian Futurity Champion Open L4.

Thne 3-year-old stallion Magico Gallo is owned by his breeder Andrea Parolari. It was another big success for the 33-year-oild professionael Lukas Brucek, who started his career as a Co-Trainer of Rudi Kronsteiner and Morey Fisk. Today, he operates his own training facility Lukas Brucek Performance horses at the Prosper Horse Ranch in the Czech Republic and has got NRHA LTE of over $ 108,000. He is a multiple Futurity and Derby Finalist as well as multiple Bronze Trophy Champion.   Also he was 2010 European Futurity Reserve Champion Level 1 and 2 and 2011 Reserve Champion Open Level 3, Belgium Futurity Champion and French Derby Champion Open..

Rudi Kronsteiner and Spook N Ruffles became Reserve Champion.FEI World Champion  Gennaro Lendi placed third aboard Luigi Parise‘s Maytheforcebewhizyou (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Jacs Golden Faith) scoring a 222.5. The horse was bred by Claudia Hahn.

What a great an well earned success for the long and solid work of Austrian professional Valentina Sagmeister: Aboard Sylvia Schützenhofer’s The Spacegun (Gunner x Sterling Peppy San) she scored a 220 in the L3 final winning the Non Pro Futurity, The stallion bred by Ramona Levai had been third after the go round.

Wther 2nd and 3rd place in Int. Open at this Futurity, European Affiliate Reserve Champion Int. Open 2017 or Limited Open beim NRHA Breeders Derby in Kreuth – Valentina Sagmeister is one of the most consistent and successful professionals  of Austria and well known for her Non Pros as well.

Giovanni Masi de Vargas placed second aboard Katharina Dejori‘s Unique Remediz (Lotta Doc x Mollie Kettie) scoring a 219. The stallion was bred by  Garry Biggs. Giovanni Masi, who started his riding career as a multiple FEQHA Eureopan Champion in various disciplines, is one of Italy’s shooting stars in Reining. He was 2015 FEI European Champion and 2014  Austrian Futurity Champion Ltd. Open.

One of Germany’s most successful professionals placed third with only half a point apart: Emanuel Ernst aboard Smaq Lil Gun (Gunner x Spooks Pearl) owned by Derk Wuyster. The mare was bred by SARL La Maqueline. Emanuel Ernst is well known for training young horses for the Futurity which he proved by being a multiple DQHA Futurity Champion and NRHA Breeders Futurity Champion. But he also knows how to show aged horses successfully like the 11-year-old stallion Sailin Playboy with whom he was Equitana Cup Champion and Int. German Champion.

Informationen: Gerda Langer – ARHA Team, ARHA – Austrian Reining Horse Association, A – 2392 Sulz im Wienerwald, Raitlstraße 154, Tel. +43-2238-8484 mobil +43-664-4534726, Fax +43-2238-8545, office@nrha.at, www.nrha.at, www.futurity.at

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AustrianRHA Futurity: Futurity Champion Non Pro Go L1, 4-year-old Horses: Lisa Weiss & Spinning Beauty Whiz / Non Pro Futurity Champion L1, 3-year-old Horses: Elena Kölbl & Gunners Lee Hook

In the Non Pro Futurity L1 final of the 4-year-old horses, the three best horses lay only ½ point apart. The Futurity Champion L1 was Lisa Weiss aboard Spinning Beauty Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Spinng Beauty), who scored a 217.5. The mare was bred by Bob Loomis. Lisa won the Limited Non Pro and the Jackpot Non Pro with her at the  Breeders Derby 2017.

The Futurity Reserve Championship was claimed by  Italian Piero Priori aboard his Frozen Jessie (Frozen Sailor x Jessie Oak Tari). The two had had the second best score of the go round and earned a 217 in the final. The mare was bred by Angelucci QH. Piero Priori was 2016 NRHA European Champion Non Pro L2.

Tommaso Fedeli and Lil Plain Mercedes (Cromed Out Mercedes x Lil Plain Pep) placed third scoring a 216.5. The stallion was bred by Karl and Debbie Hacic.

Elena Kolbl

Elena Kolbl

The Austrian Futurity Champion Non Pro L1, 3-year-old horses, comes from Austria: 19-year-old Elena Kolbl aboard her Gunners Lee Hook (Dr. Lee Hook x Joaquinspineoak). The two scored a 215.5. Piero Prioro who hat been second best in the go round, and his Hollywood Dun Angel (Hollywoodstinseltown x Shining Little Angel) placed second scoring a 215.  Denise Laengle and her  AQHA mare Whiz The Way (Walla Walla Whiz x Tuffy Solana) placed third scoring a 208.5. The two had been leading the L1 Non Pro go round.

So Gunners Lee Hook proved to become another successful son of the great Dr Lee Hook. Elena Kolbl won with him the  NRHA Non Pro Snaffle Bit/Hackamore 4-year-old & Under 2017 at  Roleski Ranch. Elena has been a successful Youth competitor for years, earning team bronze for Austria in the Young Riders division of the 2014 FEI European Championships.

Informationen: Gerda Langer – ARHA Team, ARHA – Austrian Reining Horse Association, A – 2392 Sulz im Wienerwald, Raitlstraße 154, Tel. +43-2238-8484 mobil +43-664-4534726, Fax +43-2238-8545, office@nrha.atwww.nrha.atwww.futurity.at

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