Fonck and Ludwig chose to tie for first place in the $10,000-added NRHA Open

2016 NRHA European Futurity

18-23 April, Kreuth – Germany

Ancillary action


Fonck and Ludwig chose to tie for first place in the $10,000-added NRHA Open

“We opted for the co-championship as we felt our horses did not need to go back in the pen for the run-off.”

Kreuth, Germany, April 21, 2016 – As the Futurity horses took a rest in Kreuth today in view of the Non Pro and Open finals, the $10,000-added kept the public glued to their chairs today.

With a 220.5, the 2015 NRHA Open World Champions, Bernard Fonck and What A Wave (Tidal Wave Jac x What A Sunrise), and Grischa Ludwig riding Gwhiz Im Smart (Smart Spook x Whizards Baby Doll), owned by Momo & Amy, tied to win the prestigious NRHA approved Open. The two NRHA Professionals opted for the co-championship.

“The ground is a little slick for my horse but he did try to do his best,” says Fonck about his mount owned by Vannietvelt/De Pauw. “Our goal this year remains that of trying to once again to earn the NRHA World Championship but today we did not want to put another run on him so as not to tire him too much.”

“My horse was exceptional, as always,” commented Grischa. “I’m really happy to have tied to win with Bernard and I am especially pleased to be in the winner’s circle all the earning go to owners Momo & Amy, a non profit association dedicated to hippotherapy. We do not want to overshow him as we are aiming to be on the team for the upcoming FEI World Reining Championships.”

A half a point behind the winners, French NRHA Professional, Fabien Boiron, settled for third place honors aboard Philip Castel’s Jac Whiz (Conquistador Whiz x Honeys Melody Jac).


Wednesday Ancillary Action:

The €3,500 – added NRHA Intermediate Open counted 17 entries and closed the third day of competition in Kreuth on Wednesday. Earning top honors after posting a 217.5 was French rider Fabien Boiron with Jac Whiz between the reins. The gelding, owned by Philip Castel and by Conquistador Whiz and out of Honeys Melody Jac, boasts over $25,000 NRHA LTE.

In the €450-added NRHA Limited Open, two riders tied for first place with a score of 210.5. Martina Wolf from Switzerland riding Spook On Diamond (Spooks Gotta Gun x SIRI Yellow Diamond) owned by Sabrina Schneiter, and German Martin Duemmel with Duel Jac (Jacs Electric Spark x Duel Miss Toodie 001), a stallion owned by De Bruin Reining Horses.

Euro 2,500 – added Intermediate Non Pro. Both classes saw on the first step of the podium Angelika Schuerman with her Smart Like Custom (Smart Like Juice x Custom Rhythm). The German rider posted a 215 score.

Starting the day on Friday at 10 am CET will be the €2000-added Non Pro 5 & Up followed by the €5000-added NRHA Open 5 & Up.

The first section of the NRHA European Futurity Non Pro finals will start at 17.30. The second section will take place at 19.30.

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Larson and Deary Lead 2016 NRBC Open Preliminaries after First Day

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Larson and Deary Lead 2016 NRBC Open Preliminaries after First Day
Katy, Texas – The National Reining Breeders Classic Open competition began Wednesday, April 20, with the first of two sections of Open Preliminaries. The second section will run Thursday with the remaining 96 of 192 Open entries at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas.

Jordan Larson and Casey Deary are currently tied for the lead of the Open Level 4 preliminaries with identical scores of 225. Deary, of Weatherford, Texas, was riding In Like Flinn, the 2015 American Quarter Horse Association Junior Reining World Champion, while Larson’s ARC Gunnabeabigstar shot to fame with the National Reining Horse Association Futurity Co-Championship. In Like Flinn, by Topsail Whiz out of Nestle Quick Chic, is owned by Todd Neiberger, while ARC Gunnabeabigstar, by Gunnatrashya out of Wimpys Little Chic, is owned by HDC Quarter Horses.

Currently leading the Level 3 is Jimmy Van Der Hoeven and Chic Dreamin with a 223. Chic Dreamin, by Magnum Chic Dream out of Skeets Red Dunit, is owned by Vaughn Zimmerman.

With a 220.5, Ruben Vandorp tops the Level 2 on RC Fashion Chic, by RC Fancy Step out of Shesa Fashion Chic. RC Fashion Chic is owned by Peter Morgan.

Holding the top spot in the Level 1 is Arnaud Ferret and Lil Money Gun, owned by Paul and Pam Rohus. Lil Money Gun is by Colonels Lil Gun and out of Miss Shiney Cat.

In the Prime Time division, Martin Larcombe holds the lead with Snip O Lution, by Einsteins Revolution out of Snip O Chex. Larcombe and Snip O Lution, owned by XCS Ranch, scored a 224.

Open finalists will be determined once the scores are in from Thursday’s second section. The top 30 in the Open division and the top 20 in the other four Open divisions will compete in the Finals on Saturday.

Open finalists will determine their finals draw during the Cardinal Reining Horses Open Draw Party on Thursday evening. Along with the draw, the finalists will also get to vote on who will officiate the finals Saturday.

Find complete results here.

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Gina Schumacher & Whizzard take top honors in the qualifying go-round of the NRHA Non Pro European Futurity

2016 NRHA European Futurity
April 18 -23, Kreuth Germany

The European Non Pro Futurity Qualifying Go-round

Gina Schumacher & Whizzard take top honors in the qualifying go-round of the NRHA Non Pro European Futurity

Kreuth, April 19 – The qualifying go-round of the NRHA (National Reining Horse Association) European Non Pro Futurity opened the second day of competition in Kreuth, Germany, today. Europe’s best non professional riders made their way in the pen with Gina Schumacher of Germany earning top honors aboard Chanay Sky Management SA’s, Whizzard (Topsail Whiz x Shiney Lil Miss).

Bred by Cottonwood Spring Ranch LLC and nominated by Corinna Schumacher, the sorrel stallion was shown by Schumacher in the 2015 NRHA Non Pro Futurity where the duo took home $5,373.83.

With a 218.5, the young German rider lead the € 36,000.00-added Level 4 division of the Non Pro European Futurity. Schumacher also posted the second highest score, a 214.5, with Walawhizsunlight BB (Topsail Whiz x Walla Walla Sunshine) who was bred and nominated by Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck and counts $3,903.63 LTE.

Schumacher also qualified her third mount, Wham Bam Gunner Man (Gunners Special Nite x Super Olena Chic), bred and nominated by Robert Webb. The bay stallion earned the 2015 NRHA Prime Time Open Futurity Championship with NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider in the saddle and has $44,903 LTE. “I’m very fortunate to have the opportunity to ride such great horses and am thrilled with having placed all three in the finals,” says Gina.

Jan Kock of Germany and his QT Red N Run (Dun It On The QT x Moms Lil Ruffian) earned a spot in the finals with a 214, score which put them in the lead in both the € 20,664.05-added Level 3 and the € 11,808.03-added Level 2 divisions. The chestnut stallion was bred and nominated by Germany’s Michael Jungfer-Schubert and has won $4,950.62 in NRHA competition.

It was all about Germany once again as Luisa Stickel and her Ruf Dun Honey (Dun It On The QT x Lil Ruf Sam), bred and nominated by Pia Kalle, closed their run with a 208.5, score which put them in the lead in the € 5,904.01-added Level 1 division.

The Non Pro Consolation determined who the first two placed horses (plus ties), in all divisions, will advance to the finals which will be held on Friday 22.

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2016 NRBC Non Pro Finalists Announced

Dr. William Rhoads Wins NRBC Non Pro Preliminaries

The National Reining Breeders Classic Non Pro preliminaries concluded Tuesday, April 19, at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas. Competing on the second day of competition, Dr. William Rhoads and Mega Maggie Mae took the lead of the round with a 222, besting the other 160 entries.

Rhoads and Mega Maggie Mae, a 4-year-old mare by Magnum Chic Dream out of Cinco De Mega, earned $6,680 for the Non Pro preliminary win.

Veronica Williams and Frederick Christen both marked a 219 to tie for the high score of the Non Pro Levels 3 in the preliminary round. Christen, who also topped the Prime Time division, was riding MsDreamy, by Magnum Chic Dream and out of A Gal With A Gun. Williams rode Singing In The Rein, by Master Snapper and out of Shiners Mistress. Both riders also earned a spot in the Level 4 finals.

Lauren Crivelli and Check Your Gun Lad marked a 218 on the first day of competition, and that score held to win first in Non Pro Levels 1 and 2 of the preliminary round. Crivelli and Check Your Gun Lad, by Magnum Chic Dream and out of Check Your Gun Lady, will also compete in the finals for Non Pro Levels 3 and 4.

The top 30 in the Non Pro Level 4 and the top 20 of the other four Non Pro divisions will compete in the clean-slate finals on Friday, April 22.

It took a 216 to make it back in the Non Pro Level 4 and 215.5 in the Non Pro Level 3. In the Non Pro Level 2, the magic number was a 214.5, and in the Non Pro Level 1, contestants needed a 212.5 or higher. Non Pro Prime Time competitors with a score of 215 also earned finals berths.

The NRBC continues Wednesday with the first set of Open Classic Preliminaries in the coliseum arena. Please visit for a complete schedule of events, as well as up-to-date results from the show.

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NRBC – Mandy McCutcheon and Always Gotyer Gun Top First Section of Non Pro Preliminaries

Mandy McCutcheon and Always Gotyer Gun Top First Section of Non Pro Preliminaries

The first section of Non Pro competition at the NRBC is in the books. Although record rainfall and subsequent flooding of roads leading the Great Southwest Equestrian Center equated to a two hour delay of the start time, spirits were high and the camaraderie amongst the participants were evident.

NRBC Secretary/Treasurer Cheryl Cody noted, “We appreciate everyone’s patience. Our exhibitors are the best and very understanding as we worked around what is apparently a 500-year flood. The facility was short-handed because some of their employees could not get out of their homes, and everyone pitched in to help!”

At the end of the day, Mandy McCutcheon and Always Gotyer Gun, by Colonels Smoking Gun out of Always A Dunit, hold the top spot with a 220, undoubtedly securing a spot in the NRBC Non Pro finals.

Interestingly, Always Gotyer Gun, owned by McQuay Stables, is a full-sibling to McCutcheon’s 2012 NRBC Champion Always Gotyer Gunsup.

Sitting in second place with a 219 is reigning NRBC Non Pro Level 4 Champions Sarah Lynn Locker and Heavy Duty Chex. Heavy Duty Chex, owned by Hilldale Farm, is by Nu Chex To Cash and out of Rondas Tio.

Lauren Crivelli traveled all the way from Visalia, California, to compete in the NRBC, and made the trip worthwhile. She currently holds the top spot in Non Pro Levels 1-3 with a 218. Crivelle rode Check Your Gun Lad, by Magnum Chic Dream out of Check Your Gun Lady.

With a 219, Frederick Christen, Whitehouse, Ohio, and Maximum Dream lead the Non Pro Prime Time. Maximum Dream is by Magnum Check Dream out of Betch Boots Lizzie.

Non Pro preliminary competition continues Tuesday. The top 30 in the Non Pro, as well as the top 20 in the Intermediate Non Pro, Limited Non Pro, Non Pro Level 1, and Non Pro Prime Time, will advance to the clean-slate finals on Friday. The draw for the finals will be decided during the Markel Insurance Non Pro Draw Party on Wednesday evening.

Complete results can be found on the NRBC website.

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2016 European Futurity – Gunners Big Chex and Bernard Fonck lead the Open Futurity Qualifier

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2016 NRHA European Futurity
April 18 – 23, Kreuth, Germany

The Ostbayernhalle Welcomes the Eighth Edition of the NRHA European Futurity

Gunners Big Chex and Bernard Fonck lead the Open Futurity Qualifier

Kreuth, April 18 – Once again the NRHA (National Reining Horse Association) European Futurity lit up the Ostbayernhalle arena in Kreuth, Germany, today. The qualifying go-round of the Open Futurity welcomed 97 horses entered in the € 92,000.00-added Level 4 (59 entries), in the € 47,343.30-added Level 3 (51 entries), in the € 27,053.31-added Level 2 (43 entries) and in the € 13,526.66-added Level 1 (18 entries).

Earning the highest score in the Level 4 was NRHA Million Dollar Rider, Bernard Fonck, aboard Gunners Big Chex (Big Chex To Cash x Gunna B Dee One), owned by Steve Vannietvelt and Gina De Pauw. The flashy Paint horse mare was bred and nominated by Manuel Bonzano’s 23 Quarter Horses, Incisa Scapaccino, Italy.

With only five horses left to go, Fonck posted a 217.5 to lead after Dominik Reminder and Sliding To The Top, a stallion by Gunners Special Nite owned by Luga Quarter Horses of Italy, had set the bar early in the draw by scoring a 217.

“I’m very pleased with Gunners Big, who was bred and born in 23 and also with Spook Shine Spook who I also made the finals with,” says the Belgian rider (Fonck) based in Italy. “Unfortunately I was not as lucky with my third horse, Sevenchextocash, but I guess that’s the name of the game.”

Tying to lead the Level 3 division with a 214.5 was German NRHA Professional Emanuel Ernst and Italy’s NRHA Professional Cristian Dalla Pozza. Ernst was seen riding SR Holly Whizadream (Magnum Chic Dream x Holly Dun Conquista) for owner Reinhard Orth while Dalla Pozza – who also lead the Level 2 division – rode Holly Jolly Whiz (Whiz Ruf Peppy x Smart Dolly Hickory) for Ettore Baldazzi.  For Emanuel, tying to lead the Level 3 and making it to the Level 4 Open finals was especially sweet. “The last time I was here was five years ago and since I’ve only had this horse in training for two months, I’m twice as happy,” he said.

For Dalla Pozza, it was just as sweet. “Ettore Baldazzi, the owner, purchased this horse as a yearling and I’ve had him since. I broke and trained him myself. Our goal was that of making it to the Level 3 and 2 finals, we actually also are in the Level 4 finals, so we couldn’t be any happier.”

In the Level 1 division, French NRHA Professional, Christelle Graffeuil, slid Laurent Garrido’s Customized Whizcrome to the highest score, a 211. The Quarter Horse stallion, by Custom Black Crome and out of Roxy Whiz Pine, was bred by David Roux and nominated by Graffeuil. “I am really lucky to have the opportunity to ride this great horse and I’m really grateful that Laurent chose to trust me with him,” says Christelle. “It’s my first time showing here so making the finals in the Level 3, 2 and 1 is super exciting.”

Log on to tomorrow where you will have the chance to watch the Open go-round leader interviews!

The NRHA European Open and Non Pro Futurity is open to 4-year-old horses nominated in the NRHA European Nomination Program and is run in a qualifying go and finals. During the event a full-slate of NRHA approved classes is also offered.

Wednesday, April 19 Schedule:

8 am: European Non Pro Futurity Go round

Followed by the Open Consolation
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Four Finalists Selected for 2016 Equine Industry Vision Award

Contact: Christine W. Brune
American Horse Publications
(386) 760-7743

Four Finalists Selected for 2016 Equine Industry Vision Award

South Daytona, FL (April 18, 2016) – Zoetis and American Horse Publications (AHP) are proud to announce four finalists have been selected for the 2016 Equine Industry Vision Award. Sponsored by Zoetis, the Equine Industry Vision Award is intended to recognize ingenuity and service as well as benefit the equine industry by inspiring these qualities in others.

“Every year since 2002, the horse community has brought attention to the visionaries in the horse industry,” says Christine W. Brune, AHP executive director. “In recognizing these nominees, we learn of those whose dedication and service have impacted our industry and our horses in a positive way.”

The six members of the Equine Industry Vision Award Committee reviewed the nominations and narrowed the list of 16 nominees to four candidates. The committee selected the following finalists:

Tootie Bland, creator, owner, and producer of Road to the Horse, the original colt-starting competition;
Gary Carpenter, NRHA Commissioner, whose lifelong career impacts nearly every facet of the horse industry including AQHA, AAEP, The Jockey Club, Arabian Horse Trust, and Colorado State University’s equine programs;
EQUUS Foundation, a foundation dedicated to improving the quality of life of horses, promoting the use of horses to enrich the lives of those in need, and educating the public about the horse’s unique ability to empower, teach and heal; and
Retired Racehorse Project, a charitable organization that facilitates placing ex-racehorses in second careers by increasing demand for them in the riding markets and serving the farms, organizations and trainers that prepare them for second careers.

“A nomination for the Equine Industry Vision Award is an honor in itself,” says Brune. “It recognizes these individuals and organizations for making a significant difference in the horse world.”

The Finalists will be judged on their performance in relation to the achievement(s) cited and their demonstration of the following attributes and abilities: 1) The vision and innovation of a true pioneer; 2) Leadership, commitment, dedication and willingness to serve; 3) Original and effective ideas and/or products, services, programs; 4) High moral, ethical and professional standards. The AHP Board of Directors and a representative from Zoetis will vote to select the winner.

The official announcement of the winner and presentation of the award will be made at the Equine Industry Vision Award Breakfast on Friday, June 17, 2016 during the AHP May the Horse Be with You Seminar in Orlando, Florida. The recipient will be presented with the Equine Industry Vision Award Trophy created by master artisan Peter Wayne Yenawine.

Previous recipients of the Equine Industry Vision Award are Alexander Mackay-Smith in 2002, Don Burt in 2003, the American Quarter Horse Association in 2004, John Ryan Gaines in 2005, Stanley Bergstein in 2006, David O’Connor in 2007, Sally Swift in 2008, Charlotte Brailey Kneeland in 2009, John Nicholson in 2010, Robert E. Cacchione in 2011, Equine Land Conservation Resource in 2012, Professional Association of Therapeutic Horsemanship (PATH) in 2013, Patti Colbert in 2014, and Gayle Ecker in 2015

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2016 NRHA Derby Internships

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is pleased to announce that we are accepting internship applications for the 2016 NRHA Derby. What better way to celebrate the 50th anniversary than to join our stellar team during this milestone year? With it being the 50th anniversary of NRHA, the 2016 Derby will certainly be an event for the books. Apply today to be involved in what is sure to be an unforgettable show.

Interns will be given the opportunity to work closely with many different programs during the internship. Consideration will be given to areas that you have expressed interest in. Depth of involvement will be based on the strengths and interests of the applicant.

Internship Requirements:
The internship is based at the NRHA headquarters in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and includes participation at the NRHA Derby. To be selected the candidate:

  • Must be willing to assist with all functions of the departments listed including early mornings and lengthy days
  • Must be willing to work closely with youth members, leaders and NRHA staff
  • Must demonstrate an interest in the livestock or horse industry and have the ability to work collaboratively
  • Must be creative, energetic, patient and reliable

Stipend based on length of internship (daily rate during NRHA owned event of $50/day, plus lodging and reimbursement for travel to and from show)

Materials to include with application:
Resume and a list of references

Application deadline is April 30, 2016

Visit the careers section of the NRHA website for an application.

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South Carolina’s Abigail Pait and Bailey Walters Named to SEC All-Championship Team

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COLUMBIA, S.C. – University of South Carolina senior Abigail Pait (Aiken, S.C.) and sophomore Bailey Walters (Bourbon, Ind.) combined to sweep both western team selections on this year’s SEC All-Championship Team, it was announced over the weekend. Pait was chosen as the horsemanship rider on this year’s SEC All-Championship Team, while Walters was chosen as the reining selection.

Pait and Walters are the first Gamecock western riders in program history to earn a spot on the SEC All-Championship Team.

Abigail Pait

Abigail Pait

The SEC All-Championship Team is made up of one rider per event (equitation on the flat, equitation over fences, horsemanship, reining) and the selections are voted on by each of the four SEC equestrian head coaches.

Pait went 2-0 over the weekend at the SEC Championship. In Friday’s semifinal meet against No. 1 Auburn, she defeated her opponent, 149.5-142.5, and was named Most Outstanding Performer. In Saturday’s 11-8 win over No. 4 Texas A&M, Pait finished her 2-for-2 weekend with a 144.5-143 victory.

Bailey Walters

Bailey Walters

Walters also went 2-0 over the weekend at the SEC Championship. In Friday’s semifinal meet against the top-ranked Tigers, she beat her opponent, 141-131, and was named Most Outstanding Performer. In Saturday’s upset victory over the Aggies, she earned M.O.P. honors for the second time at the championship and for the third meet in a row, as she won her point, 140-138.5.

Gamecocks on the SEC All-Championship Team (all-time) • 2016 – Abigail Pait (horsemanship) • 2016 – Bailey Walters (reining) • 2014 – Katherine Schmidt (equitation over fences) • 2013 – Katherine Schmidt (equitation on the flat) • 2013 – Kimberly McCormack (equitation over fences)

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Cactus Reining Classic, 2016

by Christy Egan

If there was an annual award for Perfect NRHA Show of the Year, the 2016 Cactus Reining Classic would seriously have to be in the running. You know what they say about “Location …”. The WestWorld facility in Scottsdale, Arizona has proximity to it all, great stabling, great rings, great hotels and restaurants. Most years that list of reasons to show includes perfect weather. Check that one. This year temperatures were in the 70’s and 80’s for the entire show from Wednesday, March 2nd through Sunday the 6th. It’s a heavenly experience to ride or even sit in all that sunshine.

The competition Wednesday and Thursday at the show was exceptional, with Shane Brown winning the NRHA Open the first day with Double Loaded Gun (73) and the second with Wind Er Up Wimp (73.5). Paige Barton’s Diamond Oak, with Martin Padilla riding, held on tight to second with a 72.5 the first day and a 73 the next. Working For Chexs ridden by owner Deanna L. Birkle won the first slate’s Intermediate Open with Christian Rammerstorfer riding his Maddox to second place.  Rammerstorfer and Maddox tied to win Slate 2’s Intermediate Open with Gunsmokes TNT ridden by Maya Stessin for Kristen Loewenthal. On Wednesday, the Non Pro, the Prime Time Non Pro and the Non Pro Masters went to rider/owner Mark Blake and Plum Gotta Gun with a 72.5, which earned them some bragging rights and over $400 in prize money. Jennifer Greenleaf and her Dun Git A Nicadual won the Limited Non-Pro and the Intermediate Non Pro Thursday morning.

One of the best rides on Thursday, and perhaps of the show, was Sandy Vickrey and What A Lucky Hit, winning the Prime Time Non Pro. It wasn’t the score, though a 71.5 is certainly good, it was the fact that Sandy was riding her first competition since a freak horse accident more than a year ago left her struggling for life in a hospital with multiple crushed and broken ribs.  Many of us have summoned the courage to step back up on a horse after a bad fall, but Sandy had to go through months of rehab and pain before she tried to ride again. It took all of her courage. Her trainer, Bub Poplin, was a big supporter, as was her husband Gary.  She started riding just a few months ago and Cactus was her first show back. Everyone can appreciate a victory like this. Good for you Sandy. That’s one buckle you earned the hard way!

On Friday everyone was there for the $40,000 Added Protect The Harvest Non Pro Derby. Harper Conner turned in the best runs of the day.  First he posted a 221.50 on Jacs Princess and then, a 220 on Vintage GQ. Harper was also in the money (11th) with Revolutionary Jewels to take home a total of over $9,700. Julie Ridgeway showed her beautiful Palomino mare, Designed With Shine, to third, winning the PT Non Pro Aged Event. On Friday evening the show management, Brumley Management Group, LLC, hosted a taco party in the Equidome with all of the trimmings. It was a real treat to catch up with folks while enjoying the delicious hot food and iced tea.

Of course, nothing could beat the competition that lined up for the BIG money on Saturday. The day started with the $10,000 Added SmartPak Non Pro Maturity. Jessica Sternberg and Shiners Chic took home the Level 4 money, but the big winners were Kate Buchanan and Vintage Neptune, taking the Level 1, 2 and 3 divisions and going home with over $2,300 in cash plus great buckles and prizes. Youth competition ran outside both Saturday and Sunday. Luca Fappani scored the highest mark among the young set, marking a 72.5 aboard his mom’s talented reiner, Premier Diamond in the Youth 13 & Under.

Jordan Larson &  ARC Gunnabeabigstar

Jordan Larson & ARC Gunnabeabigstar

The big meet of the day was the $70,000 Lucas Oil Open Derby. It started at 1 pm and within the first fifteen minutes Casey Deary had posted a 220 on Lenas Sparkplug, and the bar was set. Mid-afternoon, Jordan Larson posted a 222.5 on Ruff Lil Magnum and that stood until Tracer Gilson and Shiners Gotta Whiz hit a 223.5 mark just after dinner.  At that point Jordan Larson came back with a resounding 226 on a shiny copper penny of a horse named ARC Gunnabeabigstar. Meanwhile, Matt Mills (Wimps Cool Breeze) and Dan Huss (Ms Dreamy) were caught in a Level 3 tie throughout the day. As the hours passed, the discussion regarding a possible ride-off grew more serious.  Finally, Matt brought in Gotta Trigger Man, scored a solid 223.5, and broke his own tie. He and Dan took their tie to second place and settled it with a coin. The Level 2 Limit and Level I Open Aged Event were won by Nicolas Barthelemy and All That Boon. Late evening, another burnished copper stallion, Platinum Vintage, this one with Andrea Fappani up, appeared at the in gate about five runs from the Derby’s end.  Earlier in the day Andrea had posted a 218 on Pinesail Jac and a 219.5 on Electric Genes. This was his last chance at the big money and he and the big Palomino both brought their A game. Winning was going to take a perfect run. Horse and rider were utterly focused and hit the in gate ready. Together they scored a spectacular 230, exactly what was needed to win.

Andrea_Fappani_and_Platinum_VintageOn Sunday the Rookie Non-Pro Level One was won by Jenny Ricotta and SS Spyderman. Jenny was also the hands behind the fabulous braids Platinum Vintage wore to victory in the Derby on Saturday. Donita Mullins and Heza One Step Ahead won the Rookie Level 1 and the Prime Time Rookie, making Donna the first recipient of the Bruzzy Cooke Memorial trophy awarded in a special presentation by Bruzzy’s widow Polly at the end of the show. It was an especially satisfying moment for the show’s producer, Amanda Brumley. “Bruzzy was such a great example of a true sportsman and competitor,” notes Amanda. “He always brought his best effort, his sense of humor and his ability to inspire everyone around him. I am so pleased to have a trophy at the Cactus Reining Classic that bears his name. The competition overall was wonderful at the show this year. I’d like to thank our sponsors and our exhibitors for their support. I look forward to seeing you all over Memorial Day weekend at the Wild Card Challenge in Las Vegas.”

Brumley Management Group, LLC will produce three other not-to-be-missed shows in 2016. In addition to the Reining By The Bay show in Woodside, California in July and their world famous September show, the High Roller Reining Classic in Las Vegas, they are adding the Wild Card Challenge Show in Las Vegas over Memorial Day, May 25th -29th. The Wild Card Challenge features an exciting new Four-Year-Old Futurity, two slates of ancillary reining classes, a $47,000 Added ARBC pre-futurity reining for Arabian and Half-Arabian reining horses, and a $10,000 Added SmartPak Non Pro 7 & Up Maturity. Pre-entries are due April 22nd. For information contact Amanda Brumley at 602-677-3774 or e-mail

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