Tulsa Reining Classic Showcases Youth Reiners

LeadLineThe up-and-coming talents of the reining industry sported their skills in the show pen Saturday at the Tulsa Reining Classic in the youth classes held in the Super Duty Arena at Expo Square.

The 13 & Under Youth champion was Raeanna Thayn riding Coded N Karma, a 2011 gelding by Electric Code and out of Whiz N Snap. Thayn posted a score of 143 earning her the win as well as the 13 & Under USA Reining title.

“[My run] felt really good today, I just kind of sat there and he did it all himself,” Thayn said, adding that it’s “Karma’s” craft in the show pen that she likes most. “I like that he does it and he’s not going to [do anything wrong].”

Thayn and her mount have been partners for a little over a year and have quickly become successful in the show pen. They’ve earned titles at the National Reining Breeders Classic. In Tulsa they started off strong and hope to use the momentum to show well in Saturday’s youth classes.

Sidney Purdue and Margaret Sue Dunn

Sidney Purdue and Margaret Sue Dunn

In the Youth 14-18 Sidney Purdue and Margaret Sue Dunn shared the win with scores of 144.5.

Purdue rode Shirley Shesa Tag, a 2011 mare by Whiz N Tag Chex and out of Pines BH, to the win. Purdue said Saturday’s win was unanticipated simply because she was using the youth run as preparation for Sunday’s classes.

“It was kind of unexpected, because I wasn’t really trying to win today,” she said. “We were just trying to go test everything out and make sure she was going to listen and she happened to get it all together in one ride. It was pretty fun.”

Dunn rode Spooks Smoken Wimpy, a 2009 gelding by Wimpys Little Step and out of Please Don’t Spook. Spooks Smoken Wimpy was shown in Friday’s CRI class by Yonathan Baruch and scored a 220.5, which Dunn said made the opportunity to ride the gelding special.

“He’s being very consistent at the show and I couldn’t ask for a better horse,” Dunn said.

Along with sharing the 14-18 win she also claimed the Unrestricted Youth win with Spooks Smoken Wimpy with the same score of 144.5.

The Rookie Youth champion was Carlee McCutcheon riding Whatta Royal Vintage with a score of 140. Whatta Royal Vintage is a 2009 mare by Hollywood Vintage and out of Whatta Royal Star.

In the Short Stirrup 10& Under class Owen Deary rode Reeboks Rerun to the win with a score of 72. Reeboks Rerun is a 2002 gelding by Reeboks Kid and out of Worksman Fisty and gives Deary ample amount of opportunity to enjoy success.

“I like his stops,” Deary said. “[Today's run] felt really good.”

In the Youth Reining Horsemanship Class Anna Woolsey rode Lil Red Rawhidey to the win with a score of 71.5.

In the 10& Under Walk/Trot Class Chayda Carpenter rode Jackson to the win.

“I’m really happy, because this is my first show ever, so I was really nervous at first, but I’m really excited,” she said.

Carpenter says she’s been practicing a lot to get prepared for the show and all of her hard work paid off when she earned the win, but most importantly she says she had fun.

Saturday night featured one of the fan favorite events, the Youth Lead Line and Youth Freestyle Reining sponsored by Dr. Joe Carter’s Oklahoma Equine. Seven of the industries brightest young starts made their mark in the arena to the applause of the Tulsa Reining Classic fans and contestants. All contestants received the signature Tulsa Reining Classic Commemorative Teddy Bears.

Kate Lilley rode Playin The Doctor to a fashionable and entertaining freestyle performance to take home the win, and earned a special Dun Gotta Gun Breyer model horse sponsored by Gy Jerry Kimmel.

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Alexandra Hatchett Claims Rookie Honors

Alexandra Hatchett

Alexandra Hatchett

The rookies of the sport were highlighted Friday at the Tulsa Reining Classic held at Expo Square Aug. 28 – Sept. 3. Two riders dominated the class with their flashy reining horses.

Alexandra Hatchett took the win in the Rookie classes. She claimed the championship in the Level 1, Level 2 and both the Rookie Levels 1 and 2 affiliate classes with a score of 141.

Hatchett rode Hickorys Baylite an 8-year-old gelding by Hickory Chic Olena and out of Lucky Baylite. Hatchett was admittedly nervous before her run, however her mount steadied all her nerves.

“My goal was top 10 to make it to the affiliate finals and we made it and he was really good,” Hatchett said. Walter Saunders Jr. earned the Prime Time Rookie championship riding Shur Sheez Juice with a score of 141. Shur Sheez Juice is by Smart Like Juice and out of Bingos Sure Slide.

“It was the best run I’ve had all weekend,” Saunders said of his run on Friday.

Shur Sheez Juice has been with Saunders for two years and their relationship continues to grow in and out of the show pen.

“She’s just really awesome, that’s all I can say is she’s just awesome,” Saunders said.

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Novice Horse Open Riders Crowned in Tulsa

Brian Bell

Brian Bell

Friday featured the Novice Horse Open Levels 1 and 2 plus the Novice Horse Open Level 1 and 2 Affiliate Regional Finals in the Super Duty Arena at the Tulsa Reining Classic held at Expo Square in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Top riders earned honors as champs were crowned.

Brian Bell rode Xtra Adorable Step for owner Kalyn Sanders to a score of 145 for the win in the Novice Horse Open. Xtra Adorable Step is by Wimpys Little Step and out of Dora Whiz and has been a great mount for her owner, but Sanders made the decision to hand the reins over to Bell for Friday’s performance.

“I hadn’t planned on showing her but Kalyn asked me to and I just wanted to have a smooth run and do good enough to win some money, but not go too crazy. She does everything pretty enough that I was able to do that, so I was excited about that,” Bell said.

The mare has been in Bell’s training program for a year. When the previous owner decided to sell her Bell suggested Kalyn purchase the 4-year-old and the rest is history.

“She’s like pedaling a bicycle around, every step you want to go faster you have to tell her to go faster and she always waits on you really good like that, so that’s probably my favorite thing about her,” Bell said about one of the qualities which makes her a winner.

Sanders plans to continue riding her hopefully progress together as a team.

Shauna Larcombe topped the the Novice Horse Open affiliate finals and shared the co-championship in the Novice Horse Level 2 affiliate finals with Tell Edgmon.

Larcombe rode Setting Off Smart to the titles. Setting Off Smart is by Smart Spook and out of Setting Off Sparks and led Larcombe to a score of 146 for the win. Larcombe is set to show the mare in the Open Derby on Sunday and therefore didn’t want to over work the mare.

“I didn’t want to over tax her too much, just wanted a nice clean run and she gave it to me,” Larcombe said of her 6-year-old mare.

Edgmon rode Show Your Guns, owned by Sergio Elizondo for the win. Show Your Guns is by Colonels Smoking Guns and out of Good Time Show Girl.

“It’s hard to find a horse that as the show moves on gets better and better,” Edgmon said, adding that riding for Elizondo makes his job easy.

Dany Tremblay rode Misters Temptress to the Novice Horse Level 2 championship, which is admittedly one of his favorite horses to ride.

“She’s so honest in there and I’m so glad she did good again,” Tremblay said. “We’re going to go the Congress next year again with that horse for the Novice Horse, we’re leading the year right now, so hopefully we can end the year in the lead.”

Misters Temptress is a 5-year-old mare by Mister Dual Pep and out of Colonel Pepinic and owned by Adh Mor Ranch, Brad and Amanda Kelly.

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Matt Mills Claims Gold Medal, Franco Bertolani Wins CRI3

Matt Mills

Matt Mills

Friday night’s competition was filled with national and international competition when the USEF and CRI classes were showcased. The riders dazzled the crowd with big stops, fast spins and smooth moves. Both the professionals and the young guns of the sport had the opportunity to show off their skills.

Matt Mills rode Wimps Cool Breeze to the USEF Open gold medal with a score of 221.5 for owner Janice Dickson.

Wimps Cool Breeze is by Wimpys Little Step and out of QHR Jamaica Express and is a 7-year-old buckskin stallion Mills has grown to appreciate for both his style and heart in the arena.

“I love that horse,” Mills said. “He is exactly what you want when you talk about a horse with heart and guts. He never quits. Really he’s what I call a gamer. He’s always up to it, whether I have two horses to get him ready or a month to prepare it doesn’t matter when I walk through the gate that horse is going to be at the bare minimum where he was tonight.”

Friday Mills used his relationship with Wimps Cool Breeze to prepare him properly before the run as well as show him just right in the show pen.

“I thought the entire run was solid. We’ve definitely scored a whole lot higher before, but at this particular run we didn’t need to be spectacular we needed to be real good,” Mill said of he strategy for the run. “We have plans to qualify for the WEG next year, so it’s always trying to be careful not to do too much, but yet you always want to be coming out on top when the dust settles.”

Casey Deary claimed the silver medal riding Reeboks Rerun to a score of 219.5 for owner Owen Deary. Deary also took the bronze medal riding Who Dat Hot Chic with a score of 218.5 for owner Neiberger Performance.

In the 14-18 USEF class Cade McCutcheon was the gold medal winner riding Anne-Marie Burns’ 5-year-old REF Sturgis. The win was outstanding for McCutcheon, because it was the first time he had ever ridden the horse.

REF Sturgis is by Custom Harley and out of Chics Time To Rein and he stepped up for McCutcheon when he needed a mount for the class.

“The first time I ever rode him was tonight before I showed him, but he’s pretty easy to get along with,” McCutcheon said. “I wanted to show in this class and I didn’t have a horse and Anne-Marie was nice enough to let me show him.”

McCutcheon hope to follow in his parents’ footsteps and rise to the top of the USEF competition.

“It’s different than showing in the NRHA classes that I show in every horse show, so it’s a different experience and hopefully it will get me ready for the next young riders competitions if I go,” McCutcheon said.

Dani Latimer took home the silver medal riding Sparklin Nite with a score of 217.5 and Blair Thompson rode Whiz N Chica Dee to a score of 214 to take home the bronze medal.

In the 14-18 USEF class Cade McCutcheon was the gold medal winner riding Anne-Marie Burns’ 5-year-old REF Sturgis. The win was outstanding for McCutcheon, because it was the first time he had ever ridden the horse.

REF Sturgis is by Custom Harley and out of Chics Time To Rein and he stepped up for McCutcheon when he needed a mount for the class.

“The first time I ever rode him was tonight before I showed him, but he’s pretty easy to get along with,” McCutcheon said. “I wanted to show in this class and I didn’t have a horse and Anne-Marie was nice enough to let me show him.”

McCutcheon hope to follow in his parents’ footsteps and rise to the top of the USEF competition.

“It’s different than showing in the NRHA classes that I show in every horse show, so it’s a different experience and hopefully it will get me ready for the next young riders competitions if I go,” McCutcheon said.

Dani Latimer took home the silver medal riding Sparklin Nite with a score of 217.5 and Blair Thompson rode Whiz N Chica Dee to a score of 214 to take home the bronze medal.

Kalena Reynolds rode Gun Whiz It to the 13 & Under youth USEF gold medal with a score of 212.5. Gun Whiz It is a 6-year-old mare by Colonels Smoking Gun and out of Roll Whiz It and this year marks the first year of her partnership with Reynolds.

“We had a little bit of trouble getting together at first, but we’ve clicked and we’ve gotten better and she’s taught me a lot,” Reynolds said.

The Tulsa Reining Classic was Reynolds first show to compete in the USEF classes and she plans to continue competing.

Carlee McCutcheon won the silver medal riding Whatta Royal Vintage with a score of 208.

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Mandy McCutcheon, Kevin Ball Share Turnabout Farm Non Pro Futurity

Mandy McCutcheon and Kevin Ball

Mandy McCutcheon and Kevin Ball

The Turnabout Farm Non Pro Futurity took center stage at The Tulsa Reining Classic, held at Expo Square Aug. 28 – Sept. 3, saw smart maneuvers and big stops during the Non Pro Derby in the Ford Truck Arena.

Mandy McCutcheon and Kevin Ball shared the Turnabout Farm Level 4 Non Pro Futurity championship with scores of 220.5.

McCutcheon rode her home raised mare One Last Gunner by Colonels Smoking Gun and out of One Last Corona. McCutcheon says she owes the existence of the mare to her son, Cade, who asked to breed One Last Corona to “Gunner.”

“I think she was supposed to be Cade’s,” McCutcheon said with a laugh, adding that when she landed in her hands she was happy to claim ownership.

McCutcheon has already had success in Tulsa sharing the co-championship in Thursday’s SmartPak Level 4 Non Pro Derby. Even with the success thus far McCutcheon says one of the highlights of the week was sharing the win in Friday’s Non Pro Futurity.

“She was really good and really solid,” McCutcheon said of her mare’s run, adding praise for the mare’s performing in the tough field at Tulsa. “This is a really tough futurity, it’s one of the best ones in the country. It’s been a great week and I couldn’t be happier.”

Ball rode This Chic Guns It, a 3-year-old by Colonels Smoking Gun and out of This Chic Dun It, to not only the Level 4 win, but the Level 3 and Level 2 championships as well. Ball purchased the mare rather unexpectedly when Nathan Piper found her only one day after Ball mentioned he was looking for a 2-year-old.

“I called Nathan and said ‘Hey let’s look for a 2-year-old to purchase at the end of the year.’ He called me the next day and said ‘You need to watch this video and buy this horse,’ and I said ‘What about the end of the year didn’t you understand?’” Ball recalled with a laugh.

Even though Ball said he wasn’t initially ready to purchase a horse he said couldn’t pass up the opportunity to buy This Chic Guns It, and hasn’t regretted a moment with the mare.

“I saw her and it was just the right place, the right time kind of a deal,” he said. “She’s come along better and better and she’s just been a joy to be around.”

Ball says the mare has only been hauled and shown a hand full of times, but continues to progress each time.

“I knew she could do it; I knew she had a lot of talent,” Ball said of his mare’s win. “I just wanted to showcase her the best I could, take it step by step and not over show her either.”

Sandy Eustace rode Chex With A Dream to the Turnabout Farm Non Pro Futurity Prime Time with a score of 221.5.

Friday’s win was extra special for Eustace, because the 3-year-old daughter of Magnum With A Dream and out of Lee San Chex is Eustace’s first home raised show horse.

“I’m just happy that she’s made a reiner,” Eustace said. “She’s a little behind, but she’s coming quick.”

Eustace says going into the futurity she was concerned with her turnarounds, because it’s admittedly a weak spot for the mare. Chex With A Dream stepped up for her owner when it counted and nailed her turnarounds, which helped lead her rider to the win.

“I feel wonderful,” she said of her win. “I’m just glad that she did well.”

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NRHA Now Accepting Invitational Freestyle Submissions

For Immediate Release – Oklahoma City, Okla. – September 06, 2017 – Following the success of last year’s Invitational Freestyle at the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity, the NRHA is excited to announce its return again this year. The competition will feature a total of 10 riders: the top three riders at the 2017 Denver Freestyle, the top three scores from the 2016 All American Quarter Horse Congress Freestyle, and four riders from a fan vote.

In order to be eligible to apply, all you have to be is a current NRHA member in good standing!

Send your best freestyle reining routine to Hayley Eberle at heberle@nrha.com. All video submissions meeting the requirements will be published so that Oklahoma residents and reining fans across the globe can pick their favorites.

Submissions must be received by September 14th at 11:59 p.m. in order to be considered. Late submissions will not be accepted. All videos must be a downloadable file in one of the following formats: (.MOV .MPEG4, MP4, .AVI, .WMV,. MPEGPS, .FLV,3GPP, WebM). Files sent in an email or through a Dropbox link will also be accepted as long as they are in one of the approved formats listed above.

The 2017 NRHA Invitational Freestyle will take place Thursday, November 30, at 7:30 pm at Oklahoma State Fair Park. For more information about the event, including a schedule, ticket prices, and hotel information, please visit NRHAFuturity.com.

For more information about applying for the invitational Freestyle competition, please contact Hayley Eberle, Manager of Marketing and Outreach.

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Tulsa Reining Classic – Mandy McCutcheon Logs Dual Win in SmartPak Non Pro Derby

The Tulsa Reining Classic, held at Expo Square Aug. 28 – Sept. 3 saw smart maneuvers and big stops during the SmartPak Non Pro Derby in the Ford Truck Arena.

Mandy McCutcheon

Mandy McCutcheon

It was an epic day for Mandy McCutcheon in Thursday’s SmartPak Non Pro Level 4 Derby when she tied for the win with herself aboard two standout horses. McCutcheon scored a 222.5 aboard both Hollywood Starburst and Baileys Not Painted for the dual championship.

Hollywood Starburst is a 4-year-old mare by Hollywood Dun It and out of Chic Olena Starbuck that recently led McCutcheon to the NRHA Non Pro Derby championship. The mare continues to be a force in McCutcheon’s arsenal.

“They are both really nice great minded horses. The buckskin mare I just recently won the NRHA Derby on, so there is always that nervous part of ‘I don’t want to make her look like a fool after a big win,’” McCutcheon said with a laugh.

The mare looked like anything but a fool turning in a stellar performance in Tulsa.

Baileys Not Painted, who is by Gunners Special Nite and out of Darlins Not Painted, has only been with McCutcheon for three days. Although the gelding has been in Tom and Mandy McCutcheon’s training program since the start Mandy bought him only recently.

“When the opportunity came up to buy him I jumped on it,” McCutcheon said of purchasing the gelding.

The decision proved successful when he turned in an equally impressive run as McCutcheon’s mare.

“They were both very similar [in their runs today],” McCutcheon said. “They were just easy and showed honest and pure and just tried to be good horses.”

The Level 3 saw another tie, this time between Kara Gray-Frye and Catherine Crandon with scores of 220.

Frye rode Juice N Silk (Smart Like Juice x Silk N Sable Pine) to the co-championship. He has been with Frye since he was 3. The now-6-year-old has been a great addition to Frye’s program.

“He’s definitely a special guy. He doesn’t take any training – you just keep him fit and get on him and go show,” she said. “He steps up and if I call on him he’s there.”

Crandon took home a plethora of prizes when she topped the Level 3, and the Level 2 and Prime Time with her score of 220.

The 5-year-old gelding RC Fashion Chic, who’s by RC Fancy Step and out of Shesa Fashion Chic has only been with his owner since March and stepped up in Tulsa to prove his worth in the reining pattern.

“This was kind of the first time we’ve shown and were penalty free,” she said. “That was quite an accomplishment for us today, so we’re pretty excited. I could not be happier. We just kept trying and trying and I knew we’d get it eventually so I was pretty happy.”

The Level 2 Non Pro reserve co-champions were Mark Blake riding Hot Hollywood Whizky and Laura Parker riding Shirley Your A Tag with scores of 219.

The Prime Time Non Pro reserve co-champions were Frye riding Juice N Silk and Nancy Murfin-Moxley riding Who Whiz Hot Choclat to scores of 221.5.

The TRC continues on Friday with the Turnabout Farms Non Pro Futurity and the 2017 USEF Reining Championship.

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Tulsa Reining Classic – Thursday’s Ancillary Classes

The Tulsa Reining Classic, held at Expo Square Aug. 28 – Sept. 3 featured stylish reining horses in Thursday’s ancillary classes held in the Super Duty Arena.

Mirjam Stillo

Mirjam Stillo

Mirjam Stillo riding Ruff Spook, who’s by Smart Spook and out of Ruffle Me Up, scored a 146 to top the NRHA Open for owners Shannon and Hershel Reid. The team has been together for several months this year and Stillo’s goal is to ride in the FEI World Equestrian Games aboard Ruff Spook. Today’s performance inched them one step closer to the end goal.

“He was really good today and we just had a smooth ride,” Stillo said adding that they will show again in tomorrow’s CRI class. “[Today's run helps keep] building confidence more and more. I tried to push him a little harder on some things and he was with me all the time. I think we are becoming a team.”

The NRHA Open championship was shared between Fred Thomsson and Josh Murphy with a score of 145.5.

Thomsson rode Arlosa Whiz, owned by Euro Vets Inc. to the co-championship. Thomsson and Arlosa Whiz have been a part of each others’ lives since he was a foal, which Thomsson said made the day extra special.

Fred Thomsson

Fred Thomsson

“I was really happy with the horse, he was right on. I should have showed him a little better in one maneuver, but other than that we were real pleased with how today folded,” Thomsson said.

Thomsson and Arlosa Whiz have been a part of each others’ lives since he was a foal, which Thomsson said made the day extra special. Arlosa Whiz is the 8-year-old son by Topsail Whiz and out of Dream Olena Chic.

“We do this for the love of the horse and when the horse gives you everything he can it’s a special feeling, no matter how you acquired him,” Thomsson said.

Josh Murphy rode Got That Iowa Shine, who’s by Smart And Shiney and out of SLJ This Is My Juice, to the co-championship. The now-4-year-old has been with Murphy since his 2-year-old year and has shared success in the show pen already in his young career. The journey hasn’t been easy however. Got That Iowa Shine colicked this spring and has come back to win today’s class.

“He’s come back really strong for me,” Murphy said. “[Today] he went out there and did his thing. He’s just a pretty great horse to show.”

ell Edgmon topped the Intermediate Open and Intermediate Open affiliate finals riding Show Your Guns (Colonels Smoking Gun x Good Time Show Girl) with a score of 143.5. The pair have been partners for five years and they have developed a working relationship fortifying their success in the show pen.

“Usually I have trouble getting him to turn and he went in there and fired off both ways, after that I felt good about the rest of the run,” Edgmon said.

Winona Walker rode BOS Peppy And Smart, owned by Michelle Young, to the Limited Open and Limited Open ancillary championships. The duo turned in a score of 143 for the win. They also earned second in the Intermediate Open and Intermediate Open ancillary classes.

“I think he had a really good run,” Walker said. “We [played it safe] in our stops, but he really gave me a good run.”

Leslie Bingham

Leslie Bingham

Leslie Bingham and Who Dat Hot Chic (Wimpys Little Step x Smart Chic Aloha) topped the Rookie Professional. Who Dat Hot Chic is owned by Neiberger Performance and earned Bingham the title with a score of 142.

“I realized this morning that she hadn’t been in the pen yet,” Bingham said with a laugh. “She was kind of looking around checking things out and cost me a little bit in the circles, but other than she was great.”

Josh Tishman riding Chics Love Me Wimpy (Wimpys Little Step x Dream About Magic) topped the Rookie Pro affiliate finals and second in the Rookie Pro with a score of 141.5 for owners DAG Ventures LLC.

“We’ve been pretty competitive this entire year, I think we are sitting first or second in the year-end standings,” Tishman said. “We thought we would go for the year-end title in the affiliate and he’s been very consistent.”

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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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Contact: Kelcie Griffith, 774-773-1112 or KGriffith@SmartPak.com

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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