NRCHA SNAFFLE BIT FUTURITY SALES SCHEDULED FOR OCT. 2-4
HISTORIC WARD RANCH CONSIGNS 13 HEAD
By Glory Ann Kurtz from NRCHA release
Sept. 15, 2014
Thirteen horses from the historic Ward Ranch cow horse-breeding program have been consigned to the Snaffle Bit Futurity Sales, scheduled for Oct. 2-4 during the annual NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity, held in Reno, Nev., Monday, Sept. 22 through Saturday, Oct. 4.
According to Dar Hanson, the Ward Ranch manager who also serves on the NRCHA Sale committee, eleven of the Ward Ranch horses are in the Classic Yearling & Broodmare Sale, which is the first sale of the three and scheduled for 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 2, with 168 consignments. According to the current catalog (see below), a total of 334 consignments will come through the sale ring over the three days.
The other three sales included the Performance Horse Sale, with 38 consignments, held Friday, Oct. 3 at approximately 11 a.m. It will be followed by the 63-consignment 2-Year-Old Select Sale. The final sale, the Select Yearling and Broodmare Sale, featuring 65 consignments, will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 4. The sales are presented by Markel Insurance and managed by Parnell Dickinson.
“When you’re looking at the quality of horses, and the value for the dollar, the Classic Sale is one of the best opportunities all weekend, said sale manager Jake Parnell. “It is a very worthwhile place to shop. There have been a lot of ‘steals’ out of that sale.”
In most cases, the only difference between Select Sale yearlings and Classic Sale yearlings are the accomplishments of their dams. As for broodmares, Classic Sale consignments offer equal pedigree power as the Select mares, but may have less on their performance or produce resume.
“Horses in the Classic sale are every bit as good. A lot of those Classic yearlings have a grand-dam that made six figures, but maybe their mother was hurt and couldn’t be shown, or she didn’t win as much,” Parnell said. “There are also opportunities to get good broodmares that didn’t qualify for the Select sale. There are exceptional bloodlines in the Classic sale, but the mares may not have the performance or the production record to qualify for the Select.
“The Classic sale is a great place to buy horses,” he continued. “A lot of yearlings in that sale have dams that might be one futurity season away from being in the Select Sale category, because they might have only one foal of show age and haven’t built that produce record yet.”
According to Hanson, his goal is to place horses where they have the best opportunity to bring their maximum value.
“The Classic sale is a great place to buy horses,” Hanson said. “A lot of yearlings in that sale have dams that might be one futurity season away from being in the Select Sale category, because they might have only one foal of show age and haven’t built that produce record yet.”
Buyers should also keep in mind that all yearlings, whether purchased through the Classic Sale or the Select Sale, are eligible for the Yearling Incentive purse. The horses must be enrolled at the sale, and the fee may be paid either by the buyer or the consignor. The Futurity Sale incentives will be described in more detail in another installment of our series.
For further information contact the sale company at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jake Parnell at 916-662-1298 if you have any questions.
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PHIL RALLS CAPTURES NATIONAL STOCK HORSE FUTURITY
JAKE GORRELL CLAIMS DERBY TITLE
By Glory Ann Kurtz
Photos by Big Daddy Photography
Sept. 10, 2014
Phillip Ralls, Paso Robles, Calif., captured the NSHA Futurity riding Call Me Mitch, owned by Estelle Roitblatt, Santa Ynez, Calif. Photo by Big Daddy Photography.
Phillip Ralls, Paso Robles, Calif., didn’t have to travel far to win the Open championship of the 10th Annual National Stock Horse Association Futurity held Aug. 20-24, which was held in his hometown of Paso Robles, Calif. Ralls was riding Call Me Mitch, a bay roan stallion sired by Metallic Cat out of Miss Hickory by Doc’s Hickory, owned by Estelle Roitblatt, Santa Ynez, Calif., who collected the $18,525.98 paycheck. The stallion, scoring a total composite score of 653.50, was bred by James Eakin, Hondo, Texas.
Ralls also finished in a tie for 16th riding Nu Flashin Diamond for Kelly and Mark Gowing, picking up an additional $1,425.08, for a total take-home payday of $19,951.06. This is his first NSHA Futurity championship.
The Reserve title, scoring a composite of 651.50, went to Justin Wright, Santa Ana, Calif., riding CR Stylish Danny Rey, a 3-year-old sorrel mare sired by Dual Rey out of Flying Stylish by Docs Stylish Oak, owned by Eric M. Freitas, Santa Maria, Calif. The pair collected a $14,250.75 paycheck. The mare was bred by Gail Holmes’ Double Dove Ranch, Benbrook, Texas. Wright and the mare also won the Intermediate Open Futurity for a $2,022 paycheck. Wright also finished in a tie for 12th in the Futurity riding Shiney Delight for Kelly and Mark Gowing, earning an additional $2,137.61, for a grand total of $18,710.36.
The Limited Open Futurity was won by Monica Caetano riding Smokin Little Ringo for John R Pascoe, scoring a 647.50 and earning $906. The pair also finished third in the Intermediate Open for $1,137.38 and sixth in the Open Futurity for $4,750.25. Monica also tied for 7th in the Open Derby riding Dual Chexx for Gay Versteeg, winning $2,494.38; finished second in the Intermediate Open Derby for $1,368.40, second in the Limited Open Derby for $591 – for a grand total of $11,247.41.
The Level 1 Limited Open Futurity composite was won by Russell Probert riding Pill Poppin Prize for Gigi Gortner and taking home $2,061.
The Futurity featured 71 entries, topping the 66 entries in 2013.
Jake Gorrell, Hanford, Calif., rode Playin It Smooth, owned by Kalpower Quarter Horses to the Open Derby championship. Photo by Big Daddy Photography.
The 37-entry Derby was taken by Jake Gorrell, Hanford, Calif., riding Playin It Smooth, a 4-year-old chestnut gelding sired by Smooth As A Cat out of Starlight Playmate by Grays Starlight, owned by Kalpower Quarter Horses, Midland, Texas., who also bred the gelding. The pair collected a $7,675.00 paycheck for their 657.50 composite score.
Gorrell also finished 4th on CD Sparkle, owned by the San Juan Ranch, collecting an additional $4,221.25 for a 654 composite score. He also finished 11th in the Open Futurity riding Smart Dual Nic for Dave Bush, earning $$2,375.13 for a show total of $14,271.38. According to the 2013 Equistat Cow Horse Statistics, Gorrell is the eighth leading rider in all ages/all divisions.
The Reserve Derby title went to Zane Davis, Idaho Falls, Idaho, riding Brother Jackson, a 2009 stallion sired by Peptoboonsmal out of Shes Icing Onthe Cat by High Brow Cat, owned by John A. Semanik, Jacksonville, Fla. The pair collected a $6,140 paycheck with their close 657 score. Brother Jackson was bred by Kenneth Jackson, Ellisville, Mo.
Davis, a rancher, former rodeo champion, the son of Shawn Davis (PRCA World Champion Bronc Rider from 1965-1968 and General Manager of the National Finals Rodeo since 1985) and the winner of the 2009 NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity on Reymanetor, also finished third in the Open Futurity riding Shiners Lil Nickle for Michelle Cannon, earning an additional $11,400.60, for a total take-home paycheck of $17,540. Davis is the 7th leading rider in the 2013 Equi-Stat Reined Cow Horse Statistics.
The Intermediate Open Derby, Limited Open Derby, and Novice Horse Open Derby were taken by Terrill Heaton riding Little Red Coupe for Brent Steward. They collected a total of $3,402.10. The Level 1 Limited Open Derby was won by Richard Winters riding Bugs Boony, winning $1,678.50.
Laurie Ward, Kingsburg, Calif., won the Non-Pro Futurity riding Mak Daddy. Photo by Big Daddy Photography.
In Non-Pro competition, Laurie Ward, Kingsburg, Calif., won the 8-entry Futurity with a 628.50 composite score, taking home $2,736 riding Mak Daddy, a 2011 palomino gelding sired by Smoke Elan out of Rock N Roll CD by CD Olena, owned by her parents Ronnie and Karin Richards, Kingsburg, Calif. The gelding was bred by Rancho Oso Rio LLC, Scottsdale, Ariz. According to 2013 Equistat statistics, Ward is the third leading Non-Pro & Amateur Rider.
Reserve, with a 627.50 score, was Molly Russell, Reston, Calif., riding Sister Siera, a bay mare by Doc At Night out of Sierras Lullabye by Had A Larrabee, bred by Sandie Braden, Terrebonne, Oreg. The Reserve title was worth $2,052.00. Molly also won the Intermediate Non-Pro Futurity for an additional $1,296 for a total payday of $3,348.
Kathy Wilson rode Sanalea Chex to the championship of the Novice Non-Pro Futurity, earning $369. Kathy also finished third in the Non-Pro Futurity, earning $1,368, and second in the Intermediate Non-Pro for $799, for a total of $2,536.
Wyatt J. Fisher rode Dudes Stylish Diva to the championship and $1,480 paycheck in the $7500 Amateur Futurity and Linda R. Wood and This Cats Royal won the Non-Pro Limited Futurity for $1,620.
The 9-entry Non-Pro Derby was won by Shannon McCarty, Solvang, Calif., riding Hick Oleana, a 2009 sorrel gelding sired by Hick Chicaroo out of Miss Ann Olena by Miss N Cash. Shannon also won the Intermediate Non-Pro Derby and the Novice Non-Pro Derby, taking home a total of $2,937.90 for their 650 composite score.
Reserve, with a 643.50 score, was Dave Ferguson, Cottonwood, Calif., riding Smart Shiney Pistol, a 2010 sorrel gelding by Smart Chic Olena out of Shiners Lil Pistol by Shining Spark. Bred by Roxy Anne Koepsell, Aubrey, Texas, the gelding earned $1,380.60 for their 643.50 composite score.
The $7500 Amateur Derby was won by Donna M. Russo riding Earthly Riches to a 636.50, taking home $1,458. The Non-Pro Limited Derby was taken by Polly L. Potocar riding Prize Maker to a 629.50 composite score, earning $1,237.50.
THE CUTTING HORSE INFLUENCE:
It’s interesting to note that cutting horse sires have made their marak in the reined cow horse industry, with both the Champion and Reserve Champions of the Open Futurity and Derby being sired by leading cutting horse sires.
The Open Futurity Champion Call Me Mitch a bay roan stallion, was sired by Metallic Cat, sired by High Brow Cat, out of Miss Hickory by Doc’s Hickory – a top cutting horse bloodline. Metallic Cat was the 2008 NCHA Futurity Champion and NCHA Horse of the Year and Member of the NCHA Hall of Fame and is the second highest money-earning stallion in the history of the NCHA. His offspring have earned over $1.4 million. He is the highest money earner of all High Brow Cat offspring and the highest money-earning aged-event stallion in a 27-year history.
The Reserve Futurity Champion, CR Stylish Danny Rey, is sired by top sire Dual Rey and out of a Docs Stylish Oak daughter. Dual Rey is the fifth leading sire in the Lifetime Cutting Statistics through 2013 published by Equistat, with 780 offspring winning close to $24.7 million.
The Derby Champion, Playing It Smooth, is sired by Smooth As A Cat, the 11th leading sire in the Equistat Lifetime statistics, siring 510 offspring earning over $11.2 million. According to the owners’ recent Internet ad, Smooth As A Cat was NCHA’s third leading sire in 2013, with total offspring earnings of over $12 million.
The Reserve Derby Champion, Brother Jackson, is sired by Peptoboonsmal, the 7th leading sire in Equistat’s Lifetime Statistics through 2013, with 726 offspring earning over $20.5 million. Peptoboonsmal is also the fourth leading sire in the 2013 Equistat Cow Horse Statistics, siring 32 offspring earning over $230,000. Peptoboonsmal is also the sire of One Time Pepto, the leading Cow Horse sire in 2013, with 41 offspring earning $411,821.
THE OPEN CHAMPIONS:
For his Futurity 653.50 composite score win, Phillip Ralls and Call Me Mitch finished 10th in the Reined Work with a 216.00. The reining division was won with a 218.50 score by Justin Wright and Shiney Delight. In the Herd Work, Ralls tied for fourth with a 217. First and second in the Herd Work was Justin Wright riding Maverick Rey for first with a 222 and CR Stylish Danny Rey, second, with a 221. In the Cow Work, Ralls finished fourth with a 220.50. First in the division was tied between Lance Johnston and Cat Ful Of Diamonds and Corey D Cushing riding Bela Sera, with both scoring a 222.00.
Ralls was born in Ojai, Calif., and raised on the central coast. He was brought up in the horse show industry, as his father, Ron, is also a horse trainer. Phillip began his own training business when he was 20 years old. His main focus today is training reined cow horses and cutting horses. His facility is the Rockin One Ranch, located 10 miles east of 101, in Paso Robles, which is becoming recognized as one of the most recognized areas along the west coast with its excellent wine reputation and a hot spot for horse shows and events.
According to his web site, Ralls was an NRCHA Open Futurity finalist in 2009, 2010 and 2012; a Derby finalist in 2011 and 2012; NSHA Futurity Open Reserve Champion in 2009, Open Futurity finalist in 2010, Reserve Champion in 2011 and Open Derby Champion and Open Bridle Spectacular Champion in 2012 – as well as a list of other championships.
Jake Gorrell went to college in Idaho, where he earned a degree in business administration, but moved to California to work as an assistant trainer to Jon Roeser. After three years with Jon, he went on his own and has now been a trainer for 20 years. His wife, Sonia, was raised on a ranch and is a trainer and competitor in the world of professional barrel racing, including WPRA and barrel futurity competition.
According to his web site, Jake has been a top-five finalist at every NRCHA and NSHA major event since 2002. In 2010, he was the Preliminary Champion and high-scoring gelding at the NRCHA World Championship Snaffle Bit Futurity as well as an Open Hackamore finalist. He was also the NSHA Snaffle bit Futurity Champion on Playin Ace High; a finalist in the NRCHA Derby, top 10 finalist at NRCHA Derby, finalist NRCHA Hackamore Classic & Stallion Stakes, Reserve Champion NSHA Cowhorse Classic.
In 2008, he won the NRCHA Snaffle Bit Futurity on Smooth N Cash; Open Bridle Champion , Reserve Champion Open Bridle and Open Hackamore Champion at California Rodeo Salinas.
In 2006, he rode the AQHA World Champion Working Cowhorse; in 2005, he was Open Champion of the NRCHA Derby and in 2004, Open Champion of VCHA Fresno Futurity. In 2003, he was t he Open Bridle National Champion of the NRCHA.
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LIVIN’ ON TULSA TIME
Courtesy of the Tulsa Reining Classic
Sept. 6, 2014
With 1168 horses shown and a total payout over $333,000, the 2014 Tulsa Reining Classic, held Aug. 26 – 31, at Expo Square in Tulsa, Okla., began its second decade with a bang! The show, which combines an array of futurities and derbies with a double slate of National Reining Horse Association classes and the South Central Regional Affiliate Finals, was up from the previous year’s numbers across the board in spite of losing some of its most loyal attendees to the World Equestrian Games held in Normandy, France.
For Global Reining Sport Group, which produces the show, the substantial increases were welcome news. Colleen McQuay, President of the Group, said, “We were pleasantly surprised at the numbers and definitely looking forward to next year, now. With so many first-time attendees who have pledged to return, along with our regulars who were in Normandy, 2015 could be a banner year!”
And the Normandy connection was alive and well in Tulsa as attendees watched live feeds of the World Equestrian Games action on big screens and the Jumbotron – especially when Team USA swept that event and the on-air commentators mentioned that the crowd was likely roaring at the Tulsa Reining Classic!
DARLING RANCH DEVELOPING HORSE FUTURITY
The high-stakes action of the Darling Ranch Developing Horse Futurity began on Tuesday, Aug. 26. The event was created with the goal of allowing reining horses to develop and perform at their own pace. This marks the fourth year of the Developing Horse Futurity, and 82 entries competed in the Ford Truck Arena at the Expo Square. Franco Bertolani and Chexmaster bested the field with a 219.5 to win $3,982, a Lawson bronze, a saddle from Santa Cruz Animal Health, and a sheet from Back On Track products.
“I was very happy with him today. He’s very easy to prepare and show, so it makes me comfortable and trusting when it comes to showing him,” Bertolani said of the Nu Chex To Cash stallion out of Snip O Gun. “I got him about a year ago and he has been a really good horse. I showed him in Colorado about a month ago and he was really good. I’m so proud of him.”
Bertolani will be taking Chexmaster to Las Vegas in a couple weeks, and noted that the Developing Horse Futurity was the perfect class to compete with the horse. “I have another horse entered in the (Hollywoodstinseltown) Futurity on Saturday, and I wanted to show this horse a little easier and save him a little today since we’ll be showing him again soon.”
Now living in Aubrey, Texas, Bertolani moved to the United States from Brazil eight years ago. He says that Tulsa is one of his favorite places to show. “I love Tulsa. Last year was my first year here and I love it. It’s a nice facility with good ground and great arenas. You can really show your horse here,” he said.
Taking the Reserve Championship in the Open Level 4 and the Championship of the Levels 2 and 3 was Sebastian Petroll and Magnums Shining Rey with a 218.5. The wins netted $6,891, a pair of boots from Rios of Mercedes, a spa treatment from Equine Saltwater Spa, wraps from Back On Track, two Lawson bronzes, gift certificates from Santa Cruz Animal Health, and a sheet from Back On Track.
For Petroll, the Magnum Chic Dream gelding, owned by Kathy and Larry Barker, is special. “He is out of Shiners Miss Rey, who is part of a successful family and had a great show career herself. I was fortunate enough to be able to rider her a little towards the end of her career.” He added, “It’s fun to ride colts out of her because it feels like I already know them. This is the second one out of her. I knew early on that he was a pretty special horse.”
According to Petroll, Magnums Shining Rey must have read his playbook. “I wanted to show him here (in the Developing Horse Futurity) and be soft enough that I could get him started but I still wanted to get something done and test him out a little bit. That worked out really good. He must have read the manual,” he said with a laugh. “I just didn’t feel like I wanted to step on him too much at this point in time. I felt like if I put him here I could take a little more time and still push him a little bit.”
The week will be busy for Petroll’s barn. “I’ve got more to show. We’re in the Futurity and Derby and we have four million non pros, so we’re going to be riding all night and all day,” he said. “We love coming to Tulsa. The customers really want to bring their horses here because they enjoy how exhibitor friendly it is.”
Finishing Reserve in Open Levels 2 and 3 was Stefano Massignan and Ten Surprizes, by Hang Ten Surprize out of Holly O Jay. The pair scored a 218 was good for a $2,500 payday, as well as a saddle blanket from Yucca Flatts, denim product from Ariat, a spa treatment from Equine Saltwater Spa, and two pairs of wraps from Back On Track.
With a 216, Josh Murphy claimed the Open Level 1 Championship and fourth in the Open Level 2 on CBK A Nu Kinda Spark, worth $1,407. He also won a Morrison bronze, a headstall, and a $50 gift certificate from Santa Cruz Animal Health. “This is just a really good horse that anyone would love to show. He’s a huge stopper and great minded and he was great today – just like any other day riding him,” Murphy said of the Jacs Electric Spark Stallion, out of HR Wright On Cash.
The 21-year-old rides with Steve Defrang near Rochester, Minn. “It was a long trip – about a 12- hour drive – but it’s a great show. I’ll be showing another horse in the Derby on Sunday,” he said. “I thank the owners for letting me ride this horse – they’ve raised a good one.”
There was a four-way tie for Reserve, with each taking home $387. Saar Ben Hamo and Gunners Burnettechic; Kyle Shaw and A Great Red Bingo; David Hutton and The Gunsho; and Josh Crawley and Jessies Lil Dreamer all marked a 215.5.
The American Paint Horse Association also presented the high-scoring paint horse of the Darling 888 Ranch Developing Horse Futurity with a Gist Silversmiths buckle. APHA Director of Business Development Kalyn Sanders was on hand to present the award, which was won by Ruben Vandorp and Smokininthestarlight, owned by Duane Whitehouse.
TURNABOUT FARMS NON-PRO FUTURITY
The 2014 Turnabout Farm Non-Pro Futurity featured $26,000 in added money and topping the Non-Pro Level 4 division was Jesse Asmussen, who piloted his horse Lil Light Juice to a 220, winning $5,624.
Asmussen has owned the Smart Like Juice stallion since the end of his yearling year. “He was really, really good today. He’s always really quiet and laid back, but still has some spark, so he’s a lot of fun. Today he circled really well. That’s what he loves to do – lope slow – and he’s little anyways so it looks good,” he said. “He stopped good at the show in Minnesota and he stopped better here – he was a lot more free. I can’t really pick his run apart here.”
This is the second year that Asmussen has won the Turnabout Farm Non-Pro Futurity, having claimed the title on another Smart Like Juice foal, Southside Juice, in 2013. “I have to give a lot of credit to Gabe Hutchins and Gaetan Gauthier for all their help. They did a tremendous job helping us get ready, and without those guys it wouldn’t have happened,” he said. “I love coming to this facility. I’ve been here since Saturday and it doesn’t feel like I’ve been here that long.” Asmussen is planning to show at the big National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity, and is contemplating where to compete in the interim.
Jose Vazquez and Juice N Shine finished reserve in the Level 4 as well as in the Prime Time with a 217. The win netted Vazquez, of Markham, Illinois, $3,856 and numerous prizes. Juice N Shine is by Vazquez’s stallion Smart Like Juice.
Sarah Johnson and Sherruff won the Non-Pro Level 3 and finished third in the Non Pro Level 4 with a score of 216.5, taking home $5,482. Sherruff, by Boom Shernic out of Ms Ruf Peppy, is owned by Sarah’s parents, Craig and Lyn Johnson of Gainesville, Texas. “We raised her and watched her grow up and get trained, and she’s growing up to be a very nice horse. I’m excited to see how she does at the rest of the big futurities,” she said.
Johnson added that her family has always known the mare was talented. “She’s been a little blue collar worker from the very first ride. Every day she comes out and does her job. I have another futurity horse that I thought was the better of the two – she proved me wrong today!”
Allison Sutton and Zins Rowdy Whiz and Greg Gottschalk and Benz Smokin finished as Co- Champions of the Non Pro Level 2 and Co-Reserve Champions of the Non Pro Level 3 with scores of 215.5. Each took home $2,444.
Sutton found herself horseless in February after her 3-year-old was injured, so the search for another Futurity prospect began. She found the right one in Whitesboro, Texas. “We bought Fin (Zins Rowdy Whiz) from Pete Kyle. He was a little green at the time but he’s a quick learner and picked up everything. Even though he was a stud when we tried him he was really sweet. He got gelded when I got him home and I fell in love with him quickly,” she explained.
Gottschalk, of Coloma, Wis., also claimed the Non-Pro Prime Time title for an additional $545. “I could have done some things different as the pilot today, but she was an absolute blast to show,” he said of the Cromed Out Mercedes mare, out of Dontquestionthischic. “She’s just fun everywhere so I’m very happy with her and I’m glad I get to take her home and show her more in the fall futurities before we go to Oklahoma City.”
Jordan Larson started Benz Smokin, but the mare didn’t make the roster for his top three horses and he needed to find her a new home. He sent her to fellow trainer Joe Schmidt to sell. “We’re quite a ways from Texas so I leaned on my friend Duane Latimer to go to Joe’s place to try her.
“He rode her and when I talked to him he said, ‘Greg, all I can tell you is that if I were looking for a horse for my wife I’d buy him.’ I asked if I needed to ride her and he said he didn’t think so, so I bought her sight-unseen,” he explained. He added, “I thank Jordan for telling us about him. I thank Joe for doing such a good job with her – I left her with him for a few weeks before the Derby. I picked her up at the Derby and took her home.”
EDUARDO SALGADO TAKES HOLLYWOODSTINSELTOWN OPEN FUTURITY
Meradas Shining might have only been competing in her first show, but the 3-year-old Shiners Sonita mare has likely traveled many more miles than her peers. In January she traveled to the United States from Argentina to be shown by Eduardo Salgado.
Salgado, originally of Brazil, moved to the United States less than two years ago following some big wins at his first National Reining Horse Association Futurity. There, with Gunner Boy, he won the Open Levels 1 and 2 and finished Reserve in the Open Level 3.
Now with another foreign-bred equine, Salgado looks poised to make an impact in Oklahoma City come November. “He’s really confident in her. This (Tulsa) is a really nice show to get them ready and was a really good test. It showed him where he needs to work more and less to get her ready,” said Eduardo’s brother, Fernando, who was translating. “She felt the same in the show pen that she does at home, so it makes him feel that whatever he gets at home he’s going to get in the show pen, so he’s really confident.”
Salgado and Meradas Shining topped the 94-horse field with a 221.5 and won more than $22,715. That will help pay for some of the expenses that owner Alberto Casasco has taken on. “Eduardo especially thanks the owner for the opportunity to ride this mare – especially because it is really expensive to bring a horse over from Argentina. Not only that, she was not nominated for the NRHA or NRBC, so they paid her up late and that’s a lot of money. They put a lot of money up thinking it would work so he’s really thankful,” Fernando said.
Eduardo also expressed his appreciation to Luiz Desouza, who started Meradas Shining in Argentina. “He’s very thankful to Luiz for thinking of him. Luiz started the mare and knew she was good. He thought she could be good in the United States and so he told the owner that Eduardo would be the right person to send her to.” Fernando added, “He also thanks his family, especially his wife, who is there every day helping him work.”
Although talented, Eduardo knew the mare was still a little green, so he really worked to show the mare to the best of her ability. “He’s always known that she is a really, really big stopper and that is her best maneuver, but she wasn’t really ready to go hard on her circles and turns. He really tried to be clean and safe there and go as fast as he could to his stops,” Fernando said.
Eduardo now rents stalls from Joe Hayes in Gainesville, Texas. Fernando added, “He has been there for two months – he moved there after the Derby. He gives a really big thank you to Joe for helping him out and everything he has done for him.”
Franco Bertolani and Late Night Stopper (Jacs Electric Spark x Best Stop) tied for the Co- Championship with Thiago Boechat and Xtra Vintage Step (Wimpys Little Step x All Thats Dun). Each entry marked a 220.5 and won $7,981. Late Night Stopper is owned by Cardinal Hill Training Center, the naming sponsor of the Tulsa Reining Classic Open Derby on Sunday, while Xtra Vintage Step is owned by Xtra Quarter Horses.
Finishing Reserve in the Open Level 3 was Todd Sommers, who piloted Spooky Dreams (Magnum Chic Dream x Spooks Stylin) to a 220. The score netted owner Sally Amabile $3,473, and an additional $5,863 for fourth place in the Open Level 4.
Gabriel Diano and his horse Wimpy Chic (Wimpys Little Step x Chics Fancy Lady) and Jamie Bissell and DP Gunnaoutshinya (Gunnatrashya x Out Shinin Wimpy) finished as the Open Level 2 Co- Reserve Champions with scores of 219. Each took home $1,089. Wimpy Chic is owned by Thales Rocha Bordignon.
CARDINAL REINING HORSES AND ARIAT NOVICE OPEN DERBY
Thanks to sponsorship from Cardinal Reining Horses, the Open Derby at the Tulsa Reining Classic featured $43,000 added money. Cardinal Reining Horses, located in Aubrey, Texas, is owned by Joao Marcos, who purchased the facility in the summer of 2013.
Taking the lion’s share of the pot was Peter DeFreitas of Leland, North Carolina, who piloted Wimpys Little Freckl, winning the Open Level 4 and Open Level 3 with a 224 – besting co-Reserve Champions Brian Bell and Casey Hinton by a scant half-point. All total, the wins netted $12,547.
It was the 5-year-old stallion’s last show of the year. “There’s not really any other big-money derbies this year. We want to be able to give him some time off before next year,” DeFreitas said. “I’ve shown at Tulsa a few times before. It’s a 19-hour trip but I like coming here. Winning definitely makes me want to come back!”
DeFreitas has ridden the Wimpys Little Freckl, by Wimpys Little Step out of Ritas San Jo, his whole career, which includes a Reserve Championship at the Quarter Horse Congress and qualification to the finals at both the National Reining Breeders Classic and NRHA Derby.
Brian Bell and his horse Footwork Revolution (Einsteins Revolution x Fancy Footwork) tied with Casey Hinton and his horse Spooks Eclipse (Smart Spook x Chex Drive) for the Co-Reserve Championship in both divisions with scores of 223.5. Each took home $6,682.
If there was a “Horse with the Most Heart” award at the Tulsa Reining Classic, Cash For Legends would be a shoe-in. Only 150 days out from colic surgery, the 5-year-old gelding only began being legged back up a couple weeks ago.
“We brought him to Tulsa and we were just going to play with him and take it easy but he was doing so good that we decided to go ahead and show him,” Jordan Donnelly, his rider, explained. “He recovered from his surgery so quickly that you’d never know.” But he started off on Thursday of the event winning the NRHA Intermediate and Limited Open classes. Then, on Sunday, he pulled a two-fer, marking a 223 in the Cardinal Reining Horses Derby, finishing fourth in the Level 4 and Level 3, and winning the Level 2 for $6,675. Barely an hour later, he went on to win the NRHA Youth 14-18 class with owner Allison Smith.
“He just tries his heart out – I’ve never rode a horse like him,” Donnelly said. “We just rode him around lightly this morning. I showed him and then we gave him about an hour break, washed him off, then she got on him and took him in the pen and he was a 145!”
There was a three-way tie for the Reserve Championship of the Level 2 between Gabriel Diano and Paparazzi Princess, Marcy Ver Meer and Blue Chocolate Kid, and Dan Huss and Skeets Tricked Out. Each marked a 222 to win $857. Diano owns Paparazzi Princess (Gallo Del Cielo x Princess In Diamonds), while Blue Chocolate Kid (Chocolate Chic Olena x Blue Eyed Kid) is owned by Bar Double C Ranch and Skeets Tricked Out (Skeets Peppy x Miss Trickynic) is owned by Frederick Christen.
A run-off decided the Championship of the Ariat Novice Open Derby. Jason Vanlandingham and Loveandotherdiasters, Marcy Ver Meer and Blue Chocolate Kid, and Skeets Tricked Out all marked a 222. In the end, Vanlandingham and the Tinsel Nic gelding, out of HA Chic A Tune, were victorious, collecting $4,020. Ver Meer and Huss each took home an additional $2,141 for the Novice Horse Open Derby.
“I’ve had him a week. It’s mainly been me trying to get to know him the whole time we’ve been here,” Vanlandingham explained. “Sean Pulley has had him in training at Sterling Ranch. He came to our place last week to get some help on him and asked me to ride him. I tweaked a couple little things and he said ‘Why don’t you show him?’
“I told him I didn’t want to take his horse out from under him, and he told me to just show him here and that he could always show him next year.” Vanlandingham was complimentary of the horse, adding, “He’s awfully nice. He’s a really big stopper and I pushed him as hard as I could the first time I ran him. In the run-off he was exhausted because we had just come out of the pen, so I picked him up a little more, but I didn’t need to.”
MEDOWS CLAIMS SMARTPAK NON-PRO DERBY
The SmartPak Non Pro Derby was a fitting finale for the Tulsa Reining Classic. The 54-entry class featured $25,000 in added money, and but for a lack of years, Jack Medows of Cuba, Missouri, would have swept the Non Pro divisions. The only division he didn’t win was the Prime Time!
Medows and his horse Spooks Smoken Whiz marked a 221 to win Non Pro levels 2-4 and the Novice Horse Derby, worth $9,101. “When I ran in the gate he sort of leaned a little bit so my confidence wasn’t as high as it should be; but then he stopped really big and it went back up really quick,” Medows said following his win – his first time to show Spooks Smoken Whiz. “I’ve never had a horse that stays the same inside the pen like he is outside. It’s a great confidence builder for the next time I show him.”
Medows purchased Spooks Smoken Whiz, by Wimpys Little Step and out of Please Dont Spook, at the NRHA Derby this year. “I fell in love with him there. My sister is 12 and she’s rode him a little bit and gets along with him great. That’s actually where he’s going after next year,” he said. “She was watching me from home tonight and as soon as I got done I got a phone call from her telling me what I needed to do to fix him for her.”
Medows added, “This was a great debut – it was awesome. I ride with Gabe Hutchins and Gaeton Gauthier, so I thank them.”
Jesse Asmussen and Southside Juice, who won the Tulsa Reining Classic Non Pro Futurity in 2013, made a bid for the Non Pro Level 4 and Novice Horse Non Pro Derby Championships, but fell short by a half-point. Asmussen isn’t leaving Tulsa town empty handed though; along with the $3,500 he won in the Derby, he also took the top spot in the Turnabout Farm Non Pro Futurity on Friday, worth an additional $5,624.
Lisa Bissell and Double My Chics and Julie Ridgeway and Freckles Nu Lil Gun opted to remain Co- Champions of the Prime Time Non Pro after each finished the class with a 216 and took home $511.
Ridgeway, of Loomis, California, has had a banner year at the Tulsa Reining Classic, winning the Affiliate Championship in the Rookie division Saturday. “It’s been a very good show and a lot of fun. The prizes were phenomenal and the staff has done an incredible job. I will definitely be back next year,” she said.
Ridgeway purchased Freckles Nu Lil Gun, by Colonels Lil Gun and out of Nu Bar Freckles, last year. “My trainer Matt Armenta found her for me and I started showing her last October. She’s an awesome mare and I feel very fortunate to have her. I’m very appreciative of Matt for not only helping me with her but also for being so patient.” She added, “I also thank my husband Michael for staying home and watching my children (William and Jessica) as well as all our pets.”
Bissell, of Fort Valley, Georgia, tagged along with her husband Jamie who had three futurity horses to show in Tulsa. Double My Chics, by Dreamin Bout Chics and out of Double My Quixote, was born and raised with the Bissells. “We raised him and actually showed both his sire and dam. Jamie trained him and I’ve shown him,” she explained.
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