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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