Congratulations to Thursday’s Affiliate Regional Championship Winners at the Tulsa Reining Classic

In addition to numerous opportunities for aged event horses, the Tulsa Reining Classic features a full slate of National Reining Horse Association classes, and also hosts the South Central Affiliate Regional Championships. The top ten finishers in each of the ARC classes earn a spot at the North American Affiliate Championships, which will be held at the NRHA Futurity in December.

The South Central ARC receives strong support from sponsors that include Adquan, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cinch, Classic Equine, Markel Insurance, Montana Silversmiths, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, SmartPak, Toyon Ranch, and the NRHA.

Mirjam Stillo & Steppin Little Lena – ARC Open Champions

Mirjam Stillo

Mirjam Stillo and Steppin Little Lena, owned by Heidi Pichotta, claimed the ARC Open Championship honors with a score of 145. They also tied for fourth in the Open (2), bringing the day’s earnings to more than $775. “It was fun. I’m happy with the result. He showed good. We didn’t get a lot of prep time, but he came in and did his job and showed well. He’s always been a reliable horse,” Stillo said.

Steppin Little Lena, by Wimpys Little Step out of Collena O Lena, will stay busy the rest of the week, pulling double duty in both open and non pro classes. “The goal was to qualify him for the ARC open, and then I will show him in the Novice Horse 2, and the owner will show him in the rookie. He will be busy, but he’ll handle it. He’s a grown up horse,” Stillo said. “He’s consistently good.”

Stillo trains out of Toyon Ranch in Pilot Point, Texas. “I moved there about a year ago. It’s a great facility and a great place,” she said. “Next for him will be the World Show, and then the NAAC finals at the Futurity.”

Brian Bell & Lil Juice Cash – Open (2) Champions

Brian Bell

NRHA Million Dollar Rider Brian Bell piloted Lil Juice Cash to a 147.5, winning the Open (2) and earning $1,208. “He was really smooth, and did everything pretty good. He’ll normally mark that score. He’s like a robot,” Bell said of the four-year-old gelding, by Lil Joe Cash out of Peppy Lil Juice.

Lil Juice Cash is owned by Julie Ridgeway. “She shows him a lot and I get to show him every now and then, but when I do he’s really good,” Bell said.

Although Bell is done showing Lil Juice Cash for the week, he’ll stay busy. “I have a bunch of futurity and derby horses to show the rest of the week,” he said. “Then I’ll be home for two days and then off to Vegas for another show.”

Taking second in the Open (2) was Craig Schmersal and Hot Hollywood Whizky, who won the class on Wednesday. Hot Hollywood Whizky, by Topsail Whiz out of Hot Hollywood Jewels, is owned by Mark Blake. The pair took home $949.

Tell Edgmon & Docs Shining Crome – ARC Int. Open and Ltd. Open Champions, Int. Open (2) and Ltd. Open (2) Co-Champions

On Tuesday, Tell Edgmon and Docs Shining Crome won the Novice Horse Open class, and on Thursday claimed several titles, including the ARC Int. Open and Ltd. Open, and Reserve in the ARC Open. By virtue of winning those classes, Edgmon and Docs Shining Crome earned a spot in the Adequan NAAC finals at the NRHA Futurity.

“I showed him in the Novice Horse on Tuesday and then schooled him yesterday and tested him a bit. He was good there, so I went ahead and showed him today for the ARC and he did pretty good,” Edgmon said.

The pair marked a 142.5. “I was getting him ready in another arena with deeper dirt, then I came in here and it was a little faster in the show pen and he didn’t like it as much. He tried to stop, and stopping is his biggest trick so I lost a few points there.” He added, “But he still went in and turned and circled really well for me and made up some points.”

Docs Shining Crome, by Custom Crome, is owned by Mike and Heather Marks of Texas Horse Power. “I’ve been riding him about a year. I like how simple he is. There are no tricks to him,” the Lipan, Texas, trainer said. “I thank my wife Ari Edgmon for all her support.”

Nick Valentine & Double Loaded Gun – Int. Open (2) Co-Champions

Nick Valentine and Double Loaded Gun also marked a 142.5 to tie for the win of the Int. Open. Double Loaded Gun, by Gunner out of Anniegityergun, is owned by Doug Forzani.

Naike Albert & Cee Masota Spook – Ltd. Open (2) Co-Champions

Naike Albert and Cee Masota Spook took the Ltd. Open (2) Co-Championship with a score of 142.5. Cee Masota Spark, a five-year-old mare, is owned by George and Carol Bell.

Cee Masota Spook is by Smart Spook out of Cee Another Masota. “She was right there with me. I think she’s a perfect mare,” Albert, who has been showing reiners for eight years, said.

Although Albert is finished showing for the week, she will be helping her new husband Brian Bell with his Derby and Futurity horses. After a quick two day trip home, the couple will travel to Las Vegas for the next event.

In addition to riding and training reining horses, Albert, of Aubrey, Texas, is also a talented painter.

Kaleigh Gerringer & Lil Coded Jac – ARC Rookie Pro Champions, Rookie Pro (2) Co-Champions

On Wednesday, Kaleigh Gerringer and Lil Coded Jac tied for the win of the Rookie Pro, and ended at the top of the leaderboard again on Thursday with a 141. The pair took sole possession of the ARC Rookie Pro, and once again tied for the win of the Rookie Pro ancillary class.

“Today he was really good. It was a run-in pattern, which sometimes can be a little tough for us, but he was super quiet. He stayed with me the whole time. He was just easy and I was very happy,” Gerringer said.

Lil Coded Jac, by Jacs Electric Spark out of Hot Coded Candy, is owned by Susan Meyer. “I thank Susan for all the opportunities she has given me. Not just on this horse, but others, too. I love every opportunity I get,” Gerringer said.

Gerringer and Lil Coded Jac are done for the week, but will be heading to Las Vegas next week.

Finishing second in the Rookie Pro (2) was Eduardo Giannasi and Ruf Till The End. Ruf Till The End, owned by Cardinal Hill Training Center, is by Not Ruf At All and out of Remedys Sure Slide.

Cody Garrison & Bombshell Banjo – Rookie Pro (2) Co-Champions

Bombshell Banjo has spent the last couple years as a broodmare, but has made her return to the show pen and now leads the world in the Limited Open division. On Thursday, Cody Garrison piloted the 12-year-old mare to the Rookie Pro (2) co-championship. “She was turned out as a broodmare because my girlfriend had back surgery, and we brought her back this year for her to show. I started schooling her and ended up showing her a bit. She’s just been a phenomenal horse,” Garrison said.

Bombshell Banjo, owned by Brogan Lee, is by Banjo Whiz out of Bob Acres Badgerlena. “We’ve owned her going on six years now. She has been an absolutely terrific mare and everything you could ask for,” Garrison said. “She’s always right there with you and shows good.”

Garrison and Bombshell Banjo marked a 141 in the class. “She came in and felt really good coming through the gate. She ran and stopped big. She might have backed a little slower than I liked, but turned and circled good both way. This pen is big and fits here. There’s a little more room and I can run her a bit more,” he said. “I picked a bad patch of dirt for the first stop, but she came right back to me. She knows her job.”

Although Garrison and Bombshell Banjo are finished at the Tulsa Reining Classic, they’ll be traveling to Wisconsin in a few weeks for another event.

McKinnon Larcombe & Designed With Shine – Non Pro., Int. Non Pro, and Ltd. Non Pro Champions

McKinnon Larcombe and Designed With Shine, owned by Shauana Larcombe, claimed the win of the Non Pro, Int. Non Pro, and Ltd. Non Pro classes with a 145.5, collecting $1,277. Thursday’s class served as a warmup for the rest of the week. “I’m going to show in the youth on Saturday and just cruise through there, and then on Sunday I’ll show in the ARC for the youth and the Non Pro classes, so hopefully we can get qualified to show at the NAAC at the Futurity,” Larcombe said.

Larcombe and Designed With Shine, by Smart And Shiney and out of Taris Designer Genes, have picked up wins at multiple events, including the NRHA Derby and the National Reining Breeders Classic. “My favorite thing to do is show her. She’s a great horse on the ground. She’s sweet to cuddle and everything, but she is so much fun to show,” Larcombe said. “She’s always hooked in and tries her hardest.”

The 18-year-old is not just a phenom in the show pen, she’s also started a successful photography, design, and advertising business, which keeps her busy. “We might go to the Best of the West in Scottsdale, and then to the Southwest Futurity in Ardmore, and then the Futurity,” she explained.

Larcombe’s family regularly attends the Tulsa Reining Classic. “We have come here every year we’ve been in the United States. It’s such a great show. The staff runs it so well. There are great prizes, so many arenas to ride in, and a great facility,” she said.

With a score of 143, Paul Queen and Outta Dough, by Gallo Del Cielo and out of Dough Olena, took reserve in the Non Pro and Ltd. Non Pro, and tied for second in the Int. Non Pro.

Julie Ridgeway and Gunnaout Shine Ya, by Gunnatrashya and out of Jesta Little Shiner, tied for reserve in the Int. Non Pro.

Tolbert Foster & Wimpys Memorabilia – Prime Time Non Pro Champions

Tolbert Foster and his 10-year-old mare Wimpys Memorabilia claimed the Prime Time Non Pro title. “I’m surprised I won something. We had a little trouble with the last stop, but it was just good enough. This is a tough pattern. I studied it all week, and luckily got it right,” he said with a laugh.

Foster has owned Wimpys Memorabilia, by Wimpys Little Step and out of Memorable Affair, for six years. “She’s had some real nice babies that I’ve been excited about. She’s been a good show horse, too.” He added, “I may retire her at the end of this year. I’m not sure.”

Foster and Wimpys Memorabilia will show again on Sunday. “I just hope for the same kind of results. It’s tough, so I’m really thrilled I won something. It’s always exciting to win,” he said. “We’ll go to one more show this year in Ardmore, and hopefully I’ll have my other mare ready to go.”

Cindy Johnson and Wound Her Up Doc, by Wimpys Little Step and out of Wind Her Up Doc, finished reserve in the Prime Time Non Pro.

Sarah Flarida & Starbucks Jazz – Green Reiner Level 1 & 2 Champions

Sarah Flarida and Starbucks Jazz swept the Green Reiner classes at the Tulsa Reining Classic, winning both levels on both days of competition with a 71.5. “I had some spots I need to work on today, but we’ll work on making it better for the next time,” Flarida, of Purcell, Oklahoma, said.

Starbucks Jazz, a 16-year-old stallion by Smart Starbuck and out of Flipped Out Jazz, is a veteran competitor. He made the finals of all the major events with Brian Bell before going on to have a long career. “He’s been kicked out in the pasture for retirement for the past four or five years. His owners, Dana Case and Whitney Conrad, had offered him to me to ride. I asked if it would be ok since he had been retired. Dana said, ‘He’s going to run you over to get back in a stall. He thinks he’s a show horse and feels super degraded living outside in the pasture,’” Flarida recalled with a laugh. “She’s right. He is so happy to be in the barn. He loves being a show horse. He’d much rather do this than be retired.”

Flarida and Starbucks Jazz have a special connection. Flarida was working for Brian Bell when the stallion was a four-year-old. “It was really cool to get to ride him back then when I was green myself, and to show him now is awesome. I am super grateful to his owners for letting me show him,” she said.

Abigail Zuch and Dun Smarter tied Trent McNally and Thelmas Little Step for reserve in both levels. Dun Smarter is by Magnum Chic Dream and out of SLJ Smartly Dun, while Thelmas Little Step is by Wimpys Little Step and out of Kachina Oak Olena.


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Dany Tremblay and Lil Gun Affair Win Tamarack Ranch Developing Horse Futurity at Tulsa Reining Classic

The Tamarack Ranch Developing Horse Futurity at the Tulsa Reining Classic was created with the goal of allowing reining horses to progress and perform at their own pace. As entries increase each year, it’s evident that the reining industry has embraced the concept.

Dany Tremblay & Lil Gun Affair – Open Level 4 and Level 3 Champions

Dany Tremblay

With a score of 221, Dany Tremblay and Lil Gun Affair claimed the Open Level 4 and Open Level 3 championship of the Tamarack Ranch Developing Horse Futurity. The talented mare, by Lil Joe Cash out of Gun Affair, added $6,644 to her lifetime earnings. “She was super easy to get ready today. It’s something I really like about this mare. She’s not complicated and is a team player. She’s not scared of the crowd or judges,” Tremblay said. “She’s exactly the same in the show pen as at home, which is what every trainer wants.”

Tremblay noted that Lil Gun Affair’s best maneuver is her stops. “After we were done with the turnarounds and circles, I just sent her,” he recalled.

Lil Gun Affair is owned by Martin Brisebois. “Her owner is from Canada and is a great friend of ours and a good customer. I wish he could have been here, I am so happy for him,” Tremblay said. “We bought this horse as a yearling. She’s part of our program and we’ve done everything with her. From day one she wanted to be nice, and now she’s here winning something.”

Tremblay brought twelve horses to Tulsa. “It’s a busy week. This year I’m lucky because I have many good three-year-olds. I didn’t know what to pick to put in which futurity. I don’t think she’s less talented than the others – I just thought I’d show her today,” he said. “After this week we will know what horses are going where.”

Abigayle Mixon and Archiesgunnatrashyya tied Mathieu Buton and Mega Smart N Trashy for reserve in the Open Level 4. Each marked a 218.5 and collected $2,608. Archiegunnatrashyya, by Gunnatrashya out of Jacs Electric Belle, is owned by Dee Dee Boeckman.

Mega Smart N Trashy, by Gunnatrashya out of Einsteins Dun It, is owned by Barn-377 LLC. He and Buton also finished second in the Level 2, worth an additional $1,139.

Matteo Rondanina & Spooks Smokin – Open Level 2 and Level 1 Champions

Matteo Rondanina

Not only did Matteo Rondanina and Spooks Smokin win reserve in the Open Level 3, the duo also topped both the Open Levels 2 and 1 with a 219.5. All totaled, the pair took home $4,486.

It wasn’t in Rondanina’s plans to come to Tulsa, but a busy schedule necessitated the trip to Oklahoma. “I was going to go to Vegas, but I am a little bit busy, so brought this horse here Monday. He was a little fresh Monday, so I didn’t enter the Level 4,” Rondanina said.

Although Spooks Smokin, by Spooks Gotta Whiz out of Smokin Marquita, might have been fresh earlier in the week, he came through in the show pen. “Yesterday he felt really good, and today, after the first turn, I knew he was with me and felt really good. He was with me totally. It was just the first stop. I was second to last on the set and there were a lot of tracks, so I ran him down watching and I needed to be more confident, but the other two stops I pushed more, and he did stop really good,” Rondanina recalled.

Rondanina has ridden Spooks Smokin, who he owns with Sergio Elia, since he was a two-year-old. “He was a good horse from the beginning, and especially in the last few months he has made a big change and got better,” he said. “I’ll probably take him to Ardmore after we work on a few things a little more, then the plan is the big futurity.”

Rondanina, who trains horses in Whitesboro, Texas, moved to the states two years ago. “I bought another business, so I train about seven or eight horses and then have a shipping company,” he explained. “I brought one five-year-old here for schooling, and I may show her in the Derby on Sunday. She’s qualified for the World Show and I want to school her for that.”

Tying for reserve in the Open Level 1 was Sean Johnson and Adreaminheart and Josefine Spangfors and Jlosa, worth $546.

Adreaminheart, owned by Steve Brownless, is by Magnum Chic Dream out of Betcha Boots Lizzie.

JLosa, owned by Euro-Vets Inc., is by Arlosa Whiz out of Spook N Jessie.
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Congratulations to Wednesday’s Tulsa Reining Classic Ancillary Champions

Wednesday at the Tulsa Reining Classic featured a full day of National Reining Horse Association approved ancillary classes in both the Mustang and Super Duty Arenas.

Craig Schmersal & Hot Hollywood Whizky – Open Champions

Craig Schmersal

Craig Schmersal and Hot Hollywood Whizky were the last to compete in the Open ancillary class and bested the field with a score of 148. It was a typical run for the seven-year-old reiner. “He circled so good, and his favorite thing to do is slow down. Then he just runs down there and buries it. It’s just so effortless for him,” noted Schmersal, an NRHA $4 Million Rider. “He was great today. I was just trying to cruise through the pattern. He does stuff so physically that it doesn’t take much for him to mark high.”

Hot Hollywood Whizky is by Topsail Whiz out of Hot Hollywood Jewels, and is owned by Mark Blake. “That horse has just been a Steady Eddie for Mark and I. Mark was kind enough to share him with me this week. We’re just trying to put some open money on him,” Schmersal shared.

Schmersal has a busy week. “I brought some three-year-olds for Saturday’s futurity, and I showed one today in the Tamarack Ranch Developing Horse futurity. I’m just trying to get them out and about,” he said.

Josh Murphy and Got That Iowa Shine finished second in the Open with a 147. Got That Iowa Shine, by Smart And Shiney out of SLJ This Is My Juice, is owned by Kalyn Sanders.

Kenzy Donnelly & Shesa Tinker Toy – Int. Open and Ltd. Open Champions

Kenzy Donnelly

Kenzy and Kelly Donnelly haven’t owned Shesa Tinker Toy long, but the four-year-old mare is proving herself to be a solid show horse. “She’s really nice, quiet, and tries to please,” Kenzy Donnelly noted after the pair won both the Int. Open and Ltd. Open classes with a 144.5.

“My wife bought her for a non pro horse, but she took my horse and I took hers, so it all worked out. She still likes her horse, too, but she might steal her back after today,” Donnelly, of Whitesboro, Texas, said with a laugh.

Shesa Tinker Toy is by Tinker With Guns out of Smartest Sister. “She was good today, and really waited on me. We’ve been having some trouble with the run downs, but today she really squared up and did her job,” he said. “I’ll show again tomorrow, and I plan to just do the same deal and see what happens.”

Nick Valentine and Double Loaded Gun finished second in the Intermediate Open with a 144. Double Loaded Gun, by Gunner out of KR Anniegetyergun, is owned by Doug Forzani.

Kaleigh Gerringer & Lil Coded Jac – Rookie Professional Co-Champions

Kaleigh Gerringer and Lil Coded Jac tied for the win of the Rookie Professional, as well as second in the Limited Open. The pair marked a 143.5. “Today went really well. I was really happy with him. He was super quiet and just stayed with me the whole time,” she said.

Lil Coded Jac is a full sibling to standout athlete Electric Code. The seven-year-old gelding is by Electric Spark out of Hot Coded Candy. “He’s owned by Susan Meyer, and we call him Uncle Jack. I’ve been showing him about two years now. He’s been an amazing horse,” she said. “We won the affiliate at the futurity last year, and then some small shows here and there. He’s been very consistent for me.”

Gerringer has been working for Jared Leclair for three years and has been riding reining horses since she was 12 years old. “I just saw a reining horse and fell in love,” she said.

Eduardo Giannasi & Ruf Till The End – Rookie Professional Co-Champions

Eduardo Giannasi and Ruf Till The End marked a 143.5. “She was really good. Probably the best she’s been in a while.  I’ve been having a ltitle trouble in her circles, but she was really good today,” he said. “I was very happy. She’s always been a big stopper. We had a bobble in the first stop, but everything else was good.”

Giannasi has been riding the six-year-old mare for three years. The mare, owned by Cardinal Hill Training Center, is by Lil Ruf Peppy and out of Remedys Sure Slide. “She was good today, so I will be easy on her and show her again tomorrow,” Giannasi said.

Jessicah Keller & Coronarita Time – Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 Co-Champions

Jessicah Keller and her homegrown mare Coronarita Time tied for the win of the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 with a score of 140. The flashy palomino mare is by Shine Big Time and out of Corona Lite Chex, a mare that Keller herself used to show. “I made the futurity finals on her mother, and Corona Lite Chex’s dam was Kings Gold Cody, who my sister showed. We’ve had the whole family,” Keller explained. “There are definitely some similarities between all three of them.”

Keller added that Coronarita Time has been easy to show this year. “She’s a big turner and a big stopper, and is nice to be around and is good minded. She’s been very consistent this year,” she said.

Keller will show Coronarita Time again on Saturday in the Affiliate Regional Championships for the Novice Horse Non Pro. “We went a little slower today than we would normally go because today is not the affiliate finals day, but we plan to give it more on Saturday.” She added, “I think we’ll be alright. I’m going to go show her and do the best we can.”

Allana Vernon & Whizkeys Hot Jewel – Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 Co-Champions

Tying Jessicah Keller for the win of the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 was Allana Vernon and Whizkeys Hot Jewel. Vernon and Whizkeys Hot Jewel, by Whizkey N Diamonds out of Jewels Lil Sparkle, were finalists in the Non Pro Level 1 at this year’s NRHA Derby. The pair took home $248 for the co-championship.

Paige Vernon & Guns Last Chance – Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 Champions

Paige Vernon and Guns Last Chance took sole custody of the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 title with a score of 145, winning $248. Guns Last Chance is by NRHA $11 Million Sire Gunner, out of Shiners Woman.

Kary Key and Oh Yes I Can Jac finished second in the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 with a 142, worth $218. Oh Yes I Can Jac is by Marthas Mega Jac out of Smart Juicy Lucy.

 Sarah Flarida & Starbucks Jazz – Green Reiner Level 1 & Level 2 Champions

Sarah Flarida won the Green Reiner Level 1 and Level 2 titles in the Super Duty Arena on Starbucks Jazz with a 72. “I haven’t gotten to show in about six years, so some of it’s a blur because I get nervous,” Flarida admitted.

Luckily she had a veteran reining horse as her partner. “He’s a blast. He’s been shown a whole lot by open riders, so he can be a little tricky to get shown, but he was awesome. This was the best run we’ve had,” Flarida said of the 16-year-old stallion, by Smart Starbuck and out of Flipped Out Jazz. Starbucks Jazz made the NRHA Open Futurity Finals with Brian Bell as a three-year-old, and has been a finalist at all the major events.

Flarida and Starbucks Jazz have a special connection. “I worked for Brian a million years ago, and I got to ride this horse as a four-year-old, so I know him a little bit. It’s just a crazy thing that I got to ride him again,” she said. “He’s owned by Whitney Conrad and her mother Dana Case. They’re good friends of mine and were nice enough to let me lease him.”

Sarah and her husband Matt make their home in Purcell, Oklahoma. Matt’s advice to Sarah before the run was simple – go win. “He has more confidence in my abilities than I do. He has helped me a lot the past few weeks with Jazz,” Sarah said.

Trent McNally and Thelmas Little Step, by Wimpys Little Step and out of Kachina Oak Olena, finished second with a 71.5.

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Congratulations to Tuesday’s Ancillary Winners at the Tulsa Reining Classic

Tulsa, Okla – The first ancillary class titles at the Tulsa Reining Classic were awarded Tuesday afternoon, after a full day in the Super Duty Arena of the Tulsa State Fairgrounds. 

Tell Edgmon Wins Novice Horse Open Level 2 on Docs Shining Crome

Tell Edgmon

With a score of 146.5, Tell Edgmon and Docs Shining Crome topped the Novice Horse Open Level 2, winning $302.

Docs Shining Crome, an eight-year-old stallion by Custom Crome out of Shining Pearl, is owned by Michael Marks/Texas Horse Power. “I’ve had him a little over a half a year. Each trip we’re getting to know each other better, and I’m figuring out how best to prepare him,” Edgmon said. “He keeps getting bigger and bigger scores.”

Although Docs Shining Crome marked a big score, Edgmon admitted the stallion seemed slightly on edge before the run began. “A couple days ago we were in there and a big rain storm came through and blew a couple tarps down. When we walked in there I could tell he was still thinking about it. He was looking around as we were walking in,” Edgmon recalled. “As soon as we got to the middle, he dropped his head and went to work. He stayed steady for me and tried. I can’t ask for more than that.”

Although Edgmon might show Docs Shining Crome in the second slate of the Novice Horse Open Level 2, the pair will definitely be competing again on Thursday in the South Central Regional Affiliate Championships in the Open classes. “I also have a Derby horse and another affiliate horse, as well as a couple non pros I’m coaching, so I’ll be busy,” he said.

Anderson and Mixon Tie for Win of Novice Horse Open Level 1

Jarvis Anderson

Jarvis Anderson and PS Cruella De Vil tied for the win of the Novice Horse Open Level 1 with Abigayle Mixon and Lil Miss Whizzy. Both Anderson and Mixon marked scores of 143.5 to win $285.

Anderson and PS Cruella De Vil also won an additional $208 for second in the Level 2.  “She stopped all three times real solid, she rolled back well, and the other stuff was good, too,” Anderson said. “She stretched out good in her circles, and turned around well for her level. It was a clean run.”

PS Cruella De Vil, owned by Patsy Schulltz, is a four-year-old mare by HF Mobster out of A Promising Chic. “I’m riding some other horses for Patsy now. I like this mare’s honesty. She keeps getting better, and wants to be good and do the right thing,” he said.

It will be a busy week for Anderson. “I have a futurity horse and some others in the ancillary. My wife and daughter are showing, too,” noted the Whitesboro, Texas, trainer.

Abigayle Mixon

Abigayle Mixon, of Marietta, Oklahoma, has only been showing Lil Miss Whizzy for a few months, but still piloted the mare through a good run. “It was good. She hasn’t been shown much, and today she was really relaxed. She turned good for me and was nice in her circles. She ran and stopped really nice, too,” Mixon explained.

Lil Miss Whizzy is by Topsail Whiz and out of Shiney Lil Miss. “I’m just showing her in the novice horse classes here to get her seasoned out. She hasn’t been shown before this year,” Mixon said. “I’ve also got a couple three-year-olds to show, and a derby horse as well.”

Next up for Mixon? “I’ll go to Waco and then to the Snaffle Bit Futurity,” Mixon, who also shows reined cow horses, explained.

Rookies Win Titles in Super Duty Arena

Several rookie riders competed in the Super Duty Arena, some going all out and some using the time to prepare for classes later in the week. Reighann Duncan won the Rookie Level 1, and there was a four-way tie for the Rookie Level 2 title between Jennifer Richards, Kimberly Brokaw, Dean Spence, and Trent McNally. Brokaw and Spence, along with Deborah Good, also tied for the win of the Prime Time Rookie.

Reighann Duncan and KR Easy Chic Win Rookie Level 1

Marking the high score of the rookie classes and winning the Rookie Level 1 were Reighann Duncan and KR Easy Chic with a 70.5. Duncan has only been riding KR Easy Chic, by Easy Otie Whiz, for a few months. “She’s kind of new to me. I’m fortunate to have got her, and she’s been great ever since,” Duncan said. “Today I really tried to work on things from the last show, and was going for a win, so it was awesome.”

Although Duncan has been showing reiners for just five or six years, she has ridden horses since she was three years old. “I used to do a lot of sorting and penning, and I made the switch to reining because a barn friend got me into it. I’ve been enjoying it ever since,” she said.

Duncan rides with Gabe Garrison. “His advice today was to kick ass!” Duncan said with a smile. “We’ll be showing the next three days so hopefully we can keep going off of this and have another high note.”

Trent McNally and Thelmas Little Step – Rookie Level 2 Co-Champion

After more than a two decade hiatus, Trent McNally returned to the reining pen. “I grew up around it, but started back a little over a year ago. I enjoyed it when I was younger, but then I had to go to work,” he explained. “I woke upone day and I was 46, and I knew that if I was going to do it, I needed to do it now, so that’s how I got back into it.”

McNally was showing five-year-old Thelmas Little Step. “Casey Hinton helped me find her, and then Marie at Xtra helped me for a while and did a ton of work. Now I ride with Kole Price,” McNally said. “This mare is super calm and so sweet. You can’t upset her.”

McNally noted that part of his success was likely due to a bet made with his trainer prior to the class. “I have a tendency not to run to the end of the arena, and Kole told me if I didn’t, I’d have to go back to the stalls and do 20 pushups, so I made it a point to not stop short,” he said.

McNally and Thelmas Little Step have several more shows this year, including Las Vegas, Ardmore, and Oklahoma City. “I just hope to keep improving,” he said.

Jennifer Richards and Gunna Spook Ya – Rookie Level 2 Co-Champion

Jennifer Richards didn’t expect to show Gunna Spook Ya in Tuesday’s class; she’d been battling some sickness all morning. Luckily, she was able to show. “He did really well for me. He was nice and honest today, so I’m really happy. I literally just got on shortly before I needed to show,” she said.

Richards, of Richmond, Texas, purchased Gunna Spook Ya through Brian Bell two years ago. “He’s pretty honest, but quirky, too,” she said. “I ride with Josh Murphy now and he’s done a wonderful job getting us prepared. I thank him, my best friend Kalyn Sanders, and everyone with Team Murphy. It takes a village.”

Richards will show again on Wednesday in the Novice Horse Non Pro and Friday in the ARC Rookie.

Kimberly Brokaw and KR Ima Dreamer – Rookie Level 2 and Prime Time Rookie Co-Champion

Another member of Team Murphy tied for the Rookie Level 2 title. Kimberly Brokaw piloted her horse KR Ima Dreamer to a solid run. “It went pretty well. I had a little problem in the middle for a second, but he did a good job for me,” Brokaw said.

Brokaw, of Nixa, Missouri, has been riding KR Ima Dreamer, owned by Kristen Avila, for about six months. “He’s an eight-year-old gelding, and Bobby and Kristen own him and let me use him. I love him. He’s super talented and a really nice horse. I love everything about him,” she said.

Brokaw added that Tuesday’s run gave her the confidence she needed to show the rest of the week. “I feel good after today. I know where we need to step up and what we need to work on, so we’ll go from there,” she said.

Brokaw added, “I thank Bobby and Kristen Avila. I thank my trainer, coach, and friend Josh Murphy, as well as my husband, Kent, for supporting me through all of this.”

Dean Spence and Xtra Play For Voodoo – Rookie Level 2 and Prime Time Rookie Co-Champion

Dean Spence purchased Xtra Play For Voodoo in January of this year, but it’s been a long road getting the talented reiner ready to show. That’s why winning the co-championship of both the Rookie Level 2 and Prime Time was so special. “We’ve put a lot of time in him. Jared Leclair has really put a lot of hours into this horse. It’s been a struggle, but we started seeing a breakthrough about a month ago, so today I’m very proud,” Spence, of Gainesville, Texas, noted.

For Spence, making it through the arena gate was an accomplishment. “The last few shows I haven’t been able to get him through the gate – he had to be led in. Today, though, he was really relaxed. Jared had worked with him and when I got on him he was super. I’m very proud,” he said.

Spence and Xtra Play For Voodoo will show again on Friday and Saturday. “I like showing here in Tulsa. There are a lot of friends and family here, and it’s a great environment,” he said. “I thank God, and I thank Jared Leclair for all his help.”

Deborah Good and Chics Love Me Wimpy – Prime Time Rookie Co-Champion

A few years ago, Josh Tishman and Chics Love Me Wimpy won the Rookie Professional Year End Reserve title, and now the special nine-year-old gelding gets to enjoy being shown by his owner Deborah Good. “I bought him from Mike McEntire a few years ago, and I ride with Casey Deary. He’s a really special horse that takes great care of me and allows me to grow as a rider. I’m the only one riding him now,” she said. “He gets to stay home since he’s given me so much.”

Good was simply shooting for a clean run in Tuesday’s class. “I’ve been working on just staying in a 70, so today was special. We made a few one-penalty maneuvers, but other than that it was clean and a lot of fun,” she said.

Good and Chics Love Me Wimpy have a big week ahead. “We’ll show in the Green, the Rookie, and see if I want to do the Non Pro. I also qualified for the Prime Time Rookie affiliate, so we’ll do that, too.” She added, “I thank Casey Deary and Josh Tishman for their constant support and encouragement.”


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Kyle Shaw and Chics Dig Shiners Win Toyon Ranch Emerging Horse Futurity

Kyle Shaw

In early August, the Tulsa Reining Classic announced a new class for three-year-old reining horses – the Toyon Ranch Emerging Horse Futurity. The inaugural event was held Tuesday, August 22, and Kyle Shaw piloted Chics Dig Shiners to win the title. The pair also collected a check for $909, a saddle from Bob’s Custom Saddles, a Back on Track sheet, and a gift certificate to Shorty’s Hattery.

It was only the second time for Chics Dig Shiners, by Shine Chic Shine, to compete. “We’ve had him since about May. He’s a little on the greener side, which is why we showed him here in this class. It all worked out really well,” Shaw said.

Shaw noted that his goal for the three-year-old reiner, owned by Dan Atkinson, was a smooth run. “Our aim was to circle cute and stay out of trouble, so we pretty well accomplished that. He’s a big turner and a big stopper, so I think the judging on that worked out in our favor,” he explained.

The River Falls, Wisconsin, trainer added that, if the situation were right, he would show in the emerging horse division again. “I especially will if we have a horse in a similar situation that could benefit from showing two-handed. Why not? I am very appreciative that they held this class here. I give a big thank you to Toyon Ranch for sponsoring the Emerging Futurity,” he said.

Shaw, who rides with Justin Michaels in River Falls, Wisconsin, will show again on Wednesday.

Finishing second was Mike McEntire and KR Smart Gun. The pair marked a 215 and took home $769. KR Smart Gun, by Smart Spook and out of Gunner Git Ya Dun, is owned by Megan Lindberg.

The idea for adding the new futurity was to create a three-tiered menu of options to allow trainers to choose the right level of competition for their 3-year-old reining horses at the Tulsa Reining Classic.

The second tier of the futurity divisions will be held on Wednesday, with the Tamarack Ranch Developing Horse Futurity. There will be more opportunities for futurity horses later in the week with the XCS Non Pro Futurity and the Hollywoodstinseltown Open Futurity.

Toyon Ranch of Pilot Point, Texas is owned by John and Nancy Tague. The ranch focuses on breeding and bringing to market the highest quality reining prospects by pairing a diverse and proven band of mares with the reining world’s leading stallions.

Cheryl Cody of the Tulsa Reining Classic show management team said, “We thank John and Nancy Tague of Toyon Ranch for their support of this innovative class.”

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