Competition in the Adequan® Arena of the State Fair Park in Oklahoma City continued Saturday with the Rookie Professional and Limited Open classes of the Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships.
NAAC Limited Open Champion – Sparkys Shining Doll & Tyrel Pole
Sparkys Shining Doll and Tyrel Pole have been riding a wave at the Adequan® NAACs, picking up several titles, including the NAAC Limited Open Championship Saturday, November 26.
“He’s been an absolute trooper. We’ve shown him all year, and two days ago, we got lucky enough to win the NAAC Intermediate Open. He’s just a show horse. You can call on him whenever you need him,” Pole said.
With a score of 220.5, Pole earned $1,082 for owner and wife Rhea Pole. The score also secured Sparkys Shining Doll the Limited Open ancillary win. The 10-year-old stallion is sired by Friday Night Shiner and out of BB Holly Doll.
“If you want to go have a 72-style run, he just podunks around, but if you want to go mark big scores, he will every time,” Pole said. “When you need him the most, and you call on him—that’s when he’s his best.”
Pole set out to earn a Limited Open World Title on the stallion this year and has unofficially secured the Open Reserve World Championship. The Intermediate and Limited Open standings are not decided yet, but Pole is hopeful.
Pole thanked wife Rhea, employee Sophia Kent, his children, and his parents for coming down from Canada to watch.
NAAC Rookie Professional Champion – Sugarwhizngun & Katie Davis
At nine years old, Sugarwhizngun is as honest and pure in the show pen as ever, according to rider Katie Davis. The two of them secured the NAAC Rookie Professional Championship on Saturday, November 26, with a score of 216, worth $727. The team also claimed the win in the ancillary division of the class.
“I first showed him at the NRBC two years ago and made the Level 1 Open Finals, and he’s since [gotten] a new owner. A wonderful little girl, Peyton Langford, let me borrow him for this,” Davis said.
For Sugarwhiznguns’ and Davis’ run together, she focused on keeping the energy up for the often-lazy gelding.
“He’s a Gunner, so you have to be a little careful on the slow down, but he was really clean and smooth for me,” Davis said. “He’s an honest horse in the pen. He doesn’t know what pattern he’s doing even though he’s been doing it all these years.”
According to Davis, Sugarwhizngun (Gunner x Starlights Sugarwhiz) has been a great confidence builder for his young owner. She’s been competing in the rookie classes, and Davis believes she’ll be shooting for Rookie of the Year in 2023.
“I want to thank the whole Langford family, the Deary team, our farrier Glenn Spalding, and our vet Frank Fluitt,” Davis said.