Youth Reiners Shine in Tulsa

Owen Deary
Owen Deary

The Tulsa Reining Classic showcases some of the top reining horses and riders in the industry, but it also highlights the industry’s prospective champions – youth reiners. Sunday in the Mustang Arena Youth riders showed off their skills in classes for riders ages 10 & under all the way to 21.

took top honors in the 10 & Under Short Stirrup, plus the short stirrup Affiliate Regional Championship riding Reeboks Rerun, with a score of 144.

“It was really good,” he said of his run Sunday, adding that one maneuver was his favorite – Reebok’s stops.

The Youth 13 & Under champion was Raeanna Thayn riding Coded N Karma. Thayn and “Karma” also earned the ARC Youth 13 & Under, the American Quarter Horse Association 13 & Under and the USA 13 & Under win. They added the Unrestricted Youth title, as well. Coded N Karma is a 2011 gelding by Electric Code and out of Whiz N Snap.

“My horse just went out there and did I just sat up there,” she said with a laugh. “He’s really honest. My run was really good.”

The Youth 14-18 champion and ARC Youth 14-18 champ was Dani Latimer riding Sparklin Nite, a 2012 stallion by Gunners Special Nite and out of Getaway Spark.

“I’m excited for this guy, he’s come a long way in the past year,” Latimer said. “As a young horse he was a really slow learner. He’s still getting the hang of it, but he’s proven himself to be a really good show horse.”

The Rookie Youth winner was Justin Eddy riding Cloned By Whiz, a 2007 mare by Topsail Whiz and out of Princess Clone Chex. The pair turned in a score of 138 for the win. Eddy also claimed the AQHA 14-18 win.

Taylor Zimmerman rode Wimpys Little Jessie to the USA 14-18 championship with a score of 143.

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