On Friday, August 30, the Mustang Arena was host to concurrently run national Reining Horse Association Classes and South Central Region Affiliate Finals that qualifies top finishers for the North American Affiliate Championship at the NRHA Futurity. Kicking off the action for the day was the 37-entry class that included the Open, Intermediate, Limited and Rookie Professional competition.
Walking away with the most wins, titles and Affiliate Finals qualifications was Tell Edgmon on Starbucks Jazz owned by Whitney Paige Conrad of Weatherford, Texas. Edgmon scored 145.5 to top the Open, Intermediate and Limited Open Classes, and snare the South Central Affiliate win in each of those divisions as well. He collected a truck-full of prizes. In the Affiliate program, he earned three Morrison trophies, three Pard’s Gift Cards, 3 Anderson Bean Boot Certificate, Classic Equine Splint Boots, SmartPak and Platinum Performance Gift Cards and a Twister Trailer Gift Certificate.
In the Open, the Reserve title went to Steve Archer on The Whiz Way, owned by Candace Rodriguez of Richmond, Texas with a score of 145.6.
The Intermediate Open Reserve title was won on Custom Whiz Kid ridden by Carlos Deleu for David and Joy Buck of Conroe, Texas. In the Limited Open, the Reserve Champion was Winona Walker on Julia Carberry’s One Smart Request.
There were a whopping 77 entries in the Rookie Level 1 and 2, Prime Time Rookie, and AQHA Novice Amateur, which ran concurrently with the Rookie Level 2 Affiliate Finals. After a long day of showing, Tori Cartiller had risen to the top of the list in the Rookie 1 and 2 and the Rookie 2 Affiliate Championship classes with her score of 145!
Cartiller, 17, had competed solely in barrel racing until six months ago when she got her first reiner, Gimme Major Bucks, which she calls “Money”. She’s adjusted quickly to the new event under the tutelage of Million Dollar Rider Dell Hendricks, consistently improving and in her Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic debut, she carried off an armful of awards for the multiple wins – and still has all her youth classes ahead of her for the weekend.
The Rookie Affiliate Finals Reserv Championship went to Bettie Naquin on Roobix Cube for a 143 marking. Bettie, of DesAllemands, Louisiana also won the REServe Championship of the Rookie Level 2 class.
Michelle Ratcliff of Overland Park, Kansas rode BOS Peppy And Smart to a score of 142 to win the Reserve Title in the Rookie Level 1. Michelle, who rides with Fred Berschauer, also topped the AQHA Novice Amateur class.
The Prime Time Rookie Championship ended in a tie between Kim Oldham of Shamrock, Texas on San Juan Whiz, and Dan Crader of Fulton, Missouri on Fs Dun Its Hitman, each scoring 139.5.
The Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic continues on Saturday with the Hollywoodstinseltown Open Futurity, featuring 94 entries, and an array of youth and novice horse classes.