The final day of the 2103 Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic brought some of the most memorable performances of the event. With 75 horses competing in the Mister Nicadual Open Derby, it was clear that it would take an exemplary run to win the event.
And there certainly were some works that shined brightly – most notably Jordan Larson on Show Me The Buckles owned by Rebeca Martin of Wilton, California and Peter DeFreitas riding Wimpys Little Freckl owned by Double Run Farm LLC of Leland, North Carolina. Each scored 224.5 and when it came down to the final horse to go in the Derby, they were still tied for the lead.
That’s when Casey Deary rode in on Lil Joe Cash and everything changed. Picture perfect maneuvers punctuated by flawless stops at the end of the pattern had watchers guessing. “Did he do it?”
That was asked and answered when announcer Brian Lookabill revealed the score –a 225!
Amid multiple congratulations from his peers after the event, Casey was quick to say, “I can’t take the credit for this horse. Andrea Fappani trained him and did a wonderful job. He’s extremely broke and probably knows more about reining than I do!”
Andrea rode Lil Joe Cash (Nu Chex To Cash X RS Lilly Starlight) to the 21011 NRHA Futurity Championship and a score of other wins, earning over $230,000 and the 2012 AQHA Junior Reining World Championship. “Andrea called me and said he’d won so much on him and he thought a change of scenery would be good for the horse. He had his owner, Russel Giles, call me and I got him about two months ago.”
Casey brought the horse to Tulsa to school in preparation for the upcoming Derby in Las Vegas. “I got here and he schooled so well and was so honest, I talked to Russel and we ended up entering yesterday.”
For the win, Casey collected $7,567, a Lawson Trophy, a saddle sponsored by Tom McCutcheon’s Virtual Horse Help, Ariat Jacket, and gift certificates from Ariat Denim Santa Cruz Animal Health.
Jared Leclair topped the Level 3 and Level 2 divisions riding Arc Electrical Storm. He got the horse a week before the NRHA Derby in June where he made the Level 2 Finals and marked a 220.5 in the finals. “He’s a good-minded horse and wants to be good. He’s easy to show.”
According to Jared, his owner, Erin Rapp of Houston, Texas, will actually begin showing him next year in the rookie classes. He earned $4,213 for the Level 3 win and $1,374 for the Level 2 finish as well as $2,961 for finishing fourth in the Level 4 division.
The Level 3 and Level 2 Reserve Championships went to Patrice St-Onge on Custom Banjo owned by Melanie Schuckers of Gainesville, Texas.
In the Dun Gotta Gun Novice Level 4 Open Derby, Peter DeFreitas rode Wimpys Little Freckl, owned by Double Run Farms to the win with his Level 4 Reserve Champion score, earning another $3,869. Double Run Farms raised the horse, and Peter started him and has been showing him since. He placed second in the Congress Futurity, then earned an Open Finals berth at the NRBC.
“We missed the finals at the Derby and I wanted to show him again. Today is the best he’s ever shown. He’ll be rested until next year when we get him ready for the derbies.”
The reserve title in the Novice Horse division went to Level 2 and 3 Champion Jared LeClair on Arc Electrical Storm.