Matt Mills Wins NRHA Open at Tulsa Reining Classic

With a score of 145.5, Matt Mills and Mia Little Whiz claimed the $1,000 Added Open ancillary class at the Tulsa Reining Classic. Held Tuesday in the Ford Truck Arena at Expo Square in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the class was run concurrently with the Intermediate Open, Limited Open, and Rookie Professional classes.

“I’ve had her about a year now, and I think she was awesome. She’s so much fun, she stopped huge, and circled great,” Mills said of the 6-year-old mare owned by Janice Dickson. “I’m showing her on Sunday in the (Cardinal Reining Horses) Open Derby, so I wanted to get her in here and show her so that I could see where we’re at. She was really good and I think we can go even faster.”

Mia Little Whiz is by Easy Otie Whiz and out of HR Kaylas Lil Lena. This is the first year that Mills, of Scottsdale, Arizona, has made the 17-hour trip to Tulsa, but he’s already planning to make it an annual trek. “I’ve heard about it year after year, and everyone tells me to come. It’s a long way to come, but as soon as I got here I was impressed. It’s just incredible. There are so many pens so you don’t have to ride them in the middle of the night if you don’t want to. It’s a great facility with great management.” He added, “I’ve told my clients that we are putting it on the schedule every year.”

Justin Mathison and Dun It With A Splash took third place in the Open with a 143. Dun It With A Spash, owned by Charlotte Decoster, is by Reminic N Dunit out of BB Holly Doll. Jordan Donnelly finished 1-2 in both the Intermediate Open and Limited Open classes. She won the classes with a score of 145.5 on Cash For Legend (Custom Legend x Cash In Roan) and finished Reserve with Golden Dream Chic (Magnum Chic Dream x Whiz Me Gold) with a 143.

“Cash For Legend is owned by my friend Allison Smith. She showed him a little bit and then he actually had colic surgery a couple months ago. We started legging him up to come here and he showed his heart out. He’s awesome and I love him!” She added that she will be showing in the Derby over the weekend, and is “totally confident” with her horse.

Donnelly, of Valley View, Texas, had a lucrative Youth career, and has been training outside horses since January. She said, “Coming to Tulsa is so much fun – but it’s even better this year because of the great horses I have,” she said. “I have a busy week and it’s going to be crazy, but I’m really excited because they’re really nice horses to ride and show.”

Finishing first in the Rookie Pro was 21-year-old Parker Wurst, who scored a 143 with Hollywood Dun Tari, owned by Dell and Terri Hendricks. “I’ve shown him a lot this year and he’s a really good horse,” he said. “I’ll show him again here in the Rookie Pro and Limited Open.” Wurst showed reiners for several years as a Non Pro before beginning to train with Hendricks in January.

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