Novice Horse Open South Central Regional Affiliate Finals Champions Crowned

Since 2005, the Tulsa Reining Classic has played host to the National Reining Horse Association’s South Central Regional Affiliate Championships. On Thursday, August 28, the first of the Affiliate Champions were crowned in the Mustang Arena at Expo Square in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Sean Johnson piloted Bullets In My Gun to the Novice Horse Open Level 1 Affiliate Championship.

The pair marked a 142.5, and also finished third in the Novice Horse Level 2 Affiliate Finals. He won $155, a Pard’s Western Shop gift card, and Anderson Bean Boot gift certificate, Classic Equine splint boots, a SmartPak blanket, a Platinum Performance gift card, and a Twister Trailer certificate.

The fourth generation horse trainer said he was pleased with the 4-year-old mare’s performance, noting that “she was really good today.” Johnson, who lives south of Tulsa, is a former Olympic rider who competed in three day events.

Josh Visser, who finished as the Reserve Champion on Chic Whiza Dream with a 144, took home $114, Classic Equine bell boots, and a SmartPak fleece cooler. The pair also won Reserve in the NRHA Novice Horse Open Level 1 ancillary class, worth $255. Chic Whiza Dream, by Magnum Chic Dream out of Kalico Whiz, is owned by Nichole Ingram of Santo, Texas.

Carlos Deleu and Custom Whiz Kid won the Novice Horse Level 2 Affiliate Championship with a score of 145.5, winning $148, a Pard’s Western Shop gift card, and Anderson Bean Boot gift certificate, Classic Equine splint boots, a SmartPak blanket, a Platinum Performance gift card, and a Twister Trailer certificate.

Custom Whiz Kid, by Custom Chrome out of Dude Lady Whiz, is owned by David and Joy Buck of Conroe, Texas. He also finished as Reserve in the ancillary Novice Horse Open Level 2 class. Deleu, of Collinsville, Texas, has had Custom Whiz Kid since the stallion’s yearling year. “He’s always been really good every time I’ve shown him,” he said. “He’s real honest in the arena and I like him a lot. He felt really good today.”

Jody Brainard finished as the Novice Horse Open Level 2 Affiliate Finals with Whizzy Chic, by Topsail Whiz out of Chics Lady Kiper. The 4-year-old mare is owned by Sherman Lauder of Weatherford, Oklahoma.

The ancillary Novice Horse Open Levels 1 and 2 were run concurrently the Regional Affiliate Finals.

Taking the top spot in both levels was Matt Armenta. Armenta, of Whitesboro, Texas, scored a 146 on Bellectric, by Jacs Electric Spark out of Doc Santa Belle. The talented mare is owned by Carol Rose of Gainesville, Texas.

“We bought her after the National Reining Breeders Classic. I had a couple of clients that I wanted to buy her, but for different reasons those things fell through. I don’t know what happened,” Armenta explained. “I had told Carol about her making small talk and she asked about buying her, so she bought her.”

Armenta showed Bellectric at the NRHA Derby, and scored a 219.5 in the preliminaries, missing the finals. “She’s still a little bit green and needs more time to get 100% seasoned and solid, so that’s why I showed her in the novice horse instead of the Derby. She’s qualified for the AQHA World Show in the Junior Reining,” he said. “She’s a really good mare. I like her a lot and I’m glad that Carol trusts me with her. I’m very fortunate that I get to ride her.”

He added, “Tulsa is a fun, good show. It’s run well with a good pen – and the schedule’s great, too!”

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