Woodward and Berry Take NRHA Rookie Championships at Tulsa Reining Classic

Riding Lil Ruf Major, Nikki Woodward won both the Rookie Level 1 and Rookie Level 2 National Reining Horse Association Ancillary classes at the Tulsa Reining Classic with a 71.5. It was the first large event for Woodward to compete at. “I’ve had Major for about three years, but didn’t start showing him until this year. This is our first big win and first really big show, so I’m super excited,” she said. “I am so happy we did so well. He worked great today!”

Woodward, who rides with Sebastian Petroll in Whitesboro, Texas, will compete again Friday in the second slate of Rookie classes. Lil Ruf Major is by Lil Ruf Peppy and out of Majors Serendipity.

The Rookie Level 1 Reserve Championship went to Tyler Troop and Starbucks Déjà Vu with a 70.5. Starbucks Déjà Vu is by Smart Starbuck out of Dun Its Déjà Vu. Kyla Myers and Painted Pony Whiz, by Topsail Whiz out of Ellys Rebel Pride, earned the Rookie Level 2 Reserve Championship with a score of 71.

Gina Cherry won her very first NRHA plaque in the Rookie Prime Time with a score of 70. “I’ve shown here at Tulsa before but never done as well as today. I really like this place now,” she said with a laugh. Cherry will show again Friday and again on Sunday in the Limited Non Pro of the South Central Regional Affiliate Finals.

Cherry has owned Jessiesstarlights, by Starlights Gypsy out of Wannab Jessies Girl, since May of 2012. “He’s a 7-year-old who’s won close to $10,000 now, and I was really excited with how he worked today,” s0he said.

Allen Stillwell and Memorable Moments (Wimpys Little Step x Memorable Affair) tied with James Murff and Tivios Lil Dun It (Hollywood Dun It x Tivios Little Queen) with a score of 69.5.

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