On Saturday, August 30, the Mustang Arena hosted more National Reining Horse Association Classes and South Central Region Affiliate Finals classes that qualify top finishers for the North American Affiliate Championship at the NRHA Futurity. The day began with Youth 14-18, 13 and under, and Jackpot Rookie Youth run concurrently.
Marissa Harrell of Waco, Texas, rode Who Whiz Apaintedchic (Who Whiz It x Smart Painted Chic) to win the 14-18 Youth with a score of 143. “I was happy with our run, especially considering that the other day when we rode she didn’t want to stop that great for me. Today she went down and stopped really well. I was more confident with her today and was happy with everything,” Harrell said. “We’ve been together for about four years – we got her from Haverty Ranch. She’s just a great little horse.”
The 14-18 Reserve Title went to Kyla Myers of Clovis, New Mexico, on Painted Pony Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Ellys Rebel Pride), for a score of 142.5.
In the 13 and Under Youth, Kenleigh Wells rode The Ultimate Magnum (Magnum Chic Dream x Queen De La Club) to a score of 142.5, winning the class. Wells has been riding 10-year-old “Reload” for five years. The 14-year-old from Valley View, Texas, will show again Sunday in the Youth Affiliate finals.
The 13 & Under Reserve Championship was Molly Mitchell of Cuba, Missouri on Playgun Chic Olena (Smart Chic Olena x Mamas Packin) for a score of 142.5.
The Rookie Youth Championship went to Hannah Mitchell of Cuba, Missouri, for a score of 140 on Surprise Easter Kid (The Great Kid x Little Stormy Chex). “She’s amazing – she always shows great for me and never does anything wrong,” Mitchell said of the mare she’s been riding since March. “She’s just a really kind mare with a great personality. She’s always loving.” Mitchell plans to show again Sunday in the NRHA Youth class.
Rebecca Bigelow, of Bushland, Texas, rode Jac Brownburn (The Jac Be Nimble x Holly Brownburn) to reserve honors in the Rookie Youth.
The 10 & Under Short Stirrup ended in a tie for the Championship between June Roberson and Traditional Fudge (Steady Tradition x Red Hot Fudge) and Roeanne Thayn and Nics Wimpy (Wimpys Little Step x Nics Whiz). Both girls marked a 70.5.
The action in the Mustang Arena continued with the Novice Horse Non Pro Classes and Amber Schafer won the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 & 2 class on her horse Benjamin Banjo. Scafer won $649 for her score of 144.5. “He was great today. He traveled so well and he was just right there for me and very honest. We’ve been really working on stepping up our game, so I am really proud of how we did,” she said.
Schaffer purchased Benjamin Banjo sight unseen a year ago. “I had a good friend go pick him up and bring him home. He’s a perfect match for me. He’s an excellent show horse and I cannot say enough good things about him,” she said.
Finishing Reserve in the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 was Crystal Flarida, who piloted Dunits Dually (Mister Nicadual x Dun It In Tinseltown) to a 143. Flarida won $245.
Lisa Davis, who also won the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 Affiliate Finals with her horse SLJ Im No Joke, finished Reserve with a 142 and took home $242.
Lindsey McCutcheon wasn’t expecting to win the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 Affiliate Championship on Mega Starlet. In fact, she was surprised when her name was called. “Are you sure? I didn’t know about this – what a nice surprise!” she said when the interview began. Mega Starlet, by Marthas Mega Jac x This Stars Trouble, is owned by Lindsey’s mom Kathy. “She is going to be very, very excited to hear this news because we didn’t realize we won this,” she said.
“We raised her. She’s out of my mom’s mare that she showed. She claims ownership of her so she’s always giving me tips and telling me what to do with her.” The McCutcheons set a goal to qualify Mega Starlet for the Regional Championships in Oklahoma City in December, and the win cemented the qualification. “We’ll take her home and get her ready for the finals and see what happens after that,” she said.
Karla Seale and Cromes Freckle Flynn (Custom Crome x Pinky Flynn) took Reserve in the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 with a score of 70. Lisa Davis has had a great week at the Tulsa Reining Classic. On Thursday, she and her horse SLJ Im No Joke (Smart Like Juice x Jokes Mustang Sally) tied for the win of the NRHA Limited Non Pro. On Saturday she claimed sole ownership of the Regional Affiliate Championship Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2.
Davis, who has one more Regional Affiliate Championship class to compete in on Sunday, was emotional while accepting her awards. “This is totally out of the blue. I was using this as a schooling class for tomorrow – so what an awesome day! I can’t thank everyone who has been in my corner supporting me enough,” she said. “I don’t really believe how great it has been.”
Darby Gardner and Tickle My Whizkers (Remin Whiz x Tivito Norma) finished Reserve with a 142.5.