Dave and Bonnie Silva are well known the reining horse world for their commitment to the industry as breeders and owners and have supported the Tulsa Reining Classic with the naming sponsorship of the Hollywoodstinseltown Open Futurity for years. In 2015 they have expanded their commitment with the new Gunners Tineseltown Tulsa Kids Time!
As their family has grown, spending time with granddaughter Haley Ordner has deepened their appreciation for special kids activities at equine events. Bonnie Silva was quick to get on board with creating a new daily session for kids 10 & Under at Tulsa. Gunners Tinseltown Tulsa Kids Time will be held daily beginning September 1. Free to everyone, each session will include a craft project, physical activity and fun learning activities.
“We are thankful for Bonnie’s support in growing this kid’s program at the NRBC,” said Colleen McQuay, President of Global Reining Sport Group, which produces the Tulsa Reining Classic. She added, “Dave and Bonnie have been dedicated to the reining industry and their breeding program for many years with much success. Sponsoring The Gunners Tinseltown Kids Program is an example of their dedication to kids and family and it means so much to many of the parents coming to Tulsa! We continue to appreciate the Silvas and all they do for us and for the industry!”
Bess Bouley will head up Gunners Tinseltown Tulsa Kids time, providing daily fun for the kids. Bouley, from Maple Plains, Minnesota, began her career working with kids in a special education program and has nearly thirty years experience in child care and preschool.
The Hollywoodstinseltown Open Futurity returns to the Tulsa Reining Classic on Saturday, September 5. The popular event features $60,000 added and is named for the Silva’s outstanding young stallion, Hollywoodstinseltown.
For Dave Silva, supporting the Tulsa Reining Classic reflects his philosophy of giving back to an industry that he loves. “I want to promote the reining horse industry and try to help have a nice futurity for people to attend,” he said. “Plus, I love the Tulsa Expo Center. There are lots of places to prepare your horse and a nice pen to show in.”
The Silva family has had a long and productive history in the reining industry and continues to enjoy all facets of the sport. Dave has National Reining Horse Association lifetime earnings over $129K and continues to be an active Non Pro competitor. As an owner, he was honored in 2012 to join the exclusive NRHA Million Dollar Owner ranks as horses he owns have earned over a million dollars.
Though the years, many outstanding Silva horses have worked their way into the NRHA record books. Hollywoodstinseltown, for whom the Tulsa Futurity is named, is the horse about which Dave says, “He’s the best one we ever raised.” With a royal pedigree, Hollywoodstinseltown, was destined to be a champion. The 2004 palomino stallion is sired by NRHA Five Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Famer Hollywood Dun It and out of Silva’s NRBC Open Champion Miss Tinseltown.
The sparkling golden stallion had it all – incredible looks, phenomenal movement, and a great mind – and those attributes earned quick rewards in the show pen. He was an NRHA Futurity finalist, then an NRBC Intermediate Open Champion, NRHA Derby Reserve Champion and member of the 2010 Gold Medal-Winning World Equestrian Games Team with Tim McQuay. His lifetime earnings exceed $185,000 and when his foals began showing it was easy to see that he was passing on his incredible ability.
Bred and owned by Silva Reining Horses, Gunners Tinseltown, known as “Gunny,” was the 2012 NRHA Open Futurity Reserve Champion, 2013 Whizkey N Diamonds 4 Year Old Stakes L3 Reserve Champion, 2014 Cactus Reining Classic L3 Open Derby Champion, 2014 NRBC L3 Open Reserve Champion and Gunners Tinseltown 2014 NRHA Derby Res. Win PicL4 top 5, 2014 NRHA L3 Open Derby Reserve Champion and L4 top 5, and has earned over $300,000 through the 2015 NRBC.
A half brother to Hollywoodstinseltown, Gunny is sired by the NRHA and AQHA Hall of Fame sire Gunner (AKA Colonels Smoking Gun), who has produced NRHA earners of over $5.5 Million to date and was an earner during his lifetime of over $173,000.
For more information on Hollywoodstinseltown, Gunners Tinseltown and Silva Reining Horses, visit the web site at www.silvareining.com. To learn more about the Tulsa Reining Classic, go to www.tulsareining.com.