NRHA Classes Begin at Tulsa Reining Classic
The first of the National Reining Horse Association ancillary classes at the Tulsa Reining Classic began early Tuesday morning. The Tulsa Reining Classic, held at Expo Square in Tulsa, Oklahoma, runs through Sunday, September 6, and features several big-money aged events, a full slate of ancillary classes, and, starting Thursday, the South Central Affiliate Regional Championships.
With a score of 143.5, Sebastian Petroll and Magnalicioius claimed the $1,000 Added Open ancillary class at the Tulsa Reining Classic. Held Tuesday in the Mustang Arena at Expo Square in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the class was run concurrently with the Intermediate Open, Limited Open, and Rookie Professional classes.
Magnalicious is by NRHA $3 Million Sire Magnum Chic Dream and out of Pines Nifty Doll. Magnalicious is owned by Brad Lieblong of Jonesboro, Arkansas. “We just bought her. We really liked her at Katy and have been working really hard with her. We think by next year she’ll be really good,” Petroll said. “She’s very good minded. She has a lot of turn and is a real complete horse.”
Michael Davis piloted Cross Step Wrangler, by Starlights Wrangler out of Hollywood Two Step, to a 141 to secure the lead of the Intermediate Open and second in the Open. Cross Step Wrangler is owned by Emily Morris of Davenport, Iowa.
Tied for second were Brent Loseke and Chic Out This Gun with Roger Barral with Manhattan Chic. Chic Out This Gun (Chicoutmyblingbling x Footworks Gotta Gun) is owned by Karolyn Kennedy of Gainesville, Texas. Manhattan Chic (Smart Chic Olena x This Chex On Top) is owned by Francisco Ayres Lopes of Gordonville, Texas.
Josefine Spangfors had a great first day at Tulsa. Riding Shiners Banjo, owned by her father’s company Euro Vets Inc., she won the Limited Open. The pair marked a 138.5.
“Shiners Banjo is a 6-year-old that I’ve owned for two years,” she said. Following the class, Spangfors was seen toting around her small chihuahua. “I bring him to all the shows. He’s my lucky charm.”
Although it’s Shiners Banjo’s first time to compete in Tulsa, Spangfors is a veteran of the event. “I just love this place. It has so many arenas and it’s such a nice place to show,” she said. Now she has her eyes set on Friday, when she and Shiners Banjo will compete for a title in the Affiliate Regional Championships.
There was a tie for second between Lorenzo Concarella who rode Tinseltowns Pearl and Rafael Celeste with Paparazzi Princess. Tinseltowns Pearl (Hollywoodstinseltown x Gunners Pearl) is owned by Janine Inmon of Midlothian, Texas, while Paparazzi Princess (Gallo Del Cielo x Princess In Diamonds) is owned by Gabriel Diano of Purcell, Oklahoma.
In his first time to ever compete at the Tulsa Reining Classic, Milo Kurucz won the Rookie Professional on Wimpys Little Gal. Riding for Rosanne Sternberg of Aubrey, Texas, Kurucz marked a 141.5 on the mare by Wimpys Little Step out of My Topsail Gal.
“I thank Rosanne for the opportunity to show this mare,” Karucz said of the 8-year-old mare. “This is only our second show. I’ve just ridden her a couple months, because she just got back from Europe.”
So far, Karucz is impressed with Tulsa. “It’s a pretty cool show. I love it. There are great horses and riders and it’s a great opportunity,” he said.
Lars Mortenson and A Gran Torino (Colonels Smoking Gun x Shiners Crystal) finished second in the Rookie Professional. A Gran Torino is owned by William Rivera of Houston, Texas.
Rookie Level 1 & 2
With dual wins in Rookie Levels 1 and 2, Jennifer Greenleaf is excited about her chance at a spot in the National Affiliate Championships when she competes Friday in the Affiliate Regional Championships. “Winning this class gives me a lot of confidence going into Friday’s class,” she said. “So hopefully we’ll make it to Oklahoma City.”
Greenleaf and her horse, Dun Git A Nicadual, marked a 142.5 to win the class. “Everything just went smoothly and easy. My last two days of riding didn’t feel perfect and then today, before I went in, Tom (McCutcheon) told me to cowgirl up.” She added, “I did and it worked!”
The Aubrey, Texas, Non Pro has owned the Mister Nicadual gelding, out of Gotta Git Ya Dun, for six months. As she was presented with her awards, she shared how much she enjoys the flashy palomino. “He’s the best horse in the world. Tom showed him a lot in the past and had a lot of success. He’s got lots of personality and is perfect,” she said. “He’s taught me everything I know, and I am very lucky to own him.”
Nancy Currie took reserve in the Rookie Level 1 and Prime Time Rookie with a 140.5 on her horse, Dun Playin Tag. Dun Playin Tag is by Whiz N Tag Chex out of Brennas Dunit Fancy.
Prime Time Rookie
Placing reserve in the Rookie Level 2 and finishing as Champion of the Prime Time Rookie was Todd Holbrook, of Stillwater, Oklahoma. Holbrook rode his 8-year-old gelding A Juicy Chex to a 142. “I’ve been competing here at Tulsa for six or seven years, but this is my first time to win a class,” he said. “My horse rode really well today; it was probably the best he’s done.”
Holbrook credited his trainer, Sam Smith, for his success. “Sam works with me, my wife, and my daughter. He’s really good to work with. He’s honest and encouraging but tough when needed.”
AQHA All Age Reining
A win in the AQHA All Age Reining at Tulsa almost guarantees a spot at the 2016 American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show. So after winning the two-day class, Stoptown and Dell Hendricks will likely be taking a trip to Oklahoma City next year. Stoptown is a 2012 stallion owned by
Douglas Van Rees.
“I’ve been riding him since the Derby. Ruben actually trained him and then asked me if I would take over at the Derby,” Hendricks said. “This is my first horse to ride for Doug. He was pretty good in this class, and I’ll show him again in the futurity later this week.”
Another Gunner Nite, a horse Dell owns with his wife Terri, won second in the class with Parker Wurst.