(Tulsa, Okla., Aug. 30, 2016) – The Tulsa Reining Classic, held at Expo Square Aug. 29 – Sept. 4 showcases the top horses and most talented riders in the industry. In only the second day of competition expert maneuvers and championship awards have been abundant on the fairgrounds. Tuesday, Jackpot Rookie Levels 1, 2 and Jackpot Prime Time Rookie champions were crowned in the Mustang Arena.
Courtney Battison riding Wimpys Little Nite took home the win in the Jackpot Rookie Levels 1 and 2 with a scores of 141.50, worth $70 and $93, respectively.
Battison purchased Wimpys Little Nite in January and she’s been impressed with the stallion’s abilities. The duo hasn’t been partners for long, however their skill inside the arena promises for many future successes. Along with the Rookie win Battison has her eye set on other titles at the Tulsa Reining Classic.
“My run went really, really well,” Battison said of her run on Tuesday in the Rookie classes. “I feel good about the Derby on Thursday.”
Wimpys Little Nite is the 6-year-old buckskin stallion by Wimpys Little Step, out of Dun It By Chick.
Second place in the Jackpot Rookie Level 1 was Karla Leclair riding Tinselena Spark (Tinsel Nic x Smart Sparkalena) for owner John McDaniel.
Second place in the Jackpot Rookie Level 2 was Ash Holbrook riding Electric Wire, by Jacs Electric Spark out of Eternal Enterprise.
Grier Clenches Jackpot Prime Time Rookie
Teresa Grier took home the Jackpot Prime Time Rookie championship riding Chex Missy Out with a score of 139.
Grier purchased the mare two years ago and the 8-year-old has been steadily improving. Chex Missy Out is by Chex That Out, out of Lenas Missy Moon and started the week in Tulsa strong inside the Mustang Arena. Entered with the intentions of using the Prime Time Rookie class as preparation for Friday’s Affiliate Reining Championships Rookie class finished beyond her expectations.
“The mare was just really quiet,” Grier said. “We were just going for a run with no penalties and hit our markers and that kind of all came together.”
If their performance Tuesday in the Prime Time Rookie competition is any inclination of the duo’s success they are well on their way to an affiliate championship, as well.
“I’m very pleased that we won the Rookie and excited for Friday [Affiliate Reining Championship Rookie]” she said.
Second place in the Prime Time Rookie was Shawn L. Stratman riding Katy Dun It by Dun Gotta Gun and out of Dun Kissed Peaches.
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