(Tulsa, Okla., Sept. 4, 2016) – Because of a great sponsorship from Cardinal Reining Horses, the Open Derby at the Tulsa Reining Classic featured $33,000 added money, and every exhibitor entered received a signature Cardinal Reining Horses jacket. Several of the entries competing in the Derby had the chance at an additional $10,000 in added money in the Whizkey N Diamonds Novice Horse Derby, thanks to a partnership with Rhodes River Ranch.
Cardinal Reining Horses Open Level 4 Derby Champion
At draw No. 29 Jordan Larson and Electric Snow posted a top score of 224.5 early in the day on Sunday taking the lead in the Level 4 Open. The early lead meant he had to sweat out 58 more horses. In the end, the score held and Larson and Electric Snow became the Cardinal Reining Horses Derby Champions.
Electric Snow is by Jacs Electric Spark and out of Snow Gun and he was out of commission for nearly all of 2015 after an injury. He’s finally recovered and come back even stronger to take wins at major shows and took his first title in Tulsa on Sunday.
“That’s the best he’s been – pretty much for the whole run,” Larson said. “He ran in and stopped really good, he turned really, really good – he had a little tiny bobble and maybe turned a little to the left, but everything else was pretty much spot on. I couldn’t have asked him to be much better.”
Larson and Electric Snow took home an Elite Custom saddle, National Reining Horse Association trophies and $7,566 for owner Equine Plus.
Tom McCutcheon riding Sunglasses At Nite (Gunners Special Nite x Chex Dun It) took home the reserve championship in the Cardinal Reining Horses Derby Level 4 with a score of 222, worth $4,605 for owner Turnabout Farm Inc.
Cardinal Reining Horses Open Level 3 Derby Champions
A score of 221.5 took the top spot in the Cardinal Reining Horses Open Derby Level 3 with a shared championship between Gabe Hutchins riding FM Shine N Tag Chex and Matthew Armenta riding Lena Who Whizit.
After a little tough luck in Saturday’s futurity, Hutchins walked out of the Ford Truck Arena at Expo Square with a championship title in the Derby Level 3 riding the 5-year-old stallion by Whiz n Tag Chex out of Shine With Wanda.
From maneuver to maneuver FM Shine N Tag Chex, who’s also led Hutchins to a finalist position at the National Reining Breeders Classic this year, worked well for his rider.
“He was mister honest and pulled through like he always does for me,” Hutchins said. “He’s just a really good show horse. One thing I’ve been working on with him is running through the gate and he knocked it out of the park today.”
Hutchins and FM Shine N Tag Chex picked up $4,003 for owners Tamarack Ranch.
Matthew Armenta rode Lena Who Whizit to the shared championship with an equally impressive run. Armenta has been prepping his mount for the show and said sticking to his routine is part of what led to the win – the other part he credited to his horse.
“Honestly, it felt really good, it was easy,” Armenta said. “He prepped good all week long, he schooled real good and easy. I stuck to my program and warmed him up for probably 30 minutes and didn’t do too much and he showed good from the get go – from the first stop to the last he was really, really good.”
Armenta and Lena Who Whizit (Lena Spark x Wa Hoo Whizit) also picked up the championships in the Open Level 2 and the Whizkey N Diamonds Novice Horse Open Derby, which was ran concurrently with the Cardinal Reining Horses Derby. All totaled, Armenta and his mount picked up $9,435.
“I’m happy, it’s always good to win, but I’m just happy my horse showed good, I had him prepped like I thought I did and he showed like I thought he would,” Armenta said. “So, it was good. We came and did what we planned on doing and now we’re going to pack up and go to the next one.”
Second in the Open Derby Level 2, as well as sharing the reserve title in the Whizkey N Diamonds Novice Horse Open Derby was Francesco Martinotti riding Stiletto Tag (Whiz N Tag Chex x Kachina Oak Olena) with a score of 220.
Thiago Boechat riding Xtra Voodoo Doc (Shiners Voodoo Dr x Call Me Miss Hickory) shared the reserve championship in the Whizkey N Diamonds Novice Horse Open Derby with Martinotti.
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