(Tulsa, Okla., Aug. 31, 2016) – Global Reining Sport Group, which produces the Tulsa Reining Classic, made a landmark announcement Tuesday evening when it opted to split the burgeoning event – offering equal added money in not one, but two separate futurities.
Section A ended mid-day and section B ended up with a late evening finish. But the excitement was palpable and at the end of the long day the second section ended like the first – in a tie!
Adam Hendrickson riding Little Bit Risky shared the win with Brian Bell riding Guns N Sparks, each scoring a 219 for $3,330 each.
Little Bit Risky is by Wimpys Little Step out of A Lasting Attraction and owned by Roger Weibel.
Hendrickson piloted Little Bit Risky to an impressive run inside the Ford Truck Arena taking home two titles. Along with the Level 4 win he also won the Open Level 3 class for $2,374.
“He felt really good. I’ve got a few things to work on for sure before the Futurity and before the Congress, but he feels really cool! I really like this horse,” Hendrickson said.
Guns N Sparks is by Tinker With Guns out of Whiz Off Sparks and owned by Kimberly Tillman. Bell has only been riding him for a little over two weeks and he said the training credit goes to John O’Hara.
“John did a good job of having everything where it needed to be and the horse has really been accepting of everything I’ve tried to teach him,” Bell said. “I had two stops that I just loved. He was just easy to show. I could have gone faster or slower; he was really fun.”
Fernando Salgado rode Loveya to the Tamarack Ranch Developing Horse Futurity Section B Open Level 2 championship and to the Open Level 3 second place finish for owner Cam Essick. Loveya is by Gunnatrashya out of Love Em N Lena and Salgado has only had Loveya for a week. He said the horses abilities are a true testament to his training.
“It feels great,” Salgado said.” I appreciate the owner who trusted me and let me show him, but I would not take the credit. All the credit goes to Erin Taormino. She’s the one who got the horse ready. I just got on, went in there and it worked.”
Second place in the Tamarack Ranch Developing Horse Futurity Limited Open Level 2 Section B was Jonathan Gauthier riding Shine Man Shine.
Barak Gibori rode Pearl Haggard to the Tamarack Ranch Developing Horse Futurity Section B Open Level 1 championship for owner David Silva. Pearl Haggard is by Hollywoodstinseltown out of Gunners Pearl and had a nice comeback in the arena for Gibori to finish with the win.
“He turned really, really big the first way,” Gibori said. “The second way he kind of had a little bobble getting him hooked, but then he came back to me and since then he was trying to be a show horse and do his job.”
Second place in the Tamarack Ranch Developing Horse Futurity Open Level 1 was Colin Fitzpatirck riding Dunnies Luna Negra (Cromed Out Mercedes x Dunnies Prescription)for owner Carl Lambert.
The highest scoring Paint horse was Mister Dual Shine ridden by Mirjam Stillo for owners WW Ranch LLC. He earned a custom Gist trophy buckle from the American Paint Horse Association.
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