(Tulsa, Okla., Aug. 31, 2016) – Global Reining Sport Group, which produces the Tulsa Reining Classic, made a landmark announcement Tuesday evening and the excitement hasn’t subsided in Tulsa. The first section of the Tamarack Ranch Developing Horse Futurity began Wednesday morning and concluded as one for the record books.
Due to the number of horses entered in the Tamarack Ranch Developing Horse Futurity, the Futurity was divided into two sections – each with equal added money and each with its own set of awards.
The decision came when the entries for the futurity closed and there were an astounding 138 horses entered, up 51 horses from last year!
Colleen McQuay noted, “Thanks to the generosity of Tamarack Ranch each section will have the same amount of added money – $20,000 – and awards as previously planned for the entire event. Each section will be awarded in its entirety and pinned as an individual event.”
In an impressive three-way tie Tom McCutcheon, Josh Murphy and Nathan Piper each scored 217 and took home top honors as Tamarack Ranch Developing Horse Futurity Section A Open Level 4 champions, and $2,584.
Tom McCutcheon rode Hot Hollywood Nite for owners White River Ag Products. Hot Hollywood Nite is by Gunners Special Nite out of Hot Hollywood Jewels and was born on McCutcheon’s ranch and McCutcheon said the mare’s been effortless from the beginning.
“She’s just been easy from day one and she keeps getting better and better,” McCutcheon said. “So, I’m really excited about her future.”
Co-champion, Nathan Piper also shared the title riding Smart Ebony Spook who is by Smart Spook out of Ebony Shines. H has had the mare since she was a yearling.
“[I’ve] had her in the program the whole time and really enjoyed training her,” Piper said. “She’s always been really talented turning and stopping and she seemed like she showed that today.”
Tri-champion, Josh Murphy also shared the win in the Tamarack Ranch Developing Horse Futurity Open Level 4 on CBK Hang A Wright who is by Hang Ten Surprize out of HR Wright On Cash for owners William & Corliss Kellogg. However, for Murphy the really exciting part was the fact he also took home a co-championship in Open Levels 3 (tied with Piper), and won Levels 2 and 1.
“It feels great,” Murphy said of his win. “I’m really happy for the owners of this mare they have been so great and I’m really glad to see this mare have some success.”
Murphy had a great run and being entered in all four levels paid well. He took home a total of $6,510. Plus, he tied for the second time this month with a million dollar rider, Tom McCutcheon, with whom he shared the North Central Reining Horse Association Futurity championship.
“Feels good,” Murphy said with a laugh. “That’s good company. I’ll tie with any level 4 rider any day especially million dollar riders.”
Murphy and Piper tied for the Level 3 title and each rider picked up $1,909 in that level.
Second place in the Tamarack Ranch Developing Horse Futurity Limited Open Level 2 was Mirjam Stillo riding Mister Dual Shine (Mister Dual Pep x Shiners Valentine) for $874.
Second place in the Tamarack Ranch Developing Horse Futurity Open Level 1 was Sam Bremenor riding Chics Special Nite (Gunners Special Nite x This Chic Dun It) for $429.
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