(Tulsa, Okla., Sept. 4, 2016) – The last day of competition at the Tulsa Reining Classic kicked off Sunday with awards in the Affiliate Reining Championships Short Stirrup and Youth classes in the Mustang Arena at Expo Square in Tulsa, Okla. The young guns of the sport took center stage showing off their skills in the show pen.
The National Reining Horse Association Short Stirrup 10 & Under and ARC Short Stirrup 10 & Under was dominated by Ainsley Larcombe with a score of 143.5. Larcombe rode This Rose Will Shine a 14-year-old gelding by Twice As Shiney out of Cross Over Rose, and led Larcombe to the win. The championship was extra special for the youth.
“It’s pretty exciting, especially because it’s the affiliate championships,” Larcombe said. “It’s my first time qualifying, so it’s kind of cool.”
Larcombe said This Rose Will Shine, who she calls Wilbur, has a big personality and she had to work with it through his run on Sunday.
“He has a lot of tricks up his sleeve that I have to work with, but it makes me better,” she said. “I had to handle a few tricks [in the show pen during my run], but it was pretty good in all. I was pretty happy with it; he’s a sweet boy.”
Colt Mitchell riding Surprise Easter Kid (The Great Kid x Little Stormy Chex) won second place in the NRHA Short Stirrup 10 & Under with a score of 142.5.
The NRHA Youth 14-18 championship was shared by Savannah Grace Ostner riding A Bueno Chic and Margaret “Susie” Dunn riding Spooks Smoken Wimpy.
A Bueno Chic is by Bueno Fritzi Nic out of A Hollywood Chic and owned by Debbie Honeycutt. The 11-year-old gelding led Ostner to a score of 145.5 for a win she said was bitter sweet.
“He tries so hard in the show pen and he’s been phenomenal for me for a couple of years,” Ostner said. “This is actually my last year showing him, because I’m going to college, so I’m really excited.”
Ostner and A Bueno Chic went into the pen looking for a win and gave it they’re all. The duo also picked up the win in the ARC Youth 14-18.
Dunn rode Spooks Smoken Wimpy, by Wimpys Little Step out of Please Don’t Spook, to the co-championship and she said her mount was feeling the pressure in the beginning.
“He got a little nervous when I walked in and stopped in the center, but I just held him together and kept him chilled,” Dunn said. “It took me a minute, but after I loped off I knew it was going to be a great ride. He stayed right with me… I couldn’t ask for a better ride.
Dunn’s only been riding the 7-year-old gelding for about a year and the teenager said Sunday’s run was their first “really good ride.”
Second place in the ARC Youth 14-18 went to Blair Thompson riding Whiz N Chica Dee (Topsail Whiz x Chic A Dee Hickory) with a score of 144. Thompson and his mount also took the wins in the USA Reining Youth 14-18 and AQHA Youth Reining. Thompson said his mount has been consistent for him all week.
“I had actually taken [Whiz N Chica Dee] in the Non Pro right before this class and scored the exact same score and showed him yesterday and got the exact same score in the Youth,” Thompson said. “He just felt with me all week and I couldn’t have asked for anything more, or anything less, of him.”
Jacob Zimmerman riding Kansas City Whiz took the championships in the NRHA and ARC Youth 13 & Under with a score of 143.
Kansas City Whiz is by Easy Otie Whiz out of Kansas City Royal and Zimmerman’s been riding the gelding for a year and a half and said the mount is easy to get on with.
“I feel happy with him, I liked the run,” Zimmerman said, “He tried to change on with me through the center, but I controlled it and it was good. His stops were good, too.”
Andie Wells riding The Ultimate Magnum (Magnum Chic Dream x Queen De La Club) took second in the NRHA plus in the ARC Youth 13 & Under. The duo also picked up the title in the USA Reining Youth 13 & Under and second in the AQHA Youth Reining.
The NRHA Rookie Youth title went to Rebecca Bigelow riding Trashes Kohana Cash to a score of 141. Trashes Kohana Cash is by Trashedeous out of Megas Miss Freckles.
Matthew Tullock riding Smart Colonel Tom (Smart By Chic x Colonels Ms Tommy) took second in the Rookie Youth.
The American Quarter Horse Association Youth Reining championship went to Carlee McCutcheon riding Whatta Royal Vintage (Hollywood Vintage x Whatta Royal Star). The duo also took second in the USA Reining Youth 13 & Under.
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