(Tulsa, Okla., Sept. 1, 2016) – Thursday at the Tulsa Reining Classic had a full schedule of classes featuring top horses and riders competing for championship honors. The day began with the National Reining Horse Association Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro, Limited Non Pro, Prime Time Non Pro and USA Reining Amateur classes held in the Mustang Arena and the competition got exciting!
Emily Morris riding Cross Step Wrangler and Hannah Hardy riding Top Sailing Tivito were called to a runoff after each turned in standout runs in the National Reining Horse Association Non Pro. Each team put together nice runs in the runoff, but when all was said and done Emily Morris and Cross Step Wrangler were crowned champions with a score of 143.10. Hardy took second with a 143.
Cross Step Wrangler is by Starlights Wrangler out of Hollywood Two Step and is owned by Morris. The duo also took the championship in the NRHA Intermediate Non Pro, and the Limited Non Pro.
“It was really exciting,” Morris said of her run. “We were kind of debating whether or not I was going to show in the Non Pro or just in the Intermediate and Limited, so it turned out good that we did!”
Top Sailing Tivito is by Tivitos Sugar Bar and out of Spanky Mae and Hardy said she’s proud of her mount’s showing Thursday.
“My first run was really nice, he schooled around really nice in the warm up pen and then just went out and showed really nice,” Hardy said. “Our first stop wasn’t our best stop just like in the runoff, but all in all it was really good. I’m excited this is really fun.”
Tamra Kyle riding Gunner Git Ya Gun took the win in the USA Reining and shared the win in the Prime Time Non Pro with Kathy Wilson riding TWR Color Me Rey.
Gunner Git Ya Gun is by Colonels Smoking Gun out of Gotta Git Ya Dun and is an 8-year-old palomino mare who is not only Kyle’s show horse, but also a broodmare.
“She’s been good,” Kyle said of her mare. “We got her through the breeding shed and got her legged back up so this is her first time out and then we’ll try for some of the affiliate things (Affiliate Reining Championships) later in the week.”
TWR Color Me Rey, a 6-year-old gelding by Color A Star out of KLS Callie Rey, is a home-grown horse and the duo has been steadily improving.
“He has a big heart. He brings me through and has brought me quite a ways in the last six years,” Wilson said. “We’re just now stepping into non pro classes and what a way to start!
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