(Tulsa, Okla., Aug. 31, 2016) – The Tulsa Reining Classic, held at Expo Square Aug. 29 – Sept. 4 has had a full schedule packed with some of the top horses and riders in the industry. Wednesday, Novice Non Pro Levels 1 and 2 champions were pinned in the Super Duty Arena.
Kiera Johnson riding Spookanicki took home the win in the Novice Non Pro Level 1 with a score of 140.50, worth $226.
Johnson purchased Spookanicki about a year ago from Adam Hendrickson and the duo’s been putting together nice runs ever since. Johnson said going into the TRC Novice Non Pro she was mostly hoping to have a solid showing in preparation for the rest of the week.
“Most of all I wanted to be sure we ran down the pen and we built,” Johnson said. “It’s been something we’ve been working on this year, so when I turned the corner and she just went ‘hey momma I got ya,’ I though ‘OK baby, let’s go!’
“She felt really good warming up, so we just went with it, and it was good,” she added.
Spookanicki is the 4-year-old daughter of Smart Spook and out of Chexanicki and has a gently demeanor, convincing Johnson she’s a keeper.
“She’s so sweet. I’ll have a really good run on her and I’ll let Audrey Jo (Johnson’s daughter) walk her out and she just goes with the flow,” Johnson said. “She’ll be one that’s in the broodmare band, for sure.”
Second place in the Novice Non Pro Level 1 was Cheryl Lauder riding Who Whiz Smartin Off (Who Whiz It x Little Smart Jac) for $167.
Keller Clenches Novice Non Pro Level 2
Jessicah Keller took home the Novice Non Pro Level 2 championship riding her home raised Moonlite Chex with a score of 141.50.
Keller said her only expectations for Wednesday’s run aboard the mare – who has already won Keller nearly $10,000 – was to be smooth and solid.
“This is kind of a warm up for the Affiliates (Affiliate Reining Championships Novice Non Pro) on Saturday,” she said. “So, I was just hoping to have a nice smooth run today, get a good paycheck and get ready for Saturday.”
Moonlite Chex is the 6-year-old daughter of Nu Chex To Cash out of Rondas Tio and had a nice showing in Wednesday’s class, validating Keller’s belief in the mare’s abilities.
“She was really good,” Keller said. “She was smooth, we went not too fast and she went exactly where I put her.”
Keller said the win was made even more special considering she’s a home bred and raised athlete.
“My family owns Hilldale Farm, my mom’s especially supportive of us going and showing and she owns that mare so it’s nice,” Keller said. “She’s well prepared and ready to show.”
Second place in the Novice Non Pro Level 2 was Lindsay Kovick riding Reiny Day Wrangler by Starlights Wrangler and out of Juanita Chex.
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