(Tulsa, Okla., Sept. 2, 2016) – The 2016 Turnabout Farm Non Pro Futurity at the Tulsa Reining Classic, held at the Expo Square, featured $26,000 in added money. Competition was fierce in the Ford Truck Arena with a tough field of 175 total entries across all levels.
Non Pro Level 4 Champion
Jack Medows and Chicsdreamofdiamonds won the Non Pro Level 4 Championship with a 223.50, winning $5,477. The mare, by Magnum Chic Dream out of Princess In Diamonds, is a half-sibling to Medows’ 2016 American Quarter Horse Youth Association world champion reining horse, Surprizentheprincess. Those particular bloodlines hold a special place in Medows’ heart.
The duo put together a stellar run to take the win with big stops and superb spins, but to Medows he said he wasn’t focused on speed he was focused on correctness and relied on his mount’s natural power to take care of the rest.
“Both of them (Chicsdreamofdiamonds and Surprizentheprincess) are such people pleasers,” Medows said. “They don’t want to do anything wrong, if they do you just have to ask nicely and they won’t do it again. That’s a really great quality to have.
“She was just really good,” he added of Chicsdreamofdiamonds performance on Friday. “She was just so good everywhere. It was just a really cool feeling to go in there and her almost relax. She almost relaxed more inside the show pen than she did riding the night before, which is a really cool feeling. I just sent her down the pen to stop her and she stopped huge!”
Medows said although he’s had big wins before none have been quite like this and he thanked his family for their support and Fernando Salgado for his help preparing the mare before Medows was able to make it to Tulsa this week.
“This is just an amazing feeling,” he said. “I’ve never really done this well before at a pre-futurity event and so I’m super excited about this. There are so many good horses out here today and I’m excited that she was honest with me.”
Non Pro Level 3 Champion
Allison Sutton and Mercedes N Pearls won the Non Pro Level 3 championship as well as the reserve title in the Non Pro Level 4, worth a combined $6,523 with a score of 219.
“It was a lot of fun. She was a lot of fun to show, she really let me be present in every maneuver and that’s new for me, I like that,” Sutton said with a laugh. “As soon as I loped off it just felt good, she just felt like she was going to be there with me so that was a nice feeling.
Mercedes N Pearls is by Cromed Out Mercedes out of Katijac Miss and Sutton said sometimes as a Non Pro she can get a little unnerved in the show pen and Mercedes N Pearls takes care of her rider to remove those anxieties.
“She just let me enjoy it and relax,” she said.
Non Pro Level 2 Champion
Taylor Zimmerman and Wimpys Little Jessie won the Non Pro Level 2 championship with a score of 214 for $1,263.
Zimmerman took the win after a long wait her run was reviewed by the judge, but after the agonizing wait she could finally rejoice in the win.
Wimpys Little Jessie is by Wimpys Little Step out of Jessie Dot Tari.
“I’m happy with what happened,” Zimmerman said. “I thought I had did something wrong or she failed a lead, but she didn’t!”
Zimmerman said she had a few bobbles, however she was able to stay hooked for the win. She also showed a second mount, Just A Custom Spook (Smart Spook x Wimpys Little Custom) to a score of 211 for a tie in fourth shared with Kathy Thompson riding Baileys Sidekick.
“It started off pretty good, my first set of circles were really good, better than I expected,” she said “My turns, she didn’t really start amazing, but she ended up starting pretty good.”
Second in the Level 2 was Jessica Mullin riding Miss Top Whiz Dunit (Jumping Jack Whiz x Miss Bogle 012).
Prime Time Champion
James Morgan had a great night Friday inside the Ford Arena when he took home the Prime Time championship and reserve championship; third and fourth place in the Non Pro Level 4; and second and third place in Level 3. Morgan rode two mounts to the big payday of $9,104.
Friday wasn’t the only night he Morgan found success inside the Ford Arena. Thursday he took home the Prime Time win in the Non Pro and after his win he said he doesn’t go into the arena worrying about the scores put up by the other riders. Instead, he focuses on his run and if it’s good enough for the win at the end of the class he’s happy.
“I don’t have any control over how everything else happens,” Morgan said. “It’s really more about being there, getting the job done, being prepared and having the kind of run you would like to have.”
The mount Morgan took the championship on in the Prime Time was Shiney Workboots, who’s by Smart And Shiney out of Reminic At Work, and also led Morgan to third in the Level 4, reserve in the Level 3.
Morgans reserve championship horse was Poetik Justice, who’s by Pretty Peppy Chec out of Little Chex 499, and is also the horse he took home fourth in the Level 4 and third in the Level 3 on.
For information and complete results from the Tulsa Reining Classic, held at Expo Square in Tulsa, Oklahoma, visit TulsaReining.com or call (580) 759-2525.