Rookie reiners had their chance to shine Tuesday evening, August 29, in the Mustang Arena at the Tulsa Reining Classic.
Tolbert “Buster” Foster marked a 142.5 aboard Wimpys Memorabilia to win the $100 Rookie Level 2 and the JP Prime Time Rookie classes.
“We hope for bigger and better things. I’ll be out of rookie this year, but I’m hoping she can get me that elusive 72 score which I’ve never gotten,” Foster said. “Our 142.5 today is up there with the best we’ve done, but I feel sure she’s got enough to take me to another level.”
Wimpys Memorabilia is a 2009 mare by Wimpys Little Step and out of the famed Memorable Affair by Major Vaquero.
“Her mother Memorable Affair is a pretty famous mare in the reining business who won over $100,000—a bit of a star,” Foster said. “[Wimpys Memorabilia] had a good non-pro career with Dr. Jim Morgan, and the last time he showed her was the NRBC as a 4-year-old. We had lameness problems later that year… she had three babies and hadn’t been in the show ring for four years until this year, and she’s just been super every time.”
Foster says his mare is the perfect confidence booster, even after her long hiatus from the arena.
“Her biggest thing is her stop. She’s a big mare, so in the spins, she doesn’t have a lot of speed but she has a lot of style,” Foster said. “I’ve got a lot of confidence showing her; you don’t have to worry about anything.”
Foster owns a breeding business and has worked closely with the McCutcheons to build his breeding operation into a quality herd.
“I am a breeder, I moved up to Collinsville, Texas, to be closer to Tom and Mandy McCutcheon,” Foster said. “I raise these Quarter Horses, and Tom and Mandy helped me get several really nice horses, so I look forward to breeding some nice babies—it’s really exciting.”
Kelly Shepherd took reserve honors in the class with a 141.5 aboard Margarita. In the Rookie Level 1, Krista Marshall and Cromed By Rooster scored a 140 to take the victory.
Marshall purchased the 6-year-old gelding by Cromed Out Mercedes and out of Peekaski Cielo by Gallo Del Cielo last June in Gainesville, Texas. She says “Cromey’s” biggest asset is his big stops and honest ability.
“We had a little trouble in our turns but we pulled through it, and our rundowns were nice, stops were deep, and he was a good boy today,” Marshall said. “He’s like a big dumb hunk! He doesn’t want you to be in his face, he wants you to trust him, and today he proved why you should be able to trust him.”
2017 is Marshall’s first full year in an affiliate circuit and her first time to show in Tulsa. By day, the Minot, North Dakota, resident and her family own a truck stop. Riding and showing reining horses are her escapes from the day-to-day work.
“This is the farthest we’ve traveled this year, and we’re happy to be here,” Marshall said. “We run a 24-hour business, and I show horses to get away from the hustle and bustle of work. It’s a great outlet and keeps me focused, and it’s a lot better than going to the lake.”
In a two-way tie for second, Jon Gilbertson and Koolwhiz N Wranglers tied with Walter Saunders and Shur Sheez Juice, both notching a 138.5.