In addition to numerous opportunities for aged event horses, the Tulsa Reining Classic features a full slate of National Reining Horse Association classes, and also hosts the South Central Affiliate Regional Championships. The top ten finishers in each of the ARC classes earn a spot at the North American Affiliate Championships, which will be held at the NRHA Futurity in December.
On hand representing the NRHA and assisting with the ARC classes were Lauren Rufo, Lina Betts, and Sara Honneger.
The South Central ARC receives strong support from sponsors that include Adquan, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cinch, Classic Equine, Markel Insurance, Montana Silversmiths, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, SmartPak, Toyon Ranch, and the NRHA.
Kristen Avila, of Rogersville, Missouri, typically has the help of her husband, Bobby Avila, when it comes to preparing for an event. Unfortunately, Bobby broke his leg three weeks ago, so the brunt of the preparation has fallen on Kristen’s shoulders. “Bobby usually gets him ready for me, but he’s only two weeks post-op so he couldn’t be here today. He still walked me through getting him ready,” she said. “It was a little nerve-wracking getting my horse ready to show by myself, but it worked out ok.”
Avila entered the ARC Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 on her horse Gunnerspecialplayboy, a six-year-old by Gunners Special Nite out of Shameless Playgirl. The pair marked a 143 to win the class, and take second in the Nov. Horse Non Pro Level 2 (2). “He was good. He turned great and stopped bg. We drug a lead and had a turn penalty. Aside from that, I’m pleased we were still able to pull off the win,” Avila said.
The Avila’s acquired Gunnerspecialplayboy in a blind-trade. “He was a little green when we got him, but he’s came on strong and kept getting better,” she said. “I thank my husband and our horse show family. When I pulled in here yesterday, I wasn’t prepared, but everyone pulled together to help me through this horse show.”
With a score of 145.5, Kathleen Armenta and Off N Running claimed the win of the Nov. Horse Non Pro Level 2 (2). The pair had shown in the Derby earlier in the week, but after an error, Armenta elected to enter the Nov. Horse Non Pro class. “I had a rider error in the Derby, so I thought I better come down here and show in this class and redeem myself, so I’m happy,” she said. “My game plan was to treat it like I was in the Derby. I had my chaps on and braids out of his mane. I wanted to just not run wide open and fix the mistakes we had before. He hit everything perfectly, and I was happy with it all.”
Armenta purchased the four-year-old gelding, by Walla Walla Whiz and out of Spook Of Sparks, after the 2018 NRHA Futurity. “He was an open futurity horse. I have shown him all year and been getting better,” she said.
Armenta rides with Casey Hinton. “I have always ridden with Casey. I haven’t never ridden with anyone else. I thank him and Jimmy Van der Hoeven. It was a crazy day with the open going on, and Jimmy made time to come down and help me before we went in. Jimmy actually rides this horse most of the time. I thank him, Casey, and everyone in the barn,” she said. “The whole barn is here and everyone is helping everyone.”
Stephanie Anderson and Wimpin Aint Easy had a great day in the Super Duty Arena, winning the ARC Nov. Horse Non Pro Level 1 and tying for the win of the Nov. Horse Non Pro Level 1 (2). They also finished second in the ARC Nov. Horse Non Pro Level 2. “He was really good today. He’s always really honest in the pen. He’s very consistent and fun to show. I had a few bobbles, but they were my errors,” Anderson said.
Anderson purchased the seven-year-old, by Wimpys Little Step out of Janie Be Nimble, as a four-year-old. “Sean Johnson had him as a two-year-old, then Bobby Avila had him as a three-year-old, and we bought him from Bobby,” she explained.
Anderson was quick to give credit to her husband. “I didn’t come up until last night, and so he’s been riding him and schooling him all week,” she said. “We’re done now, and going to go home and wait for the next one.”
Kaylan Marks and Jac N With Steps finishing second in the ARC Nov. Horse Non Pro Level 1 with a score of 142. Jac N With Steps is by Wimpys Little Step and out of Sprats Electricspark.
Kimberley Horner has only owned Lil Red Dreamer a little over a month, and the pair showed in the Derby earlier in the week. “It didn’t go as planned. Not because of the horse, but because of me. I thought I’d show him today and try to get a run under our belt before we go to the High Roller,” Horner said.
Horner and Lil Red Dreamer, by Magnum Chic Dream and out of Skeets Red Dunit, definitely redeemed themselves in Saturday’s class. “He circled really well. He’s so fun to circle. He had great lead changes and the stops were just huge. He makes everything easy if I do my job. He’s really fun and gives me a lot of confidence,” she said. “I thank my trainer Casey Hinton and my family for supporting me through all of this.”
Brad and Amanda Kelly and their Adh Mor Ranch have become known for supporting kids in the name of their beloved stallion, PS Mega Shine Chic, affectionately known as “Crush.”
Their focus on youth continued at the Tulsa Reining Classic with a new sponsorship – Crushing the Fees – in which all youth entry costs were paid, including entry, video, drug and judges’ fees!
During the NRHYA Meeting, youth exhibitors gave Brad and Amanda Kelly with thank you cards and shared their appreciation.
PS Mega Shine Chic “CRUSH” is a 6-year-old AQHA stallion by Shine Chic Shine out of Megas Sugar Baby. He was a 2016 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Finalist and 2017 NRBC Open Reserve Champion, and a two-time NRBC Open Level 3 Champion, and he just won the $100,000 Shootout at the Run for a Million.
Natalie Mauzerall piloted her horse Heavens Bells to the win of the Youth 13 & Under. “It went really well, I think. She did great today. Her turns were good. She’s been having a little trouble with them, but they were good today,” Mauzerall said. “She slowed down really good in her circles and her stops were big.”
Mauzerall, a freshman from Perkins, Oklahoma, thanked her trainer, Sean Johnson, and her mom, Lisa Mauzerall.
Heavens Bells, by A Sparkling Vintage and out of Cowboys Belle Bar, has been part of the Mauzerall family for several years. “We go well together. I like the way she turns. She’s really fast and just a good horse,” Mauzerall said.
Tying for second in the 13 & Under was Emma Vanlandingham and Sophia Schulman. Vanlandingham rode Okie Jo Wrangler, by Jo Topline and out of Wranglers Leo Lena, while Schulman was riding Mr Crometastic, by Mr Boomerjac and out of Majestic Crome.
Riding Dreamin Ruf, Faith Horner won the USA Reining 13 & Under title. “The turns were pretty good. He turned well for me and they were fast like I like them. The circles he was perfect for me, and our lead changes were great,” Horner said.
Horner has ridden Dreamin Ruf, by Magnum Chic Dream and out of Lil Ruf Jessie, for about six months. “It’s going very well. He’s a good partner, and is so fun,” the 13-year-old said of the horse she calls James. “I thank my mom, Kimberley Horner, my grandma, and all my trainers, including Casey Hinton and Abby Campman. They really help me.”
Taking second in the USA Reining 13 & Under was Mazie Petelski. Petelski was riding Wimpys Misbehaving, by Wimpys Little Step and out of Miss Behaving Withme.
Emma Vanlandingham and Okie Jo Wrangler were part of a three-way tie for first in the Rookie Youth class. Earlier in the day, Vanlandingham finished second in the Youth 13 & Under. “He was good today. We had a bobble in the turns, but other than that he was really good,” she said. “He’s a good horse and cool, and I love that about him.”
Okie Jo Wrangler, owned by Emma’s father Jason Vanlandingham, is by Jo Topline out of Wranglers Leo Lena. “We’ve owned him a year now. He came from Tom and Mandy McCutcheon’s place,” she said. “I thank my mom and dad for their help.”
Tying Vanlandingham for the Rookie Youth win were Victoria Watchous and Sophia Schulman. Watchous was riding Hickorys Baylite, by Hickory Chic Olena out of Lucky Baylite, owned by Alexandra Cusick. Schulman competed with Mr Crometastic, by Mr Boomerjac out of Majestic Crome, owned by Krista Schulman.
McKinnon Larcombe & Designed With Shine – Youth 14-18 (1) Champions
With a 145, McKinnon Larcombe and the talented mare Designed With Shine won the Youth 14-18 (1). Designed With Shine, by Smart And Shiney out of Taris Designer Genes, is owned by Larcombe’s aunt Shauna Larcombe.
Bo Van Duys & Voodoo Smokin Annie – USA Reining 14-18 Champions
Finishing second in the Youth 14-18 (1) and winning the 14-18 USA Reining was Bo Van Duys and Voodoo Smokin Annie with a 144.5. Voodoo Smokin Annie, by Shiners Voodoo Dr out of Caleys Smokin Peppy, is owned by Holly Van Duys.
Taking second in the 14-18 USA Reining was Caitlyn Upham and her horse Wimpys Lil Hollywood, by Wimpys Little Step out of Miss Hollywood Whiz.
Last year Colt Mitchell and Playgun Chic Olena won both days of short stirrup competition at the Tulsa Reining Classic. The 10-year-old competitor is looking for a repeat this year, and is off to a good start, winning the first slate of the class with a 71.5. “It’s not my highest score I’ve marked, but that’s something I’m working to,” Mitchell said. “Our run today went pretty good. There wasn’t anything I could have done better. I was really happy with this horse.”
Playgun Chic Olena, by Smart Chic Olena out of Mamas Packin, is actually Colt’s sister Molly’s horse. “I ride him more than she does,” he said of the gelding, who he’s shown in the short stirrup classes for the last several years. “I thank Molly for letting me use her horse, and everyone else in my family for supporting us.”
The fifth grader plans to show again in Sunday’s Short Stirrup class. He says his father is his trainer. “We do it all ourselves,” he said.
In one of the most exciting classes of the day, Lexi Laster and Eva Pilch tied for the win. Both were competing in the Walk/Trot class, and both girls brought their “A” game. Laster was riding Sioux J Quixote, owned by Nicole Kalbach and Colton Laster, while Pilch rode Forest Cabin Cowboy, owned by Elizabeth Harris.
Fourteen fierce competitors vied for the win of the hotly contested Leadline class. With ages ranging from two to seven, each contestant was interviewed upon entering the Mustang Arena. When judge JD Roberson’s score card was announced, it was revealed that every single contestant marked an incredible 73.5, with all tying for the championship.
The 2019 Tulsa Reining Classic Leadline Champions were Carson Ramsey, Bae Cruz, Millie Piper, Joy Deary, Etta Piper, Jayden Ingram, Piper Smith, Olivia Faith Deary, Lani Pool, Lexi Laster, Sadie Crawley, Nino Buton, Kayden Mahoney, and Hank Burns.
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