A busy week of reining at the Tulsa Reining Classic wrapped up Sunday afternoon. The South Central Affiliate Regional Championships and the second slate of National Reining Horse Association classes for the Non Pro and Youth classes were held in the Mustang and Super Duty Arenas. By finishing in the top 10 of the ARC classes, exhibitors earn a chance to compete in the Adequan North American Affiliate Finals at the NRHA Futurity in December.
Representing the NRHA and presenting the ARC awards 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.
McKinnon Larcombe and Designed With Shine dominated the ancillary and ARC competition on Sunday, winning every division of every class they were entered in. In both the Non Pro competition, held in the Mustang Arena, and the Youth classes, held in the Super Duty Arena, Larcombe and the flashy palomino mare marked a 147.
Larcombe and Designed With Shine, by Smart And Shiney out of Taris Designer Genes, won the ARC classes for the Non Pro, Int. Non Pro, Ltd. Non Pro, and Youth 14-18. They also won the second slate of those classes in the ancillary divisions, as well as the Unrestricted Youth.
“My goal was to qualify for the NAAC in Oklahoma City, so I’m very excited to have achieved that,” Larcombe said following the awards ceremony.
Designed With Shine is owned by McKinnon’s aunt Shauna Larcombe. “This mare is, time and time again, the same horse and she does the same thing. She never throws anything at you. I know I can just go show because I know what I have underneath me,” McKinnon said.
Finishing reserve in both the ARC Non Pro and Non Pro (2) were Sarah Locker and her two-time National Reining Breeders Classic Non Pro Champion Heavy Duty Chex. The eight-year-old stallion, by Nu Chex To Cash out of Rondas Tio, is owned by Hilldale Farm.
Taking Reserve in the ARC and ancillary Int. Non Pro and Ltd. Non Pro were Rachel Munday and her horse Its Cocktail Hour, by Wimpyneedsacocktail out of BH Silver Enterprise.
Kalena Reynolds finished second behind Larcombe in the ARC Youth 14 – 18 and the Youth 14 – 18 (2) with her horse Gun Whiz It. Gun Whiz It, by Gunner out of Roll Whiz It, is owned by Tammy Reynolds.
With her six-year-old reiner Spooks Smoken Chex, Belinda Black won the ARC Prime Time Non Pro championship with a 141.5, and placed second in the Prime Time Non Pro (2). “It was a run in pattern and I was determined it was going to work. I could hear Sebastian (Petroll) at the back gate coaching me. It was one of the best runs I’ve had on this horse,” she said.
Black purchased Spooks Smoken Chex, by Colonels Smoken Chex out of Spook Lil Lena, three years ago. “Sebastian and Melanie had him in training. He’s a neat horse,” she said. “I thank Melanie and Sebastian, as well as my husband for being here with me all week. I also thank Larry and Kathy Barker. Kathy was the first person I met more than 20 years ago when I got my first reiner, and she’s the one who helped me find Melanie and Sebastian.”
Taking second in the ARC Prime Time Non Pro was Anne-Marie Burns and her horse REF Sturgis. REF Sturgis is by Custom Harley and out of Chics Time To Rein.
While Anne-Marie Burns finished second in the ARC Prime Time Non Pro with her horse REF Sturgis, she won the Prime Time Non Pro (2) on her other entry Lil Jersey with a 144. “We missed our first stop, and I was very disappointed because he’s been such a great stopper, but he came back and took care of me. He was great all around in the show pen,” Burns said.
Burns purchased Lil Jersey, by Yellow Jersey out of Whiz N Darlin, the fall of the horse’s three-year-old year. “Tim McQuay trained him, and he’s a lot of fun. I really enjoy him and I’m so thankful to have Tim coach me, as well as his grandson Cade McCutcheon and Debbie Brown,” Burns said. “It takes a whole group to get me in the show pen.”
Burns pulled double-duty at the Tulsa Reining Classic. She’s a partner in the Global Reining Sports Group, which produces the Tulsa Reining Classic. “I don’t normally do this, and last night I was questioning why I entered. Now I’m glad I did,” she said. “I thank Tim for being so patient with me and working with me. I also thank Cade and Debbie for their help. I’m so appreciative of both Team McQuay and Team McCutcheon, and I’m thankful they let me stay on the team.”
Raeanna Thayne & Coded N Karma – USA Reining 14 – 18 Champions
Taking second in the Unrestricted Youth and winning the USA Reining 14 – 18 was Raeanna Thayne and Coded N Karma. Thayne and Coded N Karma have had a successful career together, winning the AQHA Youth World and taking the Individual Gold Medal at the FEI Reining Event in Switzerland. “He’s eight years old, and my family has owned him since he was three. I started riding him his six-year-old year,” she explained. “Today he was really good. He was a little tired, but he tried his heart out as usual.”
Thayne added, “I thank my trainer Kole Price with Price Performance Horses and my parents for helping and supporting me.”
An exciting run-off decided the champion of the ARC Youth 13 & Under, the USA Reining 13 & Under, and the Youth 13 & Under (2). In the end, it was the team of Faith Horner and Dreamin Ruf who were victorious, after an impressive performance in the run-off.
“I felt a lot of pressure. I was very nervous for it, but he did great. It was really, really good. He behaved really well,” Horner said of her run on Dreamin Ruff, by Magnum Chic Dream out of Lil Ru Jessie. “We were two points higher than our first run. He did much better in the run-off, which was surprising.”
Horner added, “I thank my mother and my nana, and my trainers Abby Campman and Casey Hinton. They have all really helped me along the way.”
Tying for second in all three classes were Mazie Petelski and Kinnedy Williams. Petelski rode Wimpys Misbehaving (Wimpys Little Step x Miss Behaving Withme), while Williams rode Lil Magic Gun (Lil Gun x Oh Dear Surely).
With an incredible score of 147.5, Colt Mitchell and Playgun Chic Olena cinched the Short Stirrup Championship for both the ARC and ancillary classes. It also meant that, for the second year in a row, the 10-year-old swept the Short Stirrup classes at the Tulsa Reining Classic.
“It went pretty good. We could have been better, and we have some things to work on, but we’ll get it ready for the next show,” he said. “I think we’ll be working on run downs and stops.”
While comparing his two Tulsa runs, Mitchell thought his run on Saturday was a bit better. “Today I had a higher score, but I think he was a little better yesterday. He ran faster today though. It’s pretty cool. My highest record score is a 74,” he said. “I thank the good Lord above for helping me and keeping me safe, and everyone in my family for supporting me.”
Playgun Chic Olena is by Smart Chic Olena out of Mommas Packin. The veteran reining horse is owned by Colt’s sister Molly.
Kennedy Williams and her horse Lil Magic Gun took second in both the ARC Short Stirrup and the Short Stirrup (2) with a 146. Lil Magic Gun is by Lil Gun and out of Oh Dear Surely.