(Tulsa, Okla., Sept. 3, 2016) – The 2016 Hollywoodstinseltown Open Futurity at the Tulsa Reining Classic, held at the Expo Square, featured $60,000 in added money. Competition was fierce in the Ford Truck Arena with a tough field of 108 total entries across all levels.
Franco Bertolani riding Dun It For Whizkey won the Open Level 4 Championship with a score of 223.5, winning $15,766 plus an Elite Saddlery championship saddle. Dun It For Whizkey, by Topsail Whiz out of Dun It For Chex, is home-raised and trained and the Tulsa Reining Classic was Dun It For Whizkey’s first futurity.
“Here in Tulsa it’s always a big, tough futurity and I was pretty happy to have this horse here and he was great,” Bertolani said. “It was the first time I’ve shown him and he was great I’m so happy and proud of him.”
Dun It For Whizkey and Bertolani had a stellar run in the show pen with snappy maneuvers and big, beautiful stops. Bertolani said he’s impressed with his mount’s showing and he wouldn’t change a thing about the day. Bertolani and Dun It For Whizkey are slated to show at the American Quarter Horse Association Congress in October.
“It was perfect,” he said. “I’m just going to keep him happy and show him in the Congress and get ready for the big futurity.”
Brian Bell and Kind Of A Big Dual (Mister Nicadual x Dun It On A Star) won the reserve title in the Open Level 4, worth $9,597, with a 222 for owners Crews Reining Horses LLC.
Open Level 3 Champion
Gabriel Diano riding Oops Itsa Spook won the Open Level 3 Championship with a 220.50, winning $6,034. Oops Itsa Spook is by Spooks Gotta Gun out of Tejons Finally Dunit and owned by AC Quarter Horses. The win for Diano meant a goal is checked of the duo’s list.
“It’s always amazing when you work that hard and it’s the first time you show a horse, you don’t know what’s going to happen and this horse ended up being great in the show pen,” Diano said.
Oops Itsa Spook has been with Diano since his 2-year-old year and has continued to impress his trainer.
“Since [I purchased him] he’s been great,” Diano said. “I mean every time, every training, every day it’s been easy for him and I got a new customer that came and bought him, so [the win held] a lot of emotion, because I think he’s a lot of horse and I think he’s going to be a horse that everyone will remember.”
Martin Muehlstaetter and Wimpys Smokin Girl (Wimpys Little Step x Pleasedontspook) won the reserve title in the Open Level 3, worth $3,673, with a 219.50 for owners Marc and Kathy Gordon.
Open Level 2 Champion
Fernando Salgado and Hollywood Hype won the Hollywoodstinseltown Open Futurity Level 2 Championship with a 218, winning $2,144 for owners Humphrey Quarter Horses.
Hollywood Hype is by Hollywoodstinseltown out of Shiners Miss Lena and Salgado said any deductions on the run wasn’t due in no part to his mount’s lack of ability. The duo has only been partners since January and the win was memorable for Salgado.
“It feels real good. I’m really, really happy with him the first time we came out. We still had a one point penalty on the turn, but it was my fault not his,” Salgado said with a smile. “This horse is very special for me I started riding him in January and I would like to thank Carol Rose, [because] she was the one who told the owners to send him to me. Since I got him he’s getting better and better and we get along really well.
“Megan and Ryan Humphrey bought him and they are being really supportive and helping me a lot,” he said. “They are keeping him in training with me and letting me show, so I really appreciate the help from Carol, Megan and Ryan.”
Austin Lee Roush and Shiney Chexy Chic (Shine Chic Shine x TH Great Big Chex) won the reserve title in the Open Level 2, worth $1,142, with a score of 217.50..
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.