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.
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.
Shauna Larcombe piloted Gunners Bar Fly to the win of the ARC Novice Horse Open Level 2 with a score of 146, earning as spot at the Adequan NAAC finals. They also placed third in the Novice Horse Open Level 2 (2).
Larcombe has ridden the mare, owned by Rosanne Sternberg, for the last year. “She got shown as a three-year-old, but had some soundness issues. We gave her some time off and are slowly bringing her back again,” Larcombe explained.
Gunners Bar Fly is by Gunner out of Blonde At The Bar. “Today she did everything I asked. She stopped and turned good, and it was a nice outing for her. I just wanted to make her enjoy it a bit, and she was great,” Larcombe said.
Next up for Larcombe? “We’re off to Las Vegas next week with non pro derby horses, so we’ll be out there a while,” she said.
Taking second in the ARC Novice Horse Open Level 2 was Richard Hampton and Annies Custom Pistol with a 143.5. Annies Custom Pistol, owned by Linda Lilly, is by Gunner out of Anniegityergun.
Jeremy Zangl had only planned to use the ARC Novice Horse Open Level 1 as a schooling class, so he was surprised to found out he’d won the class on his horse One Last Starbuck. “He was solid and did what he was supposed to. It’s always good when you win when you’re planning to school,” Zangl said with a laugh.
Zangl purchased the eight-year-old reiner earlier this year. “We bought him to be my affiliate horse, and he’s a lot of fun,” he said. One Last Starbuck is by Smart Starbuck out of Justa Spring Freckle. “We call him Latte. I’ll show him in the Novice Non Pro tomorrow and the Non Pro Sunday.”
Zangle thanked his trainer, Mathieu Buton. “Thank you to everyone who helps me and supports me through this, but Mathieu is definitely the key,” he said.
With a score of 144, Kalena Reynolds and Gun Whiz It won both the ARC and ancillary divisions of the Rookie Levels 1 and 2. Reynolds has owned the eight-year-old mare, by Gunner out of Roll Whiz It, for a couple years, and is confident of the mare’s dependability.
“I know she always has my best interest in the show pen. She has so much heart and has been such a blessing to me. I am very thankful for her,” she said. “Today was a really good, redeeming run. She was really there with me throughout all of it. I hadn’t run this pattern before, so I was happy I remembered it.”
Reynolds and Gun Whiz It’s time in Tulsa isn’t over yet. They’ll be competing in the youth classes the next two days. “I have so many people to thank. I thank my mom Tammy Reynolds, and all my friends that support me. I thank my trianers Dany and Fred Tremblay, and Ethan and Angie Willey, and all the assistants that help me get ready,” she said. “I thank my horse for always being amazing, and God definitely for allowing me to get to show this wonderful sport and have this wonderful horse.”
Finishing second in the Rookie Level 1 was Reighann Duncan and KR Easy Chic. KR Easy Chic, by Easy Otie Whiz out of Faded Lace.
Tying for second in the ARC Level 1 was Caitlyn Upham and Courtney Linde. Upham rode Wimpys Lil Hollywood, by Wimpys Little Step out of Miss Hollywood Whiz, while Linde rode Little Donna, by Gunners Special Nite out of This Chex On Top.
Nancy Currie-Gregg’s 15-year-old gelding Dun Playin Tag has nearly $250,000 in lifetime earnings, and the veteran competitor is still going strong. With Currie-Gregg at the reins, he marked a 142.5, winning both the ARC and second slate of the Prime Time Rookie. The pair also finished second in the ARC Rookie Level 2 and Rookie Level 2 (2).
“He has a heart of gold and goes in and tries every time,” Currie-Gregg said. “Today he was awesome. I owe it all to my coach Lorenzo Concarella. We started riding together this March and he has just ironed out some rough spots for us. Today I was really happy from start to finish.”
Currie-Gregg, of College Station, Texas, and Dun Playin Tag, by Whiz N Tag Chex out of Brennas Dunit Fancy, have been a team for seven years. “I’ll probably show Sunday in the Non pro. I teach at Texas A & M University now, so it just depends,” Currie-Gregg, who teaches industrial engineering and aerospace engineering, said.
Taking second in the Prime Time Rookie was Debbie Conway and Gunnin The Nu Trash. Gunnin The New Trash is by Gunnatrashya out of Maggies Nu Gun.