Steve Archer and The Whiz Way cleaned house during the South Central Regional Affiliate Championships at the Tulsa Reining Classic. The pair won the Affiliate Championship of the Open and Intermediate Open divisions, as well as the Open and Intermediate Open National Reining Horse Association classes with a score of 147.5.
Along with more than $1,900, Archer and owner Candace Rodreguez took home two Pard’s Western Shop gift cards, two Anderson Bean Boot gift certificates, two pairs of Classic Equine splint boots, two SmartPak blankets, Platinum Performance gift cards, and two Twister Trailer certificates.
“This is a very special horse. I’ve had him now for two – maybe three – years. Candy owns him and she moved closer to me about twelve years ago to ride, and just now has time to do it so she bought this one special horse. She usually comes to ride him and give him a bubble bath on Fridays,” he said with a laugh. “He’s a good one to have in the barn. He’s very special and has filled up her house with lots of trophies. She’s lucky to have him and the same the other way.”
Although The Whiz Way, by Topsail Whiz out of Dun It The Hard Way, is finished showing for the week, Archer will show again Sunday in the Cardinal Reining Horses Open Derby. “I’ll be showing a new horse this weekend.” He added, “This is a great show. It’s a real nice place and has great people to put it on.”
Finishing Reserve in the Open and Intermediate Open Affiliate finals, as well as the Intermediate Open ancillary, was Carlos Deleu and Custom Whiz Kid, owned by David and Joy Buck of Conroe, Texas. The Reserve finishes netted $480 and numerous prizes.
Justin Mathison piloted Dun It With A Splash to a 146.5, winning Reserve in the NRHA Open. Mathison and the horse, by Reminic N Dunit out of BB Holly Doll, also won the new high-point paint award from the American Paint Horse Association. APHA Director of Business Development Kalyn Sanders was on-hand to present the award. Dun It With A Splash, owned by Charlotte Decoster of Prosper, Texas, won $1,021.
With a score of 143.5, Zak Ellis and Be My Wimpy laid claim to the Limited Open Affiliate and NRHA Championships. Owned by Gordon Maatsch of Boyd, Texas, Be My Wimpy is by Wimpys Little Step out of Be My Dun It.
Ellis has been riding Be My Wimpy since his 3-year-old year, and noted that the now 5-year-old has just started to come into his own. “He’s been a really cool horse and is pretty special to me. He came on late this year and just started winning,” he explained. “We’re going to go home and give him some time off to get ready for the Futurity, and then get him ready to show in the derbies next year.”
Winning the Affiliate Reserve Championship was Troy Koehl and Chirac Whiz with a 141.5. Chirac Whiz, by Topsail Whiz out of Tamu Oaks Bay Etta, is owned by Don Byrne. Jordan Donnelly and Golden Dream Chic, by Magnum Chic Dream out of Whiz Me Gold, finished Reserve in the Limited Open ancillary with a 142. Golden Dream Chic is owned by Sue Painter.
Jonathon Badertscher has only been showing reiners for a few years, but the Arizona trainer claimed the Rookie Professional Affiliate Championship. Badertscher was riding Wimpys Little Cowboy, owned by his fiance Stephanie Kirkland.
“I’m new to reining, although I’ve been training horses all my life,” he said. “I realized I needed an end goal – something to show for the hard work. It’s fun and I really enjoy it.” Badertscher and Wimpys Little Cowboy will compete at the Affiliate finals in Oklahoma City. “I’ll probably turn him over to Stephanie to show after that. I have some 2- and 3-year-olds coming up that will need more time,” he said. Wimpys Little Cowboy is by Wimpys Little Step out of Ginnin Woman.
Parker Wurst and Hollywood Dun Tari won the NRHA Rookie Professional class on Thursday, and with another solid run of 140.5 claimed the same title on Friday. “He was really good. We had a good show,” the 21-year-old trainer said.
Clint Thomas and Remi Dunit Smokin finished Reserve in the NRHA Rookie Professional class with a 140. Remi Dunit Smokin, by Reminic N Dunit out of Dorados Smokin Annie, is owned by DG Ranch of Dallas, Texas.