The Tulsa Reining Classic presented by Kimes Ranch celebrated its 20th anniversary August 27-September 4 at the Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex at Expo Square in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
“We are in awe of the support for the 20th Tulsa Reining Classic,” said Pete Kyle, Tulsa Reining Classic owner and manager. “Entries and sponsorships exceeded our expectations and our exhibitors and horses were outstanding. We are very blessed to be involved with a tremendous industry and the support the reining community gives to events.”
One of the National Reining Horse Association’s Top 10 ranked shows and host of the South Central Affiliate Regional Championships, the second of the 2022 regional championships, the Tulsa Reining Classic featured nearly 4,000 entries competing in seven derbies and futurities, NRHA, ARC and American Quarter Horse Association classes.
The Tulsa Reining Classic hosted the inaugural National Ranch Riding Futurity for 3-year-old ranch riding horses and The Invitational Reining, a junior stallion stakes futurity program with a payout of $575,000 across Level 4 and Level 2 in open and non pro divisions.
FUTURITY AND DERBY WINNERS
Silva Reining Horses LLC Open Futurity and The Invitational Open Futurity
Fernando Salgado took home the Silva Reining Horses, LLC Open Futurity Level 4 and Level 3 and The Invitational Level 4 with FS Inferno, owned by Gilberto Leal with a score of 222.5
The Silva Reining Horses, LLC Open Futurity and The Invitational were the highest paying futurities of the show with the Silva Reining Horses Level 4 featuring a record purse of $60,000 thanks to the support of the Friends of Tulsa group, with Salgado taking home more than $21,000 for his Level 4 win. The Invitational Open Futurity Level 4 payout was $100,000 with payouts through 15th place. However, the wins were bittersweet for Salgado who lost his older brother Eduardo earlier in the week. Watch this special tribute video produced by presenting sponsor Kimes Ranch.
Winning the Silva Reining Horses Level 2 and Level 1, and The Invitational Open Futurity Level 2 was Itsmistertou, ridden by Wade McDonald and owned by David White. Scoring a 217.5, the payout was $15,000 in The Invitational Level 2 with payouts through 10th place.
XCS Ranch Non Pro Futurity and The Invitational Non Pro Futurity
Gina Maria Schumacher and her homebred, CS O Bingo, won the XCS Ranch Non Pro Futurity Level 4 and The Invitational Non Pro Futurity Level 4 with a score of 220. The Invitational Non Pro Level 4 paid $65,000 and along with earnings in the XCC Ranch Non Pro Level 4, Schumacher crossed the earnings mark to become the newest NRHA Million Dollar Rider.
Emma Vanlandingham riding SHR Hollywood Kid for her father, Jason Vanlandingham, was the Level 3 winner marking 219. Taking home the XCS Ranch Non Pro Level 2 and The Invitational Non Pro Level 2 $10,000 prize was Not Ruffin Tonight, ridden and owned by Greg Hall. Rounding out the winners in the Non Pro were Level 1 winner Whiz I Was A Walla, ridden and owned by Chalyce Head and Prime Time winner Ima Magnum Survivor, ridden and owned by Charles Wiederholt.
Not Ruf At All Non Pro Derby and Markel Insurance Novice Horse Non Pro Derby
Three-Million Dollar NRHA Rider Mandy McCutcheon and Voodoo Shining Chic won the Not Ruf At All Non Pro Derby Level 4 and Markel Insurance Novice Horse Non Pro. Owned with husband, Tom McCutcheon, the duo marked at 220.5.
Taking home the Not Ruf At All Non Pro Derby Level 1, 2, and 3 wins was Chics Gunna Dream, ridden and owned by Kelsey Flessner with a score of 220. Prime Time winner was Thundrstruk, ridden and owned by Michael A Garnett.
Elementa Open Derby and Markel Insurance Novice Horse Open Derby
NRHA Seven Million Dollar Rider Andrea Fappani won the Level 4 of the Elementa Open Derby and the Markel Insurance Novice Horse Open Derby with XOChic. Fappani marked a 223, the highest score of the entire show for owners Tim Anderson and Kim Niven.
Xtra Wimp It Good, ridden by Fernando Salgado and owned by Adalberto Gonzalez won the Level 3 with a score of 219. Out Of The Furnace, ridden by Jimmy Van Der Hoeven for owners Casey and Kathy Hinton won Level 2 and Level 1 winner was Chics Gunna Dream, ridden by Ethan Willey and owned by Kelsey Flessner.
Cardinal Ranch Emerging Horse Futurity
The Cardinal Ranch Emerging Horse Futurity saw LG Harlee Dream, ridden by Jimmy Van Der Hoeven for owner Keith Bernard win both the Level 4 and Level 2.
Tamarack Ranch Developing Horse Futurity
Austin Roush riding All In On Black owned by RAS Reiners scored 220.5 to win the Level 4 and Level 3 Tamarack Ranch Developing Horse Futurity.
National Ranch Riding Futurity
Hot Hollywood Gem, ridden by Jack Daniels and owned by Peter Morgan scored 219.5 to win both the Level 2 and Level 1.
Sponsored by Four Star Quarter Horses of Ostrander, Ohio, the inaugural National Ranch Riding Futurity featured 3-year-old ranch riding horses competing for a payout of more than $25,000 along with other prizes. The Mob Squad, ridden and owned by Rosie Irish bested the field of 21 entries to win more than $6,000 in prize money and the bragging rights belt buckle. Second through four places were all shown by Bud Lyon and include:
- 2nd place – Ruff Shiner, owned by Shannon Reid
- 3rd place – CTC Cotton Socks owned by Carlton and Dr. Khris Crowe
- 4th place – Face it Like a Chic owned by Karen Adler
South Central Affiliate Regional Championships
The Tulsa Reining Classic is home South Central Affiliate Regional Championships, the second qualifying event for the 2022 Adequan® North American Affiliate Championships. Exhibitors who entered and earned a score higher than a zero qualified for the Adequan® NAAC during the 2022 NRHA Futurity. Winners include:
- ARC Open – CBK Tinseltownsparty ridden by Josh Murphy and owned William and Corliss Kellogg
- ARC Intermediate Open – Xtra Miss Wimpy, ridden by Sebastian Petroll and owned by Ellen L Cummins
- ARC Limited Open – Sparkys Shining Doll, ridden by Tyrel Pole and Rhea Pole
- ARC Rookie Pro – Sugarwhizngun, ridden by Katherine Davis and owned by Peyton Langford
- ARC Novice Horse Level 1 – Alpha Coronalastchic, ridden by Jared LeClair and owned by Kathleen Roach
- ARC Novice Horse Level 2 – CBK Tinseltownsparty ridden by Josh Murphy and owned William & Corliss Kellogg
- ARC Rookie Level 1 – Sugarwhizngun, ridden and owned by Peyton Langford
- ARC Rookie Level 2 – Chics Gunna Dream, ridden and owned by Kelsey Flessner
- ARC Prime Time – Chics Love Me Wimpy, ridden by Deborah Good and owned by DAG Ventures LLC
- ARC Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 & Level 2 – Gunna Be Pretty, ridden by Amit Harlev and owned by Barbara Robinson
- ARC Non Pro/ ARC Intermediate Non Pro/ARC Limited Non Pro – Spookaroanie, ridden and owned by Kathryn Miller
- ARC Prime Time – Gunners Trashman, ridden and owned by Debbie D Hubbert
- ARC Youth 10 & Under – Chics Love Me Wimpy, ridden by Joy Deary and DAG Ventures LLC
- ARC Youth 13 & Under – Ha Shine Tears Shine, ridden by Lana Ann Peterson and Ashley Peterson
- ARC Youth 14-18 (tie) – Sparkin Affairs, ridden by Sorrel Schreibvogel and owned by Randy Shepherd and I Am Magnificent, ridden by Chase McInteer and owned by Kelly Stich
Title sponsor Kimes Ranch and media partner Bluebonnet Feeds provided video coverage of the show. Visit the Tulsa Reining Classic Facebook page for winner interviews and other stories from the show.
Other events included the annual Tulsa Reining Classic Stallion Service Auction sponsored by QStallions, powered by AQHA. The online auction featured 81 of the reining industry’s top sires. Silver Spurs Equine donated two stallions – Platinum Vintage and SG Frozen Enterprize – whose proceeds were donated to the family of Eduardo Salgado. More than $8,000 was raised for the young family including donations by show patrons.
Exhibitors, owners and guests were treated to social events including a reception hosted by FM Cottonwood and Markel Insurance; a welcome party hosted by Hygain Feeds and a dinner hosted by The Invitational. Other activities included the National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) team tournament which featured 21 teams.
Complete results can be found at tulsareining.com/2022-results and video of the derby and futurity winners can be viewed at tulsareining.com/2022-winner-runs.
The Tulsa Reining Classic was supported by the following Platinum sponsors: Silva Reining Horses, LLC, Tim Anderson and Kim Niven, Forever 21 Ranch and XOChic, Bluebonnet Feeds, Clark’s Pump N Shop, Cilantro (Tinker With Dreams) and Diamond Dub Ranch, Elementa Ranch, Friends of Tulsa, Hygain Feeds, Kimes Ranch, Markel Insurance, Not Ruf At All, Tamarack Ranch, The Invitational and XCS Ranch.
A complete list of show sponsors can be found here.
Visit tulsareining.com for additional information.