Reining by the Bay

This year has far exceeded anything I could have imagined!" That was how Amanda "Mandy" Brumley described this year's The Reining By The Bay. "That goes for everything, entries, horses, vendors, sponsors, spectators-this year has just been phenomenal."This year has far exceeded anything I could have imagined!" That was how Amanda "Mandy" Brumley described this year's The Reining By The Bay. "That goes for everything, entries, horses, vendors, sponsors, spectators-this year has just been phenomenal."

Story originally posted by: Katie Tims

This year has far exceeded anything I could have imagined!"

That was how Amanda "Mandy" Brumley described this year’s The Reining By The Bay. "That goes for everything, entries, horses, vendors, sponsors, spectators-this year has just been phenomenal."

As show manager, Mandy watched the event she imagined five years ago grow into one of the West Coast’s most important reining shows. In 1997, Brumley and three-day-event rider Charles Lloyd approached Stephen Hales, director at the Horsepark at Woodside, about holding a Western event at the facility. An outdoor arena overlooking the Silicon Valley and Stanford University Campus, the Horsepark at Woodside was a traditional venue for upscale English events and had never hosted an event of the Western variety.

With Hales’ blessing, sponsor support and a couple years’ worth of planning, Brumley and Lloyd brought the first The Reining By The Bay to reality in 1999.

"We didn’t want just an average horse show," Brumley said. "This is a beautiful area, beautiful facility and we just wanted to make it classy and nice so we took a lot of time putting it together."

For two years, The Reining By The Bay showcased many of the nation’s leading reiners and exhibitors. When Lloyd relocated and resigned from the event in late 2000, Brumley was forced to choose between work, family and the show. There was not enough time for everything, so The Reining By The Bay took a year-long hiatus.

"It threw a loop in everything when it came to getting it ready in time," Brumley explained. "This is a year-long project."

Thanks to Pat Warren and Jeri Allen, who both agreed to help coordinate a 2002 event, The Reining By The Bay came back on track. With fresh participation, several new sponsors and added money, this year’s event grew by over 200 entries.

The main challenge this year was transforming the ground and pen from the cow horse derby that had been held at the arena the previous week.

"That was fun – a fun 24 hours!" Brumley said with a laugh. "Stephen Hales and Jim Kaiser really came through for us. They cranked this place around – it was amazing."

Everyone was delighted with the number of spectators who turned out to watch the reining’s go-rounds and finals.

"I think they’ve enjoyed seeing a different side of things – the Western dressage of reining so-to-speak," Hales said.

Warren, who showed hunter/jumpers for many years, agreed. "I think reining is a lot more fun!" she said.

Show management is already looking ahead to the 2003 The Reining By The Bay. Increased added money and a futurity competition are a couple of the many enhancements being discussed for next year.

"We really want to promote reining in northern California and have a large reining show on the West Coast," Warren said. "We hope this will really grow."

Starlight N Lena/Randy Paul win Open Derby
A couple of years ago, Starlight N Lena made headlines as the highest selling horse at the 2000 NRHA Prospect Sale. This year’s banner is for the stallion’s Open Derby Championship at The Reining By The Bay.

With Randy Paul in the saddle, the 4-year-old sorrel Starlight N Lena turned, circled and slid for 148.5 points that capped the Open Division and earned $4,872 for owners Lorenzo and Gabrielle Burke, Santa Fe, N.M.

After making top-15 finishes at both the NRHA Futurity and Derby, this was the horse’s first championship. It also tipped his total lifetime winnings over the $20,000 for just four shows.

"It just helps," Paul said about the horse’s victory at The Reining By The Bay. "It proves he’s the kind of horse they thought he could be."

With a $127,000 purchase price tag, Starlight N Lena was the top pupil in Paul’s 3-year-old training program last year. The pair debuted at a California reining in October where it placed third for the Open Futurity.

Then disaster struck. The horse was injured and his fragile future rested in the hands of capable vets and pure luck. Big NRHA Futurity plans hit the back burner, pushed behind the more immediate priority of returning the horse to soundness.

"He was my best horse all year," Paul said. "I was pretty disappointed he got hurt but I just had to deal with it."

Doused Futurity plans rekindled when Starlight N Lena showed significant progress by the end of November. Although he was pretty sore, the prognosis was good and so the stallion went on to chart a very impressive 224 in the first go at the 2001 NRHA Futurity. Paul coasted the colt through the second round that earned a 215 and a pass into the finals where they ended up with a 14th-place tie and $10,041 prize check.

Bypassing the NRBC, Paul allowed Starlight N Lena several months to rest and fully heal. On his two previous trips to the reining pen, the stallion seemed to be just a little short of where he should have been for his age. He was a great horse, according to Paul, but the injuries had put him behind.

"I always loved him," Paul said. "I just don’t think I’ve ever had a real fair chance at getting him shown off the way he can be."

Starlight N Lena and Paul finished 13th in the Derby finals and this time, the 4-year-old felt entirely sound. Two months later, at The Reining By The Bay, the stallion was back to what Paul considered normal.

"At the Derby, I felt like he was pretty darn close and then here, he felt easy," Paul explained about the Woodside show. "He feels strong and mature like a 4-year-old, like he’s caught up to where he should be."

The Burkes are considering selling Starlight N Lena, by Grays Starlight and out of Shanda Lena by Doc O’Lena. Lorenzo, who owns Outside Magazine and produces shows for the Outdoor Life Network, and his wife, Gabrielle, are non-pro exhibitors who have shown reining horses for at least six years. Paul rode their other stallion, Dun It Jax, to several aged event finals and counseled the couple on its purchase of Starlight N Lena. Now, both stallions are for sale and the Burkes will perhaps buy another futurity prospect.

As for the Starlight N Lena’s injury, the coast appears clear.

"The vet has assured me that everything looks good and the horse will be okay," Paul said. "He had a little bit of a rough start but now I think he’s going to be a good horse for a long time."

On hand to cheer during the final round of The Reining By The Bay were Paul’s wife, Andi, and daughter, Lindsey. The Paul family lives in Arizona and Randy is head trainer for Pat and Jim Warren’s Rancho Oso Rio in Scottsdale. He estimates that 60 percent of his time is spent with reiners while the other 40 percent goes to the cow horses. Since 1988, he’s earned well over a half million dollars in reining and cow horse events.

Son of accomplished horse trainer Jim Paul, Randy grew up riding horses.
"Part of my chores, even when I was real young, was breaking all the 2-year-olds and riding horses," Paul remembered.

When he turned 15, Paul opted for riding bulls and bareback horses. To pay for the good times, he hung drywall on the weekdays saving rodeo for Saturdays and Sundays. At 19, Paul stepped back into horse training and went to work for cutting horse trainer Mike Mowery for a year. He also trained under Don Dodge and Gary Bellenfant, both of whom worked for Jim Paul while he had a place in Paso Robles, Calif.

At 24, Paul relocated to Arizona where he met Andi. Daughter of reining horse owner Dave Belson, Andi was operating a small training business at the time and became acquainted with Paul at a horse show. The couple has been married for 18 years.

Tracy Brumley rides three horses to earn the show’s top payout
The busiest guy in the Open finals, Tracy Brumley, 32, hardly had time to catch his breath between performances that won him the Intermediate Championship and Reserve. On Docs Master Remedy, a registered Paint belonging to Brumley’s wife, Mandy, Tracy scored 147 points on the horse to take the first in the Intermediate and second in the Open.

"I’m speechless!" Mandy said about her husband’s go in the finals. "I am so happy!"

Brumley rode Gangster Chic, owned by Dave Belson and Doug Adair, to a 146 result that netted second in the Intermediate and third in the Open. The third horse, CD Less, belonging to father Terry Brumley, carried Tracy to a 144 that landed a sixth-place tie in the Open. Between the Open and Intermediate divisions, Brumley earned a total of $9,580, making him the show’s richest Derby competitor.

Preparing a finals trio proved quite a challenge for Bumley, who credited his assistant, Chaz, and the Paul family for helping saddle, groom and warm up the three horses.

"It was a combined family effort of everybody," Brumley said.

Docs Master Remedy was bred and raised by Jo Anne and Jim Carollo, the same couple who own the sire, A Master Plan and dam, Doc Dolly Chick by Docs King Chex. Trent Pedersen, who until recently worked as assistant trainer to Bob Avila, showed the horse to $690 worth of 3-year-old success.

At last year’s NRHA Futurity, Mandy caught a glimpse of the pretty Paint stud while watching horses go by in the warm-up pen. She told her husband and a few days later Tracy negotiated and made a deal to buy Docs Master Remedy.

"I thought he looked like a really kind horse," Tracy recalled. "He was pretty and besides, my wife was in love with him."

The couple had quite a surprise when they asked Carollo about the horse’s barn name. Tracy and Mandy found out Docs Master Remedy was called Bear, the same animal that happened to be the Brumleys’ official logo.

"I just thought this is it!" Mandy remembered thinking at the time. "I just took that name Bear like a sign of good things to come."

Attributing the horse’s solid foundation to Pedersen’s training, Tracy said the horse kept on a strong trek through his fourth season. Mandy showed Docs Master Remedy to a fourth placing in the Limited Non-Pro at this year’s NRHA Futurity along with other 2002 wins that so far have totaled $4,077 in non-pro earnings.

Normally, Tracy does not show his wife’s horse but since Mandy was show manager for The Reining By The Bay, he agreed to take the horse for a spin or four in the Open. Tracy was anything but disappointed.

"He stepped forward today and I mean he put forth a big effort," he said about the horse. "I think that’s as hard as he has ever run. I asked him for everything he had and he gave it to me."

With this Open win to his credit, Docs Master Remedy is set to stay with the Brumleys and Mandy plans to show him at the Arizona Derby and perhaps in the Saddlesmith Non-Pro at the NRHA Futurity in November.

"Then more derbies next year," Mandy continued. "He’s only 4 and I think he’s got a great career in front of him. He’s just such a cool horse."

Originally from Chico, Calif., Tracy has been training professionally since 1998. With a resume that included time spent with Randy Paul, Brumley worked for nearly three years out of Lindy Farms Quarter Horses, an operation owned by the Paboojian family.

Married since New Year’s Eve 2000, Tracy and Mandy make their home in Cave Creek, Ariz. Tracy trains horses at Dave Belson’s ranch and Mandy owns the marketing company, Impressions Advertising.

Winning close to home …
Peppy Nic Tivio and Lisa Macauley take the Limited Open Championship
One short trip across the San Francisco Bay and Peppy Nic Tivio and Lisa Macauley came up Limited Open Derby Champions at The Reining By The Bay. Showing two horses in the Open finals, Macauley rode Peppy Nic Tivio to a 142.5 that won the Limited, placed her seventh in the Intermediate and eighth in the Open. The victory added $760 to the mare’s $2,236 earnings record.

Owned by La Cense California LLC, a ranch owned by Frenchman William Kriegel, Peppy Nic Tivio was included in a group of horses Macauley purchased two years ago. Earlier, the trainer worked for Kriegel in France for six years before returning to her native California Bay area, where she started training for Roseanne Sternberg.

Sternberg owned a 24-acre ranch in Oakdale, a town about one and a half hours east of San Francisco. Ironically, Sternberg sold the ranch to Kriegel, who added the California operation to his ranches in France and Montana. An owner of private American and European energy companies, Kriegel calls Paris his home but spends a great deal of time in New York and Montana.

"It was kind of strange how it happened," Macauley said about returning to Kriegel’s employment. "I had not seen him in six years, I’d send him a Christmas card but that was about it."

Kriegel purchased the ranch, a truck and a trailer while Macauley set out to stock the ranch with talented prospects. She traveled to Texas and Oklahoma where she found eight horses that fit the bill. Peppy Nic Tivio was among those.

By Reminic and out of Peppy Little Tivio by Peppy San Badger, the sorrel mare was bred by Draggin’ A Ranches, Inc., Gainesville, Texas. Still a long yearling with only 30 days worth of training, Peppy Nic Tivio immediately caught Macauley’s eye.

"She was super, super quiet," she recalled. "When I watched the girl ride her, she was changing leads. She’s just a really natural lead changer."
Last year, Macauley showed the 3-year-old Peppy Nic Tivio into a couple of aged finals, placing in the top five in four events and depositing nearly $2,000 into the mare’s earnings record. At the 2002 NRHA Derby, Peppy Nic Tivio finished in a 12th-place tie in the Limited Open. Funny enough, Macauley actually tied herself at that show, coming in 12th on that mare and How Whiz It, another 4-year-old owned by La Cense.

Born and raised in Walnut Creek, a town about 45 minutes northeast of Woodside, Macauley was pleased to win so close to home. As a youth, she showed in the AQHA all-around and was a Youth World Reserve Champion in Western Horsemanship and later a World Amateur Reserve Champion in Reining.

"I had no idea I was going to be training," Macauley said about her teenage reining days. "I was just having fun."

After high school, she went to work for cow horse trainer Benny Guitron before going out on her own, training reiners and pleasure horses.

Delighted with Peppy Nic Tivio’s performance in Woodside, Macauley said the mare’s strongest maneuver is her very powerful stop. For now, there are no plans to breed the horse but with another derby year ahead, Peppy Nic Tivio is surely set for another round of aged events.

"Later on she’s going to be a really great amateur horse," Macauley said. "She just has a really terrific mind."

Another star spangled performance …<P>
Kim Lansidel wears her lucky star vest to win yet again on Da Chics Tune
Wow! What a year it’s been for Kim Lansidel and her very flashy palomino stallion, Da Chics Tune. First, they won the Intermediate Non-Pro at the 2001 NRHA Futurity, then a fourth-placing at the NRHA Derby and now it’s the Non-Pro Championship at the 2002 The Reining By The Bay.
The pair’s latest feat added $1,126 to the horse’s $30,872 career earnings total.

"He’s a very gifted horse," Lansidel said happily as she prepared for the prize presentation at Woodside. "I feel very, very fortunate to have such a nice horse."

Resting upon advice of reining trainer Dean McCann, Lansidel purchased the stallion as a 2-year-old from the Draggin’ A Ranch, Gainesville, Texas. While official ownership belongs to her parents, Karl and Marjorie Eilers, Lansidel did all the riding. Pregnant while the horse was coming into his third year, she rode Da Chics Tune through most of his training, relinquishing the reins to McGann for just three months. Just 10 days after she gave birth to her son, Tommy, in Feb. 2001, Lansidel was back in the saddle preparing the horse for his futurity season.

The Reining By The Bay triumph was no easy finish. Lansidel advanced to the finals with split scores of 72.5 and 69.5, with one judge penalizing her for a bobble in the rollback. After drawing first in the final round, Lansidel marked a comfortable 144.5 that held the lead until it was tied by Diana Paboojian on Mark Her Big and topped by Gina Olibas riding Okies Doc A Leo.
Although Olibas marked 145, she was entered in the Intermediate and Limited Non-Pro divisions only, clearing the way for a slide-off between Lansidel and Paboojian. Lansidel went first.

"Actually, it was fun," she said about the tie-breaking performance. "Sometimes, you have to be a little conservative in the rounds to make sure you don’t make mistakes. With this, it was either all or nothing."

After pushing her horse through the pattern, Lansidel sidled up to a 145.5 that earned her the Non-Pro Championship. It rewarded her with money, a buckle, prizes and most importantly, a saddle. The saddle she had, one she purchased in 1996, had been "decorated" with a purple pen by daughter, Holly. The color rubbed off the silver but stayed on the leather permanently.

"I’ve been sitting on Jim Taylor saddles at Cowboy Central for two years and I finally got one," she said. "Now, I’ve finally got one – with no purple on it!"

She also had her star-studded vest. A black number adorned with red and gold stars, the vest apparently contributed to Lansidel having won three consecutive Lawson bronzes on Da Chics Tune – one at the Derby, another at a reining in Washington state and the most recent in Woodside.

"I’ve never scored below a 220 when I had it on," Lansidel said proudly. "I’m going to have to frame this and put in on my wall."

She might not want to do that quite yet. On Da Chics Tune, Lansidel has the rest of this show season plus another derby year. Whether or not she’ll stand the 15.2-hand palomino depends on how his career progresses. Right now, she’s happy to keep showing.

Lansidel’s husband, Jeff, a network administrator, is her biggest cheerleader and even serves as secretary for the Washington Reining Horse Association even though he does not show. He was on hand to see his wife take the Woodside championship.

Miracles do happen …
Last December, Gina Olibas watched in abject horror as a truck hit her horse, Okies Doc A Leo. He flipped up over the vehicle and landed with all four feet on the pavement before falling over in excruciating pain.

A month or so ago, Olibas wiped tears away as Okies Doc A Leo did the impossible by marking a 145 score to win the Intermediate and Limited Non-Pro divisions at The Reining By The Bay. The Championships netted, bronzes, buckles, prizes and $1,315 in finals money.

"It’s a miracle and I’m so grateful," Olibas, full of emotion, said after the awards ceremony.

There’s more to the story, a lot more.

Olibas was out riding Okies Doc A Leo, nicknamed "Fonzie," a couple weeks before last Christmas. When she stepped off to scold her two dogs, Fonzie pulled back, ripped the reins from Olibas’ hand and turned to run. With the dogs in hot pursuit, the horse ran down the road, straight into the path of an oncoming truck. The worst happened.

One dog was killed and Fonzie was rushed into intensive care at Davis University. At first, the vets thought his shoulder might have been broken but later determined the injuries were limited to three broken ribs. Apparently, the truck hit the saddle, a placement that vets claimed saved the horse’s life.

For 11 days, the horse stayed under constant care and supervision. Olibas and her friend, Katie, camped in a motor home in the University’s parking lot.

"He was all hooked up to tubes and when we went to the door, he would make himself come to the door just so he could be with us," Olibas said. "He’d put his head on my shoulders and my lap and I could tell he was in so much pain."

Fonzie required four months of recuperation before Olibas’ trainer, Joni Carvin, was able to begin riding him again.

There’s more.

In January, Olibas was traveling down Highway 12 when she smashed into an 18-wheeler that jackknifed right in front of her. Divine intervention certainly played a part as Olibas’ car nicked a tire just enough to break forward momentum. The car mashed up under the trailer but stopped right where the windshield meets the hood, just inches away from taking Olibas’ life. Her femur was broken in two places and a steel rod was required.

"It’s a miracle he and I are alive," Olibas reiterated.

A sports massage therapist, Olibas has been riding reiners for about three years. She purchased Fonzie from Bernard and Jennifer Koerer, Stephenville, Texas, in May 2001. Between Carvin and Olibas, the 4-year-old has accumulated over $2,000 in earnings.

By Doc A Doo Leo and out of Okie Dokie Dry by Dry Doc, the stallion also ended up with highest score in the Non-Pro Division, but Olibas had not entered. Still, she was ecstatic about her dual championships – as were the people familiar with her incredible circumstances.

When it was over, Olibas was thankful for Carvin, a trainer that was committed to seeing her client back in the saddle.

"When Joni heard my score, she ran up to a woman she didn’t even know and started hugging her, saying ‘Oh my God – I can’t believe it!!’ " Olibas said with a laugh. "Her support has just meant so much to me and she’s been dedicated to me 100 percent."

Big time Prime Time …
Lee Scheffers and SB Top Dun win the Prime Time Non-Pro
A goodie but certainly not an oldie, Lee Scheffers, 47, took the Prime Time Non-Pro at The Reining By The Bay. On SB Top Dun, the Riverside, Calif., reiner scored 143 points for the Championship and $372 accompanying payout.

Lee and his wife, Marilyn, had tinkered with reining for years but since they ran patterns and team penned on the same horses, there had not been too many major victories.

"I was making my trainer lady real happy," Lee said with a laugh about his coach, Robert McCarty.

In 1999, the Scheffers got serious. Lee showed Skippa Bar Lady to a few top five Limited Non-Pro finishes and by the next year was going all out with several impressive showings, including a Non-Pro Reserve Championship at the NRBC and multiple firsts at the California Reining Championships.

Later in 2000, Lee and Marilyn purchased SB Top Dun from Sally Broten, River Falls, Wis. By Hollywood Dun It and out of Juanita Chex by Topsail Cody, SB Top Dun has so far earned over $12,000 with Lee in the saddle.
"He’s just coming into his own," Lee said about the gelding. "You can show and push him hard as you need to and he never minds. He’s very tolerant, kind and nothing ever seems to rattle him."

Now Scotty, as the horse was nicknamed after trainer Scott McCutcheon, is for sale. Lee planned to show his gelding through the end of this year and then sell SB Top Dun.

"He’s been a really great horse but we’ve just got too many," Lee said.

Lee is a drywall contractor and Marilyn is the lead salesperson for Pep Threads, a company specializing in cheerleading uniforms.