The 2013 edition of the National Reining Breeders Classic Open Level 4 finals provided suspense, excitement, and paid out a whole lot of cash. The original field of 209 entries had been whittled down to the top 31, all vying for the $75,000 first place prize.
Thiago Boechat Claims NRBC Open Championship on Wimpyneedsacocktail
Thiago Boechat and Wimpyneedsacocktail were the second-to-last entry in the finals, and laid down a blistering run with smooth circles, fast spins, and extreme stops. The judges replied with an equally impressive score – a 231.
"He felt very good. Last year we were here and he wasn't 100 percent, but this year he felt good and when I asked him he gave me 120 percent." Boechat added, "Winning this – it's unbelievable. It's definitely a dream come true."
Wimpyneedsacocktail is by Wimpys Little Step out of Seven S Mimosa. The 6-year-old stallion is owned by Xtra Quarter Horses of Purcell, Oklahoma, who also owns his sire Wimpys Little Step. "We are so proud of all the Wimpy babies. There were eight in the Level 4 finals and then the top two were Wimpy's, so that's is pretty big," Boechat said following the awards ceremony, where he collected the Level 4 and Level 3 Open titles.
Along with more than $102,899 in prize money, Boechat and Wimpyneedsacocktail earned a year's use of a 4-horse Featherlite horse trailer from Twin Cities Featherlite, a custom saddle from Continental Saddlery, a custom saddle from Kyle tack, Gist Silversmiths buckles, two pairs of Rios of Mercedes boots, SmartPak gift certificates, product from Santa Cruz Biotechnology, Whisper Bits, WonPads, and a watch from Catena USA.
Jordan Larson and Wimpys Littlecolonel marked a 230 to win the Open Reserve Championship and $54,000. Owned by George Lawrence, Wimpys Littlecolonel is by Wimpys Little Step out of One Right Chic.
Troy Heikes piloted RSD One Hot Deal to the Open Level 3 Reserve Championship with a score of 224, collecting a check for $16,982. RSD One Hot Deal, by Dealin Dirty out of No Freckles Please, is owned by Denise Bixler.
Petroll and Lyon Split NRBC Open Level 2 Championship
The National Reining Breeders Classic Open Level 2 Finals ended in a Co-Championship shared by Bud Lyon and Sebastian Petroll. Each received checks for $8,427, Gist Silversmiths buckles, a custom saddle from Jim Taylor Saddles, a Whisper Bit, SmartPak gift certificates, a WonPad, and product from Santa Cruz Biotechnology.
Lyon was riding Rolex N Chex, owned by Logan Pluhar. "This was great. I actually finished reserve in this division a couple years ago, so it was nice to get another crack at it," he said. "I stole my youth kid's horse for this event – Logan wasn't able to show here. I feel fortunate that I was able to do some good."
Rolex N Chex is by Nu Chex To Cash out of Miss Moth Money. "He was really good. He came out and warmed up well and showed great – I couldn't have asked for better," he said. Rolex N Chex will go back to Logan for future events, as the pair prepare to defend their American Quarter Horse Association Youth World Championship in August.
Petroll was riding Gunsmokes TNT for Mary Jansma. "This is awesome – a huge success. It's always fun when a horse goes out and proves how good he is. I'm so excited for his owner, too," he said.
Petroll has ridden Gunsmokes TNT, by Colonels Smoking Gun out of Toodie Star, for over a year. "We started out big with a huge stop. This is a big arena and he is a little horse, so he was struggling in his second circle, but he has such a big heart," he said. "When it was time to stop he was showing off again."
After a rest, Gunsmokes TNT's next stop will likely be the National Reining Horse Association Derby in June.
Brent Wright and Spookaroanie Win NRBC Open Prime Time Championship
On Saturday evening, National Reining Horse Association Million Dollar Rider Brent Wright took home the Open Prime Time Championship for the National Reining Breeders Classic. Wright was riding his horse, Spookaroanie, to win $1,950. The pair also qualified for the finals of Open Levels 4, 3, and 2, and collected an additional $20,797.
Wright purchased Spookaroanie, by Smart Spook out of Little Roan Chick, last September from Rosanne Sternberg. "I actually rode him for Rosanne before buying him for myself. He's a nice horse but was just a little green," he said. "He was good tonight but he did show just a little bit of that inexperience. He still has another year of it though."
Wright added that he and Spookaroanie's next show would be the NRHA Derby in Oklahoma City.
Carol Metcalf and Whattadualpep were the Open Prime Time Reserve Champions, earning $1,650 for owner Shannon Miers. Whattadualpep is by Mister Dual Pep out of Whattaroyalprincess.
Fernando Salgado and Whizzer Whiz Take NRBC Open Level 1 Title
Prior to the National Reining Breeders Classic Open Level 1 Finals, Fernando Salgado had never won a reining event in the United States. That all changed on Saturday evening when he rode Whizzer Whiz, owned by Xtra Quarter Horses, to a score of 222.5 to claim the Open Level 1 Championship!
"It's amazing. This is so nice for me and I'm so happy," the 24-year-old said of Whizzer Whiz, by Topsail Whiz out of Best By Tari. "In the first-go we had some bobbles, but tonight this horse was amazing."
For two years Salgado has worked for Xtra Quarter Horses, which also owns Wimpys Little Step, sire of the NRBC Open Champion. "I feel so comfortable working there. Thiago (Boechat) and I get along really well, so it's just like friends riding our own horses at home," he said.
The Open Level 1 Championship title was worth $1,644, and also came with a custom saddle from Martin Saddlery, a Gist Silversmiths buckle, a Won Pad, a gift certificate to SmartPak, and a Whisper Bit.
Ryan Rushing and Legend In Texcess marked a 222 to finish the Level 1 Open with the Reserve Championship, worth $1,001. Legend In Texcess, by Custom Legend out of Jewels Lil Sparkle, is owned by Connie Lisette LeHocky.
Philip Loesch Wins NRBC Non Pro Levels 1-3 Championships
In 2012, Philip Loesch of Germany got up in the middle of the night to watch the Non Pro finals of the National Reining Breeders Classic via the live webcast. The 18-year-old knew he wanted to compete in Katy, Texas, amongst some of the greatest reiners in the world, and in 2013 he made his dream reality.
"I really just wanted to make the Level 4 finals," he said after the awards ceremony, where he took home the Championships for Non Pro Levels 1, 2, and 3 and collected a check in Level 4. "It's amazing. It's a dream come true. This is the icing on the icing on the cake."
In the finals Loesch rode Wimpys Lil Star to a score of 218.5. However, that was a tie with Marcia Cole-Walker, who had also marked a 218.5 and was eligible in Levels 2 and 3. It was decided that a run-off would determine the Championships.
Cole-Walker competed first, and marked a 214.5. Going in second they delivered a stellar performance and earned another 218.5, and the three Championships. He also finished in sixth place for the Non Pro Level 4. All total, Loesch won $27,452.
"My horse felt awesome in the first run. He was really dialed in and I was confident and it was the best run of my life," he said. "In the run-off I went in already knowing that I had won the Level 1, so I was in Heaven. I knew if I just stayed out of his way and on pattern he'd show well, and that's what he did."
He took home a bevy of prizes, including a saddle from Pard's Western Shop, a saddle from Kyle Tack, and a saddle sponsored by San Juan Ranch. He received three Gist Silversmiths buckles, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, three WonPads, Whisper Bits, gift certificates to SmartPak, and UltraCruz Equine Wellness/Joint Care from Santa Cruz Biotechnology.
Loesch made it a point to recognize the people who have helped him. "I thank everyone who supports me, especially my trainer, Jordan Larson. He's a great showman himself and he's a great Non Pro coach." He added, "Of course I thank my parents who support me no matter what. I'm sad they're not here but they've been in touch through the phone and have been with me the whole way."
Jordan Larson and Custom Cash Advance Win NRBC Classic Challenge & $25K Open
Jordan Larson and Custom Cash Advance put together a scorching run on their way to the National Reining Breeders Classic Open Classic Challenge, USEF, CRI, NRHA Open and USA Reining Open Championships at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas. It was a first class performance that netted a first place 228.5 score.
The wins capped off a perfect day, as earlier in the day one of Larson's Non Pros, Philip Loesch, claimed the Championships of Non Pro Classic Levels 1, 2, and 3. "It's been unbelievable so far – it's crazy how well it's been going. Our team has been working hard and I'm really proud of our group. We have really great owners and horses," he said following the awards presentation.
When asked about Custom Cash Advance, a 7-year-old stallion by Custom Crome out of Cash In Roan, Larson said, "He's the brokest thing, rides like a machine and he makes me look good. He is a pleasure to show."
Ron Thompson Wins NRBC Non Pro Championship on Taris Dreamer
On Friday, April 19, Ron Thompson of Whitesboro, Texas, won his first major reining event. Working as draw nine in the National Reining Breeders Classic Non Pro Finals, Thompson scored a 224, claiming the Championships of the Non Pro Level 4 and Non Pro Prime Time.
Thompson was riding Taris Dreamer, a 4-year-old stallion by Magnum Chic Dream out of Taris San Cutter. Thompson purchased Taris Dreamer as a yearling, and while he typically is able to make a snap decision on a prospect, the colt's diminutive size gave him pause. "He was pretty tiny, but I liked everything about him. I went and looked at him several times. I was telling my good friend John Hoyt that I liked everything about him, but he was pretty small. I asked John, 'How small is too small?' and he told me there is no such thing," he said.
Thompson thanked his trainer, Matt Armenta. "I've been riding with Matt for about a year now, and it's definitely been the best year of my life showing," he said. "I also thank my very supportive wife Becky, John Hoyt, Casey and Kathy Hinton, Jack and Viola Scott, and all of my really good friends in this business."
Along with more than $32,000, Thompson took home a custom saddle sponsored by Kyle Tack, two Gist Silversmiths buckles, a Catena watch, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, a Whisper Bit, two WonPads, and UltraCruz Equine Wellness/Joint Care from Santa Cruz Biotechnology. He also receives a year's use of a deluxe two-horse Featherlite horse trailer from Twin Cities Featherlite.
Joining Thompson for the awards presentation was a bevy of friends, including Jack and Viola Scott, who own Taris Dreamer's sire, Magnum Chic Dream. "In my opinion, Magnum Chic Dream is as good a sire as there is in the world. I definitely go looking for Magnum's," Thompson said.
Finishing with the Non Pro Level 4 Reserve Championship was Mandy McCutcheon and Always Gotyer Gunsup with a 223.5. The pair, who won the event in 2012, received $19,750. Always Gotyer Gunsup, by Colonels Smoking Gun out of Always A Dunit, is owned by McQuay Stables.
McCutcheon also took home third place honors, worth an additional $15,250, on Customized Gunner with a 221. Customized Gunner, another McQuay Stables owned horse, is by Colonels Smoking Gun out of Custom Made Dunit.
Michael Hancock and Straight Shootin Gun finished Reserve in the Non Pro Prime Time with a score of 219.5, collecting $1,008. Straight Shootin Gun is by Colonels Smoking Gun out of Ms Magestic Jac.