The tenth anniversary Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic is a busy event with reining action and titles on the line in multiple arenas. The Turnabout Farm Non Pro Futurity featured 57 tough entries vying for the top prize and it looked as though the event might end in a three-way tie for the win at 217.5. That changed when Jessie Asmussen, the second-to-last rider, rode into the arena on Southside Juice.
Asmussen, who was co-champion of the 2012 National Reining Horse Association Futurity, piloted the 3-year-old stallion to a sparkling run and the judges rewarded him with a score of 219.5. "He runs so hard and comes right back in one step," he said following the run. "He's really good at every maneuver."
Jessie, a District Manager for an agricultural company, is from Allison, Iowa. He purchased the son of Smart Like Juice out of Ruf Pistol from Jose Vasquez late last year. He rides with NRHA Professional Gabe Hutchins and credited his trainer, as well as his parents, Jim and Sharon, and his sister Katie for being instrumental in his success.
For the win, he received $5,330, a saddle from Pard's, Lawson Trophy, Ariat Jacket and gift certificates from Ariat, SmartPak and Santa Cruz Animal Health.
Reserve Co-Champions were Mandy McCutcheon on Check Out My Guns owned by Tim and Colleen McQuay, Sarah Johnson Babcock on Bellectric owned by Craig Johnson, and Julie Gaupmann on Tinseltownsmokingun. Each earned $2,588.
Julie and Sarah also tied for the Level 3 Championship. For Sarah, the win was sweet on Bellectric. The mare is by Jacs Electric Spark out of Doc Santa Belle, a mare upon which Sarah had great success, with wins including the Southwest Reining Futurity Non Pro Championship.
Julie purchased Tinseltownsmokingun (Gunner X Miss Tinseltown) from Tim McQuay in May, but only got to ride the stallion this last week when she returned from her home in Austria. She may have only had a week to prepare but she had a great partner in getting her horse ready, her trainer, Jordan Larson. And if tying for the Non Pro Reserve and the Level 3 win weren't enough, she also won the Level 2 Championship.
Reserve Honors in the Level 2 went to Gunjacked, a daughter of Gunner out of Whizards Magic, ridden by Rebecca Murray.
The Prime Time Championship went to a talented competitor who has won his share of Futurity money over the years. Charlie Weiderholt of Hastings, Minnesota, rode Guns N Whizkey by Gunner and out of Dun It Whiz Brandy to the win and Charlie is excited about the opportunity to continue to show the good gelding. "I like him a lot; he's pretty good everywhere."
Reserve Prime Time honors went to Valerie Nalbantian of Aubrey, Texas on Gonna Twist N Shout a gelding by Whiz N Tag Chex out of This Chic N Whiz.
Brian Bell rides Wimpys Showboat to Win 2013 US Equestrian Federation Reining National Championship/Franco Bertolani Tops NRHA Open on Nu Chex Star
Brian Bell rode WImpys Showboat, owned by Amy Anderson of Marietta, Oklahoma to a score of 221 to win the 2013 US Equestrian Federation Reining National Championship on Friday, August 30 at the Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic.
Franco Bertolani posted his second win of the Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic week when he piloted Nu Chex Star owned by Bevilacqua Quarter Horses of Aubrey, Texas to a 223.5 marking to earn the championship of the NRHA Open and CRI3.
Youth Night at the Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic
A stellar group of Reining Lead Line contestants, ranging in age from two to five years old delighted the crowd with their horsemanship skills and creative outfits. Marley Hutchings, Charlie Johnson, Colton Deputy, Jace Villines, Jimmy Hendricks, Becca Schaffhauser, Hailey Ordner, Ashlynn Emma Ostner and Jocelyn Anderson all received special prizes for their efforts in a class that was judged a nine-way tie.
The next class was the Youth Freestyle and Reed Harris, of Forrest City, Arkansas won with a score of 137 riding Colonel Egor Swensir, a 14-year-old gelding to the tune of Santa Drives a Hotrod.
Second went to Molly Mitchell for a score of 136.5 for her ride on Playgun Chic Olena to the tune of Get Off My Back by Brian Adams.
More Titles and NAAC Qualifications Decided at Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic
On Friday, August 30, the Mustang Arena was host to concurrently-run national Reining Horse Association Classes and South Central Region Affiliate Finals that qualifies top finishers for the North American Affiliate Championship at the NRHA Futurity. Kicking off the action for the day was the 37-entry class that included the Open, Intermediate, Limited and Rookie Professional competition.
Walking away with the most wins, titles and Affiliate Finals qualifications was Tell Edgmon on Starbucks Jazz owned by Whitney Paige Conrad of Weatherford, Texas. Edgmon scored 145.5 to top the Open, Intermediate and Limited Open Classes, and snare the South Central Affiliate win in each of those divisions as well. He collected a truck-full of prizes.
In the Affiliate program, he earned three Morrison trophies, three Pard's Gift Cards, 3 Anderson Bean Boot Certificate, Classic Equine Splint Boots, SmartPak and Platinum Performance Gift Cards and a Twister Trailer Gift Certificate.
In the Open, the Reserve title went to Steve Archer on The Whiz Way, owned by Candace Rodriguez of Richmond, Texas with a score of 145.6.
The Intermediate Open Reserve title was won on Custom Whiz Kid ridden by Carlos Deleu for David and Joy Buck of Conroe, Texas. In the Limited Open, the Reserve Champion was Winona Walker on Julia Carberry's One Smart Request.
There were a whopping 77 entries in the Rookie Level 1 and 2, Prime Time Rookie, and AQHA Novice Amateur, which ran concurrently with the Rookie Level 2 Affiliate Finals. After a long day of showing, Tori Cartiller had risen to the top of the list in the Rookie 1 and 2 and the Rookie 2 Affiliate Championship classes with her score of 145!
Cartiller, 17, had competed solely in barrel racing until six months ago when she got her first reiner, Gimme Major Bucks, which she calls "Money". She's adjusted quickly to the new event under the tutelage of Million Dollar Rider Dell Hendricks, consistently improving and in her Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic debut, she carried off an armful of awards for the multiple wins – and still has all her youth classes ahead of her for the weekend.
The Rookie Affiliate Finals Reserv Championship went to Bettie Naquin on Roobix Cube for a 143 marking. Bettie, of DesAllemands, Louisiana also won the REServe Championship of the Rookie Level 2 class.
Michelle Ratcliff of Overland Park, Kansas rode BOS Peppy And Smart to a score of 142 to win the Reserve Title in the Rookie Level 1. Michelle, who rides with Fred Berschauer, also topped the AQHA Novice Amateur class.
The Prime Time Rookie Championship ended in a tie between Kim Oldham of Shamrock, Texas on San Juan Whiz, and Dan Crader of Fulton, Missouri on Fs Dun Its Hitman, each scoring 139.5.