Just as promised the action began early on Wednesday morning and simply never stopped. The Limited Non Pro took over the Priefert Arena and 78 competitors lined up to back their horse and rider team’s athletic ability with real reining action. Midway through the day, Megan Dante and Lookies Gotta Gun posted a sizzling 73 and held on to the lead to win the title. Jenny Ricotta and SS Spyderman posted a 71.5 to take reserve and Patricia Cooley and Irishdotcom tied with Laura Thomas and Dun With Me for third place honors.
Wednesday in the Lucas Arena showcased the $21,000 Added Tamarack Ranch Non Pro Futurity, the $10,000 Added Smartpak Non Pro Maturity and the NARHA Arabian/Half-Arabian Non Pro Futurity. In the Tamarack Futurity, James Morgan rode Partychicatrashya to win both the Level 4 and 3, taking home a handsome $6,113.13 for his efforts. Colton Wong and Such A Smart Spark won the Level 1 and were second in Level 4 and 3 to make take-home pay of $4,913.88. Kelsey Huffman and All You Need Is Luv won the Level 2, with Sara Silva and Whizkeys Smart Chic taking reserve in both the Level 2 and Level 1.
In the $2,500 Added NARHA Arabian/Half-Arabian Level 4 Non Pro Futurity, the Manager of the Brumley Management Group, Amanda Brumley, won the competition and the $1,856.25 on her handsome Arabian gelding, TS Mae Gossip. Abbey Weiss and TR Flash Flood took home $1,237.50 for reserve.
In the Level 4 Smartpak Non Pro Maturity, Dana Cohen rode Magnum Refund to win both the Level 4 and 3. Cori Vokoun was reserve in those two divisions with Whizin Off Sparks, and won the Level 2 and 1 for good measure. Melissa Wigen and Dunit in Wranglers was reserve in Level 2 and 1. Brenda Joyce teamed Wimpys High Bid to win the Prime Time and Jackie Redish and Custom Smart Juice took the Masters title.
Some top Arabian and Half-Arabian reiners showed up for the NARHA class with Audrey Hart scoring the top money on Dunit On Fyre RA. Linda Jacobs and Al Marah Matt Dillon were reserve and Chandler Hiser teamed Hollywood Honey to take third.
One of the day’s great highlights was the Pony Races, a fund raiser for the NARHA and their outstanding Youth program. The races featured some big name NRHA trainers, cute little toy ponies and a very grown up Calcutta. There were three preliminary races and a final Big Race.
Several hundred people turned out and several thousand dollars were raised for the NARHA. The Calcutta auction and the races were all live streamed on a Horse Show Global channel, at the same time as the Reining rings were being broadcast. Over a dozen NRHA trainers participated. Race winner and Calcutta winner was Jordan McBurney and her husband Sean. It was a wonderful and entertaining evening and a great High Roller Reining Classic moment.
Thursday, the Priefert Arena will feature nonstop Non Pro action, while the Lucas Oil Arena hosts the $80,000 Tamarack Ranch Open Futurity. All of this to be followed on Friday and Saturday by the Whizkey N Diamonds 4-Yr-Old Stakes Non Pro and Open and the Protect The Harvest 4/5/6 Year-Old Non Pro Derby and the Lucas Oil 4/5/6 Year-Old Open Derby!
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