On Sunday the kids started the ball rolling once again and continued to entertain and earn our applause throughout the morning session and into the afternoon at the Lucas Oil Arena. In the Short Stirrup division Addisyn Schmersal held on to the lead she took yesterday with Cromer Out Whiz to win, besting her Saturday 70 score with a 71. Luca Fappani did the same thing in the Youth 13 & Under class riding Custom Spook into first place and tying for second on Premier Diamond with Ashley Jackson and Smart Like Steady,
Caroline Buchanan (on BOTH Spark Me Again and Lucky Cee Blair) and Bo Van Duys on Aim Your Pistol. Gina Schumacher won the 14-18, posting a sterling 73 with Judys A Little Moody. Kaylee Naylor was second with All Natural Shine (same young lady as yesterday but on a different horse). In the Breed Restricted Arabian competition Siena Krueger won the 13 & Under again with VLQ Friendly Fire and Abbey Weiss owned the 14-18 one more time with Dun With Style RA.
Later on in the afternoon, the NARHA Youth Tournament prizes were awarded in front of an appreciative crowd, with the Gold Medal award and the big scholarship money going to Team 19 – Luca Fappani, Custom Spook; Adrianna Adams, Cashen Big Chex; Siena Krueger, VLQ Friendly Fire; Sophia Polumbo, Miss Trashy Lady and McKenna Bein, MK Check Please. Luca also took the individual Gold Medal. Individual Silver Medal went to Kate Buchanan on Vintage Neptune and Individual Bronze went to Kaylee Naylor and her two good Reiners, Spookamatic and All Natural Shine.
Late afternoon in the Lucas Arena brought the Open Novice Horses and a nice score of 74 plus the win for Pedro Baiao and Hesa Sparklin Crome. Dan Huss grabbed the Reserve spot with a 73.5 on Maximum Dream. Robyn Schiller teamed Plenty of Guns to win the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2, followed by a 4-way tie for second with Melinda Cresap, ARC King Snapper; Derek Brummett, Thischicsamistress; Melissa Wigen, Dunit In Wranglers and Gillian Galligan, Magnums Chic Dun It, all claiming a piece of the action! Meanwhile in the Preifert Arena, across the way, well over a hundred entries were slugging it out until 7:30 pm in the early evening for the Rookie titles. When the dust settled, Tracy Burnside and Honky Tonkin Dream had won the Rookie Level 2 and the Prime Time Rookie. Laura Johnson had tied for fourth in the Rookie 2, while winning the Rookie Level 1, the DRHA Rookie and the DRHA Green Reiner. That left the Green As Grass title to a delighted Jac Bee Whiz and rider Dana Pastorino. The WPR group finished up their competition with newcomer Erin Reid winning the first day’s competition on Twylite Zone, owned by Ashlye Daniel. On Sunday, Kim Olivetto and Optimus Shine tied for first with Briana Bartlett on Western Whiz.
At evening’s end Debbie Brown and Arkys Smart Leo Lad won the NARHA 4/5 Yr Old Half-Arabian Futurity Level 4, taking home over $1,200 for their efforts. Tyson Randle missed by a half-point to take Reserve honors with Destined To Shine and nearly $1,000 for his trouble. Arkys Smart Leo Lad is *Bask, Bay El Bey and *Serafix-bred on his Arabian sire’s side and Peppy San Badger plus Smart Little Lena breeding from his Quarter horse dam. The NARHA Futurity Level 1 was a duel between brothers Nathan Kent and SH Smoke N Sparks and Preston Kent and SH Rockin Reminic with Nathan edging his brother out this time.
Monday and Tuesday the Lucas Oil Arena is dark and the Priefert will be hosting lots of exciting Non Pro competition daily. Things heat up again on Wednesday with the $21,000 Added Tamarack Ranch Non Pro Futurity, $10,000 Added Smartpak Non Pro Maturity and the NARHA Arabian/Half-Arabian Non Pro Futurity. Then, it’s heavy duty, non-stop HRRC action right through Saturday evening!
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