Final days at shows are always a little slower and quieter. By the time the Equidome was up and running on Sunday morning there were already people packing and taking down drapes in the stabling area, anticipating the drive back to California, Oklahoma and Texas.
Still, starting at 8 am and working toward a mid-afternoon closure, there were three rings on board, all of them with a full complement of open, non-pro or Youth competition.
The Rookie Non-Pro had plenty of attention and entries. The Level 2 was won by Jenny Ricotta and SS Spyderman with a 72.5. Donita Mullins and Heza One Step Ahead took reserve and won the Rookie Level 2 and the Prime Time Rookie. Carla Odetta scored a 71.5 with Ruf Electrical Whiz to win the DRHA Rookie competition and take reserve in the Level 1 Rookie. Winning the Prime Time Rookie also made Donita Mullins the first annual recipient of the Bruzzy Cooke Memorial Trophy for the Cactus Classic Prime Time Rookie winner. Donita was awarded the trophy at a special ceremony with Polly Cooke following the classes.
Caroline Buchanan and Spark Me Again won the Youth 13 & Under, Paige Barton and Diamond Oak took the Youth 14-18 and Coleton Oleen won the Rookie Youth with Cruising For Chics. Kendall Wigen won the 10 & Under Short Stirrup with Chexoutthisreminic for the second day running and took High Point lead in that division regionally.
Michael Berg and Guns on Sunset won the Novice Horse Level 2 with a score of 73. Just a half-point separated the champion from the reserve, Shane Brown and Walla Girl is a Whiz. Wimpin and Saar Ben Hamo won the Novice Horse Open, with Martin Padilla and Lokotas Whizen April a strong second.
The 12th annual Cactus Reining Classic was, once again, a great show for professionals, non-pro, youth and families in general. It combines good times, fabulous competition and judging, great food and gatherings with the industry’s best saddles, trophies and buckles.
Join us for more fun at the Wild Card Show, South Point Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nevada over Memorial Day this May.