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    Purses, competition climb again at 2014 High Roller Reining Classic

    From releases and staff reports - October 2nd, 2014 - Show & Event News

    LAS VEGAS, Nev. — The third and final show in the Triple Crown of Reining series that includes Cactus Reining Classic in Scottsdale, Reining By The Bay in Woodside, and the High Roller Reining Classic held at the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center did not disappoint.

    This unique venue boasts a hotel, casino, three indoor rings and 1,200 climate controlled stalls, all under one roof, with unparalleled multimedia outlets employed to promote the event, including in-room television coverage of the event.

    Since 2008, top horses and riders across the country and around the world have come to this one-of-a-kind show. All the exhibitors this year showed their skill, determination, and passion for the sport, from top professionals to the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games participants to junior riders and first-time competitors.

    The breadth and depth of talent in all divisions was exceptional. A number of 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games participants, including the entire U.S.Reining team and individuals, as well as riders from Team Austria, Team Australia and Team Canada, participated.

    Ranked number four in the NRHA’s Leading Events with over $500,000 in added money and prizes, the 2014 HRRC highlights included: The $85,000 Added Lucas Oil Open Derby, $45,000 Added Protect The Harvest No Pro Derby, The $110,000 Added High Roller Reining Classic Futurity, $100,000 Added Whizkey N Diamonds Open 4 Year Old Stakes, $75,000 Added Arabian Breeders Classic (ARBC), $13,000 Added SmartPak 7 Up Maturity, The American Paint Horse Association (APHA) Aged and Ancillary Class Incentives and The Trifecta Non Pro Challenge trip to the Four Seasons, Punta Mita, Mexico.

    In the Non Pro Division,team gold and individual bronze medalist Mandy McCutcheon and McQuay Stables’ Check This Nicadual (Mister Nicadual x Check Your Gun Lady) marked a 216 to win over 27 finalists, the pair $7,090.90 in the Protect The Harvest Non Pro Derby Level 4 Finals and a paycheck of $4,207.50 as Reserve Champion in the Whizkey N Diamonds Non Pro Level 4 Stakes Finals. In the Whizkey N Diamonds Non Pro Level 4 Stakes, it was Mandy and Ms Whiz Dunit (Topsail Whiz x A Bueno Poco Dunit) marking a 217 to claim a check for $5,692.50 and the title from a field of 23 exhibitors.

    Mandy reflected on her first WEG as a rider for Team USA, versus watching her father and her husband from the sidelines.

    “When I watch Tim or Tom show, it’s more anxiety than I can handle sometimes,” she said. “But walking in the ring when you’re with a team of people like Andrea Fappani, Jordan Larson and Shawn Flarida is a whole other ball of wax. I don’t even know how to explain it. When I went to show, Andrea and Jordan had already gone and gotten a 221 and a 224, the Belgium team had a 221 and a 222, and Bernard Fonck was still left to go for the Belgians and we had Shawn. You don’t want to leave it sitting on your anchor’s shoulders; you want to make it as easy as possible.”

    “I was pretty nervous about it,” she added. “I didn’t want to go there and let all of them down, much less Team USA itself. But, when you’re riding a horse like Yellow Jersey it’s a whole different ballgame. He’s an unreal show horse.”

    The Triple Crown of Reining coveted year-end prize is each year awarded to the same horse and Non Pro rider combination with the highest earnings from all three Brumley Management Group events. Cam Essick of Clements, rode her homebred Who Loves You (Walla Walla Whiz x Love Em N Lena) to the honor by virtue of $13,766.04 earnings over the three-show series. As a result, Cam and her husband, Jim (aka Too Tall), are headed to the Four Seasons Resort Punta Mita, Mexico.

    “I started out with Cactus Reining Classic in March and was tied for reserve champion among a group that had Mandy McCutcheon, Kim Muehlstaetter and Tish Fappani — who are all rock stars,” she said. “To be in that company is just absolutely amazing! We started with a little momentum and maintained our lead at Reining By The Bay. I haven’t been able to ride Who Loves You since then, due to my workload, so it was a bit challenging to pick up with five minutes of prep and go out there.”

    “My horse was really good, and Arno (Honstetter) is a great coach,” she added. “I didn’t get what I wanted to get done, but we still made money in the Level 4 and Level 3 and were the Prime Time reserve champions. All in all it’s been a great year and I’m really proud of my horse. He’s one that I bred and have ridden for the last couple years. There is so much excitement for me to continue the legacy we have with her dam and her granddam”.

    Cam may not have had her sights set on the Four Season Resort at Punta Mita, Mexico, but her husband did from the day it was announced at High Roller Reining Classic 2013.

    “I knew where Punta Mita was, and we all know about the Four Seasons — it doesn’t get any better than that,” he said. “When I heard that she was leading the Trifecta Non Pro Reining Challenge, I was on her constantly. I love it when she wins, but those checks always go to offset all the costs of all the horses we have because we have many. I thought if we won a trip we’d actually go on one. Our vacations are normally Fort Worth, Oklahoma City, Reno, or horse shows.”

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    High Roller Reining Classic Top Winners
    Sept. 13-20, 2014 * South Point Event Center * Las Vegas, Nev.
    Place/ Horse/ Rider/ Owner/ Money

    LUCAS OIL L4 OP DERBY Not Ruf At All/ J.Vanlandingham/ Vaughn Zimmerman/ $15,178.16

    L4 OP FUT Magnum Starlights/ C.Deary/ Antler Ridge Ranch, LLC/ $13,211.66

    WHIZKEY N DIAMONDS OP L4 STAKES Not Ruf At All/ J.Vanlandingham/ Vaughn Zimmerman/ $11,904.34

    LUCAS OIL L3 INT OP DERBY Shine On Commander/ A.Seelhof/ Geri Zimmel/ $11,291.85

    INT OP FUT Mizzfire/ A.Honstetter/ Story Book Stables, Inc./ $10,111.95

    HALF ARAB BRDRS CLASSIC FUT – L4 OP SH Imvaguelysurprised/ A.Fappani/ Joe Betten/ $9,849.70

    ARAB REINING BRDRS CLASSIC FUT – L4 OP All Maxed Out RA/ A.Fappani/ Cotton McNutt/ $7,712.48

    LUCAS OIL L4 NP DERBY Check This Nicadual/ M.McCutcheon/ McQuay Stables/ $7,090.90

    HALF ARAB BRDRS CLASSIC FUT – L1 OP Im Genuinely Oz/ A.Doss/ Kimberly Tillman/ $6,650.00

    WHIZKEY N DIAMONDS INT OP L3 STAKES Wimps Cool Breeze/ M.Mills/ Janice Dickson/ $6,522.80

    ARAB REINING BRDRS CLASSIC FUT – L1 OP Buckshots Smokin Gun/ A.Doss/ Buckshot Farms/ $6,327.75

    WHIZKEY N DIAMONDS NP L4 STAKES Ms Whiz Dunit/ M.McCutcheon/ Mandy McCutcheon/ $5,692.50

    LUCAS OIL L2 LTD OP DERBY Shine On Commander/ A.Seelhof/ Geri Zimmel/ $4,594.25

    PROTECT HARVEST L3 INT NP DERBY Ms Revolution/ E.Winegar-Mabey/ Green Valley Ranch/ $4,495.93

    LTD OP FUT Hello Banjo/ T.Wigen/ Lisa Janssen/ $3,905.98

    INT NP FUT Zins Rowdy Whiz/ A.Sutton/ Allison Sutton/ $3,643.78

    NP FUT Zins Rowdy Whiz/ A.Sutton/ Allison Sutton/ $3,479.90

    PROTECT HARVEST L2 LTD NP DERBY Ms Revolution/ E.Winegar-Mabey/ Green Valley Ranch/ $3,389.63

    WHIZKEY N DIAMONDS LTD OP L2 STAKES Magnumatic/ R.Rushing/ Callie Abing/ $3,316.03

    WHIZKEY N DIAMONDS INT NP L3 STAKES Ms Revolution/ E.Winegar-Mabey/ Green Valley Ranch/ $3,250.48

    PROTECT HARVEST PRIME TIME NP DERBY Maggie Chic Dream/ R.Thompson/ Ronald Thompson/ $2,843.38

    SMARTPAK OP L4 MAT RSD One Hot Deal/ T.Heikes/ Denise Bixler/ $2,788.50

    PROTECT HARVEST L1 NP DERBY Jac Bee Whiz/ K.Darnall-Titov/ Kristin Darnall-Titov/ $2,706.81

    SMARTPAK NP L4 MAT Gettin Magnumtized/ A.Nicklous Westlund/ Kylie Warn/ $2,102.91

    Gettinaway Whizit/ K.Blackledge/ Warledge LLC/Keri Blackledge/ $2,102.91

    LUCAS OIL L1 OP DERBY Banwhoa Whiz/ K.Kellmer/ Suzanne Marlowe/ $1,996.69

    LTD NP FUT Zins Rowdy Whiz/ A.Sutton/ Allison Sutton/ $1,969.38

    L1 OP FUT Vintage Glamour/ T.Covington/ Petra Zeitler Conner/ $1,932.81

    WHIZKEY N DIAMONDS LTD NP L2 STAKES Ms Revolution/ E.Winegar-Mabey/ Green Valley Ranch/ $1,887.44

    OP Maddox/ C.Rammerstorfer/ Christian Rammerstorfer/ $1,132.95

    SMARTPAK PRIME TIME NP MAT Gettin Magnumtized/ A.Nicklous Westlund/ Kylie Warn/ $1,117.81

    INT OP Maddox/ Christian Rammerstorfer/ Christian Rammerstorfer/ $827.05

    SLATE 1 – INT NP Its All About Spark/ G.Hystad/ Garth Hystad/ $720.84

    SLATE 1 – NP Its All About Spark/ G.Hystad/ Garth Hystad/ $649.59

    SLATE 2 – INT NP Gettin Magnumtized/ A.Nicklous Westlund/ Kylie Warn/ $527.56

    Gettinaway Whizit/ K.Blackledge/ Warledge LLC/Keri Blackledge/ $527.56

    Highlanders Scandal/ S.Berg/ Barn 66, LLC/ $527.56

    NOVICE HORSE OP Maximum RPM/ G.Camparsi/ Patricia Holtzman/ $505.02

    SLATE 2 – NP Gettin Magnumtized/ A.Nicklous Westlund/ Kylie Warn/ $502.76

    Gettinaway Whizit/ K.Blackledge/ Warledge LLC/Keri Blackledge/ $502.76

    Highlanders Scandal/ S.Berg/ Barn 66, LLC/ $502.76

    NOVICE HORSE L2 Rockabilly Banjo/ T.Wigen/ Stacie Rasmussen/ $483.17

    NOVICE HORSE NP That Little Step Up/ H.Miller/ Hope Miller/ $406.70

    LTD OP Crome Wheels/ J.Nichols/ Nancy Wheeler Smith/ $352.07

    SMARTPAK LTD NP MAT Gettin Magnumtized/ A.Nicklous Westlund/ Kylie Warn/ $323.00

    NOVICE HORSE NP L2 Gettinaway Whizit/ K.Blackledge/ Warledge LLC/Keri Blackledge/ $305.37

    ROOKIE PROFESSIONAL Custom Diamond/ C.Thomas/ Denise Bixler/ $278.21

    SLATE 1 – LTD NP Its All About Spark/ G.Hystad/ Garth Hystad/ $155.63

    CR Nu Whiz/ W.Conrad/ Whitney Conrad/ $155.63

    SLATE 2 – PRIME TIME NP Gettin Magnumtized/ A.Nicklous Westlund/ Kylie Warn/ $155.03

    SLATE 2 – LTD NP Gettin Magnumtized/ A.Nicklous Westlund/ Kylie Warn/ $153.87

    Highlanders Scandal/ S.Berg/ Barn 66, LLC/ $153.87

    SLATE 1 – PRIME TIME NP Taris Dreamer/ R.Thompson/ Ronald Thompson/ $144.11

    SLATE 1 – NP MASTERS Taris Dreamer/ R.Thompson/ Ronald Thompson/ $121.46

    SLATE 2 – NP MASTERS Maggie Chic Dream/ R.Thompson/ Ronald Thompson/ $119.57

    SLATE 2 – ROOKIE L2 Chocolate Chiclet/ S.Jackson/ Shelbey Jackson/ $104.66

    SLATE 2 – ROOKIE L1 Dunit With Whiz/ S.Sivongsa/ Shelly Manning/ $93.74

    SLATE 1 – ROOKIE L2 Stop On Top/ S.Copeland/ Susan Copeland/ $86.88

    SLATE 1 – ROOKIE L1 Stop On Top/ S.Copeland/ Susan Copeland/ $79.61

    SLATE 1 – GREEN AS GRASS Smokin Lil Gun/ L.Banks/ Laina Banks/ $70.40

    SLATE 2 – DRHA ROOKIE Dunit With Whiz/ S.Sivongsa/ Shelly Manning/ $70.00

    SLATE 1 – DRHA ROOKIE Stop On Top/ S.Copeland/ Susan Copeland/ $65.00

    ARC Sangers Walla/ J.Grant/ Barbara Parker/ $65.00

    SLATE 2 – GREEN AS GRASS Whizin In The Dirt/ S.Clausen/ Clay Clausen/ $64.00

    OP A/HA Take A Spin/ D.Huss/ Amara Spizzirri/ $48.34

    SLATE 1 – PRIME TIME ROOKIE Gettin Magnumtized/ A.Nicklous Westlund/ Kylie Warn/ $48.34

    SLATE 2 – PRIME TIME ROOKIE Gettin Magnumtized/ A.Nicklous Westlund/ Kylie Warn/ $43.69

    Katy Dun It/ S.Stratman/ Shawn Stratman/ $43.69

    Memorable Moments/ A.Stillwell/ Allen Stillwell/ $43.69

    SLATE 1 – NP A/HA Custom Gale/ J.Betten/ Joe Betten/ $26.55

    SLATE 2 – NP A/HA SH Cool Dude/ D.Comeau/ Diane Comeau/ $13.05

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