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    One HOT reining

    Talent, temperatures ignite this year's Star Spangled Slide

    By Eileen Maxinoski - August 1st, 2017 - Show & Event News
    Open Derby Champion Michael McEntire rode Stanley Coats's Gunrise to a scorching 144.5.

    Open Derby Champion Michael McEntire rode Stanley Coats’s Gunrise to a scorching 144.5.

    John O’Hara photo

    ELK GROVE — It proved to be a hot reining show in more ways than one at the fifth NRHA Affiliate show for the West Coast Reining Horse Association held July 6-9.  Temperatures at the Brookside Equestrian Center in Elk Grove surpassed 105 degrees on most show days, but riders and horses did not falter. There were some very “hot” scores earned, judged by Margaret Fuchs from Ohio and Richard Pokluda from Texas.

    The Open classes started the show off with a total of 37 entries.  With a score of 73, Martin Padilla carried off the honors in the $1,000-added Open with Spook Dunit owned by Annamarie Brown.  Second place was a tie between Martin on Spangled Desire owned by Tobyann Faingold and Eric La Porte on Celeste Nashagh’s Mr Mizzen Shine.

    La Porte and Mr Mizzen Shine won the $400-added Intermediate Open with Ollie Galligan close behind on Smart Chucka, owned by Kelly Corbett.  With a score of 71, Kain Emmons and Rhonda Dunlap’s Wimpys Yellow Jacket handily won the $300-added Limited Open.  Kelly Keenan, riding A Whiz With A Gun owned by Marni Lopez, came in second.  Keenan proved to be a force to be reckoned with in the Rookie Professional, winning first and second — the championship on Marni’s A Whiz With A Gun and the reserve aboard Shewhiz Electric, owned by Mike Silva.

    Boom Box Dancer and Kimball Griffith carried away the blue ribbon in the Primetime Open, with California Shines and Lavonne Sturgeon coming in second.  The $1,000-added Open Maturity Level 4 ran concurrently with the Open classes.  With 10 horses entered, the Championship title and awards were split between Martin Padilla on Spangled Desire and La Porte on Mr Mizzen Shine with scores of 72.5.

    Twenty-one entries vied for placings in the $500-added Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 class.  With tying scores, the “kitties” won it! Shine Kitty Shine, ridden by Jennifer Gilliam, and Kitty Cat Whizkers, ridden by Penny Wright, both scored 70.5 to split first and second place.

    Jim Grech on Shining Boon Chick scorched the $1,000-added Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 class with a 72.  There was a three-way tie for second place between Derek Brummett riding Thischicsamistress, Kitty Cat Whizkers and Penny, and Starlights Lil Belle ridden by Kelsey Njus with scores of 70.5.

    The toasty afternoon temperatures didn’t hold back the entries in the last class of the day, with nearly 30 riders entering the WCRHA Two-handed Bridle.  The class went to Mike Boyle, riding his own Sunset Nite, with second going to Ollie Galligan on Pastorino Hay’s Mister Nicashine.

    Day two opened in the cool morning hours with the Novice Horse Open Levels 1 and 2.  Padilla rode to the win in both classes on Tobyann Faingold’s Spangled Desire with a blistering score of 73.  David Hanson placed close behind in both classes on different horses with identical scores of 72.5.  In Level 1, he piloted Xtra Dream Step owned by Buffy Trinchero and in Level 2, it was with Diane Saunder’s newly purchased mount, Okie Paul Coyote.

    As the day warmed up, so did the Rookie riders.  With a sizzling score of 72, Megan Lynch, riding Revolutionic, won both Rookie 1 and 2.  Second place in both classes was aptly earned by Kori Kelley on Aces High Whiz.

    Deborah Avila on Gonendunitt was the happy winner of the Primetime Rookie class with Jennifer Fisher on Lokotas Whizen April coming in second.  The WCRHA Green class attracted 25 entries and was won by Nicole Cox with her Gotta Smart Whiz, and Jennifer, with her Lokotas Whizen April, earning another second placing in this block of classes.

    A baking afternoon temperature of 108-degrees found the not-so faint of heart riding for big checks and great prizes in the Non Pro Derbies.  In the $2,000-added Level 4, Jennifer Gilliam rode her 4-year old mare, Shine Kitty Shine, to a blazing hot championship score of 144.  In the $1,000-added Level 1, Champion was Vicki Dias riding ARC Dun With Ya scoring 142.  Terry Holland on Holly Rowdy Whiz was Reserve Champion in both levels with 139.5.

    Fourteen entries began the third day in the Snaffle Bit/Hackamore class.  Mike Boyle won first on ARC Dun With Ya owned by Vicki Dias with a score of 73.  David Hanson showing Barbara Morlan’s Miss N Wimpy was a close second with 72.5.

    Temperatures were a bit cooler as the Non Pro classes began.  With a smoking hot score of 73.5, the Non Pro winner was Jennifer Gilliam on her faithful Hick A Shine.  With a 71.5, Patricia Eckhoff and Chics Love Chrome placed second, but her score went on to win the Intermediate Non Pro.  Penny Wright on her Kitty Cat Whizkers and Jim Grech on Shining Boon Chick tied for second in the Intermediate Non Pro with scores of 71.  Scoring 71.5, Kimbal Griffith and Boom Box Dancer and Eckhoff on her Chics Love Chrome tied for top honors in both the Limited Non Pro and the Primetime Non Pro classes.  Thirteen riders rode for scores in the “forever young,” Masters Non Pro class.  George Deffterios and his Great Banjo came out with the top score of 70.5 with Bonnie Garcia and Gatalata Nicker close behind with a 70.  Running concurrent with the Non Pro classes was the $1000 Added Non Pro Maturity Level 4.  With that scorching score of 73.5, Gilliam and her Hick A Shine took home the Championship buckle, with Derek Brummett riding Thischicsamistress, owned by himself and his wife, Kelli, as Reserve Champions with a score of 70.5.

    In the Open Derby on Saturday afternoon, Michael McEntire riding Gunrise owned by Stanley Coats were the champions in Level 4 with a score of 144.5.  Martin Padilla showing Cindy Laver’s One Big Dream was Reserve Champion scoring 143.  In the Level 1, Kelly Keenan was Champion on A Whiz With A Gun owned by Marni Lopez with 142; she was also Reserve Champion on Michael Silva’s Shewhiz Electric with 138.5.

    The last day of the show featured the Youth classes and more Green level classes.  Placing first in the NRHA Green Level 1 was Shelley Nelson marking a 70.5 with Marlena Got Nicd.  Coronas In Hollywood with rider Laetitia Loubser gathered second place honors with a score of 70.  In the Level 2, Patricia and Chics Love Chrome earned first with a 71 and Jamie Foster riding Smart Nu Cash came in second with 70.5.

    The youth came to show in force.  Lauren Hanson riding Tuff Sliding Peppy won the 13-under with a score of 70.5, and Margaret Chancellor won second on her Dunnit with A Shine.  Megan Lynch riding her sister Ashley’s horse, Revolutionic, scored a fiery 71.5 to come out on top of the Youth 14-18, with Destiny Hale showing Smart Cherokee Chic owned by her grandmother, Michelle Hill, to a second placing. In the Youth Rookie class, Margaret and Dunnit With A Shine was first and Parker Temkin with his KR Next Exit was second.  Megan and Revolutionic also won the Unrestricted Youth while Lauren’s score garnered her second place.  Steven Allen Jr. won the Short Stirrup class on Fri Dee Nite Twist.

    In the WCRHA Green As Grass class, Erica Winans was the winner on Peptos Silver Holly, scoring 70.  Parker Temkin on KR Next Exit was second with a score of 69.

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