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Last year at the Cactus Classic, which was Fappani’s show-pen debut on Tinker With Guns, the pair scored a 227 and won $8,659. This year, the stallion left Scottsdale with $238,606 on his Equi-Stat record.
Tinker With Guns began his show career with Randy Paul, Scottsdale. In 2009, they won the Scottsdale Classic Futurity Open and placed fourth place at the National Reining Horse Association Futurity. The 2006 stallion had all of 2010 off to recover from an injury before he began showing with Fappani in 2011. That year, after winning the Cactus Classic, they placed third in Level 4 Open at the National Reining Breeders Classic and won the NRHA Derby, Reining By The Bay and $100,000-Added Open World Championship Shootout at the NRHA Futurity.
Tinker With Guns is the leading offspring of his sire, Colonels Smoking Gun, who has 302 offspring that have won a total of $3.5 million.
Level 3-Level 1 OpenBoth the Cactus Classic Level 4 Open Championship and Level 3 Intermediate Reserve Championship went to another Gunner son, the 2007 stallion Hollywood Golden Gun (Colonels Smoking Gun x Docs Dunnit Bar x Hollywood Dun It), who was ridden by Shane Brown, Elbert, Colo. Hollywood Golden Gun, owned by Glo Tazi, Castle Rock, Colo., and bred by Jess Moore, Pilot Point, Texas, marked a 227.5 and won $9,462 total.
Peppy Superboom (Boomernic x Peppy Designed x Peppy Badger Chex), ridden by Pierre Luc Phanuef, Overbrook, Okla., and owned by The Bucket List Syndicate, Overbrook, marked a 224 to claim the Level 3 Reserve Championship. That score also tied for sixth place in the Level 4 Open and secured a total of $4,824. Floyd and Deborah Wheeler, Minden, Nev., bred the 2006 stallion.
The Level 2 Limited Open Championship went to One Flashy Rooster (Gallo Del Cielo x Flashy Jackie Jac x Boggies Flashy Jac) and rider/owner Bill Norwood, Murrieta, Calif. The pair marked a 223.5 and won $4,966 in the Level 4-Level 2 Open divisions. Tom Smart, Oakdale, Calif., bred the 2007 stallion.
What A Lucky Hit (Hit The Lights x My Lucky Moonstone x Topsail Whiz) won the Level 2 Reserve Championship and Level 1 Championship with a 222.5 score under rider Cody Stark, Cedaredge, Colo. The 2008 mare, owned by Gary and Sandy Vickery, Cedaredge, and bred by Adair Reiners LLC, Mesa, Ariz., earned $3,070 in the Level 4-Level 1 Open divisions.
The Level 1 Reserve Championship was awarded to Moonshine N Juice (Smart Like Juice x Wind Her Up Shiner x Shining Spark), a 2006 stallion ridden by Nathan Ivie, Spanish Fork, Utah, and owned by Brenton Hatch, Spanish For. Moonshine N Juice, who was bred by Smart Like Juice Inc, Markham, Ill., marked a 218.5 and won $1,261 in the Level 2-Level 1 divisions.
Three women – Francesca Sternberg, Annie Reynolds and Loren Booth – shut out the rest of the competition and claimed all of the championship titles in the Level 4-Prime Time Non-Pro divisions.
Winning the Level 4 and Level 3 Non-Pro Championships and a total of $5,048 was Francesca Sternberg of England, who was riding Smart Like Valentino (Smart Like Juice x Smart Little Jewel x Smart Chic Olena), a 2007 stallion owned by her sister, Rosanne Sternberg, Aubrey, Texas. Smart Like Valentino, who was bred by Smart Like Juice Inc., marked a 222.5.
Annie Reynolds, King Hill, Idaho, Equi-Stat’s leading non-pro rider of reined cow horses, won the Level 4 and Level 3 Reserve Championships and Level 2-Prime Time Championships on her 6-year-old stallion Shiney And Verysmart (Very Smart Remedy x Shirley Shine x Shining Spark). They marked a 221.5 and won $6,141. The winnings brought Reynolds’ Equi-Stat reining record above the $30,000 mark. Shiney And Verysmart has won $99,631 in reined cow horse and $10,954 in reining.
Loren Booth, Orange Grove, Calif., cleaned up the rest of the titles by winning the Level 2-Prime Time Reserve Championships on Brennas Dream (Magnum Chic Dream x Brennas Red Dunit x Hollywood Dun It). On the 6-year-old mare, bred by Cottonwood Ranch, Joliet, Mont., Booth marked a 217 and earned $3,628 in the Level 4-Level 1 divisions.