Xtra Quarter Horses, Purcell, Okla., when ranch manager Thiago Boechat and Wimpyneedsacocktail marked a 231 in the next-to-last draw to win the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Open Levels 3 and 4.It was an extra special night for
“When I asked, he gave me 120 percent,” Boechat said of the thrilling run that had spectators solidly, and loudly, behind him. “I have a lot of friends,” he grinned.
More good news for Xtra: Another son of Wimpys Little Step, Wimpys Littlecolonel (One Right Chic x Smart Chic Olena), was Level 4 Reserve Champion, marking 230 and earning $54,000 with Jordan Larson aboard for< owner George Lawrence.
What’s more, Xtra’s assistant trainer, Fernando Salgado, piloted Open Level 1 winner Whizzer Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Best By Tari x Taris Catalyst), marking a 222.5 to earn $1,645. It was his first U.S. championship, although he had recorded wins in Brazil.
Other Open winners Saturday night in Katy, Texas, were Rolex N Chex, piloted by Bud Lyon for owner Logan Pluhar, a youth competitor, and Gunsmokes TNT, with Sebastian Petroll aboard for owner Mary Jansma. The two horsemen and their mounts, Rolex N Chex (Nu Chex To Cash x Miss Moth Money x Smart Little Calboy) and Gunsmokes TNT (Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner] x Toodie Star x Grays Starlight) were Co-Champions in Level 2, each earning $8,427.
And Brent Wright and Spookaroanie (Smart Spook x Little Roan Chick x Gallo Del Cielo) scored 227 to win the Open Prime Time and a check for $1,950.
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