The Tamarack Ranch Futurity Non-Pro, held Wednesday, Sept. 16, was the largest class of the day at the High Roller Reining Classic, which runs Sept. 12-20 in Las Vegas. Tish Fappani and Legend Slides Wright rose to the top of 38 horse-and-rider duos by scoring a 218.5 to take the Futurity Level 4 Non-Pro Championship.
The win came with a $3,277 paycheck for Fappani, of Scottsdale, Arizona, who purchased Legend Slides Wright at the 2014 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Sales. Her husband, Equi-Stat Elite $4 Million Rider Andrea Fappani, picked the horse as a potential futurity mount for his wife.
“For his first time in the pen, I was a little nervous, but he was a really good boy,” Fappani said of Legend Slides Wright (Custom Legend x She Slides Wright x Smart Little Lena). “He’s a big stopper and so Andrea really wanted to make sure that I ran down to my stops.”
The Reserve title, worth $2,228, went to Melanie Schuckers, of Gainesville, Texas, and her gelding Chromed Olena (Cromed Out Mercedes x FS Smart Doc Chic x Smart Chic Olena), who scored a 216. The run also earned the duo the Level 3 Championship, which was worth an additional $3,080.
Jeanne Levine, of Sparks, Nevada, and Whizen Thru The Cash (Big Chex To Cash x Trouble Lena Whiz x Topsail Whiz) scored a 215.5 to win Levels 2 & 1. The duo also finished Reserve in Level 3 and third in Level 4. At the end of the day, Whizen Thru The Cash earned more than $5,000 for owners Eugene and Joyce Boyle, of Ione, California, who also bred the horse.
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