Thiago Boechat & Xtra Taris Voodoo • Photo by Kelsey Pond

Xtra Taris Voodoo Impresses at Tulsa Reining Classic

Yonathon Baruch piloted Baddabing Baddaboom to the Reserve title in the Level 3 Open, winning $1,411. Baddabing Baddaboom (Boom Shernic x Chics Hilda Bar x Smart Chic Olena) is owned by Carlton Crowe, of Gainesville, Texas.

Pierre Luc Phaneuf and Whiz Ann Tag took Reserve in Level 2, pocketing $1,036. Whiz Ann Tag (Whix N Tag Chex x Mifs Doll x Mifillena) is owned by Cardinal Hill Training Center, of Aubrey, Texas.

Level 1 Open

With a 215.5, Justin Michels and Cromed Out Gunner claimed the Level 1 Open Championship, as well as a top five finish in Levels 3 and 2, worth $2,115. He also won a Morrison trophy, a headstall, No Bow Wraps from Back On Track and a gift certificate from Cowboy Couture.

“He’s pretty laid-back and nice,” Michels said of Cromed Out Gunner (Cromed Out Mercedes x Smoking Gypsy Rose x Colonels Smoking Gun[Gunner]). “He can turn. He’s really come into his own circling and was really good and relaxed today.”

This is the second event for the horse, who is coming off of a good finish in Minnesota.

“He’s done showing for the week. This gives me so much confidence as we get ready for the [NRHA] Futurity,” he said. “We’re entered at the Congress and then he’ll have a break, and then hopefully he’ll be ready for the Futurity.”

It’s the first time that Michels has come to the Tulsa Reining Classic, but he plans to make it an annual event.

“I’m really excited. It’s been great and I haven’t had one thing bad to say,” he said. “I’ll definitely come back again.”

Vanessa Strotmann had a great day in Tulsa, taking Reserve in the Level 1 Open with a 215 on Nu Smoking Spark (Ima Smoking Mister x Annies Lil Spark x Shining Spark), owned by Shannon Reid. She also tied for third on Lil Sis Isa Legend (Custom Legend x Topnotch Melody x Gunners Rambo) and Tinsel Town Light (Hollywoodstinseltown x Shiney O Light) with scores of 214. Lil Sis Isa Legend is owned by Kalyn Sanders, while Tinsel Town Light is owned by Shannon and Hershel Reid.

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