On Sunday, Sept. 13, the High Roller Reining Classic, held in Las Vegas, showcased a new youth tournament that was sponsored by the Arabian Reining Breeders Classic.
The event combined Quarter Horse and Arabian/Half-Arabian youth riders into Olympic-style four-man teams to compete for $30,000 in scholarships at both the High Roller Reining Classic and the Wild Card Reining Challenge, to be held in May 2016. The competition was fierce as the youth competitors made their bids for prizes and scholarship money, and at the end of the day, only one point separated the gold medal team from the silver medal team and the silver medal team from the bronze medal team.
Gold medal team members included Dun Its Legacy with Riley Cachat (10 & Under), Reeboks Rerun with Campbell McLeod (13 & Under), West Coast Hick with Kaela Ranhoff (14-18) and Black Jack Jerry with Paige Neufeld (Arabian). Black Jack Jerry was the highest-scoring Arabian in his breed group. The gold medal team members received $2,000 each in scholarship money.
The silver medal team included Nics Wimpy with Raeanna Thayn (10 & Under), Great Grullo Pine with Kelly Carson (13 & Under), Spot Me Perfect with Courtney Yohey (14-18) and Black Jack Jerry with Paige Neufeld (Arabian).
The bronze medal team consisted of GS Red Corvette and Peyton McGowan (10 & Under), Nics Wimpy and Raeanna Thayn (13 & Under), Boomen Hale Bopp with Ashley Lynch (14-18) and Black Jack Jerry with Paige Neufeld (Arabian).
Individual rider medals went to Caroline Buchanan and Lucky Cee Blair, who took home a gold medallion and $3,500 in scholarship money, recent American Junior Paint Horse Association Limited Youth Working Cow Horse World Champion Courtney Yohey and Imasmartlittlecheese, who earned the silver medal and $2,500, and Kate Buchanan and Vintage Neptune, who received the bronze medal and $1,000.
The youth tournament drew much attention at the show, and the youngsters were excited about the new competition. Look for the next leg of the tournament at the Wild Card Reining Challenge, held at the South Point equestrian facility in Las Vegas.
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