A deep pen, in talent and in dirt, was no match for Robin Schoeller as he piloted Tinseltown Flash to the Reining Futurity Level 4 Open Championship on Oct. 6 at the All American Quarter Horse Congress. The show, held in Columbus, Ohio, started on Oct. 1 and continues through Oct. 25.
Schoeller and owner Beth Himes, of Ruoff Dietter Reining Horses, held their breath until the final ride, when Jordan Larson, riding Freddie Brasfield’s Wimpys Lil Tag (Whiz N Tag Chex x Wimpys Little Chic x Wimpys Little Step) scored a 224, just below Schoeller’s 225.5.
The win earned Schoeller and Tinseltown Flash $32,193. Tinseltown Flash (Hollywoodtinseltown x Billie Gun Flash x Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner]), was purchased as a 2-year-old by Schoeller for Himes. After steady performances earlier this summer at the Buckeye Reining Series and Tulsa Reining Classic, where they made the Open finals, things seemed to have clicked for the pair.
“He was really good,” Schoeller said. “We’re getting ready for the (National Reining Horse Association) Futurity in Oklahoma City next month. He was as good as he gets tonight.”
Fellow Ohio trainer Brandon Brant rode Don Theisen’s Spook N Reyn (Smart Spook x Reyn Chex x Mr Solano Rey) to a score of 219 and the Level 3 Futurity Open Championship, earning a total of $22,405 for their efforts. The Level 2 Open Futurity Champion was decided Oct. 4, with Matieu Burton of Aubrey, Texas, riding his Ms Mercedes Whiz (Cromed Out Mercedes x Ms Hollywood Whiz x Topsail Whiz) to the win and earning a check worth $4,359.
Also on Oct. 4, there was a three-way tie for the Prime Time Open Championship between Casey Hinton, riding his Dreamin Ruf (Magnum Chic Dream x Lil Ruf Jessie x Lil Ruf Peppy), and two horses from Garth Brown’s Gainesville, Texas, barn. Brown rode The Wimpinator for Charles Vaughn and Tinsel Spooks for Jason Dobrinkski as part of the co-championship.
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