Casey Deary has won several big titles in the Jim Norick Arena in Oklahoma City. But one had eluded him until Friday night. Riding two horses in the finals of the Junior Reining at the Lucas Oil American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Show, Deary had multiple opportunities to earn the big prize. He made the most of both of them, earning the gold and the silver.
Deary piloted In Like Flinn for owners Todd and Lisa Neiberger, of Argyle, Texas, to a 223 to win the Junior Reining World Championship. In Like Flinn is by Topsail Whiz and out of the Chocoloate Chic Olena daughter Nestle Quik Chic. Deary has liked the stallion ever since he saw Nathan Piper win the Heritage Futurity on the horse in 2013, and he was excited to get the opportunity to show him in the Open.
The Neibergers purchased In Like Flinn with the intent for Todd to show him in the Non-Pro. Deary said Todd has ridden him throughout the spring and summer, but as it got closer to the World Show, he had been the main one in the saddle.
“I bet Todd gets back on him tomorrow,” Deary said.
Just a half-point separated Champion and Reserve, with the silver trophy going to Magnum Starlights (Magnum Chic Dream x Starlights Sugarwhiz x Little Bay Starlight) for Antler Ridge Ranch, of Millsap, Texas.
SG Frozen Enterprize and Andrea Fappani captured their second AQHA World Championship title in two years when they marked a 222.5 to win this year’s Senior Reining. It was important to Fappani that “Iceman” could go out on top. This was likely the stallion’s last competitive run until the next World Equestrian Games.
Iceman was second at the High Roller Reining Classic with a 230, and Fappani said ending the career of a great horse in second place wasn’t how he envisioned it. He wanted to give the stallion another chance, and the AQHA World Show was a great place to do that.
“Obviously I would have been OK with retiring him with something less than first here, but I wanted to give him another shot and see what he could do here,” Fappani said.
SG Frozen Enterprize was bred, raised and shown in Italy before continuing his career in the United States. The 6-year-old stallion is by Frozen Sailor and out of RS Rose SJ, by SJ Enterprise. Fappani showed Iceman extensively in 2015 since it was the horse’s last year of eligibility for National Reining Horse Association limited-age events, and the duo won the Cactus Reining Classic and National Reining Breeders Classic.
Prior to the World Show, SG Frozen Enterprize had $122,896 in earnings for 2015, according to Equi-Stat. His stellar year nearly doubled his lifetime earnings to $264,561.
As Iceman enters show retirement, he is sure to have a busy breeding career, as he will join the stallion line up at Silver Spurs Equine in Scottsdale, Arizona.
The Senior Reining Reserve World Championship went to Shiners Chic (Smart Chic Olena x Ebony Shines x Shining Spark), shown by Jason Vanlandingham for Rosanne Sternberg, of Aubrey, Texas.
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