The Wild Card Reining Challenge started Friday morning with a free seminar by Jody Brainard, National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Judges Committee Chairman. Around 100 people attended the seminar – so many that more chairs had to be brought in to accommodate everyone. Brainard’s topic was “Inside the Mind of an NRHA Judge,” and he used video from actual runs to he give examples of plusses and penalties one might see in the reining pen.
Following Brainard’s seminar, Equi-Stat Elite $4 Million Rider Andrea Fappani gave a clinic that focused on teaching a young horse how to ride between the reins in order to improve circles and lead changes. Both Fappani and Brainard donated their time for the clinics, which were broadcasted live by Horse Show Global.
The 4-Year-Old Futurity Non-Pro was held later that evening. Eight exhibitors competed in their respective levels, and at the end of the class, it was Sanger, California-based Lindy Longfellow and her gelding CW On Juice (Conquistador Whiz x SLJ Sweet N Juicy x Smart Like Juice) who took home the Levels 4, 3 and 2 championships, along with a paycheck totaling $13,982, after scoring a 212.5.
“This colt was not ready for the [NRHA] Futurity, and I think it [the 4-year-old Futurity] gives these colts another option, another place to go, so I think it’s great,” Longfellow said.
Taking Reserve in Levels 4, 3 and 2 was Sandra Bentien on Gotta Make It Baby (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Make It With A Twist x Dun It With A Twist). The duo marked a 209.5 and earned $10,151.
4-Year-Old Futurity Level 1 results continued on page 2