The 2016 Wild Card Reining Challenge burst on the reining scene Wednesday morning in Las Vegas, bringing with it the 4-Year-Old Futurity – an idea whose time has finally come! The show, running over Memorial Day weekend May 25-29 at the South Point Event Center, Hotel and Casino, is the newest of the four major reining competitions presented annually by Scottsdale, Arizona-based Brumley Management Group, LLC.
“The Wild Card Reining Challenge is a huge step outside the box for the U.S. Reining Horse industry, focusing on a new train of thought – the 4-year-old reining futurity horse,” said Amanda Brumley, who owns Brumley Management Group, LLC. “Everything about this new show challenges people to open their minds to new ideas and learn where our industry is now and where it needs to be for a positive outcome going forward.”
The reining began early Wednesday with a nice win in both the Non-Pro and Intermediate Non-Pro for Robyn Schiller, of Hollister, California, and CD Star Commander (Commanders Nic x Star CD x CD Olena), owned by Warwick Schiller Performance. Schiller and CD Star Commander turned in a 72, the high score of the day. Shaunda Ruckman and Valentino Tag (Whiz N Tag Chex x Kachina Oak Olena x Smart Chic Olena) were second in the Non-Pro with a 71.5.
Kim Niven rode White Gunpowder (Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner] x Tinker Nic x Reminic) to the win in the Prime Time Non-Pro; Steve Tyner won the Non-Pro Masters on Stepintomymercedes (Cromed Out Mercedes x Katelyns Little Step x Wimpys Little Step); Custom Made Nic (Custom Crome x Sexy Chexy Nic x Reminic) and Elaine Davis won the Limited Non-Pro; and Catherine Ferandelli won the Non-Pro Breed Restricted on Little Bit Of Boom (AR) (Boomernicker x Quais Habibi [AR] x Muad Ibn Hisan [AR]).
ARBC Arabian Open
Things heated up considerably on Thursday as the show presented the $10,000 Added SmartPak Non-Pro Maturity. The Arabians also participated in hot competition in the Arabian Reining Breeders Classic (ARBC) $15,000 Added Arabian Open 4 & 5-year-Old Futurity, and the World Para Reining Challenge Team competed for $2,500.
In the ARBC Arabian Open, it was Zee Gunslinger (AR) (Al-Marah Matt Dillon [AR] x Zee Arlene [AR] x Zenephonn [AR]) and Crystal McNutt who took the Level 4 Open Championship after the duo scored a 209. The gelding belongs to David and Shirley Thielman, of Scottsdale.
“This is a nice horse. The people that own him are super nice people, and he tried to be good tonight. It was fun,” McNutt said.
McNutt is a familiar face at Arabian Reining events. Last year, she and TA Olyvia took home the ARBC Futurity Level 4 Open Championship at the High Roller Reining Classic.
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