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Da Big Kahuna Crowned at Reining By The Bay

Derby Levels 4, 3, 2 and 1 Non-Pro

BigCremeChic SRoperSamantha Roper & Big Creme Chic • Photo by Kristin PitzerSamantha Roper, of Hobart, Indiana, made her first appearance at the Reining By The Bay count when she rode Big Creme Chic to a 218.5, sweeping the Derby Levels 4, 3, 2 and 1 Non-Pro championships. It was an exciting finish as the 6-year-old gelding winds down the final year of his limited-age career.

“It feels amazing. I never dreamed that it was going to happen when I came here. It was just on my bucket list of horse shows that I wanted to show at, because I’ve never been here before, so it’s extra special,” Roper said.

Roper and Carolyn Kupka-bred Big Creme Chic (Big Chex To Cash x Cremes Chic Olena x Smart Chic Olena), owned by Tim Roper, accumulated $11,141 for their four new titles. The Carolyn Kupka-bred gelding now stands at earnings of $87,975, and Roper’s Equi-Stat record has risen to nearly $90,000.

The Levels 4 and 3 Reserve Championship went to Kim Muehlstaetter and Tinselchex, who scored a 217.5. Tinselchex (Hollywoodstinseltown x Nu Tuf Lil Chex x Nu Chex To Cash) is a homebred mare belonging to the Muehlstaetters. She and her owner received $5,727 for their reserve titles.

A score of 215.5 earned Loren Booth and Rickybacinhollywood the Level 2 Reserve Championship and a tie for fifth place in Levels 4 and 3. Booth and her 5-year-old homebred stallion (Hollywoodstinseltown x Jitterbug Banjo x Banjo Whiz) received a total of $3,941. The duo also placed third in the Prime Time and Masters, worth another $886.

Patrizio Fumagalli piloted Diamonds In My Dreams (PT) to a 215, taking the Level 1 Reserve Championship for Smoking Roosters PH. The Reserve Championship came with $951. Fumagalli and the 4-year-old gelding (Like A Diamond [PT] x Brennas Dream x Magnum Chic Dream) also placed third in Level 2 and seventh in Levels 4 and 3 and for an additional $2,897.

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