Classic Level 3 Open
Tremblay also took home the Level 3 Open Championship aboard Patsy Shelton Schutz-bred PS Mega Shine Chic, worth $20,589. Tremblay has had a big week in Katy, Texas, taking home a myriad of awards and championships over the course of the event.
“It’s amazing,” Tremblay said of his win. “We had the lead for a little bit and then Andrea had a great ride and what a great horse [Chic Dreamin], but ‘Crush’ is really special. He gave me a lot tonight, and I’m really proud of him. I think the best of him is coming in the next few years.”
Tremblay also qualified Magnums Guns R Reddy (Magnum Chic Dream x Guns R Reddy x Nic It In The Bud), owned by Ruth Hamlin and bred by Mary Ann Jansma, and marked a 217 aboard the mare to tie for 20th and collect another $750.
Classic Level 2 Open
Abby Lengel rode Jody Puno’s ARC Gunna Mark Ya (Gunnatrashya x Shiney Miss Marker x Shining Spark), who was bred by Arcese Quarter Horses, to a score of 223.5 to win the Level 2 Open as well as place second in Level 3. Making her win even more impressive was the fact that Lengel succeeded despite a tack malfunction.
“On my way to my first stop I felt my stirrup break. My Blevins buckle came undone and I lost my stirrup, so I just held my right leg in there really hard. She’s a nice enough horse and broke enough that she just took me through it. It wasn’t a good feeling when it happened, but after the first stop I thought maybe I can do this,” she said with a laugh.
Lengel has been working hard to claim a title at this show, and this year all her hard work paid off. She pocketed $8,128 for the first place win, plus $12,533 for the Level 3 Reserve Championship.
She received a custom saddle sponsored by Deshotels and Luke Gagnon, a Gist Silversmiths championship buckle sponsored by the NRBC, a Whisper Bit from M3 Products, Ultra Cruz Equine Wellness and Joint Care, plus other NRBC-sponsored products such as a crystal trophy, a commemorative champion medal, a custom embroidered cooler and champion ribbon collar and roses.
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