The Rocky Mountain Reining Horse Association (RMRHA) Summer Slide, held July 24-30 at the National Western Events Center in Denver, drew entries from all over the United States and Canada. The event hosted ancillary classes along with a futurity, which featured $96,250 in added money. The payout structure of the futurity was 40 percent to the preliminary round and 60 percent to the finals.
In the Futurity Open, Diabolo carried Franco Bertolani to a 222.5, winning the Level 4 and the Stallion Stakes. The stallion (CFR Centenario Wimpy x Chexy In Jewels x Bueno Chexinic) is owned by Slide Or Die LLC and has been in Bertolani’s program since the beginning.
“We broke him at home and I trained him a year and a half now, and he’s always been a good horse,” Bertolani said. “He’s always quiet and a little different than his dad. I showed his dad and he was a really feely horse, but he’s [Diabolo] such a laidback horse, really nice.”
Bertolani said he was proud of how the stallion behaved during his week at the show. He has been hauling him to other shows this year to help season Diabolo to the sights and sounds of a horse show, and that effort paid off. The stallion tied to win the Level 4 preliminary round, which paid $2,055, and won the Stallion Stakes prelims for an additional $3,317. In the finals, he collected $3,833 from the Level 4 plus an additional $4,975 from the Stallion Stakes.
“He looks pretty awesome in the show pen,” Bertolani continued. “Flat lope, quiet. I think he will be good for the [National Reining Horse Association (NRHA)] Futurity. He needs some time off now, and my plan is to show him at the [All American Quarter Horse] Congress.”
Taking Reserve in the Level 4 with a score of 222 were Pale Face Gunslinger (Pale Face Dunnit x Lost In Tinseltown x Jacs Electric Spark) and Craig Schmersal, who also rode Face The Attitude (Pale Face Dunnit x Miss Lil Addy Tude x Whizard Jac) to third place with a 221. All told, Schmersal took home $5,361 for Tim Anderson, owner of Pale Face Gunslinger, and $4,021 with Hickory Creek Ranch LLC’s Face The Attitude.
Level 3 Open
Matching scores of 220.5 resulted in a tie in the Futurity Level 3 Open. The first to mark the score was Mega Mag, ridden by Casey Hinton. By Magnum Chic Dream, the stallion is owned by Hinton and his wife, Kathy, both of Whitesboro, Texas. He is out of Big Gold Chex (by Big Chex To Cash). He and Hinton picked up $1,330, as well as $3,256 for tying for fourth in Level 4 and the Stallion Stakes.
Chics Luv Facebook and Randall Dooley, of Elbert, Colorado, later marked a 220.5 to also bank $1,330. They additionally won Level 2 for Lon Kraft, taking home an extra $763. The mare (Pale Face Dunnit x Trashy Chic x Smart Chic Olena) also garnered $3,256 for tying for fourth in the Stallion Stakes and Level 4. From the prelims, they took home another $1,893 when they tied for 10th in Level 4, placed third in Level 3, took second in Level 2 and tied for eighth in the Stallion Stakes.
Level 1 Open
Rounding out the Open levels were Xtra Voodoo Sailor and Colin Fitzpatrick, who scored a 217.5 for the Championship. The mare is by Shiners Voodoo Dr and out of the Sailing Smart mare Always Sailing Smart. She is owned by Carl Lambert, who banked $355. The mare also collected $554 for tying for fourth in Level 3, $750 for tying for eighth in Level 4 and $973 for tying for eighth in the Stallion Stakes. In the prelims she picked up a total of $853 after tying for 14th in Level 4, fourth in Level 3 and twelfth in the Stallion Stakes, and placing third in Level 1.