The Hollywoodstinseltown Futurity Open took the spotlight on Saturday at the Tulsa Reining Classic, held at Expo Square. Big stops, fast spins and flashy horses were showcased in the Ford Truck Arena where 85 entries battled for Championship honors.
David and Bonnie Silva have been strong supporters of the Tulsa Reining Classic for years and in 2017 returned to sponsor the Futurity Open, which was named for the Silva’s phenomenal stallion, Hollywoodstinseltown.
By $6 Million Sire Hollywood Dun It and out of the National Reining Horse Association’s (NRHA) All-time Leading Mare Miss Tinseltown (by Great Red Pine), Hollywoodstinseltown was destined to be a champion. Equipped with a royal pedigree, flashy good looks, exceptional movement and an outstanding mind, he gained quick rewards in the show pen. Now he’s already become an NRHA Million Dollar Sire.
David and Bonnie Silva are well known as breeders and owners in the reining industry. In fact, in 2012, David was honored as an NRHA Million Dollar Owner. He has been involved in the sport of reining for over 30 years and continues to be an active non-pro competitor. He enjoys having the opportunity to give back to the industry that he loves.
Futurity Level 4 Open
Andrea Fappani turned in a crowd-pleasing performance to score a 224 aboard All American Vintage for owner Morris Kulmer, claiming the Hollywoodstinseltown Futurity Level 4 Open Championship and a paycheck worth $14,345. All American Vintage is a 2014 stallion by A Sparkling Vintage and out of All Ruffed Up (by Lil Ruf Peppy).
“I was nervous today just because we’ve had this horse for two years and I really believe in him, but it’s the first time we’ve ever shown him. Every time you show them for the first time you’re going to find out for sure if what you thought was right or wrong,” Fappani said of Saturday’s performance.
Fappani reiterated his belief in his mount, saying the first time he saw All American Vintage, he felt he would be a perfect fit for his program.
“He’s a really feely horse, a smart horse,” Fappani said. “He hasn’t been the easiest just in the fact that you have to spend a lot of time with him, but those are the type of horses that I really find challenging, and the ones that I think at the end of the day give you a lot of reward because they try really hard.”
Although Fappani’s mount took a little extra time to mature, he said the 3-year-old has blossomed over the last several months, proving his faith in him in the Tulsa show pen. Fappani has big plans for the talented athlete and plans to take him into the bigger futurities.
“I couldn’t have been any happier with him,” Fappani said. “I love taking [my horses] to this horse show because it’s a nice big arena and there’s places to warm up everywhere. Through the years I’ve been taking my best ones to this pre-futurity, because it’s a nice environment for the young horses.”
Futurity Level 3 Open
Thiago Boechat rode Xtra Magic Doctor for owner Silver Spurs Equine to the Hollywoodstinseltown Futurity Level 3 Open championship after scoring a 223.5.
“The run went great. The horse was there for me and it went just like we planned,” Boechat said of the homebred 3-year-old, a fact that he said made the win even more special.
Xtra Magic Doctor is a palomino stallion by Shiners Voodoo Dr and out of the Grays Starlight mare Aleena Starlight. He and Boechat collected $5,017 plus $8,731 for taking Reserve in Level 4.
Futurity Level 2 Open
In the Hollywoodstinseltown Futurity Level 2 Open, Roberto Berti and Jordan Kole Price shared the Co-Championship with matching scores of 221. Each received a check for $1,566. They also tied for fourth in Level 3 for an additional $1,636, and seventh in Level 4 for another $2,885.
Berti rode High Voltage Pep, a 2014 homebred mare by Gun Smoke Dennis and out of Electropep (by Jacs Electric Spark). Berti said that having bred the mare made the win more meaningful.
“It makes it really special,” Berti said. “I haven’t owned a horse that I’ve shown in quite some time, and she made it special.”
The next stop for the mare is the NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City, and then the rest of her career will be planned one step at a time. Berti is hopeful for her successful future, in part because of her willing personality.
Price rode Checksworthy, a 2014 mare by Big Chex To Cash and out of the Shining Spark daughter Banjoes Shining Star, for owner Terry Leffew.
Price felt from the beginning of the run it was going to be a notable score because of the way his mare warmed up and then because of her beginning maneuvers.
“She’s a very consistent mare, but when I walked into the warm-up pen, she kind of shifted to a whole different mentality,” he said. “She’s probably the first horse I’ve had that when you get on her in the warm-up pen it’s like, ‘Hey, let’s get serious.’ I would say she’s probably going to be a show horse.”
Price plans to show Checksworthy at the All American Quarter Horse Congress and then at the NRHA Futurity in Oklahoma City. He expects big things from the mare he’s had for two years.
“The best thing that mare does is she’s very consistent,” Price said. “I think that separates her from my other horses. She rides like she shows every night.”