Kim Muehlstaetter and Spooks Grand Slam, pictured at the 2017 Reining By The Bay. • Photo by John O'Hara

High Roller Reining Classic Crowns Futurity Champions

The High Roller Reining Classic, held at the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, kicked off on Sept. 8. Over the weekend, ancillary classes were held along with Arabian and Half-Arabian futurities. The non-pro and open futurities took place Sept. 12-13.

On Sept. 12, the non-pros and their futurity horses strutted their stuff. Kim Muehlstaetter rode Spooks Grand Slam to a 221, which topped the Futurity Level 4 Non-Pro. Shortly before the High Roller, the duo won Level 4 at the Reining By The Bay, an event that is also produced by Brumley Management Group.

Spooks Grand Slam is by Spooks Gotta Whiz and is the second money-earner out of the Shining Spark mare Shiney Diamond Lady. His full brother Slideomatic Spook has won $6,773. Both were bred by Bobby Lewis.

Muehlstaetter, of Scottsdale, Arizona, and her stallion collected $3,972 for their win, which pushed the horse’s Equi-Stat record to nearly $7,000. Muehlstaetter’s earnings stand at $522,848.

Futurity Levels 3 & 2 Non-Pro

A score of 214.5 was marked by two horse-and-rider duos. Kylie Warn and Lenas Shining Gun, as well as Jennifer Gilliam and Chexy And Smart, each went home with the Levels 3 and 2 co-championships. Warn additionally took the Level 4 Reserve Championship.

Lenas Shining Gun is owned by Cable Creek Ranch. The stallion is by newly crowned Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Sire Gunners Special Nite and out of SL Lenas Chick (by Lena Spark). SL Lenas Chick has also produced Our Special Nite ($20,037), a full brother to Lenas Shining Gun.

For their success in Vegas, Warn and Lenas Shining Gun collected $5,761. The Canby, Oregon-based rider now boasts lifetime earnings of $72,496.

Gilliam, of Ione, California, and Chexy And Smart won their first check at the Rocky Mountain Reining Horse Association (RMRHA) Summer Slide in July when they tied for sixth place in the Futurity Level 2 Non-Pro. At the High Roller Reining Classic, they added another $3,344 to their records, which pushed Gilliam over the $120,000 threshold.

The mare was bred by Cady Shaw, of Madera, California, and is by Smart Like Juice and out of the Topsail Whiz mare Whiz Out Chex. Whiz Out Chex earned $26,598 during her own career.

Futurity Level 1 Non-Pro

Robyn Schiller, of Hollister, California, rode Warwick Schiller’s palomino gelding Magnanimous to a 212.5, which earned them the Futurity Level 1 Non-Pro Championship. The duo also tied for fifth in Level 2. Altogether, they banked $1,170, elevating Schiller’s bankroll to $46,298.

Magnanimous (by Magnum Chic Dream) is out of Roxana Chex. The daughter of Nu Chex To Cash has produced seven money-earners, including Dun Gotta Chex (by Dun It Gotta Gun, $16,928.)

There was a three-way tie for second in Level 1. Chalyce Head, Melissa Sullivan and Andrea Stillo each rode Chic Is A Steppin, Shotgun Rider and Big Jo Cash, respectively, to 211.5s, collecting $271 a piece.

Head owns Ashley Sutton-bred Chic Is A Steppin, who is by Wimpys Little Step and out of the Smart Chic Olena mare Sanger Chic. The mare had already posted a check to Equi-Stat from the RMRHA Summer Slide earlier this year.

Shotgun Rider is by Smart Spook and out of Check Your Gun Lady (by Dun It Gotta Gun). The gelding was bred by Loren Booth and is owned by Vickie Compton. He and Sullivan first competed together at the Reining By The Bay, where they picked up $2,700.

Rounding out the Co-Reserve champion horses was Big Jo Cash, who is owned by Mirjam and Andrea Stillo. The gelding is by Lil Joe Cash and out of the Smart Chic Olena mare Tejana Chic.

Go to page 2 for Futurity Open results.