Not many people are lucky enough to find one great horse. Reiner Alicia Rapp believes she may be one of the chosen few to find two.
Rapp, of Tampa, Florida, was guided into the sport by her beloved gelding, Kelvins Spark. “Merle” took her from grassroots classes all the way up into the Non-Pro. Whatever horse came after the 2007 son of Kelvin Brownburn was going to have big shoes to fill, but Magnificent Dreamer has proved he’s up to the task.
The 2012 stallion by Equi-Stat Elite $5 Million Sire Magnum Chic Dream and Rapp teamed up on Friday to win the Carolina Classic Derby Levels 2 and 1 Non-Pro championships. It was her first title at the show, which was held this year at the Tryon International Equestrian Center, and her first major aged-event win with “Reggie.”
“It’s like Murl took me to the Non-Pro and I feel like Reggie is definitely showing me like what it’s like to step up,” she said of the horse bred by Zachary T. Gregg, of Whitesboro, Texas. “And, he is trusting me and I’m trusting him; and that is such a big deal.”
Rapp bought Reggie after seeing him in the barns at the 2017 National Reining Horse Association Derby. She hadn’t planned on finding a derby horse there, but it turned out the perfect horse – Reggie – was stalled one aisle over. She said the big, beautiful, easy-going sorrel out of Heavenly Rooster (by Gallo Del Cielo [Rooster]) is definitely her type of horse.
“He will stop a mile and he turns – he’s great,” she said. “ He’s just this big powerful horse….he’s, like, all the things.”
In Tryon, their score of 215.5 not only won them the Levels 2 and 1 titles, but also earned the Level 3 Non-Pro Reserve Championship. They were third in the Level 4 Non-Pro, which Jose Vazquez won with Like Shiner. His daughter, Mariana Vazquez, was Level 3 Non-Pro Reserve Champion with Wimpy Little Tejano.
Rapp’s placings in the Derby, as well as money won through the Atlantic Breeders Incentive, pushed Reggie’s lifetime Equi-Stat record to more than $22,700.
Next up is the NRHA Derby in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Rapp hopes it’s just one more stop on the next stage of her partnership with Reggie.
“I feel like I am blessed to have like this derby horse that is really showing me the ropes showing in my first derbies,” she said.
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