About a month after winning the Collegiate Reining Championship at the National Reining Horse Association Derby, Madison Steed found herself in the winner’s circle again. This time, she piloted Into The Nite to the Turnabout Farm Futurity Levels 4, 3 and 2 Non-Pro championships at the Tulsa Reining Classic.
Steed and the Gunners Special Nite stallion scored a 220 for the titles and banked a total check worth $9,337.
“The collegiate deal was a lot of fun,” Steed said. “Coming into this [the Tulsa Reining Classic], I kind of had a plan – stay out of his way and go in there and stay clean. It’s his first time in this pen, and I just wanted him to have a good experience and me to have a good experience. We both walked out breathing, so that’s a good thing!
“He really just kind of gave me the confidence of an old, broke show horse,” she added. “He’s been a lot of fun. I’m very thankful for him. I really couldn’t ask him for any more.”
Steed, who attends SMU in Dallas and competes on the school’s equestrian team, boasts earnings of more than $51,000. Into The Nite is the first horse she has had since he was a yearling, and she has enjoyed watching him progress.
The stallion is out of Chexy Dun It (by Hollywood Dun It), a producer of 12 money-earners including full brother Sunglasses At Nite ($52,802). Into The Nite’s breeder, Turnabout Farm – title sponsor for the futurity – consigned him to the 2016 Legacy Reining Breeders Sale, where he was purchased by Steed’s trainer, Yonathan Baruch, for $23,500.
“He’s so even-keeled, so quiet,” she said of her horse. “He’s a stud right now, and I’m not scared to geld him. I’ve never had that thought process come through my head. He’s a lot of fun, very quiet, easy to get along with.”
Futurity Level 1 & Prime Time Non-Pro
Taking Reserve in Levels 4, 3 and 2, along with the Level 1 and Prime Time Non-Pro championships, were Michael Bulliard and HA Trashy Tune. The gelding, who is by Gunnatrashya and out of HA Chic A Tune, carried his owner to a 218.5 and garnered $6,980.
Bulliard and his wife, Trudy, purchased “Trash” earlier this year from some friends who wanted to get into reining but couldn’t continue the horse’s training. Trudy had broke the then-stallion and ridden him for six months, and she realized he was too good to pass up.
“Trudy said, ‘We haven’t had a good one like this since 2009.’ I said it would be nice to have a nice one once again,” Bulliard explained. “She said, ‘He’s definitely the best 2-year-old I’ve ever ridden since then . He’s for sale; we ought to take a chance.’ So we bought him. We thought we might regret it at one point, but then I knew there was some good in him. Through the little bumps I went through with him, he was really always a pleasure to work with. He’s kind of like my pet. I’ve grown to really like him.”
Bulliard has since gelded Trash, as he never intended to show a stud, although he strongly considered keeping him intact due to his royal pedigree. Trash’s dam, who is by Smart Chic Olena, has produced nine money-earners. Her top two are HA The Looney Tune ($34,179, by Im Chairman) and HA Tears Of The Sun ($22,586, by Lena Spark).
Bulliard credited John and Grace Hoyt for taking him and Trudy under their wings when they first got into reining in the 80s, and his trainer, Steve Archer, for getting him so far since then. He also thanked Casey Deary, Todd Martin and Brian Bell for helping him with Trash as he needed it.
“I was pretty confident going in all this week riding and getting ready,” he said. “The one thing that I was concerned about was the rundown, but we just took a chance and let it happen.
“The run today was really fun. It really was,” he continued. “His engine got going and I kind of felt a different horse, but he stayed together. We were happy with that.”
Two teams tied for the Level 1 Reserve Championship when both marked 216.5s. The first was Frank Ordner and Tinseltown Footprint, a gelding by Gunners Tinseltown and out of Fabulous Footwork (by Hollywood Dun It) owned by David Silva Sr. The second was Jacob Zimmerman, who rode his grandfather Vaughn’s mare Rufs Little Annie. She is by Not Ruf At All and out of Oaks Little Annie (by Doc’s Oak). Both Tinseltown Footprint and Rufs Little Annie are from their sires’ first foal crops.