Rest assured that whatever else Gina Maria Schumacher packed for the 5,600 mile trip to Las Vegas, she didn’t forget the cookies.
“Rudy gets his cookies and cuddles that he always does even when he doesn’t win,” said Schumacher.
Make no mistake that Rudy, who performs in the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) under the name Alittlewhitetrash, got his fill Tuesday night. The 2015 stallion, bred in Reddick, Florida, by Peter Morgan, and Schumacher topped the field in the High Roller Reining Classic’s Level 4 Derby Non Pro with a 222.5 at the South Point Event and Equestrian Center.
“Rudy … just waited for me to tell him what I wanted, and he tried as hard as a he could for me,” Schumacher said. “I’m really happy with him, he is just so cool-minded and doesn’t get stressed in there.”
Alittlewhitetrash is by Gunnatrashya and out of Wimpy Little Girl (x Wimpys Little Step).
Reserve went to Spooks Grand Slam (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Shiney Diamond Lady x Shining Spark) and Kim Muehlstaetter with a 220.5. Judges assessed that pair as the class of Level 3.
Rudy and Schumacher walked away with a check written out for $13,536.
That will buy a lot of Keeblers.
“He is a really funny horse to be around, he likes to be loved and get his cookies,” Schumacher said. “He very much likes attention, and he gets a lot of it. He is also very quiet and laid-back. He is easy to handle for a stallion. More like a gelding, to be honest.”
Rudy’s disposition is paired with what Schumacher described as “super” athleticism. “He’s very quick on his legs, which makes it fun to ride because he has so much power.”
The prize money collected by Schumacher, the scion of German Formula One racing legend Michael Schumacher, in the City of Lost Wages added on to the already more than $508,000 she has made in career earnings, according to Equi-Stat.
In addition to the horse and surroundings, Schumacher, 22, also has to manage a big travel itinerary. Her trip from the family’s ranch in Givrins, Switzerland, about 20 miles north of Geneva, was more than just a hop, skip and a jump.
“It’s OK for me to travel, the only thing that is hard is to always come back and I feel like I’m starting all over again,” she said. “So I always need a day or two to get back into my horses after I was gone for a while.”