Prior to the Arizona Reining Horse Association Best of the West reining, held Oct. 1-6 in Scottsdale, Arizona, Cori Vokoun and Humble And Kind had only done a couple schooling classes. The mare had been shown by trainer Kari Klingenberg at the High Roller Reining Classic, where they tied for seventh in Level 3 and 17th in Level 4.
When Vokoun, of Buckshot Farms, and “Rozie” entered the ring, though, they looked like old pros. The mare’s big stops helped them score a 216, leading to the Rhodes River Ranch Futurity Levels 4 and 3 Non-Pro championships, along with the Levels 2 and 1 Reserve titles.
“This was kind of our test run as we get prepared for the big [National Reining Horse Association] Futurity in November,” Vokoun said. “I showed her in the snaffle thinking we’d show her in the bridle in Burbank [California Reining Challenge] and just kind of took her third and fourth gear the whole time to see what she’d do out there.”
She added the mare handled the pressure well, and for her success, the pair collected a total of $13,107.
Adding to the family’s success in Scottsdale, Vokoun’s daughter, Reagan, won the Derby Youth 13 and Under on her mare This Girls Got A Gun. Everybody went home smiling, Vokoun said with a laugh.
Vokoun purchased Rozie (Gunnatrashya x Bejewled x Wimpys Little Step) from breeder Kevin Rosenbaum’s Pinnacle Ranch in January. She said the mare was never officially for sale, but she was lucky enough to get the opportunity to buy her.
“When I was looking for something new to show, he had her, and it was more of a good fit for everybody as opposed to her being for sale,” Vokoun said. “A lot of times that’s how the good ones change hands. It’s got to be the right thing for everybody.”
She added that the mare is a total athlete when she walks into the arena. She takes her job very seriously, so it’s important for her rider to always be fair with her and give her the opportunity to learn.
“I think she stands out against the competition in how she stops,” Vokoun said. “She just has that really aggressive move to the ground and really folds in half, which is unique to see in general and especially unique to see a mare do that at 3 years old. I think that’s her distinguishing trait. That’s definitely the most fun part for me.”
Outside of reining, Vokoun owns a construction company with her husband, Dan, and father, John. Since she’s located in Lincoln, Nebraska, and Rozie lives in Scottsdale, she makes the trek to Arizona about once a month to ride her mare. She particularly enjoys the shows in that part of the country, especially the Best of the West event.
“They’ve been having this horse show for a few years, and it gets better every year,” she said. “It’s a great place to show, and they’re doing a great job with it – judging, how it’s managed, everything. We really had a great time.”
Luca Fappani and Gotta Get Diamonds landed the Futurity Levels 4 and 3 Non-Pro Reserve titles and third in Level 2 with their 215.5. Altogether, they garnered $9,151. The stallion (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Tinker With Diamonds) is owned by Fappani’s parents, Andrea and Tish.
Rhodes River Ranch Futurity Levels 2 & 1 Non-Pro
Black Gun Face & Addisyn Schmersal
16S (Pale Face Dunnit x Blazing In Black x Rowdy Yankee)
Owner: Hickory Creek Ranch LLC, Scottsdale, AZ
Breeder: Hickory Creek Ranch LLC, Scottsdale, AZ
Friends of Reining Derby Levels 4, 3, 2 & Youth 14-18 Non-Pro
Spooks N Jewels & Luca Fappani
13S (Smart Spook x Whiz Jewels x Topsail Whiz)
Owner: Andrea & Tish Fappani, Scottsdale, AZ
Breeder: Courtney Brockmueller, Whitesboro, TX
Friends of Reining Derby Level 1 Non-Pro
Shining In Town & Jennifer Neudorf
13S (Hollywoodstinseltown x Shine Ann x Shining Spark)
Owner: Jennifer Neudorf, Grand Prairie, AB, CN
Breeder: Carol Rose, Lake Kiowa, TX
Friends of Reining Derby Youth 13 and Under
This Girls Got A Gun & Reagan Vokoun
14M (Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner] x My Hollywood Girl x Hollywood Dun It)
Owner: Buckshot Farms, Roca, NE
Breeder: David Silva, Pilot Point, TX