The High Roller Reining Classic wrapped up with two more performances that were too good for the judges to separate. Gun Dun It and Andrea Fappani tied with Americas Supermodel and Casey Deary for the top spot in the Level 4 Open Derby.
The two horse-and-rider teams each marked a 224.5 to win $11,429.
Americas Supermodel has had a super summer. The 5-year-old mare is sired by Walla Walla Whiz and out of Americasnextgunmodel (by Gunner), the 2012 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Level 4 Open Champion.
Deary rode Americas Supermodel to a reserve co-championship in the Derby Level 4 Open at the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) in early September. The winner that day at the NRBC was her full brother, Americasnexttopgun, and the flashy mare turned right around and pulled another check Saturday night in Las Vegas, pushing her lifetime earnings to $152,023, according to Equi-Stat.
Americas Supermodel is unique in her style of circling, according to Deary, and her light front end helps her in the turnarounds. Deary expressed his gratitude for the owner partnership between Whitmarsh and Archese Quarter Horses for allowing him to take his time with Americas Supermodel, saying he believes the extra time given has been crucial to her current success.
Gun Dun It
Fappani and Gun Dun It had less than two months to get acquainted before stepping foot in the reining pen. According to Fappani, owner Tim Anderson of Milbank, South Dakota, didn’t put any pressure on him to show, but Gun Dun It proved himself honest and willing, leading Fappani to enter him in the High Roller Reining Classic.
According to Fappani, Gun Dun It’s lifetime with professional trainers has made him a solid and refreshing horse to ride.
“It says a lot about him, that a rider that doesn’t 100% [know] him can ride him and do well,” Fappani said.
Gun Dun It is by Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner) and out of Dun It In Tinseltown, (by Hollywood Dun It). The 2014 stallion was bred by David Silva of Pilot Point, Texas.
Following the High Roller, his lifetime earnings stand at $114,314, according to Equi-Stat.