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Jennifer Gilliam guided her mare Tinselshine to the Futurity Level 4 Non-Pro win at the High Roller Reining Classic. • Photo by Waltenberry.

Tinselshine & Jennifer Gilliam Win High Holler Futurity Non-Pro

Tinselshine hasn’t made very many trips into the show pen, but the red dun reiner and owner Jennifer Gilliam have already made a mark.

Nicknamed “Susie,” the 2018 mare and her owner won the High Roller Reining Classic 3-year-old Non-Pro Futurity on Sept. 13 at the South Point Event and Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Judges marked the pair a 141, earning them the championship and a check for $3,125.

“This was only her second show out,” Gilliam said. “We drew up right in the middle and I felt good about that. When you’re showing 3-year-olds you have to go out and show where they excel and keep a clean pattern in the areas where they might be a little behind.”

That game plan has served Gilliam well twice now. The duo was also Reserve Champion in mid-August at the Big Sky Reining Classic Futurity Level 4 Non-Pro. 

Gilliam bought Tinselshine (Shine On Line x Makeit In Tinseltown x Hollywoodstinseltown) in late June at the 2020 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby. Susie was in training at the time at Rhodes River Ranch in Arlington, Washington, which is run by Sean and Jordan McBurney. 

“I ride at the ranch. They have a trustworthy program, so I felt confident buying Susie,” she said. “She was a little green when I got her, but she has a lot more try than anything I’ve had before and she just felt like she wanted to be a nice filly.”

Tinselshine’s Pedigree

The filly’s dam, Makeit In Tinseltown has produced one other earner in Equi-Stat, Makendiamonds, a 2016 dun mare by Whizkey N Diamonds who earned made the Open finals at the 2019 NRHA Futurity with Abby Lengel.

In all, Makendiamonds has won more than $45,721 in the reining pen.

Future for Tinselshine

Gilliam and Susie have a busy schedule with plans to compete in October at the Low Roller Reining Classic in Nampa, Idaho , as well as at the NRHA Futurity in December.

“Hopefully, we’ll have her going one-handed by then and she’ll be prepared for the futurity,” Gilliam said. “I want to thank Sean and Jordan for doing such a good job getting her ready for me.”

Combined with their placing in Montana, the first-place paycheck in Vegas bumped Tinselshine’s lifetime record to more than $4,283, according to Equi-Stat. Gilliam has won more than $200,000.