Two talented reiners by Magnum Chic Dream – Blazed By Magnum & Isnt She Dreamy – grabbed the spotlight in the NRBC Level 2 Open finals.
The two horses ridden by Leonardo Kellermann and Eduardo Salgado, respectively, each marked a 219.5 in the finals on Saturday, April 24 in Katy, Texas.
Blazed By Magnum & Leonardo Kellermann
The NRBC is Kellermann’s second show with Blazed By Magnum, a 2016 stallion owned by Diane Yoder and bred by Holy Cow Performance Horses. After marking a 214.5 in the prelims, Kellermann called harder on the son of Equi-Stat Elite $7 Million Sire Magnum Chic Dream and out of Blazed By Commander (by Commanders Nic), and Blazed By Magnum answered the call.
“We didn’t run as fast as in the first go as we did in the second go,” Kellermann said. “He was good both times, we just ran a little faster this time.”
The first-time NRBC Open finalist said he was enjoying the ride.
“I really love it, it’s really fun. He’s a really special horse. He’s a big stopper and really good minded,” Kellermann said.
Kellerman has been a member of the elite Fappani Performance Horses team for the past two-and-a-half years and began showing in 2020. The native of Brazil says he started riding reining horses at the age of 11 and moved to the United States at age 19.
“I really love working at Andrea’s,” he said. “We always have him by our side to teach us and help us through everything. He gives us advice all the time with everything.”
Kellermann thanks God first and foremost, as well as his family and the entire team at Fappani Performance Horses in Scottsdale, Arizona. He is particularly thankful to Andrea for mentoring him.
“I thank Diane Yoder, the owner of the horse. We are really happy to have this horse with us.”
Isnt She Dreamy & Eduardo Salgado
Another rider with Brazilian ties, Eduardo Salgado, earned the other half of the co-championship in the Level 3 Open with Isnt She Dreamy.
Bred by Tamarack Ranch, the 5-year-old mare is owned by Renata Lemann and is out of Miss Silver Gun (by Colonels Smoking Gun[Gunner]).
“I’m very proud of Eduardo and mare,” Lemann said. “The mare has a very strong heart and gives everything. She is very special. I have known Eduardo since I was in Brazil, and I think he has a gift of knowing the horses and knowing which horse will fit the client best, he knows how to take the best from each horse and make it better.”
“The run, I thought it was perfect,” said Salgado. “She is stopping so good. She gave it all to me tonight. “I have ridden her for two years. The mare wasn’t shown much before this. This is the first show to show hard, and I love her. She was amazing.”
Salgado, who said this is his first major win at NRBC, said, “For me this is the best show in the reining world, the best horses and best trainers.”
Salgado began training reiners in Brazil in 1999 before moving to the United States in 2013. He now trains out of Gainesville, Texas, and said he appreciates the support of his clients, Diane Boeckman and Renata Lemann.
“I have some good horses for this year. Thank you for everything to my team and my wife, my kids, my customers Renata and Diane.”