In a field deep with talented reining horses and trainers, Josh Tishman rode Gunnarickashay to victory in the $100,000 Open Shootout at The Run For A Million.
The big 228.5 Tishman marked aboard Jody Puno’s son of Gunnatrashya not only won the first-place paycheck of $30,642, but it also earned the trainer a spot in next year’s Million Dollar Competition at the 2022 The Run For A Million horse show in Las Vegas.
The top five finishers in the $100,000 Open Shootout guaranteed themselves entry in the prestigious event the following year, so the next four finishers – Andrea Fappani, Matt Palmer, Dany Tremblay and Francesco Martinotti also earned an entry in next year’s big event.
The remaining 10 spots in the field for the 2022 Million Dollar Competition will be earned at qualifiers at other shows.
The $100,000 Open Shootout winner, Gunnarickashay, is a 2015 stallion out of Rondas Tio (by Teninolena Badger) that was bred by Hilldale Farm, of Brashear, Texas. The Shootout win Friday afternoon in Las Vegas pushed his earnings to the $200,000 mark.
Gunnarickashay made several finals for Tishman and trainer Casey Deary, and Tishman rode him to the Level 3 Open Championship and Level 4 Open Reserve Co-Championship at the 2021 National Reining Horse Association Derby. Deary also rode him in the Million Dollar Competition at the 2019 The Run For A Million, finishing eighth.
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