It’s been less than a month since Luca Fappani and Icecube found victory in Las Vegas, and this week they won their second title of the year.
This time, they banged out an impressive 224.5 to take the Level 4 Non-Pro Derby at the High Roller Reining Classic on Wednesday, Sept. 15 at the South Point Equestrian Center.
“This show, with the large fast to small slow lead change – that’s one maneuver I’ve wanted to work on because it hasn’t been as good the past couple times I’ve shown [this] pattern on him. This time he was locked in,” Fappani said.
The 6-year-old stallion continues to add to his impressive resume with Fappani in the saddle. The High Roller championship came on the heels of The Run For A Million [TRFAM], which took over the South Point in August. Fappani and Icecube tied for the TRFAM Non-Pro Championship.
The $8,670 winnings from the High Roller pushed Icecube’s lifetime EquiStat tally to $136,297. Sired by SG Frozen Enterprise and out of Taris Designer Genes (by Mr Boomerjac), Icecube’s career high point came in 2018 when he won the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Level 4 Non-Pro Champion with Fappani’s mother, Tish.
“This entire year I’ve gotten to know him a lot more. I just started showing him last year and I only showed him a couple times. We weren’t really connected [then] but I really worked with him in the off season and really got to know him. We’re much more connected now than we were before,” Fappani said.
Reserve Champion in the High Roller Non-Pro Derby was Indy Roper and Gals Love A Spook (Smart Spook x Wimpys Little Gal x Wimpys Little Step). The team marked a 222.5 and earned $5,277.