Amidst a field of 27 top non-pro Reiners, Sam Flarida and PS Whiz On Ice rose to the top at the High Roller Reining Classic Futurity.
Flarida rode the horse to a score of 217, which won the Futurity Level 4 Non-Pro on Tuesday, Sept. 13, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The win netted Flarida $3,026 and PS Whiz On Ice immeasurable confidence.
“He’s been a super nice horse, and I had a few bobbles at our first futurity so I just wanted to go through, have a clean run and give my horse some confidence. That was the goal,” Flarida said. “He walked in really good, I loped off and he stuck his ears up and looked everywhere [but] dialed right back in. Circled great, turned better than he ever has and his [strength] is running and stopping. He stopped huge today.
Bred by Patsy Schutz, of Hearne, Texas, PS Whiz On Ice was a yearling in the Flarida’s field before he was purchased by Phillips Performance Horses in the beginning of his 2-year-old year.
According to Flarida, he bought back the son of SG Frozen Enterprise and out of PS A Whizzen Chic (by Walla Walla Whiz) when he saw what a nice mover he was.
“He was a really cool 2-year-old, great mover, super low head and he’s very sweet. He always tries to please, he never says no about anything. He’s always been a phenomenal horse to be around,” Flarida said.
Looking down the road, Flarida wants to improve PS Whiz On Ice’s turnarounds before the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity in November.
“[The High Roller] gave him confidence in himself. It just felt like he was happy to do his job,” Flarida said.
Reserve Champion in the Futurity Level 4 Non-Pro was Chalyce Head and Whiz I Was A Walla (Walla Walla Whiz x My Tucker Surprize x Okie Paul Quixote). The pair marked a 216, which also earned them Futurity Non-Pro championships in Levels 3-1. It made for a grand total of $5,140 in earnings.