Kim Muehlstaetter and TR Baby Blues topped a deep field of non-pro competitors at the High Roller Reining Classic Derby.
Their score of 222 earned them the Level 4 Non-Pro Championship during the class held Sept. 14.
“I was hoping that we had a shot to win it. I know he’s been so consistent ever since I bought him as a 3-year-old, he shows up every time,” Muehlstaetter said.
The win earned $8,085 for the 5-year-old bay gelding’s owners, Muehlstaetter and her husband, trainer Martin Muehlstaetter. He was bred by Tamarack Ranch, of Alvarado Texas.
“What I love about showing him is he’s so great-minded. He’s really intense on each maneuver but he’s so great-minded. He doesn’t have a weak maneuver, he’s strong everywhere,” Muehlstaetter said.
More than 60 competitors vied for the Derby Level 4 Non-Pro championship, and according to Muehlstaetter the show has been huge with stiff competition. Despite an underspin penalty in her left turn, Muehlstaetter managed to fend off the other riders.
“He’s a really special individual and in the barn he’s got the biggest personality. My husband kind of makes fun of me because I am so attached to this horse. He’s one that every time I walk in the barn he nickers at me,” Muehlstaetter said. “I want to especially thank my husband Martin. He sits there, watches, gives me advice and keeps me going when [I’m] questioning myself. And [thanks to] the whole team at the barn for all their support behind the scenes.”
There was a three-way tie for Reserve Champion between Mandy McCutcheon, Lauren Love and Jennifer Gillam. The three of them tied for the Non-Pro Stakes Level 4 Championship, too. Each of them scored a 221 and earned $6,458. McCutcheon rode Starlights Voodoo (Shiners Voodoo Dr x Whizen Starlight x Topsail Whiz), Love rode Chexi Chic (Wimpy Chic x Chexanicki x Bueno Chexinic) and Gilliam rode Surprizing Sixty Six (Inferno Sixty Six x Dun With Surprizes x Jerry Lees Surprize).