Leslie Weibel was not planning to ride in the Non-Pro classes at the Cactus Reining Classic Derby, but the first couple of rides at the show were “so good,” she decided to enter up, and she is glad she did.
Weibel piloted Remember This Face (Pale Face Dunnit x Berry Electric x Jacs Electric Spark) to the Level 4 Non-Pro Stakes Championship on March 23, held in the WestWorld of Scottsdale arena in Scottsdale, Arizona. The pair marked 217, giving them a full point advantage to claim the top spot and a check for $857. The win pushes Weibel’s lifetime earnings to $72,335, and the geldings lifetime earnings to $4,820, according to EquiStat.
“I hadn’t ridden him a lot since the Futurity because he’s in Washington [at Rhodes River Ranch], and I live in Colorado, but he felt really dialed in and ready to show,” she said. “He started both his turns great.”
They had a turn penalty because she shut him down a little early, but with plus half on both it left them in the middle with a 70.5, she explained.
“Then he circled super cute, and he’s a huge stopper so I turned the corner, got straight and wanted to run down and stop big all three times,” she said.
Weibel bought the 2019 gelding as a 3-year-old after watching Jordan McBurney show him for then owner Hilary Friesen at the Reining By The Bay Futurity. Weibel watched their run on the live cast and called McBurney as soon as she walked out of the pen asking about the horse.
“He was so cute and stylish and made it look easy. Jordan met us at the Run For The Million with him and I started riding him and getting him ready for the Non-Pro Futurity events,” she said.
The pair went on to win the High Roller Reining Futurity Non-Pro Reserve Championship, but a bobble kept them out of the NRHA Futurity Finals.
“We had a little bobble because of my nerves, I had put a lot of pressure on myself because I knew I had a good horse,” she said.