Matt McDowell and Iceee * Photo by High Cotton Promotions

Iceee and Matt McDowell Make a Cool Run to Win Reining By The Bay Futurity

The Reining By The Bay Futurity Open finals may have dawned bright, sunny and warm on July 21, but it was a mare named Iceee that took the field by storm, carrying trainer Matt McDowell to a 217.5 that won the Levels 4, 3 and 2 championships.

“It’s super exciting,” McDowell said. “We co-own this horse with some longtime clients and friends, Vicki and Dennis Turin, and they’re our first clients we got when I turned pro. I took her in one-handed, and she hooked up like a show horse does. She walked into that big outdoor pen and showed like she’d been in there doing it before. I’m really excited about the future of this little mare.”

Iceee, who was bred by the Loren Booth Living Trust, has been with McDowell since December 2022. He and the Turins bought her because they liked her dam, Brennas Dream, a daughter of Magnum Chic Dream with a produce record of more than $135,000, and her sire, National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Million Dollar Sire SG Frozen Enterprize. With one futurity title under their belts, McDowell is looking forward to showing the mare at the NRHA Futurity later this fall.

“She’s really come on to be a nice mare,” McDowell said. “She goes around the pen with her ears forward and just has a really cute profile that makes you want to watch her. She’s really gritty and tough, but very kind — just one of those mares that’s not mareish and really wants to please.”

Altogether, McDowell and Iceee racked up a total of $6,353 from the Reining By The Bay.

Never Dun Dreamn (Magnum Chic Dream x ARC Dun With Ya x Gunnatrashya) and Jordan Larson took Reserve in the Level 4 with a score of 217. The stallion, who was bred by Vicki Lyn Dias, is owned by Sara Deane, who collected $1,500.

Futurity Non-Pro

In the Non-Pro, Jennifer Gilliam and Suprizingya (Gunnatrashya x Dun With Surprizes x Jerry Lees Surprise) marked a 213 to win the Level 4 and collect $911. The mare, who was bred by Valentin Rascon and is owned by Gilliam’s mom, Janiene Borror, is a half-sister to 2021 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Level 4 Non-Pro Champion Surprizing Sixty Six.

Taking Reserve in Level 4 and winning the Level 2 was Brooke Boyle on The Good Doctor (Shiners Voodoo Dr x Buena Spook x Smart Spook), who was bred and is owned by Mike and Barbi Boyle, of Ione, California. The duo banked a total of $1,508.

2021 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Non-Pro Champion Surprizing Sixty Six, ridden by Jennifer Gilliam. • Photo by Kelsey Pecsek Hruska.