When Kole Price entered the Jim Norick arena on Shez Got Addy Tude Dec. 2, he “wasn’t planning on hammering it down” as fast as he did. But his mare answered the call, and they finished with a score of 223, and the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity Level 3 Open Championship.
Shez Got Addy Tude (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Miss Lil Addy Tude x Whizard Jac) was sent to Price early in her 2-year-old year by Michell Kimball. Price got her started and went to riding the mare, and as Kimball had said, she was something special.
Price had a buyer for the mare in no time. Capital Quarter Horses LLC, the Roberts family, was looking for their very first reiner and Kimball’s mare fit the bill.
“Probably the number one thing that stood out was she always wanted to stop and man could she lope and she was always super serious,” Price said.
Her level of focus is so intense that the mare looks down the alleyway to the arena while her bit is being checked during warm up. That level of intensity came in handy when Price decided to drop the hammer in the open finals.
“Sometimes I get a little pumped up, that Kid Rock song in the back of my mind gets playing, and I wrapped my legs around her and said ‘Come on girl,'” Price reminisced. “And she she got after it, I ran her that hard and as soon as I relaxed she melted back to me.”
The young bay mare has some well-earned time off in her near future, but Price is looking forward to her derby and breeding careers.
“That mare has always been in Gunna Stop‘s stall since he left, so she’ll probably get some extra shavings and get left alone for a while,” Price said.
Shez Got Addy Tude and Price took home a check for $137,861 to add to their EquiStat records.
Price wanted to send an extended thank you to Michell Kimball for trusting him with the special mare, and to her new owners for trusting him to buy their first reining horse. He also wanted to thank his vet, farrier and barn team for the long hours they put in making sure this mare was taken care of and healthy to compete at such a high level.
Level 3 Reserve Champion
Mirko Midili had a few baubles on Red In Valentine (SG Frozen Enterprize x La Marka De Gunner x Colonels Smoking Gun) but the Italian has proven that he and the dun stallion are here to compete.
“He kind of got scared maybe about the crowd or the people and he jumped out of the turn. But for the rest he was great. I love this horse,” Midili said.
The pair marked a 221.5 even with the bauble and were able to take home the Level 3 Reserve Championship. The title was worth $50,000 and is sure to make a mark on Midili’s memory for years to come.
He wanted to thank the horse’s owners Luga QH & GD QH Partnership as well as everybody who supports him.