WestWorld of Scottsdale was a busy place last weekend, with a huge increase in entries at the 2021 Cactus Reining Classic. • Photo by Madison Steed.

Entries Surge at Cactus Reining Classic

The Cactus Reining Classic saw a surge of entries for the 2021 edition, signaling a big start to the show year.
Andrea Fappani and Shine Plum Shine with a stop.

Organizers Call Off the Cactus Reining Classic

Officials with the Cactus Reining Classic announced Sunday morning that this year’s event, set to begin this week, has been called off because of continued and growing concerns with the national health emergency, COVID-19. Organizers of the Scottsdale, Arizona, event made the call a day after the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) recommended from its […]


Scottsdale, AZ – March 20-24, 2019 409 Entries – $109,000 Added – $182,007.65 Total Purse Horse / Rider / Owner / Score / Total $ DERBY LEVEL 4 OPEN – 41 E. – $40,000 Add. – $59,261.28 TP 1) SHINE PLUM SHINE (14G) / Andrea Fappani / Rancho Oso Rio Llc, 231, $13,630.0 (Shine Chic […]

Shine Plum Shine Sparkles at Cactus Reining Classic

Andrea Fappani, an Equi-Stat Elite $5 Million Rider and 2018 Equi-Stat Reining Open Rider of the Year, added a sixth Cactus Reining Classic Derby Open title to his collection as he rode Shine Plum Shine to victory in the Derby Level 4 Open at the Scottsdale, Arizona show. The 5-year-old gelding (Shine Chic Shine x Plum Reyning […]

Mandy McCutcheon Slides to Cactus Reining Classic Non-Pro Title

At the Cactus Reining Classic, held March 20-24 in Scottsdale, Arizona, Mandy McCutcheon felt blessed to win the Derby Level 4 Non-Pro Championship on Me And Julio (PT), a 5-year-old Paint gelding owned by McCutcheon and her husband, Tom. It was the second Cactus Reining Classic Derby title McCutcheon had won at the event. In […]

Fappani Has Epic Night at Cactus Reining Classic

With 72 horses in the Derby Open, the Cactus Reining Classic showcased talented riders late into the night on March 24. For a while, Ifwhizswereguns and Andrea Fappani were in the lead after marking a 229.5, until Martin Muehlstaetter and Spooks Grand Slam took over with a 231. But Fappani wasn’t done yet. Riding Epic […]