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Day Three Competition Continues at SWRHA
The 2016 Billingsley Ford Open Futurity at the Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity held at the Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore, Okla., continued with fierce competition in Thursday’s second section. Leading the second round of the Level 4 Open Futurity and Level 3 Intermediate Open, Yonathan Baruch riding Spooks Show Time (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Dolittle Lena) with a score of 223. Leading the Level 2 Limited Open with a score of 218.5 is Scott McCutcheon riding Special Mi (Gunners Special Nite x Mi Mega), and the Level 1 Open leader is Josh Crawley riding Dream About U (Magnum Chic Dream x Custom Pebbles). The Open Futurity Finals, sponsored by Billingsley Ford, will take place Saturday in the Coliseum.

Wednesday’s classes finished in the Ancillary Arena with Dany Tremblay taking the wins in Levels 1 and 2 of the Novice Horse Open riding Misters Temptress with a score of 74. Misters Temptress is by Mister Dual Pep out of Colonel Pepinic and owned by Amanda Lee and Bradley Allen.

The 4-year-old mare has shown her talent in the pen and Tremblay says although he’s only had her for six months, he enjoys riding her.

“She was good everywhere [in the run],” Tremblay said. “She use to be a little bit nervous walking in and stuff, but she was really confident yesterday. We trust each other and I think she does well for me.”

Ruben Vandorp riding Gunners Genes (Gunner x Taris Designer Genes) took second in the Novice Horse Open Level 1 with a score of 72.50 for owner Ann Admonius.

Thursday’s competition saw a tie on top of the Markel Open between Brian Bell riding Designed With Shine and Franco Bertolani riding Mizzens Little Step to a score of 73.5. Each winner earned $1,461.

Designed With Shine is by Smart And Shiney out of Taris Designer Genes and owned by Julie Ridgeway. Bell and Designed With Shine have only been partners for two weeks, but the duo are coming together as team well.

“She spun good and stopped good. She was really, really easy to show.” Bell said. “I was just wanting to test drive her to see what kind of horse she is and she was super easy and super fun.”

Mizzens Little Step is by Wimpys Little Step out of West Coast Mizzen and owned by Cardinal Hill Training Center.

Bertolani and the 4-year-old mare have had success in the show pen in the past, taking home second place at the 2015 Rocky Mountain Reining Horse Association Summer Slide in Denver, Co. This year Bertolani says he’s stepping back a bit with the mare to give her some time to grow and mature.

“This year, [since] she’s 4, I’m just trying to back off a little bit and don’t do the major events, but just the open and ancillary class and novice horses to bring her back,” Bertolani said. “When she turns 5 next year, then I’d like to show in the main events again.”

The Intermediate Open, sponsored by Independence Equine Clinic concluded Thursday with Massimo Tallone taking the win riding Hangten In Wrangler with a score of 72, worth $527. Hangten In Wrangler is by Starlights Wrangler out of Hangten Freckles and owned by Amanda Tallone.

Tallone purchased Hangten Wrangler as a yearling from the Legacy Sale and both Tallone and his wife, Amanda, have been showing Hangten Wrangler.

“He was good today,” Tallone said. “He felt good all the way [through his run] and we did a good job. It was good to win.”

Parker Wurst topped the class in the Limited Open riding Easy Money Miss to a score of 73.5 for owner Marshall Baird. Easy Money Miss is by Easy Otie Whiz out of Major Money Miss and also earned Melissa Baird a win in Wednesday’s Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1.

“It was awesome,” Wurst said of his run. “We ran through the gate and she hooked up and hit our first stop and it only went up from there. It was awesome, I loved it!”

Wurst has had a busy schedule and it looks like it won’t slow down much. He’s qualified for the Level 1 and 2 futurity finals and will show Easy Money Miss again Sunday.

The Rookie Professional, sponsored by Jody Brainard saw tough competition with Glen Arthur Estival topping the field with a score of 72.5. Estival rode Sweet Ending, who is by The Sweet Spot out of Autums Wish, to the win worth $137 for owner Sir Rose Holdings Inc.

Second in the Rookie Professional went to Massimo Tallone riding Hangten In Wrangler with a score of 72, worth $106.

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