Let It Rein
Reining By The Bay 2014
By Alden Corrigan for RBB, Inc.
You know it’s going to be a weeklong battle in the saddle in every division when the increase in top horse and rider combinations over last year is a whopping 55%. The depth of talent was incredible and day after day the spectators were treated to an action packed competition as the best in the west battled it out for over $200,000 in added money and prizes.
Winners took home truckloads of awards generously donated by Bob’s Custom Saddles, Gist Buckles, Markel Insurance, Finish Line, Back On Track, Ice Horse, Santa Cruz Animal Health, Reiner’s World, Auburn Labs, Equithrive, Pard’s Western Shop, Equine Oasis, Tom McCutcheon’s Virtual HorseHelp.com, Professionals Choice, Cowgirl Tuff, Cinch and Ariat.
Reining By The Bay has had the great fortune of double digit increases in spectators and sponsors attending the event, and the Brumley Management Group~Reining By The Bay team continues to go above and beyond to make sure that everyone is treated as a valued guest. This year the VIP tent was gone, and in its place a huge tent that ran the length of the berm with VIP tables front and center surrounded by tall tables. Great attention was paid to the daily culinary offering that would make any “foodies” heart sing. In addition a second general admission spectator tent was located on the north end of the enormous Bay Arena pen.
Based in the heart of Silicon Valley, Reining By The Bay has always been a leader in the use of Social Media technology, and this year iEquine.com a Corporate Sponsor and host of the live streaming online webcast reported unprecedented viewership numbers: Reining By The Bay had over 22,000 viewers logon from every state in the USA as well as 54 countries around the world.
Highlights From The Aged Events
The $5,000 Added SmartPak Non Pro L4 Maturity
Tish Fappani and her longtime partner the Premier Diamond (Like A Diamond x Sexy Chexy Nic) took top honors in the class of 17 exhibitors earning $2,307.
“I’ve shown Premier Diamond through all of his Derby years, he’s a really special horse. One of Andrea’s clients bred and raised him, so he’s been with Andrea forever, and we got to buy him as a 4 year old. He got hurt as a 3 year old so he didn’t have a Futurity career. I have had a blast on him for the last four years. We’ve had offers to sell him over the years but he’s part of the family. He’s such a good gentle horse and something that both our kids can get on, lope around and change leads on”, says Tish.How would she describe her run “Overall for the pattern I didn’t get him turned to the left as well as I should have so I know I had a penalty there, but other than that he was really good. He has actually gotten better to show, as he’s gotten older. He doesn’t try to think ahead of you. I have a blast on him”.
Tish’s thoughts on the Maturity division “I think it’s great. We had 17 in the L4 division here at Reining By The Bay. I t gives all those older horses a place to show. Like this horse he never got to show when he was younger due to injuries, he was able to get through his Derby years, he’s still fresh, and this division gives him a place to keep going and showing”.
Reining By The Bay is one of Tish’s favorite shows “Pat Warren and the Brumley Management team work so hard on this show, and we so appreciate that. The fact that our kids can go run amok in the trees and build forts and we don’t have to worry about them makes this a special experience every year, and one that we look forward to”.
The $40,000 Added Protect The Harvest Non L4 & L3 Non Pro Derby
When the dust settled after 48 runs, it was Kelly Moran aboard the 5-year old mare Wimpy’s Mega Step (Wimpys Little Step x Moonstone Mega) who pulled off a clean sweep of the L4 & L3 divisions of the Non Pro Derby marking a score of 219.5 earing a paycheck for the day of $7,798.
“We got Wimpy’s Mega Step about a year and a half ago from Martin Larcombe in Texas. She’s a really sweet horse, and very ADD which is why I was a little worried about pattern 6, because there is a whole lot to look at outside that big pen. My goal was to keep her going fast enough that she wouldn’t have time to look at anything. I was a little concern in my last stop because my reins were all tangled up so I didn’t have any steering, so I kicked and she went with it. Tracer (Gilson) has done an amazing job with her this year at the NRHA Derby and the NRBC, but this was our first time winning a L4 Derby so that was really exciting and very surreal”, explains Kelly.
Kelly has been coming to Reining By Bay for the last 10 years “Reining By The Bay, High Roller Reining Classic and NRBC are my top 3 shows for the entire year. The weather is great, although a bit toasty this year, gorgeous facility, there is a great crowd that comes and it’s always a really good time”.
Cam Essick and Who Loves You still lead the 2014 Non Pro Trifecta Reining Challenge standings for the six-day trip to the Four Seasons Resort in Punta Mita, Mexico through Reining By The Bay with earnings of $9886.61 between Cactus Reining Classic and Reining By The Bay. Who will be on that plane to Mexico? We’ll have to wait until High Roller Reining Classic to see.
From Reining By The Bay to Normandy
The $5,000 Added SmartPak L4 Open Maturity
Martin Muehlstaetter and his 2014 Alltech World Equestrian Games mount 10-year old Wimpy’s Little Buddy (Wimpys Little Step x All Thats Dun) could not be beaten in the $5,000 Added SmartPak L4 Open Maturity and took home a check for $3,470.
Martin said of his WEG partner “We bought him as a 4-year old from Andrea Fappani he showed him at the NRBC, NRHA Futurity and NRHA Derby. My wife showed him for two years and did really well on him and then I started showing him as an early 6-year old, and then took him to the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky and represented Team Austria. We sold him to a client of ours who showed him very successfully for the last 2 or 3 years and we just recently bought him back a few weeks ago, and are planning on taking him to WEG in Normandy, France”.
Martin and his wife Kim are big fans of Reining By The Bay “ This is one of the best if not the best horse shows. The weather is great, the people are nice, the venue is amazing the view is phenomenal, and the competition is deep. Everyone brings their best horses here”.
The $55,000 Added L4 and L3 3 Year Old Futurity
Once again it was Martin Muehlstaetter in the winners circle, this time on Electric Barbie (Jacs Electric Spark x MJ Hollywood Barbie) owned and bred by Marc Gordon & Kathy Gordon marking a 222.5, earning Electric Barbie $8,868 in total prize money.
Martin talks about the big stopping mare “Dan Huss had her in training as a 2 year old all the way to April of this year when I got her. She has a big stop, big turn, she circles really nice, she is good minded and really, really mature. She acts more like a 4 or 5 year old rather than a 3 year old, and feels like she has a really big heart”.
This was the first show for Martin and the mare and he couldn’t have been more pleased “This was very first show. I took her to a show just to ride around, but this was her first time competing”.
The $65,000 Added Lucas Oil L4 Open Derby
It was a knock down drag out fight for the win in the Level 4 Open Derby, and the scores reflected the incredible efforts put forth by the 21 horses and riders. At the end of the day it was Andrea Fappani and Mr. Electric Spark (Jacs Electric Spark x Sailin Rowdy) owned by Reining Partners LLC marking a 226.0 taking home the top honors and a check for $10,994.
Andrea had a 100% success rate only showing one horse in the Open Derby “I only took one horse that I felt I had a good shot with. Mr. Electric Spark is a 5 year old that I’ve only had for a couple months, but I’ve been involved a little bit with the training of the horse along the way helping Tyson Randall who owns part of him, so I know the horse pretty well, but I didn’t start showing him until the NRBC and then the NRHA Derby before coming to Reining By The Bay.
I was excited about showing him. He’s definitely fun to train and show. The best part of his run this time was his circles. I pushed him hard in the circles and it paid off. He was right there for me. He’s the style of horse I like. He’s very elegant, very collected when he lopes and when goes really fast he looks like he’s floating”.
About Andrea’s first trip to the World Equestrian Games in Normandy “I switched my nationality with the FEI in 2010 when I first tried out for the team. I moved over here because I wanted to compete at the highest level. Four years ago when I tried I didn’t make the team. I wasn’t going to wait another 4 years”.
Bringing Home the Big Bucks
The $65,000 Added Lucas Oil L3 and L2 Open Derby
Dan Huss and 4-year-old Tags Golden Star (Whiz N Tag Chex-Boogies Smart Star) owned by Robert Shearer marked a 225 in the L3 and L2 Open Derby garnering a $13,980 paycheck for their efforts. Huss has had the gelding in his program for the last 2 years and showed him last year at Reining By The Bay in the Open Derby marking a 225. “His owner Bob Shearer showed him at Cactus Reining Classic this year and placed in all 4 divisions, and since he’s been so busy with his work, he hasn’t had the time to show him, in fact he was scheduled to show him at Reining By The Bay, but he called and said he couldn’t make it, so I said I’d be more than happy to show him. That’s what we did. I had to fly to Albuquerque on Sunday night and was there through Thursday. I have to thank my wife Wendy and my assistant Daniel Schloemer for getting him ready during the week, so I could drive Friday and show him on Saturday”.
Trading Reins Presented by Markel
Frank Costantini Director of Western Disciplines at Markel International
“As custodians of the horse industry we have a responsibility. That responsibility in my mind is to introduce people to horses. We felt that we should show the people at Reining By The Bay how people from other disciplines, in this case the Hunter, Jumper and Saddlebred world what it’s like to participate in the Reining World and show the Reiners what it’s like to participate in Jumping world. We felt it would be a great benefit to encourage the entire horse industry to participate, and that would include Olympic and WEG Show Jumper Guy Thomas who graciously brought his horses for the Reiners to ride, as well as the Reining professionals who have offered their horses for the English riders to ride. Whether you ride English or Western we felt that the horse experience was something that we would like to present the opportunity for the spectators to interact with the equestrian athletes that are here at Reining By The Bay”.
Horse show producer and co-founder Amanda Brumley had this to say about the 2014 event “Coming into this year’s event we were completely shocked at the huge increase in exhibitor participation, catching us a bit off guard. We had to make some adjustments to accommodate it with a facility without lights. Our exhibitors are awesome! They cruised through the last minute changes, and were really understanding. Another shock was the spectator turn out. WOW! From day one, the seats were full. During the Open Derby followed by Trading Reins it was standing room only. Since the first Reining by the Bay in 1999, this event has come a long, long way and I am so grateful for the support we have received to get this event to what it is today.”
Back to the Future
Reining by the Bay 2013
By Alden Corrigan for RBB, Inc.
Photos ©Brumley Management Group LLC
You knew it was going to be an awesome week when an American Bald Eagle fly by kicked off day one of Reining By The Bay 2013. The weather was spectacular, the depth of talent was incredible and day after day the spectators were treated to an action packed competition as the best in the West battled it out for over $180,000 in added money and prizes.
Winners took home truckloads of awards generously donated by Bob’s Custom Saddles, the Four Seasons Silicon Valley, Gist Buckles, SmartPak, Markel Insurance, Finish Line, Back On Track, Ice Horse, Santa Cruz Animal Health, Cow Dog Tack, Reiner’s World, Paddock Cakes, Cavalor, Auburn Labs, Equithrive, Pard’s Western Shop, Cavalor, Sound Hoof Care, Anderson Bean and Ariat.
Year after year Reining By The Bay has had the great fortune of double digit increases in exhibitors, spectators and sponsors attending the event, and the Brumley Management Group~Reining By The Bay team continues to go above and beyond to make sure that everyone is treated as a valued guest, from the extraordinary exhibitor bags received at check in, to the Exhibitor Party and Wine and Cheese event hosted by Pat and Jim Warren’s Rancho Oso Rio, no detail is overlooked.
West Coast Reining Horse Association President Ollie Galligan was pleased with how the collaborative efforts between the Reining By The Bay team and the WCRHA paid off. “We were thrilled with the newly formed alliance with the Brumley Management Group for this premier event. As the largest NRHA affiliate, WCRHA’s 400 member strong base has a lot to offer, as does Reining By The Bay which provides our members with two full slates of WCRHA approved classes that count toward our year end awards, as well as a Futurity and Derby. Add to that the opportunity to be among friends and be able to meet our out of town trainers while receiving VIP treatment overlooking the San Francisco Bay, it doesn’t get much better than that. We can’t wait to come back next year!”
Based in the heart of Silicon Valley, Reining By The Bay has always been a leader in the use of Social Media technology, and this year with the addition of iEquine.com a Corporate Sponsor and host of the live streaming online webcast, Reining By The Bay had over 22,000 viewers logon from every state in the USA as well as 54 countries around the world. In addition, over 90,000 people viewed the Reining By The Bay daily photo galleries during the 5-day event.
Jan Peterson of Menlo Park, California is an exhibitor, sponsor and member of Peninsula Equine, the official RBB horse show veterinarian team shares her unique perspective on the show “Pat and Jim Warren, Brumley Management Group and all of the sponsors make Reining By The Bay a really enjoyable show. The camaraderie at these shows is so special, yes everybody is so competitive and wants to win, but to come out of the ring and have people I don’t know say what a nice go you had, and to be able to say that to others is beautiful. I really enjoy that about these shows”.
Jan’s husband Russ Peterson DVM is the owner of Peninsula Equine, the official horse show veterinarian and getting to see some of their former clients in the winners circle is one of the highlights of the show for the husband and wife “In veterinary medicine we often see the broken horses, but to see them get fixed to go on and do well is so rewarding”.
Jan, who rides with Andrea Fappani, was Champion in the Intermediate Non Pro Division and Reserve Champion in the Prime Time Non Pro Division on her Star For The Chicks (Smart Starbuck x Dun It By Chick). Expressing her appreciation for the opportunity to have Andrea come out and fine tune the work she and Jason Attard had done at home “The thing that Andrea always says is learn the skills and the points will follow. He’s a master at fine-tuning the art of showing. It was a nice combined effort”.
Highlights From The Aged Events
The $55,000 Added SmartPak 3 Year Old Futurity
The Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro Futurity titles went to Camela Essick and Holier Then Thou (Jacs Electric Spark x Slylena) marking a 213. Cam and her husband own and operate Pacific Range Ranch in Clements, California and Holier Then Thou is a product of their successful breeding program. “Holier Than Thou’s mother was my first Reining horse. I breed all my mares that I’ve ridden and raised and show their babies. I raised this horse, had partnered with one of Todd Bergen’s assistants on it and bought it back. I rode with Bob Avila years ago and all the horses I have are remnants of horses he was extremely successful on. I breed with the purpose of having an Open horse. I breed 6-8 babies a year who I think all have the potential to be Open horses. I had him at home for 6 months then Arno (Honstetter) had him for the last month with the intention of showing him at Reining By The Bay, and this was the very first time he’s walked into a show pen, but having ridden his mother who was just as good minded and athletic, and I felt confident in what I raise so I piloted him through and it worked out well. I had 4 offspring at Reining By The Bay that were either Champion or Reserve Champion. What comes out of this is that those of us who have a vested interest in the horse often have a better outcome. That gives me a lot of pride and pleasure to see the people who put a lot of effort into those horses succeed.”
In a battle to the bitter end it was Martin Muehlstaetter of Scottsdale, Arizona and Chexmart (Smart like Juice X Peppy Tuff Chex) in the winner’s circle for the Level 4 Open Futurity marking a 221.5 slipping past Andrea Fappani who was in a 3-way tie with himself for second with a 221 and Matt Mills who tied himself with a 220.
Martin came by Chexmart in a round about way “A customer of mine had a trail riding mare that she wanted to put into training and I told her I didn’t want to take her money (to put the horse in training), but suggested that she breed her mare to Smart Like Juice and here we are 4 years later. Maybe I should tell her to breed the mare again next year! The owner has been a customer of mine since day one, but she’s out of the country 360 days out of the year, so when it was time to wean him he came to me, then we started him, rode him, took him to 1 or 2 horse shows and then we came here to Reining By The Bay and it was a really tough field between Andrea and Matt…. They had some really nice well-bred horses”.
Martin has been coming to Reining By The Bay for years because of the “nice people, great weather, and the big outdoor pen that doesn’t put a lot of pressure on the young horses. I really want to thank Pat and Jim Warren, Brumley Management Group and the RBB staff that puts on this show."
What does the future hold for Chexmart and Martin? “Chexmart was not paid up for the Reining Futurity, so we’ll take him to the High Roller Reining Classic and if he does well there we’ll take him to Oklahoma City”. In the meantime Martin, a member of the 2010 Austrian WEG team will also pursuing a spot on the 2014 Austrian WEG team headed for Normandy.
The $35,000 Added Bob’s Custom Saddles Non Pro Derby
When the dust settled it was Dana Avila of Temecula, California aboard the 5-year old mare One Smart Pepto (One Time Pepto x Smart Little Margie) who pulled off a clean sweep of all levels of the Non Pro Derby marking a score of 221.0.
One Smart Pepto’s dam was bred by a customer of Dana’s husband Bob Avila, and Bob was instrumental in the breeding her to One Time Pepto, so Bob had a big hand in creating her. She was sent to Bob to be started as a early 2 year old and has been in Bob’s program from the get go as a Reined Cow Horse Futurity & Derby horse, but little bad luck stuff happened along the way until last year when Bob had success with her in the Derby last year.
Dana shares One Smart Pepto’s journey to the winner’s circle at Reining By The Bay "The gentleman who owned her decided that he wanted to direct his program more towards cutting, and as I had just sold my horse Bob asked me if I wanted to look at One Smart Pepto. I said really? Me? A mare? I had watched Bob ride her almost every day at home and each time thought she was so pretty, she took my breath away. Bob was riding her one day and encouraged me to sit on her. I was on her for 5 minutes and I said you better take me off until we can see if we can get her bought. I fell in love with her from the get go. God bless her there is not a mare bone in her body. She is super sweet, super kind and there is no drama, so I thought I would love to go Rein on her. She’s not NRHA nominated so therefore my 3 shows are Cactus Reining Classic, Reining By The Bay and High Roller Reining Classic.
They are so fun and geared toward the exhibitor and the owner. How can you beat having a beautiful lunch in the VIP tent overlooking the bay? It’s incredible. It doesn’t get any better and everybody has such a great attitude and a fun show to look forward to”.
With the money she earned at Reining By The Bay, Dana is currently in the lead for the Trifecta Non Pro Challenge award, and could be packing her bags for a 6 day stay at the Four Seasons Lodge at Koele in Lana'i, Hawaii if she retains her ranking through High Roller Reining Classic in September. Dana shares her thoughts about being in the top slot “I had a feeling it was close, but on the same note I am going to try to put it out of my mind to keep from adding any pressure on myself to show any differently than I normally would. However it would be awesome to win a trip to Hawaii!!”
The $60,000 Added Bob's Custom Saddles Open Derby
It was a knock down drag out fight for the win in the Level 4 Open Derby, and the scores reflected the incredible efforts put forth by the 20 horses and riders. At the end of the day it was Gabe Davide of Gilroy, California and the 6-year old OK Spook marking a 232 to take the top spot, besting Andrea Fappani on Smoking Whiz with a 231 and Andrea again on Custom Spook marking a 229. If there were scores handed out for enthusiasm the clear cut winner would be Gabe’s wife Kari, who was screaming out the scores as she heard them from the in gate, and the standing room only crowd loved it as she ran over and hugged…….the horse.
Gabe had heard about OK Spook through the grapevine and tried him as a 3-year old. "The horse could do the basic maneuvers but was still very green. I felt he had tons of natural ability and was extremely athletic, so we talked it over with the potential buyer who didn’t really want a Futurity horse and so we bought him with the intention of making him a Derby horse, and I would have almost a year to prepare him as a 4-year old. He wasn’t NRBC enrolled so we knew that wasn’t an option for him, so we showed at all of the Brumley Management shows for the next 2 years until a really bad abscess at the beginning of 2013 sidelined OK Spook. His first show back was Reining By The Bay and he marked a 232.
OK Spook has over $40,000 in earnings and 100% of it has come from Brumley Management Group shows. We so appreciate what Pat & Jim Warren do to support these shows, especially Reining By The Bay, as it’s a hometown show for us. I’m from Gilroy, and the lady that owns the horse is from Woodside, so we love coming here, and they have such great sponsors, great prizes, even in the Ancillary classes. We always come home with a trailer load of topnotch product from these awesome sponsors. I won 2 Bob’s saddles, a huge bucket of Finish Line products, Santa Cruz Animal Health products, Ice Horse boots, Pendleton Blankets, Cavalor feed, Back On Track Boots and a Markel cooler which was great as the horse is insured by Markel”.
Director of Western Disciplines at Markel International and RSHF President Frank Costantini summed up the 2013 event by saying “Reining By The Bay from my perspective is like going back to the future with all the nuances of the best bred horses, the best riders and the best trainers anywhere in the world with the cross pollination of several different disciplines involved in the event. It provides an excellent opportunity for riders of all levels to enjoy the ambiance of the show grounds and also the hospitality of all of the people involved in putting it on. Reining By The Bay is a testament to how Reining was meant to be back in the day with all the modern day twists of Silicon Valley”.
Highlights From Reining By The Bay 2012
By Alden Corrigan for RBB, Inc. Photo Credit: John O’Hara Photography
What has top competition, incredibly generous sponsors, an amazing venue, and fun for the entire family? Answer: Reining By The Bay in Woodside, California. Without question, the 2012 event held at the Horse Park at Woodside (CA) from July 18-22 proved to embody the essence of passion for horses and the people who love them.
As one of the NRHA ‘s Leading Events, the competition at Reining By The Bay was fierce in both of the outdoor show pens, as Owners, Exhibitors and Trainers brought their best horses to compete for over $180,000 in added money and prizes, and all for a good cause. Ken White, President of the Peninsula Humane Society & SPCA said of this year’s event "It's not every day that my staff and I get to spend so much time around others who feel as deeply and care so much about the animals.”
The Reining By The Bay schedule allowed Exhibitors and Trainers to venture out and do things they don’t have the luxury of doing at other events. Tish Fappani checked riding an American Saddlebred off her bucket list, while son Jeremy not only drove a Hackney pony, but also rode a second pony in an English saddle and posted for the first time. Michael and Michelle Miola rode a Jumper and a Hunter respectively, and thanks to Markel’s Frank Costantini, Deary Performance Horses, Yancey Performance Horses and Warwick Schiller, 5 high-profile English riders were able to ride a Reiner for the first time.
Casey Deary, Warwick Schiller and Kain Emmons took time out of their busy day to not only teach the two-hour Ride a Reiner clinic, but to provide top horses for each rider. Deary enjoyed the clinic as much as the riders “It’s important to me that the sport grows, and the only way we can do that is to educate those around us. The Ride a Reiner Program is a great way to expose people to Reining without having to spend a fortune to do it, and the opportunity to try it. It’s so cool in two hours for them to be able to make those horses operate like they’re supposed to. They did a really good job! It was really cool for me to see those horses work for whoever is up there.”
It didn’t stop there, Presenting Sponsor Pat Warren of Rancho Oso Rio loaned her wonderful Starbucks Finest (aka Malcolm) to New Zealand Olympic Show Jumper Guy Thomas to show in the Rookie Professional classes. “Last year at Reining By The Bay I told Guy that he could show a Reiner at this show” says Pat. Guy chimes in “I was on a Jumper at the time and just drooling while the show was going on, and when Pat made that offer to me I about fell off my horse, because it’s something I’ve always wanted to try. I’ve had a blast, and I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to do this.”
“He’s done a really good job too. I’ve never seen anyone who hadn’t ridden a Reiner ride one as well as Guy does and Malcolm is a special horse he tries his heart out every time. He’s 9 years old but he still loves his job “adds Pat.
The Ladies Hit Pay Dirt
Kim Muehlstaetter, Loren Booth, Tanya Jenkins and Tish Fappani all came close to needing an extra vehicle to take the awards they won at Reining By The Bay home with them.
Kim Muehlstaetter and her Custom Smart Juice (Smart Like Juice x Custom Spinderella) marked a 143.5, winning the $10,000 Added Level 4 Non Pro Futurity and taking home a $4,110.60 paycheck. Kim also went on to take the reserve spot to Tish Fappani in the Non Pro Level 4 Derby on Daddy Day Care (Nic It In the Bud x Shiners Pretty Woman) earning another $4,052.40.
Kim who just started riding Custom Smart Juice after NRBC says, “ He fits me. I love riding that horse, and look forward to riding him everyday. We bought him from Tracy and Mandi Brumley as a 2 year old. We’re going to take him to the Scottsdale Futurity and then the big Futurity from there. He’s such a quiet horse, and he barely takes any warm up, he just goes in there and feels like a 5 year old.”
Loren Booth made it a clean sweep in every division of the $33,000 Markel Non Pro Derby she was eligible for. Loren won the $10,000 Added Level 3 Non Pro Derby, the $2,000 Added Prime Time Non Pro, Derby, the $4,000 Level 2 Non Pro Derby and the $2,000 Added Level 1 Non Pro Derby on her 6-year-old Brennas Dream Magnum Chic Dream-Brennas Red Dunit. The pair took home $6,579 for their efforts, which was enough to put them in the lead for the 2102 Trifecta Non Pro Reining Challenge for the trip to the Four Seasons Resort in Whistler British Columbia. With the last leg of the Trifecta Challenge at the High Roller Reining Classic in Las Vegas, Loren and Brennas Dream are only one run away from the big prize.
Loren says her game plan on Brennas Dream is “Just to have a good time on a good horse. I bought Brennas Dream last fall from Pat Warren. By Sun Circuit we started to click and by Cactus Reining Classic she had won 3 buckles and 3 levels of the Non Pro, at NRBC we were in the top 10 in two levels on her, and then we came to Reining By The Bay. She’s so pure, she gives it her all every maneuver…always.”
Reining By The Bay is Loren’s favorite horse show “ I love the ambiance of everybody sitting together, the exhibitor party, the way they treat exhibitors, I love the office, I love the way they touch you with emails all the time reminding you of this and that, the hotel, the weather…The other key thing is that they have no lights so you can’t school, and everybody gets it done. This is my favorite show bar none.”
If Tanya didn’t win it, most likely her Non Pros did. You could hardly get through all the saddles, trophies and buckles proudly displayed under her awning. Tanya was first and second in the $5,000 Added Level 3 Open Futurity on Gunnit (Gunner x Dunnits Cowgirl) and West Coast Electric (Electric Motion x West Coast Bubbles) marking 144.5 and a 143.5 respectively. “I was super proud of Gunnit. It was his first Futurity in his first show.
In the $42,000 Added Markel Open Derby my boy No Wimpy Cowboys (Wimpys Little Step X Dunnits Cowgirl), who is a half brother to Gunnit won the $10,000 Added Level 3 Open Derby and was 3rd in the $20,000 Added Level 4 Open Derby with a 225.0 behind Andrea Fappani on Smoking Whiz and Matt Mills on Freckles Got A Shiner.
“Bob Denton on Dun Its Legacy (Hollywood Dun it x Whiz N Darlin) won the Non Pro Circuit, the Limited Non Pro Circuit and the $2,000 Added SmartPak Prime Time Maturity Challenge winning not one but two Bob’s Custom Saddles. He also won four buckles and tons of loot. It was an honor to watch him. He is so humble and has worked so hard and has wanted it so badly with that particular horse. He’s been in my barn for about a year, and we’ve worked super hard. I was so happy for him.
We came home with 2 Bob’s Custom Saddles, 9 awesome buckles, a Markel cooler, 2 TJ Signature Series National Horse Blanket coolers, 3 Pendleton blankets, tons of Sound Hoof Conditioner, Paddock Cakes…love those cookies…. Pard’s Western Shop gift certificates, Platinum Performance gift certificates, SmartPak gift certificates, and lots of money!!!”
No stranger to the winner’s circle, Tish Fappani and her Premier Diamond (Like A Diamond X Sexy Chexy Nic) captured the top spot once again in the Markel $15,000 Added Level 4 Non Pro Derby by marking a 221.5 narrowly edging out Kim Muehlstaetter on Daddy Day Care with a 221.0. According to husband Andrea Fappani “This is such a great pen for him, he enjoys being outside, and Tish didn’t put too much pressure on herself, she just went and showed and it paid off”
Tish agrees about the laid back atmosphere at Reining By The Bay “It is such a fun show for me, and my kids can run amok around that facility and have a blast because everyone knows each other. They had a blast playing baseball every night in one of the pens (with Casey Deary as the pitcher most nights). When you get to the bigger shows you don’t know everybody like you do here. This is way more relaxing. Mandi Brumley does an amazing job.”
Third Time’s A Charm ~ Andrea Fappani
Watching Andrea Fappani and Silver Spurs’ Smoking Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Glendas A Smokingun) mark a 231.5 in the $20,000 Added Level 4 Markel Open Derby and take home a check for $6,496.25 at Reining By The Bay, it is nearly impossible to believe that the duo came to Reining By The Bay with the sum total of 2 Open Derby outings under their belt (NRBC and NRHA).
“I’m really excited for Silver Spurs because they’ve put a lot of heart into this. They have such a passion for it, and I’m proud to be a part of it. These people have put a lot of money, effort and work into their program. I think now with some of their 2 year olds coming up, they are going to see the product of their hard work. The future is very exciting for them. There aren’t very many people who want to put the time into developing their own product.”
Andrea praised Rancho Oso Rio’s Pat Warren for her passion and vision for Reining By The Bay “It’s nice to have a show that’s a little bit different than the other ones. Getting to show outside and being in a place with a different atmosphere and people from all disciplines coming to watch is a good thing for our sport for sure. Mandi (Brumley) does a great job. The show keeps getting better and better every year. Between the prizes, making sure everybody gets something, the parties, recognizing the sponsors, the catering, Mandi does a heck of a job making everybody feel special.”
He goes on to point out the impact that Presenting Sponsor Pat Warren has on Reining By The Bay. “Pat has a great passion, she really cares about everybody being happy at this horse show. She stays behind this horse show and is really proud of it. It’s not so much about the horses and winning, she really cares about the horse show. She wants people to be happy and have fun. She really has a big heart for that horse show. She’s in it to make sure everybody’s having a good time.
I was lucky to get into the Rancho Oso Rio program when it was already a successful program and it’s nice to see the newer people coming into the sport and looking up to people like Pat.”
First Time For Everything
First time Reining By The Bay attendee Michael Miola, who along with his wife Michelle owns the Markel Open Derby Level 4 winner Smoking Whiz said of the stallion’s first Derby win “We always knew he had it in him, it just took the great Andrea Fappani to show him the way.”
Michael summed it up best when he said, “Reining By The Bay is so different from your typical horse show. The ambience of the grounds, the great pens, its just a fabulous event. The entire Silver Spurs team wants to thank Pat Warren, Mandy and Tracy Brumley for putting on such a great show.”