/ by /   Apha News, PHJ News / 0 comments

Paint reiners win big in Las Vegas

Some travel to Las Vegas hoping to score a big win on the roulette table, but reiners headed over to the South Point Hotel & Casino in September to compete for an estimated $1 million in cash and prizes at the High Roller Reining Classic. Paints had the odds stacked in their favor, as APHA again partnered with the show to reward high-placing registered Paints in 11 events with custom Gist Silversmith belt buckles.

The National Reining Horse Association event took place September 11–20, and for the second consecutive year, APHA gave reining enthusiasts more incentive than ever to ride, register and transfer Paint Horses. The buckles were an added bonus on top of big wins, and chrome-plated champions like Lynda Hardwick, who won the High Roller Rookie class aboard Big Hollywood Chex, were thrilled; brimming with excitement, Linda immediately put on her new APHA buckle.

“I even wore it during my two Limited Non Pro runs,” she exclaimed. Partners with her gelding for just over two years, Linda says she’s thankful for her horse and their partnership with every run.

During the last year, APHA has recognized top-placing Paint reiners at several NRHA events around the country. Whether your love sliding or spinning with a chrome-splashed partner or prefer another event, registering your Paint Horse can open lots of doors in the equine industry. Best of all, registration and transfers of ownership are EASY, thanks to our MemberCare pros who will walk you through the steps. Contact our friendly MemberCare team at askapha@apha.com or (817) 222-6423.


Congratulations to the 2015 High Roller Reining Classic Paint Buckle winners:

  • Open:
    Custom Diamond, a 2009 sorrel overo gelding by Like A Diamond and out of Custom Mahogany (QH), exhibited by Cody Thomas for Denise Bixler of Wilson, Wyoming
  • Youth:
    Spot Me Perfect, a 2010 sorrel overo gelding by Mark This Spot and out of Shesa Perfect Diamond, exhibited and owned by Courtney Yohey of Gainesville, Texas
  • Rookie:
    Big Hollywood Chex, a 2009 palomino overo gelding by Big Chex To Cash and out of Hollywood Chex Bar (QH), exhibited and owned by Lynda Hardwick of Bellflower, California
  • Non-Pro:
    Plum Gotta Gun, a 2006 sorrel solid gelding by Colonels Smokingun and out of Teresas Plum (QH), exhibited and owned by Mark Blake of Edina, Minnesota
  • SmartPak Non-Pro Maturity:
    Premier Diamond, a 2006 sorrel overo gelding by Like A Diamond and out of Sexy Chexy Nic (QH), exhibited and owned by Tish Fappani, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Tamarack Ranch Non-Pro Futurity:
    Diamonds In My Dreams, a 2012 sorrel solid gelding by Like A Diamond and out of Brennas Dream (QH), exhibited and owned by Tish Fappani, Scottsdale, Arizona
  • Tamarack Ranch Open Futurity:
    Cannon Gun, a 2012 sorrel overo stallion by Colonels Smokingun and out of Tuckerette Command (QH), exhibited by Gabe Hutchins for Tamarack Ranch of Joseph, Oregon
  • Lucas Oil Open Derby:
    Guns R For Shootin, a 2010 dun solid stallion by Colonels Smokingun and out of Chelsea Lena (QH), exhibited by Tim McQuay for Ryan Humphrey of Whitesboro, Texas
  • Whizkey N Diamonds Open Stakes:
    Shining Thru Smoke, a 2011 palomino solid stallion by Colonels Smokingun and out of Shining Survivor (QH), exhibited by Tom McCutcheon for Cardinal Hill Training Center of Aubrey, Texas
  • Whizkey N Diamonds Non-Pro Stakes & Protect the Harvest Non-Pro Derby: 
    My Darlin Tonite, a 2011 sorrel solid mare by Colonels Nite Special and out of Darlins Not Painted, exhibited by Mandy McCutcheon and owned by McQuay Stables of Tioga, Texas


For complete results, visit highrollerreiningclassic.com.



Reprinting all or part of this news release is permitted, so long as credit is given to the Paint Horse Journal and a link provided back to apha.com.  

About APHA
The American Paint Horse Association is the world’s second-largest international equine breed association, registering more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded. APHA creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members’ experiences with their horses.