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Paints Reign Supreme at the 2012 Reining by the Bay
In the fast-paced, crowd-favorite sport of reining, Paints have enjoyed remarkable success at some of the discipline’s biggest events in 2012. Reining by the Bay, held July 16–22 in Woodside, California, proved just one more venue for Paints to leave their mark on reining.
Level 4 Open Futurity
Steppin In Diamonds, a 2009 palomino overo gelding by Wimpys Little Step (QH) and out of Desert Rosebud, marked a 145 with trainer Andrea Fappani for owner Rancho Oso Rio in Scottsdale, Arizona. Bred by Sergio Elia of Gainesville, Texas, Steppin In Diamonds picked up a check worth $5,397 for the Level 4 Open Futurity win.
Karl With A K tied for seventh place in the Level 4 Open Futurity, marking a 142.5 with rider Sean McBurney. Bred and owned by Jean Rhodes of Rhodes River Ranch in Arlington, Washington, Karl With A K is a 3-year-old sorrel overo stallion by Like A Diamond and out of Gunners Sureshot. He earned $578.25 for the tie; the stallion also tied for third place in the Intermediate Open Futurity, earning $899.44.
Fifth place in the Intermediate Open Futurity went to Big Great Chex, a 3-year-old palomino solid stallion by Big Chex To Cash and out of Melon Kalibaby (QH). Big Great Chex was ridden by Garret Thurner and earned $599.63 for a 142 score. Listed by the event as being owned by Bettina and Henry Bellini of Escondido, California, the stallion earned an additional $1,702.69 for a second-place finish in the Limited Open Futurity. Sarah Bunney of The Hills, Texas, bred Big Great Chex.
Level 4 Non-Pro
Premier Diamond took the premier spot in the Level 4 Non-Pro division with owner Trish Fappani. The 6-year-old sorrel overo stallion marked a 221.5, collecting $4,789.20 for the win. Bred by Roberto and Regina De La Madrid of Beverly Hills, California, Premier Diamond is by Like A Diamond and out of Sexy Chexy Nic (QH).
Fourth place in the Level 4 Non-Pro went to This Belles Smokin, a 5-year-old sorrel solid mare by Colonels Smokingun and out of Genuine Jezabelle (QH). With rider Marilyn Scheffers of Riverside, California, in the saddle, This Belles Smokin scored 217, and earned $1,842. This Belles Smokin was bred by Eric Storey of Henagar, Alabama. In the Level 3 Intermediate Non-Pro, Marilyn piloted the mare to second place and $2,670.25.
Level 4 Open Derby
Miss Silver Gun, a 6-year-old gray solid mare, earned $1,689.03 for her Level 4 Open Derby run with Martin Muelhlsteatter, marking a 221.5 for the sixth-place tie. By Colonels Smokingun and out of Miss Taris Rey (QH), Miss Silver Gun is owned by Otto Stanislaw Jr. of Phoenix, Arizona, and was bred by Gloria Henderson of Fort Walton Beach, Florida.
With Otto, Miss Silver Gun saw additional success in the Level 3 Intermediate Non-Pro class. A score of 214 tied the team for third place, earning $1,638.56.
Miss Silver Gun didn’t stop there—she and Otto earned $673.80 for a third-place tie in the Level 2 Limited Non-Pro class and $386.40 for third place in the Level 1 Non-Pro divison.
Level 2 Limited Non-Pro Maturity
Lil Hollywood Gun, a 2004 sorrel overo gelding, tied for third in the Level 2 Limited Non-Pro Maturity with a 142.5. Ridden by Ginger Chant and owned by the Chant Family Ranch of Abilene, Texas, Lil Hollywood Gun earned a check for $198.87.
The gelding also showed in the Level 1 Non-Pro Maturity, earning $197.93 for a third-place tie. Lil Hollywood Gun is by Colonels Lil Gun and out of Hollywood Baby Dunit (QH). The gelding was bred by Double PR Ranch of Royse City, Texas.
About the American Paint Horse Association
The American Paint Horse Association (APHA), the international breed registry for the American Paint Horse headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2012. In fulfillment of its mission to collect, record and preserve pedigrees of the breed, APHA recognizes and supports 111 regional and international clubs, produces championship shows, sponsors trail rides and creates and maintains programs that increase the value of American Paint Horses and enriches members’ experiences with their horses. APHA has registered more than a million horses in 59 nations and territories since it was founded, and now serves over 64,000 active youth and adult members around the world.