For the second year, APHA partnered with the Tulsa Reining Classic to recognize top Paint reiners excelling at the premier National Reining Horse Association competition, which took place August 31–September 6 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. APHA awarded custom Gist Silversmiths trophy belt buckles to top-placing registered Paint Horses in 11 events at the competition.
The partnership’s purpose is two-fold—to both recognized top Paint reiners, as well as encourage registrations, transfers and competition of eligible Paints—and it’s already proving a successful venture for the association.
Just weeks before the Tulsa Reining Classic, NRHA $3 Million Rider Tim McQuay of Tioga, Texas, enlisted APHA’s help to register 12 eligible horses in August—many for the express purpose of competing for the Paint-only buckles at the Tulsa show. The gamble paid off, as several of their newly registered Paints took home top honors:
- Woodys Toy Gun, a 2012 palomino overo stallion by Hollywoodstinseltown (QH) and out of Gunners Pearl was reserve champion in the Hollywoodstinseltown Open Futurity, taking home the Paint incentive buckle as well as nearly $7,500 for owners David and Bonnie Silva of Pilot Point, Texas.
- Custom Made Gun, a 2011 palomino solid stallion by Colonels Smokingun and out of Custom Made Dunit, and Cade McCutcheon, Tim’s grandson, tied for reserve champion honors in the SmartPak Non-Pro Derby Level 4, winning $2,835 and the Paint incentive buckle for the class.
During the last year, APHA has recognized top-placing Paint reiners at four NRHA events around the country, with two more scheduled in coming weeks. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or (817) 222-6423.
Congratulations to the 2015 Tulsa Reining Classic Paint Buckle winners:
Cardinal Ranch Open Derby: Gunnin For Chicks, a 2009 sorrel overo stallion by Colonels Smokingun and out of Dun It By Chick (QH), ridden by Nathan Piper for Mark Bradford of Aubrey, Texas
Whizkey N Diamonds Novice Horse Open Derby: DP Gunnaoutshinya, a 2011 sorrel overo stallion by Gunnatrashya and out of Out Shinin Wimpy (QH), ridden by Jamie Bissell for Dorminy Plantation of Fitzgerald, Georgia
SmartPak Non-Pro Derby: Cade McCutcheon and Custom Made Gun, a 2011 palomino solid Paint-bred stallion by Colonels Smokingun and out of Custom Made Dunit (QH), owned by McQuay Stables of Tioga, Texas
Novice Horse Non-Pro Derby: Mandy McCutcheon and My Darlin Tonite, a 2011 sorrel solid Paint-bred mare by Colonels Nite Special and out of Darlins Not Painted, owned by McQuay Stables of Tioga, Texas
Turnabout Farm Non-Pro Futurity: Mandy McCutcheon riding Paint The Nite, a 2012 sorrel overo mare by Colonels Nite Special and out of Darlins Not Painted, owned by Tom and Mandy McCutcheon of Aubrey, Texas
Darling 888 Ranch Developing Horse Open Futurity: Chics Nite, a 2012 sorrel solid Paint-bred mare by Colonels Nite Special and out of Wind Her Up Chic (QH), ridden by Franco Bertolani for Cardinal Hill Training Center of Aubrey, Texas
Hollywoodstinseltown Open Futurity: Woodys Toy Gun, 2012 palomino overo stallion by Hollywoodstinseltown (QH) and out of Gunners Pearl, ridden by Tim McQuay for David and Bonnie Silva of Pilot Point, Texas
Non-Pro: Kyla Myers and Painted Pony Whiz, a 2007 sorrel tobiano gelding by Topsail Whiz (QH) and out of Ellys Rebel Pride, owned by the Clovis, New Mexico horsewoman
Open: Lil Guns Footwork, a 2011 chestnut solid Paint-bred mare by Colonels Lil Gun and out of SDR The Finest Kid (QH), ridden by Troy Koehl for Craig Schneider of Tomball, Texas
Rookie: Avis Kelley and Custom Derringer, a 2005 chestnut solid Paint-bred mare by Custom Crome (QH) and out of Sugar Pop Gun, owned by the horsewoman from Lampasas, Texas
Youth: Blake Felts and Gunner Slide, a 2002 sorrel overo gelding by Colonels Smokingun and out of GS Anniegityergun, owned by the horseman from Lamar, Missouri
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