Friday Night Lights

Today saw an exciting close to the NRBC Non-Pro Championships as Samantha Griffin and Dun Playin Tag (Whiz N Tag Chex x Brennas Dunit Fancy) took an early lead in the finals. Scoring a 222.5, the DeWinton, Alberta duo maintained that lead until Kim Dooley and Country Custom (Custom Crome x Calatrava) tied Griffin’s score. As the rest of the non-pro competitors completed their runs and the scores came in, only Griffin and Dooley remained at the top.

After an exciting run-off, it would be Dooley and her “Charlie” horse who would walk away with the championship and the $40,908 cheque. They had bested their original score with a 223.

Griffin and Dun Playin Tag were awarded a cheque worth $24,901 for the reserve championship.

Congratulations also goes to Shelley Gunderman and Wimpys Little Boss (Wimpys Little Step x Topsail Boss Missie) of Oxbow, Saskatchewan for making the finals of the Limited Non-Pro!

Matthew Palmer & Whale Of A Whiz.

In the CRI-2*/USEF Reining (the last CRI event for American riders to qualify for the July USEF Reining Championship), Matthew Palmer and Whale Of A Whiz scored a smokin’ 224 for the gold. Whale Of A Whiz is sired by Topsail Whiz, out of the mare Pappita Sunrise and owned by Palmer’s parents. The pair was awarded $2,725 for the win.

Jordan Larson and Out Shinin Wimpy.

The silver was awarded to Jordan Larson and Make It With A Twist (Dun It With A Twist x SR Mischief Maker) for their score of 223.5. Larson also won the concurrent $25,000 NRHA Open Reining aboard Out Shinin Wimpy (Wimpys Little Step x Shinaka) and won $7,155.

Craig Schmersal and Mister Montana Nic.

Taking the bronze was Craig Schmersal and Mister Montana Nic (Reminic x Mollie Montana), owned by the Mister Montana Nic Syndicate. Together they won $1,618.

Stay tuned for tomorrow when Jesse Beckley and Mizzen Whizzen will make a run in the Limited Open Finals!! The Intermediate, Limited, Level 1 and Prime Time Open Finals starts tomorrow at 11:00 am Texas time. <grin>