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A ‘Rein-y’ Season!


Cactus Reining kicks off series of top reining competitions


S from releases and staff reports


COTTSDALE, Ariz.—Aſt er a prolif- ic rainy season, the “rein-y” season seems to have kicked off this spring,


and Californians are claiming their share of titles. At the venerable Cactus Reining Classic, held March 22-26 at Westworld, major win- ners from the Golden State included Tom Foran in the Open Derby Level 2 and 3 and Non Pro Dana Avila in the Novice Horse Non Pro Levels 1 and 2 as well as Intermediate Non Pro. This year, the event was pushed into


late March, a move that didn’t slow down Temecula-based rider Avila. With her geld- ing Gunna Spook Ya, by Smart Spook and out of Git y Annie Gun, by Gunner, Avila won the High Point Championships in Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 and 2, and Intermediate Non Pro. “I opted not to show my horse in the


Derby ,as my husband, Bob, and I felt he wasn’t quite as seasoned as the other Derby horses,” Dana said. “I ended up having a ter- rifi c show. As they say, winning is always fun.” Once again, the $70,000-added Lucas Oil Open Derby, with 74 horses in the compe- tition, did not disappoint the spectators. It took a 220.5 to place 15th and be in the money. When Arno Honstet er, of Scot sdale leſt the arena aſt er his run on Gunnafoolya, by Gunnatrashya, owned by Marilyn Overgaard, with a smoking score of 226, the crowd thought they had seen their winner. Then, Arno’s assistant trainer, Daniel Schloemer riding Dun Spooked Us, owned by Jenanne Overgaard, marked a 226 to tie his mentor and the crowd went wild with anticipation of a run off . However, as they say it’s not over until…


Inferno 66 and rider Franco Bertolani entered the arena. The stunning chest- nut stallion by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya walked in as though he owned the place. The excited crowd fell silent in anticipation as the NRHA Level 4 Open Futurity Reserve Champion duo hesitated in the middle of the arena to begin their


The 2017 Cactus Reining Classic Level 2 Open Derby Championship and Level 3 Reserve went to Tom Foran aboard Walla Walla Starbuck.


Awards made a nice accent on the Foran barnfront.


CRHA Secretary Marilyn Scheff ers enjoys a Cactus Reining moment.


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