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Franco Bertolani and Inferno 66 win the Lucas Oil Level 4 Open Derby title.


pat ern. Soon the cheering, whistling and goosebumps came from the appreciative spectators. Then the ride was over. The moments waiting to hear the score had folks on the edge of their seat. When the score of 228.5 was announced there was an explosion of exhilaration for the 2017 winner of the Lucas Oil Level 4 Open Derby Champions Inferno 66 and Franco Bertolani. Their eff orts earned them a


custom Gist trophy buckle, cus- tom bronze trophy and a check in the amount of $13,788.50. Arno Honstet er and Daniel Schloemer tied for Reserve Champions and each earned a check of $7,343.88 in the Level 4 division. Daniel Schloemer and Dun Spooked Us also won the Level 3 division adding anoth- er $6,203.10 for a total win of $13,546.98 and a Bob’s Custom Trophy Saddle. The Level 2 Open Derby Championship and Level 3 Reserve Championship went to Foran, of Burbank and Sleipner, LLC’s Walla Walla Starbuck, by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Walla Walla Whiz.


Their paycheck totaled $7,780. The eye-stopping palomino stal- lion Woodys Toy Gun, sired by Hollywoodstinseltown and rid- den by Chuy Chavez from Gilroy won the Level 1 Open Derby divi- sion, tied for third in the Level 2 and earned themselves a check in the amount of $3,770.63 for owner Karin DiNapoli. Johanna “Jojo” Anstensen,


from Anacortes, Wash., and her horse SLJ Custom Style by Custom Legend and out of a Smart Like juice mare, were all smiles aſt er winning the Limited Non Pro High Point Championship. Aſt er an exciting run off , the pair took home a gorgeous custom trophy saddle presented by Equine Oasis and custom Gist trophy buckle. “This is my fi rst time showing in Arizona,” Anstensen said. “I had a great time, and had lots of fun showing my horse. He was just amazing. “ The Rookie divisions were dominated by Robi-Kay Lynn Pederson, a 16-year-old rider from Scot sdale, Ariz. Pederson won High Point Championships Continued on page 39


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