Andrea Fappani is an NRHA Futurity Champion, NRBC Classic Open Champion, a consistent aged event finalist and an NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider. He was first attracted to the Arabian reiner because he lived in Scottsdale and noticed the Scottsdale All-Arabian Show Reining Futurity. “I saw that there was good money and that it was just like the other NRHA Futurities,” says Fappani. “If an Arabian horse is talented, he is just like any other talented, athletic horse. Some American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) trainers look down on the Arabian horse, but the truth is, that a good horse is a good horse. I rode an Arabian horse for Crystal McNutt and one of her customers at the Scottsdale Arabian Reining Futurities this last February and did well. I will take a big string of Quarter Horses to the High Roller Reining Classic in September and at least one Arabian horse, possibly three, for the ARBC. The Arabians are not so different from other reining breeds. They are perhaps more easily distracted, but quicker to learn. I like a lot of personality in my horses. I like horses that are different. You have to think about what you are doing with an Arabian. They are very sensitive and their feelings are easily hurt. They won’t be bullied into working. They are challenging and they take a bit longer to mature, but I like them.”
“I enjoyed it,” Pokluda announces with a smile. “I had a lot of fun. Top trainers showing do a great job and add finesse and detail. It helps the whole picture.” “The people were really nice and obviously have fun with it,” Richard adds. “The Arabian people are breeding better mares and better horses. They’re training them better. They’ve got the right idea with the Scottsdale Futurities and the ARBC that’s coming up at the High Roller Reining Classic in September. The NRHA people will see it. More guys like me will start to get involved. They say that ‘money is the root of all evil’ but the truth is, money is important. You put up $30,000 and you get the attention of better trainers. And now that I’ve seen them, I think I would like riding an Arabian.”
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On Fappani’s recommendation, Silver Spurs has bred 2011 NRHA Futurity Reserve Champion Reiner, Spook Off Sparks to the Arabian stallion and top reiner, What It Takes, for a 2015 foal, underscoring Fappani’s interest in the Half-Arabian horse and its reining future. Fappani was the first European ever to win the NRHA Futurity and the first to win it on a Paint Horse. Perhaps it’s a harbinger and he’ll be the first person to win an NRHA Futurity on an Arabian one of these days as well. ■ For information about the WBCCA, go to www.westcoastbreedersselectsale.com. For rooms, amenities and reservations for the High Roller Reining Classic show, call (702) 796-7111 Hotel Main, (866) 791-7626 Reservations, (702) 797-8030 Spa and Salon. Or go on line at southpointcasino.com. For more complete details about the ARBC, go to www.ArabianReiningBreedersClassic.com.
July 2014 issue