“My stud, Mr Univerce … we’re really excited about him,” Tyson says contentedly. “He finished reserve. I knew trying to get past Andrea in that class was going to be pretty tough. He has a really nice horse. My colt’s only four and I think we’re pretty happy about what is coming in the future for him. My Half-Arabian took third and she showed great! It’s probably the best she’s shown since I’ve had her. We were within a point of winning that class. I won a nice paycheck. I’m very happy this event became reality, thanks to Dick Ames, his daughter Lara, and with the help of Mandy Brumley. We love coming to Las Vegas. It’s a great place to bring our Arabians. I bring several Quarter Horses here every year and we show our Derby and Futurity horses at the High Roller. So, with the added Arabian classes, now it’s just a win for me personally all the way around!”
Aaron Doss and Buckshots Smokin Gun, Champion Arabian Level 1 Open and 4th Place Level 4 Open.
The young, talented professional, Aaron Doss agrees with Tyson’s sentiments. He took home over $21,000 in the ARBC classes. He “smoked” the Level 1 Open Arabian Reining ($6,327.75) with Buckshots Smokin Gun (HH Maxemus x AQR Sonatina+) and placed fourth ($2,268.38) in the Level 4. Then, he did exactly the same thing in the Half-Arabian division, winning the Level 1 ($6,650.00) with Im Genuinely Oz (Im Genuinely Smart x MVA Scarlet Orzel+), tying for third ($2,493.75) with BSF Marietta (Were Dun x AQR Sonatina+), and placing fourth ($3,341.86) in the Level 4, with Im Genuinely Oz.
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“I was fortunate to have a couple of very nice horses,” Aaron notes. “Thanks to John O’Hara and Kimberly Tillman, and especially to Buckshot Farms for letting me ride their horses. We have the U.S. Nationals coming up and I hope to keep competing at the big shows and getting these good horses to ride.” Cori Vokoun, owner of Buckshot Farms could not have been happier. “Aaron did very well with our horses and I was able to take reserve championships with them as well, in the Non Pro division. I love showing in Las Vegas at South Point—everything is under one roof, and it’s really secure. They have cameras in the barns and you have to use your room key to get into the stabling area. There are lots of other amenities, too. If you don’t get through until 2 a.m., you can still find a place to eat in the hotel. This is our second year here and we will definitely be back. This is now a permanent show on our schedule!” Several others turned in some sharp performances, including Audrey Hart, winner of the Non Pro Half-Arabian Level 4 and reserve in the Half-Arabian Level 1 Open ($4,987.50) with Dunit On Fyre RA (Brenna Golden Dunit x Fyre In The Skye). Hart was also third in the same class ($2,493.75) with Dunit My Way RA (Hollywood Dun It x Minding Ps and Qs) and