fourth with that horse in the Non Pro. Audrey also took both champion and reserve, with Dunit My Way RA and Vallejo Beautifulmoon (Rohara Moon Storm+// x Vallejo Buckle Up), respectively, in the High Roller Reining Classic 1. Another worthy of comment, was Dusty Morgan, who took reserve in the Arabian Level 1 Open ($4,281.50) and tied for ninth in the High Roller Reining Classic Open Arabian/ Half-Arabians with Good N Plennty (Another Hero x JB Dos Jalapenas). Our Canadian neighbor Diane Comeau, down from Alberta, won the Non Pro Arabian/Half-Arabian Reining with SH Cool Dude (Buenos Partee Dude x Noble Duchess). Medora Fralick and BJ Dark Hero (Trick R Treat+// x Czars Fire Bug) were reserve.
Eleanor Hamilton of Rogers, Minn., President of the Arabian Reining Horse Association and owner of Eleanor’s Arabians, visited the show for a few days to catch the exciting Arabian and Half-Arabian competition, and to simply enjoy watching reining with her Sulphur Springs, Tex. located trainer, Gary Ferguson. “Thirty years ago when I first started breeding Arabians to Quarter Horses, a friend gave me a big box of Quarter Horse magazines,” Eleanor says, laughing. “That was my first bit of Quarter Horse education. The High Roller Reining Classic is my most recent. Gary and I enjoyed ourselves immensely. The show management does a great job at this show. The riders were on time; the dirt in the rings was fantastic. I told Gary. ‘I need this dirt at home in my pens; these horses can slide forever!’ Throughout the show in general, the judging scores seemed a bit low to us, but that’s the nature of any group of show judges. Some low; some high. I bred some very good Arabian reining mares to top, ‘new’ Quarter Horse stallions in 2014. After watching the show this week, I am encouraged and I have my fingers crossed for my 2015 foal crop. I think the High Roller Reining Classic should make all of the attending Arabian reining people very thoughtful about their breeding programs, what they are doing, and how they can improve their stock to compete more effectively at the highest levels.”
Gary Ferguson and Eleanor Hamilton.
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