It’s always a big show at the Reichert Celebration.
Jay Starnes and Hot Lopin Machine won the $100,000 check for taking first place in the $250,000 Equine Sports Medicine Maiden 2-Year-Old Western Pleasure Challenge on Saturday, August 14, the highlight event of the Reichert Celebration multi-breed show.
The stallion earned three first spots and one second on the judges’ cards. The judges were: Dan Huss, Bob Avila, Rick Christy and Scott Newman.
Jay also won the western pleasure slot class in 2009 with Rode Rageous, which makes the trainer from Summerton, South Carolina, the first back-to-back and the first repeat winner of the class since it was first held in 2004 (won that year by Bret Parrish and RL Best Of Sudden).
Owned by Michelina Carbone of South Bend, Indiana, Hot Lopin Machine is a 2008 stallion by A Good Machine, bred by Jay’s mom, Cathy Starnes. The stallion is the first foal out of Hot Lopin Louise (by Blazing Hot), the 2005 National Snaffle Bit Association Horse of the Year.
Taking the runner-up spot was A Certain Blaze, a 2008 mare by Blazing Hot and out of Certainly A Classic by Certain Potential, bred by Michael and Barbara Hershberger of Milford, Nebraska. Joshua Robertson rode the mare for owner Sue Farenthold of Boerne, Texas, earning a check for $28,500.
Other big news was AQHA Professional Horseman Tina Kaven’s win in the Succeed Maiden 3-Year-Old and Over Western Pleasure on Susan Marques’ Sundancing Blaze, a 2005 stallion by Blazing Hot and out of Sundance Jet Phantom by Barts Jet Shi. The win came with a check for $12,000. It was the show’s biggest futurity class, with two splits.
“But it’s not just a futurity show,” says Jennifer Horton, media contact for the Reichert Celebration. The show also features a select sale and a complete AQHA, NSBA, APHA, ApHC and POA show schedule.
“There’s a big charitable aspect to the show,” Jennifer adds.
Owned and operated by J.R. Reichert and the Reichert family, the Reichert Celebration has long supported fund-raising opportunities for charities such as the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, American Diabetes Association, AQHA Professional Horseman’s Crisis Fund and the NSBA Trainers Crisis Fund.
This year’s fundraisers included two cor-huahua (Corgi-Chihuahua-cross) puppies donated by Susan Scott; and the mare, Vested Passion, in foal to A Touch Of Sudden, donated by Dana Morgan Fady, to name a few.
The show also featured an all-breed youth team tournament that attracted 105 youth riders. Participants were randomly drawn into 10 teams, with the first-place team members earning $1,000 scholarships, and second-place team members earning $500 scholarships. The tournament was open to all comers, with no entry fees. The classes included showmanship, western pleasure, horsemanship, hunt seat equitation, hunter under saddle, trail, all-age mares and geldings, and performance halter mares and geldings. Seventy-six youth showed in the showmanship alone.
For more information, check out the Reichert website.
Just for fun, here’s a list of the past Reichert Challenge winners:
- 2004 RL Best Of Sudden and Bret Parrish
- 2005 A Certain Vino and Stanley Ryan
- 2006 Old Gold Machine and Gil Galyean (1st year the show was in Tulsa)
- 2007 Invest N Vital Signs and Keith Whistle
- 2008 Sure Am Hot and Katy Jo Pickard
- 2009 Rode Rageous and Jay Starnes
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