The Buckeye Reining Series kicked off their 2018 show series with large classes, new champions and even some Easter celebrations March 30-April 1, 2018 at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio. The event drew exhibitors from near and far as each vied for the bevy of prizes and more than $13,000 in added money.
Although each class had its own prestige to win, the Peeko De Oro Non Pro 7&Up was the featured event Saturday evening. The class offered non pro levels 2 and 4 as well as a youth division and included 70 non pro competitors and their horses. Gabriella (Boo) Kammerer aboard Gunners Star, owned by Bill Bradley, of Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, scored a 220 to sweep all three divisions of the 7&Up and the Limited Non Pro class. The duo also earned reserve honors in the concurrently run Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro classes.
Lyndsey Cruise piloted Magnums Chic Magnet for only the second time together in the show pen and marked the highest score of the show with a 220.5. Cruise and Magnums Chic Magnet, owned by Becky Jordan, of Georgetown, Kentucky, took home top honors in the Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro and were awarded a Tom Balding bit, this year’s prize for the highest scoring horse and rider of each BRS show.
The $1,500 added Open was another exciting class to watch Friday as it featured many impressive runs from the 40 entries in the draw. Shawn Flarida took home Champion and Reserve Champion honors in the Open. NRHA’s only 6 Million Dollar Rider didn’t disappoint as he guided Katsy Leeman’s Footwork Revolution to a score of 148 and the win in the Open division and AQHA Open. He followed that up with a 146 aboard Smart Chicago Spook, owned by Tommy Tucker, of Deville, Louisiana, for the reserve championship.
Shannon Quinlan and Spooked In The Dark, owned by Robert Brossia, matched Flarida’s high score of 148 to win the Limited and Intermediate Open divisions. And Jesse Dillaman on Cornbreadntinseltown won the Rookie Professional with a score of 143.
While the activity in the show arena always draws a crowd at the Buckeye Reining Shows, there is just as much fun and excitement out of the show pen for exhibitors and spectators alike. Youth of all ages flocked to the youth tent as the Easter Bunny made an appearance Saturday afternoon to kick off the annual Easter Egg Hunt. Kids also kept themselves busy with the ‘Cookies and Canvas’ bunny painting activity Saturday as well as movie nights and the life size connect four game outside the show office.
Vendors filled the edges of the main aisle way during the show and had a constant buzz of shoppers throughout the weekend. Easter Sunday Cowboy Church drew many early morning attendees and the Pizza Party was a big hit as usual. But it was Saturday afternoon’s Musical Buckets activity before the start of the 7&Up that garnered some of the loudest cheers and laughs of the show. Matt Lantz, Samantha Roper and Julian Daniel definitely got their exercise in for the weekend as they won the Men’s, Ladies and Youth divisions.
The Buckeye Reining Series wants to thank all of the generous sponsors, both big and small, that make these events possible. The next Buckeye Reining Series event is the BRS Leonard Truck and Trailer No Entry Fee Derby Show, May 24-27,2018. For more information please visit www.buckeyereiningseries.com.
The Buckeye Reining Series hosted their largest show to date with the Leonard Truck and Trailer No Entry Fee Derby Show, held May 25-28, 2017 at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio. The event drew exhibitors from near and far as each vied for the more than $80,000 in added money and prizes.
But the biggest draw for exhibitors was the second annual $50,000 added No Entry Fee Derby sponsored by Leonard Truck and Trailer, which also included both Open and Non Pro Novice Horse Derby divisions. The Open Derby boasted 101 entries in the draw as Shawn Flarida took home top honors in the Open L4 and Novice Horse Derby L4 aboard Luckie Moonstone, owned by Jason Dobrinski of Factoryville, Pennsylvania, with a score of 224. Traveling all the way from Missouri, Bobby Avila Jr and CBK Spooks Got Cash scored a 222 to win the Open L2 and Novice Horse Derby L2 as well as the Buckeye Breeders Bonus for owners William and Corliss Kellogg, of Rogersville, Missouri. The Buckeye Breeders Bonus is a free breeding to one of the stallions in the program that is awarded to the highest placing mare in each of the Open and Non Pro Derbies.
The Non Pro Derby Sunday afternoon was just as exciting to watch and featured many impressive runs from the 77 entries in the Non Pro and Novice Horse Derby divisions. David McBurney of Palo, Iowa, piloted his Fancy Steppin Whiz to a score of 146.5 to win the Non Pro Derby L4, while David McGee, of King, North Caroline, took home the Novice Horse Non Pro Derby L4 championship aboard Knaughtybynature with a score of 146. Pickerington, Ohio native, Emmie Lacey captured the Non Pro Dery L2 title aboard her mare I Think I Can Can. The duo marked a 145 to also win the Buckeye Breeders Bonus in the Non Pro divisions. Alicia Rapp, of Tampa, Florida, and Green Smokin Jacket won the Novice Horse Derby Non Pro L2 with a score of 144.5.
As each Derby division champion was awarded their bronze trophies, custom Buckeye neck ribbons and slew of other prizes, one lucky winner was also drawn to take home the beautiful Continental Saddle donated by Oliver and Heike Dusterhoff of Continental Saddlery. David McGee and Knaughtybynature were the lucky champions that got to take home the coveted trophy saddle.
While the No Entry Fee Derby was the highlight Saturday and Sunday afternoons, the entire show was a big hit for both exhibitors and spectators alike. Class sizes soared yet again as everyone joined in the fun and gave their best to win their share of money and prizes. AQHA Ranch Riding classes drew many entries which included a two-point Youth Ranch Riding class. Past Congress Champion Tinseltown Flash, owned by Beth Himes, and shown by Robin Schoeller marked a 75 to win the two-point AQHA and NRHA Open classes and past Congress Amateur Champion, Footwork Revolution with Katsy Leeman, scored a 74 to claim the AQHA and Non Pro class wins.
The AQHA Youth Reining classes grew in size yet again as each slate featured a four-point class. And with three slates of NRHA Youth Classes, even the Short Stirrup saw a surge in entries as young riders from Florida, Illinois, Tennessee, Michigan, Georgia and Ohio competed for the many prizes to pick from in the Youth Prize Closet as well as the Short Stirrup gift bags prepared and donated by Gary and Kerri Marsolais, of Ontario, Canada.
Outside the show arena there was plenty to see and do with vendors galore, exhibitor parties and dinners, bounce houses, youth movie night and cowboy church. The Buckeye Reining Series wants to thank all of the generous sponsors, both big and small, that make these events possible.
The next Buckeye Reining Series event is the Buckeye Reining Series Futurity Show, August 17-20, 2017. For more information please visit www.buckeyereiningseries.com.
Show season with the Buckeye Reining Series kicked off with a stellar Easter Slide Show March 31-April 2, 2017. The show featured $12,200 in added money, including the $2,000 added Peeko De Oro Non Pro 7 & Up, two slates of NRHA ancillary classes and AQHA open, amateur and youth reining and ranch riding classes.
Class sizes soared as reiners and ranch riders from all across Ohio, six neighboring states and Canada, gathered at the Champions Center in Springfield, Ohio for a weekend of tough competition and tons of fun. The Peeko De Oro Non Pro 7 & Up and concurrently run non pro ancillary classes were the main event Saturday night as 66 non pros and their mounts vied for the bevy of money and prizes. But before the competition got serious, the crowd cheered and laughed as attendees ran in the first ever BRS Boot Races. And the winners pulled out all the stops in their quest to win a free pair of boots, generously sponsored by Ariat. Pizza was then had by all as the cheers and competition continued late into the evening.
The events Saturday night showcased the fun and deep competition that was a reoccurring theme throughout the weekend. As a new partner with the Ohio Quarter Horse Association (OQHA) for 2017, the Buckeye Reining Series AQHA classes gave many exhibitors the opportunity to earn world show qualifying points as well as OQHA points. The class sizes were large as the AQHA Youth reining and Amateur ranch riding were 4 point classes each. The Open and Amateur reining and Open ranch riding classes were also popular among exhibitors as entries grew to a 3 point class size. In addition to the AQHA points, the Buckeye Reining Series also awarded more than $2,500 in prizes to the Top Five in all AQHA classes.
Youth events are also an important part of every Buckeye Reining Series show and the Easter Slide has become known as a favorite event among many young attendees. The BRS Youth Scholarship kick off meeting was held during the show and the Easter Bunny made his annual appearance just before the egg hunt sent kids searching throughout the barn. Painting Easter eggs and a messy egg toss were also some of the fun had by many youth. Adults had plenty to do and see as well as vendor and sponsor booths filled the main aisle offering plenty of shopping and a great social atmosphere.
The next Buckeye Reining Series event is the Leonard Truck and Trailer No Entry Fee Derby Show May 25-28, 2017. For more information please visit www.buckeyereiningseries.com.
New for 2017…we are now an Ohio Quarter Horse Association Affiliate which increases your benefits when showing with us! This is great news for our exhibitors! Not only do the BRS shows help you earn your AQHA and AQHYA World Show qualifying points, they also help Ohio’s youth riders qualify to be on the OQHA Youth Congress Team Tournament Team! Our shows also count towards OQHA year end points in reining and ranch riding! It’s a win win partnership that brings big benefits to our exhibitors! Make sure your OQHA membership and BRS awards series nominations are up to date! You can sign up for both at any BRS show in 2017!
Don’t forget to make your stall reservations for the Easter Slide, they are filling up quickly! Call, text or email Laura at 614-551-9748 to reserve your stalls, shavings, camping and paid warm ups. We are less than 2 weeks away from the first BRS show of the year and it is shaping up to be a great event! Don’t miss out on the fun!
Our first annual training camp was a HUGE success! Thank you to all our sponsors, clinicians, riders, vendors, tack swap booths and of course everyone who attended the first annual BRS Training Camp! Your interest in and excitement for this event was overwhelming. We are already planning new and exciting things for 2018 so keep checking our Facebook page and website for details later this Spring!