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Print Posted by Brumley Management Group, LLC on 08/07/2017

2017 Reining by the Bay brings together Sand, Surf and Sea

2017 Reining by the Bay brings together Sand, Surf and Sea

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The excitement of Reining by the Bay draws competitors away from scorching temperatures throughout the Country. The San Francisco Peninsula’s coastal fog and ocean breezes are welcomed by all. ‘Uniqueness” is the adjective most used to describe this premier event. The Bay Area’s attractions are incredible. The Horse Park is about 30 minutes south of San Francisco and just 30 minutes to the west is the quaint coast-side town of Half Moon Bay. The Horse Park itself is located next to Stanford University and the Silicon Valley and all of its offerings.  With so many fantastic sites close by the Horse Park, many attendees take time to visit San Francisco, view the Golden Gate Bridge and enjoy fantastic seafood dishes at renowned restaurants. One trip to Reining by the Bay cannot cover all that the San Francisco Peninsula has to offer. NRHA Professional Martin Meuhlstaetter from Scottsdale, Arizona states “If this was an AQHA show with no money or prizes we would still attend.”

In its 18th year as the California Reining Community’s all-time favorite show, Reining by the Bay offers world class competition as well as a beautiful setting for spectators.  Annually, Reining by the Bay pays out in excess of $250,000 in cash and prizes ensuring its residence on the Top Ten of the National Reining Horse Association Annual Leading World Wide Events List.

The Lucas Oil Open Derby is one highlight of the event. The Bay Arena is 150’ wide by 300’ long. The footing is meticulously prepared and groomed to provide the most optimal footing for tough competition. The surface competitors need to achieve the high scores witnessed by the excited crowd. This year a new record for the event was achieved.  NRHA 4 Million Dollar Professional Andrea Fappani took a clean sweep of the Lucas Oil Level 4 Open Derby winning 1st, 2nd, and 3rd on his three mounts.  The palomino mare Wimpys Little Tag, Whiz N Tag Chex x Wimpys Little Chic, showed off her exceptional talent those bloodlines gave her by marking a 227.5 for owner Freddie Brasfield from Tennessee and a paycheck of $12,929. Thebettertohearuwith, Spooks Gotta Whiz x Chex Out The Cowgirl, owned and raised by Bill Coburn took the Reserve Championship with a score of 226.5 and a paycheck of $8,888.69, followed by Rancho Oso Rio’s entry Spooks Show Time marking 223.50 and received a paycheck of $7,676.59. Total Fappani winnings for his Trifecta sweep $29,494.28! “Reining by the Bay is always a great show for our team, but this year was even better” states Fappani. “All three of my Derby horses showed great and gave me everything I asked them to.” Ricky Nicolazzi, another rider from the Fappani team, aboard Dunnits Special Nite, Gunners Special Nite x Dun It For Chex, tied for Reserve in the Level 3 Open Derby and Champion in the Level 2 Open Derby winning $5,683.60 for owners Rancho Oso Rio. Tom Foran riding Walla Walla Starbuck for Sleipner, LLC was the rider who tied with Nicolazzi. “Reining by the Bay has always been one of our favorite shows since its inception,” comments Foran. “The arena is huge with great ground so you can really showcase a horse. You have to really put a run together as the competition doesn’t get much tougher. My Derby horse (Walla Walla Starbuck) has shown great all year. He felt honest everywhere. He is one of the nicest horses I’ve ever had the pleasure to train and show.”

The Protect The Harvest Non Pro Derby also boasted some impressive runs. Kim Muehlstaetter from Scottsdale, Arizona took home the Level 4 Championship aboard her home grown mare Tinselchex, Hollywoodstinseltown x Nu Tuf Lil Chex, with a score of 219.5 and winning a paycheck of $5,899.43. Meuhlstaetter is no newcomer to the winner’s circle at Reining by the Bay. She has had multiple championships in the Derby and Futurity divisions.  Kim duplicated her success this year by taking the Level 4 Non Pro Futurity Championship aboard Spooks Grand Slam, Spooks Gotta Whiz x Shiney Diamond Lady, besting her Derby score by one point marking a stellar 220.5. “Reining by the Bay is a great venue to prepare a 3 year old,” comments Meuhlstaetter. “I like to show my Futurity horse in a big pen for the first outing, giving them more time to relax between maneuvers. The show pen at Reining by the Bay provides the perfect atmosphere. I was thrilled with how well he (Spooks Grand Slam) showed for me here.”

The Meuhlstaetter name hit the top of the Level 4 Open Futurity Championship as well as. Kim’s husband Martin rode Spookneedsacocktail, Wimpyneedsacocktail x Snap Crackle Spook, to a score of 219.5 to take the win for owner Tami Schiltz. The Meuhlstaetter winnings did not stop there. Martin tied with Gabe Hutchins entry Xtra Wimpy Voodoo, Shiners Voodoo Dr x Wimpys New Pal, owned by Tamarack Ranch, for Reserve in the Level 4 Open Futurity aboard Bullets Whizzen By, Spooks Gotta Whiz x Docs Lil Bullet, and owner Michael Garnett, both marking a 217.5. This year was Hutchins first time attending the event. “Reining by the Bay is one of the best shows I have ever attended,” stated Hutchins. “The arena and atmosphere make an experience you will never forget. With the experience that Brumley Management has running horse shows, it’s one you have to attend!”

Tom Foran was also in the money on his Futurity entry Gunna Sail Away, Gunnatrashya x Sailing Spark, which the pair marked a 216.50 to win the Level 2 and 3 Open Futurity. “This year I was fortunate to get to show a 3 year old by Gunnatrashya, (Gunna Sail Away). Austin Roush started him and did a great job. He just keeps getting better and better,” remarks Foran.

The SmartPak Non Pro Maturity is a fantastic opportunity for horses 7 years of age and older to shine. This year was no exception. Keri Blackledge and her horse Gettinaway Whiz It, Topsail Whiz x Getaway Lark, swept away with the Level 2, 3 and 4 division Championships. Robyn Schiller and her horse Plenty Of Guns, Dun It Gotta Gun x Plenty Of Rest, were Reserve champions in the Level 2, 3, and 4 and Champions in the Level 1. Schiller had high praise for her ten year old gelding. “He (Plenty Of Guns) is super consistent and fun to circle,” comments Schiller. “He knows his job, so all we do is keep him fit. We had the best run ever in the first slate of the Non Pro classes and taking the Non Pro High Point Championship. Overall a fantastic show for us!” Morris Kulmer is no newcomer to the winners circle and his gelding Dreamy Little Sailor, Magnum Chic Dream x Enjoy A Lena, has been right there with him. Dreamy’s NRHA life time earnings exceed $119,376.00, a remarkable accomplishment for this little gelding with a big heart. Morris and Dreamy took the Championship in the SmartPak Prime Time and Masters Non Pro Maturity. This is the second to last show for Dreamy. The fifteen year old gelding will be retired after the 2018 AQHA Select World Show.

The coveted Bob’s Custom Saddles High Point Trophy Saddles are always an event favorite. This year four saddles were awarded in the Ancillary divisions; Prime Time Non Pro, sponsored by Cow Dog Saddles, Limited Non Pro, sponsored by Bob’s Custom Saddles, Rookie Level 2, sponsored by Rhodes River Ranch and DRHA Rookie, sponsored by Rancho Oso Rio.  It took two consistent runs to claim these victories and the winners were beside themselves with delight. Ashley Jackson and Smart Like Steady, Steady Tradition x Bar S Docs Gay Bar, a 2005 gelding won the Limited Non Pro High Point Championship, marked a 73 in slate one. Laura Johnson and her 2010 model Vintage Sparks, A Sparkling Vintage x Chic Hickory Doc, kept it consistent and won the Prime Time High Point. Revolutionic, Einsteins Revolution x Nics Whiz, with rider Megan Lynch won both the Rookie Level 1 and 2 High Point Championships and took home the Level 2 High Point Bob’s Custom Trophy Saddle. Newcomer to the winners circle Paige Pastorino and Taylor Made Magnum, Magnum Chic Dream x Beaus Liberty Belle, swept her competition winning both slates of the DRHA Rookie and taking home her first trophy saddle as DRHA High Point Champion. Paige’s mother Dana was excited to say the least. “We had an amazing show. Paige accomplished her goal of winning her first saddle, and my three year old Mister Nicashine was Reserve in the Level 2 Open Futurity with our trainer Ollie Galligan. It’s such a fun and well managed show with great footing. We are really looking forward to next year,” states Pastorino. “I’d like to thank Galligan Performance Horses for getting us here.”

An avid fan and participant at Reining by the Bay, actor William Shatner had an impressive ride in the first slate of the Non Pro divisions marking a 71 aboard KR Electrified, Jacs Electric Spark x Faded Lac, winning the Masters division, tying for third in the Intermediate Non Pro and Prime Time Non Pro, and tying fourth in the Limited Non Pro. When asked what he thought of the show Shatner’s response was “One of the greatest shows in the country! I will be showing here every year as long as I am still breathing.”

When asked what is in store for Reining by the Bay next year, co-producer Amanda Brumley had some very exciting news. “After the event this year we had a meeting of the Board of Directors. We discussed the challenges of this event for exhibitors, primarily it is more costly to attend due to its location. The San Francisco Bay Area is not an inexpensive place to stay. Even though we do our best to negotiate discounted hotel rates, we cannot compete with locations that are not on the world’s most popular places to visit list. Keeping that in mind, we have made the decision to up the ante a bit by offering a $100,000 Level 4 Open Derby and a $30,000 Added Level 4 Open Futurity in addition to what is already being offered,” Brumley noted. “Also we have been researching other options for accommodations and found AirBNB.com to be extremely useful and economical, so we will be recommending this option to attendees next year.”  “2018 will be nineteen years since the Reining by the Bay’s conception and we want to encourage everyone to attend who has not had the opportunity to enjoy this amazing event,” notes Brumley. “You just have to experience it. Once you do, you’re hooked for good!”

Brumley Management Group, LLC produces annually four not-to-be-missed shows in premier locations. In addition to the Reining by the Bay in Woodside, California each July, Brumley Management Group also produces their March event Cactus Reining Classic Scottsdale, Arizona, the Wild Card Challenge, Las Vegas, Nevada in May and the world famous High Roller Reining Classic, Las Vegas, Nevada in September. For information contact Amanda Brumley at 602-677-3774 or e-mail brumleymanagementgroup@gmail.com

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