The finals competition was held Saturday, July 9, in Fort Worth, Texas.
The APHA World Show hosted the 3-Year-Old Reining Challenge, an Amateur
Reining competition and a Freestyle Reining competition. According to
the APHA World Show, the Reining Challenge competition is considered one
of the most challenging classes at the World Show. Van Dorp took home
first-place bragging rights in the Reining Challenge with a score of
218.5 on Bob Acres Outlaw (Bob Acre Doc x Missy Olena) owned by
Annemarie Van der Toorn of the Netherlands.
"It felt great to win the APHA World Show Reining Challenge, but it was
also a surprise that I won because I marked a 207 in the first go
round," said Van Dorp, first time exhibitor at the APHA World Show. "I
liked the competition and thought there were a lot of good reiners and
trainers. The crowd really got into the finals competition, which made
it really enjoyable."
Through an alliance, NRHA and APHA provide benefits to their members
through their contributions and involvement with association programs.
NRHA sponsors the Reining Challenge with a prestigious Morrison Bronze
Sliding into second place, scoring 215.5, in the 3-Year-Old Reining
Challenge was NRHA's Leading Lifetime Money Earning Rider, Hall of
Famer, and Million Dollar Rider Tim McQuay of Tioga, Texas, on Gunner
Slide, owned by Thomas Mason of Canton, Mich. In third place was Bill
Norwood of Temecula, Calif., on Whiz N Nanny, owned by Driscoll Ranch
LLC in La Honda, Calif., with a score of 213.5.
According to the World Show Program, the Amateur Reining competition is
part of one of the fastest-growing, most popular segments of APHA World
Show competition with a total of 72 entries. Placing first, with a
score of 216.5, was Zane Haverty from Krum, Texas, on Mark This Spot,
owned by Clint and Zane Haverty. Coming in second, from Fredericksburg,
Texas, was Michael Martin on Gunners Phantom, owned by Martin with a
score of 211.5 and placing third, with a score of 210.5, was Tereasa
Larae Canada on Genuine Funny Face, owned by Canada from Santa Rosa,
Zane Haverty was also named the Amateur Rookie of the World. Haverty and
his ten-year-old bay tobiano stallion, Mark This Spot, also earned a
Reserve World Champion title in Amateur Working Cow Horse. For being
named a Rookie of the World, Zane received $1,000 and a Gist custom-made
trophy belt buckle.
With a score of 218, Clint Haverty earned the Senior Reining world
championship title aboard Stone Canyon Ranch's The Big Gun. In the
reserve slot was Bub Poplin riding Smart As An Angel, owned by Rod and
Roxanne Green of Clifton, Colo. Gatling Gun carried Todd Arvidson to
third place. Todd's wife Heidi is the owner; the couple is from Purcell,
Okla. In the Junior Reining, Ron Emmons piloted Mark This Cloud, owned
by Sandra Finch, Orland, Calif., to the World Champion title. Lookie A
Diamond, ridden by Clint Haverty, earned reserve honors. Lookie A
Diamond is owned by Reimers Rainbow Ranch, Grand Junction, Colo. In
third place was Haverty on Gunners Litl Smoke, owned by Susan Ray,
With a routine performed to "Born to be Wild" and dressed as a biker,
Sandy Kaplan of Larkspur, Colo., won the Freestyle Reining competition
scoring 222.5 on her costumed motorcycle, Ima Polly Verse, owned by
Glenn and Sandy Kaplan.
"It was a fantastic performance," said Kaplan, who has competed in the
World Show Freestyle Reining competition for six years. "It was an
accomplishment because of the circumstances; the mare hadn't competed
since 2000 and we have never won at the World Show."