The Tulsa Reining Classic Open Derby took the spotlight on Sunday at The Tulsa Reining Classic, held at Expo Square. Big stops, smart maneuvers and stylish reining horses were shown in the open derby in the Ford Truck Arena where 83 entries battled for top honors.
Abby Lengel rode ARC Gunna Mark Ya to claim the Level 4 Open Derby championship at The Tulsa Reining Classic, as well as the Level 3 Open Derby championship with a score of 226 – the highest marked score of the show. 83 reining horses were shown in the Tulsa Reining open derby.
Lengel had a big day in Tulsa with the win aboard the 2012 mare by Gunnatrashya out of Shiney Miss Marker that she’s ridden to other big titles such as the NRBC Level 2 Open championship and great success at the NRHA Derby. One of the things Lengel feels most proud of is how the mare has matured with her.
“She’s felt so good. At home she’s been riding better than she ever has,” Lengel said. “She’s totally different in the show pen and that’s been one of the hardest things her – that she’s so much different when you’re showing her than when you’re riding her, but she’s felt so good [lately].”
Lengel picked up a total of $11,576. “She turned the best she ever has, didn’t have any penalties and she stopped really, really good,” Lengel said. “It’s hard to find a place to complain. She was with me the whole time. ”
Lengel said she feels blessed to get the win with this mare In the last year of her derby career .
“I had the attitude of she only has a couple of shows left, so I’m not holding anything back. I’ve worked hard on her and I just wanted to get the most out of it,” Lengel said. “She just let me show her and God has blessed us with her and these runs have been pretty amazing.”
Tulsa Reining Classic Open Derby Level 2 and Level 1 championships
Debbie Brown and Spooks Lil Princess – score 221 and earnings of $2,483
Tulsa Reining Classic Novice Horse Open Derby Level 4 championship
Jason Vanlandingham and Gunna Spark (Gunnatrashya x Roylenas Spark) – score 221.5 worth $3,551