An exciting Friday evening at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas, concluded with the National Reining Breeders Classic Open Classic Challenge, run concurrently with the $25,000 Added National Reining Horse Association Open.
The call of big money was what made the decision for Andrea Fappani and owner Pat Warren to enter 9-year-old stallion Custom Spook in both classes. “For this year this was one of the opens with more added money. He’s fresh – he hasn’t been shown for the past few months – so Pat and I decided this would be a good place to take him,” Fappani said. He added that the Coliseum arena suits the horse’s style. “He’s a fast horse that likes to circle in big arenas and this is probably the best arena for that, so we decided this was the place to go and it turned out to be good.” With a score of 224, the pair won both classes. The earnings totaled $15,909, and prizes included signature NRBC crystal, two Gist Silversmiths buckles, two pairs of Rios of Mercedes boots, gift certificates to Thomas Moore Feed, and a saddle from Continental Saddlery.
Fappani and Custom Spook (Smart Spook x Custom Spinderella) have a long history together, having won more than $100,000 before he handed the reins over to Warren. “I showed him pretty hard as a 3 and 4-year-old and then he was sold to Pat to be a Non Pro horse. We’ve been sharing him the last three years. He’s been a good horse for Pat and I’m lucky to get to show him a few times a year at the Opens and seven-and-up classes.”
Fappani also won the Reserve Championship in the Classic Challenge on Nics Little Bud, owned by Bill Coburn of Sherman Oaks, California. Nics Little Bud, by Nic It In The Bud out of Chex Out The Cowgirl, also placed third in the NRHA Open, winning a total of $10,410.
Jordan Larson and Legacy In Lights won the Reserve Championship of the NRHA Open, earning a check for $6,085. Legacy In Lights, owned by Bearden Equine Investments, is by Hit The Lights and out of Doc Berry Miss.