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2019 NRHA Derby

CONGRATULATIONS

2019 NRHA DERBY LEVEL 3 OPEN 

6/8 Rhett Butler Dunnit 13S (Colonels Smoking Gun x Lena Dun It) O:Story Book Stables R:Marco Ricotta

 

2019 NRHA DERBY NOVICE HORSE OPEN

5/6 Rhett Butler Dunnit 13S (Colonels Smoking Gun x Lena Dun It) O:Story Book Stables R:Marco Ricotta

 

2019 NRHA DERBY LEVEL 4 NON-PRO 

17/19 Blonde Ambishen 14M (Shiners Voodoo Dr x Relaxin With a Bud) O:Frederick R. Christen R:Frederick R. Christen

 

2019 NRHA DERBY MASTERS NON-PRO 

2nd Blonde Ambishen 14M (Shiners Voodoo Dr x Relaxin With a Bud) O:Frederick R. Christen R:Frederick R. Christen

10th Story for You15S (Wimpyneedsacocktail x Surpriseinadarkalley) O:Story Book Stables R:Frederick R. Christen

 

2019 NRHA DERBY PRIMETIME NON-PRO

6/7 Blonde Ambishen 14M (Shiners Voodoo Dr x Relaxin With a Bud) O:Frederick R. Christen R:Frederick R. Christen

13th Xtra Wimpy Voodoo 14S (Shiners Voodoo Dr x Wimpys New Pal) O:Story Book Stables R:Brenda Joyce

 

2019 NRHA DERBY LEVEL 1 OPEN

18/20 Inlovewiththemobster 15M (HF Mobster x Smart Stylish Ruby) O:Frederick R. Christen R:Dakin J Allred

Gold Medal Reiner Ms Dreamy Honored by EQUUS, USEF

Team USA reiner Ms Dreamy is one of nine “larger than life” horses inducted into the Horse Stars Hall of Fame.

 

The Horse Stars Hall of Fame was established by the EQUUS Foundation and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) in 2013 to celebrate the extraordinary talent of horses and their magical and powerful bond with people. The USEF inducts the horses recognized annually as “Horses of Honor” for their stellar athletic performances. The EQUUS Foundation inducts horses who have had an inspirational impact on the public as companions, teachers and healers.

After competing in open and non-pro reining competitions, Ms Dreamy captured he public’s attention when she and trainer Dan Huss slid to Individual silver and Team gold medals at the 2018 Fédération Equestre Internationale World Equestrian Games in North Carolina.

However, the mare owned by Frederick Christen arguably may have gained even more fame two months later when her bridle broke apart and then fell off during the Senior Reining finals at the American Quarter Horse Association World Show. Rather than quit, Huss and Ms Dreamy completed the rest of a beautiful run – much to the delight of the crowd — without a bit or bridle – the trainer merely holding the reins and broken pieces in his hand.

Bred by Jan Leigh Simons, Ms Dreamy (Magnum Chic Dream x A Gal With A Gun x Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner]) has an Equi-Stat record of $182,206..

“By sharing the stories of these amazing horses, we hope to build a more informed and compassionate America that values the impact of horses in our lives,” said Lynn Coakley, EQUUS Foundation President. – QHN

STAR SPANGLED WHIZ

Congratulations Offspring

SPANGLED DESIRE 2010G (STAR SPANGLED WHIZ x MISS TORI SNAP by SNAPPER CAL BAR)

5/11 CACTUS RNG CLSC LIM NP CL1

2/4 CACTUS RNG CLSC NOVH OP2 CL1

6/10 CACTUS RNG CLSC PRMTM NP CL1

3/4 CACTUS RNG CLSC NOVH OP2 CL2

MISS SPANGLED 2015M (STAR SPANGLED WHIZ x MISS N BUCCANEERS by MISS N OKIE)

1ST CACTUS RNG CLSC NOVH OP2 CL2

5/8 CACTUS RNG CLSC NOVH OP2 CL1

ESTER SHINING WHIZ 2013M (STAR SPANGLED WHIZ x LADY SHINING DELMASO by SHINING DUN DELMASO)

2ND ITALY APCR SPRG RNG NP CL

LITTLE SPANGLED CAT 2012M (STAR SPANGLED WHIZ x KAY SARAH KAY SARAH by BAR FLIT FRITZ)

3/4 ITALY APCR SPRG RNG ROOKIE CL

2019 National Reiners Breeders Classic

Congratulations L4 Open Top 5, Shine Plum Shine out of our mare Plum Reyning!!!

2019 NRBC REINING DERBY LEVEL 4 OPEN 

4/6 Shine Plum Shine 14S (Shine Chic Shine x Plum Reyning) O:Rancho Oso Rio, LLC R:Andrea Fappani - $21,333.33

 

2019 NRBC REINING DERBY LEVEL 1 OPEN 

12th Story for You 15S (Wimpyneedsacocktail x Surpriseinadarkalley by Jerry Lees Surprise) O:Story Book Stables R:Dakin Allred

21st Inlovewiththemobster 15M (HF Mobster x Smart Stylish Ruby by Smart Chic Olena) O:Frederick Christen R:Dakin Allred

2019 NRBC REINING DERBY LEVEL 4 NON-PRO

33rd Blonde Ambishen 14M (Shiners Voodoo Dr x Relaxin With a Bud by Nic It in the Bud) O & R:Frederick Christen

2019 NRBC REINING DERBY PRIMETIME NON-PRO

18th Blonde Ambishen 14M (Shiners Voodoo Dr x Relaxin With a Bud by Nic It in the Bud) O & R:Frederick Christen

2018 AQHA World Show

2019 Cactus Reining Classic

Congratulations L4 Open Champion, Shine Plum Shine out of our mare Plum Reyning!!!

 

2019 CACTUS REINING CLASSIC DERBY LEVEL 4 OPEN

CHAMPION Shine Plum Shine 14S (Shine Chic Shine x Plum Reyning) O:Rancho Oso Rio, LLC R:Andrea Fappani - $13,630.09

2019 CACTUS REINING CLASSIC MATURITY PRIMETIME NON-PRO 

8/9 Wimpys High Bid 09S (Wimpys Little Step x Lucky Little Jewel) O:Story Book Stables, Inc R:Brenda Joyce

2019 CACTUS REINING CLASSIC DERBY PRIMETIME NON-PRO

7th Blonde Ambishen 14M (Shiners Voodoo Dr x Relaxin With a Bud by Nic It in the Bud) O & R:Frederick Christen

2019 CACTUS REINING CLASSIC DERBY MASTERS NON-PRO

3rd Blonde Ambishen 14M (Shiners Voodoo Dr x Relaxin With a Bud by Nic It in the Bud) O & R:Frederick Christen

2019 CACTUS REINING CLASSIC MATURITY PRIMETIME NON-PRO

3rd Xtra Voodoo Step 12M (Wimpys Little Step x Voodoo Chic) O:Frederick R Christen R:Frederick R Christen

2019 CACTUS REINING CLASSIC MATURITY LEVEL 4 NON-PRO

4/6 Xtra Voodoo Step 12M (Wimpys Little Step x Voodoo Chic) O:Frederick R Christen R:Frederick R Christen

Ms Dreamy Spectacular Bridleless Run at AQHA World Show

When Dan Huss rode Ms Dreamy into the pen for the Senior Reining finals at the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) World Show, he had a lot on his mind. It was the mare’s final run, and he was hoping to gain her a World title before her retirement. After winning the silver Individual medal and the Team gold medal at the Fédération Equestre Internationale World Equestrian Games earlier this year, it would have been the icing on the cake for her career.

He ran into the pen, stopped, backed up and did his first turnaround. Ms Dreamy was nailing each maneuver, and after turning to the right, he let her do her customary habit of rubbing her head on her leg. It surprised him when she rubbed both sides of her face, but since it was her last run, he let her go a few moments longer than usual before turning her to the left, hesitating and loping off. That’s when things went wrong.

With the bridle dangling from the bit and the headstall flapping against her neck, Ms Dreamy went into a large, fast circle. After a few moments, the whole configuration collapsed against her neck, leaving the reins in Huss’ hand with nothing to steer.

Watch Ms Dreamy’s incredible run !

“I was going to stop her – that’s when I took a hold of both reins with two hands,” Huss said, mentioning the action he took as he realized the bridle had broken. “That was my immediate thought. And then for some reason, I had another thought. I had seen people drop reins and keep going when they had equipment failures, so I could ride and keep going. As I was going around there, I realized that I had already two-handed her, so I just kept going and let people see that she is a nice mare.”

Much like her name, Ms Dreamy (Magnum Chic Dream x A Gal With A Gun x Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner]) performed almost magically. With ears forward, she hit her slowdowns, swapped leads, ran her circles and continued around the arena to perform three beautiful rundowns and stops. At the end of the pattern, she stood at attention while Huss patted her neck and scratched her between the ears before turning and riding out of the arena, bridle still in hand. It looked as if they had done it a million times – but they hadn’t.

“When I watched the video, she looked pretty comfortable with it,” he added of Ms Dreamy.

The crowd of spectators, which had risen to their feet at the conclusion of the duo’s run, waited to hear how the judges would score the performance. But, due to rule SHW482.1, a World title for the mare wasn’t to be. That rule states that the “use of two hands (exception in junior, snaffle bit, or hackamore classes designated for two hands) or changing hands [will result in a score of 0].” If Huss had been able to recover without grabbing the bridle with both hands, he would have scored.

“It was disappointing because the judges kept scoring her and they marked her a 228.5,” Huss said. “So it was disappointing we didn’t get any hardware, but at least she still came out on top. She did her job extremely well. She showed people what a nice reiner she really is.”

Though Ms Dreamydidn’t gain an AQHA World title, the earner of more than $170,000 ended her career on a high note that will have people talking for years to come. As the 8-year-old mare retires to produce the next generation, Huss hopes to see her talent and grit pass on to her offspring.

“Whenever one retires that’s that nice, it’s a little disappointing, but she’s got a 2-year-old that hopefully will turn out as nice as she is,” Huss said. “She’s a thinker and she’s sensitive but still really enjoyable to ride. She’s taught me more about finishing a horse than I’ve taught other horses. She’s definitely a special one.” – QHN

 2018   News- HRRC

STAR SPANGLED AMMO
(Star Spangled Ammo x Nu Chex Star)

Marco Ricotta, rider

  • High Roller Reining Futurity- 8th, $2400

STORY FOR YOU

(Wimpyneedsacocktail x Surpriseinadarkalley)

Marco Ricotta, rider

  • High Roller Reining Futurity- 7th, $3440

SHINE PLUM SHIINE

Marco Ricotta, rider

  • High Roller Reining Classic Stakes- 3rd

Congrats to Rancho Oso Rio, Pat Warren and agent Andrea Fappani on the purchase of Shine Plum Shine and Sunglasses At Nite.  Good luck with these wonderful geldings!  Special thanks to Ricotta Performance Horses.

2018 

Tryon NC USA

World Equestrian Games

September 12, 2018

An electrifying crowd and highly competitive runs from 22 combinations proved to be just the atmosphere needed for U.S. reiner Dan Huss and Ms Dreamy as they entered the 2nd round. They needed a score better than 225.0 to land a spot on the podium. With easy precision and smoothly executed lead changes, the athletic, sorrel mare and Huss slid into a score of 226.5 to take home the silver-medal. 

The duo continued their amazing performances as Team USA clenched the gold! 

2017 | 2018  News

2017    SHINE PLUM SHINE

Marco Ricotta, rider

  • NRHA Int. Futurity Champion

2018  RHETT BUTLER DUNNIT

Marco Ricotta, rider

  • Mothers Day Slide, Nov Horse Open Derby Champion

  • Reining By the Bay Open Derby- 8th

2014 | 2015 | 2016   News

2014  COLONELS SPLASHY GUN

Arno Honstetter, rider

  • NRHA Derby Int Champion

  • High Roller Reining Classic Derby- 8th, Int-3rd

  • High Roller Reining Classic Stakes- 6th, Int-2nd

2014  MIZZFIRE

Arno Honstetter, rider

  • High Roller Reining Futurity- Int. Champion

  • NRHA Futurity Intermediate Open Finalist

2015   SEE U SATURDAY NIGHT

Arno Honstetter, rider

  • NRHA Futurity Open Finalist

2012 | 2013 NEWS

2012   SURPRISEINADARKALLEY

Tracer Gilson, rider

  • NRBC Open Derby Finalist

  • NRHA Open Derby Finalist

2013   A SHINING SIDEKICK

Arno Honstetter, rider

  • NRBC Open Derby Finalist

2013   SURPRISEINADARKALLEY

Arno Honstetter, rider​

  • NRHA Open Derby Finalist