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Another lovely competitive reining couple Andrew and Kerri Behrens also had a great State Championships. On his first show, with his new filly Sheron Sheza Little Fancy Q-78968, Andrew won the John Wicks Training Stables Intermediate Non Pro, with a very smooth run, with his wife Kerri taking home Co-Reserve Champion on My Dads a Wimp Q-72039– sharing the honours with Robyn Ross riding Atomic Blonde Q-69628 and Kasey Bogie riding My Dads a Wimp Q-72039. That same night, Kerri then went on to win all three divisions of the Non Pro Derby and the next day took home Leura Stables Limited Non Pro title as Co-Champi- on with Amelia Baker riding, A Hollywood Whizz Q-68981. The Southern Cross Saddlery Non Pro Futu- rity is always a popular event in the program with 15 entries throwing their hat in the ring to vie for the coveted Southern Cross Reiner Trophy Saddle. NSW based David Nixon brought his campaign north off the back of his successes at the NSW State Champion- ships. An emotional favourite, riding his late brother’s horse, A Smooth Kitt Q-81599, David took out the Non Pro Futurity with a great run of 142, building on his success later in the week to win the Intermediate Open Futurity and 3rd in the Open Futurity with an impressive score of 145 on the young horse. Newest member of the Calliope Sliders, Michael Toohey, made the worthwhile trek to Brisbane to show at his very first Reining show. With the very vocal support of his Cal- liope Sliders team mates, Michael achieved some outstanding results aboard, Cooper Get Crackin, to win the Intermediate Non Pro and Limited Non Pro Futurity buckles and Reserve Champion to David Nixon on A Smooth Kitty Q-81599 in the Non Pro Futurity. Michael’s coach, Ed Smith from Ed Smith Reining & Performance Horses, showed obvious pride in the achievements of his fellow Slider commenting, “You guys have shown amazing dedication to achieve something that many have dreamed of. Just goes to show that if you don’t let barriers stop you, you can achieve anything”. There was much excitement in the Burnett Performance Horse Rookie Level 1 Class with a four-way tie for first place. This culminated in a four way run off, excitement raised in a first for Reining, with two of the contenders being Karen Callinan riding Wimpys Red Chilli Q-74834, and her 13 year old daughter Charlotte Callinan riding Op Hesa Smart Whiz Q-55696. All 4 Rookies rode coura- geously, with Hayley Smith taking the covet- ed buckle riding Yuglibar Requestamelody, with a runoff score of 140.5. Hayley show- cased her skill by taking out the trifecta titles for newbies to the sport of Beginner Rider, Green Rider and Rookie lvl 1. Congratula- tions to Hayley, she has a bright future ahead of her in this sport. Greg Peters of Serendipity Reiners rode Wimpys Red Chilli Q-74834 in the Tuffrock Open class, raising smiles from the judges and the crowd with Greg wearing a ‘Best Trainer’ and ‘I love Opie’ decorated shirt after losing a bet to Charlotte Callinan, who made the shirt for him to wear. Charlotte’s person- ality also shone through taking out the buckle to the Freestyle event, with a very entertain- ing “Greatest Showman” routine riding Op Hesa Smart Whiz Q-55696. Peter Gould was also a crowd favourite, hitting the warm QLD ski slopes with his bridle-less freestyle skiing routine aboard Dualin Gal Q-61437. The final night of competition was launched with the Reining Australia Youth riding display, reassuring us all that the future of Reining is in great hands, with the routine overseen by Tania Powell from Tan-a-Lou Performance Horses, who also presented a cheque for the fundraising she had initiated for the RA Youth Team. We would like to recognise and thank Tania for her support of Reining Youth in this country, especially now that she is based in the USA. footing to a great staff. Your Association is second to none! I think what makes it so great is the enthusiasm around the sport. Everyone seems so happy with themselves and the other competitors. I heard no com- plaints and that is like a breath of fresh air for me!!” We would like to acknowledge Caboolture Sporting Club and Darling Downs Vets for their support of the State Championships. The level of support from all of our great sponsors was second to none and we want to thank them all for their continued support. QRHA President Dennis Neylon was also pleased with the event and summed up with the following message, “I would like to congratulate all competitors on their comraderie and sportsmanship shown by all. It was inspirational to witness and be a part of. Thank you for the commitment of QRHA’s hard working committee and all our valued sponsors who made this event such a great success - we look forward to 2019 with you all.” Saturday night showcase event was the Platinum Saddle Co Futurity. Offering over $15,000 prizemoney and a Platinum Saddle Co trophy saddle, the event was hotly contested. Warren Backhouse rode Hollywood Groover Q-85291 to absolute perfection for the ride of the show, scoring a very impressive 148.5. This superstar combi- nation taking out the trifecta of major shows in 2018, having already won the Pacific Coast Open Futurity and the NSW State Champion- ships Open Futurity. Owner Debbie Keogh from Crown K Quarter Horse Stud was over the moon with their 2018 campaign and the Team’s, “Third Futurity win at Groovers first three shows. Thank you so much to the Major Sponsor for the Open Futurity, Platinum Saddle Co, Buckle & Thea Griffin Riding RKN Whiz Bang Q-73196 Garland Sponsor: Leura Stables. Thank you to QRHA for putting on a great show and thank you to the judges and Congratulations to all the other competitors. Big thank you to Carol and everyone at BTS for all the hard work getting Groover looking so amazing. I know my father would be so proud of what Groover has achieved with his great trainer. “ The International judge, Bub Poplin, was effusive in his praise of his experience of the QLD State Championships stating, “What a great organisation from show grounds, to awesome Ruff N Twisted ridden by Greg Walker September Quarter Horse July • • October August • • 2018 2018 • • The The Australian Australian Quarter Horse Magazine Magazine • • 31 31