FROM NRBC PRESS | Prior to the National Reining Breeders Classic Open Level 1 Finals, Fernando Salgado had never won a reining event in the United States. That all changed on Saturday evening when he rode Whizzer Whiz, owned by Xtra Quarter Horses, to a score of 222.5 to claim the Open Level 1 Championship!
“It’s amazing. This is so nice for me and I’m so happy,” the 24-year-old said of Whizzer Whiz, by Topsail Whiz out of Best By Tari. “In the first-go we had some bobbles, but tonight this horse was amazing.”
For two years Salgado has worked for Xtra Quarter Horses, which also owns Wimpys Little Step, sire of the NRBC Open Champion. “I feel so comfortable working there. Thiago (Boechat) and I get along really well, so it’s just like friends riding our own horses at home,” he said.
The Open Level 1 Championship title was worth $1,644, and also came with a custom saddle from Martin Saddlery, a Gist Silversmiths buckle, a Won Pad, a gift certificate to SmartPak, and a Whisper Bit.
Ryan Rushing and Legend In Texcess markeda 222 to finish the Level 1 Open with the Reserve Championship, worth $1,001.Legend In Texcess, by Custom Legend out of Jewels Lil Sparkle, is owned byConnie Lisette LeHocky.
The NRBC began Monday, April 14, atthe Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas, and concludes Sunday,April 21.