FROM NRBC MEDIA
In 2012, Philip Loesch of Germany got up in the middle of the night to watch the Non Pro finals of the National Reining Breeders Classic via the live webcast. The 18-year-old knew he wanted to compete in Katy, Texas, amongst some of the greatest reiners in the world, and in 2013 he made his dream reality.
“I really just wanted to make the Level 4 finals,” he said after the awards ceremony, where he took home the Championships for Non Pro Levels 1, 2, and 3 and collected a check in Level 4. “It’s amazing. It’s a dream come true. This is the icing on the icing on the cake.”
In the finals Loesch rode Wimpys Lil Star to a score of 218.5. However, that was a tie with Marcia Cole-Walker, who had also marked a 218.5 and was eligible in Levels 2 and 3. It was decided that a run-off would determine the Championships.
Cole-Walker competed first, and marked a 214.5. Going in second they delivered a stellar performance and earned another 218.5, and the three Championships. He also finished in sixth place for the Non Pro Level 4. All total, Loesch won $27,452.
“My horse felt awesome in the first run. He was really dialed in and I was confident and it was the best run of my life,” he said. “In the run-off I went in already knowing that I had won the Level 1, so I was in Heaven. I knew if I just stayed out of his way and on pattern he’d show well,and that’s what he did.”
He took home a bevy of prizes, including a saddle from Pard’s Western Shop, a saddle from Kyle Tack, and a saddle sponsored by San Juan Ranch. He received three Gist Silversmiths buckles, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, three WonPads, Whisper Bits, gift certificates to SmartPak, and Ultra Cruz Equine Wellness/Joint Care from Santa Cruz Biotechnology.
Loesch made it a point to recognize the people who have helped him. “I thank everyone who supports me, especially my trainer, Jordan Larson. He’s a great showman himself and he’s a great Non Pro coach.” He added,“Of course I thank my parents who support me no matter what. I’m sad they’re not here but they’ve been in touch through the phone and have been with me the whole way.”