The 2013 edition of the National Reining Breeders Classic Open Level 4 finals provided suspense, excitement, and paid out a whole lot of cash. The original field of 209 entries had been whittled down to the top 31,all vying for the $75,000 first place prize.
Thiago Boechat and Wimpyneedsacocktail were the second-to-last entry in the finals, and laid down a blistering run with smooth circles, fast spins, and extreme stops. The judges replied with an equally impressive score – a 231.
“He felt very good. Last year we were here and he wasn’t 100 percent, but this year he felt good and when I asked him he gave me 120 percent.” Boechat added, “Winning this – it’s unbelievable. It’s definitely a dream come true.”
Wimpyneedsacocktail is by Wimpys Little Step out of SevenS Mimosa. The 6-year-old stallion is owned by Xtra Quarter Horses of Purcell,Oklahoma, who also owns his sire Wimpys Little Step. “We are so proud of all the Wimpy babies. There were eight in the Level 4 finals and then the top two were Wimpy’s, so that’s is pretty big,” Boechat said following the awards ceremony, where he collected the Level 4 and Level 3 Open titles.
Along with more than $102,899 in prize money, Boechat and Wimpyneedsacocktail earned a year’s use of a 4-horse Featherlite horse trailer from Twin Cities Featherlite, a custom saddle from Continental Saddlery, a custom saddle from Kyle tack, Gist Silversmiths buckles, two pairs of Rios of Mercedes boots, SmartPak gift certificates, product from Santa Cruz Biotechnology,Whisper Bits, WonPads, and a watch from Catena USA.
Jordan Larson and Wimpys Littlecolonel marked a 230 to win the Open Reserve Championship and $54,000. Owned by George Lawrence, Wimpys Littlecolonel is by Wimpys Little Step out of One Right Chic.
Troy Heikes piloted RSD One Hot Deal to the Open Level 3 Reserve Championship with a score of 224, collecting a check for $16,982. RSD One Hot Deal, by Dealin Dirty out of No Freckles Please, is owned by Denise Bixler.