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Ashley Anixter Rides Whiz Bing Bang Boom to Second High Score Victory at
High Roller Reining Classic
Whiz Bing Bang Boom earned his second high score in a row at the High Roller
Reining Classic, this time with owner Ashley Anixter in the irons. Photo By:
Rebecca Walton for
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Las Vegas, NV - September 8, 2009 - For the second day in a row the high
score at the High Roller Reining Classic was awarded to Whiz Bing Bang
Boom. Today owner Ashley Anixter, of Scottsdale, AZ, earned a score of 72.50
aboard the talented gelding, claiming the Intermediate Non-Pro division and
the Limited Non-Pro division blue ribbons. The High Roller Reining Classic
is the international "crown jewel" of western riding competition, and
features over $200,000 in added money and prizes. The show is being held at
the exciting and luxurious South Point Hotel, Casino, and Equestrian Center
and will run through Saturday, September 12.
Anixter and Whiz Bing Bang Boom were the last to enter the ring during
today's competition and complete pattern nine. The pattern began with riders
galloping in, stopping, and backing ten feet, which Anixter executed
perfectly. This was followed by two sets of spins and then riders continued
into their circles on the left lead. Next, exhibitors had to demonstrate a
change of lead while preparing for their slower, smaller circle to begin
their circles on the right lead. Finally riders had to complete three stops
and two rollbacks before exiting the arena.
As the last rider to complete today's pattern Anixter knew that she would
need to be perfect to top the previous scores, and that is exactly what she
did. The pair was fast and precise through each piece of the pattern and the
judges awarded them the day's high score of 72.50.
"I feel pretty good," smiled Anixter after her victory. "I'm excited about
receiving the high score. I know there are a lot of good Non-Pros and a lot
of nice horses out there, so I'm pretty thrilled to have achieved that."
Anixter continued, "My plan for today was to go faster then I did on
Sunday. I really wanted to go out and run him as best as I could. Our spins
were really good, and during the left circles I tried to run really
fast. Going into the right circles he changed leads and slowed down really
well for me so I got to kick some slack out which was kind of nice. When we
came down the side he ran really straight and got a nice build and
rolled-back really nice for me. I couldn't be any happier with him."
Whiz Bing Bang Boom is Anixter's first reining horse and she purchased the
seven-year-old Topsail Whiz gelding two years ago. Anixter trains with Matt
Mills in Scottsdale, AZ, and it was Mills that found "Bingo" for her.
"Matt picked him out and he always picks great horses," said Anixter. "He
said Bingo would be perfect for me so I decided to buy him and he's been
awesome. We've been circuit champion at a couple places and qualified for
Worlds so that's where we're headed next."
Anixter explained that Whiz Bing Bang Boom is a fun horse to ride and he is
always on target. "He kind of has his own motor so he's pretty easy," she
said. "Basically you just ask him to do something and he'll do it right
away. As long as you don't get in his way and he'll do a great job for you."
This is the second year Anixter has traveled to Las Vegas to compete at the
High Roller Reining Classic. "It's a really fun show," she noted. "I've had
a lot of good luck this year so I've really enjoyed it. I like the arena and
the footing is awesome. This is also our first indoor show, so we've used
that to help prepare for Worlds."
Today, during the Intermediate Non-Pro division Gina Hunter, of Manteca, CA,
followed Anixter to earn the second place ribbon aboard VR Jack with a score
of 71.50. There was a four-way tie for third place with all four riders
receiving a score of 71.00. Patrick A Yancey rode Remchic Yankee, owned by
Kim Yancey of Ione, CA, to the third place position. Tiffany Andrews, of
Pleasant Hills, CA, also placed third during today's competition aboard Jacs
Pacemaker. Maria Baker, of Rancho Cucamunga, CA, and Heir To Shine took home
a third place ribbon. The final third place finisher was Bob Racich, of
Roberts, WI and Stengel.
There were thirty-four entries in today's Limited Non-Pro division and four
riders tied for second with a score of 71.00. In addition to Andrews, Baker,
and Racich, Connie Glavis, of Granite Bay, CA, also received a second place
prize for her ride aboard Good Ole Mr Wilson.
The High Roller Reining Classic will continue tomorrow with the $15,000
Added Non-Pro Futurity and the USEF Qualifier at the South Point Hotel,
Casino and Equestrian Center. This year's feature events are the $130,000
Added 3 Year Old Futurity and the $50,000 Added 4, 5, & 6 Year Old
Derby. The horse show will come to a close Saturday, September 12.
The "Play It Forward" Texas Hold 'Em-style poker tournament will also be
held this year at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Equestrian Center on
Thursday, Sept. 10 from 8-11 pm during the High Roller Reining Classic. All
proceeds from this charity event will benefit the Equestrian Aid Foundation
(EAF), a non-profit organization assisting with basic medical needs funding
for those from catastrophic illness or injury. Limited to 150 people, the
"Play It Forward" Poker Tournament offers players the opportunity to win big
- having fun and making a difference at the same time. Each player will
receive a seat assignment in the HRRC VIP Private Poker Tournament Room
where dealers will provide $2,500 in chips. At 11 p.m., chip leaders through
10th place will win a percentage of the prize pool.
Equestrian Life http://www.equestrianlife.com will be everywhere within the
South Point Equestrian and Events Center, video camera in hand, streaming in
depth interviews and comprehensive event coverage to their membership base
of 30,000 avid horsepeople. Live streaming video coverage of the High Roller
Reining Classic will begin Thursday, September 10th with the $15,000 Added
Non-Pro Futurity, continuing on Friday, September 11th with the $10,000
Added Non-Pro Derby, and wrapping up on Saturday, September 12th with the
$15,000 Added Open Derby.
For more information about the High Roller Reining Classic please visit