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Kim Dooley and Wimpys Little Buddy Garner $10,000 Added Non Pro Derby Prize
at High Roller Reining Classic
Kim Dooley and Wimpys Little Buddy received the top score during today's
$10,000 Added Non Pro Derby and took home the winning trophy. By: John O'Hara.
Rebecca Walton for
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Las Vegas, NV - September 11, 2009 - The best Non-Pro riders in the country
came out today to compete in the $10,000 Added Non Pro Derby division, but
it was Kim Dooley and Wimpys Little Buddy who earned the top score of 218.50
and walked away with the prizes. The pair entered the arena confidently and
easily moved through each maneuver in the pattern. When they slid to their
final stop and Wimpys Little Buddy sent the dirt flying the crowd cheered
loudly, knowing they had earned the victory. 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 South Point Hotel, Casino, and Equestrian Center and will conclude
tomorrow with the $15,000 Added Open Derby.
Today the riders had to complete pattern five, which began with circles off
of the left lead, followed by four spins to the left. Then riders had to
complete their circles on the right lead and show four spins to the
right. Finally riders made a figure eight and came around to complete three
stops before dismounting and dropping bridle to the judges.
Tricia Gilson, of Phoenix, AZ, was the fifth rider to complete the pattern
with Magnums Enterprise. The pair had fast circles and excellent stops to
quickly earn the highest score so far of 217.00. Twelve horses later,
Samantha Griffin entered the arena aboard Kachina Oak Olena, owned by Lance
Griffin, of Dwinton, AB. They also laid down an excellent pattern and the
judges awarded them a score of 217.00 to tie with Gilson. Their tie for the
win would soon become a tie for second place when the twenty-sixth horse in
the draw, Wimpys Little Buddy, showed over the pattern.
Dooley and Wimpys Little Buddy took over the top spot in today's scoring as
they began their pattern with very fast circles. The pair easily moved into
their spins, which they nailed as the crowd held their breath. Next, they
maneuvered their way through the figure eight and made their way into the
stops, which sent dirt into the air and earned them a total score of 218.50,
easily moving into the lead and taking home the day's blue ribbon.
"It was hard waiting for the rest of the class to finish," admitted
Dooley. "I was draw twenty-six and there were forty-one in it, so I was just
hoping that my score held-up. He circled probably the best he ever has, but
I could have gotten shut-off better during the first spin. He spun really
well to the right, but running him to my first stop I never really got my
timing perfect. The next two stops he hit really big and it was great."
Dooley has owned Wimpys Little Buddy for a year and thinks that he a great
show horse. "He needs a little bit of leg in the show pen, he just waits for
you everywhere," she explained. "He's a very honest show horse. The biggest
thing is just staying out of his way and letting him do his job. When you
warm him up you have leave him real fresh in the morning. We ride him really
hard the night before, and then just barely do anything to get him ready in
the morning to try and keep him fresh to go in there and do the pattern."
Wimpys Little Buddy is a five-year-old gelding by Wimpys Little Step and out
of All That Dun, and was originally trained by Andrea Fappani. "I had always
loved the horse so when he came up for sale I decided to try and get
something done on it," said Dooley. "I've shown him all of this year and
I'll show him all of next year in the derbies again."
Dooley trains with Martin Muelstaetter in Scottsdale, Arizona, and has been
riding with him for three years. "Today Martin told me to show smart," she
commented. "He said, 'You know what to do, so show smart and stay out of the
Dooley has been traveling to the High Roller Reining Classic since it began
and she was excited to return. "It's a fun horse show," she smiled. "It's
great being in Vegas when we're here for ten days because it's a really fun
The $5,000 Intermediate Non Pro Derby was also held today and the top prize
was awarded to one of the$10,000 Added Non Pro Derby second place finishers,
Tricia Gilson and Magnums Enterprise. There was a tie for the second place
prize, with both riders receiving scores of 215.50. Sarah Pickney performed
an excellent pattern with Pat and Rhonda Pinckney's Flashyverde to earn the
second place honors. Ali Sollid, of Cave Creek, AZ, was also fast and
precise throughout her pattern with West Coast Smart and earned a second
The High Roller Reining Classic will come to a close tomorrow with the
$15,000 Added Open Derby at the South Point Hotel, Casino and Equestrian
Center. Tomorrow's classes will begin at 11 a.m. in the Equestrian Center
Arena and will feature 58 entries.
The "Play It Forward" Texas Hold 'em style poker tournament was held last
night and the top prize was awarded to Jim Rygiol. All proceeds from last
nights event benefited the Equestrian Aid Foundation (EAF), a non-profit
organization assisting with basic medical needs funding for those from
catastrophic illness or injury. FarmVet and Pfizer Animal Health graciously
sponsored the tournament. All the players during last night's events
received gift bags with donations from Platinum Performance, Bayer Animal
Health, and Leather CPR.
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