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Randy Paul Rides Taris Designer Genes to Second CRI** USEF Qualifier
Victory at High Roller Reining Classic
Randy Paul claimed his second CRI** USEF Qualifier win with Taris Designer
Genes today at the High Roller Reining Classic. Photo By: John O'Hara.
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Las Vegas, NV - September 9, 2009 - Randy Paul earned the top call in a
CRI** USEF Qualifier for the second time in a row today at the High Roller
Reining Classic. Paul expertly rode Taris Designer Genes, owned by Rancho
Oso Rio, LLC, of Scottsdale, AZ, to a score of 147.50 to claim the
division's blue ribbon. 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.
Paul recently claimed the CRI** USEF Qualifier victory at the 2009 Reining
By The Bay competition with Rancho Oso Rio's Starbucks Finest. Today he was
aboard Taris Designer Genes, and the pair quickly and carefully maneuvered
their way through pattern ten to claim the top prize and continue Paul's
Today's pattern began with a gallop into sliding stop, followed by spins to
the right and the left. Riders then completed two sets of circles and
finished with three difficult stops. Paul and Taris Designer Genes were the
second horse and rider combination to enter the arena today, and the pair
impressed the judges my hitting each maneuver with precision and ease to
earn a score of 147.50. Andrea Fappani tried to catch Paul's score with
Tinsel Jac, owned by the Tinsel Jac Partners of Guadalupe, NL, but despite
their excellent spins and stops the pair fell short with a score of
143.5. Gabe Davide and Tom Foran both tied for third place with scores of
143, just half a point behind Fappani. Foran was riding Fancy Red Short Oak,
owned by Copus Performance Horses, Inc. of Santa Barbara, CA, while Davide
was aboard CF Glad Rags, owned by Eileen Maxinoski, of Watsonville, CA.
Paul was excited about his second win in a CRI** USEF Qualifier because it
moves him toward his goal of qualifying for the 2010 World Equestrian Games
Team, and it means he is on an important winning streak.
"I'm sure glad to have this win," he smiled, "The competition here is really
good, so any win you have here you have to be happy about. It's always nice
to be on a roll, it's kind of contagious. You like to keep that up rather
than barely sneaking in there and wondering how your horse will do."
Paul was focused on making sure each of today's maneuvers was clean, but he
also wanted to keep Taris Designer Genes going because she can get
distracted easily. "My biggest goal was to go in there and just nail down
each maneuver; just do one maneuver at a time," he explained. "I wanted to
make her wait in between and she let me do that so I was really happy with
her. I didn't do anything real hard but she just nailed everything."
"She's a little bit of a better horse when you're keeping her busy and
keeping her going," Paul continued. "If you're doing things too slow it
gives her too much time to lose track of focus. I would have probably showed
softer today if I had been on a different horse, but for her you're better
off if you're busy."
Taris Designer Genes is a six-year-old mare out of Mr Bommerjac by Taris
Little Vintage, and she has had a very impressive career. In 2006 she was
the first mare since 1990 to win the NHRA Futurity $100,000 Added Open
division, and to date she has won over $230,000.
"This is her last derby year so I've been showing her in all the derbies,"
said Paul. "She's had a really good career and she's just a sweetie. She's
always in a good mood, she never pins her ears or anything like that which
is really good for a mare."
Following the High Roller Reining Classic, Taris Designer Genes will return
to Scottsdale to take a much-deserved break. "I'm probably going to take her
home and just turn her out," noted Paul. "I probably won't ride her much for
a little while and let her go be a horse. She'll get to go play in the
pasture all day everyday."
Paul will be showing horses in tomorrow's $40,000 Added Open Futurity and
Saturday's 50,000 Added Open Derby. "The High Roller Reining Classic is a
great show with a great facility," he said. "The footing is excellent, the
show management is very good, and everything is very user friendly."
Earlier in the day $15,000 Added Non Pro Futurity and the $7,500 Added
Intermediate Non Pro Futurity were held. The top prize in the $15,000 Added
Non Pro Futurity was awarded to Samantha Griffin and KJ Tag, owned by Lance
Griffin of Dewinton, AB, who earned a score of 207.5. Kristin Foran of Santa
Paula, CA and Wild Card Wrangler claimed top honors in the $7,500 Added
Intermediate Non Pro Futurity with a score of 206.
The High Roller Reining Classic will continue tomorrow with one of this
week's highlight events, the $40,000 Added Open Futurity at the South Point
Hotel, Casino and Equestrian Center. Another of this year's feature events
is the $50,000 Added Open Derby, being held Saturday, September 12 at
noon. 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