Friday night’s competition was filled with national and international competition when the USEF and CRI classes were showcased. The riders dazzled the crowd with big stops, fast spins and smooth moves. Both the professionals and the young guns of the sport had the opportunity to show off their skills.
Matt Mills rode Wimps Cool Breeze to the USEF Open gold medal with a score of 221.5 for owner Janice Dickson.
Wimps Cool Breeze is by Wimpys Little Step and out of QHR Jamaica Express and is a 7-year-old buckskin stallion Mills has grown to appreciate for both his style and heart in the arena.
“I love that horse,” Mills said. “He is exactly what you want when you talk about a horse with heart and guts. He never quits. Really he’s what I call a gamer. He’s always up to it, whether I have two horses to get him ready or a month to prepare it doesn’t matter when I walk through the gate that horse is going to be at the bare minimum where he was tonight.”
Friday Mills used his relationship with Wimps Cool Breeze to prepare him properly before the run as well as show him just right in the show pen.
“I thought the entire run was solid. We’ve definitely scored a whole lot higher before, but at this particular run we didn’t need to be spectacular we needed to be real good,” Mill said of he strategy for the run. “We have plans to qualify for the WEG next year, so it’s always trying to be careful not to do too much, but yet you always want to be coming out on top when the dust settles.”
Casey Deary claimed the silver medal riding Reeboks Rerun to a score of 219.5 for owner Owen Deary. Deary also took the bronze medal riding Who Dat Hot Chic with a score of 218.5 for owner Neiberger Performance.
Matt Mills claimed the gold medal in the USEF.
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We got a break from the heat in Huntington Beach, CA last weekend for The Summertime Slide. How about Janice Dickson and her favorite “Princess,” Fri Dee Nite Spook, winning TWO plaques for the wins in both green classes! We love seeing the hard work paying off!
Time to head out for our annual trip to the NRHA Derby. Up to bat this year for Matt in the open will be Spooks Baby Blues (owned by Karen Mills), Wimpys Slidewinder (owned by Rancho Delux), and Sparkin Whiz It (owned by Tim and Marybeth Ruckman). Good luck to all of them!
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- Re-released Transition to Winning with Increased Audio
- How Do I Collect My Horse?
- How to Train Your Horse to Stop
- Preparation For Collection
- Maintaining the Spin
- Spurs: Which Ones are Needed for the Job?
- Circle Session on a Green 5-Year-Old Mare
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The Reining at The AQHA World Championship Show in OKC was as exciting as ever! Matt made it through the prelims of the Senior with both horses, winning the trophy, buckle, AND Reserve Championship honors in the Level 2 on Gotta Trigger Man (owned by Marybeth and Tim Ruckman). After a Very tightly judged finals, Wimps Cool Breeze (owned by Janice Dickson) brought home a Top 5 finish by landing in a tie for third.
“I’m very proud of both my horses tonight! They’ve both had a long show season, but still come to work with a willing attitude,” said Matt.
“‘Stoney’ was solid throughout the entire pattern. If it wasn’t for hitting bad ground on our last stop he probably walks away 1st. “Hitman” showed how much heart he has by getting through the pattern. He sustained a minor injury in warm-up but never took a lame step. When I finished the run I knew it had to be bothering him because his actions are usually as predictable as the time. He will get some well deserved rest and be back in action next year!”
Team Mills is bringing back 4 for 4 to the futurity finals at Rocky Mountain Summer Slide!
This Guns for Spook owned by Lynn Maffucci —
Sparkletown owned by Janice Dickson —
Thischickspackinheat owned by Mark Blake —
Guns Out Tonite owned and ridden by Mark Blake
Wimps Cool Breeze, owned by Janice and Mark Dickson, showed once again what a great horse he is by earning Reserve Champion in the Level 3 Derby in Oklahoma City.
I can’t thank my team and customers enough for all their support — we love what we do!
I made the Open Classic Finals on Janice and Mark Dickson’s gorgeous buckskin stallion Wimps Cool Breeze. He is an amazing horse!
So proud of Karen Mills and Miss N My Chic! They make an outstanding team and advanced to the Non-Pro Classic finals in Levels 1-3. Look for them back in the show pen at the derby.