All American Vintage Wins the All American Congress
October 8th, 2017Tweet
The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Congress Reining Futurity on October 7 filled the stands with promises to watch some of the best 3-year-olds in the industry—and the show did not disappoint. Top-notch riders from across the country maneuvered NRHA Pattern 5 and with 38 in the draw, the competition was steep.
As the second leading Reining Futurity, the Saturday night event garnered more than $140,000 in added money sponsored by the Friends of the Congress Reining.
The stakes were high. The exhibitors and horses continued to up the challenge throughout the night. Andrea Fappani and All American Vintage ran 12th in the draw scoring a 232.5, ultimately being named the NRHA Congress Reining Futurity Champion and winning $29,955.75.
Owner, Morris Kulmer, described his wife and his feelings as, “simply elated”, as reality replaced their earlier nerves.
“I went to the draw party and [drew number 12], and felt bad about it," said Morris. "But Andrea told me not to worry about it, and then went out there and [won]."
He smiled as he continued, “We had people sitting next to us who didn’t know who we were and said that the lights should be turned out after his run.”
The Kulmers bought Vintage as a two-year-old and trusted Andrea’s wisdom with horses when the horse was deemed a “good one” by the renowned trainer.
The Congress win marks the second win for Vintage after he won the prestigious Tulsa Reining Classic Futurity Level 4 with a score of 224 in September.
“I keep pinching myself,” said Morris. “God has been so good to us—better than we deserve. And this horse, it was almost like destiny. With a name like All American Vintage, why shouldn’t he win the All American Quarter Horse Congress.”
Shawn Flarida and Missin My Tinsel owned by Garry Ray Smith were named Reserve Congress Champions earning $18,233.94.
Dean Brown and Dun It With A Blond won the Level 3 Futurity Congress Champion with a 226. Bob Santagata of Campbell Hall, New York owns dun It With A Blond.
Peter De Freitas of Leland, North Carolina rode Conquistadors Dun It to the Level 3 Reserve Congress Champion garnering $7013.78.
Sam Schaffhauser and The Last Smoking Gun owned by Chris Sullivan won the Level 2 Reining Futurity Congress Champion earning $2,985.00.
Jordan “Kole” Price and Checksworthy owned by Terry Leffew earned $1,816.98 as they were named the Level 2 Reserve Congress Champion.
Preliminaries for the event were held Wednesday, October 4 and finalists were invited to a draw party sponsored by NRHA on October 5.
Before the Futurity Finals began, the Congress, Friends of the Congress Reining, and NRHA congratulated the Platinum Performance U.S Junior Reining Team, Emilia Reutimann, Emma Lane, and Sam Flarida for their World Reining Championship silver medal, and to Gabriella Kammerer for placing 7th in the individual finals.
For a full list of results, visit www.quarterhorsecongress.com and follow the official All American Quarter Horse Congress Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat social media accounts.
By: Barbara Aitken Jenkins