This year, the Rein for the Roses was extra special!
On May 2-5, show exhibitors and attendees celebrated the ten year anniversary of the Derby on the Derby, held at the beautiful facilities of the Brookside Equestrian Center in Elk Grove, California. The Derby on the Derby went back to the basics by holding one special event on Saturday, which proved to be a very well attended and entertaining event.
Brookside welcomed back judges Kristen Lilley and Dave Belson to judge the show, which was the second NRHA affiliate show of the season for the West Coast Reining Horse Association. Brookside and Drag Time worked together to get the footing in place for all to ride and slide. It takes a huge bulldozer, two large 10 wheelers, and 24 hours of dedication with Pedro Miranda, facilities foreman, and Thad Carr working together to get the hunter jumper footing removed and the reining footing hauled in, leveled, and ready to show.
The weather in Elk Grove was much better than the weather in Kentucky! Cool temps allowed for some hot riding in the show pen. Brookside presented very special anniversary trophy buckles to a few of the open classes, non pro classes, and novice horse classes. For the Derby, Brookside presented trophy buckles AND trophy pads with custom designed plates that included the Rein for Roses logo and 10th Anniversary.
They were pretty fancy! As usual, the show days were filled with dinners and beverages, sponsored by Mike Mallo & Shawna Smith, David and Becky Hanson, and Kevin Vondemkamp. A ringside reporter on the scene said that the Parade of Hats was top notch, and the Derby hats were stellar. New Brookside Kentucky Colonels were inducted - congratulations to all. The Rein for the Roses Saturday schedule worked out perfectly to watch the Running of the Roses at Churchill Downs, and what a strange event that was with the winner being disqualified!
Moving right along, all guests moved over to the main berm to get front row seating for a fabulous evening of Cinco de Mayo fiesta and to watch the Derby on the Derby. Non Pros came out in force and did not disappoint. The crowd cheered for each and every rider and top performances took home the hardware. Jordan Larson, who just moved to the area from Texas, came to Brookside for the first time with horses ready to derby.
Congratulations to Cam Essick on Loveya and Tzvika Knaani on Kind of a Big Dual, the cochampions in the Non Pro Level 4. Tzvika Knaani, who rides with Jordan Larson, also had the win in the Non Pro Level 1. Jordan rode Roosters Who, owned by Michael Russell, to a top finish in the Open Derby. Jordan will have his name added to the Rein for Roses Open Champion Perpetual Plaque on display at Brookside.
A walk down memory lane was on display at the awards booth. Covers of prize lists featuring Open Derby winners were on display. 2010 - David Hanson ; 2011 - Shawn Church ; 2012 - Co Champions John Irish & Ricky Nicolazzi ; 2013 - Tracer Gilson ; 2014 - Mike Boyle ; 2015 - Ollie Galligan ; 2016 - David Hanson ; 2017 - Mike McEntire ; 2018 - Benny Maddox ; 2019 - Jordan Larson.
Many of the West Coast exhibitors and trainers have been in attendance since the beginning, and Brookside owner Bill Madden would like to extend a huge thank you to each and everyone. Your continued patronage has made this show so enjoyable. Congratulations to everyone that showed at the Rein for the Roses tenth year anniversary show!
Just B ....Brookside Style