Fappani Wins NRBC Open Championship with SG Frozen Enterprize
Fappani Wins NRBC Open Championship with SG Frozen Enterprize The 18th edition of the National Reining Breeders Classic Open finals ended in an exciting runoff for the title. Sam Schaffhauser and Gunners Tinseltown, by Colonels Smoking Gun out of former NRBC Champion Miss Tinseltown, led the finals until the second to last set with a 227.
Then Casey Deary and ARC Gunna Sparkya lit up the Great Southwest Equestrian Center Coliseum, taking the lead by a half point. He retained sole possession of the lead for only one horse, and then two time NRBC Champion Andrea Fappani and SG Frozen Enterprize, owned by Silver Spurs Equine, tied his score.
Rules dictate that if one rider desires to run off for the title, they must. Fappani, who won his first NRBC title and his first NRHA Futurity Championship with run offs, knew what he’d pick. “Unless I have a horse that I feel is running out of air or that I think it isn’t safe for either horse to run, I will run it off. I just don’t do co-championships It’s not in my blood. I always run-off, and it paid off tonight,” he said.
Only a half point separated the run-off scores, and the Scottsdale, Arizona trainer left Katy with his third NRBC Open Championship.
The title came with the big check made out for $75,000, and included a year’s use of a trailer from Twin Cities Featherlite, a custom saddle from Bob’s Custom Saddles, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, a Whisper Bit, a champion cap from Just Stitch It, a $100 gift certificate from Santa Cruz Biotechnologies, a WonPad, a saddle pad from Yucca Flatts, a $50 gift certificate to Thomas Moore Feed, a Gist Silversmiths buckle and numerous awards and signature crystal from the NRBC.
SG Frozen Enterprise has a different story than ma ny horses competing at the NRBC. The stallion, by Frozen Sailor out of RS Rose SJ, is Italian born and bred. As a 3 year old he won the Italian Futurity, and caught Fappani’s attention. “He is a third or fourth generation Italian horse, and I looked at him as a stallion to bring to the states and be an outcross. I convinced his owner at the time, Marco Franchini, to send him over here. It took quite a bit of money because the horse wasn’t enrolled in the NRHA or the NRBC, so he invested a lot in the horse a nd sent him over here,” Fappani recalled. After a few months the horse sold to Silver Spurs as a stallion prospect.
Fappani typically only shows horses he’s had since their 2 year old year, but he made an exception for SG Frozen Enterprize. “He’s been a special horse from the beginning. It took some serious work to get together. This horse was trained different than what I’m used to and it took about a year to really get together.”
When the pair won the American Quarter Horse Association World Champions hip in the Junior Reining, Fappani knew that they had clicked. “I had gotten so frustrated because he was always scoring between a 222 and a 225, and I knew he was a horse that could mark more than that. When we won that I knew there was no confusion betwe en us anymore, and he’s been solid ever since,” he said. “I had a feeling he was going to be good. Now that I know him and he knows me we’re going to be a good team.”
While Deary admitted he wouldn’t have voted to run off for the title, he commended Fappani for his decision. “My horse is four and I knew Andrea’s horse is older and so broke and Andrea is a great showman. He could probably have come in here again and his horse would do that same strong run, so he made the right call he’s the master of it.”
Deary’s horse, by Gunnatrashya out of Sailing Spark, is owned by Rabboni Reining Horses, and won $51,000 for the reserve title. “Mr. Arcese raised him, and I got him the first part of his 3 year old year. He’s been just a dream to ride. He wants no troub le and is the quietest stallion to be around you’d think he was a gelding because he has such an incredible brain,” he said.
While the win would have come with even more prizes and money, Deary noted he wasn’t disappointed. “There is no way I could be upset with how it turned out. To have two four year olds in the finals like I did, and to have them both step up and play with these guys means that disappointment is not even in the picture.” He added, “I couldn’t be prouder of either of them. They’re bot h incredible horses and both have two years of eligibility left!” Deary’s other entry, Magnum Starlights (Magnum Chic Dream x Starlights Sugarwhiz) owned by Antler Ridge Ranch, won the preliminary round. He returned in the finals and finished in a 3 way ti e for fifth place, earning $20,000 and pushing Magnum Chic Dream exceptionally to the $3 million sire mark.