August 31, 2013 -- The Ariat Tulsa Reining Classic hosted the Adequan/USEF Open Reining National Championship Friday afternoon as many of the best in the game went head-to-head for the 2013 National Title. When the final pattern had been ridden in the Ford Truck Arena it was Brian Bell and Wimpys Showboat that emerged victorious.
Bell (Marietta, Okla.) and Amy Anderson's seven-year-old stallion slid their way to a score of 221 to top a six horse field that hosted many of the most prestigious names in U.S. reining. Additionally, Bell was awarded the Don Burt Award as the highest placing restricted rider.
Bell has many prestigious reining accolades to his name but with his win on Friday evening he secured his first USEF National Title.
Earning Reserve Champion honors was 2011 National Champion, Team Gold and Individual Silver medalists from the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, Craig Schmersal (Overbrook, Okla.). He partnered with Hickory Creek Ranch, LLC's six-year-old stallion Pale Face Dunnit to earn a score of 220.
Tim McQuay (Tioga, Texas) rode his Team Gold and Individual Silver medalists from the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games, Jerry Kimmel's 13-year-old stallion Mister Nicadual, to third place honors with a score of 219.5.
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