The Run For A Million Bloomer Trailers Rookie Championship

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August 19, 2021

The 2021 Run For A Million presented by Teton Ridge kicked off August 18 with a stacked field of competitors riding for a title in the Bloomer Trailers Rookie Championships. Held at the South Point Arena and Equestrian Center in Las Vegas, the event saw 93 competitors ride through the pen. Though a high score was marked almost immediately from draw six, it was draw 91, Kalicia Walters, who ultimately took home the title, riding Pale Faced Whiz to a 215.5 for the win. The pair banked $1,009.

“This is actually my first time to show this mare ever,” Walters said. “She’s been a Level 4 Open horse for Dany Tremblay. He knew that I kind of needed a step up horse for this show, and he said, ‘It’s time for you to show her.’ For him to give me this horse to ride in this show, I’m glad we did him proud.” Before Walters went in for her run, Tremblay advised her to stay relaxed in the show pen. Walters knew the mare’s fast circles were one of her strengths, so she tried to gain points on that maneuver then just let Pale Faced Whiz (Pale Face Dunnit x Ms Maggie Whiz) show off what she could do. “She’s just so broke and so easy,” Walters said. “When she gets in that pen, she just shows. She’s a show mare. She likes her job, so she goes out there and she does it.”

Aside from winning the Rookie, Walters had even more reason to be excited at the Run For A Million. She and her husband, Shane, own Tinker With Dreams, or “Cilantro” — one of Tremblay’s contenders for the Million Dollar Competition. If not selected for that event, the stallion will run with Tremblay in the $100,000 Platinum Performance Open Shoot Out. Walters said either way, she feels like he has already won just being at the event.

Walters was grateful that The Run For A Million gave her a venue to showcase both her mare’s and her stallion’s talents. She thanked Tremblay; his brother, Fred; Shane; and her whole family for flying out to support her. She hopes to return in 2022 to compete in the Non Pro Championships.
“This show is amazing,” Walters said. “It gives so many opportunities and brings different things to the table for the sport. It’s been a dream of ours, my husband and I, to be able to compete at this level. To finally have the stock that is very competitive and gets to show at this level, and a trainer and a team behind us — it’s kind of a dream come true.”

Taking second in the Rookie Championships was Rita Clausen, who rode Whiz Eli Codie (Electric Code x Whizanna) to a 215. Clausen, who collected $614, thanked her trainer, Craig Schmersal; her parents, Andrea and Clay; Marie Kleiner; and the whole Schmersal team for their support.
“It’s amazing. I love showing here,” Clausen said. “It’s so much fun, and the atmosphere is amazing. Everyone is so happy and supportive. Thank you to the sponsors for putting this on. It’s an amazing show.”

Faith Horner and Lil Red Dreamer (Magnum Chic Dream x Skeets Red Dunit), along with Ayden Welman and Dels Dandy Rooster (Gallo Del Cielo x A Dandy Little Star), each marked a 214.5 to tie for third place and collect $428. For Horner, it meant a lot to even be in the saddle after a bad car wreck left her unable to ride for a few months at the beginning of the year. Through the help of physical and occupational therapy, she was able to be back on her horse in time for Vegas. “Thank you so much for sponsoring this amazing event,” Horner said. “I’m so happy that I got to compete here.”

The Run For A Million presented by Teton Ridge continues on Thursday, Aug. 19 with the $50,000 Non Pro Championships.

Performances can be watched live at horseshowglobal.com.

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By The Run For A Million Press Release