Gunnarickashay and Tishman Top the $100,000 Platinum Performance Open Shoot Out

August 21, 2021

Gunnarickashay and Tishman top the $100,000 Platinum Performance Open Shoot Out

The action heated up on day three of The Run For A Million presented by Teton Ridge, with talented Open riders, cow horses and generous benefactors all on display. The day kicked off with the $100,000 Platinum Performance Open Shoot Out, which featured some of reining’s best horses. Twenty-one riders marked a 220 or above, but it was Gunnarickashay, piloted by Josh Tishman, who topped them all with a 228.5. Gunnarickashay collected $30,642 for owner Jody Puno, and Tishman qualified to compete in the Million Dollar Competition at the 2022 Run For A Million.

“It’s pretty cool. I don’t know if it’s all sunk in yet, but it’s a pretty cool experience,” Tishman said. “I keep thinking back to what everybody has said that had qualified last year, that it now takes pressure off. You have a year to prepare for it.”
Tishman and Gunnarickashay (Gunnatrashya x Rondas Tio) came into The Run For A Million shortly off the Level 3 Open victory and Level 4 Open Co-Reserve Championship at the 2021 National Reining Horse Association Derby. Since then, Tishman hasn’t tried to push “Ricky” too much; instead, they just worked on a few things to keep the stallion in shape.

Josh Tishman & Gunnarickashay—Photo TRFAM

“The Derby was my first big major event, so that was pretty cool, and this kind of just tops it all off,” Tishman said. “At the Derby, the owners said just go out and have fun. They kept texting me today, ‘Just run hard and go for it. We don’t care what comes out of it.’ It takes pressure off.”
Puno said the goal for Ricky coming into the Shoot Out was for he and Tishman to make the top five so that Tishman could qualify for next year’s Million Dollar Competition. She didn’t anticipate them winning, but she was thrilled with the results.
“It’s absolutely amazing. We knew he could do it, but obviously it was an incredible pen of horses, and Josh is still learning Ricky. It just all came together,” Puno said. “Josh remains cool and puts on a good face. I’m sure it’s got to be extremely stressful and a lot of pressure. I try not to put pressure on him because this horse is just for fun, believe it or not. It’s just about enjoying the ride.”
Tishman thanked his whole support team, including Casey and Nicole Deary; his wife, Layton; and the Deary barn. He also thanked show management for creating a great place to go show.
With two 226s, Andrea Fappani tied himself on both Starjac Vintage and Whizsicle for Reserve. Each horse collected $16,320 for its owners. Starjac Vintage (A Sparkling Vintage x Starjac Miss) is owned by Teton Ridge Ranch, while Whizsicle (SG Frozen Enterprize x Miss Whizzletown) is owned by Diane Yoder.
Fappani also qualified for the 2022 Million Dollar Competition, along with Matt Palmer, Dany Tremblay and Francesco Martinotti.

The draws for the Million Dollar Competition have been set, and The Run For A Million presented by Teton Ridge is set to have its biggest day of competition Saturday, Aug. 21. Be sure to swing by the concourse at 11 a.m. for the Million Dollar Rider red carpet walk and autograph signing. Some stars from Yellowstone will also make an appearance in the afternoon. The $50,000 Farnam Invitational Freestyle will start at 3 p.m., followed by the Million Dollar Competition at 7 p.m.
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By The Run For A Million Edited Press Release