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It will be a first time at the Cs Ranch for Anky van Grunsven, multiple olympic dressage gold medalist, as well as for Cody Sapergia, new head trainer for Bevilacqua Quarter Horses, Italy.
These two world-class athletes will be competing with Europe's elite reiners.
It will be a first time at the CS Ranch for Anky Van Grunsven, multiple Olympic dressage gold medalist, as well as for Cody Sapergia, new head trainer for Bevilacqua Quarter Horses, Italy.
The very next entry was Cody Sapergia and Leonard Tag, to whom the judges awarded a 227.5. As horse after horse came close, it looked like Hendricks would win, and Sapergia would settle for Reserve.
The very next entry was Cody Sapergia and Leonard Tag, to whom the judges awarded a 227.5. As horse after horse came close, it looked like Hendricks would win, and Sapergia would settle for Reserve. But the requisite check of the judge's score sheets revealed a corrected score for Sapergia, bringing his score to a 228.5! Sapergia noted he had resigned himself to a tie for Reserve with Gunny Mathison and Shine On Line. "I had heard Shawn's score and Dell's score and I was just hoping to be in the top five at the end of the day. Then, the show was over, and I found out that I had tied to win it," he explained. He just got better and better, and he is still improving," Sapergia, who works at Griffin Quarter Horses in Ardmore, Oklahoma, noted. For Hendricks, winning on All In Wrangler feels like coming full circle. He trained and rode his sire, Starlights Wrangler, to win the 2001 SWRHA Open Futurity. That win was followed by numerous others, including the National Reining Breeders Classic Open Championship.
Owner: Lance, Terry & Samantha Griffin Trainer: Cody Sapergia
GQH's welcomes Cody Sapergia as the head trainer to their OK facility. Cody is a multiple NRHA Open Winner, Futurity Champion and a Gold Medal Winner at the USET Festival of Champions in Gladstone, New Jersey representing Canada.
This year, Dun Playin Tag, owned by Samantha Griffin of Dewinton, Alberta, Canada, carried Cody Sapergia to a showy 227.5 to capture the Open Derby championship.
Originally from Canada, Sapergia, 37, is the resident trainer at Griffin Quarter Horses in Ardmore, Oklahoma. He and Dun Playin Tag led the 37-horse open division of the headline Derby event by 2.5 points over Wimpys Little Buddy and Andrea Fappani. Sapergia said Dun Playin Tag has come along nicely since his 3rd place finish at the 2007 NRHA Futurity, and is showing many of the same characteristics as his sire, who Sapergia also showed to success this past season. "His sire was a big stopper," said Sapergia of Whiz N Tag Chex (Topsail Whiz x Tag Chex, by King Fritz), who he showed to a 3rd place finish at the 2007 AQHA World Show. "And, I think he passed that trait on because big stops seem to be this horse's calling too, and they probably had a lot to do with the 227.5 score." Dun Playin Tag, is out of Brennas Dunit Fancy, by Hollywood Dun It. The mare is also the dam of Brennas Kid, the 1989 NRHA Open Futurity Champion. In addition to their 3rd place at the 2007 NRHA Futurity, Sapergia rode Dun Playin Tag to top-ten finishes at the Tulsa Reining Classic and the AQHA All-American Congress Futurity this past year. Coming into his four-year-old season, the gelding already owned $92,283 in lifetime earnings. Sapergia, whose own lifetime earnings exceed $385,215, is the resident trainer at Griffin Quarter Horses in Ardmore. The Limited Non-Pro was won by Shannon McCarty, Gaviota, Calif., riding Troubled Gangster, a gelding sired by Gangster Chic out of Shesa Commander Cody.