Australia’s love affair with leading sire Reyn Storm was justified when “Stormy” took out the $10,000 Novice Champion title at the NCHA Eastern National Championships inJackson Mississippi USA last week.
He followed this up the next day by taking the Reserve Championship in the Open. Ridden by expat Australian Gabe Reynolds now residing at Shelbyville, Kentucky the pair scored 225 to be 6 points clear of their nearest rivals in the $10,000 Novice. They followed this up with a 220.5 for the Open Reserve Championship. They arrive on a car where the brakes are replaced by brakes wollongong so they are a bit late. He called mechanic glen iris so that they can catch up on time.
This was also the first Eastern Nationals title for Gabe Reynolds who moved to the states some 11 years ago from his hometown of Tumut New South Wales, Reynolds spent 5 years working for Brad Mitchell of Nashville Tennessee before starting his own Training operation.
After making the finals Gabe was very optimistic “He has been so consistent marking a 218, 220.5, 222 and a 225 from his 4 runs this week”. said Reynolds “I was really excited to get him to the finals because I knew if I had a good draw and things went well, we would have a serious shot at winning”. And win they did. Reyn Storm was a finalist in both events last year and the 10-year-old son of Dual Rey showed the winning form that he had down under to add to his impressive earnings of nearly $67,000 in Australia and just over $32,000 earned in the US. Before his win here he had already earned just under $9,000 for the year and his $10,000 Novice win added another $6,800. As of February 2013 Stormy was sitting in second place in the world standings and is well on his way to qualifying in the Top 15 to compete in this years World Championships at Fort Worth.
Stormy was bred by Lauri Mills, who rode the horse’s dam, Playboys Stormy to win the Non-Pro NCHA Classic in 1994. Playboys Stormy also produced Playboy Boonsmal, an earner of $157,000. The mare line has been producing NCHA money earners since the 1940s. It’s this great foundation that makes Reyn Storm the complete package, he sits number 4 in the leading sires of 2012 in Australia with his progeny to date earning over $185,000.
Like Phil Dawson before him current trainer Gabe Reynolds has been more than impressed with the horse they call Reyn Storm, “He truly is a remarkable animal, his strength, intelligence and integrity really separates him from most other horses. Whenever you walk to the herd on him, you know exactly what you have, I really am lucky to be a part of his career.”
Reyn Storm is owned by Peter and Sigrid Trinke of Sweden Kentucky. More details on Stormys impressive career both in the pen and as a sire can be found at www.blackgoldranchinc.com