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Open Two Rein Champion Call Me Mitch/Phillip Ralls

NRCHA  | Published on 10/13/2017
Open Two Rein Champion Call Me Mitch/Phillip Ralls

Call Me Mitch, ridden by Phillip Ralls, was calling the shots in the Snaffle Bit Futurity Open Two Rein class, marking a 439 to win the Championship and $3,080.

The run got off two a good start when the pair marked a 217 in the reining.

"He's been a really good horse and carries himself with a lot of presence and allows me to keep him on a pretty loose rein and he runs his circles pretty. He circled really good today, changed leads good, and ran and stopped really nice all three times and let me do it on a loose rein - I felt like he executed that very well," said Ralls, who was enjoying his first win in this class at this show. "Overall, I felt like his rein work was very solid."

The pair followed up with a 222 in the cow work.

"He's so cow smart and that cow wanted to be a little bit numb boxing so I had to get up there close and take a hold of him and he was so smart and controlled him. Our first turn was big - that cow didn't want to take it, and he allowed me to put him in a good spot there and get a big first turn which set up our second turn for us. I felt like we were in good control of that cow and then he circled up nice both ways," said Ralls, Paso Robles, California.  

Call Me Mitch (Metallic Cat x Miss Hickory Hill x Docs Hickory), a 6-year-old stallion, is owned by Estelle Roitblat. Earlier this year, Ralls and Call Me Mitch won Open Two Rein at the NRCHA Derby in Paso Robles, California.

"Estelle's been with me for quite a while now and we've had several horses for her but this one has definitely been special for us. She allowed me to pick him out. We bought him as a yearling and we've gone through the process of the futurities and derbies and we've had a lot of success on him. It takes good owners and a great crew - my wife Teresa and Magda Arbes and the whole crew at home-to keep us going down the road."  

Arbes, who lives in Colorado, is originally form Germany. She had worked for Ralls previously and flew in to help him at this show.

Ralls plans on bringing Call Me Mitch back to Fort Worth  in February.

"We're aiming him towards the World's Greatest this year, which will be his first one, and hope for big things for him," Ralls said. "He's a horse that gives you a chance to win every time you go out there. I feel like he's progressively getting better. That horse's consistency has always been a part of his MO."

Shiners Lil Nickle (Shiners Nickle x Lil Lena Long Legs x Smart Little Lena), ridden by Clayton Edsall and owned by Michelle Cannon earned $2,310 for marking a 437 to be the reserve champion.