2016 NRHA DERBY
A Mega Win for William Rhoads!
William Rhoads and Mega Maggie Mae are NRHA Non Pro Derby Champions
Oklahoma City, July 1 – The 2016 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Non Pro Derby Champions were crowned today following an exciting finals. Riders and fans were on the edge of their seats until the very end, and one of the riders who had to wait was Dr. William ‘Bill’ Rhoads. Draw 14 in the second section, aboard his Mega Maggie Mae, he had scored a 219. It wasn’t until the very end before he could celebrate their win.
“It was nerve racking. I was reading an e-book, trying not to think about what was happening in the show pen. I did have some emotional break downs but I made it,” said Rhoads who also tied to win the L4 qualifier. “I still don’t believe this is happening. It’s surreal. I was a nobody with just a little over $5,000 in LTE last year, until I rode ‘Mae.’”
‘Mae’ is his 4-year-old mare by Magnum Chic Dream and out of Cinco De Mega, bred and nominated by Martin Bonneson. Last year, the duo claimed the NRHA Futurity L4 Non Pro Reserve championship and swept the levels 3, 2 and 1. Today, the duo won the $80,000-added NRHA Derby L4 Non Pro division, adding $18,932.15 to their earnings. Rhoads came to OKC with $102,883.22 LTE. Mega Maggie Mae, who the Texan-based veterinarian purchased as a yearling, has won $83,825.37 in NRHA competition.
In a tie for the Reserve Co-championship was Lyndsey Jordan riding her 6-year-old stallion, Made By Magnum (Magnum Chic Dream x Ready Make Cowboy), who she nominated; and the 2015 Derby L4 Non Pro Champions, Cade McCutcheon and Custom Made Gun (Gunner x Custom Made Dunit), owned, bred and nominated by McQuay Stables LLC. Each earned a score of 218.5.
Young Cade McCutcheon and the 5-year-old stallion also earned the win in the Youth Non Pro division where Gina Schumacher, at the reins of Judys A Little Moody (Wimpys Little Step x Smart Connection), a 4-year-old mare owned by XCS Ranch and nominated by Sergio Elia, took reserve honors.
With a score of 217, Frederick Christen guided his Msdreamy (Magnum Chic Dream x A Gal With A Gun) – a Sire & Dam offspring bred by Jana Simons – to the championships in three divisions: the $60,000-added L3, the $5,000-added Prime Time and the Jackpot Masters Non Pro divisions.
“Today was the fourth time I’ve shown this phenomenal mare,” said Christen about his 6-year-old mare, whom he rode to win the 2016 NRBC L4 Non Pro Reserve championship as well as NRBC L3 Non Pro and Prime Time championships. “I tried to follow my trainer, Dan Huss’s, advice to ‘stay out of her way and stay light.’ In the qualifying go round I did. Today, I could have done much better in my approaches.” Plans for the athletic 6-year-old mare are to put two more runs on her at the Reining By the Bay and at the High Roller Classic before retiring her.
Christy Brasier and her Chics Want My Number (Wimpys Little Step x Dixie Chic Olena), a 5-year-old gelding bred and nominated by Green Valley Ranch, scored a 216 for the Reserve Champion title.
Lucky draw 13 in the first section of the Non Pro finals was Valentino Tag (Whiz N Tag Chex x Kachina Oak Olena) and owner Shaunda Rai Ruckman. After posting a 216.5, not only did the Scottsdale, AZ, Non Pro rider have to wait until the first section was over…whether or not she would earn the championship was determined when only two riders were left to go in the second section, 57 entries later! “It feels amazing to finally get it right in the pen and know that he’s the good horse that we knew he was,” said Ruckman about the 6-year-old gelding, bred and nominated by Lance Griffin, with LTE $184,482.85.
Chics Dream (Magnum Chic Dream x First Ex Flame), owned and ridden by Morris Kulmer, bred by Nancy Wilkerson, and nominated by Stanley or Susan Scott LLC, scored a 214.5 for the L2 and L1 Non Pro Reserve championships.
Kimberly French Horner, riding her horse Dreamin Ruf (Magnum Chic Dream x Lil Ruf Jessie), a 4-year-old gelding nominated by Casey Hinton with $14,484.69 LTE, scored a 216 to capture the L1 Non Pro Champion title. “I wasn’t expecting this win, even though I did have more confidence going in today. My horse was so good, he is so true, so honest. And, if I do my job well, we do well together,” said an enthused Kimberly who has been riding with Casey Hinton for the past 10 years and gives credit to for her win.
For complete Non Pro Derby results and today’s ancillary class results visit nrhaderby.com
NRHA Derby Show Supporters
The NRHA would like to thank the following corporate partners and event sponsors for their support: Adequan®, Anderson Bean, Rios of Mercedes, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cruel Girl, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialists, Lucas Oil & Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, OKC Convention and Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Trailguard, Xtra Quarter Horses.
In addition, NRHA thanks NRHA Derby Event Sponsors: Twin Cities South Trailers, Sandbur Productions, Scott Cleaners, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Not Ruf At All, Bob Moore Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Elite Stall Mat Rentals, Equine Oasis, Continental Saddlery, Star Spangled Whiz, Story Book Stables and Sundowner Trailers.
Founded in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting and encouraging the development of and public interest in the sport of reining. The focus is on developing and maintaining suitable standards of performance and judging and in providing a fun filled, family-oriented atmosphere. The NRHA would like to continue the celebration of our 50th anniversary with our corporate partners, members and supporters for making this association a true success.