For Immediate Release – June 25, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma –The Jim Norick Arena was filled with excitement today as competition for the 2018 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Non Pro Derby began. With 118 horse and rider combinations on the day’s draw, the crowd watched as each rider left it all on the dirt – fighting for their chance to compete in the non pro finals later this week.
Finishing with a 218 ½ and the top score of the day was Cade McCutcheon and his mount, Dual Reality, a 2013 gelding by Mister Nicadual and out of Snip O Chex. Bred and nominated by Cinder Lakes Ranch and owned by Tom and Mandy McCutcheon, Dual Reality and McCutcheon held their lead in the Level (L)4 and Youth divisions throughout the day after a successful run in the first half of the draw.
Sandy Bentien bred, nominated and rode her own Gotta Twist It Up (NRHA Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Whiz x Make It With A Twist), landing in a tie for the second highest score of the day with a 217 ½. The score was also enough to earn Bentien the top spot in the L3. The pair has had much success in Oklahoma City winning the L2 and L3 non pro divisions at the 2016 NRHA Futurity and a reserve co-championship in the L4 non pro at the 2017 NRHA Derby.
Matching Bentien’s score and sharing second in the L4 was NRHA Million Dollar Rider Jose Vasquez aboard Like Shiner (NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame inductee Smart Like Juice x Wind Her Up Shiner), a 2012 mare bred and nominated by Smart Like Juice Inc. – the talented horse’s owner. The team has racked up more than $76,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE) including a recent win at the 2018 National Reining Breeders Classic L4 Non Pro.
Ronny Lane Colston and Baileys Not Painted claimed the top spot in both L2 and 1 divisions with 216. By NRHA Million Dollar Sire Gunners Special Nite and out of Darlins Not Painted, the sorrel gelding with more than $48,000 NRHA LTE is owned by Kevin Colston and was bred and nominated by Turnabout Farm Inc.
The first go of the 2018 NRHA Non Pro Derby will continue with second section tomorrow, June 26 at 8 a.m. at Oklahoma State Fair Park.
During the NRHA Derby, the world’s best 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old reining horses and competitors come to Oklahoma City to compete for an estimated total purse and cash prizes of more than $1 million. For more information on schedules, live video coverage, hotel accommodations, sponsors and more visit nrhaderby.com.