For Immediate Release – June 27, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – At the 2018 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby, ancillary classes continue to slide on. During the third day of classes, the competition in the Adequan® Championship Arena was intense, with several of the classes ending in ties for the championship titles.
The $2,000-added Intermediate Open kicked off the day with Adam Johnson and Sean Pulley tying with the top score. Choosing to run-off, the two riders battled it out for the title. However, the re-runs resulted in another tie, after they each received a score of 141 – making Johnson and Pulley Co-Champions of the class. Johnson of Whitesboro, Texas, piloted Sparklin Magnum, a stallion by NRHA Five Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame inductee Magnum Chic Dream and out of Still Sparklin. The 4-year-old sorrel is owned by Viola Scott. Pulley, who is from Aubrey, Texas, rode his own horse, Spooks Shiner (NRHA Five Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame inductee Smart Spook x of Hall of Fame inductee Ebony Shines).
Taking home two championships, Sydney Nesky of Weatherford, Texas rode Commanded A Dance. Owned by Rails, Bales & Tales, LLC, Commanded A Dance is by Commanders Nic and out of Dancer Nic. The duo slid out of the arena winning the $500-added Limited Open and the $500-added Rookie Professional classes, with a score of 142.
A three-way tie for first with a score of 142 ½ was the result of fierce competition in the $500-added Limited Non Pro. McKinnon Larcombe of Whitesboro, Texas rode her leased horse, Taris Dreamer (Magnum Chic Dream x Taris San Cutter).
Also tying for first was Madison Rafacz riding Better Not Rest owned by Mark Rafacz. Better Not Rest is by NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame inductee Custom Crome and out of Rest Stop.
Rounding out the tie in the $500-added Limited Non Pro was Madison Gustin and Guns R Spooky, an eight-year-old gelding by Smart Spook and out of Berry Yer Guns.
During the fourth day of competition, open classes continued and another American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) approved class took place. In the $1,000-added Novice Horse Open Level (L)1, Sean Pulley took home another title, again riding Spooks Shiner. Another Texas native, Martin Larcombe from Whitesboro, took the championship in the $2,000-added Novice Horse Open L2. Larcombe rode Lance Griffin’s Whoze That Girl, a mare by NRHA Ten Million Dollar Sire and NRHA Hall of Fame inductee Gunner and out of Shiney Enterprise.
The last class of the day was the AQHA Amateur class. Charley Thiel, from Dublin, Ohio and Saddled On Saturday (Chicoutmyblingbling x Einsteins Invention) slid into first place.
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. The weekend features the NRHA Non Pro Derby finals starting at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, June 29 and the NRHA Open Derby finals at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 30. For more information on schedules, live video coverage, hotel accommodations, sponsors and more visit nrhaderby.com.