The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) proudly presents the 2012 NRHA Derby Show at Oklahoma State Fair Park, June 24-30. The Derby is one of two major NRHA events presented each year in Oklahoma City, and is the Association’s premiere event for the world’s best 4-, 5- and 6-year-old reining horses, their exhibitors and their owners.
The Derby includes the $435,000-added* Open Derby and $180,000-added* Non Pro Derby with 1,130 entries vying for a piece of the $860,000 estimated payout. Thanks to the NRHA Nomination Program, the NRHA Derby continues to grow. This year it achieved a 13% increase in entries and 75% increase in payout compared to the previous year.
140 horses entered the Coliseum Arena today in the first go, first section of the NRHA Open Derby. The winner of the NRHA Derby Level 4 Open division, to be determined on June 30, is guaranteed $50,000 in prize money in addition to a $5,000 gift certificate from Twister Trailer, Bob’s Custom Saddle, Montana Silversmiths buckle, Rios of Mercedes boots, Purina feed, Assure Guard, Platinum Performance CJ, Classic Equine pad, Classic Equine skid boots, SmartPak gift card and Pard’s Western Shop gift card.
Entering the arena at draw 102, Shiners Voodoo Dr and NRHA Professional Todd Bergen captured everyone’s attention and clenched the Level 4 Open division lead with a score of 226. Xtra Quarter Horses, LLC owns and stands the 2007 palomino stallion that was bred by Rogers Heaven Sent Ranch. Shiners Voodoo Dr (Shining Spark x Voodoo Chic by Smart Chic Olena) has more than $37,000 in NRHA LTE including a win at the 2009 John Deere Futurity in Tulsa, Okla.
Quistador ($185,000in NRHA LTE, Conquistador Whiz x Miss N Becky by Okie Paul Quixote, bred by Joe Hayes) and NRHA Professional Shawn Flarida scored a 225 earlier in the day for owners Gus and Gaynia Revenberg. The 2007 stallion ranks second in the Level 4 Open division.
With only eight runs left in today’s section, Lil Gun Dunit (Lil Gun x Hollywood Baby Dunit by Hollywood Dun It) and NRHA Professional Troy Heikes claimed the lead in the Level 3 Open division and third place in the Level 4 Open division. They marked a 223 for owner Denise Bixler. Lil Gun Dunit is 6-year-old AQHA/APHA dual-registered gelding.
Miz Whizconsin (Inwhizable x Schoen Melody by Heza German Melody) and NRHA Professional Robin Schoeller were the final entry of the day; and they ended the day in style with a 219.5 to move into the lead in the Level 2 Open division for owner B. Elizabeth Himes. Wisconsin’s Bill Kasten bred the 2007 mare that won the 2010 North Central Reining Horse Association’s Open Futurity with Joan Kasten Erickson.
In the Level 1 Open division, Dainty Little Step ($19,400 NRHA LTE) and Ben Baldus’ 218.5 topped the standings. WT Waggoner Estate’s homebred is a 2006 mare by Wimpys Little Step out of Tucks Little Poco by Poco King Tuck.
Lil Magnum Jessie ($157,000 NRHA LTE, Magnum Chic Dream x Lil Ruf Jessie by Lil Ruf Peppy, bred by Nedpoint Quarter Horses, Inc.) and NRHA Professional Casey Hinton tied for the lead in the Prime Time Open division with Dunit A Lil Ruf (Lil Ruf Peppy x A Bueno Poco Dunit by Hollywood Dun It, bred by Sandi Holt) and NRHA Steward Ann Salmon with a 219. Dunit A Lil Ruf and Salmon also are second in the Level 2 Open division.
MORE ABOUT THE SHOW
The NRHA Derby Show welcomes horse enthusiasts from all backgrounds and interest levels. The first five days of the competition are free to the public making it an excellent option for the whole family. The event also offers many activities outside of the show ring such as a trade show with more than 50 vendors from around the country, NRHA Collegiate Reining Championship, NRHA Interscholastic Reining Championship, NRHA Awards & Hall of Fame Banquet, Interscholastic Equestrian Association Western National Finals and much more.
TOMORROW AT THE SHOW
The third day of the show begins at 8 a.m. in the Coliseum with the $435,000-added Open Derby first go, second section. The second section is followed by the $180,000-added Non Pro Derby. Ancillary classes begin at 8:30 a.m. in the Adequan® Championship Arena including Novice Horse Non Pro Levels 1 & 2, AQHA Amateur, APHA Amateur, APHA Solid Amateur, Intermediate Open, Limited Open and Rookie Professional. At 6:30 p.m. in the Arena 3 Cabana, the SmartPak Dog Days of Derby Party will take place. The evening includes dog races, the “Mutt Mug Matchup” and lots of fun for the whole family.
FOR THE LATEST NEWS
For the latest news from the NRHA Derby Show, be sure to follow NRHA on Facebook and Twitter. Score updates, event reminders and video will be posted daily to keep reiners around the world informed as the news develops. In addition, NRHA will post the top three runs of the day from the NRHA Open Derby and NRHA Non Pro Derby go rounds and finals. Visit nrhaderby.com daily to watch the runs at your convenience 24/7.
The NRHA would like to thank the following Corporate Partners for their support of the NRHA Derby: Adequan, Arenus, Bob’s Custom Saddles, Cinder Lakes Ranch and Reproduction Center, Classic Equine, Darling 888 Ranch, Horse&Rider, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialists, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Pard’s Western Shop, Platinum Performance, Purina Mills, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes / Anderson Bean Boot Company, Miller International – Cinch / Cruel Girl, Silver Spurs Equine, SmartPak, Twister Trailer and World Deveopment Group. NRHA also appreciates the contributions of Event Sponsors KO Trading, Sandbur Productions, Scott Cleaners and Shorty’s Caboy Hattery.
* – Estimated based on NRHA Nomination Program