Spooks Gotta Whiz and Flarida Win NRHA Open Derby Championship

The 2012 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby showcased the $435,000-added* Open Derby finals on Saturday, June 30 at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Okla. The NRHA Derby Show is NRHA’s premiere event for the world’s best 4-, 5- and 6-year-old reining horses and hosts to two slates of ancillary classes. This year’s Derby finals were the richest ever paying out approximately $885,000* to owners and nominators of open and non pro finalists.

 

During the go-round, more than 500 entries competed for a spot in the finals with 76 of the top-scoring horse-and-rider teams invited back to Saturday night’s event.

 

NRHA Professional Shawn Flarida (Springfield, Ohio) rode Spooks Gotta Whiz to a 226.5 to win the Level 4 Derby Open Championship and $60,000 (95% to owner and 5% nominator incentive). Spooks Gotta Whiz (Spooks Gotta Gun x Prettywhizasprettydoes, bred by Clint Haverty) is a 5-year-old stallion owned by Michell Anne Kimball of Encinita, Calif. Prior to the Derby, Spooks Gotta Whiz earned nearly $260,000 in NRHA competition including level 4 open championship titles at the 2010 NRHA Futurity and 2012 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC).

 

Spooks Gotta Whiz won an NRHA Lawson trophy, a $5,000 gift certificate from Twister Trailer, a saddle from Bob’s Custom Saddles, a Montana Silversmiths buckle, a $300 SmartPak gift card, Purina feed, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, Assure Guard, Platinum Performance CJ, a Classic Equine pad, a pair of Classic Equine skid boots, $100 gift card from Pard’s Western Shop and a Shorty’s Caboy Hattery 100x hat.

 

As the sire of the NRHA Derby Level 4 Open Champion, Spooks Gotta Gun won the NRHA Sire & Dam award including $1,500 and a Sire & Dam Bronze trophy. Spooks Gotta Gun is owned by Silver Spurs Equine of Cave Creek, Ariz.

 

The race for the Level 4 Open Reserve Championship ended in a two-way tie with matching scores of 226: Xtra Quarter Horses, LLC’s Shiners Voodoo Dr (Shining Spark x Voodoo Chic, bred by Rogers Heaven Sent Ranch) and Todd Bergen (Eagle Point, Ore.) tied with Rancho Oso Rio, LLC’s Tinker With Guns (Gunner x Tinker Nic, bred by Rancho Oso Rio, LLC) and NRHA Professional Andrea Fappani (Scottsdale, Ariz.). Each horse won nearly $40,000 for the reserve co-championship.

 

CHICS LOADED GUN AND SEAN MCBURNEY – LEVEL 3 OPEN
Sean McBurney guided Chics Loaded Gun (Gunner x Smart Chic Olynna, bred by Gary Putman) to a score of 220.5 to top the level 3 open division. They also earned finalist honors in the level 4 open division and nearly $30,000. Brian Knutson and Gaylene Sawchuk own the 6-year-old stallion who took home an NRHA Lawson trophy, a $2,500 gift certificate from Twister Trailer, a saddle from Bob’s Custom Saddles, a Montana Silversmiths buckle, a $200 SmartPak gift card, Purina feed, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, Assure Guard, Platinum Performance CJ, a Classic Equine pad, a pair of Classic Equine skid boots and a $100 gift card from Pard’s Western Shop. As the sire of the NRHA Derby Level 3 Open Champion, McQuay Stables’ Gunner won the NRHA Sire & Dam award.

 

GUNNER GIT YA DONE AND PETE KYLE – LEVEL 2 OPEN
NRHA Professional Pete Kyle (Whitesboro, Tex.) and E Bar Z Stables’ Gunner Git Ya Dun (Gunner x Gotta Git Ya Dun, bred by Monica Hicks) rose to the top of the level 2 open division. Their score of 219.5 also garnered third place in the level 3 open division. Gunner Git Ya Dun earned more than $24,000 for her owners, plus an NRHA Lawson trophy, a $2,500 gift certificate from Twister Trailer, a saddle from Bob’s Custom Saddles, a Montana Silversmiths buckle, a $200 SmartPak gift card, Purina feed, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, Assure Guard, Platinum Performance CJ, Classic Equine boots, and a $100 gift card from Pard’s Western Shop.

 

DAINTY LITTLE STEP AND BEN BALDUS – LEVEL 1 OPEN
The level 1 open division ended in a dramatic run-off between three entries marking a 218: Ben Baldus riding Dainty Little Step (WT Waggoner Estate), Jimmy Van Der Hoeven aboard Wimpys Cute Tune (Stephanie Diane Nelson, owner) and Lisa Coulter on Whiz It A Chic (Robert Thompson, owner). Dainty Little Step (Wimpys Little Step x Tucks Little Poco, bred by WT Waggoner Estate) won the run-off, nearly $20,000, an NRHA Lawson trophy, a $2,500 gift certificate from Twister Trailer, a saddle from Bob’s Custom Saddles, a Montana Silversmiths buckle, a $200 SmartPak gift card, Purina feed, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, Assure Guard, Platinum Performance CJ, Classic Equine boots, and a $100 gift card from Pard’s Western Shop.

 

To relive the highlights of the NRHA Derby Show, check out nrhaderby.com and visit NRHA on Facebook and Twitter. NRHA posted the top three runs of each day from the NRHA Open Derby and NRHA Non Pro Derby go-rounds and finals. Complete results for the NRHA Derby and ancillary classes can also be found at nrhaderby.com .

 

NRHA CORPORATE PARTNERS
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 Development Group. NRHA also appreciates the contributions of Event Sponsors KO Trading, Sandbur Productions, Scott Cleaners and Shorty’s Caboy Hattery.
* – Estimates based on NRHA Nomination Program and 2011 NRHA Derby entries.

Photo by Waltenberry

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