Vandorp and Johnson Top Pre Futurity and Novice Horse Derby at NRHA Cowtown Classic

By Christa Morris – On Friday, August 17, the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Cowtown Classic welcomed the $75,000-added Pre Futurity Open and $60,000-added Novice Horse Derby Non Pro. The Pre Futurity included 90 3-year-old reining horses looking for their first big win and 68 horses age seven and older with earnings less than $20,000. In the end, Legacy In Lights and Ruben Vandorp claimed the Pre Futurity Open title while Sarah Johnson and Sailor Made topped the Novice Horse Derby Non Pro.
$75,000 Pre Futurity Open
Legacy In Lights and Vandorp Win Levels 4 and 3
Ruben Vandorp of Aubrey, Tex. marked a 224.5 on Legacy In Lights (Hit The Lights x Doc Berry Miss by Elderberry Ace) to claim the first place position in the level 4 and 3 open divisions. Janet Benson owns the stallion by Hit The Lights and out of Doc Berry Miss (by Elderberry Ace). Vandorp is an NRHA Professional with $422,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings. The team earned $19,220 and two of the following awards: trophy saddle rack, Montana Silversmiths buckle, NRHA flash drive, $100 gift card from Pard’s Western Shop, Classic Equine Contour Pedic Reiner pad, 25 pounds Platinum Performance CJ, 9.4 pounds of Assure Guard, pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, $300 SmartPak gift card, Miller International (Cinch/Cruel Girl) jean certificate, Adequan 7-dose box and a $2,500 Twister Trailer certificate.

 

Earning a 222.5 and the reserve championship in the level 4 open division was Giuseppe Basile’s Sir Hollywood Whiz and Andrea Fappani. Sir Hollywood is by NRHA’s only Eight Million Dollar Sire Topsail Whiz and by Topsail Dun It (by NRHA Six Million Dollar Sire Hollywood Dun It). Fappani is NRHA’s second Three Million Dollar Rider and an NRHA Professional and NRHA Lifetime Member. The reserve paycheck was $6,940 and awards included a $50 Pard’s Western Shop gift card, a Classic Equine cap, 3.5 pounds of Assure Guard, Miller International (Cinch/Cruel Girl) jean certificate and an NRHA flash drive.

 

Wimpys High Bid and NRHA Professional Jason Vanlandingham scored a 219 to tie for second place in the level 3 open division. Sheza Smart Wimpy and NRHA Professional Nathan Piper marked the identical score for owner Tami Nelson. Wimpys High Bid (NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire Wimpys Little Step x Lucky Little Jewel by Smart Little Lena) is owned by Vaughn Zimmerman. Sheza Smart Wimpy is also by Wimpys Little Step and out of Chicks And Chex (by Smart Chick Olena). The reserve championship paid $3,330. Prizes included an NRHA flash drive, $50 Pard’s Western Shop gift card, a Classic Equine cap, 3.5 pounds of Assure Guard and a Miller International (Cinch/Cruel Girl) jean certificate.

 

Whiz N Chica Dee and Buton Take Level 2 and 1
Bob Loomis’ Whiz N Chica and Mathieo Buton slid to a 216 to take top honors in the level 2 and level 1 open divisions. Whiz N Chica Dee is by Eight Million Dollar Sire Topsail Whiz and out of Chic A Dee Hickory (by NRHA Five Million Dollar Sire Smart Chic Olena). Mathieu Buton (Marietta, Okla.) has been an NRHA member since 2007. In total, the team earned $6,290 plus two of the following awards: trophy saddle rack, Montana Silversmiths buckle, NRHA flash drive, $100 gift card from Pard’s Western Shop, Classic Equine Contour Pedic Reiner pad, 25 pounds Platinum Performance CJ, 9.4 pounds of Assure Guard, pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, $300 SmartPak gift card, Miller International (Cinch/Cruel Girl) jean certificate, Adequan 7-dose box and a $2,500 Twister Trailer certificate.

 

4R Performance Horses’ One Night Whiz (One Night Roost x Miss Hollywood Whiz by Topsail Whiz) and Todd Martin (Boerne, Tex.) earned a 215.5 for the reserve championship in the level 2 division. Reserve awards include an NRHA flash drive, $50 Pard’s Western Shop gift card, a Classic Equine cap, 3.5 pounds of Assure Guard and a Miller International (Cinch/Cruel Girl) jean certificate. Their total earnings at the NRHA Cowtown Classic were $3,255.

 

The reserve co-championship titles in the level 1 open division went to Stepping In Time and Cruze Mode – both owned by WT Waggoner Estate and ridden by Ben Baldus (Electra, Tex.). Steeping In Time is by NRHA Three Million Dollar Sire Wimpys Little Step and out of Miss Double Tuck (by Poco King Tuck). Cruze Mode is by Wimpys Little Step and out of Smart Lassie Chick (by Smart Chic Olena). Their awards included an NRHA flash drive, $50 Pard’s Western Shop gift card, a Classic Equine cap, 3.5 pounds of Assure Guard and a Miller International (Cinch/Cruel Girl) jean certificate.

 

Novice Horse Derby Non Pro
Johnson Tops Level 4 and 3
After winning the co-championship in the level 4 and 3 non pro divisions at the 2011 NRHA Cowtown Classic Novice Horse Derby Non Pro, Sarah Johnson and Sailor Made had their minds set on taking the championship outright. They marked a 219 to nose out the rest of the field for both the level 4 and level 3 non pro divisions. Sarah’s father, NRHA Million Dollar Rider Craig Johnson, owns the 6-year-old gelding who is by Sailing Smart and out of the Colonels A Doc mare Doc Santa Belle. Sarah (Gainesville, Tex.) and Sailor Made most recently won the reserve championship in the level 3 non pro division at the 2012 NRHA Derby. Sarah took home the following cash and prizes at the 2012 NRHA Cowtown Classic: $6,860, trophy saddle rack, Montana Silversmiths buckle, NRHA flash drive, $100 gift card from Pard’s Western Shop, Classic Equine Contour Pedic Reiner pad, 25 pounds Platinum Performance CJ, 9.4 pounds of Assure Guard, pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, $200 SmartPak gift card, Miller International (Cinch/Cruel Girl) jean certificate, Adequan 7-dose box and a $2,500 Twister Trailer certificate.

 

Samantha Griffin and Smart Kachina Chic received a 218.5 from the judges and the level 4 non pro reserve championship. Smart Kachina Chic (Smart Chic Olena x Kachina Oak by Docs Oak) is owned by Samantha’s father NRHA Million Dollar owner Lance Griffin. Samantha has earned more than $570,000 in NRHA competition. She earned another $3,082 in Fort Worth plus an NRHA flash drive, $50 Pard’s Western Shop gift card, a Classic Equine cap, 3.5 pounds of Assure Guard and a Miller International (Cinch/Cruel Girl) jean certificate.

 

Choate Wins Level 2 and Level 1
Layla Choate started off the NRHA Cowtown Classic with a bang by sweeping all 4 levels of the  Silver Spurs Equine 7 & Up Non Pro aboard Plus One Chex. She returned to the same arena the following day on Whiz Boom Bang and earned the level 3 non pro reserve championship, as well as top honors in the level 2 and level 1 non pro divisions and third in the level 4 non pro division of the Novice Horse Derby Non Pro. Whiz Boom Bang is by Whiz N Tag Chex and out of Beanie Boomer (by Boomernic). Upstream, Inc. owns the mare who unofficially helped Whiz N Tag Chex become NRHA’s newest Million Dollar Sire. In all, Choate won $8,042 plus these awards for all three placings: two trophy saddle racks, two Montana Silversmiths buckles, three NRHA flash drives, $250 gift card from Pard’s Western Shop, two Classic Equine Contour Pedic Reiner pad, 50 pounds Platinum Performance CJ, 13 pounds of Assure Guard, two pairs of Rios of Mercedes boots, $400 SmartPak gift card, three Miller International (Cinch/Cruel Girl) jean certificates, two Adequan 7-dose box, a Classic Equine cap and a $5,000 Twister Trailer certificate.

 

Kyndall Harper (St. Augustine, Fla.) and Jazzy Cindy Lou (DA Jazzy Starlight x Mark My Melody by Mr Melody Jac, owned by JB Burney) marked a 217 for second place in the level 2 and level 1 non pro divisions. For the reserve championships, they earned $2,239 and two of the following: NRHA flash drive, $50 Pard’s Western Shop gift card, a Classic Equine cap, 3.5 pounds of Assure Guard and a Miller International (Cinch/Cruel Girl) jean certificate.

 

Two scores of 215.5 landed atop the prime time non pro division: Tamra Kyle riding A Ruf Gal and Ronald Thompson aboard Maggie Chic Dream to win $2,100 each. Tamra ($125,300 NRHA LTE) and her husband Pete own A Ruf Gal (NRHA Two Milion Dollar Sire Lil Ruf Peppy x My Topsail Gal by Topsail Whiz). The duo won non pro levels 2-4 at last year’s Novice Horse Derby Non Pro (tied with Sailor Made and Johnson for level 4 and level 3 divisions). Ronald Thompson owns Maggie Chic Dream (NRHA Million Dollar Sire Magnum Chic Dream x Crow About This by NRHA Three Million Dollar Gallo Del Cielo). The were finalists at the 2011 NRHA Futurity and 2012 NRHA Derby. Prime Time Non Pro Champion awards included a trophy saddle rack, Montana Silversmiths buckle, NRHA flash drive, $100 gift card from Pard’s Western Shop, Classic Equine Contour Pedic Reiner pad, 10 pounds Platinum Performance CJ, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, $100 SmartPak gift card, Miller International (Cinch/Cruel Girl) jean certificate, Adequan 7-dose box and $2,500 Twister Trailer certificate.

Photos of Vandorp and Johnson by Waltenberry.

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