By Christa Morris – The 2014 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby featured the finals in non pro competition on Friday: the $78,000-added level (L) 4; $60,000-added L3; $32,500-added L2; $15,000-added L1 and $5,000-added prime time divisions. Out of the original 217 horses and 650 entries, the top 56 horse and rider teams qualified to compete in the finals at Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Okla. This year’s Derby finals were the richest ever paying approximately $322,000 to owners and nominators.
Thompson and Jordan – L4 Non Pro Co-Champions
After tying for sixth place in the non pro go-round with a 218 on Taris Dreamer, Ron Thompson turned up the heat and reined to a score of 223.5 in the finals. He held the lead until draw 29 when Lyndsey Jordan and her Made By Magnum laid down an identical score. Thompson and Jordan agreed to share the honors and to be NRHA Derby Non Pro Co-Champions. Both of their mounts were sired by NRHA Two Million Dollar Sire Magnum Chic Dream.
The level 4 non pro co-champions split the following awards: an NRHA Lawson trophy, a $5,000 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, Platinum Performance CJ, a Classic Equine pad, a pair of Classic Equine skid boots, $300 gift card from Pard’s Western Shop, a $100 gift card from Kyle Tack, a pad from Center Back Pads and Vetericyn.
Thompson, of Whitesboro, Texas, owns the 2009 gelding that has earned nearly $140,000 in NRHA competition. Together, they have won an NRHA Futurity Prime Time Non Pro Championship, a National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) L4 Non Pro Championship and two NRBC Prime Time Non Pro Championships. In 2011, the gelding was a consigned to the NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Prospect Sale. Tonight, they won $15,343.93 in the L4 non pro division and $2,660.40 for winning the prime time non pro division. Werner Hermus nominated Taris Dreamer (Magnum Chic Dream x Taris San Cutter) and earned the $807.58 nominator incentive.
Jordan and Made By Magnum – L3 and L2 Champions
In addition to the L4 honors, Jordan took home the L3 and L2 non pro division championships. Jordan, of Georgetown, Ky., owns the 2010 stallion by Magnum Chic Dream and out of Ready Make Cowboy. Made By Magnum, also nominated by Jordan, has earned nearly $30,500 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings including a third place in the L2 open division at the 2013 NRHA Futurity with Robin Schoeller. Jordan has won $46,300 in NRHA competition, an Adequan North American Affiliate Championship, a Limited Non Pro World Championship, plus an NRHA Collegiate Reining Championship. Their derby paycheck amounted to $39,415.83, including the 5% nominator incentive.
Jordan won the following prizes for the L3 and L2 non pro divisions: two NRHA Lawson trophies, a $5,000 gift certificate from Twister Trailer, two saddles from Bob’s Custom Saddles, two Montana Silversmiths buckles, a $400 SmartPak gift card, Purina feed, two pairs of Rios of Mercedes boots, Platinum Performance CJ, two Classic Equine pads, two pairs of Classic Equine skid boots, a $600 gift card from Pard’s Western Shop, a $200 gift card from Kyle Tack, two pads from Center Back Pads, Vetericyn and a gift certificate from Shorty’s Caboy Hattery.
Medows and Surprizentheprincess – Level 1 Non Pro Champions
With a score of 220.5, Jack Medows (Cuba, Missouri; $41,800 NRHA LTE) and Surprizentheprincess (Jerry Lees Surprise x Princess In Diamonds, $95,600 NRHA LTE) clenched the L1 non pro division championship. They placed third in the L2 and L3 non pro divisions, as well as fourth on the L4 non pro division. Amy Medows owns the 2009 mare that was nominated by Clinton Anderson.
Medows won $27,706.41 including the 5% nominator incentive for Clinton Anderson. The prizes the won include: 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, Platinum Performance CJ, a Classic Equine pad, a pair of Classic Equine skid boots, $300 gift card from Pard’s Western Shop, a $100 gift card from Kyle Tack, a pad from Center Back Pads, Vetericyn and a gift certificate from Shorty’s Caboy Hattery.
Shifrin and Bella Juice – Youth Non Pro Champions
The youth non pro championship was determined in the go-round earlier in the week. The championship honors went to Genevieve Shifrin (Aspen, Colo., $39,425 NRHA LTE) and Bella Juice (Smart Like Juice x Bella Conquistador, $21,300 NRHA LTE) for owner/nominator Cache Performance Horses, LLC. For her ride, Shifrin won an NRHA Lawson trophy, a $2,500 gift certificate from Twister Trailer, a saddle from Bob’s Custom Saddles, a Montana Silversmiths buckle, a $100 SmartPak gift card, Purina feed, a pair of Anderson Bean boots, Platinum Performance CJ, a pair of Classic Equine Legacy boots, a pair of Classic Equine skid boots, $100 gift card from Pard’s Western Shop, a $100 gift card from Kyle Tack, a pad from Center Back Pads and Vetericyn.
NRHA Sire & Dam Awards
NRHA congratulated Magnum Chic Dream, owned by Viola Scott, for the performance of his offspring, Taris Dreamer and Made By Magnum, in the non pro finals. Magnum Chic Dream earned $2,500 and an NRHA Sire & Dam bronze for their efforts tonight. Gunner was also recognized for Check Out My Guns’ finish and was awarded $500 from the NRHA Sire & Dam Program.
Congrats to NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Sales Connections
Congratulations to these NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Sales connections the qualified for the finals:
- Ms Revolution
- Taris Dreamer
- Wimpys All Jacked Up
- Diamond Oak
- Jac Bee Whiz
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NRHA Derby Show Supporters
The NRHA would like to thank the following corporate partners for their support of the NRHA Futurity & Adequan North American Affiliate Championship Show: Adequan, Bob’s Custom Saddles, Boehringer Ingelheim, Cardinal Reining Horses, Center Back Pads, Classic Equine, Darling 888 Ranch, Downunder Horsemanship, Horse&Rider, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialists, Kyle Tack, Markel Insurance Company, Merial, Miller International – Cinch / Cruel Girl, Montana Silversmiths, Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau, Pard’s Western Shop, Platinum Performance, Purina, Quarter Horse News, Rios of Mercedes / Anderson Bean Boot Company, Schmersal Reining Horses, Silver Spurs Equine, SmartPak, Twister Trailer and Xtra Quarter Horses.
In addition, NRHA thanks NRHA Derby Event Sponsors
- Arenus, Business Link, Equine Oasis, Fowler Dodge, Icehole Performance Coolers, KO Trading, Port-A-Cool, Sandbur Productions, Santa Hill Ranch, Scott Cleaners, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery and Vetericyn.
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