By Christa Morris - The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is honored each year to host the NRHA Derby Show at Oklahoma State Fair Park. This year’s Derby includes competition for professional and non pro entries, all vying for a piece of the $961,000 estimated payout. The 2014 NRHA Derby is the largest in recorded history with 650 non pro and 571 open entries.
More than 100 horses entered the Jim Norick Coliseum Arena today in the first go, first section of the NRHA Derby Open. The winning horse of the NRHA Derby level (L) 4 open division, to be determined on June 28, is guaranteed to earn $60,000 in addition to a $5,000 gift certificate from Twister Trailer, Bob’s Custom Saddle, Montana Silversmiths buckle, Rios of Mercedes boots, Purina feed, Platinum Performance CJ, Classic Equine pad, Classic Equine skid boots, SmartPak gift card, Pard’s Western Shop gift card, Kyle Tack gift certificate, a pad from Center Back Pads and Vetericyn.
Americasnextgunmodel and Deary – L4 Open Leaders
Leading the $215,000-added L4 open division were the 2012 NRHA Futurity Champions Americasnextgunmodel (Gunner x Cee Dun It Do It by Hollywood Dun It) and Casey Deary (Weatherford, Texas; $671,100 NRHA LTE). Deary, an NRHA Professional, piloted the Arcese Quarter Horses USA mare to a score of 227. To date, the 2011 NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Sales consignment has earned more than $281,000 in NRHA competition. David Silva, Sr. nominated Americasnextgunmodel to the NRHA Nomination Program when she was a weanling.
The second-highest score of the day (225.5) also went to a horse ridden by Deary, Freckles Got Ashiner (Smart Shiner x Scats Frecklefoot, nominated by Sheryl Kaefer). The stallion owned by Dealer Auctions, Inc. and Vincent/Lynn Maffuci has racked up a total of $73,000 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings thus far. Freckles Got Ashiner is an NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Sales Graduate.
Footwork Revolution and Bell – L3 Open Leaders
Footwork Revolution (Einsteins Revolution x Fancy Footwork, nominated by Troop Quarter Horses) and Brian Bell (Denton, Texas) edged out the field in the L3 open division with a score of 222.5 from the judges. Brian, an NRHA Professional, owns the stallion that has already earned nearly $39,000 including finalist honors in the L4 and L3 open divisions at the 2013 NRHA Futurity. Footwork Revolution was consigned to the 2011 NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Sales.
Sheza Smart Wimpy and Rushing – L2 Open Leaders
Leading the L2 open division was Sheza Smart Wimpy (Wimpys Little Step x Chicks And Chex) and Ryan Rushing (Whitesboro, Texas; $58,800 NRHA LTE). They rode to a score of 221.5 for owners Tami Nelson and Jan Fleet. Nelson nominated the 2009 mare that has earned nearly $12,000 including reserve championship honors in the L3 open division at the 2012 NRHA Cowtown Classic Pre-Futurity.
Juice On The Luice and Fitzpatrick – L1 Open Leaders
In L1 open division, a score of 220 landed Juice On The Luice (Smart Like Juice x Sugartime Sailor) and Colin James Fitzpatrick (Grandview, Texas; $10,800 NRHA LTE) on the top of the leader board. Caroline Calais is the owner and Debra Wenger is the nominator of the 2009 gelding.
Tomorrow at the Show
Thursday brings the second section of the $428,000-added NRHA Derby Open. The show starts at 8 a.m. in Coliseum. Adequan Championship Arena starts at 9 a.m. with Interscholastic Equestrian Association Western Individual Finals in Reining and Horsemanship.
More on the NRHA Derby
With $650,000 in estimated added money, the NRHA Derby welcomes thousands of spectators, exhibitors and horses attend the event each year. The Derby is one of two major events presented by NRHA each year in Oklahoma City and includes two full slates of ancillary reining classes in addition to the aged-event action.
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.
For more information on the NRHA, or the sport of Reining, please visit nrha.com or call (405) 946-7400.