2016 NRHA Derby
The Non Pro Derby Kicks Off
Oklahoma City, June 27 – The third day of competition at the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby, held at the Oklahoma State Fair Park, Oklahoma City, welcomed the first go, section 1 of the $190,000-added Non Pro Derby. Riders from Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Germany, Czech Republic, Great Britain, Israel, Italy and U.S.A. are vying for the Derby championship in four levels as well as in the Prime Time, Youth and Masters divisions. The second section will take place tomorrow, Tuesday June 28, and will determine the Friday finalists.
Top scores today:
Taking the lead in the Level (L)4, L3, Prime Time and Masters divisions of the Non Pro Derby was
riding his own mare, Msdreamy (Magnum Chic Dream x A Gal With A Gun). The pair scored a 217 for the lead. Msdreamy – a Sire & Dam offspring – was bred by Jana Simons of Pilot Point, TX, and boasts $122,004.11 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE). In 2013, the talented mare took the Cinch NRHA Futurity L3 Non Pro Reserve championship. Dan Huss rode her to third place in the 2015 NRHA Derby L3 Open division. With Frederick in the saddle, she was the 2016 NRBC L4 Non Pro Reserve Champion as well as NRBC L3 Non Pro and Prime Time Champion.
Tying to lead the L2 division with a 214.5 was Kara Gray Frye riding Juice N Silk (Smart Like Juice x Silk N Sable Pine), a 5-year-old gelding she owns that was nominated by Jim Irwin; and Shelby E. Reine riding Wallawallahollywood (Walla Walla Whiz x Sara Goes Hollywood). Wallawallahollywood is a 6-year-old gelding owned by Reine and nominated by Mark Bradford.
In the Youth division, Jack R Medows took the lead with a 216 riding Frame Draggin (Einsteins Revolution x Coronas Major), a 2012 stallion owned by Amy Medows and nominated by Jackspar Enterprises with $9,119.55 LTE.
Take a look at the NRHA Non Pro Derby top runs today by Equine Promotion at NRHADerby.com:
Frederick R. Christen & Msdreamy, NRHA Non Pro Derby, First Go Section 1 top score (217)
Jose Vasquez & Like Shiner, NRHA Non Pro Derby, First Go, Section 1 – second high score tie (216.5)
Mandy McCutcheon & Taris Little Gunner, NRHA Non Pro Derby, First Go, Section 1 – second high score tie (216.5)
The Open and Non Pro Derby is open to 4-, 5- and 6-year-old horses and is run in a qualifying go round and clean-slate finals. Horses must be nominated in the NRHA Nomination Program. NRHA Sire & Dam Program offspring are eligible to enter as well, but do not need to be nominated.
The Ancillary Class Champions Today:
$2,000-added Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 and the $1,000-added Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 – Show 2: Melissa L. Baird and Easy Money Miss (Easy Otie Whiz x Major Money Miss), a 2007 mare owned by Marshall W. Baird/Melissa Baird
AQHA Amateur Regular: Amy Stoney and Skeets Whizard (Skeets Peppy x Whiz And Smoke), a 2009 gelding owned by Connie J. Stoney
APHA Amateur: James Murff and Gunnin For Stars (Gunner x Dunnit In Starlight), a 2009 gelding owned by James Murff
$3,000-added Intermediate Open: Hava Vital and Snap Dun The Bases (Master Snapper x Shes Dun The Bases), a 2009 stallion owned by Lewisville Development LP
$500-added Limited Open: Parker Wurst and Easy Money Miss (Easy Otie Whiz x Major Money Miss), owned by Marshall W. Baird and Melissa L. Baird
$500-added Rookie Professional: Milos Kurucz and Wimpys Little Gal (Wimpys Little Step x My Topsail Gal), a 2007 mare owned by Rosanne Sternberg
For complete results and to follow the action live, visit nrhaderby.com
Derby Fun Time:
Exhibitors, owners and reining fans are invited to attend the Vintage Spin Party, sponsored by Platinum Performance, on Tuesday June 28 at 5 p.m. Make sure you don’t miss the chance to relax and relive the past 50 years of the NRHA!
NRHA Derby Show Supporters
The NRHA would like to thank the following corporate partners and event sponsors for their support: Adequan®, Anderson Bean, Rios of Mercedes, Bluebonnet Feeds, Cardinal Reining Horses, Cruel Girl, Classic Equine, Downunder Horsemanship, John Deere, Kiser Arena Specialists, Lucas Oil & Protect the Harvest, Markel Insurance, Merial, Montana Silversmiths, OKC Convention and Visitors Bureau, Platinum Performance, Quarter Horse News, Santa Hill Ranch, Silver Spurs Equine, Silver Spurs Saddles, SmartPak, Trailguard, Xtra Quarter Horses.
In addition, NRHA thanks NRHA Derby Event Sponsors: Twin Cities South Trailers, Sandbur Productions, Scott Cleaners, Shorty’s Caboy Hattery, Not Ruf At All, Bob Moore Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Elite Stall Mat Rentals and Equine Oasis and Continental Saddlery.
Founded in 1966, the National Reining Horse Association is a nonprofit association dedicated to promoting and encouraging the development of and public interest in the sport of reining. The focus is on developing and maintaining suitable standards of performance and judging and in providing a fun filled, family-oriented atmosphere. The NRHA would like to continue the celebration of our 50th anniversary with our corporate partners, members and supporters for making this association a true success.