The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) proudly presents the 2013 NRHA Derby Show at Oklahoma State Fair Park now through June 29. The Derby includes the $435,000-added Open and $180,000-added Non Pro with entries vying for a piece of the $948,000 estimated payout: more than $59,000 more than the previous year’s purse.
Nearly 140 horses entered the Coliseum Arena today in the first go, first section of the NRHA Derby Open. The winning horse of the NRHA Derby level 4 open division, to be determined on June 29, is guaranteed to earn $50,000 in addition to a $5,000 gift certificate from Twister Trailer, Bob’s Custom Saddle, Montana Silversmiths buckle, Rios of Mercedes boots, Purina feed, Assure Guard, Platinum Performance CJ, Classic Equine pad, Classic Equine skid boots, SmartPak gift card, Pard’s Western Shop gift card and a headstall from The New West.
Leading the $215,000-added level 4 open division was A Smokin Whiz (Topsail Whiz x PF Nu Miss Royal Rsk) ridden by Jason Vanlandingham. The Whitesboro, Texas trainer rode the 2008 stallion to a score of 222.5. The pair has already been successful in Oklahoma City winning the level 3 open division at the 2011 NRHA Futurity. Sunrise Ranch, LLC (Fayetteville, Ar.) is the owner and nominator of A Smokin Whiz ($83,120 NRHA LTE).
Right behind the leader was What A Lucky Hit (Hit The Lights x My Lucky Moonstone) and NRHA Professional Craig Schmersal (Overbrook, Okla.) with a score of 222. Gary and Sandy Vickrey’s 2008 mare has earned more than $40,380 in the reining arena. Adair Reiners, LLC. is the nominator.
Custom Banjo – Level 2 and Level 3 Leader
Also with a 222 was Custom Banjo (Banjo Whiz x Custom Bobbie) and NRHA Professional Patrice St-Onge (Gainesville, Texas). They are tied for second place in the level 4 open division (with What A Lucky Hit) and lead the level 3 and level 2 open divisions. St-Onge and Melanie Schuckers’ 2008 stallion were finalists at this year’s National Reining Breeders Classic. Custom Banjo was nominated to the NRHA Nomination Program by Nedpoint Quarter Horses Inc.
Spin N Wimp – Level 1 Leader
Spin N Wimp (Wimpys Little Step x Spinning Beauty) and Mirjam Giraudini-Stillo marked a 219.5 to lead the level 1 open division. The 2007 gelding is owned by Andrea Stillo and has over $40,500 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings. Spin N Wimp has been shown primarily in Europe racking up wins at the Italian Reining Horse Association Futurity (4-Year-Old) and German Breeder’s Futurity.
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Ancillary Update – Phillips Sweeps the Silver Spurs Equine 7 & Up Non Pro
NRHA also welcomed the running of “7 & Up” classes for horses age seven and older in the $15,000-added Silver Spurs Equine 7 & Up Non Pro.
Oklahoma’s own James Michael Phillips swept all four non pro divisions aboard Shining Shoes (Shining Spark x Miss War Doc) with a 147. James and his mother Carolyn Sue Phillips (Hartshorne, Okla.) own the 1995 gelding that has won almost $10,000 in 7 & Up classes in the past year with James in the saddle.
The reserve championship in the level 4 and level 3 division went to Michael Garnett (Lincoln, Neb.) and his Arc Smokin Gun (Gunner x Custom Mahogany, 2006 gelding) with a score of 145. The team won the championship in the level 3 and prime time non pro divisions at the 2010 NRHA Derby and the reserve championship in the prime time non pro division at the 2011 NRHA Derby.
Brooke Wharton (Vernon, Texas) and Dainty Little Step (Wimpys Little Step x Tucks Little Poco) claimed the reserve honors in the level 2 and level 1 non pro divisions. Dainty Little Step ($48,500 NRHA LTE) is owned by WT Waggoner Estate (Vernon, Texas).
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