Oklahoma City, Okla. – June 28, 2014 – By Christa Morris – The 2014 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby concluded tonight with the $428,000-added open finals at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Okla. The NRHA Derby Show is NRHA’s premiere event for the world’s best 4-, 5- and 6-year-old reining horses. This year’s Derby finals were the richest ever paying out approximately $961,000 to owners and nominators of open and non pro finalists.
During the open go-round, 571 entries competed for a spot in the finals with 75 of the top-scoring horse-and-rider teams invited back to night’s event. Until the very end of the finals, thousands of reining fans, watching in-person and online, were treated to exciting leader board changes. Many fans were anxious to see if one of the two past NRHA Futurity Champions (Not Ruf At All and Americasnextgunmodel) would follow-up with another major NRHA event championship. In the end, 2013 NRHA Futurity Champions Not Ruf At All (A Sparkling Vintage x All Ruffed Up, $220,500 NRHA LTE) and NRHA Professional Jason Vanlandingham (Whitesboro, Texas) bested the field by three points for the win with a score of 229.
Vaughn Zimmerman’s stallion, nominated by Petra Zeitler Connor, won $60,000 for the L4 open championship ($57,000 to the owner and $3,000 to the nominator). Level 4 open division awards included an NRHA Lawson trophy, a $5,000 gift certificate from Twister Trailer, a saddle from Bob’s Custom Saddles, a Montana Silversmiths buckle, a $300 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.
Prior to his successes in the show arena, Not Ruf At All was consigned to the 2012 NRHA / Insurance Futurity Sales.
Gun Affair and Schmidt – Level 2 Open Champions
During the first section, Gun Affair (Gunner x Memorable Affair, $14,216 NRHA LTE) and Joe Schmidt (Pilot Point, Texas; $158,800 NRHA LTE) earned a score of 222 from the judges to lead the L2 open division. They stayed in the top position winning the championship including the $10,660 owner paycheck and the $560 nominator incentive. The 2009 mare is owned by Lil Equine, LLC and was eligible to enter the NRHA Derby thanks to nominator Victoria Lambert.
The L2 open division champions also 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 $200 SmartPak gift card, Purina feed, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, Platinum Performance CJ, a pair of Classic Equine Legacy boots, 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’ Caboy Hattery.
What A Lucky Hit and Edgmon – Level 1 Open Champions
What A Lucky Hit (Hit The Lights x My Lucky Moonstone) and NRHA Professional Tell Edgmon (Weatherford, Texas; $26,300 NRHA LTE) set the pace for the finals from draw 9 in the first section with a 224.5. Their bid was more than enough to claim the L1 open division championship and $5,370, including the 5% nominator incentive. Gary and Sandy Vickrey own the 2008 mare that was nominated by Adair Reiners LLC. Before tonight’s finals, she had earned more than $49,200 in NRHA competition including a fifth place finish at the NRHA Derby with Craig Schmersal.
The L1 open division champion also 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 $200 SmartPak gift card, Purina feed, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, Platinum Performance CJ, a pair of Classic Equine Legacy boots, 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’ Caboy Hattery.
NRHA Sire & Dam Program Awards
The following NRHA Sire & Dam Program stallion owner awards were presented during the awards ceremony:
- $1,500 and an NRHA Sire & Dam bronze to Einsteins Revolution, owned by Wagner & Vandorp, for Revolution Is Dun placing second in the L4 open division
- $750 to Custom Crome, owned by Steve Simon, for Cromed Out Chic tying for fifth in the L4 open division
- And the following to Gunner, owned by McQuay Stables:
- $1,500 and an NRHA Sire & Dam bronze for Colonels Splashy Gun placing first in the L3 open division
- $1,000 for Gunners Tinseltown placing second in the L3 open division
- $750 to Gunner for Gunners Tinseltown tying for fifth in the L4 open division
- $500 for Guns R For Shootin placing third in the L3 open division
Congrats to NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Sales Connections
Congratulations to these NRHA / Markel Insurance Futurity Sales connections the qualified for the finals:
- Easy Reloaded, owned by Martin Brisebois
- Custom Smart Juice, owned by Jackie Redish
- Bravehearted Steps, owned by Bob & Melissa Shearer
- Tagged With Rush, owned by Jon Sather
- Freckles Got Ashiner, owned by Dealer Auctions Inc. & Vincent/Lynn Maffucci
- Footwork Revolution, owned by Brian Bell
- Mr Electric Spark, owned by Reining Partners LLC
- Not Ruf At All, owned by Vaughn Zimmerman
- Americasnextgunmodel, owned by Arcese Quarter Horses USA
To relive the highlights of the NRHA Derby Show, check out nrhaderby.com and visit NRHA on Facebook and Twitter. NRHA posted the top three runs of each day from the NRHA Open Derby and NRHA Non Pro Derby go-rounds and finals. Complete results for the NRHA Derby and ancillary classes can also be found at nrhaderby.com.
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, 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.