Oklahoma City, OK – It was an action-packed Wednesday in Oklahoma City where the 37th edition of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby is taking place. The finalists of the $190,000-added Non Pro Derby were determined yesterday. Today, the first section of the qualifying go-round of the $435,000-added Open Derby lit the stage.
In a field of 125 horse and rider combinations, two riders tied for the Level (L) 4 top score, a 222: Shawn Flarida and Jason Vanlandingham. NRHA Five Million Dollar Rider, Flarida, rode Shine N Spook for owner Clark Reining Horses LLC; and NRHA Million Dollar Rider, Vanlandingham, rode Not Ruf At All, owned by Vaughn C. Zimmerman.
2014 NRHA Futurity L4 Open co-champion Shine N Spook (Smart Spook x Ebony Shines) is a 4-year-old stallion, bred and nominated by Rosanne Sternberg, who has earned $174,921.35 in NRHA competition.
Not Ruf At All (A Sparkling Vintage x All Ruffed Up) is the past NRBC L4 Open Champion as well as the 2013 NRHA Futurity L4 Champion and the 2014 NRHA Derby L4 Open Champion with Vanlandingham in the saddle. The talented 6-year-old stallion, bred and nominated by Petra Zeitler Conner, boasts $414.916.08 NRHA LTE.
In the L3 division, Gabe D. Hutchins and FM Shine N Tag Chex (Whiz N Tag Chex x Shine With Wanda), owned by Tamarack Ranch LLC, scored a 220 for the lead. The 5-year-old stallion was bred by Ann Ramsay and Carol Rose and was nominated by Fausto Mattioli. With $108,174.49 LTE, FM Shine N Tag Chex is an NRHA Futurity L3 and L2 Reserve Champion and L1 Champion as well as the 2014 Congress L3 champion.
Mirjam Stillo rode Mizzfire (Gunner x West Coast Mizzen) for owner Bearden Equine Investments to the 219.5 high score in the L2 division. Bred and nominated by Tom McCutcheon, the 5-year-old stallion is the 2014 High Roller Reining Classic L3 Open Futurity Champion and has won over $29,300 in NRHA competition.
Early in the draw, Daniel Schloemer set the bar in the L1 Open division by posting a 218.5 aboard Electric Grid (Jacs Electric Spark x GVS Cherokee Jac), owned by Jennifer T. Deweese. To date, the 6-year-old gelding bred and nominated by Troy and Andrea Heikes has won $34,125.91.
Leading the Prime Time Open Derby today with a 219 was NRHA Three Million Dollar Rider Tim McQuay riding Guns R For Shootin (Gunner x Chelsea Lena), a 6-year-old stallion owned by Humphrey Quarter Horses, bred and nominated by Eric Storey.
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