Oklahoma City, Oklahoma - With the initial day of competition completed, the National Reining Horse Association Non Pro Derby first round is history. Dont Miss This, ridden by Mandy McCutcheon and owned by her parents, Tim and Colleen McQuay, emerged as the winner of the first go, marking a score of 221 to lead the field of 120 exhibitors.
Dont Miss This is a 5-year-old mare by Missin James that just a month earlier, won the prestigious National Reining Breeders Classic. Today, it looked like there was plenty of horse left as she exhibited awesome ground-moving stops on the way to the high score.
Finishing second was Kim Lansidel of McKenna, Washington on DA Chics Tune, scoring 220. The top twenty riders in the Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro divisions advance to the finals, scheduled for 1:00 on Friday afternoon.. In the Non Pro Division, it took a score of 215 to make the finals. To qualify for the Intermediate Non Pro Finals took a 212.5.
The Intermediate Non Pro first round went to National Reining Breeders Classic Intermediate Non Pro champion Dave Archer of Richmond, Texas on Dun It 1998. Archer scored 218 to take the top slot.
In Limited Non Pro Derby competition, the championship is based on one round of competition and the 2002 NRHA Derby Limited Non Pro title went to Rachel Eady of Sisters, Oregon on Dunnit By Chex. That win came after a tiebreaker decision when Eady tied with Timorie Budge of Laguna Niguel, California on Its Just Cookie Dough. Both scored 216.5 but in such a case the scores from the two additional judges break the tie. Both riders were eligible for the Intermediate division as well, and split reserve honors in that category.
In NRHA Intermediate Open competition held after the completion of the first round, Steve Archer of Richmond, Texas, rode Tougher Than The Rest, owned by Breanna G Van Der Schaaf, to a score of 222, good for the championship and $1,151. Reserve Honors went to Tyson Randle on Whiz Bar Sooper, owned by Timorie Budge of Laguna Niguel, California.
NRHA Derby action will begin again at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds arena on Wednesday morning at 8:00 am with the Open Derby first round. Tickets are available at the gate. Cost is $6 for reserve seating and $4 for general admission.