2016 NRHA Derby: Excitement is High as Non Pro Derby Finalists are Determined!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016
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Cade McCutcheon  & Vintage Crome

Cade McCutcheon and Vintage Crome (Photo: NRHA)

Oklahoma City, OK– The second section of the $190,000-added National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Non Pro Derby qualifier closed the show at the Oklahoma State Fair Park this evening. An exciting competition determined the finalists who will make their way back to the Jim Norick Arena on Friday, July 1, when the 2016 NRHA Non Pro Derby champions will be crowned.

Four riders tie to win the qualifying go-round:
In the Level (L) 4 division, the top scores were captured by mother and son team, Mandy and Cade McCutcheon, along with William Rhoads DVM. All closed their runs with a 217.5.

Cade rode two of his mounts, Vintage Crome (A Sparkling Vintage x Smart Custom Crome) and Custom Made Gun (Gunner x Custom Made Dunit), to the top score in the L4 as well as in the Youth division. Vintage Crome is a 5-year-old mare owned by Tom and Mandy McCutcheon and was nominated by Petra Zeitler Conner. The talented mare boasts $45.031.92 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE). Custom Made Gun is a 5-year-old stallion owned, nominated and bred by McQuay Stable Inc. who counts $46,636.62 LTE.

Mandy McCutcheon  & Always Gotyer Gun

Mandy McCutcheon and Always Gotyer Gun (Photo: NRHA)

NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider Mandy McCutcheon claimed the top score aboard Always Gotyer Gun (Gunner x Always A Dunit). The 2012 stallion, bred and nominated by Petska Trinity Equine LLC, is owned by McQuay Stables Inc. and has won $29,519.68 in NRHA competition.

Mega Maggie Mae (Magnum Chic Dream x Cinco De Mega) is a 2012 mare bred and nominated by Marty Boneson. William Rhoads rode the pretty bay, who boasts $82,852.97 LTE, to the 2015 Cinch NRHA Futurity L4 Non Pro Reserve championship and swept the L3, L2 and L1 championships.

Frederick R. Christen riding Msdreamy (Magnum Chic Dream x A Gal With A Gun), a 2010 mare he owns, held on to the L3, Prime Time and Masters Non Pro divisions after posting the highest score - a 217 – in the first section of the qualifying go-round yesterday. Msdreamy is a Sire & Dam offspring bred by Jana Simons and boasts $122,004.11 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE).

The top score in the L2 and L1 divisions – a 216 - was posted by 14-year-old Taylor Zimmerman riding Zirconia With A Twist (Like A Diamond x Twistin On Command). The 5-year-old stallion, bred and nominated by Theresa Cravens, is owned by Justin Zimmerman.

Non Pro Derby finalists and bubble scores
In the Non Pro Derby, the following will qualify to advance to the finals:
Level 4 Non Pro Top 30 horses (plus ties): Bubble 213.5
Level 3 Non Pro Top 25 horses (plus ties): Bubble 212
Level 2 Non Pro Top 20 horses (plus ties): Bubble 210.5
Level 1 Non Pro Top 20 horses (plus ties): Bubble 209.5
Prime Time Non Pro Top 15 horses (plus ties): Bubble 213.5
Masters Non Pro Top 15 horses (plus ties): Bubble 209
Youth Non Pro Top 15 horses (plus ties): Bubble 208.5

The Ancillary Champions today:
$2,000-added Novice Horse Open Level 2 & $1,000-added Novice Horse Open Level 1 – Show 2: Jared Leclair and Tinselena Spark (Tinsel Nic x Smart Sparkalena), owned by John McDaniel

AQHA Open – Show 2: Sam Smith and RHM Gunacashya Chex (Gunnatrashya x RHM Hope), 2012 stallion owned by Roger H. Moss Jr (tie)

Nathan T. Pieper and Big Time Jazzy (Shine Big Time x Skippin Whiz), 2012 stallion owned by Tami L. Nelson – (tie)

APHA Open Regular – Show 2: Preston J. Kent and Kr Gun Powder (Gunner x A Bueno Poco Dunit), owned by Katherine Toth

APHA Solid Open – Show 2: Michael D. Berg and Guns On Sunset (Gunner x Hollywood And Shine), owned by LLC ECRC Ranch (tie)

Crystal McNutt and White Gunpowder (Gunner x Tinker Nic), owned by Kim Niven (tie)

For complete results, please visit: nrhaderby.com