Van Der Hoeven and Guaranteed A Magnum Reign Supreme

For Immediate Release – June 30, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – At Friday morning’s draw party, the crowd empathized as Jimmy Van Der Hoeven drew the number one spot for 2018 National Reining Horse (NRHA) Level (L)4 Open Derby Finals, as the superstitious consider drawing early as a difficult position to overcome. For Van Der Hoeven and Guaranteed A Magnum, however, number one would also be where they would end up at the end of the night.

Owned by Casey and Kathy Hinton, Guaranteed A Magnum is by Magnum With A Dream and out of Guaranteed By Amos and is an NRHA Markel Futurity Sales Graduate. The 5-year-old bay stallion was bred by Victoria Lambert, nominated by Heather Hochstatter and came into the Derby with an impressive run at the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) with Van Der Hoeven aboard – placing 4th in the L4 and claiming the L3 reserve championship. Tonight, the pair marked a 225 and earned in excess of $80,000, claiming both the L4 and 3 championship titles.

Abby Lengel and Jody Puno’s ARC Gunna Mark Ya continued their impressive performance from the first go round with a score of 224 in the L4 finals, claiming the L4 reserve championship and the co-reserve title in the L3. Bred and nominated by Arcese Quarter Horses USA, ARC Gunna Mark Ya is by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya and out of Shiney Miss Marker. The sorrel mare has been with Lengel since early 2017, and together the pair earned nearly $60,000 in Oklahoma City.

Also claiming reserve honors in the L3 were Trent Harvey and SM Steping Junior (SM Enterprise Jr x Top Step Enterprise), a stallion bred and nominated by Coguaike S.A. and owned by Coguaike LLC. The pair’s 224-point run earned them a paycheck of $15,471.46. Harvey also rode in the finals on Cee My Pistol, also owned by Coguaike LLC.

Kari Anna Klingenberg and Foothills Farm’s Spook Whiz Jewels took top honors in the L2 during section one of the open finals (216 ½). Bred and nominated by Rosanne Sternberg, Spook Whiz Jewels is by NRHA Four Million Dollar Smart Spook and out of Whiz Jewels. Klingenberg began riding the 5-year-old mare earlier this year – with their first money-earning finish coming in the Derby finals. The pair also took 12th place in the L3, winning a grand total of more than $12,000.

Marking a 216 and 2nd in the L2 were Shauna Larcombe and Hey Joe (Smart Spook x Best Stop). Bred and owned by Wagman Ranch Inc, the 2013 stallion is owned by Sternberg and is an NRHA Markel Futurity Sales Graduate. With Larcombe leading the way, the pair also took the reserve title in the Prime Time division and a top 15 finish in the L3 – an impressive finish for the duo’s first NRHA paycheck.

The L1 competition was led by Debbie Brown and Jennifer Greenleaf’s Dunit At Nite, who was bred and nominated by Ann Salmon Anderman. Greenleaf and the 2013 stallion (NRHA Million Dollar Sire Gunners Special Nite x Dunit A Lil Ruf) marked a 218 1/2 and claimed a check for $4,629.73. Dunit At Nite was also featured in the Prime Time Non Pro Derby Finals with Greenleaf aboard.

With a score of 217 1/2, Carol Metcalf and Xtra Foolish Gun earned the L1 reserve championship. Xtra Foolish Gun (NRHA Ten Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame inductee Gunner x Foolish Little Step) is owned by Mark Miers and was bred and nominated by Xtra Quarter Horses, LLC. Metcalf and the 2012 mare have been together since 2015 and have earned nearly $25,000.

The Prime Time Open Derby Championship went to Mike McEntire and A4L-Equine’s Spooks The Hard Way (NRHA Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Gun x Im So Anson). The 2013 gelding was bred by Silver Spurs Equine and nominated by Michelle Miola and started training with McEntire earlier this year. The pair also earned a top ten finish in the L3 and a top 20 in the L4.

During the NRHA Derby, the world’s best 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old reining horses and competitors come to Oklahoma City to compete for an estimated total purse and cash prizes of more than $1 million. For more information on schedules, live video coverage, hotel accommodations, sponsors and more visit nrhaderby.com.

2018 NRHA Non Pro Derby Ends with a Twist

For Immediate Release – June 29, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Under the bright lights of the Jim Norick Arena awaited an arena full of good dirt, excited spectators and eager competitors. All were ready to begin section two of the 2018 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Non Pro Derby Finals, which had the highest amount of entries and purse payout in the history of the event.

After a thrilling first run, Sandra Bentien and NRHA Sire & Dam program offspring Gotta Twist It Up (NRHA Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Whiz x Make It With A Twist) scored a 220 ½, tying the top score on the leaderboard. After all was said and done, the duo headed to a run off against NRHA Million Dollar Rider and Owner Jose Vazquez and his own Like Shiner, during which they scored a 224 to claim the championship in both Levels (L)4 and 3. Making the win even sweeter was the fact that Gotta Twist It Up is bred, owned and nominated by Bentien, and has earned $97,306.85 in NRHA Lifetime Earnings (LTE) with his owner aboard. Tonight, the pair added nearly $32,000 to that total.

The run off left Vazquez and Like Shiner, a 2012 gelding by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Smart Like Juice and out of Wind Her Up Shiner, to claim the reserve title in both the L4 and Prime Time divisions. Owned, bred and nominated by Smart Like Juice Inc., Like Shiner has had a successful 2018 with Vazquez – earning $60,425.01 in NRHA LTE with tonight’s win.

The L3 reserve championship was taken by Jenanne Overgaard and her own Dun Spooked Us with a 219. The 6-year-old stallion was bred and nominated by Petska Trinity Equine, LLC and helped Overgaard earn the night’s highest paycheck – $36,605.96. In addition to the L3 reserve title, the pair took home third place in the L4 and the championships in the L2, 1 and Prime Time divisions.

Emily Opell and Spook N Reyn scored a 218 ½, claiming reserve honors in the L2 and 1, 3rd in the L3, 4th in the L4 and were crowned the Youth Non Pro Derby Champions. By NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire Smart Spook and by Reyn Chex, Steve Opell’s Spook N Reyn was bred and nominated by Francesca Sternberg. Opell and the 2012 palomino stallion took home a check in excess of $30,000 for their performance.

Taking home a reserve championship in the youth division, along with top five finishes in the L1-4 were Ronny Lane Colston and Kevin Colston’s Baileys Not Painted (NRHA Million Dollar Sire Gunners Special Nite x Darlins Not Painted). The gelding was bred and nominated by Turnabout Farm Inc and earned a paycheck of more than $23,000 with Colston aboard – the youngest rider in section two of the Non Pro Derby Finals. Colston also earned nearly $10,000 on his other mount, One Stormy Nite.

The Masters division championship went to Frederick Christen and his own Xtra Voodoo Step with a score of 214 ½. Bred by Rogers Heaven Sent Ranch and nominated by Xtra Quarter Horses, LLC, Xtra Voodoo Step is by NRHA 10 Million Dollar Sire Wimpys Little Step and out of Voodoo Chic. In addition to the championship, Christen piloted the 6-year-old mare to a top fifteen finish in the L4, a top ten finish in the L3 and a top five finish in the Prime Time division, earning a check of more than $7,000.

Mark Blake and his own Hot Hollywood Whizky (NRHA 11 Million Dollar Sire Topsail Whiz x Hot Hollywood Jewels) were the reserve champions of the Masters division. Bred and nominated by Turnabout Farm Inc, Hot Hollywood Whizky also helped lead Blake to top 10 finishes in the L1 and Prime Time divisions as well as a top 20 finish in the L3.

During the NRHA Derby, the world’s best 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old reining horses and competitors come to Oklahoma City to compete for an estimated total purse and cash prizes of more than $1 million. The weekend features the NRHA Non Pro Derby finals starting at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, June 29 and the NRHA Open Derby finals at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 30. For more information on schedules, live video coverage, hotel accommodations, sponsors and more visit nrhaderby.com

Ancillary Action Continues at the 2018 NRHA Derby

For Immediate Release – June 29, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – With only a few more days left in the 2018 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby, competition in the Adequan® Championship Arena is heating up with more exciting ancillary classes.

Claiming the title in several of the classes on day five was Molly Morgenstern. The Ohio native rode her own horse, Wimpys Little Freckl (NRHA Million Dollar Sire and Hall of Fame inductee Wimpys Little Step and out of Ritas San Jo). Together, they took the championship in the Silver Spurs Equine $15,000-added 7 & Up Non Pro Levels (L)1-4 and in the $6,000-added Non Pro, scoring a 146 ½.

Winning the next class of the day was Cathy Brant and Smart Dundee. The 11-year-old gelding is by Conquistador Whiz and out of Smart Oaklynn. The duo scored a 145, winning the $2,000-added Intermediate Non Pro.

Winning the $500-added Prime time Non Pro was Greg Hall. Hall piloted Mary Hall’s Chics Mainattraction (Conquistador Whiz x Chictastic) to the title with a score of a 144 ½.

On Thursday, Mandy McCutcheon stole the show winning both the $1,000-added Novice Non Pro L1 and the $2,000 Novice Horse Non Pro L2 aboard Showin Off My Dually. The 2014 mare is owned by McQuay Stables Inc. and is by Mister Nicadual and out of Showtimes Tinseltown.

The next class of the day was the $1,000-added Novice Horse Open L1 & 2. Winning L1, was Brad Giesbrecht of Pilot Point, Texas riding SS Frankie Blue Eyes. The bay gelding is owned by Don Byrne and is by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Gun and out of Tuckachic. The pair scored a 145. Sam Schaffhauser clinched the win in the L2 class. Riding Little Brother Gun by NRHA Hall of Fame inductee and Ten Millon Dollar Sire Gunner and out of Shesa Smart Sister, the pair scored a 146. The stallion is owned by Sammy Graham.

During the NRHA Derby, the world’s best 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old reining horses and competitors come to Oklahoma City to compete for an estimated total purse and cash prizes of more than $1 million. The weekend features the NRHA Non Pro Derby finals starting at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, June 29 and the NRHA Open Derby finals at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 30. For more information on schedules, live video coverage, hotel accommodations, sponsors and more visit nrhaderby.com.

 

 

NRHyA Derby Competitions Embrace Creativity

For Immediate Release – June 29, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – At the 2018 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby, reining is not the only competition occurring at the prestigious event. The National Reining Horse Youth Association (NRHyA) held the annual CINCH Speaking Contest in addition to the Art & Photo Contest, cultivating and encouraging creativity among reining’s talented youth.

In the CINCH NRHyA Speaking Contest participants were divided into two age groups and had the option to speak in three different categories: Delivering A:General, Prepared Public Speaking and Community Service Presentation. In the Delivering A:General, contestants recite A:General from the NRHA Handbook, which is a guide to judging reining horses. Prepared Public Speaking involves contestants delivering a five to eight minute speech on either a leadership or equestrian topic. Lastly, the Community Service Presentation allows participants to create an eight to ten minute presentation that showcases a community service project they have completed.

CINCH NRHyA Speaking Contest Winners:

13 & Under A:General

  • 1st Place: Abbey Loney
  • 2nd Place: Alivia Loney

14-18 A:General

  • 1st Place: Reagan Stephens
  • 2nd Place: Grace Wilson
  • 3rd Place tie: Ashton Knerr & Liz Blaser

13 & Under Prepared Public Speaking

  • 1st Place: Abbey Loney
  • 2nd Place: Alivia Loney

14-18 Prepared Public Speaking

  • 1st Place: Reagan Stephens
  • 2nd Place: Stephanie Gripp

13 & Under Community Service

  • 1st Place: Bailey Hatfield

14-18 Community Service

  • 1st Place: Reagan Stephens

During the Derby, exhibitors had the opportunity vote for their favorite entries in the NRHyA Art & Photo Contest. Votes were also accepted on the NRHyA Facebook page prior to and during the event. Contestants for this competition could enter either a piece of artwork or photograph. Featured artwork showcased different art mediums and were centered around reining, horses or a western theme. The competition offered three categories: Graphic Artwork, Photography and Artwork.

NRHyA Art & Photo Contest Winners:

14-18 Graphic Artwork

  • Champion: Cullen Santino Le Roy
  • Reserve Champion: Aubrey Reynolds

14-18 Photography

  • Champion: Cullen Santino Le Roy
  • Reserve Champion: Aubrey Reynolds

14-18 Artwork

  • Champion: Toni Lynne Cline
  • Reserve Champion: Delaney Michelson

Lengel’s Score Holds and McEntire Takes Prime Time Open Championship

For Immediate Release – June 28, 2018 – Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – Today marked the conclusion of the first go round of open competition at the 2018 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby. The competition was fierce as riders battled to mark a high enough score to qualify for the prestigious Open Derby Finals, which take place Saturday, June 30 in the Jim Norick Arena at Oklahoma State Fair Park.

Marking the top scores of the day were:

  • A 226 for Jon Sather’s Shining In Town (2013 stallion with $64,293.68 NRHA Lifetime Earnings [LTE]) ridden by NRHA Million Dollar Rider Jason Vanlandingham
  • A 224 for Quarter Dream SRL’s Sugar Little Step (2012 stallion with $28,941.45 NRHA LTE) ridden by 2018 Level (L)4 NRHA European Open Futurity Champion Gennaro Lendi
  • A 224 for Rhodes River Ranch’s Tinker With Dreams (2014 stallion with $57,417.79 NRHA LTE) ridden by NRHA Million Dollar Rider Casey Deary

While the competition was impressive, none could top Abby Lengel and Jody Puno’s ARC Gunna Mark Ya’s score of 226 ½ from day one of open competition. Bred and nominated by Arcese Quarter Horses USA, ARC Gunna Mark Ya is by NRHA Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrashya and out of Shiney Miss Marker and helped Lengel claim the top spot in both the L3 and 4. Lengel was quick to say that she was shocked that her score held from day one. “I never expected to have the high score. I just wanted to make the L4 finals. I am still just waiting to wake up from this incredible dream.”

Gabriel Bittar Borges and Checksworthy also marked a high enough score on day one to remain atop the L1 and 2 divisions. Bred, owned and nominated by Terry Leffew, Checksworthy is by Big Chex To Cash and out of Banjoes Shining Star. The duo’s score of 220 ½ was also high enough to qualify them for both the L3 and 4 open finals. Borges also qualified for the L1-3 finals on his own mount, Gotta Shiney Playboy (NRHA Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Whiz x Shining Sage).

Taking the 2018 NRHA Open Prime Time Derby Championship were Mike McEntire and A4L-Equine’s Spooks The Hard Way (NRHA Million Dollar Sire Spooks Gotta Gun x Im So Anson). The 2013 gelding was bred by Silver Spurs Equine and nominated by Michelle Miola and started training with McEntire earlier this year. “I was struggling with him earlier this year, but he has gotten better and has begun to fit me. He is very physical and athletic, and did a lot for me today,” said McEntire, who will also ride Spooks The Hard Way in section two of the open finals.

During the NRHA Derby, the world’s best 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old reining horses and competitors come to Oklahoma City to compete for an estimated total purse and cash prizes of more than $1 million. The weekend features the NRHA Non Pro Derby finals starting at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. on Friday, June 29 and the NRHA Open Derby finals at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 30. For more information on schedules, live video coverage, hotel accommodations, sponsors and more visit nrhaderby.com.