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.