Wednesday Ancillary Champions at the NRHA Derby presented by Markel Insurance

Ancillary competition at the National Reining Horse Association Derby presented by Markel Insurance continued Wednesday, June 19. The Non Pros reigned supreme in the Adequan arena, competing in the normal ancillary classes as well as the 7 & Up divisions.

Non Pro 7 & Up Levels 4-1 & Non Pro/Int. Non Pro [2] Champion – McKinnon Larcombe & Designed With Shine, owned by Shauna Larcombe

McKinnon Larcombe won every class she was eligible for with the standout mare Designed With Shine. The pair topped the 7 & Up Non Pro Levels 4 – 1, as well as the Non Pro [2] and Int. Non Pro [2] classes. All totaled, Wednesday’s earnings were $10,375.

Earlier in the week, Larcombe and Designed With Shine won both sections of the Limited Non Pro, finishing as the high point champion.

It’s only the second show for Larcombe and Designed With Shine. The pair also had a lot of success at the National Reining Breeders Classic, where they gathered several wins including the NRBC’s 7 & Up Classic Challenge Non Pro Levels 2 and 1.

“I’m so happy. I didn’t get her shown quite as well as I’d hoped for at the NRBC in the 7 & Up but coming here I had more of a game plan and she was more tuned into me. Today she was so good, and we were on the same page,” Larcombe said. “The goal every time is to show to the best of my ability and let her do her thing. It paid off today.”

Larcombe credits their success to Designed With Shine’s consistency. “I didn’t have to prepare her much between the classes earlier this week and today. I just kept her happy and then went and showed her. I love how consistent she is. Every time I show I have the same horse underneath me,” she said.

Designed With Shine is owned by McKinnon’s aunt Shauna Larcombe, who purchased the mare from Rosanne Sternberg. Designed With Shine, by Smart And Shiney out of Taris Designer Genes, had more than $69,000 in lifetime earnings before Wednesday’s wins.
“My aunt’s best advice was to just trust her, and to trust her ability,” Larcombe said. “I thank my whole family and the Sterling Ranch crew.”

Non Pro/Int. Non Pro High Point Champion – Shelby Clausen & Smart Tinseltown, owned by Clay Clausen

Finished Reserve in the 7 & Up Non Pro Levels 4 – 2 and the Non Pro [2] and Int. Non Pro [2] classes were Shelby Clausen and Smart Tinseltown with a 148. That second place finish clinched the High Point Championship of the Non Pro and Int. Non Pro, and Clausen was presented with two beautiful Montana Silversmith’s buckles. Clausen also collected more than $6,185.

“The buckles are so pretty and I’m so excited to have won them,” Clausen said.

Earlier in the week Clausen and Smart Tinseltown, a 9-year-old by Smart Spook out of Tinseltown Lil Step, won the Non Pro and Int. Non Pro classes with a 146.5. “My score was two points higher than it was on Saturday. He was a lot better in the places that he wasn’t as good. We were happy to have him back to how we really like him,” she said.

Clausen noted that Smart Tinseltown usually has easy works. “We spent a lot of time making him be really good. We usually let him go easier because he’s an older gelding, but we made him be good and it paid off,” she said.

Clausen rides with Patrick Flaherty, a connection made five years ago when her family moved to Arizona from Washington. “We moved when I was in seventh grade. Before that, in Washington, I rode with Patrick’s dad Steve,” she explained. “I thank Patrick. I couldn’t do it without him and I’m so thankful. Also, thank you to my parents for letting me do this and supporting me through everything.”

Clausen and Smart Tinseltown are finished showing for the week. “We get to relax the rest of the show and I can cheer on and support my friends. I’m looking forward to the next one,” she said.

Finishing second in the Non Pro Level 1 7 & Up was Sally Berg, who piloted Highlanders Scandal to a 144.5. That high finish garnered a check for $338. Highlanders Scandal, owned by Barn 66 LLC, is by Conquistador Whiz and out of HR Short Wheel Base.

Prime Time Non Pro High Point Champion – Adam Donahue & Thata Shiner

Adam Donahue and Thata Shiner placed in several of the day’s classes, earning more than $809. More importantly, Donahue and Thata Shiner won the Montana Silversmiths high point buckle for the Non Pro Prime Time!

“I’ve had her the last five years. She’s been a real steady performer,” Donahue said. “She’s an older mare so we don’t have to do a lot with her. We just ride her here and there, and then go in. She’s the perfect kind.”

Thata Shiner is by Smart Spook and out of SLJ Smartlikewhinny. “She’s a pleasant, nice horse to have around, and is a joy to have in the barn. We’re done showing her this week,” Donahue, of Marshfield, Missouri, said.

He added, “I thank Kenny and Nancy Eppers for helping me, and Jose Vazquez for breeding such a nice horse.”

Prime Time Non Pro [2] Champion – Jose Vazquez & Like Shiner, owned by Jose Vazquez

Jose Vazquez topped the Prime Time Non Pro [2] on Like Shiner with a score of 147.5. Vazquez also placed in the Non Pro [2] and the 7 & Up Non Pro Level 4, earning more than $2,525.

Like Shiner is by Vazquez’s $3 million sire, Smart Like Juice, and out of the blue hen mare Wind Her Up Shiner. Last year, the pair finished as the Non Pro Level 4 Derby Reserve Champions. “This mare has done really well. She’s always real honest in the pen. Today she went really smooth and stopped good,” he said.

Vazquez plans to continue showing Like Shiner. “We got a couple embryos from her already. As long as she’s showing fresh, I’ll keep showing her and trying to get a couple embryos a year. I hope I can raise another one like her,” he said with a smile.

Franco Bertolani and Dun It For Whizkey Lead Open Prelims at NRHA Derby presented by Markel Insurance

The National Reining Horse Association Derby presented by Markel Insurance has reached the half-way point. On Wednesday, June 19, the first section of the Open Derby preliminaries was held in the Jim Norick Coliseum.

Leading the field of 200 with an incredible score of 229 is NRHA Million Dollar Rider Franco Bertolani and Dun It For Whizkey, owned by Cardinal Hill Training Center.

Dun It For Whizkey, by Topsail Whiz out of Dun It For Chex, is a six-year-old stallion that is a former NRHA Futurity Co-Reserve Champion. The flashy grey stallion has been a finalist at every major event.

Currently leading the Open Level 3 is Trevor Dare and Xtra Dun Step with a 226.5. Xtra Dun Step, by Wimpys Little Step and out of All Thats Dun, is owned by Silver Spurs Equine.

Holding onto the high score of the Level 2 is Cade McCutcheon and Shes Got Good Guns, owned by Roxanne Koepsell. McCutcheon and Shes Got Good Guns, by Colonels Smoking Gun and out of A Bueno Poco Dunit, scored a 225.5.

Topping the Level 1 is Josh Tishman and Baileys Sidekick with a 221.5. Baileys Sidekick, owned by Kathy Thompson, is by Gunners Special Nite and out of A Shining Sidekick.

The Bob’s Custom Saddle Novice Horse Open Championship will be decided at the conclusion of the preliminary round, and there is currently a tie for the lead.

Both Lorinaldo Gomes and Tom McCutcheon rode their horses to scores of 222. Gomes was riding Snip O One, owned by Sarah Nimigan, while McCutcheon was showing Dun With Guns, owned by Turnabout Farm Inc. Snip O One is by A Sparkling Vintage and out of Snip O Gun, and Dun With Guns is by Gunners Special Nite and out of Belle Starr Dun It.

The top 30 from the Open Levels 4 -1 will compete on Saturday in the clean-slate finals. Draw positions will be determined at 10 a.m. on Friday at the Platinum Performance Open Draw Party.

For complete results and information, visit www.NRHADerby.com.

Lindsey McCutcheon Wins Bob’s Custom Saddles Novice Horse Non Pro NRHA Derby Championship

The 2019 National Reining Horse Association Derby presented by Markel Insurance is in full swing. They Non Pro preliminary round concluded on Tuesday, June 18, and not only determined the finalists, but also the Champion of a new award. For the first year ever, the event features a Novice Horse division in both the Open and Non Pro derbies, and the winners are determined by their preliminary round score.

Lindsey McCutcheon claimed the Non Pro Novice Horse title on Spooky Vortex with a 217, pocketing a cool $3,945 and qualifying for the finals of the Level 4 and Level 3. She also finished in a tie for seventh on her other horse Electalena (by Electric Code), worth an additional $943. “I’m so excited. As someone who always seems to show in the novice horse ancillary classes, I love having the novice horse divisions available. To have it as part of the Derby is awesome,” McCutcheon said.

Although she hasn’t shown the 5-year-old Spooks Gotta Whiz gelding, out of Smart Sugar Pop, much, McCutcheon is very familiar with the horse. “He was owned by Harry and Susan Jones, who were long-term clients of my parents, and we had him through all of his training and my dad showed him. We ended up with him and are so grateful to have him,” she explained. “My dad showed him and I took over this spring. I only showed him at one little derby. My dad got hurt so we missed the NRBC. I’ve just been riding him myself.”

McCutcheon is a veteran competitor, but she admitted that showing this year was a little challenging. “I wasn’t sure what to expect because I never really trust myself when I get a horse ready on my own. My dad’s been hurt so he hasn’t been riding much, and I was just hoping it would work,” she admitted. “But we went in and he was perfect. He turned better than he ever has in the show pen. I had to push him a lot, but he listened perfectly.”

As for the game plan for Friday’s finals, McCutcheon plans to stay the course. “I don’t want to change much, so I’ll just keep him the same. I just want to be ready when it’s time to walk in,” she said with a smile. “I thank Harry and Susan Jones for giving us the opportunity to have this horse. I also thank my parents. They’re the most supportive parents and have given me so many opportunities to show horses. These are two of the nicest horses I’ve ever had to show.”

Finishing Reserve in the Bob’s Custom Saddles Novice Horse Non Pro was Sean Pulley and his horse Spook In Sparks with a 216.5. Spook In Sparks is by Smart Spook and out of Setting Off Sparks. Along with collecting a check for $2,401, Pulley and Spook In Sparks also qualified for the finals of Non Pro Levels 4 – 1.

McCutcheon and Pulley will be recognized at the conclusion of the Open preliminaries along with the Bob’s Custom Saddle Novice Horse Open Champion and Reserve Champion.

Complete results and other information for the NRHA Derby presented by Markel Insurance can be found at www.NRHADerby.com.

Mandy McCutcheon and Party Nite Win NRHA Derby presented by Markel Insurance Non Pro Prelims

The Non Pro preliminaries of the National Reining Horse Association Derby presented by Markel Insurance wrapped up Tuesday, June 18. The field of 208 was narrowed down to the top riders who would advance to the clean slate finals on Friday in the Jim Norick Coliseum at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds.

With final entry numbers, the NRHA announced that the 2019 payout for the Non Pro Derby would be slightly larger than in 2018. In fact, the 2019 Non Pro payout will be the third largest in NRHA Derby history.

Finishing with the Non Pro Level 4 preliminary round win was Mandy McCutcheon and Party Nite with a 222.5. Party Nite is by Gunners Special Nite out of Topsail Survivor (by Topsail Whiz), and was bred and raised by Sarah Willeman of Turnabout Farm, Inc. The win came with a check for $1,280.

Sam Flarida and Hollywooddirtysecret marked an incredible 222 to finish second in the Non Pro Level 4 preliminaries, and top Levels 3, 2, and Non Pro Youth. Hollywooddirtysecret, owned by Shawn Flarida, is by Hollywoodstinseltown out of Maximum RPM. All totaled, preliminary earnings exceeded $2,500.

Jennifer Neudorf and Shining In Town, by Hollywoodstinseltown out of Shine Ann, finished atop the Non Pro Level 1 leaderboard with a 219. Neudorf and Shining In Town also qualified for the finals of the Non Pro Levels 4 – 2 and Youth.

Morris Kulmer and NVR What A Lucky Joe, by Lil Joe Cash out of What A Lucky Hit, topped both the Non Pro Prime Time and Non Pro Masters with a 219, also making the finals in the Non Pro Levels 4 – 2.

Winning the Bob’s Custom Saddles Novice Non Pro Derby Championship was Lindsey McCutcheon on Spooky Vortex with a 217. Spooky Vortex, by Spooks Gotta Whiz and out of Smart Sugar Pop, is owned by Lindsey’s parents Kathleen and Scott McCutcheon.

Look for the detailed recap of McCutcheon and Spooky Vortex’s win in Wednesday’s event coverage.

The top 30 in the Non Pro Levels 4 – 1 will compete in the clean-slate finals on Friday, June 21, as well as the top 20 in the Prime Time and Youth divisions.

Unofficially, it took a 215.5 to make it back in the Non Pro Level 4 and 214.5 in the Non Pro Level 3. In the Non Pro Level 2, the magic number was a 213.5, and in the Non Pro Level 1, contestants needed a 210 or higher. Non Pro Prime Time competitors with a score of 213 (adjusted), Masters riders with a 203.5 (adjusted), and Youth riders with a 208, also earned finals’ berths.

Draw positions for the finals will be determined on Wednesday, June 19, at the Platinum Performance Non Pro Draw Party. The Draw Party will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the Platinum Zone of the Coliseum Arena.

The NRHA Derby presented by Markel Insurance continues Wednesday with the first set of Open Preliminaries in the Jim Norick Coliseum arena. Please visit www.NRHADerby.com for a complete schedule of events, as well as complete results from the show.

Day 4 Ancillary Winners at NRHA Derby Presented by Markel Insurance

Day 4 Ancillary Winners at NRHA Derby Presented by Markel Insurance

The National Reining Horse Association Derby presented by Markel Insurance features not only the big-money aged event, but also a full slate of ancillary classes. That means that the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds is busy with competition in both the Jim Norick Coliseum and the Adequan Arena.


The first slate of the Novice Horse Open classes was held on Tuesday, June 18. Several competitors will show again in the second slate on Thursday in hopes of winning the High Point Championship buckles presented by Montana Silversmiths.

Nov. Horse Open Level 2 [1] Winner – Jared Leclair and Lime A Rita, owned by Susan Meyer 144.5 – 782.63

Topping the Novice Horse Open Level 2 with a 144.5 was Jared Leclair and Lime A Rita, owned by Susan Meyer. The win added another $782 to the seven-year-old mare’s lifetime earnings.

“We bought her last year from Arno Honstetter. Both Susan and I have been showing her, and she’s been a really good horse to show. She’s one of those mares that, if she trusts you, she will do anything for you,” Leclair said of the mare, by Custom Legend out of She Slides Wright. “Today she was really good. She ran, stopped, and turned big, and circled really well. I showed her in the Open the other day, and she placed fifth and won another thousand. Today we had a nice run, but we just didn’t go as fast.”

Earlier in the year, at the National Reining Breeders Classic, Leclair and Lime A Rita won the Novice Horse Open Level 2 High Point Championship. “We marked a 76 twice down there,” he recalled. “We’ll show this mare one more time here in the Novice on Thursday, and that will be it for this one.”

Leclair has ridden several horses for Meyers. “Susan has some really good horses. She’s been a great customer and we really appreciate her,” he said.

Finishing second in the Nov. Horse Open Level 2 and topping the Level 1 as Max Fontana and Plum In Tinseltown. The pair marked a 143, earning more than $1,201.

“I showed her last week and she did very well. We decided to just show in the Novice for right now, but I think she will do very well because she’s building confidence and is very nice in the show pen,” Fontana said. “She was really good today and with me all the time. I didn’t push 100 percent, but she was ready for what I asked.”

Plum In Tinseltown, a four-year-old mare by Gunners Tinseltown out of Sugarplum Chic, is owned by Rabboni Reining Horses. “She’s a little green about the horse shows but is a very good mare. I’ll show her again in the Novice on Thursday. I thank Rabboni Reining Horses for letting me show her.”

Taking second in the Novice Horse Open Level 1 was Sean Johnson and Heavens Bells (A Sparkling Vintage x Cowboys Belle Bar). Johnson and Heavens Bells, owned by Lisa Mauzerall, marked a 142.5 to in $395.