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.