First Winners Crowned at NRHA Derby  

The 2019 National Reining Horse Association Derby presented by Markel Insurance kicked off on Saturday, June 15, with the Non Pro ancillary classes.

Shelby Clausen Wins Non Pro [1] and Int. Non Pro [1] on Smart Tinseltown

Shelby Clausen

The big winner of the day was Shelby Clausen, who claimed the $2,000 added Non Pro [1] and the $1,000 added Int. Non Pro [1] on Smart Tinseltown. The duo topped the two classes with a score of 146.5.

Smart Tinseltown is a 9-year-old by Smart Spook out of Tinseltown Lil Step. “I showed him all of 2017, and then we sold him at the end of the year,” Clausen explained. “We got him back in December of 2018. We love him and are super excited to have him back.”

Shelby’s sister Anna has been showing the gelding, but because Anna is showing a horse in the Derby, Shelby got to take the reins. “Today was good. He’s been with my sister a lot, so it’s a little different. He’s more used to her, so it could have been better in a few areas, but he stopped and turned great for me. I couldn’t ask for much more,” the 17-year-old explained.

Next is the 7 & Up class on Wednesday. “I’ll also show him in the second slate of Non Pro classes. I feel like I should go school a little bit. I’m still confident, but I’m glad I showed him today to know what to work on and how to prepare for Wednesday,” she said.

Clausen added, “Thank you to my trainer Patrick Flaherty for all the work he does, and to my parents for allowing me to do this.”

McKinnon Larcombe and Designed With Shine Win Ltd. Non Pro [1]

McKinnon Larcombe

McKinnon Larcombe and Designed With Shine have only been together for a few months, but the pair has already racked up numerous wins. The duo won the Ltd. Non Pro [1]) and tied for third of both the Non Pro [1] and Int. Non Pro [1] with a score of 145.

“She was really good. I was really happy with her. I haven’t had her that long and have just gone to a couple of shows,” McKinnon explained. “We probably had a few rider errors on my part, but she stopped, turned, and circled really well.”

Designed With Shine, nicknamed Daisy, is owned by McKinnon’s aunt Shauna Larcombe. “My aunt trained and showed her, and recently purchased her from Rosanne Sternberg. I’m lucky to have the opportunity to show her” she said of the mare, by Smart And Shiney out of Taris Designer Genes.

Larcombe has her eyes set on the 7 & Up class. “I’ll show in the Limited on Monday, and try to have the same run as today, and then show again on Wednesday,” she said.

Ron Thompson and Taris Dreamer Win Non Pro Prime Time [1]

Ron Thompson

Ron Thompson and Taris Dreamer took the win in the Non Pro Prime Time [1], and tied for third in the Non Pro [1] and Int. Non Pro [1] with a score of 145. Thompson and Taris Dreamer have amassed numerous wins together, including the NRHA Derby Non Pro Co-Championship and the NRBC Non Pro Championship. “He’s won quite a little,” Thompson noted.

Thompson was using the day’s classes as a schooling event for the 7 & Up. “He was pretty good, and kind of did everything I asked,” he said.

McKinnon Larcombe had actually leased Taris Dreamer a year ago. “She did a lot of schooling shows on him. He had some issued before she got him, but he’s better than he was. It was a good deal for us and a good deal for McKinnon,” Thompson said.

Thompson purchased Taris Dreamer, by Magnum Chic Dream out of Taris San Cutter, as a yearling. “I just always liked him,” he said.

Complete results can be found at NRHADerby.com

More Chances to Win at the NRHA Derby

The National Reining Horse Association Derby presented by Markel Insurance officially kicked off on Saturday, June 15. Earlier this year, the NRHA Board of Directors voted to increase the number of finalists for the event. Not only that but, as in previous years, every finalist in every level will receive a check.

That means that, at a minimum, 60 more checks will find their way into finalists’ hands. “More exhibitors will take home a paycheck this year, a 27 percent increase in total. That increase is the equivalent of adding two levels each with 30 placings,” noted NRHA Chief Financial Officer John Foy. “The NRHA Board approved these conditions and did so with the intention of putting more checks in the hands of exhibitors.”

The Level 4 for both the Open and Non Pro Finals already have the top 30 plus advancing to the finals, but now there will be 30 plus ties advancing to the finals of the Levels 3 – 1 as well. In addition, the top 20, plus ties, in both the Non Pro Prime Time and Non Pro Youth will also make the finals.

“We are excited for exhibitors to have the opportunity to compete for more money this year. By virtue of making their finals, they are guaranteed money,” noted Show Manager Cheryl Cody. “It’s an incredible change and a great opportunity for our contestants.”

Nominators for horses in the NRHA Derby also benefit, as five percent of the earnings go back to the original nominator.

The NRHA Derby is the association’s second largest event and features not only the Derby but also the Interscholastic Equestrian Association Reining Finals and a full slate of NRHA approved classes. For more information, visit www.NRHADerby.com.

ABOUT THE NRHA DERBY PRESENTED BY MARKEL INSURANCE

Running for one week each summer, the NRHA Derby presented by Markel Insurance showcases the world’s best 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old reining horses and their riders. Thousands of exhibitors, horses, and spectators travel to Oklahoma City each year to compete, watch, and shop to their hearts’ content. Learn more about the event at nrhaderby.com.

2019 NRHA Derby – Daily Updates

Visit NRHADerby.com to keep up with the schedule, photos, and more from the show!

6.23.19 – Ancillary Competition Concludes at NRHA Derby presented by Markel Insurance

6.22.19 – Jimmy van der Hoeven and Guaranteed A Magnum Win Level 4 Open Championship at NRHA Derby presented by Markel Insurance

6.22.19 – Youth Riders Reign in Ancillary Classes at NRHA Derby presented by Markel Insurance

6.21.19 – Madison Steed Wins Collegiate Reining Championship

6.21.19 – Day 7 Ancillary Champions at the NRHA Derby presented by Markel Insurance

6.21.19 – Jennifer Neudorf and Shining In Town Win Non Pro Championship at NRHA Derby presented by Markel Insurance

6.20.19 – Day 6 Ancillary Winners of the NRHA Derby presented by Markel Insurance

6.20.19 – Reagan Stephens Wins Cinch Youth Speech Contest

6.20.19 – Mathieu Buton and Smart As Hail Win NRHA Derby Bob’s Custom Saddles Novice Horse Open

6.20.19 – Franco Bertolani and Dun It For Whizkey Win NRHA Derby presented by Markel Insurance Open Preliminaries

6.19.19 – Wednesday Ancillary Champions at the NRHA Derby presented by Markel Insurance

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

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

6.19.19 – NRHA Derby Provides Perfect Backdrop for 14th Annual IEA Western National Finals

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

6.18.19 – Day 4 Ancillary Winners at NRHA Derby Presented by Markel Insurance

6.18.19 – NRHyA Officers Volunteer

6.17.19 – Mandy McCutcheon Leads NRHA Derby Non Pro Preliminaries on Party Nite

6.17.19 – Day Three NRHA Derby Presented by Markel Insurance Ancillary Winners

6.16.19 – IEA Team Champions Crowned at NRHA Derby

6.16.19 – Day Two Ancillary Winners at NRHA Derby

6.16.19 – Markel Insurance Ice Cream Meet & Greet

6.15.19 – IEA Individual Champions Crowned at NRHA Derby

6.15.19 – First Winners Crowned at NRHA Derby

6.15.19 – More Chances to Win at the NRHA Derby