The first day of the preliminaries of the Non Pro at the 6666 National Reining Horse Association Derby presented by Markel is in the books. The round began Friday, June 17, and the record-breaking 305 entries are spread across three full days of competition in the Jim Norick Arena at Oklahoma State Fair Park.
The preliminary round not only determines who will advance to the clean-slate Finals on Friday, June 24, it also decides the champions of the Story Book Stables Amateur, the Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Novice Horse Derby, and the Colston Paving Inc. Non Pro Stakes.
The current high scores across the many divisions of the Non Pro preliminaries are:
- Level 4, Youth – Samuel Flarida & Hollywooddirtysecret (Hollywoodstinseltown x Maximum RPM) – 220
- L3, L2, & PT – Rodion Cantacuzene & Pale Dun Star (Pale Face Dunnit x Get Ya Some Stars) – 218.5
- L1 (tie) – Jenn Kasper & A Cool Back Story (SG Frozen Enterprize x Skeets Chexy Nic) – 215
- L1 (tie) – Megan Waldron & Nosmokinintinseltown (Hollywoodstinseltown x Smokin On Wednesday) – 215
- Masters (tie) – Jose Vazquez & SLJ Corazon Valiente (Smart Like Juice x Wind Her Up Shiner) – 215
- Masters (tie) – Anita Horn & Rambowhizz (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Rose Electric Step) – 215
Currently leading the Story Book Stables Amateur, the Colston Paving Inc. Non Pro Stakes, and the Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Novice Horse Non Pro Derby, which will be awarded following the third section of the preliminary round on Sunday, are:
- Story Book Stables Amateur – Maria Danieli-Krueger & Fridee Spook (Smart Spook x Dun It Fri Dee Nite) – 217
- Colston Paving Inc. Non Pro Stakes – Steven Borgia & HA Blondes Nite (Gunners Special Nite x Smart Blonde Chic) – 217.5
- Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Novice Horse Derby – Lane Colston & My Favorite Nite (Gunners Special Nite x Darlins Not Painted) – 215
The Non Pro preliminaries continue through the weekend and wrap up Sunday evening. The top 30 in the Non Pro Levels 4-1, the top 20 in the Prime Time Non Pro and Youth Non Pro, as well as the top 15 in the Masters Non Pro, will advance to the clean-slate finals on Friday. The draw for the finals will be decided during the Platinum Performance Non Pro Draw and Welcome Party on Wednesday evening, June 22. This welcome party also features Reiners Rope, a fundraiser that benefits the Reining Horse Foundation Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund.
The awards for the Story Book Stables Amateur, the Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Novice Horse Non Pro Derby, and the Colston Paving, Inc. Non Pro Stakes will be presented immediately at the conclusion of the Non Pro preliminaries on Sunday.
For complete results and other information, visit NRHADerby.com.