2017 NRHA Derby: Day Six

2017 NRHA Derby Day 6

Fappani and Chic Dreamin win the Open Derby Qualifier

Fappani_and_Chic_DreaminIt took a 226 to win the Level (L)4 Open Derby qualifier, and that is exactly what NRHA Four Million Dollar Rider Andrea Fappani posted riding Silver Spurs Equine’s Chic Dreamin (Magnum Chic Dream x Skeets Red Dunit).

With the 5-year-old stallion (nominated by Casey Hinton) between the reins, Fappani came away from the 2017 NRBC with the Level 4 Open title, a feat that put the pressure on his performance in OKC. “I was really nervous coming in today,” said the Arizona-based NRHA Professional. “My horse felt really good but, when you come away from the NRBC with the championship, the pressure is on. Especially if you have to wait until the end of the week to show!”

“Chic Dreamin is such a great horse and Andrea [Fappani] is such an amazing rider,” said Michelle Miola of Silver Spurs Equine. “I am so excited with their performance today!”

Jimmy Van Der Hoeven and Electro Star (Electric Code x Rg Miss Starlight), owned by Kathy Hinton and Casey Hinton and nominated by David Hartman DVM, had posted the highest score of the first go round, first section of the L4. Fappani bested his score by one point.

NRHA Professionals Billy G Williams and Bud Lyon both posted a 222.5 to lead the L3 division. Williams rode his own 4-year-old stallion nominated by Vicky King, Prety Fashionable (Pretty Peppy Chec x Sheza Fashion Chic). Lyon rode Madison Quintanar’s 5-year-old stallion Einsteins Top Whiz (Einsteins Revolution x KR Samantha), nominated by Shady Grove Farm Inc. The duo also lead the L2 division.

Gotta Get A Diamond (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Brillante Diamantes), owned by Cross C Ranch and ridden by Sarah Cunningham, held on to the top L1 score, a 220, earned in the first section of the Open Derby qualifier.

Open Derby Bubble scores:
Level 4: 220.5
Level 3: 218.5
Level 2: 217
Level 1: 214

Thursday Ancillary Action

As open riders provided reining action in the Jim Norick Arena, the Adequan Championship Arena offered the non pro competition.

Graycen Hess and her own Chromed Olena (Cromed Out Mercedes x FS Smart Dot Chic) posted a 143.5 to win the $500-added NRHA Limited Non Pro show #2 class. “I came here to compete in my first Derby ever. We went in and did really well, but in our first turn we kind-of bobbled a little bit, so sadly we missed the finals by a point,” said the young rider. “We came into this class and, being the same pattern, I wanted to go in and fix that turn. It worked…he was right there with me and was awesome.”

Hess rides with NRHA Professional Josiane Gauthier, who found him for her in January. “I wanted a step-up horse that would be able to get me here and take care of me in the show pen. She found him and we just clicked,” she added. “Saturday and Sunday I’ll show in the Youth 14-18 and then on Sunday I’ll be showing in IEA (Interscholastic Equestrian Association).”

It took a run off to determine who would take home the $1,000-added NRHA Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 show #2. Both Kelsey Delaplaine, riding Boom Sail Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Cheeky Boom), and Adam Donahue aboard Thata Shiner (Smart Spook x SLJ Smart Like Whinny) scored a 142 to tie for the lead. Once they came back in the pen, first place honors went to Delaplaine and her mount.

James Windham and his Walks With Swagger (Topsail Whiz x Princess In Diamonds) rode to a 146.5 and the win in the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 show #2. A point behind the winner, Greg Hall and Mary Hall’s Chics Mainattraction (Conquistador Whiz x Chicstatic) placed second.

2017 NRHA Derby: Day Five

Jimmy Van Der Hoeven steers Electro Star to the top score in the Open Derby Qualifier

Clausen and Smart Tinseltown sweep the $15,000-added Silver Spurs Equine Non Pro 7&Up

The 2017 NRHA (National Reining Horse Association) Derby provided an action-packed day in Oklahoma City. As the first section, first go of the $392,000-added Open Derby took place in the Jim Norick Arena, the Adequan Championship Arena kept the non pro riders busy.

The first section, first go of the $392,000-added Open Derby qualifier saw 101 entries make their way into the show pen, vying for a spot in the Open Derby Finals, which will be held on Saturday.

Leading the Level (L)4 division with a 225 score was NRHA Professional Jimmy Van Der Hoeven riding Electro Star (Electric Code x Rg Miss Starlight), owned by Kathy Hinton and Casey Hinton. The 5-year-old stallion was nominated by David Hartman DVM.

NRHA Professional Brandon Brant and Show Snapn (Hollywoodstinseltown x Whiz N Snap), a 2012 mare owned by Suzanne Cooper and nominated by Couture Reiners, left the arena with a 221 score to lead the L3.

In the L2 division, with a 220, NRHA Professional Sam Schaffhauser aboard Lil Rene Gun (Gunner x Sail Away Rene), owned by James Fanello and nominated by Carlton and Khris Crowe, along with NRHA Professional Sarah Cunningham riding Gotta Get A Diamond (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Brillante Diamantes), owned by Cross C Ranch, tied to lead. Cunningham and her mount are also leading the L1.

NRHA Professional and Million Dollar Rider Todd Sommers rode Lectrik (Jacs Electric Spark x The Bun Is Dun), owned by Bearden Equine Investments and nominated by Susan Jones, to a 217 score to lead the Prime Time Open division.

Shelby Clausen and Smart Tinseltown sweep $15,000-added Silver Spurs Equine 7&Up

With a whooping 148.5, Shelby Clausen and Smart Tinseltown swept all four levels of the $15,000-added Silver Spurs Equine 7&Up class. The outstanding duo also claimed top honors in the show #2 NRHA $6,000-added Non Pro and $3,000-added Intermediate Non Pro ancillary classes.

The 7-year-old gelding, by NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire Smart Spook and out of Tinseltown Lil Step, owned by Clay Clausen, is no stranger to the winner’s circle. With NRHA Professional Robin Schoeller and past owner, Elizabeth Himes, in the saddle, the flashy chestnut left his mark in the pen. Prior to coming to OKC, he boasted $59,000 NRHA LTE with Clausen winning over $20,000.

“We purchased ‘Chester’ after the Futurity last year, and I fell in love with him immediately,” said the 15-year-old, fresh off her win at the NRBC where she collected top honors in the Non Pro Challenge with her mount. “My trainer, [NRHA Professional] Patrick Flaherty, brought him home after trying him and, when I first got on him, I knew immediately that he was pretty special. We didn’t have to work on any maneuver in particular – maybe just a little on his circles – yet every time I show him, he makes it all seem so easy. He’s very special!”

The talented rider, who has been riding reiners for the past 5 years, added $10,465 to her earnings today. “This year, my goal is to win the Youth World,” Clausen added. “That’s been my main goal for the past few years. I’m just so fortunate to be able to ride [Chester], and I thank my parents for that. I couldn’t do it without my trainer Patrick Flaherty.”

The Level 4 counted 44 entries. Shaunda Rai Ruckman guided her Valentino Tag (Whiz N Tag Chex x Kachina Oak Olena) to second place, two points behind the winner. The duo also took reserve honors in the Level 3 division which counted 50 entries as well as second place in the Non Pro.

In a field of 47 entries in the Level 2, Greg Hall and Chics Mainattraction (Conquistador Whiz x Chicstatic) placed second with a 145 score. The duo also placed second in the NRHA Intermediate Non Pro and won the Prime Time Non Pro class. On Monday, the pair won the $2,000-added Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2. Hall says the mare has gotten stronger as the week went on, but it didn’t seem to hinder them in Wednesday’s class. “It was fast,” Hall said. “She was a little strong with me—she was probably better in the novice horse the other day, but we got through it and she did what she was supposed to. She does a bit of everything pretty good.”

Three riders tied for the second slot in the Level 1 (42 entries), posting a 144.5: Cameron Sanford riding GS Smart Kitty Cat (Smart Chic Olena x Sdp Kitty Star Cat), Emily Morris riding Cross Step Wrangler (Starlights Wrangler x Hollywood Two Step), and Emmy-Lu Marsh riding Who Whiz Who (Who Whiz It x Roosters Roan Chexx).

In the USA Reining Amateur, Katsy Leeman and Footwork Revolution (Einsteins Revolution x Fancy Footwork), scored a 143 for the win. Isabella Jacuzzi and Pearl Haggard (Hollywoodstinseltown x Gunners Pearl) placed second three points behind the winners.

2017 NRHA Derby: Day Four

Mega Maggie Mae and Bill Rhoads Top the L4 Non Pro Derby Qualifier

In a field of 219 horse and riders entered in the $181,000-added 2017 NRHA (National Reining Horse Association) Derby, posting the top score in the Level (L) 4, was Dr. William ‘Bill’ Rhoads of Whitesboro, Texas riding Mega Maggie Mae. Aboard the 5-year-old mare by NRHA Four Million Dollar Sire and NRHA Hall of Fame inductee Magnum Chic Dream and out of Cinco De Mega – nominated by Martin Bonneson – Rhoads posted an outstanding 223.5 in the second section of the qualifier. “My mare is amazing, and this is the highest score we’ve ever posted together,” said Rhoads about his mount, with whom he slid to the 2015 NRHA Futurity Levels 3, 2 and 1 as well as the 2016 NRHA Level 4 Non Derby Championship. “What did we do to get ready for today? We simply kept her happy and jogged her every day!” Mega Maggie Mae boasts $119.000 NRHA LTE.

David McBurney and his Fancy Steppin Whiz, a 5-year-old stallion by RC Fancy Step out of TC West Coast Wendi (nominated by McBurney), took the lead in the L3 division of the Non Pro Derby with a 218 in the first go of the first section held on Monday. McBurney had set the bar, and in the second section, Chloe Lawrence tied to win the L3 division with a 218 and topped the L2 and L1 Non Pro divisions aboard the Lawrence Ranch owned 6-year-old mare, Whiskymakesmefrisky (Topsail Whiz x DN Smart Snap). McBurney held on to the lead in the Prime Time Division.

Cade McCutcheon and Duallin Guns (Mister Nicadual x Always Gotyer Guns Up), nominated and owned by McQuay Stables Inc., scored a 217.5 to lead the Youth Non Pro division.

With a 218 score, Frederick Christen and his 5-year-old mare, Xtra Voodoo Step (Wimpys Little Step x Voodoo Chic), nominated by Xtra Quarter Horses LLC., posted a 218 to lead the Masters Derby Non Pro division.

Tuesday Ancillary Action

Dany Tremblay and Brian Welman Tie for $2,000-Added Novice Horse Open Level 2, Matthew Palmer Claims $1,000-Added Novice Horse Open Level 1

Open riders guided their horses through NRHA pattern #9 in the Adequan Arena on June 27 for the $1,000-added Novice Horse Open Level 1 and $2,000-added Novice Horse Open Level 2 classes.

Brian Welman and Dany Tremblay both marked scores of 146 to earn $822 and tie for championship honors in the Novice Horse Open Level 2 class.

Welman rode Cielo Dreaming (Magnum Chic Dream x Shiney Cielo), a horse he’s ridden for about a year, owned by Craig Vernon. The gelding came from Calcagnini Reining Horses in Pilot Point, Texas, and has found a successful show home with the Vernon family, who train with Welman in Hastings, Minnesota.

“I bought him for Paige Vernon as a 4-year-old from NRHA Professional Stefano Calcagnini, and he’s a 5-year-old now. She’s gotten along with him pretty well. She hasn’t shown him at many majors; she’s mainly showing him up where we’re from,” Welman said. “They’ve gotten along really well, so we’re just trying to get him pretty solid. He was good today. He was okay the first day, not quite as nice as he can be. Today, he was a lot better.”

Overbrook, Oklahoma-based NRHA Professional Dany Tremblay piloted Misters Temptress (Mister Dual Pep x Colonel Pepinic) to tie for the win. Adh-Mor Ranch owns the 2012 mare, and Tremblay says she has really started to come into her own in the show pen this year.

“I rode her last year and had a few good horse shows. This year, she just keeps going—showing, showing and showing. She knows she’s in the pen, actually,” Tremblay said. “I’m leading the NRHA Top Ten Novice Horse Open Level 2 rankings right now, so hopefully we’ll stay in the lead until the end.”

The mare has a strong personality that adds to her performances. Despite being a little out of shape after a two-month break, Tremblay says she still gave her all in the class. Tremblay plans to continue gunning for the NRHA World Championship in his division by entering as many novice horse classes as he can.

“She’s kind of like my little pet—I bring her everywhere,” Tremblay said.

Matthew Palmer and Gunner Be A Maverick (Gunner x Dun It Preciously) earned third-place honors in the Level 2 with a 145 – for $497 – in addition to winning the Level 1 class, adding an extra $589 to his earnings. The gelding, owned by Mark Hurd, was purchased for his daughter Elena Hurd to have a mount to get qualified for the SVAG FEI™ World Championships for Juniors and Young Riders in Switzerland.

“Before the NRBC, Mark came to me and wanted his daughter Elena to have a horse to try [to get qualified],” Palmer said. “He only had one horse over 7 years of age, which is CC Enterprise, and he wanted to give his older daughter a chance because she’s 21, and this’ll be her last year to show in the Young Riders competition. He said to go out and ‘find me a horse if you can’.”

Palmer found Gunner Be A Maverick, a 7-year-old mount with a very limited show record through NRHA Three Million Dollar Rider Craig Schmersal. With some tuning and miles, Gunner Be A Maverick has already won at the only two shows Palmer has entered him so far.

“I do a lot of business with Craig and Ginger [Schmersal], and they really take care of me, and they had this horse that had only been shown three times his whole life,” Palmer explained. “Before we got him, he won $200. An older lady had him and trail rode and showed a little bit, nothing serious. Next thing you know, we bought him and I took him to the Carolina Classic and marked a 145.5 there, and he won both the Novice Horse Level 1 and Level 2. He went from $200 in earnings to $1,000 in earnings in a day. [The NRHA Derby show] is only the second time I’ve ever shown him, and the two times I’ve shown him he’s won.”

Palmer will hand the reins to Elena Hurd for the youth classes during derby week and plans to show the gelding himself in a CRI qualifier for the World Equestrian Games (WEG) in New Jersey next week.

The reserve championship slot saw a tie between NRHA Professionals Nathan Piper on Xtra Dun Right (Wimpys Little Step x SLJ Dun Juice), owned by Shannon and Hershel Reid, and Jared Leclair on The Dun Gun (Gunner x Fabulous Footwork), owned by Jenifer Seago. Both scored a 144.5 to earn $407.

2017 NRHA Derby: Day Three

It’s Non Pro Derby action in Okahoma City!

The 2017 NRHA Derby today welcomed the first go, first section of the $181,000-added Non Pro division of the Derby. With 227 horse-rider combinations entered, 110 made their way in the Jim Norick arena today vying for a spot in the finals.

Topping the Level (L)4, L3 and Prime Time divisions with a 218 score was David McBurney and his Fancy Steppin Whiz (RC Fancy Step x TC West Coast Wendy). The 5-year-old stallion, ridden prevalently by his owner, boasts over $40,000 LTE.

Stephanie Gripp rode her 5-year-old mare, Gunners Glory (Gunner x Dunit For Chex), to a 216 to lead the L2, L1 and Youth division. In the Masters Non Pro, Michael Garnett guided his own Snoop Around (Walla Walla Whiz x Sneaking Out Tonight) to the lead after posting a 216.

The second section of the qualifier will open the day on Tuesday at 8 am.

Ancillary Action

NRHA Professional Shauna Larcombe, an Australian native based in Pilot Point, Texas took first place honors in the $3000-added NRHA Intermediate Open class. “We wanted to put him in a class before Jessica (Sternberg) shows him later in the week. He’s a great horse many people would know and it’s truly a pleasure to ride him,” said Larcombe about the 12-year-old gelding that boasts over $285,635 NRHA LTE and who is owned by NRHA Million Dollar Owner and Hall of Famer Rosanne Sternberg.

Larcombe also took reserve honors with Spook N Sparkle (Smart Spook x Setting Off Sparks), also owned by Rosanne Sternberg, between the reins.

Ashley Stroh of Gainesville, Texas won both the $500-added NRHA Limited Open and the $500-added Rookie Professional in Monday’s ancillary action aboard Jerrys Mizzen Money (Jerry Lees Surprise x Miss Moth Money). “He was great, this is one of the first times I’ve tried to show him, he stayed with me 100% all the way and I’m excited to continue showing him,” said the NRHA Professional about the 2008 gelding she owns.

Riding Chics Love Me Wiimpy (Wimpys Little Step x Dream About Magic), a 2010 gelding owned by DAG Ventures LLC, Josh Tishman took second place in both classes.

Greg Hall Wins $2,000-Added Novice Horse Non-Pro Level 2, Blair McFarlin Claims Novice Horse Non-Pro Level 1

Greg Hall and Chics Mainattraction (Conquistador Whiz x Chictastic) a 7-year-old mare owned by Mary Anne Hall, Gainesville, Texas marked a 144 to win the $1,000-added NRHA Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2. The farrier of Gainesville, Texas, says the mare has continued to overcome obstacles and succeed not only in the show pen but also as a producer. Her talent shone with NRHA Million Dollar Rider Jason Vanlandingham and she continues to win for the Hall family.

“We’ve had her since she was a 2-year-old and Jason Vanlandingham jumped on her as a 5-year-old and rode her about a month and a half and made the open finals at the NRBC,” says Hall. “He handed her back and my wife showed her a bit. She is very talented and we’re breeding her—I’ve got a Hollywood Dun It yearling out of her and an Inferno weanling, and she’s got an Inferno on the way.”

Melissa Wigen and her 2007 gelding Dunit In Wranglers (Starlights Wrangler x A Bueno Poco Dunit) scored a 143 to place second.

In the $1,000-added NRHA Novice Horse Non-Pro Level 1, Auburn University animal science junior Blair McFarlin rode Lil Jac N Gin (Lil Gun x Peppys Lightning Jac) to victory with a 142. McFarlin’s school schedule keeps her from showing as much as she’d like but she is thankful for the opportunity to ride her father’s (Mike McFarlin) 5-year-old mare during the summers when she is home in Franklin, Tennessee.

“I only get to ride her three months out of the year because I’m at school, but she’s been great for me,” McFarlin said. “I just have to trust her to do her job and get used to riding nice horses again. My dad usually shows her, but I get to hop on her when I’m home from school and let her do her job. She’s fun.”

Tying for second place were Cheryl Lauder of Weatherford, Oklahoma, riding Who Whiz Smartin Off (Who Wiz It x Little Smart Jac) and Karen Shedlausdas of Austintown, Ohio riding Red Gun 2 (Gunner x Call Me N Hollywood). Both scored a 140.

2017 NRHA Derby: Day Two

NRHA and FEI competition filled the second day of the 2017 NRHA Derby

Riders vying for 2017 NRHA world championship titles and for a spot on their national team in Fédération Équestre International (FEI) CRI competition showed off their skills during the second day of the 2017 NRHA (National Reining Horse Association) Derby.

Casey Deary tops both the NRHA $6,000-added Open and USA Open classes and ties to win the FEI CRI3* with Mirjam Stillo

NRHA Million Dollar Rider Casey Deary took home both the NRHA $6,000-added Open and the USA Open titles after posting a 148 aboard Who Dat Hot Chic (Wimpys Little Step x Smart Chic Aloha), a 2010 mare owned by Neiberger Performance Horses LLC of Argyle, Texas.

“She’s out of a cow horse mare [Smart Chic Aloha] that won close to $50,000 in the cow horse and was second at the World’s Greatest Horseman. We bought her from [NRHA Professional] Jamie Bissell for Todd Neiberger – who owns [the stallion] In Like Flinn – to show,” Deary explained. “I wanted something that would complement ‘Flinn’ really well, and this mare is bionic in ability, so I thought it would be a good cross on him. This was the first time I’ve ever tried to get a score on her and, if she’s going to let me show her like that and not stress her, I might have to use her a few more times!”

Deary says the mare’s watchful personality can make her difficult to read at times, but it hasn’t hindered her success in the arena.

“She’s got a lot of turn, a lot of stop and is a beautiful mare,” Deary said. “She’s a little looky—her ears are constantly going – so you don’t really know if she’s right where you want her to be. Todd [Neiberger] has done really well on her this year, and he was nice enough to let me steal her for the CRI here. Our goal was for me to use her to get qualified so I can show Flinn next year in FEI competition. That was her main job, but I schooled her at the Redbud and got her qualified for the AQHA World Show.”

Kari Anna Klingenberg of Kari Klingenberg Performance Horses and Mr Electric Spark (Jacs Electric Spark x Sailin Rowdy), owned by Foothills Farm of Sedro-Woolley, Washington, earned reserve honors in the $6,000-Added Open and the USA Open Reining with a 147.5.

Riders representing nine National Federations (Argentina, Austria, Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Uruguay, USA) showed in the FEI CRI3* competition.

Casey Deary (USA) and Who Dat Hot Chic tied for first-place honors in the FEI CRI3* with Mirjam Stillo (ITA) and Ruff Spook (Smart Spook x Ruffle Me Up), a 8-year-old stallion owned by Shannon and Hershel Reid of Pilot Point, Texas.

“I only started riding him two months ago and we’re already qualified for the AQHA World Show. He is an amazing stallion, considering he hasn’t had a saddle on for the last two years since he was in the breeding barn,” Stillo said. “I called Shannon and told her I was trying to find a really nice horse to go to the FEI World Equestrian Games, so she gave me Ruff Spook and Ima Smokin Mister. Hopefully I can make her happy and make myself happy.”

Stillo added that she wanted to run him a little harder, but I didn’t want to overdo anything. “He had a stumble in the circles so I ran him harder to his first stop, and he was flawless,” added the Italian professional based in Pilot Point, Texas. “His stops and rollbacks are amazing. There’s a little more horse in there, but I was happy that the first time he gets back to the pen he wins a check and posts such a great score.”

The NRHA Intermediate Open, Limited Open and Rookie Professional
NRHA Professional Shauna Larcombe guided Spook N Sparkle (Smart Spook x Setting Off Sparks), a 7-year-old gelding owned by NRHA Hall of Fame inductee and Million Dollar Owner Rosanne Sternberg to a winning 144.5 in the NRHA $1,000-added Intermediate Open.

“We just wanted to make a nice clean run and mark a good score in the CRI and ended up winning the Intermediate Open as well,” said the native Australian rider who trains out of Sterling Ranch USA, Pilot Point, Texas.

A half-a-point behind the winner, NRHA Professional Josh Tishman reined Chics Love Me Wimpy (Wimpys Little Step x Dream About Magic) to reserve honors in the Intermediate and to top honors in both the $500-added Limited Open and the $500-added Rookie Professional. The Deary Performance Horses trainer rode the 2010 gelding for owner DAG Ventures LLC of Dallas, Texas.

“He’s really consistent and easy to show—he actually didn’t get here until late last night. I got on, went in and showed. We’ve won everything I’ve shown him in this year,” Tishman said. “We’re leading the Rookie Pro and Limited Open rankings, and I am really excited about hauling for the NRHA World titles. We purchased him for his owner Deborah Good from NRHA Million Dollar Rider Mike McEntire last year. Unfortunately, he was injured shortly before the Derby, but once he was better and we put him back in training, we realized he was enough for an open horse.”

Good, who rides with Deary and Tishman, says the gelding is an incredible horse because of his ability to adjust to his rider in the pen.

“He’s a non pro horse, and I’m a green and rookie rider just coming up. Casey and Josh have taken me a long way this year, so it’s great to have a horse at the level of a consistently open rider and then come back to the level I’m at,” said Good who started riding five years ago. “He’s honest in the arena and is a wonderful horse to show. I showed for the first time three years ago and got hooked. I love that I have a horse that constantly takes care of me and Josh.”

NRHA Professional Daniel Gibbs and the 2012 stallion Spooks Full Throttle (Spooks Gotta Gun x Angierilla Boom), owned by Gibbs Farm, placed second in both the Limited Open and Rookie Professional classes.

Ending the day at the Oklahoma State Fair Park were the AQHA and APHA Open and Amateur classes.

The $181,000-added Non Pro Derby first go, first section will start the Derby action on Monday, June 26 at 8 am!

Follow the action live on nrhaderby.com!