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Not Ruf At All Wins NRHA Derby

The 2013 National Reining Horse Association Futurity open champion reigns supreme once more in Oklahoma City.

By Christa Morris
National Reining Horse Association
June 30, 2014

Not Ruf At All and Jason Vanlandingham win 2014 NRHA Derby, Waltenberry photo courtesy of NRHA

Not Ruf At All and Jason Vanlandingham marked a 229 to win the 2014 NRHA Derby. (Credit: Waltenberry photo courtesy of NRHA)

The 2014 National Reining Horse Association Derby concluded Saturday night with the $428,000-added open finals at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. The NRHA Derby show is NRHA’s premiere event for the world’s best 4-, 5- and 6-year-old reining horses. This year’s derby finals were the richest ever, paying out approximately $961,000 to owners and nominators of open and non-pro finalists.
 
During the open go-round, 571 entries competed for a spot in the finals with 75 of the top-scoring horse-and-rider teams invited back to Saturday night’s event. Until the very end of the finals, thousands of reining fans, watching in-person and online, were treated to exciting leader board changes. Many fans were anxious to see if one of the two past NRHA Futurity champions – Not Ruf At All and Americasnextgunmodel – would follow-up with another major NRHA event championship. In the end, 2013 NRHA Futurity champions Not Ruf At All (A Sparkling Vintage-All Ruffed Up, $220,500 NRHA LTE) and NRHA professional Jason Vanlandingham of Whitesboro, Texas, bested the field by three points for the win with a score of 229.
 
Vaughn Zimmerman’s stallion, nominated by Petra Zeitler Connor, won $60,000 for the Level 4 open championship ($57,000 to the owner and $3,000 to the nominator). Level 4 open division awards included an NRHA Lawson trophy, a $5,000 gift certificate from Twister Trailer, a saddle from Bob’s Custom Saddles, a Montana Silversmiths buckle, a $300 SmartPak gift card, Purina feed, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, Platinum Performance CJ, a Classic Equine pad, a pair of Classic Equine skid boots, $300 gift card from Pard’s Western Shop, a $100 gift card from Kyle Tack, a pad from Center Back Pads and Vetericyn.
 
Prior to his successes in the show arena, Not Ruf At All was consigned to the 2012 NRHA/Insurance Futurity Sales.
 
Colonels Splashy Gun and Arno Honstetter – Level 3 Open Champions
Colonels Splashy Gun, by Colonels Smoking Gun and out of BH Splash, with NRHA professional Arno Honstetter of Scottsdale, Arizona ($386,900 NRHA LTE) held the lead they established in the first section. After nearly 30 runs in the Level 3 open division, the duo claimed the championship honors and a check for $23,475. Story Book Stables is Colonels Splashy Gun’s owner and nominator. Watch Colonels Splashy Gun's run here.
 
In addition to the sizable check, they also won an NRHA Lawson trophy, a $2,500 gift certificate from Twister Trailer, a saddle from Bob’s Custom Saddles, a Montana Silversmiths buckle, a $200 SmartPak gift card, Purina feed, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, Platinum Performance CJ, a Classic Equine pad, a pair of Classic Equine skid boots, $300 gift card from Pard’s Western Shop, a $100 gift card from Kyle Tack, a pad from Center Back Pads and Vetericyn.
 
Gun Affair and Joe Schmidt – Level 2 Open Champions
During the first section, Gun Affair (Colonels Smoking Gun-Memorable Affair, $14,216 NRHA LTE) and Joe Schmidt of Pilot Point, Texas, ($158,800 NRHA LTE) earned a score of 222 from the judges to lead the Level 2 open division. They stayed in the top position winning the championship including the $10,660 owner paycheck and the $560 nominator incentive. The 2009 mare is owned by Lil Equine and was eligible to enter the NRHA Derby thanks to nominator Victoria Lambert. Watch Gun Affair's run here.
 
The Level 2 open division champions also won an NRHA Lawson trophy, a $2,500 gift certificate from Twister Trailer, a saddle from Bob’s Custom Saddles, a Montana Silversmiths buckle, a $200 SmartPak gift card, Purina feed, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, Platinum Performance CJ, a pair of Classic Equine Legacy boots, a pair of Classic Equine skid boots, $300 gift card from Pard’s Western Shop, a $100 gift card from Kyle Tack, a pad from Center Back Pads, Vetericyn and a gift certificate from Shorty’ Caboy Hattery.
 
What A Lucky Hit and Tell Edgmon – Level 1 Open Champions
What A Lucky Hit (Hit The Lights-My Lucky Moonstone) and NRHA professional Tell Edgmon of Weatherford, Texas ($26,300 NRHA LTE) set the pace for the finals from Draw 9 in the first section with a 224.5. Their bid was more than enough to claim the Level 1 open division championship and $5,370, including the 5 percent nominator incentive. Gary and Sandy Vickrey own the 2008 mare that was nominated by Adair Reiners. Before tonight’s finals, she had earned more than $49,200 in NRHA competition including a fifth place finish at the NRHA Derby. Watch What A Lucky Hit's run here.
 
The Level 1 open division champion also won an NRHA Lawson trophy, a $2,500 gift certificate from Twister Trailer, a saddle from Bob’s Custom Saddles, a Montana Silversmiths buckle, a $200 SmartPak gift card, Purina feed, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, Platinum Performance CJ, a pair of Classic Equine Legacy boots, a pair of Classic Equine skid boots, $300 gift card from Pard’s Western Shop, a $100 gift card from Kyle Tack, a pad from Center Back Pads, Vetericyn and a gift certificate from Shorty’ Caboy Hattery.
 
NRHA Sire & Dam Program Awards
The following NRHA Sire & Dam Program stallion owner awards were presented during the awards ceremony:

  • $1,500 and an NRHA Sire & Dam bronze to Einsteins Revolution, owned by Wagner & Vandorp, for Revolution Is Dun placing second in the Level 4 open division
  • $750 to Custom Crome, owned by Steve Simon, for Cromed Out Chic tying for fifth in the Level 4 open division

And the following to the late Colonels Smoking Gun (aka "Gunner"), owned by McQuay Stables:

  • $1,500 and an NRHA Sire & Dam bronze for Colonels Splashy Gun placing first in the Level 3 open division
  • $1,000 for Gunners Tinseltown placing second in the Level 3 open division
  • $750 to Gunner for Gunners Tinseltown tying for fifth in the Level 4 open division
  • $500 for Guns R For Shootin placing third in the Level 3 open division

Non-Pro Champions

The 2014 NRHA Derby featured the finals in non-pro competition on Friday: the $78,000-added Level 4; $60,000-added Level 3; $32,500-added Level 2; $15,000-added Level 1 and $5,000-added Prime-Time divisions. Out of the original 217 horses and 650 entries, the top 56 horse and rider teams qualified to compete in the finals. This year’s derby finals were the richest ever, paying approximately $322,000 to owners and nominators.

Thompson and Jordan – Level 4 Non-Pro Co-Champions
After tying for sixth place in the non-pro go-round with a 218 on Taris Dreamer, Ron Thompson turned up the heat and reined to a score of 223.5 in the finals. He held the lead until Draw 29, when Lyndsey Jordan and her Made By Magnum laid down an identical score. Thompson and Jordan agreed to share the honors and to be NRHA Derby non-pro co-champions. Both of their mounts were sired by NRHA $2 million sire Magnum Chic Dream. Watch Taris Dreamer's run here.
 
The Level 4 non-pro co-champions split the following awards: an NRHA Lawson trophy, a $5,000 gift certificate from Twister Trailer, a saddle from Bob’s Custom Saddles, a Montana Silversmiths buckle, a $200 SmartPak gift card, Purina feed, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, Platinum Performance CJ, a Classic Equine pad, a pair of Classic Equine skid boots, $300 gift card from Pard’s Western Shop, a $100 gift card from Kyle Tack, a pad from Center Back Pads and Vetericyn.
 
Thompson, of Whitesboro, Texas, owns the 2009 gelding that has earned nearly $140,000 in NRHA competition. Together, they have won an NRHA Futurity Prime-Time non-pro championship, a National Reining Breeders Classic Level 4 non-pro Championship and two NRBC Prime-Time non-pro championships. In 2011, the gelding was a consigned to the NRHA/Markel Insurance Futurity Prospect Sale. On Friday, they won $15,343.93 in the Level 4 non-pro division and $2,660.40 for winning the Prime-Time non-pro division. Werner Hermus nominated Taris Dreamer (Magnum Chic Dream-Taris San Cutter) and earned the $807.58 nominator incentive.
 
Jordan and Made By Magnum – Level 2 and 3 Champions
In addition to the Level 4 honors, Jordan took home the Level 2 and 3 non-pro division championships. Jordan, of Georgetown, Kentucky, owns the 2010 stallion by Magnum Chic Dream and out of Ready Make Cowboy. Made By Magnum, also nominated by Jordan, has earned nearly $30,500 in NRHA LTE, including a third place in the Level 2 open division at the 2013 NRHA Futurity with Robin Schoeller. Jordan has won $46,300 in NRHA competition, an Adequan North American affiliate championship, a limited non-pro world championship, plus an NRHA Collegiate Reining championship. Their derby paycheck amounted to $39,415.83, including the 5 percent nominator incentive. Watch Made By Magnum's run here.
 
Jordan won the following prizes for the Level 2 and 3 non-pro divisions: two NRHA Lawson trophies, a $5,000 gift certificate from Twister Trailer, two saddles from Bob’s Custom Saddles, two Montana Silversmiths buckles, a $400 SmartPak gift card, Purina feed, two pairs of Rios of Mercedes boots, Platinum Performance CJ, two Classic Equine pads, two pairs of Classic Equine skid boots, a $600 gift card from Pard’s Western Shop, a $200 gift card from Kyle Tack, two pads from Center Back Pads, Vetericyn and a gift certificate from Shorty’s Caboy Hattery.

Medows and Surprizentheprincess – Level 1 Non-Pro Champions
With a score of 220.5, Jack Medows of Cuba, Missouri, ($41,800 NRHA LTE) and Surprizentheprincess (Jerry Lees Surprise-Princess In Diamonds, $95,600 NRHA LTE) clenched the Level 1 non-pro division championship. They placed third in the Level 2 and 3 non-pro divisions, as well as fourth on the Level 4 non-pro division. Amy Medows owns the 2009 mare that was nominated by Clinton Anderson. Watch Surprizentheprincess' run here.
 
Medows won $27,706.41, including the 5 percent nominator incentive for Clinton Anderson. The prizes they won include: an NRHA Lawson trophy, a $2,500 gift certificate from Twister Trailer, a saddle from Bob’s Custom Saddles, a Montana Silversmiths buckle, a $200 SmartPak gift card, Purina feed, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, Platinum Performance CJ, a Classic Equine pad, a pair of Classic Equine skid boots, $300 gift card from Pard’s Western Shop, a $100 gift card from Kyle Tack, a pad from Center Back Pads, Vetericyn and a gift certificate from Shorty’s Caboy Hattery.

Shifrin and Bella Juice – Youth Non-Pro Champions
The youth non-pro championship was determined in the go-round earlier in the week. The championship honors went to Genevieve Shifrin of Aspen, Colorado, ($39,425 NRHA LTE) and Bella Juice (Smart Like Juice-Bella Conquistador, $21,300 NRHA LTE) for owner/nominator Cache Performance Horses. For her ride, Shifrin won an NRHA Lawson trophy, a $2,500 gift certificate from Twister Trailer, a saddle from Bob’s Custom Saddles, a Montana Silversmiths buckle, a $100 SmartPak gift card, Purina feed, a pair of Anderson Bean boots, Platinum Performance CJ, a pair of Classic Equine Legacy boots, a pair of Classic Equine skid boots, $100 gift card from Pard’s Western Shop, a $100 gift card from Kyle Tack, a pad from Center Back Pads and Vetericyn.

Non-Pro NRHA Sire and Dam Awards
NRHA congratulated Magnum Chic Dream, owned by Viola Scott, for the performance of his offspring, Taris Dreamer and Made By Magnum, in the non-pro finals. Magnum Chic Dream earned $2,500 and an NRHA Sire & Dam bronze for their efforts tonight. Colonels Smoking Gun (aka "Gunner") was also recognized for Check Out My Guns’ finish and was awarded $500 from the NRHA Sire & Dam Program.