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NRHA Derby

Jordan Larson and HF Mobster win the $435,000-added open finals at the National Reining Horse Association's limited age event.

National Reining Horse Association
July 2, 2013

HF Mobster and Jordan Larson win the 2013 NRHA Derby open championship, photo courtesy of NRHA/Waltenberry

Jordan Larson rides Heritage Farms' HF Mobster (Colonels Smoking Gun-Dun Its Black Gold) to the 2013 NRHA Derby open championship. (Photo courtesy of NRHA/Waltenberry) BELOW: Watch HF Mobster and Jordan Larson work their way to a 228.5.

The 2013 National Reining Horse Association Derby showcased the $435,000-added open finals on Saturday, June 29, at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City. The NRHA Derby is NRHA’s premiere event for the world’s best 4-, 5- and 6-year-old reining horses and hosts to two slates of ancillary classes. This year’s derby finals were the richest ever, paying out approximately $948,000 to owners and nominators of open and non pro finalists.
 
During the open go-round, more than 500 entries competed for a spot in the finals with 72 of the top-scoring horse-and-rider teams invited back to Saturday night’s event.

After numerous leader changes, one entry cleared the rest of the field by one-half point: HF Mobster (Colonels Smoking Gun-Dun Its Black Gold) and NRHA $1 million rider Jordan Larson of Whitesboro, Texas, with a 228.5. Heritage Farms owns the 2008 stallion that has earned $45,400 so far in his career. Most recently, he and Larson finished in fourth place finish at the 2013 National Reining Breeders Classic.
 
The NRHA Derby championship paid $60,000 ($57,000 to the owner and $3,000 to nominator Rhodes River Ranch). 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, Assure Guard, Platinum Performance CJ, product from Classic Equine, $100 gift card from Pard’s Western Shop and a headstall from The New West.
 
Go-round leaders, A Smokin Whiz (Topsail Whiz-PF Nu Miss Royal Rsk, owned by Sunrise Ranch LLC) ridden by Jason Vanlandingham, earned more than $44,400 for their second place finish in the finals with a 228. Just behind with a 227.5 was 2012 NRHA Futurity champion, Americasnextgunmodel (Gunner-Cee Dun It Do It) and Casey Deary of Weatherford, Texas, to end the finals in third place for owner Arcese Quarter Horses USA.
 
Level 3
CFR Centenario Wimpy (Wimpys Little Step-Miss Hollywood Whiz) and Franco Bertolani of Aubrey, Texas, jumped to the top of the Level 3 open division with a 226. They ended the finals with the championship and a fourth place finish in the Level 4 open division. Domencio Lomuto’s 2008 stallion added more than $44,400 to his current $46,000 in NRHA lifetime earnings.
 
CFR Centenario Wimpy and Bertolani 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, $200 SmartPak gift card, Purina feed, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, Assure Guard, Platinum Performance CJ, product from Classic Equine, $100 gift cards from Pard’s Western Shop and a headstall from The New West.
 
Level 2
Late in the first section, Dunit A Lil Ruf (Lil Ruf Peppy-Bueno Poco Dunit) and Ann Salmon of Tioga, Texas, earned a score of 223 to lead the Level 2 open division. They held on to that lead and won the Level 2 open championship for a paycheck of $10,996. In 2012, Dunit A Lil Ruf and Salmon were finalists in Levels 1-3 at the NRHA Derby. To date, the 2007 mare has earned $19,199 in NRHA competition, and Salmon has won in excess of $100,170 in her NRHA career.
 
The Level 2 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, Assure Guard, Platinum Performance CJ, product from Classic Equine, $100 gift card from Pard’s Western Shop, a headstall from The New West and a hat from Shorty’s Caboy Hattery.
 
Level 1
Spin N Wimp (Wimpys Little Step-Spinning Beauty) and Mirjam Giraudini-Stillo marked a 219.5 to match their go-round score and win the Level 1 open division finals. The 2007 gelding is owned by Andrea Stillo and has over $40,500 in NRHA lifetime earnings. Spin N Wimp has been shown primarily in Europe, racking up wins at the Italian Reining Horse Association Futurity (for 4-year-olds) and German Breeder’s Futurity. The Stillos recently brought him from their native Italy to their ranch in Tioga, Texas.
 
For the Level 1 division championship and top 10 placings in the Level 3 and level 2 open divisions, the duo won $13,338, 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 Rios of Mercedes boots, Assure Guard, Platinum Performance CJ, product from Classic Equine, $100 gift card from Pard’s Western Shop, a headstall from The New West and a hat from Shorty’s Caboy Hattery.
 
Prime Time
The championship in the prime time division was determined in the go-round. Two matching scores of 220.5 ranked at the top of the pack: Whattadualpep (Mister Dual Pep-Whattaroyalprincess) with Carol Metcalf of Pilot Point, Texas, and Dunit A Lil Ruf with Ann Salmon. The co-champs earned $1,890 and split the champion awards: an NRHA Lawson trophy, a $2,500 gift certificate from Twister Trailer, a Montana Silversmiths buckle, a $100 SmartPak gift card, Purina feed, a pair of Anderson Bean boots, Assure Guard, Platinum Performance CJ, product from Classic Equine, $100 gift card from Pard’s Western Shop and a headstall from The New West.