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NRHA Celebrity Slide

Celebrities, police officers, firefighters, cross-over riders and freestylers gather to recognize hometown heroes at charity event.

By Larri Jo Starkey
The American Quarter Horse Journal
December 6, 2013

Lyle Lovett rides his stallion Smart And Shiney

Team captain Lyle Lovett rides his stallion Smart And Shiney on December 6 during the Slide to Remember competition during the National Reining Horse Association Futurity at Oklahoma State Fair Park. (Larri Jo Starkey photo). For more photos from the charity event, scroll to the slide show below.

Celebrities, Hall of Famers and hometown heroes gathered December 6 for the National Reining Horse Association Slide to Remember at Oklahoma State Fair Park.

The Slide to Remember – an annual event – raises funds for the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.

Four teams, each made up of five members, competed while representing police officers or firefighters. The teams included an experienced freestyle performer, a cross-over rider from a different riding discipline, a member of the NRHA Hall of Fame, a police officer or firefighter and a celebrity who served as team captain.

Team Lovett won, represented by freestyler Drake Johnson on Sonic Chic Dream, a 2007 sorrel gelding by Magnum Chic Dream and out of Sheza Sonic Boom by Boomernic. He was bred by Wayne and Sandra Hutchinson of Avonlea, Saskatchewan, and is owned by Drake.

Grand Prix show jumper Nicole Shahinian-Simpson was the cross-over rider on Get Juiced, a 2003 bay gelding by Smart Like Juice and out of Fancy Fannin Solano by Fannin Sugar. He was bred by Wendy Jo Hamner of Indianola, Iowa, and owned by Jennifer Anderson of Shawnee, Oklahoma.

Maj. Bill Weaver of the Oklahoma City Police Department was the hometown hero on Chic Him First, a 2002 bay gelding by Chic Please and out of Pokeys First Lady by Pokalito. He was bred by Lawrence M. Coss of River Falls, Wisconsin, and is owned by Mary Beth Sellers of Sapulpa, Oklahoma.

NRHA Hall of Famer Bob Loomis rode Whiz N Crome, a homebred chestnut stallion by Custom Crome and out of Mizzen Topsail by Topsail Cody.

Singer and team captain Lyle Lovett rode his own stallion Smart And Shiney, a palomino by Smart Shiner and out of Tronas Pearl by Dox Tronalena. He was bred by Jack Kelley of Deer Lodge, Montana.

Journal Coverage of the 2013 NRHA Futurity

  • NRHA Open Futurity – Jason Vanlandingham wins the National Reining Horse Association's top billing with Not Ruf At All for owner Vaughn C. Zimmerman.
  • NRHA Non-Pro Futurity – Women sweep all four levels of the National Reining Horse Association Non-Pro Futurity.
  • NRHA Celebrity Slide – Celebrities, police officers, firefighters, cross-over riders and freestylers gather to recognize hometown heroes at charity event.