- Created on Sunday, 01 July 2012
Saturday, July 1, marked the final day of the National Reining Horse Association Derby in Oklahoma City, Okla. The Open finals, which consisted of 74 horses, were made up of some impressive scores, but Spooks Gotta Whiz carried Shawn Flarida to the top.
Spooks Gotta Whiz (Spooks Gotta Gun x Prettywhizprettydoes), a 2007 stallion owned by Michell Anne Kimball, laid down a run that marked a 226.5 for the Level 4 Open win. The horse recently moved into training with Equi-Stat Elite $4 Million Reining Rider Shawn Flarida, Springfield, Ohio. The duo scored a 224.5 in the preliminary.
The crowd roared from the moment Spooks Gotta Whiz ran into the arena for his crack at pattern 10. They were not disappointed. At the end of the night, Flarida and the horse picked up a check for $60,000.
In a tight race at the richest Derby in NRHA history, Shiners Voodoo Dr and Tinker With Guns turned in matching 226 runs to miss the top by only 1/2 of a point.
Shiners Voodoo Dr (Shining Spark x Voodoo Chic), owned by Xtra Quarter Horses LLC, carried NRHA Million Dollar Rider Todd Bergen, Eagle Point, Ore., to a Co-Reserve Championship. Bergen said that he’s excited to be given the chance to ride the horse and that he sees big things in the future.
Andrea Fappani, Scottsdale, Ariz., piloted Ranch Oso Rio’s Tinker With Guns (Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner] x Tinker Nic) to the Co-Reserve Championship.
Each Co-Reserve title was worth a little more than $40,000.
Level 3 Open
Half of a point made the difference for Level 3 Champions Chics Loaded Gun and Sean McBurney, Arlington, Wash. A 220.5 pushed the duo to the height of the division and they could not be caught. They took home a check worth $22,576.
Chics Loaded Gun (Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner] x Smart Chic Olynna), owned by Brian Knutson and Gaylene Sawchuk, was running a fever the morning of the Open finals, but after getting his temperature down and being cleared for competition, he gave it all in his performance. McBurney has been training the 2006 stallion since about three weeks before the National Reining Breeders Cup.
From a 27th draw in the first section of the Open finals, Resting Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Forget The Rest), owned by John Fletcher, and Canadian Loris Epis marked a 220, which held strong for the Reserve title and $18,795.
Level 2 Open
Whitesboro, Texas-based Pete Kyle rode Gunner Git Ya Dun (Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner] x Gotta Git Ya Dun) to a 219.5 and the Championship in the Level 2 Open. Along with the prestige of their title, the horse-and-rider team banked $10,473. The 2008 mare is owned by E Bar Z Stables.
Following his success in the show pen at the Derby, Kyle and his wife, Tamra, who was Reserve in the Prime Time Non-Pro, are heading on vacation. They are excited to enjoy the white sand and blue water while they enjoy their success.
A pair of 218s split the Reserve title in the Level 2.
Whiz It A Chic (Who Whiz It x Chic Out Mamma) and Lisa Coulter, Canada, matched the score set earlier in the first section by Ben Baldus and Dainty Little Step (Wimpys Little Step x Tucks Little Poco). Each Co-Reserve Champion garnered $7,382.
Level 1 Open
The finals in the Level 1 were a crowd-pleasing show for the first section of the Open. Wimpys Cute Tune and Jimmy Van Der Hoeven set the bar high as the first duo in the pen when they marked a strong 218. They were followed by a tying 218 from the seventh draw, Dainty Little Step and Ben Baldus. Another Level 1 score of 218 posted 23 horses later when Whiz It A Chic and Lisa Coulter showed.
At the close of the first section in the Open finals, the official decision was made for a run-off between the three duos that were tied.
When the dirt finished flying, Ben Baldus, Electra, Texas, and his mount Dainty Little Step (Wimpys Little Step x Tucks Little Poco), owned by W.T. Waggoner Estate, emerged victorious. Their run-off resulted in another 218, which would best the competition by 4 1/2 points, earning $5,522.
Wimpys Cute Tune (Wimpys Little Step x Gwyneth), owned by Stephanie Nelson, and Van Der Hoeven, Whitesboro, Texas, shared a Co-Reserve title with Whiz It A Chic (Who Whiz It x Chic Out Mamma), owned by Robert Thompson, and Coulter, Canada. Each Co-Reserve team received $3,913.
Prime Time Open
Ann Salmon, Tioga, Texas, and Dunit A Lil Ruf grabbed the Prime Time Open Championship when they marked a 219 in the preliminaries. The 2007 mare, owned by Salmon, also qualified for the Level 2, 3 and 4 finals. In exchange for their Prime Time win, Salmon took home a check for $2,367.
The Reserve title was split three ways. Pete Kyle, Whitesboro, Texas, rode two of the three Reserves – Gunner Git Ya Dun and My Gunner Enterprise (Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner] x My Royal Enterprise), owned by Ray Hatfield.
The other duo that got a piece of Reserve was Magnum Be Tuff (Magnum Chic Dream x Abbie Be Tuff), owned by High Hopes Farm Of W Grove LLC, and Rocky Dare, Salem, N.J.Complete results of the Prime Time Open finals.