The inaugural Minnesota Pink Slid’ In kicked off on Thursday, June 4 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Johnanne Denis-Williams, the show’s organizer, hoped to bring a derby back to Minnesota, where the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) derbies first started, and show participants would agree that she has been successful. Her second goal was to raise funds to donate to Rein In Cancer. Considering that $3 per horse per go goes toward that end, and the fact that competitors can donate a portion of their winnings and bid on items at auction for the purpose of raising money for Rein In Cancer, she has been successful in that goal, as well. The show offers something for all exhibitors, with added money non-pro and open derbies, in addition to youth classes, green reiner classes and Arabian and Half-Arabian divisions.
Charles Wiederholt slid to the Derby Level 4 Non-Pro Championship when he and Hes A Golden Gun, who was bred by Mary Ann Jansma, scored a 219. Wiederholt owns the 4-year-old gelding, who is by Hes A Loaded Gun and out of the Grays Starlight mare Spooks Golden Girl. “Gunner” has $11,145 in reining earnings. He and Wiederholt won the Level 4 Non-Pro Stakes and the Non-Pro Primetime Stakes at the All American Quarter Horse Congress Futurity last year, netting the majority of those earnings.
Wiederholt himself has $569,838 in winnings on his Equi-Stat record. He was very appreciative of the opportunity to show at a derby located only 40 minutes from his home of Hastings, Minnesota.
“It’s pretty nice to have a show with this much money added this close to me,” Wiederholt said. “I love this facility. I think the arena is great to show in, the ground is good. They’ve done a good job.”
Wiederholt and Gunner brought home $4,328 for their win.
Derby Level 3 & 2 Non-Pro
Bill Fingland, of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, came a long way to win the Derby Levels 3 & 2 Championships with Top Shine Whiz, scoring a 215.5. The score also made them Derby Level 4 Co-Reserve Champions with Jose Vazquez, who reached NRHA Million Dollar rider status earlier that morning after winning the Non-Pro 7 & Up Level 4 on Juiced Up Doc.
It was Fingland’s first time at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds, and he appreciated the facility, including the good footing, the friendly people and the many practice pens to warm up in. He was proud of KC Performance Horses-bred “Dakota” (Topsail Whiz x Sheza Shiney Chic x Twice As Shiney), who he has had for three weeks.
“Bobby Avila found him from one of his clients. Craig Schmersal had trained him as a 2 and 3-year old, showed him in the NRHA Futurity and at the National Reining Breeders Classic, and I was able to acquire him after that,” Fingland said. “Craig did a great job of getting him trained up, and Bobby’s done a good job of getting me used to him. It takes a team effort!”
Altogether, Fingland brought home $6,744 for his two championships and reserve championship.
Derby Level 1 Non-Pro
After scoring a 215, Tricia Jaeger and Custom Tabasco won not only the Derby Level 1 Non-Pro Championship but also the Levels 3 & 2 Reserve Championships and placed fourth in the Level 4. Including the $918 won for the Level 1 Championship, the duo brought home $5,257 from the Derby Non-Pro. Custom Tabasco (Custom Crome x Tobascos Turmoil x Docs Tobasco) is owned by Jaeger, who is from Charles City, Iowa. This was the mare’s first time to post money to Equi-Stat.
Jaeger had $8,603 in earnings prior to this show. Her biggest paycheck to date came from the North Central Reining Horse Association Futurity, where she and Kick The Rests Tail swept the Derby Levels 4, 3, 2 and 1 Non-Pro.
Lacy Zimmerman and ARC Chics Sparkle (Smart Chic Olena x Sparkle On Top x Topsail Whiz) were the Derby Level 1 Reserve Champions. ARC Chics Sparkle was bred by Arcese Quarter Horses, of Weatherford, Texas, and is owned by John Zimmerman, of Holmen, Wisconsin. The Reserve Championship came with $599.
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