Good non-pro horses can be hard to find, but four of the horses in Friday’s National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby Non-Pro finals went through a sale ring at some point in their lives. Two of them sold to new owners, while two were repurchased by their consignors.
Zirconia With A Twist (PT) tied for eighth in the first-go with a score of 216. The 2011 stallion was consigned to the NRHA/ Markel Insurance Marketplace Sale as a yearling by breeder Terri Cravens, of Gainesville, Texas. Lynn Maffucci, of Mooresville, North Carolina, bought the sorrel overo stallion for $13,250.
A year later, Zirconia With A Twist (Like A Diamond [PT] x Twistin On Command [PT] x Commander Riminic [PT]) sold privately to Justin Zimmerman, of Springfield, Missouri. Zimmerman and trainer Bobby Avila Jr., both showed the stallion to earnings of $5,976 in 2014. Zimmerman’s daughter, Taylor Zimmerman, began showing Zirconia With A Twist in 2015, and she and Avila added another $6,322 to the horse’s Equi-Stat record. He has more than $14,000 in career earnings heading into the NRHA Derby finals, where he could add significantly to that total.
Two horses – Lil Magnum Chex and Dunitwithashineyface – tied for 12th in the NRHA Derby Non-Pro first-go. Both are former sale horses, though only one changed hands on sale day.
2013 NRHA/ Markel Insurance Marketplace Sale. Heritage Farms, of Ogden, Utah, bought the 2012 stallion for $10,000. They sold him 16 months later, in April 2015, and he changed hands again when Tom Dooley, of Scottsdale, Arizona, purchased him privately in August 2015. Dooley’s daughter, Kim Muehlstaetter, won the Cactus Reining Classic Level 3 Non-Pro aboard Lil Magnum Chex earlier this year, increasing the stallion’s lifetime earnings to $6,522.David Zimmerman, of Kodiak, Alaska, consigned Lil Magnum Chex (Magnum With A Dream x Pay Chex Delight x Peppy Badger Chex) to the
Dunitwithashineyface (Pale Face Dunnit x Shine On Tejon x Tejons Peppy Doc) was repurchased for $22,000 in his sale appearance. The 2012 gelding was consigned to the 2014 Legacy Consignment Sale by breeder Hickory Creek Ranch, of Scottsdale, Arizona.
Dunitwithashineyface, who is owned by Connie Stoney, will be ridden in the NRHA Derby Non-Pro finals by Amy Stoney.
Breeder Hanan Shvaizer sent Has A Tradition Step (Wimpys Little Step x DA Steady Lil Peppy x Steady Tradition) through the 2014 NRHA/Markel Insurance Futurity Prospect Sale as a 2-year-old. The palomino stallion garnered a $70,000 bid that failed to meet the reserve price. Owner Joshua Hattig will show Has A Tradition Step in the NRHA Derby Non-Pro finals.
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