In the Stats: NRHA Derby

Not Ruf At All and Jason Vanlandingham • Photo by Darrell Dodds

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby’s leading open horse is Not Ruf At All (A Sparkling Vintage x All Ruffed Up x Lil Ruf Peppy), a 2010 stallion bred by Petra Zeitler, of Aubrey, Texas. He is pictured with Jason Vanlandingham, who rode the stallion to win the 2013 NRHA Futurity Open Championship, the 2014 NRHA Derby Open Championship and to a tie for the 2016 NRHA Derby Open Reserve Championship. Not Ruf At All, who has an Equi-Stat record of $456,530, has earned $111,067 at the Derby.

Top 10 Open Horses

  1. Not Ruf At All (10S), $111,067
  2. Commanders Nic (99S), $104,946
  3. Wimpys Little Chic (04M), $93,762
  4. Tinker With Guns (06S), $92,333
  5. KR Lil Conquistador (02G), $84,628
  6. Pinesail Jac (11S), $81,585
  7. Platimum Vintage (10S), $80,068
  8. Master Snapper (01S), $69,050
  9. RC Fancy Step (04G), $68,266
  10. Magnum Starlights (11S), $64,782

Shawn Flarida • Photo by Pat Feuerstein

Shawn Flarida, of Springfield, Ohio, an Equi-Stat Elite $5 Million Rider who has won the NRHA Derby six times, is the Derby’s leading open rider. Thirty horses have carried Flarida to total Derby earnings of $671,692. His leading money-earner is 2007 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Champion Wimpys Little Chic (Wimpys Little Step x Collena Chic Olena x Smart Chic Olena) with Derby earnings of $93,762. Flarida and the 2004 mare, bred by Monica Watson, of Double Run Farm in Leland, North Carolina, won the 2008 Derby Level 4 Open Championship.

Top 10 Open Riders

  1. Shawn Flarida, Springfield, OH, $671,692
  2. Andrea Fappani, Scottsdale, AZ, $540,503
  3. Craig Schmersal, Scottsdale, AZ, $386,951
  4. Todd Bergen, Eagle Point, OR, $360,932
  5. Tim McQuay, Tioga, TX, $348,615
  6. Duane Latimer, Ardmore, OK, $329,601
  7. Jason Landingham, Whitesboro, TX, $243,862
  8. Dell Hendricks, Tioga, TX, $215,351
  9. Casey Deary, Weatherford, TX, $210,251
  10. Jordan Larson, Whitesboro, TX, $209,546

 

 

Made By Magnum and Lyndsey Jordan • Photo by Waltenberry

Made By Magnum (Magnum Chic Dream x Ready Make Cowboy x Master Cowboy Jac), a 2010 gelding bred by Lagle / Savage LLC, of Salesville, Ohio, is the Derby’s leading non-pro horse with earnings of $61,771. Made By Magnum, who has an Equi-Stat record of $130,354, is pictured with Lyndsey Jordan, of Georgetown, Kentucky, who rode the gelding to win Levels 3 and 2 Non-Pro at the 2014 Derby and tied for second place in the Derby Level 4 Non-Pro in 2016.

Top 10 Non-Pro Horses

  1. Made By Magnum (10G), $61,771
  2. Surprizentheprincess (09M), $35,935
  3. AR Oakies Last Stand (07G), $35,169
  4. Bella Juice (09M), $33,180
  5. RU Missin Diamonds (PT) [01S], $32,052
  6. I Spin For Chics (03S), $31,055
  7. Custom Made Gun (11S), $30,825
  8. Always Gotyer Gunsup (07M), $30,698
  9. Ms Dreamy (10M), $30,117
  10. Freckled Whiz (09M), $29,935

Mandy McCutcheon and I Spin For Chics • Photo by Waltenberry

Equi-Stat Elite $2 Million Rider Mandy McCutcheon, of Aubrey, Texas, is the Derby’s leading non-pro rider with total earnings of $261,944 won aboard 34 horses. McCutcheon is pictured with her leading Derby money-earner, I Spin For Chics (Tangys Classy Peppy x Chics Koko Angel x Smart Chic Olena), a 2003 stallion bred by Ted and Keri Eady, of Sisters, Oregon, with Derby earnings of $31,055. McCutcheon rode the stallion to win the 2007 and 2008 Derby Level 4 Non-Pro championships.

Top 10 Non-Pro Riders

  1. Mandy McCutcheon, Aubrey, TX, $261,944
  2. Kim Muehlstaetter, Scottsdale, AZ, $82,239
  3. Frederick Christen, Whitehouse, OH, $73,849
  4. Jose Vazquez, Chicago, IL, $67,959
  5. Lyndsey Jordan, Georgetown, KY, $67,764
  6. Genevieve Shifrin, Aspen, CO, $63,377
  7. Dr. James Morgan, Pilot Point, TX, $59,793
  8. Sally Broten, River Falls, WI, $58,972
  9. Shaunda Ruckman, Scottsdale, AZ, $53,524
  10. Jack Medows, Cuba, MO, $52,743

Bob Loomis • Photo by Katie Tims

Bob Loomis Quarter Horses Inc., of Marietta, Oklahoma, is the NRHA Derby’s leading breeder. Loomis has bred 64 Derby money-earners that have won a total of $452,029. High Roller Whiz (West Coast Whiz x Gettinsmart x Smart Chic Olena), a 2008 stallion who was ridden by Jordan Larson to a third-place finish in the Level 4 Open in 2014, is Loomis’s leading Derby money-earner with $62,848 won at the Oklahoma event.

Top Breeders

  1. Bob Loomis Quarter Horses Inc., Marietta, OK, $452,029
  2. Steve Simon, Marietta, OK, $258,915
  3. Petra Zeitler, Aubrey, TX, $239,400
  4. David Silva, Sr., Pilot Point, TX, $227,588
  5. Rancho Oso Rio LLC, Scottsdale, AZ, $215,934
  6. McQuay Stables, Inc., Tioga, TX, $174,390
  7. Rosanne Sternberg, Aubrey, TX, $163,446
  8. Carol Rose, Gainesville, TX, $156,908
  9. Charles Vaughan, Lafayette, IN, $145,929
  10. Eric Storey, Henagar, AL, $145,500

Eleuterio Arcese, of Arcese Quarter Horses • Photo by Capp Jackson

The NRHA Derby’s leading owner is Arcese Quarter Horses, of Weatherford, Texas, with 16 horses crediting their owner with total earnings of $377,090. Their leading money-earner is Wimpys Little Chic, the 2008 Derby Level 4 Open winner, who has lifetime earnings of $539,244. Only $200 separates Arcese Quarter Horses’ No. 2 and No. 3 money-earners: Walla Walla Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Shiney Walla Wanda x Shining Spark), with $51,700, and Gunnatrashya (Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner] x Natrasha x Trashadeous), with $51,500.

Top Owners

  1. Arcese Quarter Horses, Weatherford, TX, $377,090
  2. Rancho Oso Rio LLC, Scottsdale, AZ, $322,802
  3. McQuay Stables Inc., Tioga, TX, $306,459
  4. Vaughn Zimmerman, Springfield, MO, $195,836
  5. David Silva Sr., Pilot Point, TX, $154,266
  6. Xtra Quarter Horses LLC, Purcell, OK, $134,348
  7. Craig & Ginger Schmersal, Scottsdale, AZ, $126,633
  8. Rosanne Sternberg, Aubrey, TX, $125,650
  9. Harper Conner, Dallas, TX, $122,977
  10. Heritage Farms, Ogden, UT, $112,271

Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner) • Photo by Cheryl Magoteaux Cody

Colonels Smoking Gun, better known as “Gunner,” is the Derby’s leading sire. The stallion has sired 86 Derby money-earners that have won a total of $939,402 for average earnings of $10,923. His leading money-earner is Tinker With Guns, a 2006 stallion out of Tinker Nic, by Reminic, who won $92,333 at the Oklahoma City event. A 2008 stallion, HF Mobster (out of Dun Its Black Gold x Hollywood Dun It) is Gunner’s second-leading money-earner with Derby earnings of $62,550.

Top Sires

  1. Colonels Smoking Gun, $939,402
  2. Topsail Whiz, $825,135
  3. Wimpys Little Step, $739,378
  4. Hollywood Dun It, $520,134
  5. Magnum Chic Dream, $466,946
  6. Smart Chic Olena, $463,293
  7. Shining Spark, $440,754
  8. Custom Crome, $349,938
  9. Jacs Electric Spark, $341,216
  10. Boomernic, $263,163

Miss Tinseltown and Tim McQuay • Photo by Waltenberry

Miss Tinsleltown (Great Red Pine x Ms Holywood Showtime x Docs Showtime), pictured at the 1999 National Reining Breeders Classic with Tim McQuay, is the Derby’s No. 1 dam. Five of her offspring have drawn paychecks at the event for total earnings of $113,109 and average earnings of $22,622. The mare, who McQuay rode to the 1999 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open Reserve Championship, has an Equi-Stat record totaling $116,587. Her leading money-earning offspring is Hollywoodstinseltown, a 2004 stallion by Hollywood Dun It that has Derby earnings of $48,000 and an Equi-Stat record of $178,156.

Top Dams

  1. Miss Tinseltown, $113,109
  2. All Rufffed Up, $111,067
  3. Tinker Nic, $106,451
  4. Miss Bam Bam Command, $104,946
  5. Colllena Chic Olena, $93,762
  6. Ebony Shines, $88,197
  7. Dun Its Black Gold, $87,622
  8. Princess In Diamonds, $85,049
  9. Smart Little Prize, $84,628
  10. Starjac Miss, $82,733

NRHA Derby (Excluding Ancillary Classes) History (1988-2016)

Year Location Entries Added Total Purse
1988 St. Paul, MN n/a n/a $76,890
1989 St. Paul, MN n/a n/a $90,900
1990 St. Paul, MN n/a $28,671 $92,794
1991 St. Paul, MN n/a $54,750 $89,581
1992 St. Paul, MN n/a $50,000 $84,094
1993 St. Paul, MN 180 $47,500 $88,701
1994 Oklahoma City,OK 142 $65,936 $122,718
1995 Oklahoma City,OK 214 $46,500 $179,213
1996 Oklahoma City,OK 272 $49,000 $194,184
1997 Oklahoma City,OK 242 $49,000 $168,341
1998 Oklahoma City,OK 289 $116,500 $217,429
1999 Oklahoma City,OK 314 $115,000 $264,372
2000 Oklahoma City,OK 503 $152,500 $319,278
2001 Oklahoma City,OK 617 $157,500 $359,287
2002 Oklahoma City,OK 744 $157,500 $389,362
2003 Oklahoma City,OK 789 $132,500 $466,830
2004 Oklahoma City,OK 754 $137,500 $485,474
2005 Oklahoma City,OK 738 $172,500 $518,138
2006 Oklahoma City,OK 755 $172,500 $516,639
2007 Oklahoma City,OK 783 $197,500 $546,190
2008 Oklahoma City,OK 776 $197,500 $571,112
2009 Oklahoma City,OK 880 $207,500 $538,453
2010 Oklahoma City,OK 1,123 $242,500 $574,399
2011 Oklahoma City,OK 1,177 $272,500 $536,729
2012 Oklahoma City,OK 1,284 $643,000 $900,393
2013 Oklahoma City,OK 1,231 $635,000 $965,568
2014 Oklahoma City,OK 1,303 $633,500 $990,053
2015 Oklahoma City,OK 1,325 $590,500 $947,981
2016 Oklahoma City,OK 1,422 $622,000 $937,738
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