Party Nite, pictured at the NRBC with Mandy McCutcheon, is tied with Gunners Bar Fly and McKinnon Larcombe are tied at the top of the 2020 NRHA Derby Non-Pro preliminaries. • Photo by Waltenberry.

McCutcheon & Larcombe Tie in NRHA Derby Non-Pro Prelims on Day One

The Non-Pro preliminary round of the 2020 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby presented by Markel kicked off on Monday, June 15 with a robust turnout.

This year’s Derby Non-Pro featured 249 entries, up from 214 last year.

Currently tied for the lead of the Non-Pro preliminary round are McKinnon Larcombe and Mandy McCutcheon. Both women piloted their horses to a 218.5.

McCutcheon was riding Party Nite, a mare by Gunners Special Nite out of Topsail Survivor (by Topsail Whiz). The 5-year-old mare, owned by Mandy and her husband Tom, topped the preliminary round of the NRHA Derby Non-Pro with Mandy last year.

NRHA Derby Levels 3 & 2 Non-Pro

Larcombe and Gunners Bar Fly also lead the Level 3 Non-Pro and Youth Non Pro preliminaries. Gunners Bar Fly, a 6-year-old mare by Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner) and out of Blonde At The Bar (by Hollywood Jac 86) is owned by McKinnon’s auntm Shauna Larcombe.

Harper Conner and Money Carlo also put together a solid run, resulting in a 217.5. Conner and the 5-year-old stallion by A Sparkling Vintage out of Chex Drive, (by Bueno Chexinic) are currently top the Level 2 Non-Pro preliminaries.

Level 1 & Prime Time Non-Pro

Currently holding the high score of the Level 1 Non Pro preliminaries with a 213.5 is Madison Gustin and her horse Win My Cash. This 5-year-old mare is by Lil Joe Cash and out of Win My Shine (by Shining Spark).

Holding steady with the top score of 216.5 in the Bob’s Custom Saddles Novice Non-Pro Derby is Adam Donahue and Not Ruf. The Bob’s Custom Saddles Novice Non Pro Derby Championship will be decided at the completion of the preliminary round, so Donahue and 4-year-old Not Ruf, by Not Ruf At All out of Kays Freckles (by Cutter Freckles), are sitting pretty. The duo also lead the Prime Time Non-Pro preliminaries.

Sitting atop the Masters Non-Pro leaderboard is Michael Garnett and his horse Hollywood Nites. Garnett and Hollywood Nites, a 7-year-old by Gunners Special Nite out of Dun It For Chex, marked a 215.5.

Non-Pro preliminary competition continues Tuesday, June 16. The top 30 in the Non Pro Levels 4-1, the top 20 in the Prime Time Non-Pro and Youth, as well as the top 15 in the Masters Non-Pro, will advance to the clean-slate finals on Friday.

The draw for the NRHA Derby Non-Pro finals will be decided during the Virtual Platinum Performance Non-Pro Draw Party the evening of Wednesday, June 17.