The Run For A Million Co-Champions No Smoking Required and Craig Schmersal topped the Open preliminary competition at the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby.
The Equi-Stat Elite $4 Million Rider and 7-year-old son of Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner) earned the go-round win with a 223 during the second day of preliminary competition. That was best in the Level 4 Open, enough to edge out previous leaders A Vintage Smoke and Jason Vanlandingham and Shine Yur Gun and Arno Honstetter, who marked a 222.5 on day one.
The trio was among 247 horses who competed in the Open preliminaries on June 17-18 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Unofficially, the bubble score to make the Open finals was 217.5 for Level 4, and 215.5 for Level 3. Riders in the Level 2 made it back to the finals on a 213, and Level 1 was a 202.5. The Open finals start at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 20.
Level 4 Open
No Smoking Required entered the NRHA Derby with an Equi-Stat record of $485,314. Bred by Carlo Orsi, of Gainesville, Texas, he is the leading earner out of Icing Required, a daughter of Smart Chic Olena.
The Level 4 Open field also will include 2019 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Champion Super Marioo, 2018 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Champion A Vintage Smoke and two-time NRHA Derby Level 4 Open Champion Guaranteed A Magnum among other accomplished reining horses.
Levels 3 & 2
The Levels 3 & 2 Open leader coming out of the preliminaries was Shine Yur Gun and Arno Honstetter. The 6-year-old stallion owned by Carol Rose is by Gunner and out of Lil Miss Shiney Chex (by Shining Spark).
The Level 1 preliminary round went to Pale Face Gunslinger and Marie Kleiner, who marked a 220 for owner Tim Anderson. Pale Face Gunslinger is a son of Equi-Stat Elite $1 Million Sire Pale Face Dunnit and out of Lost In Tinseltown (by Jacs Electric Spark).
The Prime Time prelims went to Ann Salmon Anderman and homebred Maximum Mag, who marked a 221.5. Anderman bred and nominated the 4-year-old son of Equi-Stat Elite$6 Million Magnum Chic Dream and out of Dunit A Lil Ruf (by Lil Ruf Peppy). He’s a maternal sibling to earners of more than $347,000, including National Reining Breeders Classic Level 4 Open Co-Champion Patriot ($144,929, by Smart Spook) and American Quarter Horse Association Senior Reining World Champion Ruf Lil Magnum ($122,276, by Magnum Chic Dream).
Novice Horse Champion
Fernando Salgado rode Gotta Shiney Peso to the Bob’s Custom Saddles Novice Horse Open Derby title with a 219. Owned by Pedro Hernandez, Gotta Shiney Peso is a son of Spooks Gotta Whiz and out of Cee Bee Shine (by Shining Spark).