NRHA Derby Non-Pro Leader Lil Patron
Lil Patron and Indy Roper, pictured at the AzRHA Mother's Day Slide, exited the NRHA Derby Non-Pro preliminaries in a 4-way tie for the lead. • Photo by Kirkbride/Schatzberg Photography

NRHA Derby Non-Pro Field Set

After two days of competition, the field of 249 entries in the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby Non-Pro has been whittled down to a field of finalists.

The top 30 in the Levels 4 – 1 Non-Pro will compete in the clean-slate finals on Friday, June 19, as well as the top 20 in the Prime Time and Youth divisions. The top 15 in the Masters Non Pro will also earn a spot in the finals.

Unofficially, it took a 212.5 to make it back in the Level 4 Non-Pro and 211.5 in the Level 3 Non-Pro. In the Level 2 Non-Pro, the magic number was a 211, and in the Level 1, contestants needed a 208.5 or higher.

Prime Time Non-Pro competitors with a score of 211.5 (includes handicap), Masters riders with a 205.5 (includes handicap), and Youth riders with a 210, also earned a spot in their respective finals.

Levels 4 Non-Pro

There was a four-way tie at the top of the preliminary leaderboard. Mandy McCutcheon held two of the positions, while McKinnon Larcombe and Indy Roper also got a portion of the number one position. Each rode their horses to a 218.5.

McCutcheon rode Party Nite (Gunners Special Nite x Topsail Survivor x Topsail Whiz) and Tidal To The Buckles (Show Me The Buckles x Starlights Tidalwave x Tidal Wave Jack), Larcombe was on Gunners Bar Fly (Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner] x Blonde At The Bar x Hollywood Jac 86), and Roper rode Lil Patron (Lil Joe Cash x Miss Rey O Shine x Shining Spark).

Levels 3 & 2 Non-Pro

Larcombe and Gunners Bar Fly, owned by Shauna Larcombe, also finished in the top spot of the Level 3 Non Pro and Youth Non Pro divisions.

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

With a score of 215, Tabitha Sternberg Allen and Holly Trashya won the Level 1 Non-Pro preliminary round. Holly Trashya, a 6-year-old mare owned by Francesca Sternberg, is by Gunnatrashya out of the broodmare Hickorys Holly Cee, a mare whose produce record exceeds $500,000 and includes 2018 World’s Greatest Horseman Champion Hickory Holly Time (by One Time Pepto).

Masters Non-Pro

Leading the Masters Non Pro division into the finals is Morris Kulmer and his standout gelding NVR What A Lucky Joe with a 218. The six-year-old reiner is by Lil Joe Cash out of What A Lucky Hit (by Hit The Lights).

Winning the Bob’s Custom Saddles Novice Non Pro Derby Championship was Adam Donahue on Not Ruf with a 216.5. Not Ruf is a 4-year-old gelding by Not Ruf At All and out of Kays Freckles (by Cutters Freckles).  The duo also topped the Prime Time Non Pro preliminaries with a 219.5 (includes handicap).

Look for the detailed recap of Donahue’s win on Not Ruf in the Bob’s Custom Saddles Novice Horse Open Derby in Thursday’s event coverage.

Draw Party Online

Draw positions for the finals will be determined on Wednesday, June 17, during the virtual Platinum Performance Non Pro Draw Party. The Draw Party will be held at 5:30 p.m. and will be streamed via the live feed that can be found at NRHADerby.com.

The NRHA Derby presented by Markel continues Wednesday with the first set of Open Preliminaries in the Jim Norick Coliseum arena. Please visit www.NRHADerby.com for a complete schedule of events, as well as complete results from the show.