Torri Sims had only showed Codalicious once before the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby Open finals, but she and the daughter of Electric Code made up for lost time.
Competing in the first section of finals on Saturday, June 20, Sims and Codalicious marked a 214.5, a score that held up to win the Level 1 Open title, as well as $4,263.
Calling Codalicious a “spectacular” horse, Sims said she’s been riding the mare for a few months.
“Today, Tracer Gilson told me to just go show her, have fun, and leave it all out there. I pushed on the gas and she was right there with me trying to be the best she could be,” Sims said. “I knew as soon as I ran in and she stopped like she did, that she would be right there with me and there wouldn’t be any problems. It was such a cool feeling.”
Sims and “Gracie” had a solid run in the preliminary round.
“I showed her a little conservatively in the go-round. We showed on the second day, so I knew where I needed to be to make the Level 1 finals,” she said.
Codalicious, a 5-year-old mare out of Custom Easy Breezy (by Easy Otie Whiz). She is owned and was nominated by Loren Booth.
“I worked for Loren for about a year. She’s the most spectacular individual I’ve ever met. She’s so supportive and always happy. I so appreciate her.” Sims said. “I thank Tracer and Trish Gilson and their daughters. I have such a great support system from them and Loren. I also thank Mike Boyle who gave me my start in reining. I was able to ride and show a lot with him. I got a lot of experience from that, and now I’m able to kind of step it up in the bigger stuff and play with the big dogs.”
Tell Edgmon and Shiney Chexy Chic took Level 1 Open Reserve Championship honors in the with a 213.5, worth $2,901.
Bred by Robert Sutherland, Shiney Chexy Chic is by Shine Chic Shine and out of TH Great Big Chex (by ML The Great Badger). She is owned by Texas Horse Power Ranch LLC.