The flashy reining mare Americasnextgunmodel was one of the horses that pushed trainer Casey Deary’s career to another level, so it’s only fitting he reached an important career milestone thanks to one of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Futurity winner’s foals.
When Deary scored a 226.5 on Americasnexttopgun (Walla Walla Whiz x Americasnextgunmodel x Colonels Smoking Gun[Gunner]), his four kids cheered extra loud for the “puppy dog” horse affectionately known as “Maverick.”
Winning the 2020 NRBC Level 4 Open finals clinched Deary’s status as an NRHA Two Million Dollar Rider.
“I knew I was close, but I wasn’t exactly sure how close,” Deary said in a statement issued by the NRHA. “I had three horses that could all potentially win the deal. It wasn’t stressful, it was exciting. That’s what we all work for at a show. I did the best that I could to get them shown and keep them out of trouble, let them do what they do best, and I just stayed out of their way.”
Deary also tied for second with a 224.5 riding Maverick’s full sister, Americas Supermodel, a mare he later went on to win the High Roller Reining Classic Open co-championship with a few weeks later.
The NRBC scores by the brother and sister – both out of Americasnextgunmodel, were each enough to push Deary well over the two-million-dollar mark.
His reining career hasn’t always been the one-two punch that it was recently, but this Weatherford, Texas, trainer has seen his fair share of the winner’s circle.
“It seemed like it took a lifetime to earn the first million,” Deary said. “Americasnextgunmodel was kind of my first elite athlete, not that I didn’t have good ones before that, but she got me to the level that I wanted to be at.”
By Gunner and out Cee Dun It Do It, Americasnextgunmodel and Deary won the sport’s biggest prize in 2012. This talented mare proved herself in the show pen and is now showing her stripes as a broodmare. Her foals already have earned more than $400,000, according to Equi-Stat.
The First Million
At the 2015 NRHA Futurity, Deary sealed his first NRHA million when he won the Level 4 Open on Shesouttayourleague (Walla Walla Whiz x Wimpys Little Chic x Wimpys Little Step). Deary was again at the reins when this mare became the 2017 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open Champion.
“The team of people around me is what’s made all this possible, with my assistants at home, down to my farrier and vet,” Deary said. “And, of course, my wife pulls more than her share of the weight to keep the business going and taking care of the kids. It’s certainly a group effort to reach these milestones.”