There was a traffic jam at the top of the 6666 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby for much of the Open finals – with three horses marking a 223 – until Jerseys Baby Driver and Trevor Dare burst through with a winning run.
Dare, of Lexington, Oklahoma, and Janice Laney’s buckskin stallion turned everybody’s head with an electric 226.5 to take the big prize Saturday, June 26 at State Fair Park in Oklahoma City.
“This is the best feeling,” Dare told the NRHA after his win. “I knew I needed to be perfect, stay out of his way, and just put him in the right spot and he would take care of the rest.”
Four horses marked a 223 to share the Reserve Championship: Down Right Amazing and Casey Deary; Gunnarickashay and Josh Tishman; Starjac Vintage and Andrea Fappani; and Americas Supermodel and Casey Deary.
Jerseys Baby Driver is a son of the globe-trotting stallion Yellow Jersey, a son of Wimpys Little Step who won more than $150,000 while competing for a number of different riders. The stallion, who Mandy McCutcheon rode to a Team Gold and Individual Bronze at the 2014 World Equestrian Games, was sold in 2019 to stand at stud in Italy.
Jerseys Baby Driver was already his sire’s leading earner, and the $75,000 first-place paycheck Saturday night in Oklahoma City doubled the buckskin stallion’s lifetime earnings to more than $148,000.
He’s also the leading earner for his dam, Wind Her Up Chic, a daughter of Smart Chic Olena who has foaled 20 earners of more than $530,000, according to EquiStat.