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Jerseys Baby Driver & Trevor Dare. • Photo by Waltenberry.

Herculean Effort for Jerseys Baby Driver & Trevor Dare at the NRBC

Jerseys Baby Driver added another accolade to his collection this weekend thanks to a crowd-rousing run at the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC).

He and Trevor Dare took the Level 4 Open with a score of 228, claiming the top spot in a tough field and taking home the $75,000 check. 

“He felt so good and 100% perfect so [as we went] I said ‘Let’s keep challenging.’ I knew he wasn’t going to step out of line left or right, so I kept driving as hard as I could drive,” Dare said. 

The championship is another notch in the belt of the 6-year-old stallion, who won last year’s National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby Level 4 Open that June and the American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) Junior Reining World Championship last November. 

According to Dare, the game plan prior to the NRBC finals on Saturday, April 23, in Katy, Texas, was to keep his buckskin stallion’s confidence up.  

“In the warm-up I was trying to make sure my horse felt calm, cool and collected. I wasn’t really worried about how perfect he felt maneuver-wise. I tried to make sure he had enough air, because it’s a big arena and it’s been a long show. I thought ‘If we’re going to go fast, we better have enough air to make it through.’ Trying to instill confidence is the only way I know how to train a horse. I think if they’re confident in what they’re doing that they’re able to give you a little more than what they’re capable of, because they want to help you,” Dare said. 

The son of Yellow Jersey was bred by the Cardinal Hill Training Center and is owned by Janice Laney, of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Affectionately known as “Hercules,” Jerseys Baby Driver is out of noted reining producer Wind Her Up Chic (by Smart Chic Olena). The $75,000 first-place paycheck at the NRBC pushed Jerseys Baby Driver’s earnings to $234,383, making him the mare’s leading earner, and bumped her total progeny earnings in EquiStat to $825,207.

Dare thanked his family, friends and team for all their hard work, noting the most important team member was wife, Laura Dare. 

“I joke all the time about how I’m worthless if I’m not on a horse, and yeah I’m joking but I’m also serious. She runs around behind myself and my crew all the time just making sure things are done right and organized right,” Dare said. 

Casey Deary tied himself for the Reserve Championship on Down Right Amazing (Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner] x Shesouttayourleague x Walla Walla Whiz) and Americasnexttopgun (Walla Walla Whiz x Americasnextgunmodel x Gunner), scoring two 226.5s and earning $45,000 on each horse. 

Down Right Amazing is owned by DAG Ventures LLC while Americasnexttopgun is owned by Puno Performance Horses.