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Sam Flarida, son of trainer Shawn Flarida, and Hollywooddirtysecret lead the way at the 2022 NRHA Derby Non-Pro prelims after day won. In 2020, they won the NRHA Derby Youth Championship. • Photo by Kelsey Pecsek Hruska.

Familiar Duo Leads NRHA Derby Non-Pro Prelims on Day 1

The first day of the preliminaries of the Non Pro at the 6666 National Reining Horse Association Derby presented by Markel is in the books. The round began Friday, June 17, and Sam Flarida lead the way among the record-breaking 305 entries that are spread across three full days of competition in the Jim Norick Arena at Oklahoma State Fair Park.

The preliminary round not only determines who will advance to the clean-slate Finals on Friday, June 24, it also decides the champions of the Story Book Stables Amateur, the Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Novice Horse Derby, and the Colston Paving Inc. Non Pro Stakes.

Current NRHA Derby Non-Pro Prelim Leaders

The current high scores across the many divisions of the Non Pro preliminaries are, according to NRHA.com:

  • Level 4 Non-Pro and Youth – Samuel Flarida & Hollywooddirtysecret (Hollywoodstinseltown x Maximum RPM x Einsteins Revolution) – 220
  • Levels 3 & 2 Non-Pro and Prime Time Non-Pro – Rodion Cantacuzene & Pale Dun Star (Pale Face Dunnit x Get Ya Some Stars[PT] x RR Star [PT]) – 218.5
  • Level 1 Non-Pro (tie) – Jenn Kasper & A Cool Back Story (SG Frozen Enterprize x Skeets Chexy Nic x Skeets Peppy) – 215
  • Level 1 Non-Pro (tie) – Megan Waldron & Nosmokinintinseltown (Hollywoodstinseltown x Smokin On Wednesday x Colonels Smoking Gun[Gunner]) – 215
  • Masters Non-Pro (tie) – Jose Vazquez & SLJ Corazon Valiente (Smart Like Juice x Wind Her Up Shiner x Shining Spark) – 215
  • Masters Non-Pro (tie) – Anita Horn & Rambowhizz (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Rose Electric Step x Jacs Electric Spark) – 215

Other Current Prelim Class Leaders

Currently leading the Story Book Stables Amateur, the Colston Paving Inc. Non Pro Stakes, and the Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Novice Horse Non Pro Derby, which will be awarded following the third section of the preliminary round on Sunday, are:

  • Story Book Stables Amateur – Maria Danieli-Krueger & Fridee Spook (Smart Spook x Dun It Fri Dee Nite x Hollywood Dun It) – 217
  • Colston Paving Inc. Non Pro Stakes – Steven Borgia & HA Blondes Nite (Gunners Special Nite x Smart Blonde Chic x Smart Chic Olena) – 217.5
  • Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Novice Horse Derby – Lane Colston & My Favorite Nite (PT) (Gunners Special Nite x Darlins Not Painted[PT] x Smokin Chic Olena [PT]) – 215

Derby Schedule

The Non Pro preliminaries continue through the weekend and wrap up the evening of Sunday, June 19. The top 30 in the Non Pro Levels 4-1, the top 20 in the Prime Time Non Pro and Youth Non Pro, as well as the top 15 in the Masters Non Pro, will advance to the clean-slate finals on Friday, June 24.

The draw for the finals will be decided during the Platinum Performance Non Pro Draw and Welcome Party on Wednesday, June 22. This welcome party also features Reiners Rope, a fundraiser that benefits the Reining Horse Foundation Dale Wilkinson Memorial Crisis Fund.

The awards for the Story Book Stables Amateur, the Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Novice Horse Non Pro Derby, and the Colston Paving, Inc. Non Pro Stakes will be presented immediately at the conclusion of the Non Pro preliminaries on Sunday.

For more information and a livestream, visit NRHADerby.com.