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NRHA Derby Crowns Non-Pro Prelim Champs

The non-pro preliminaries are in the books, and the first champions of the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby have received their crowns.

Officials say champions crowned during the preliminaries include the Story Books Stables Amateur, Colston Paving Inc. Non Pro Stakes, and Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Novice Horse Non Pro Derby were crowned.

Jack Medows

Jack Medows is on a roll at the 6666 National Reining Horse Association Derby presented by Markel. The Missouri resident earned two titles on two homebred horses – the $20,000 Colston Paving Inc. Non Pro 4-Year-Old Stakes Championship on Tribbiani and the 10,000 Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Novice Horse Derby Championship on Jewells. 

“They both showed great for me, I was really happy. They’ve both been really fun and easy to show,” Medows said. 

Tribbiani (Gunnatrashya x Chicsdreamofdiamonds x Magnum Chic Dream) scored a 220.5 in the Derby Non Pro Preliminaries, winning the Stakes and $7,037. 

According to Medows, “Joey” has worked well all week at the Derby. 

Jewells, a 5-year-old mare by NRHA 13 Million Dollar Sire Gunner and out of Surprizentheprincess (by Jerry Lees Surprise) earned $4,764 for the Novice Horse win with a score of 216. 

“Jewells has really progressed. She’s a little [newer] to the show pen and Casey Deary is showing her in the Open [Derby] this week so he thought it would be a good idea to get another run under her belt before he showed her,” Medows said. “I really want to thank the sponsors for [making opportunities] for these young horses that are a little greener.” 

Both Tribbiani and Jewells, who advanced to the clean-slate finals on Friday, hail from the same maternal line. Their mothers — Surprizentheprincess and Chicsdreamofdiamonds – are both out of EquiStat Elite $1 Million Dam Princess In Diamonds.

Medows thanked his family, Casey Deary, and his girlfriend, Olivia, for their help and support throughout the week. 

The Reserve Champion in the $20,000 Colston Paving Inc. Non Pro 4-Year-Old Stakes was Steven Borgia and HA Blondes Nite (Gunners Special Nite x Smart Blonde Chic), marking a 217.5 and earning $4,283. 

There was a tie for the Reserve Championship in the $10,000 Clark’s Pump-N-Shop Novice Horse Derby between Lane Colston and Mary Riley Cachat, who each marked a 215 to win $2,537.

Colston rode My Favorite Nite [PT] (Gunners Special Nite x Darlins Not Painted[PT] x Smokin Chic Olena [PT]), while Cachat piloted Spooks Show Biz (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Dolittle Lena x Shining Spark).

Christine Trautman 

Sunday afternoon, June 19, was one of Christine Trautman’s dreams as she and gelding Smart Whizard Spook clinched the Story Book Stables Amateur Division Championship with a score of 217.5. 

“It was the best run I’ve ever had – it’s the highest I’ve ever marked. He was fantastic, he was really locked in,” Trautman said. 

The team earned $7,348 for the victory, bringing Smart Whizard Spook’s (Smart Spook x Miss Poco Whizard x Whizard Jac) lifetime earnings to $75,905. 

“I come from Wisconsin. I don’t come from a horse background and have had to really work hard and grind at it year after year to get to this place. It’s a really big deal,” Trautman said. “I thank Dany, Fred and the Tremblay team. They’re exceptional and have made dreams come true that I never even imagined.” 

Earlier this year, Trautman and 7-year-old Smart Whizard Spook earned Reserve Championships in the National Reining Breeders Classic Non Pro Derby Level 1 & 2, as well. 

“I can’t find the words to explain how special it is. This horse and this team have changed my life in a really big way,” Trautman said. 

In its second year, the Story Book Stables Amateur features an incredible $25,000 in added money for amateur riders. According to Story Book Stable owner Fredrick Christen, the division is a way to contribute to the grassroots reining crowd. 

“It’s our way of giving back to the industry that we get so much enjoyment out of,” Christen said. 

Tying for the Reserve Championship in the $25,000 Story Book Stables Amateur was Maria Daniele-Krueger and Chandler Winard. Danieli-Krueger rode Fridee Spook (Smart Spook x Dun It Fri Dee Nite x Hollywood Dun It), while Winard was on Whoz Joe Daddy (Lil Joe Cash x Miss Sunshine Annie x Smart Chic Olena).