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Americasnexttopgun & Casey Deary at the 2022 NRHA Derby. • Photo by Waltenberry.

Casey Deary Earns Major Achievement

Thanks to his win at the National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby, only four riders in the history of reining have won more money than Casey Deary.

The NRHA recently announced that Deary became an NRHA Three Million Dollar Rider and is now fifth all-time in the NRHA with lifetime earnings of $3,058,233. He also is one of only six riders to have won more than three million. That money was won on 161 horses, bringing his average NRHA earnings per horse to $18,995. 

He hit the new mark aboard his NRHA Derby Level 4 Open Champion Americasnexttopgun, a son of Walla Walla Whiz he also was riding back when he surpassed two million dollars in lifetime earnings at the 2020 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC). 

Deary has won the most money on Ten Thirty (Gunnatrashya x Dainty Little Step x Wimpys Little Step), his 2021 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Champion. The stallion, owned by Rancho El Fortin, and Deary have won NRHA earnings totaling $369,069. 

Deary’s fourth-leading earner, Shesouttayourleague (Walla Walla Whiz x Wimpys Little Chic x Wimpys Little Step), boasts $252,470 in NRHA lifetime earnings. It was Shesouttayourleague who gave Deary his first NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Championship, and that 2015 win was enough to make Deary a Million Dollar Rider for the first time. 

One would be hard-pressed to write Deary’s story without including a chapter devoted to Americasnextgunmodel, who holds the third spot of Deary’s all-time leading horses and is the dam of Americasnexttopgun, who sits at second. 

The flashy mare was the one who carried Deary to his first major victory – the 2012 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Championship. The talented athlete, owned by NRHA Two Million Dollar Owner Arcese Quarter Horses USA, and her offspring have been responsible for more than $900,000 of Deary’s earnings. 

Deary’s Top 10 Wins 9 (as of 7/1/2022):

  • 2021 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Championship – $332,500- Ten Thirty
  • 2012 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Championship – $156,750 – Americasnextgunmodel
  • 2015 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Championship – $142,500 – Shesouttayourleague
  • 2018 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open third place – $96,764 – Americas Supermodel
  • 2020 NRBC Level 4 Open Championship – $75,000 – Americasnexttopgun
  • 2022 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open Championship – $71,250 – Americasnexttopgun
  • 2020 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open third place – $69,122 – Down Right Amazing
  • 2014 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open fourth place – $59,690 – ARC Gunna Sparkya
  • 2017 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open Championship – $57,000 – Shesouttayourleague
  • 2016 NRHA Derby Level 4 Open Championship – $57,000 – Magnum Starlights

Casey Deary and his wife, Nicole, own and operate Deary Performance Horses in Weatherford, Texas, where they live with their four children. For more information, visit DearyPerformance.com