Justin Wright and Zak 34 • Photo by Deb Mann
Justin Wright and Zak 34 • Photo by Deb Mann

Zak 34 takes five point lead at Paso Robles Spring Classic Derby

Justin Wright and Zak 34 earned the Paso Robles Spring Classic Call Me Mitch Derby Championship title on April 14 and took home a paycheck of $30,000.

The third annual derby held a purse of $100,000 in added monies and an addition of $16,500 added to the Bridle Spectacular. Reined cow horse and vaquero traditions run deep on the west coast and this is a testament to the strong support.

Melissa Fischer owns Zak 34, the 2018 black stallion by Woody Be Tuff and out of Cat Digs Lucinda by High Brow Cat. His most recent win takes Zak 34’s earnings over $300,000.

Since winning the National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Snaffle Bit Futurity in 2021, Zak 34 has made the finals at the NRCHA Stallion Stakes twice, taking home 3rd place honors this year. At the 2022 NRCHA Western Derby the young stallion took home reserve champion honors.

In Paso Robles, California, Wright and the stallion earned a composite of 666 (Herd 218.5, Rein 223, Cow 224.5). The three-day competition proved to only get better and better for the pair as they tied for fifth in the herd work, shot into second after the reining and pulled five points ahead after the completion of the fence work. Phillip Ralls and Call Me Anytyme (Call Me Mitch x Minnie C Starlight x Charlies Starlight) were the closest contenders with a composite of 661.

Justin Wright and Zak 34 • Photo by Deb Mann
Justin Wright and Zak 34 • Photo by Deb Mann

Paso Robles Spring Classic Open Derby Results

Place/ Payout/ Horse /Rider /Composite / Owner

Champion $30,000 Zak 34, Justin Wright, 666, Melissa Fischer

2. $18,000 Call Me Anytyme, Phillip Ralls, 661, James Plate

3. $13,500 Remerada, Jared Jones, 657, Madison Bugni

4. $10,000 Ricky Vaughn, Chris Krieg, 656.5, Misty Garcia

5. $8,000 Oasis Divide, Nick Dowers, 656, Triple D Ranches

6. $6,000 Metrona Cat, Jared Jones, 655.5, Three Bar Quarter Horses

T7. $4,000  Metallic Hustler, Jared Jones, 654, Paula Wittler

T7. $4,000 Stylin Metal, Justin Wright, 654, Jim & Linda Schrack

9. $3,000 Little Miss Voodoo, Jake Gorrell, 653.5, Dana Roulet

10. $2,500 SJR Royal Diamond, Justin Wright, 652.5, San Juan Ranch

11. $2,000 Republicat, Nick Dowers, 651.5, Triple D Ranches

12. $1,750 Put My Blugenes On, Jason Gay, 650, Jason Gay

13. $1,500 Rayzin Pepto Time, Tucker Robinson, 649.5, Tucker Robinson

14. $1,500 Smoke A Smarty, Lyn Anderson, 648.5, Lyn Anderson

T15. $750 Chex My Moves, Paul Bonnello, 647.5, Charles McCluer Jr.

T15. $750 Sannta Baby, Chris Krieg, 647.5, Laura Raynak