Fernando Salgado & Xtra Wimp It Good * Photo by Waltenberry

Fernando Salgado marks a career-high score to win NARS Open Derby

Fernando Salgado piloted Xtra Wimp It Good (Wimpys Little Step x Lovin Me Good x Colonels Lil Gun) to a career-high score of 231.5 for La Huizachera Quarter Horses to secure the North American Reining Stakes (NARS) Open Level 4 Derby Championship.

The 100X Reining Classic in Tulsa, Okla., featured the NARS Derby for all enrolled derby-aged horses. This event gives competitors a chance at $250,000 in added money. The unique event spans from level one to level four in Open and Non Pro divisions.

Leading up to the derby, Salgado knew Xtra Wimp It Good was an exceptional athlete. The pair had demonstrated their consistency by receiving scores upward of 220 and securing finalist positions throughout the year. Salgado aspired to grow his career-high score record to 230 with a strategy of showing smart and taking a chance.

“It was a run that looked as good as it felt; I’ve never marked a 231.5. It was an amazing feeling, and I’m excited to give him [Xtra Wimp It Good] some vacation time,” said Salgado.

Exceeding his career high score goal by one point, Salgado claimed victory in the NARS Open Level 4 Derby Championship and earned $30,000 in prize money. With daily major event classes at the 100X Reining Classic resulting in a busy schedule, Fernando Salgado attributes his success to his team of supporters.

“I have an amazing team supporting me, especially my wife Sabrina, who keeps up with my crazy traveling schedules,” said Salgado. “I am truly thankful to my team; they work very hard at home and at the shows to make it possible for me to go down the road and do what I love.”

The NARS Open Level 4 Derby Reserve Champion was EquiStat Elite $3 Million Rider Jason Vanlandingham aboard Gunnabebigtime (Gunnatrashya x Big Time Jazzy x Shine Big Time). The 2017 chestnut stallion, owned by Tami Nelson, claimed over $13,000 in prize money with a score of 229.5.