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Whizasunnysailor BB & Cira Baeck Win IRHA/NRHA Open

Cira Baeck WhizasunnysailorBBCira Baeck aboard IRHA/NRHA Derby Level 4 Open Champion WhizasunnysailorBB"I can't believe I actually won the Derby in Italy!" were the first words National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) professional and past NRHA Non-Pro World Champion Cira Baeck said after posting the top score, a 224.5 in the Italian Reining Horse Association (IRHA)/NRHA Derby Level 4  Open.  Making the win even sweeter was the fact that Baeck was riding Whizasunnysailor BB (Topsail Whiz x Walla Walla Sunshine x Shining Spark), owned by Ruediger Diedenhofen and bred by Eifel Gold Ranch Baeck of Beglium.

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Dun Gotta Prize, Martina Morell Sweep Carolina Classic Open

DunGottaPrize MartinaMorell webDun Gotta Prize and Martina Morell at the Florida Classic Derby earlier this year. Photo by WaltenberryThe highlight of the Carolina Classic show, held at the Senator Bob Martin Agriculture Center, May 16-19, Williamston, N.C., was definitely the Carolina Classic Derby held in conjunction with the Atlantic Breeders Incentive (ABI) Derby. Each Derby had three Open divisions. Martina Morell, riding Dun Gotta Prize (Dun It Gotta Gun x Senorita Enterprise x Be Aech Enterprise) for Leigh Garber, Cazenovia, N.Y., scored a 225.5 to win all six open divisions offered.

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Shane Brown Wins Kentucky Reining Cup Freestyle Again

ShaneBrownFreestyleFor the second time in three years, Shane Brown won the World Championship Freestyle Reining tonight at the Kentucky Horse Park. He rode Shepherd Star to the title, receiving 228 points from the three judges.

Brown’s score put him just 1 point ahead of three riders who tied for second with a score of 227—Aaron Ralston on Blue Taris Glo, Drake Johnson on Sonic Chic Dream, and Pete Kyle on A Ruf Gal.

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Shawn Flarida & Wimps Quixote Cody Top Kentucky Reining Cup

imageShawn Flarida earned the winner’s share of the $100,000 Kentucky Reining Cup at the Kentucky Horse Park, riding Wimps Quixote Cody to a score of 226.5. Andrea Fappani rode Star For The Chicks to second place (224.5) and Tom McCutcheon rode Pretty Peppy Chec to third place (221.0).

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Canadian wins back-to-back NRHA European Futurity Championships

Morey Fisk Shiners Party DressShiners Party Dress and Morey FiskSeveral thousand visitors watched an exciting €146,000-added NRHA European Futurity Open final on Saturday night with scores climbing as the evening progressed. Canadian trainer Morey Fisk repeated last year’s success aboard Claudia Simon’s beautiful palomino mare, Shiners Party Dress (Shining Spark x Smartly Dressed). He set the event’s high score, a 226, winning the NRHA European Futurity Level 4 Open Championship for the second year running.

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Ron Thompson wins NRBC Non-Pro Level 4

ron thompson matt armentaRon Thompson, with Taris Dreamer and trainer Matt Armenta (right). Photo by Robin FowlerRon Thompson, Pilot Point, Texas, has had success as a National  Reining Horse Association (NRHA) competitor, but his National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Non-Pro Level 4 Championship on Friday was his biggest win. Thompson had a scorching run on Taris Dreamer (Magnum Chic Dream x Taris San Cutter x Doc Tari) that earned him a score of 224 and a check for $32,000. His run from the ninth draw of 31 horses also earned him a Championship in the Non-Pro Prime Time, good for another $1,656.

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2013 NRBC Non Pro Finalists Announced

Surprizentheprincess KSmithNRBC Non-Pro leaders Surprizentheprincess and Kelle Smith, shown winning the Gordyville Breeders Derby Non-Pro. Photo by WaltenberryThe National Reining Breeders Classic Non-Pro preliminaries concluded Tuesday, April 16, at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas. Coming in as the third-to-last draw, Kelle Smith and Surprizentheprincess took the lead of the round with a 222.5, besting the other 174 entries.