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The 2013 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby showcased the $435,000-added Open finals on June 29, at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Okla. The NRHA Derby is NRHA’s premier event for the world’s best 4-, 5- and 6-year-old reining horses and hosts two slates of ancillary classes. This year’s Derby finals were the richest ever, paying out approximately $948,000 to owners and nominators of Open and Non-Pro finalists. During the Open go-round, more than 500 entries competed for a spot in the finals with 72 of the top-scoring horse-and-rider teams invited back to Saturday night’s event.
[caption id="attachment_37552" align="alignleft" width="180"]Photo by Kurtis Miller[/caption]Congratulations to Kurtis Miller of Hiawassee, Georgia! His brilliant photo won this week’s Omega Alpha Equine Quarter Horse News/Horsecity.com Action Photo Contest. Along with the photo, Kurtis submitted this caption: “The Dillard House Stables ‘River Ride’ in the north Georgia mountains. The setting and the horses just have to be shown off. Pam Thompson of the Whirligig Ranch owns and operates the business and is active in the cutting horse world."
2013 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby featured the finals in Non-Pro competition on Friday, June 28: the $80,000-added Level 4; $60,000-added Level 3; $25,000-added Level 2; $15,000-added Level 1 and $5,000-added Prime Time divisions. Out of the original 209 horses and 612 entries, the top 59 horse-and-rider teams qualified to compete in the finals at Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Okla. This year’s Derby finals were the richest ever paying approximately $317,000 to owners and nominators.The
Calgary, Alberta, Can., home of the world-famous Calgary Stampede Rodeo, suffered severe flooding that necessitated evacuation of hundreds of thousands of people last week and it has cancelled the city’s planned July 8 Mercuria/National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) World Series of Cutting event.
[caption id="attachment_37562" align="alignleft" width="180"]Photo by Paula Parkhill[/caption]Congratulations to Paula Parkhill of Deming, New Mexico! Her photo won this week’s Omega Alpha - Equine Quarter Horse News/Horsecity.com Action Photo Contest. Along with the photo, Paula submitted this caption: "I wanted to try something a little different as far as angles go, so I asked our trainer to stop our stallion Love Potion Number 9 directly in from of me. He laughed and said as long as I am not held responsible if he doesn't stop. He stopped like a dream.”