Best Little Derby champions north sail solitaire
The Best Little Derby in the West will not be held as planned in April due to COVID-19. Last year, Austin Seelhof and North Sail Solitaire were the Levels 4 & 3 Open Champions. • Photo by Caleb Tipton

Best Little Derby in the West Canceled Due to COVID-19

The Best Little Derby in the West will not be held next month as originally planned. Like many shows, the reining event was scrapped due to coronavirus/COVID-19.


Nampa, ID – April 20-27, 2019 442 Entries – $62,500 Added – $106,594.44 Total Purse Horse / Rider / Owner / Score / Total $ DERBY LEVEL 4 OPEN – 27 E. – $10,000 Add. – $16,198.74 TP 1) NORTH SAIL SOLITAIRE (13S) / Austin E Seelhof / Marie H Whitmarsh, 225, $3,725.71 (Topsail Whiz […]

Gunnin For a Win at Best Little Derby

With a score of 226.5, one would never know Cannon Gun, nicknamed “Maverick,” has been out of the show pen for two years. The 6-year-old stallion by Colonels Smoking Gun (Gunner) and out of Tuckerette Command (by Fritz Command) had only been in the show pen a handful of times before winning the Best Little […]

Essick & Loveya – Can’t Hold ’Em Down

Drawing slot 66 of 68 with Loveya in the Best Little Derby in the West’s Derby Non-Pro meant Cam Essick, of Clements, California, didn’t make her run until well after midnight for the Friday finals that spilled over into the early hours of Saturday. That came after several late nights watching the foaling cam waiting […]