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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.

After numerous leader changes, one entry cleared the rest of the field by one-half point: HF Mobster (Colonels Smoking Gun [Gunner] x Dun Its Black Gold x Hollywood Dun It) and NRHA Million Dollar Rider Jordan Larson, Whitesboro, Texas, with a 228.5. Heritage Farms owns the 2008 stallion that has earned $45,400 so far in his career. Most recently, he and Larson finished in fourth place at the 2013 National Reining Breeders Classic.

The NRHA Derby Championship paid $60,000 ($57,000 to the owner and $3,000 to nominator Rhodes River Ranch). Level 4 Open awards included an NRHA Lawson trophy, a $5,000 gift certificate from Twister Trailer, a saddle from Bob’s Custom Saddles, a Montana Silversmiths buckle, a $300 SmartPak gift card, Purina feed, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, Assure Guard, Platinum Performance CJ, product from Classic Equine, a $100 gift card from Pard’s Western Shop and a headstall from The New West.


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