NRHA Ancillary Competition Continues with Day Three and Four


At the 2018 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby, ancillary classes continue to slide on. During the third day of classes, the competition in the Adequan® Championship Arena was intense, with several of the classes ending in ties for the championship titles.

The $2,000-added Intermediate Open kicked off the day with Adam Johnson and Sean Pulley tying with the top score. Choosing to run-off, the two riders battled it out for the title. However, the re-runs resulted in another tie, after they each received a score of 141—making Johnson and Pulley Co-Champions of the class. Johnson, of Whitesboro, TX, piloted Sparklin Magnum, a 4-year-old stallion owned by Viola Scott. Pulley, who is from Aubrey, TX, rode his own horse, Spooks Shiner.

Taking home two championships, Sydney Nesky of Weatherford, TX, rode Commanded A Dance owned by Rails, Bales, & Tales, LLC. The duo slid out of the arena winning the $500-added Limited Open and the $500-added Rookie Professional classes, with a score of 142.

A three-way tie for first with a score of 142 ½ was the result of fierce competition in the $500-added Limited Non-Pro. In the tie, McKinnon Larcombe of Whitesboro, TX, rode her leased horse, Taris Dreamer; Madison Rafacz rode Better Not Rest owned by Mark Rafacz; and Madison Gustin rode Guns R Spooky, an eight-year-old gelding.

During the fourth day of competition, open classes continued and another American Quarter Horse Association (AQHA) approved class took place. In the $1,000-added Novice Horse Open Level (L)1, Sean Pulley took home another title, again riding Spooks Shiner. Another Texas native, Martin Larcombe from Whitesboro, took the championship in the $2,000-added Novice Horse Open L2. Larcombe rode Lance Griffin’s Whoze That Girl. The last class of the day was the AQHA Amateur class. Charley Thiel, from Dublin, OH, and Saddled On Saturday slid into first place.

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