walked through the “Gateway of Champions” with confidence. He
was riding Rosanne Sternberg’s Smart Spook (Smart Chic Olena x
Sugarplum Spook). Last fall, Flarida walked through that famous
“gateway” to win the 2004 NRHA Open Futurity.
His circles were fluid and controlled; his spins were explosive
yet extremely precise; his stops and rollbacks were trademark
Flarida – deep and pretty with a crisp fluid ‘over the hocks’
about face. Shawn scored a 226 for the win and earned $50,000
for his winning ride. Interesting to note: Shawn Flarida and Dell
Hendricks are NRHA Million Dollar Riders and Custom Crome, the
sire of Custom Mahogany, is the latest NRHA Million Dollar Sire
Corey Cushing scored a 224 on Richard Kaufman’s Dontmesswithmychic
(Smart Chick Olena x Hollyberry Ace) to win the NRHA $50,000 added
Derby Intermediate Open Division and a check for $12,330.39. Stefano
Calcagnini, riding Lil Ruf N It (Hollywood Dun It x Lil Ruf N
Trouble) for Tim McQuay, scored a 223 to place second in the Intermediate
Open Derby and win the $5,000 added Limited Open Division. Tricia
Hamilton brought her two entries and tied them for second place.
Tricia rode In It For The Chics (Smart Chic Olena x BH Hollywood
Lady) owned by Linda Hamilton, and Lenas Taxman (Lenas Wright
On x Zans Light Sparkles) owned by Bob and Linda Hamilton.
The morning started with the NRHA Youth classes. Leah Meyer won
the 13 & Under Division aboard Lil Unos T Dust (Smart Little Uno
x Little Angel Lena) owned by Susan L. Meyer with Shawna Denault
finishing second on her Smartist. Sarah Lynn Locker won the Youth
14-18 on See Chex To Cash (Nu Chex To Cash x Cee Carmis Minx)
owned by Hilldale Farm with C.R. Hogendorp placing second on his
Babs Boomer Boy.
The 2005 NRHA Derby Spotlight Sale featured a select group of
broodmares, yearlings, two- and three-year-old futurity prospects,
and finished reining horses. The high seller was Grandeur Of Chic
(Paid By Chic x Victoria Greyhound) consigned by Jim Dunn and
sold to agent Donnie Bricker for $26,000.
The next time reiners will meet at the Oklahoma State Fair Park
in Oklahoma City, will be for the NRHA Futurity & North American
Affiliate Championship Show scheduled for November 24 - December
3, 2005. The winner of the 2005 NRHA Futurity Open Division is
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