NRHA Derby Champions

Todd Bergen and Platinum Vintage marked a stunning 225.5 en route to the Level 4 open championship at the 2015 National Reining Horse Association Derby.

From the National Reining Horse Association

The 2015 National Reining Horse Association Derby completed today with the open finals, including live commentary for the audience at home of the $395,000* est. added open (added money is subject to change based on nominations.)
There were 202 horses entered in the open, all vying for top honors in the Jim Norick Coliseum. The winning horse of the NRHA Derby in each level received:

  • Custom Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle
  • A Bob’s Custom saddle
  • Rios of Mercedes boots
  • Classic Equine product
  • Platinum Performance CJ
  • SmartPak gift card
  • Level 1 & 2 champions will receive a Shorty’s Caboy Hattery certificate
  • The Level 4 open champion will also receive the use of a Sundowner trailer for one year courteous of Twin Cities South Trailers, the official trailer of the NRHA Derby. 

All open reserve through fifth in each level received Classic Equine product and special awards for the Prime-Time open champion included:

  • Custom Montana Silversmiths trophy buckle
  • Anderson Bean boots
  • Classic Equine product
  • Platinum Performance CJ
  • SmartPak gift card 
  • In addition, all Prime-Time open reserve through fifth award winners receive Classic Equine product.

Level 4 Open Champion and Reserve Champion
The Level 4 open champion is Todd Bergen of Eagle Point, Oregon, aboard Platinum Vintage (A Sparkling Vintage-Starjac Miss) with a staggering score of 225.5. Bergen is taking home a check for $57,000 with $3,000 going to the nominator. In addition to Bergen’s top placing finish, he also unofficially became NRHA’s newest $2 million rider. Platinum Vintage is a 2010 stallion with $85,177 NRHA LTE, is owned by Harper Conner and was nominated by Petra Zeitler Conner.
Tying for reserve champion with a score of 223 was Justin Mathison (Tioga, Texas, $600,412 NRHA LTE) aboard Snap Dun The Bases (Master Snapper-Shes Dun The Bases) and Andrea Fappani aboard Pinesail Jac (Tinseljac-Sailin Lil Ruf). Both riders take home a $37,545.08 check and each nominator receives $1,976.06. Snap Dun The Bases is a 2009 stallion with $78,486 NRHA LTE, owned and nominated by Lewisville Development, LP, and Pinesail Jac is a 2011 stallion with $53,166 NRHA LTE, owned and nominated by Raul Leal.

Level 3 Open Champion
Duane W. Latimer was the Level 3 champion and eighth in the Level 4 with a score of 220.5 aboard Taking A Rest (Smart Spook-Plenty Of Rest), taking home a $30,557.64 check with $1,608.30 going to the nominator, Wagman Ranch Inc. who is also the owner from Talala, Oklahoma.

Level 2 Open Champion
The Level 2 open champion and Level 3 reserve champion went to Riccardo Nicolazzi aboard Gunnin For Stars (Colonels Smoking Gun-Dun It In Starlight) with a score of 217.5.  Nicolazzi took home a $26,653.95 check with $1,402.84 going to the nominator, Northern Meadows. Gunnin For Stars is owned by Rancho Oso Rio of Woodside, California.

Level 1 Open Champion 
Aces High Whiz and Emily Emerson took top honors in the Level 1 open derby winning $4,750.18 with a winning score of 214.5.  Aces High Whiz is a 2010 gelding by Topsail Whiz and out of Seven S Belle Star, owned by Michelle Kuck of Rifle, Colorado. The nominator, Bob Loomis, took home a nominator check of $250.01.

Prime-Time Open Champion
NRHA’s Prime-Time open champion was Patti B Brownshadel aboard Magnetised, a 2011 stallion by Im The Chic Magnet and out of Gee Golly Whiz.  Brownshadel is the nominator and owner of Magnetised and took home a $2,257 check.

Level 4 Champion and Reserve Champion
Cade McCutcheon, aboard Custom Made Gun, quickly grasped the lead and held on in the L4 Non Pro Derby with a score of 219 as well as secured the title of youth non-pro derby champion. McCutcheon of Aubrey, Texas, has $143,765 in NRHA LTE. McCutcheon and Custom Made Gun tied for the Level 4 non-pro reserve championship at the National Reining Breeders ClassicRBC earlier this year. Custom Made Gun is sired by Gunner and is owned and nominated by McQuay Stables. McCutcheon takes home $17,538.54 for his win in the Level 4 non-pro and $2,408.56 for winning the youth non-pro. The nominator was awarded $923.08.

Jack Medows ($106,495 NRHA LTE) and Genevieve Shifrin ($51,857 NRHA LTE) tied for the title of reserve champion in the Level 4 non-pro derby. Medows of Cuba, Missouri, won $10,714.82 with $563.94 going to the nominator. Shifrin of Basalt, Colorado, also won the L3 competition, both scoring a 217.5. Medows showed Spooks Smoken Wimpy, a 2009 gelding sired by Wimpys Little Step. Spooks Smoken Wimpy was nominated by Marc Gordon and is owned by Amy Medows.

Level 3 Non-Pro Champion
Genevieve Shifrin showed Bella Juice, a 2009 mare sired by Smart Like Juice, owned and nominated by Cache Performance Horses. Shifrin earned top honors in the L3 Non Pro and took home a $23,383.38 paycheck for her L3 and L4 placings with $1,230.70 going to the nominator. Shifrin and Bella Juice earned the title of NRHA youth non-pro derby champion in 2014.

Level 1 and 2 Non-Pro Champion
Following a run-off from a three-way tie in the Level 2 non-pro competition and a two-way tie in Level 1 non-pro, Footwork Revolution, a 2010 stallion sired by Einsteins Revolution out of Fancy Footwork and nominated by Troop Quarter Horses. His owner and exhibitor Katsy Leeman came out of the arena victorious with a run score of 215.5 and tie-breaker score of 219. Leeman, from Massillon, Ohio, also took home reserve champion honors in the Level 3 non-pro competition. Altogether, Leeman earned a paycheck of $19,839.89. The nominator earned $1,044.20.

Prime-Time Non-Pro Champion
Jenanne Overgaard of Carefree, Arizona, took top honors in the Prime-Time non-pro competition showing Electric Grid a 2010 gelding sired by Jacs Electric Spark out of GVS Cherokee Jac, taking home a check for $3,106.53.

2015 NRHA Derby: Week in Review
The 2015 NRHA Derby was a tremendous success and plenty of fun for everyone in Oklahoma City. The week included craft projects for Father’s Day, youth art and speech contests, American Paint Horse Association and AQHA classes, an ancillary competition, and plenty of social activities that wrapped up with outstanding non-pro and open derby competition. Viewers from home had a special treat with live commentary during the Level 4 non-pro and Level 4 open competition, and plenty of prizes were given away from the NRHA Zone. Catch up on all the NRHA Derby action, read the latest news, and see all the top runs by visiting or search for #SlideOfYourLife and #NRHADerby on or
NRHA now sets its eyes on November 27 when the 50th running of the NRHA Futurity kicks off again here in Oklahoma City. Make plans now to be a part of this very special event, and come watch some of the most athletic and talented horses and riders in the world compete for more than $2 million in cash and prizes!