Spooks Gotta Whiz and Flarida Win NRHA Open Derby Championship


Spooks Gotta Whiz and Flarida Win NRHA Open Derby Championship Oklahoma City, Okla. – June 30, 2011 – The 2012 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) Derby showcased the $435,000-added* Open Derby finals on Saturday, June 30 at the Oklahoma State Fair Park in Oklahoma City, Okla. The NRHA Derby Show is NRHA’s premiere event for the world’s best 4-, 5- and 6-year-old reining horses and hosts to two slates of ancillary classes. This year’s Derby finals were the richest ever paying out approximately $885,000* to owners and nominators of open and non pro finalists. During the go-round, more than 500 entries competed for a spot in the finals with 76 of the top-scoring horse-and-rider teams invited back to Saturday night’s event. NRHA Professional Shawn Flarida (Springfield, Ohio) rode Spooks Gotta Whiz to a 226.5 to win the Level 4 Derby Open Championship and $60,000 (95% to owner and 5% nominator incentive). Spooks Gotta Whiz (Spooks Gotta Gun x Prettywhizasprettydoes, bred by Clint Haverty) is a 5-year-old stallion owned by Michell Anne Kimball of Encinita, Calif. Prior to the Derby, Spooks Gotta Whiz earned nearly $260,000 in NRHA competition including level 4 open championship titles at the 2010 NRHA Futurity and 2012 National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC). Spooks Gotta Whiz won 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, a Classic Equine pad, a pair of Classic Equine skid boots, $100 gift card from Pard’s Western Shop and a Shorty’s Caboy Hattery 100x hat. As the sire of the NRHA Derby Level 4 Open Champion, Spooks Gotta Gun won the NRHA Sire & Dam award including $1,500 and a Sire & Dam Bronze trophy. Spooks Gotta Gun is owned by Silver Spurs Equine of Cave Creek, Ariz.

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