Jimmie Van Der Hoeven had a big night. Competing in the National Reining Breeders Classic Open finals for the first time, the 24-year-old trainer won over $57,000 on Spooks Eclipse!
That was made possible by winning the Championship of the Limited and Level 1 Open divisions, the Reserve Championship of the Intermediate Open, and seventh place in the Open Level 4.
"I was really happy with my horse - he worked really well," he said of the 4-year-old stallion. "I actually rode him his 2-year-old year, and then my boss, Casey Hinton, showed him as a 3-year-old. I really appreciate Casey for giving me the opportunity to show this horse here. I also thank my brother, Roy Van Der Hoeven, for all his help."
Spooks Eclipse is by Smart Spook and out of Chex Drive. Unofficially, his earnings at the NRBC helped Smart Spook, owned by Sterling Ranch, become the National Reining Horse Association's newest Million Dollar Sire during the NRBC.
"I really hope I get to show him again," Van Der Hoeven, originally from Holland, said following the awards ceremony, at which he took home a saddle from Bob's Custom Saddles, a saddle from Martin Saddlery, two Gist Silversmiths products, Whisper Bits, product from Santa Cruz Biotechnologies, SmartPak, InfoMedia Video, as well as NRBC crystal and other awards.
Marco Formentin and Spooks Gotta Run, by Spooks Gotta Gun out of Prettywhizprettydoes, took Reserve honors in the Limited Open division with a score of 226.5. Spooks Gotta Run, a 4-year-old stallion, is owned by Michael Jeffcoat, who collected $7,331.
The Level 1 Limited Open Reserve title and $1,050 went to Ben Baldus and Dainty Little Step, who marked a 224. Dainty Little Step, a 6-year-old mare by Wimpys Little Step out Tucks Little Poco, is owned by the WT Waggoner Estate.
The National Reining Breeders Classic is the most successful stallion incentive program in reining history. In just fourteen years, the NRBC has grown to include nearly 200 subscribed stallions. Annually, the payout at the National Reining Breeders Classic exceeds $1.4 million. For information on the NRBC, visit the web site at www.nrbc.com or call 580-759-3939.
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