“This horse show was one I could only dream of as a kid”. Jimmy had mentioned that all the final’s videos that his brother and him have watched would probably have driven most parents crazy. “LOL, but when my parents and my brother called, I couldn’t tell who was more excited, them or me.” Jimmy wants to thank them for always standing behind him and supporting him.
Jimmy thanks Casey and Kathy for all of the opportunities they have given him and for the 8 years of coaching at the ranch. He also thanks everybody at the ranch.
“Without a team behind you, you don’t get very far”.~ Jimmy Van Der Hoeven/2018 NRHA Open Derby Champion
Run Off with Jose Vazquez & Like Shiner
“It was so emotional, the electricity, it makes you really understand what you work for. I was happy just making the finals and is always my goal, but to go in one more time and know that I tied with Jose, who is an incredible horseman and rider. Oh my gosh, I get to go in again and compete and thought whats the worst that could happen, I could be second”.
Sandy remarked; “This horse is a dream, he is what I have always dreamed of producing and he is definitely the best combination of his sire Spooks Gotta Whiz and his dam Make It With A Twist”.~ Sandy Bentien/2018 NRHA Non Pro Derby Champion
Abby had set a goal a long time ago of making the level 4 finals at a major event and she was hoping that this was her year. Abby remarked; “I have put so much work and time into that mare, and I can’t even begin to describe the gratitude and appreciation that I felt when they announced the score of 226.5”.
Abby describes; “That feeling I had when I ran into the arena for the first time on Saturday night is one I will never forget”. ~ Abby Lengel/2018 NRHA Open Derby L3, L4 Reserve Champion