Monday, July 28th 2014


 
NEWS &ANNOUNCEMENTS
 


Open Riders Win Championships at NRBC
Open Riders Win Championships at NRBC
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Non Pro Champions Crowned at NRBC
Non Pro Champions Crowned at NRBC
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Jordan Larson Wins NRBC Open Classic Challenge and $25K NRHA Open on Wimpys Lil Star
Jordan Larson Wins NRBC Open Classic Challenge and $25K NRHA Open on Wimpys Lil Star
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Who’s Next? 2014 NRBC Open Finalists Decided
Who’s Next? 2014 NRBC Open Finalists Decided
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2014 NRBC Non Pro Finalists Announced
Non Pro Finalists Announced.
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Casey Deary and Freckles Got Ashiner Lead NRBC Open Preliminaries
Casey Deary and Freckles Got Ashiner Lead NRBC Open Preliminaries
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Tish Fappani Leads NRBC Non Pro Preliminaries on Hot Rockin Spook
First Section of Non Pro Preliminary Competition
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It’s Anybody’s Game as the 17th Annual NRBC Kicks Off Tomorrow!
The arena is ready, with brightly-colored flowers and banners adorning the arena walls of the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas. The stalls are filled to capacity – near 1,200 – and high-dollar equine athletes are being prepped for the coming days. Vendors are putting the finishing touches on booths; ready for the upcoming seven days of competition.
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WARM-UP DAY ARENA SCHEDULES
Here is the schedule for the different arenas during warm-up days!
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Great Southwest Equestrian Center Health Requirements
The Health Requirements for entrance to the Great Southwest Equestrian Center are a negative Coggins test and a Health Certificate signed by a licensed veterinarian within 15 days of arrival.
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Cardinal Training Center Sponsors NRBC Open Draw Party
The National Reining Breeders Classic has announced that Cardinal Training Center will sponsor the NRBC Open Draw Party slated for 7 pm on Thursday, April 17.
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Markel Insurance Sponsors NRBC Non Pro Draw Party
Markel Insurance returns in 2014 for the third consecutive year as the sponsor of the National Reining Breeders Classic Non Pro Draw Party. The popular event is slated for Wednesday evening, April 16, upstairs in the Texas Children's Hospital Arena Club at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas.
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Howard & Carolyn Tellepsen Sponsor NRBC Victory Party
Howard and Carolyn Tellepsen have been faithful sponsors of the National Reining Breeders Classic ever since the show moved to its home at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas. This year, they return as the sponsors of the NRBC Victory Party following the Open Finals on Saturday night, April 19.
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The 2014 NRBC Show will feature service by Justus Equine.
Justus Equine’s Just Set-ups is a service designed to cater to all those who travel from show to show arriving at different times day or night.
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NRBC Online Entry System is A Hit!
The New NRBC Online Entry system - introduced for the 2014 show, is getting a lot of attention.
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Judges Announced for 2014 NRBC
There's megabucks at stake along with career-changing titles, so judging the NRBC is an extremely important job!
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QUARTER HORSE NEWS SPONSORS NRBC SLIDE STREET JOURNAL
Quarter Horse News has been a partner to the National Reining Breeders Classic for over a decade as the sponsor of the NRBC Victory Party following the Open Finals on Saturday night. This year it sponsors a new portion of the event!
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Ride With A Ribbon to Rein In Cancer
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KDS Nickis Gotta Gun is First 2014 NRBC Enrolled Foal!
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QUARTER HORSE NEWS SPONSORS NRBC SLIDE STREET JOURNAL
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National Reining Breeders Classic Foal Enrollment Deadline Approaches
July 30, 2013 - Byars, Oklahoma - Since its inception, the National Reining Breeders Classic program has become an integral part of raising reining horse prospects.
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Brent Wright and Spookaroanie Win NRBC Open Prime Time Championship
Brent Wright and Spookaroanie Win NRBC Open Prime Time Championship
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Fernando Salgado and Whizzer Whiz Take NRBC Open Level 1 Title
Fernando Salgado and Whizzer Whiz Take NRBC Open Level 1 Title
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Thiago Boechat Claims NRBC Open Championship on Wimpyneedsacocktail
Thiago Boechat Claims NRBC Open Championship on Wimpyneedsacocktail
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Ron Thompson Wins NRBC Non Pro Championship on Taris Dreamer
Ron Thompson Wins Non Pro Title
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Philip Loesch Wins NRBC Non Pro Levels 1-3 Championships!
Philip Loesch Wins NRBC Non Pro Levels 1-3 Championships
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Jordan Larson and Custom Cash Advance Win NRBC Classic Challenge & $25K Open
Jordan Larson and Custom Cash Advance Win NRBC Classic Challenge & $25K Open
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Fappani and Flarida Top NRBC Open Classic Preliminaries
Open Finalists
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Jordan Larson and Ref Black Mamba Lead NRBC Open Preliminaries
1st Go Open Prelims
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2013 NRBC Non Pro Finalists Announced
Non Pro Finalists
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Mandy McCutcheon Leads NRBC Non Pro Preliminaries
Mandy McCutcheon Leads Non Pro Prelims
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Reining’s Top Riders Gear Up for NRBC
The Excitement is Palpable
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NRBC Sponsors Create 2013 Trophy Saddles!
The National Reining Breeders Classic Show is known for its great awards and the beautiful trophy saddles are one reason why. The saddle donors work to create beautiful commorative awards and each year it's big fun to go see the designs of the different saddles.
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2013 National Reining Breeders Classic to be Featured on NRHA Inside Reining
See the NRBC on RFD-TV!
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NRBC International Participation Expands
Welcome to the first Brazilian-born Stallion
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NRBC Creates Reiners U
Featuring Reining Hall of Fame Member Dick Pieper
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NRBC To Remain at Great Southwest Equestrian Center
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Shawn Flarida Wins NRBC Open Championship on Spooks Gotta Whiz
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Tanya Jenkins and No Wimpy Cowboys Win NRBC Intermediate Open Championship
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Jimmie Van Der Hoeven Takes NRBC Limited and Level 1 Open Titles at NRBC
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Scott McCutcheon and MC Gunner Take NRBC Open Prime Time Championship
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Francesca Sternberg Tops NRBC Intermediate Non Pro on Smart Like Valentino
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Harper Conner and Sparkling Bells Win NRBC Limited and Level 1 Non Pro
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Jose Vazquez Wins NRBC Non Pro Prime Time Championship on Moonshine Juice
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Mandy McCutcheon and Always Gotyer Gunsup Win NRBC Non Pro Championship
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2012 NRBC Open Finalists Announced!
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Andrea Fappani and Smoking Whiz Lead NRBC Open Preliminaries
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2012 NRBC Non Pro Finalists Announced
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Join Us for the Texas Star Bank Welcome Party!
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Donate to the Silent Auction!
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Congratulations to the Golf and Poker Winners!
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Ariat Presents Denim to Drag Award Winners!
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Mandy McCutcheon Leads NRBC Non Pro Preliminaries
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NRBC Sponsors - Make Sure to Get Your Sponsor Packets
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NRBC Non Pro Classic Breaks Records!
A record-breaking number of 182 contestants have entered the Non Pro division of the 2012 National Reining Breeders Classic – set to begin at 9 am on Monday, April 16.
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Judges Announced for 2012 NRBC
2012 NRBC Judges
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NRBC Announces Amnesty Program
Great News for Former NRBC Enrolled Stallions! NRBC Announces Amnesty Program
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Plemmons and Donnelly Win NRBC Double Time Awards!
Double Time Awards have been an incentive for riders competing in NRHA Ancillary classes at the NRBC for many years. These awards are for riders who compete in both slates of ancillary classes. Award winners are determined based upon a points system where riders receive points based upon their placing in each class – first receives 10 points, second receives 9, and so on. This award is given to the top Open rider and the top Non Pro rider competing in NRHA approved classes during the week. This year, the $1,000 Open Double Time Check was presented to Blake Plemmons, while Jordan Donnelly received the $1,000 Non Pro Double Time check.
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Congratulation to the Youth Scholarship Recipients
The Champions and Reserve Champions in the Youth 13 & Under and the Youth 14-18 divisions were each awarded a scholarship. This is the fifth year that scholarships have been awarded in these divisions. Champions were awarded a $1,000 stipend to their college fund, while Reserve Champions received a scholarship valued at $500. In the Youth 13 & Under, Jayli Garrison received the $1,000 scholarship, and Shelby Reine was presented with the $500 scholarship. Danielle Cohen took home the $1,000 scholarship for the Youth 14-18, while Reserve Champion Emily Winegar received $500.
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2011 is Another Record Breaking Year at NRBC
The dust has cleared the Coliseum Arena of the Great Southwest Equestrian Center, and the official numbers are in. The National Reining Breeders Classic – the largest added-money reining event in the world – experienced an incredible increase in entry numbers. In 2010, the million dollar show had entries 1,848 entries – but that number pales in comparison to the 2011 tally of 2,117! “We had an increase in entries of 269,” noted Chris Potter of the NRBC management team. “That’s incredible. We knew that our entries for the year would be up by the number of stalls that were ordered – up over 1,000 this year!” As a result of the large number of entries, the NRBC was able to surpass a $1.4 million payout for the second year in a row. “We’re very proud that the NRBC has been able to continually have these large payouts. It’s a source of pride that all of the checks are ready within an hour of the show’s completion – people don’t have to wait for weeks to get the money,” said Potter. “There are many shows that are struggling to stay afloat. We truly appreciate all the exhibitors, owners, and sponsors who help make the NRBC the show to go to.” Just days after the conclusion of the event, the National Reining Horse Association has confirmed that Conquistador Whiz unofficially became the association’s newest Million Dollar Sire – and that the earnings from the NRBC catapulted his offspring’s earnings past the milestone. “We congratulate owner Michael Miola on his stallion’s accomplishment. He’s become a member of a very elite group in the reining industry. We’re thrilled that yet another individual has had a major NRHA accomplishment at the NRBC,” noted NRBC President Tom McCutcheon, referring to the multitude of horses and riders that have risen in the ranks because of earnings from the NRBC. The list of riders that have reached Million Dollar status during the NRBC is distinguished, and includes 5-time NRBC Champion Del Hendricks, Mandy McCutcheon, and most recently Todd Sommers, the 2011 NRBC Reserve Champion. In fact, eight of the NRHA’s fourteen Million Dollar Riders are former NRBC Champions.
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Paul Magistri Wins Dual Novice Horse Non Pro Titles at NRBC with Smart Von Reminic
On the final day of competition at the National Reining Breeders Classic, the National Reining Horse Association Ancillary classes were in full-swing in the East Arena of the Great Southwest Equestrian Center. The first classes of the day were the Novice Horse Non Pro Levels 1 and 2 – and Paul Magistri of Houston, Texas, took both titles. Magistri was riding Smart Von Reminic, and was awarded a 143.5, winning $291 in the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 and $583 in the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2. “He was fantastic today. He is the most honest, incredible horse ever,” he said. Magistri moved to Texas a little over a year ago, and began riding with Steve Archer. “Steve really made this horse a reiner and made it easy,” he said. “Steve has this horse so ready that if I don’t make a mistake, we do ok.” Jordan Donnelly and Jessiesstarlights took the Reserve title in both divisions, winning $231 in the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1, and $463 in the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2. Donnelly resides in Aubrey, Texas. 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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Maass Wins NRHA Rookie Level 2 Title at NRBC on Flashy With Chrome
The National Reining Horse Association ancillary classes at the National Reining Breeders Classic have been good to Alexa Maass. On the first day of competition, she and her horse tied for first in the Limited Non Pro ancillary, and later in the week she tied for the high point buckle of that class. Then, on the final day of competition, Maass, of Houston, Texas, won another class, and another buckle, this time for the Rookie Level 2, with a score of 142. On all days of competition, she was riding Flashy With Chrome – a horse she has owned for two years. “He was great today,” she said. “He is an awesome horse and I’m so excited.” Maass trains with Steve Archer, and noted, “Steve has done a great job with us. I really appreciate everything he’s done.” Maass added that she and Flashy With Chrome are shooting for an NRHA Rookie of the Year title. Paul Magistri and Smart Von Reminic, who earlier won the Novice Horse Non Pro Levels 1 and 2, were the Reserve Champions with a 140. Magistri resides in Houston, Texas. 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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Laura White and Gone N Dunnit Win NRBC Ancillary Rookie Level 1
With a score of 143, Laura White, of Somerville, Texas, won the National Reining Horse Association Ancillary Rookie Level 1 at the NRBC. She was riding Gone N Dunnit, a horse whose nickname is Elvis. “He’s the greatest pony ever. He did excellent today.” She added modestly, “I guess I rode him all right – but it was all him.” White has owned Gone N Dunnit for two years – but has only gotten serious about showing the 7-year-old in January. “I just played around on him. He was shown when he was a 3- and 4-year-old, and then he just had some time off.” White noted that her plans for the future are uncertain, as she’s moving later in the year to New Mexico for a job. “I’m unsure, really. I’d like to take him to the NRHA Futurity in the Rookie and also, because of his color, the Palomino World Show,” she said. Reserve honors went to Mary Anne Van Degna and Ruf N Dun It, who had a 138.5. Ruf N Dun It is owned by the Bar Double C Ranch, located in Cave Creek, Arizona. 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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Tami Nelson and Plus Me Big Time Win NRBC Non Pro Classic Challenge and NRHA Non Pro
Some horses have the extra dose of resilience it takes to overcome odds and ride to success. Plus Me Big Time, owned by Tami Nelson, Canyon, Texas, is one of those horses “When he was a 4-year-old, he had a really bad injury, and he should not even be doing this anymore, but he’s got a really big heart,” Nelson said. On April 24 at the National Reining Breeders Classic in Katy, Texas, Nelson rode her 2004 gelding Plus Me Big Time, by Shine Big Time, in the $25,000-added Non Pro Classic Challenge for horses 7 years old and up. She won the Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro Championships with a score of 219.5. Nelson raised Plus Me Big Time and NRBC three-time Champion Shawn Flarida showed him as a 3-year-old. The horse was laid off after his injury, and Nelson’s current trainer, Ruben Van Dorp, convinced her to get back on Plus Me Big Time and start riding again. They made the finals at last year’s National Reining Horse Association Derby and the Limited Non Pro and Level 1 Non Pro finals at the 2010 NRBC. “He’s a good, good horse. Winning this feels great. I just want to hug him. I think he deserves it more than I do,” Nelson said. This is the pair’s first Championship title. “This is a great show. They added so much to this class, and it’s great because it gives more value to these horses.” Nelson won $7,177 in the Non Pro division and $2,871 for first in the Intermediate Non Pro. Making Nelson’s day even better, she also won the concurrently-ran NRHA Non Pro ancillary class, which came with a $1,869 paycheck. Jeff Kirkbride, Ocala, Florida, won second place in both Classic Challenge divisions and in the NRHA Non Pro on his gelding KR Lil Conquistador. The pair marked a 218.5 in the finals and won $4,369 in the Classic Challenge Non Pro, $1,747 in the Intermediate and $1,270 in the NRHA Non Pro.
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William Rhoads Wins NRBC Non Pro Classic Challenge Limited and Level 1 Non Pro
The Non Pro Classic Challenge Limited and Level 1 divisions went to a pair who were revisiting a successful partnership of the past. William Rhoads, Whitesboro, Texas, rode This Rose Will Shine to a 218 in the finals, winning a total of $1,148. “It’s William’s horse, but his wife, Wendy, has been showing it all last year and a little bit of this year. Last year was her first year showing, and the horse just babysat her all year long. It’d be very rare if she marked under a 71 with the horse. He’s just always been very steady in the show pen,” Rhoad’s coach, Josh Visser, said. Rhoads showed This Rose Will Shine in the past, but gave him to Wendy when he got a new mount. “Wendy decided she wanted to let William show the horse in this class. She wanted him to go out and chase some money. She knew that if he showed him here, he’d have a chance to win a lot of money.” Second place in the Limited and Level 1 went to Indy Roper, Hobart, Indiana, and Paid By Corona. The 20-year-old is coached by Sam Smith, and she scored a 217 in the finals, totaling to a $698 payday.
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Melissa Hood and Watch This Way Top NRBC Classic Challenge Non Pro Prime Time
Melissa Hood also made her mark on the inaugural NRBC Non Pro Classic Challenge. She rode Watch This Way to a score of 219 in the Prime Time Non Pro division and earned a check for $624. “I just got chills!” Hood exclaimed when her title was announced in the Great Southwest Equestrian Center Coliseum. “I just have to thank the NRBC. The implementation of the 7 and Up maturity is fabulous for the industry. It pays well. The added money was an incentive, of course, but just seeing everyone down here collecting their prizes and having a little get together here at the end of the show is really great,” Hood said. “The class was so good to watch. These older horses, it’s such a great market for the industry.” The Classic Challenge Championship comes during Hood’s and Watch This Way’s seventh show season together. Hood has had the horse since he was a long yearling. The Prime Time Reserve Champion was Lance Griffin, De Winton, Alberta, Canada, on Dun Playin Tag. The pair marked a 218 and won $425.
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Indy Roper Takes NRBC Intermediate Non Pro Ancillary Title
During her first trip to the National Reining Breeders Classic, Indy Roper, Hobart, Indiana, clinched two Non Pro Classic Challenge Reserve Championships and rode to No. 1 in the National Reining Horse Association Non Pro class on Paid By Corona. The 217 marked in the April 24 finals resulted in a hefty payload for the 20-year-old who’s only been showing reiners for one year. “It’s a new thing for me. I’m just starting out. He’s been my first reiner, so he’s pretty special,” Roper said of Paid By Corona. Roper had a lot of experience and success – including multiple world titles – in hunter hack and other all-around disciplines but decided she was ready for something different and wanted to try a new discipline. “My dad and Sam Smith, who helps me, grew up together. My dad called Sam and said that we want to get into reining. We bought this horse from Casey Hinton, and we couldn’t have found a better horse. He’s honest. He takes care of me. He’s taught me a lot about the game.” The Championship in the Non Pro came with $850 to add to Roper’s lifetime reining earnings. There was a tie for second place between four horse-and-rider pairs who each scored a 216 in the finals. Sharing in the Reserve Co-Championship and earning a check for $421 were Jessica Sternberg and Whizin Off Sparks, Kelly Hale and Twilight Rooster, Breanna Van Der Schaaf and Hes At Bat, and Kerrry Newell and Hailstorm Jaci. Van Der Schaaf also won buckles for having the highest composite point tally from two days of showing in the Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro divisions.
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Peter DeFreitas and Steve Archer Cap Off 2011 NRBC With Open Titles
The 2011 National Reining Breeders Classic couldn’t get much better for Peter DeFreitas. The resident trainer of Double Run Farm, Leland, North Carolina, was still riding the high of his April 23 Intermediate Open Classic Championship when he rode into the pen on Rey Jeys Award for the April 24 National Reining Horse Association Open Ancillary class. DeFreitas had already placed fifth on the horse, owned by Double Run Farm, in both the April 22 NRBC Open Classic Challenge and NRHA Open class, winning more than $4,200. “I’m kind of thinking about running for a title on this horse in the Open, so I wanted to show him in this and try to win some more money on him. The class was $2,000 added, I was already here, and the horse was ready,” DeFreitas said. Rey Jays Award marked a 223 and won the Open title, which came with an $896 paycheck. The 7-year-old gelding didn’t get shown until 2010 because of leg issues, but the late start didn’t hold Rey Jays Award back. “He’s a really nice horse. He never tries to do anything wrong,” DeFreitas said. In fact, Rey Jays Award did everything right for DeFreitas, confirming that the 2011 NRBC was very kind to the trainer. With a 220 on One Night Roost, Steve Archer clinched second place in the Open class and won the NRHA Intermediate Open Title. Archer earned a combined $1,223 for long-time client Carolyn Tellepsen, Simonton, Texas. “They’ve been with us 25 years at least. It’s family,” Archer said. The Richmond, Texas, trainer has been showing One Night Rooster for Tellepsen since August of last year. “He is a 7-year-old by Rooster and out of Princess And Diamonds, that special mare. We’re trying to do good in the affiliate in the Intermediate and the Open and next year, win the Challenge.” Winning the Intermediate Open on the last day of the show was the icing on the cake for Archer and his wife, Andrea. “We’ve had a great show. This is my favorite show. Everybody would say this show is perfect.” Both DeFreitas and Archer took buckles home from Katy, Texas, for having the highest two-day point tally for their finishes in the Open and Intermediate Open, respectively. The Reserve Champion in the April 24 Intermediate Open class was Kinzy Donnelly riding This Wimp Can Dance for Richard Mitchell, Plano, Texas. The pair marked a 215.5 and won $437.
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Championships Are Awarded in the First-Ever NRBC Youth Classic Challenge
Horses 7 years old and up have found a special place at the National Reining Breeders Classic with the debut of the Classic Challenge competition. Today, young reiners, plus aged horses, equaled a winning combination as three champions were crowned in the Classic Challenge youth divisions. Riding to victory in the Youth 13 & Under class with a score of 139.5 was 12-year-old Shelby Reine of Laplace, Louisiana. With her horse Topsail Oak between the reins, Shelby won $195. Shelby has been showing “Fred” for approximately one year. “He has good stops, spins and lead changes,” she said of her horse. Back at home, Fred “likes a lot of attention,” Shelby added. She has been reining for three years, and this was her first win at the NRBC. Shelby also won second place and earned another $130 on Intrinsic Ability with a score of 136.5 The Youth 14-18 Classic Challenge Championship ended in a tie between Emily Winegar, Aubrey, Texas, and Jaci Marley, Plainview, Texas, who each scored a 143.5. The win came with a paycheck for $163. Emily rode to the win on her mare Red Berry Wine, who she also rode to the 2009 Youth World Championship. “She’s been a pretty special mare. She’s always good. Every time I’ve shown her, she’s just always the same. My trainer, Gabe Hutchins, showed her in the 7 & Up last night, and he did pretty good. Then, I decided I wanted to do the 7 & Up too,” Emily said. Her last-minute decision meant the 8-year-old mare didn’t get a chance to ride in the East Arena until show time. “I walked in, and she looked a little bit. Then I picked my hand up and she was hooked. She was right there.” Jaci took her share of the Co-Championship on Chexable. This was Chexable’s second year at the NRBC, but a year made a big difference. At this time in 2010, Jaci and Chexable were a new partnership testing the waters in Katy, Texas. “Last year we were still getting to know each other – a lot to learn,” Jaci said. “Today, he was just really calm. He didn’t want to go any faster than I asked. He got in the pen and listened to everything I said.” Jaci, who rides with Josh Visser, said Chexable is a challenge to ride because he’s so talented. “He picks his riders. I’m glad he chose me because we just get along really well.” The NRBC also features a full-slate of National Reining Horse Association-approved classes, which run in the East Arena while the Classic is held in the Coliseum. 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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Jayli Garrison and Danielle Cohen Ride to NRBC Youth Titles
Youth riders ruled the Great Southwest Equestrian Center East Arena during the afternoon of April 23 at the National Reining Breeders Classic. Clinching the victory in the National Reining Horse Association Youth 13 & Under class was Jayli Garrison, Willis, Texas, who rode 6-year-old Red White N Wrangler to a score of 140. Jayli rides at Legacy Ranch with trainer Levi Olson. This year marked Jayli’s first trip to the NRBC, and to top it off, the 14-year-old has only been showing reiners for less than a year. She found a good partner to show her the ropes in Red White N Wrangler. “He’s really chill all the time. He’s like a big teddy bear,” Jayli said. She may not have been riding long, but the 8th-grader has already determined what she loves to do in the saddle most with her gelding. “He’s really good at spins and stops, those are my favorite.” Finishing a half-point short of Jayli were Shelby Reine, Laplace, Louisiana, and Topsail Oak, who marked a 139.5. Also having a great day in Katy, Texas, was Danielle Cohen, Davie, Florida, who won first place in both the NRHA and United States Equestrian Federation Youth 14-18 classes, as well as the NRHA Unrestricted Youth. With her 144 score marked on 7-year-old Whata Chic Magnet from the last draw of the 32-horse class, Danielle took home close to $150. Whata Chic Magnet has a good record at the show, which is what drew Danielle to him. “We bought him last year at the NRBC after he won the Limited Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro Derby. The rider was a youth rider also, Kylie Knight; she was 19, I think. He just stood out to me. He’s the kind of style that I like.” The horse didn’t disappoint his new owner. “He was really good. He was just real easy to ride. He didn’t do anything wrong.” Danielle moved to Texas six months ago from Florida and has been riding with Casey Hinton, Whitesboro, Texas, for about a month. The 15-year-old will also be showing Whata Chic Magnet tomorrow in the Non Pro Classic Challenge. The NRBC also features a full-slate of National Reining Horse Association-approved classes, which run in the East Arena while the Classic is held in the Coliseum. 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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Wyatt Deary and Skyler Deshotels Share NRBC 10 & Under Short Stirrup Championship
On Saturday morning at the National Reining Breeders Classic, it was time for the kids to take over the Great Southwest Equestrian Center Coliseum for the National Reining Horse Association 10 & Under Short Stirrup class. The competitors may have been small, but their performances where big. Skyler Deshotels, riding That Little Step, and Wyatt Deary, riding Dun Duel, each scored a 139 to share the Championship. Skyler, who is coached by Josh Visser, rode to the win on a full-brother of yesterday’s Non-Pro Classic Champion, Wimpys Little Buddy. “My favorite thing about my horse is he’s a really good stopper and spinner and circler. I felt like he was going to do really good,” she said, describing her horse, who she calls “G1.” Skyler is the daughter of Allison and Kyle Deshotels, Maud, Texas. Wyatt rode to the win on “Dually,” also known as “Bus” because of his solid stature. “I like to ride him. He loves me. He stops and circles. He likes riding with me inside the arena and playing with me and my daddy’s horse,” he said. The youngster is coached by his father, NRHA Professional Casey Deary, Weatherford, Texas, with help from mom, Nicole. When asked what their favorite part of the NRBC has been, both young reiners agreed, “Riding my horse!” Each kid added $20 to their lifetime NRHA earnings for their winning performance. Also competing in the Short Stirrup competition were Macie Reine, Richmond, Texas, riding Just Boom It, and Sarah Armenta, Whitesboro, Texas, riding Custom Twister. The NRBC also features a full-slate of National Reining Horse Association-approved classes, which run in the East Arena while the Classic is held in the Coliseum. 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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Breanna Van Der Schaaf and Sherry Wayne Take NRBC Ancillary Non Pro Titles
The National Reining Horse Association ancillary action at the National Reining Breeders Classic in Katy, Texas, continued Saturday with some tight competition in the Non Pro class. There was room at the top for two competitors who both scored a 145.5 and shared the Non Pro Championship. Each rider earned a check for $732. Sherry Wayne of Taylors, South Carolina, rode One Tuf Muffin to her share of the Co-Championship. The air traffic controller is used to being in charge and had no problem controlling her mare in the arena. Wayne and the Lil Ruf Peppy daughter have been a pair since the 11-year-old mare was just a 2-year-old filly. They’ve been raking in successes since then; One Tuf Muffin has just under $75,000 in earnings. “She’s just been a trooper,” Wayne said. The addition of the NRBC Non Pro Classic Challenge, to be held April 22, means more opportunities for them to shine. “Today was a warm-up for tomorrow.” Also sharing the Non Pro Championship was Breanna Van Der Schaaf and Hes At Bat. Their 145.5 score also clinched the Championship in the NRHA Intermediate Non Pro class and an additional $631. These were the second and third ancillary wins for Van Der Schaaf, who also took the Limited Non Pro title with “Jeter” on Friday, April 22. Van Der Schaaf rides with Andrea Archer, Richmond, Texas, and was coached by Andrea’s husband, Steve Archer, to several NRBC Youth titles in the past. It’s been 10 years, however, since the 26-year-old competed at the show, and her comeback has been major. She’s won more than $1,500 in Non Pro ancillary competition on her horse, who she has only owned since January of this year “Steve had Jeter in the barn and was showing him, and the opportunity arose for me to buy him,” she said. “Now I finally have a good horse to show. He never tries to cheat me in the pen.” Taking the Reserve Championship in the Non Pro class was Matthew Armenta, Whitesboro, Texas, showing Whiz N Low to a score of 144 and earning $404. The Intermediate Non Pro Champion was Randy Golden, Hockley, Texas, and his Lil Boo Whiz, who marked a 142 for a $534 paycheck. The NRBC also features a full-slate of National Reining Horse Association-approved classes, which run in the East Arena while the Classic is held in the Coliseum. 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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Sam Smith and Chicsdundreamin Win NRBC Open Prime Time Championship
With a score of 223.5, Sam Smith and Chicsdundreamin claimed the Open Prime Time Championship of the National Reining Breeders Classic, held at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas. Along with a check for $1,950, Smith and owner Tim Roper received a custom saddle from the NRBC, a Gist Silversmiths buckle, the signature blue crystal trophy from the NRBC, 25 lbs of Resilience Omega 3, and a complete Tim McQuay Art of Reining DVD series. It was only the second time that Smith had shown Chicsdundreamin, by Magnum Chic Dream out of Goody Goody Dun Drop. “We purchased him from Rancho Oso Rio,” said Smith of Chicsdundreamin, who was the National Reining Horse Association Intermediate Open Futurity Champion with Arno Honstetter. “He was a good horse when we bought him and he’s a good horse now. He’s very easy to train and show.” Dan Huss and Baja Hollywood Whiz won the Open Prime Time Reserve title with a 223, collecting $1,650. Baja Hollywood Whiz, by Topsail Whiz out of Hollywood Stunt Girl, is owned by Robert Shearer and Melissa Shearer.
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David Zimmerman Wins NRBC Limited Open and Level 1 Open Championships on Jacs Lil Spook
Prior to this year’s event, the best David Zimmerman had done at the National Reining Breeders Classic was making the finals of the Limited Open. Now, he lays claim to having made the finals in the Open and Intermediate Open, and to the Championship of the Limited and Level 1 Open divisions. “This is by far the best I’ve ever done,” said Zimmerman, who won the titles on Jacs Lil Spook. “I haven’t soaked it all in. It was unreal to be out there riding in the Open finals with all those other guys. It was really exciting and I couldn’t wait to go in that arena and do it.” Zimmerman and the Smart Spook stallion, out of Miss Whoa Jac, marked a 225 – winning the two titles by three points. When all the money was counted, Jacs Lil Spooks lifetime earnings had grown by $50,924! Zimmerman also received two saddles, one sponsored by the NRBC and one from Continental Saddlery, two Gist Silvermiths buckles, NRBC crystal trophies, 50 lbs of Resilience Omega 3, a Whisper Bit from M3 Products, and two complete Tim McQuay The Art of Reining DVDs. “He ran in and stopped really well, and we got turned as best we could. He’s a really good circler and I trust him so I ran as hard as I could, because I knew he would come back,” he said. “He’s also a really big stopper so I rode as hard as I could in the stops.” Originally from Kodiak, Alaska, Zimmerman moved south in 1999, working several years for Doug Millholand and then Troy Heikes. “I got a lot of experience with those two guys, and now my wife and I are training out of Purcell, and trying to work our way up.” He added, “This helps! To step up at a show like this one is amazing. It was really fun and exciting to show today.” Taylor Larson and Dolled Up Gunner and Sean Pulley and Spook Dance tied for the Reserve title of both the Limited and Level 1 Open with scores of 222. Dolled Up Gunner, by Gunner out of Mifs Doll, is owned by Taylor and her husband, Jordan Larson. Spook Dance, owned by Rosanne Sternberg, is by Smart Spook out of Shining Dancer. Each collected $6,525 for the Limited Open and $919 for the Level 1 Open.
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Peter DeFreitas Takes NRBC Intermediate Open Championship on Conquistadors Sandy
Peter DeFreitas made it to the Open Finals of the National Reining Breeders Classic for the first time on Saturday, April 23 – an accomplishment that many trainers haven’t experienced. But by the end of the night, DeFreitas was more than a finalist – he was the Intermediate Open Champion! He was riding Conquistadors Sandy, by Conquistador Whiz out of Ritas San Jo, owned by Double Run Farm. DeFreitas, the resident trainer for Double Run Farm, has been showing reining horses for 14 years, and said that winning a title at the world’s largest added-money reining is “awesome.” He added, “I have been dreaming about this stuff since I was a little kid. To win something like this is huge.” DeFreitas and Conquistadors Sandy had a $31,130 payday in the Intermediate Open, and collected an additional $20,500 for a tenth place tie in the Open Level 4. “I’ve never made the Open finals here – this is by far the best horse show I’ve ever had.” Not only did he win big checks, DeFreitas also received a custom saddle from Martin Saddlery, a Gist Silversmiths buckle, a Whisper Bit from M3 Products, a complete Tim McQuay Art of Reining DVD series, 25lbs of Resilience Omega 3, and the signature blue crystal trophy from the NRBC. DeFreitas and the 4-year-old mare qualified for the Intermediate Open Finals at the National Reining Horse Association Futurity – but the NRBC is the first show for the pair in 2011. “She’s definitely gotten more broke and solid – she was just a little green at the Futurity, even though she was really good,” he said. “We’re entered in the Derby. We’re going to take her home and give her some time off.” David Zimmerman not only won the Intermediate Open Reserve title, he also finished as the Champion of the Limited Open and Open Level 1 with Jacs Lil Spook. Zimmerman and the Smart Spook stallion, out of Miss Whoa Jac, marked a 225 to win $18,948 in the Intermediate Open. Zimmerman and Jacs Lil Spook, owned by Newell Quarter Horses, took home an additional $13,976 for the two Championships, and another $18,000 for a fourteenth place finish in the Open.
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Shawn Flarida and Shine Chic Shine Win NRBC Open Championship After Run-Off
It came down to the last horse – twice. As high-scoring run after high-scoring run was displayed during the Open Finals of the National Reining Breeders Classic, it was clear that the winning one would be something for the memory banks. Competing as draw ten in the field of 35, Todd Sommers and Whiz It A Chic set the bar with a 229.5! Former NRBC Champions, million dollar riders, and other accomplished trainers took their shot – but no one could wrest the lead away. That is, until draw 35. As Shawn Flarida entered the Great Southwest Equestrian Center on Shine Chic Shine, by Smart Chic Olena out of Ebony Shines, the crowd quieted. Flarida has marked big scores in the NRBC before – he’s a two-time Champion of the NRBC, and is the leading rider for the National Reining Horse Association with over $4 million in earnings. From the first big stop of pattern 9 through the equally impressive spins, rollbacks, circles, and lead changes, the man in the green shirt and the palomino stallion enthralled the crowd. When the score – another 229.5 – was announced, the excitement was palpable. Flarida and Sommers agreed to run-off for the Championship. “With this much money on the line and this big of event, there’s no decision – you gotta run for it,” said Sommers, who went first. Whiz It A Chic was as solid in the run-off as the regular Finals – and marked another 229.5. Exiting the arena, Sommers wished his long-time friend good luck, and the battle was on. “When you’re running against Todd Sommers – you know he is going to be awesome and you just hope you can do it,” said Flarida. He and Shine Chic Shine laid it all on the line one more time – and were rewarded with a 231! “Shine Chic Shine was great tonight. I knew he was a really good horse, but the heart and strength he showed tonight – there is no way to describe it.” Flarida paused, considering his words, and then added, “He definitely has my heart.” Flarida and the partnership of Amabile and Strusiner received a check for $75,000, a deluxe four-horse trailer from Twin Cities Featherlite, a custom saddle from Eagle Mountain Saddlery, a Gist Silversmiths buckle, a custom jacked from Just Stitch It, a Whisper Bit from M3 Products, Rios of Mercedes boots, a custom had from Shorty’s Hattery, 25 lbs of Resilience supplement, a Catena watch, the signature blue crystal NRBC trophy, and other NRBC memorabilia. And the reward for the other half of the Championship team? “Water and some much needed rest,” Flarida noted. When asked about his cheering section, whose voices could be heard over the rest of the crowd, he said simply, “I have the best team in the industry.” Todd Sommers and Whiz It A Chic didn’t leave the NRBC empty-handed. In fact, the Reserve title equated a payday of $57,000. Whiz It A Chic, owned by Stoney Russell, is by Who Whiz It and out of Chic Out Mamma. “He’s been a special horse all along,” said Sommers, who achieved NRHA Million Dollar Rider status during the NRBC Finals a year ago. “He keeps getting better and better. He’s a great minded horse and really talented. I’m just glad I get to ride him.”
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Judith Vetter Wins the Ancillary Limited Open and Rookie Pro at NRBC
Another National Reining Breeders Classic first-time exhibitor is glad she made the trip to Katy, Texas. Judith Vetter not only qualified for the Intermediate Open Classic finals on Nu Chex To Trash, she also won both the National Reining Horse Association Limited Open and Rookie Professional ancillary classes on Hail Of A Nic with a score of 144. The 7-year-old gelding belongs to Dorminy Plantation, Fitzgerald, Georgia, where Vetter has been the resident trainer since October 2010. She and Hail Of A Nic have only been showing together since January, but the pair quickly worked out a system to win. “He’s been around the block quite a lot. His lifetime earnings are over $50,000,” Vetter said of the gelding, bred and raised at Dorminy Plantation. “He’s a great horse. He shows every time. He’s got big stops. If I keep him happy, he’s good for me.” Vetter has been training reining horses for about ten years. Originally from Germany, she worked for Bill Horn, then in Europe, before returning to the United States last year. The Reserve Champions in both the Limited Open and Rookie Professional divisions were Dun Lost A Step and Ryan Rushing. They scored a 143 for owner Frank Millstid, Bellville, Texas. Today was the second day of Limited Open and Rookie Pro competition at the NRBC, with the first classes taking place Tuesday, April 9. In each division, 21-year-old Blake Plemmons accumulated the most points for his final placement on both days of showing and won dual Gist Silversmiths buckles for his accomplishments on Wimpy Little Olena, owned by Theresa Drawdy, St. Cloud, Florida. “There’s not much to it. He’s a really broke and easy horse, a good show horse. This is only the third time I’ve ever shown him,” said Plemmons, who trained professionally for two years. The young trainer works for Gabe Hutchins at Hutchins Performance Horses in Aubrey, Texas. The NRBC also features a full-slate of National Reining Horse Association-approved classes, which run in the East Arena while the Classic is held in the Coliseum. 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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Breanna Van Der Schaaf Rides to No. 1 in NRBC Limited Non Pro Ancillary
It was a homerun – National Reining Breeders Classic-style – for Breanna Van Der Schaaf and Hes At Bat. The duo marked a 146 and earned the championship in the National Reining Horse Association Limited Non Pro class. This is not Van Der Schaaf’s first success at the NRBC. Richmond, Texas, trainer Steve Archer coached her to several youth titles, but it’s been 10 years since the 26-year-old attended the show. After going to college and taking a break from reining, Van Der Schaaf purchased “Jeter” and began riding with Andrea Archer, Steve’s wife. “Steve had Jeter in the barn and was showing him, and the opportunity arose for me to buy him,” she said. “Now I finally have a good horse to show. He never tries to cheat me in the pen.” Van Der Schaaf also helps Andrea with her business, creating sparkling, crystal-adorned belt buckles. Jeter proudly sported a Yankees buckle, of course, on his headstall during his win picture There was a four-way tie for the Limited Non Pro Reserve Championship. Sharing the honor were Alicia Knowles and Electric Moon, Kelly Hale and Twilight Rooster, Carolyn Tellepsen and Custom Strategy, and Jill Martin and New Olena Cash. Each pair marked a 142.5. Both winning a buckle for tying for the most points over two days of Limited Non Pro competition were Alexa Maass on Flashy With Chrome and Javier Melo on Heza Bantie Rooster.
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Lance Griffin and The Great Tag Win NRBC Non Pro Reserve Championship/Non Pro Prime Time Title
Former National Reining Breeders Classic Champion Lance Griffin came close to snagging his third NRBC Non Pro Championship, finishing with the Reserve title on The Great Tag. The pair marked a 222 – not only winning the Reserve title, but also topping the Non Pro Prime Time. All total, the pair added nearly $25,000 to their lifetime earnings. “He’d been solid in the go-rounds, and I knew he could be good today,” said the 55-year-old. “He was Reserve in the National Reining Horse Association Futurity, so I know he has a ton of talent. He just needs to be asked, but not over-asked. I hoped I could get from him what he could give me – and it worked.” “I really wanted to win it on this horse – he’s pretty special to me,” said Griffin of The Great Tag, who is out of Pines BH, the dam of Futurity Champion The Great Whiz. “I won the NRBC Non Pro twice with his sire, Whiz N Tag Chex. This horse is a 6-year-old now, so we can’t compete in the Classic anymore. ” Still, Griffin has his eyes pointed firmly toward the next big event – the NRHA Derby the last week of June. “I don’t really know what to do with a gelding with this much in earnings. We’ll probably show him in some of the 7-year-old classes, or maybe someone will want to buy him,” he explained. “This is my favorite show. It’s the best pen to show in and we get to show the best horses in the world. It’s a shame that not more people get to see what goes on here – tomorrow night when the Open Finals go we’ll see the best reining in the world,” said Griffin. Because Griffin owns Whiz N Tag Chex, he also received the signature blue crystal sire award trophy. Christie Batson and First Class Custom won the NRBC Non Pro Prime Time Reserve Championship with a 220.5, winning $1,050. First Class Custom is by Custom Crome out of Smoking Sophie. Batson also made the Non Pro, Intermediate Non Pro, and Limited Non Pro finals, winning an additional $13,674. The NRBC also features a full-slate of National Reining Horse Association-approved classes, which run in the East Arena while the Classic is held in the Coliseum. 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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Shaunda Rai Ruckman Wins Over $60,000 with NRBC Non Pro Levels 1-4 Titles
Winning a Championship at the National Reining Breeders Classic is an accomplishment. Two is a huge success, three is unbelievable – and four is unheard of. That is, it was unheard of until Shaunda Rai Ruckman teamed up with Rufanicki to win not only the Non Pro Championship – but also the Intermediate Non Pro, Limited Non Pro, and Non Pro Level 1 titles! “I’m overwhelmed – this is unbelievable!” the Scottsdale, Arizona, Non Pro exclaimed following the awards ceremony. Ruckmans goal was simple – to make the finals at the largest added-money reining in the world. She knew she’d be ecstatic if she even made the top ten. “I don’t recall much about the run. I remember going into the first stop and he was so good. I don’t know that I’ve ever run him that fast in his circles. He was a little tired when he got to his stops but he gave it his all,” she said. The judges awarded that run with a 224 – the highest score during the Finals – and Ruckman and Rufanicki, by Lil Ruf Peppy out of Chexanicki, were the Non Pro Champions. Along with the cash – a total to the tune of $60,000 – Ruckman received a year’s use of a deluxe two-horse trailer from Twin Cities Featherlite, a custom saddle sponsored by Continental Saddlery, a custom saddle from Bob’s Custom Saddles, a custom saddle from Eagle Mountain Saddlery, and a custom saddle sponsored by the NRBC. She also takes home a Catena watch from Catena USA, a pair of Rios of Mercedes boots, two Whisper Bits from M3 Products, four Tim McQuay The Art of Reining complete DVD sets, 100lbs of Resilience Omega 3, along with four Gist Silversmiths buckles and the signature blue crystal NRBC trophies. Ruckman purchased Rufanicki from Pat Warren of Rancho Oso Rio, who had got the horse from Kelly Smith. “He is the sweetest horse ever and always gives 110%. I never in a million years thought I’d get a chance to own a horse like him,” she said. “I still constantly look at his papers to prove to myself he’s mine.” The 40-year-old trains with Martin Muehlstaetter, whose wife, Kim Dooley, won the Non Pro Championship in 2010. “It’s a testament to Martin’s program that he’s had a Non Pro Champion two years in a row,” she said. Ruckman gave props to the NRBC, noting, “If we had to pick one event a year to go to, it would definitely be this one – and that was before all of this! This is definitely my favorite show. The facility is phenomenal and the sponsors are amazing and make all this stuff possible. I thank them, my family, my friends – everyone!” The Non Pro Reserve Championship went to Lance Griffin and The Great Tag, by Whiz N Tag Chex out of Pines BH (Shirleys Follly). Griffin, of Dewinton, Alberta, Canada, and the 6-year-old gelding marked a 222 to win the Reserve title and $23,190. The pair also topped the Non Pro Prime Time finals, worth an additional $1,725. With a score of 221, Jessica Sternberg of East Sussex, England, claimed Reserve honors in the Intermediate Non Pro, Limited Non Pro, and Non Pro Level 1. Sternberg was riding Shiners Chic, by Smart Chic Olena out of Ebony Shines. Along with the Reserve Championships, Sternberg finished fourth in the Non Pro – and her winnings totaled $27,577. Sternberg and Shiners Chic also hold the distinction of being the first round winners, which meant an additional $11,284 in earnings. The NRBC also features a full-slate of National Reining Horse Association-approved classes, which run in the East Arena while the Classic is held in the Coliseum. 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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Martin Muehlstaetter and Wimpys Little Buddy Win Inaugural NRBC Open Classic Challenge
The first National Reining Breeders Classic Open Classic Challenge competition for horses 7 years old and up was filled with heavy-hitting horse-and-rider pairs touting impressive resumes. Rising to the top of the superstar lineup was Martin Muehlstaetter and Wimpys Little Buddy. The Austrian-native guided the 7-year-old gelding, owned by Madalyn Roberts, San Diego, California, to a score of 228.5 and the $6,147 Champion’s paycheck. Muehlstaetter said it was “pretty special” to win the inaugural Classic Challenge at the Katy, Texas, show, especially on a horse who’s shown consistently for the trainer and for his Non Pro wife, Kim Muehlstaetter. “The horse felt really good. He’s the most honest horse there is,” he said. “He gave 110 percent. He’s just so good-minded.” The Muehlstatters bought Wimpys Little Buddy as a 4-year-old from Andrea Fappani, who trained him and showed him in the futurities and derbies. Kim earned money on the horse during his 5- and 6-year-old show seasons, and Martin showed the horse at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games for Austria before selling him to a Roberts, who plans to show him in Rookie competition. Not only is Wimpys Little Buddy the first NRBC Open Classic/Challenge Champion, but his score also placed him at the top of the concurrently held National Reining Horse Association Open and FEI-CR12* classes. All things considered, Muehlstaetter earned $15,436. Taking the Classic Challenge Reserve Championship was Custom Harley, ridden by Jordan Larson for Rancho El Fortin, Del Rio, Texas. Their 228 score came with a paycheck for $4,180. Also earning a place on the podium was Andrea Fappani, who rode Robert Thompson’s Yellow Jersey to first place in the United States Equestrian Federation Open with a score of 226.5. This was only Fappani’s second time showing the horse, but the big score was no surprise from this mount who also won the $100,000-added Open Shootout at the 2010 NRHA Futurity. “I think any time you have a chance to represent your country, it’s always good, so I enter any chance I get,” Fappani said of the USEF competition. The NRBC also features a full-slate of National Reining Horse Association-approved classes, which run in the East Arena while the Classic is held in the Coliseum. 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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Texas A&M University Takes Team and Individual Judging Honors
In addition to the high-caliber horse showing taking place at the National Reining Breeders Classic, top-notch college students from schools across four states gathered in Katy, Texas, to compete in a horse judging competition. Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, took first place in the Team competition. Karinda Dickens, Cassie Holloway, Amber Marcum, Libby Hallet and Megan Webb were coached by Clay Cavinder and Jeannette Mawyer and recorded a winning cumulative score of 4,757. Hallet also took the Individual title for her school with a 979 score. The second-place team was Laramie County Community College. Making the trip from Cheyenne, Wyoming, were teammates Laura Schwiegert, Sterling Cumpoton, Jordan Matthews, Karmon Rosencrance and Katie Richardson, who also won the Individual Reserve Championship. Will Golden is the team’s coach. Also representing their schools in the judging competition were teams from the University of Wisconsin River Falls, Iowa State University, Sam Houston State University (Texas) and Northwest College (Wyoming). Alicia Burton has served as the NRBC Judging Coordinator for several years and was thrilled with the outcome of this year’s competition. “We moved the contest from its usual Saturday slot to earlier in the week because of the Easter holiday season. We appreciate everyone supporting the event in light of the schedule change. We are so happy to congratulate Texas A&M University and all the talented individuals from each school, and we look forward to seeing everyone again next year.”
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Don’t Miss the Jerry Kimmel – Dun Gotta Gun/Mister Nicadual USEF Reception
NRBC sponsors will be treated to the annual Jerry Kimmel – Dun Gotta Gun/Mister Nicadual USEF Reception today at 5 p.m. in the Sponsor Pavilion. If you’re interested in becoming a part of the NRBC Sponsor Family for 2012, please drop by the NRBC Sponsor/Media Office.
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2011 NRBC Open Finalists Announced!
When the dust had cleared the arena following the last horse of the Open preliminary round of the 2011 National Reining Breeders Classic, everyone clamored to see who would advance to the clean-slate Open Finals on Saturday, April 23. The list of finalists was riddled with horses and riders who have earned major accolades in their career – but a few new comers also graced the roll. Leading the 35 entries that earned Open finals berths was Andrea Fappani, who rode Tinker With Guns to a 227.5 to win the preliminary round. That win netted $17,292 for owner Rancho Oso Rio of Scottsdale, Arizona, and the special oversized check was presented during the Surpass Open Finals Draw Party on Thursday, April 21. The night was full of fun, with a 222 needed to make the Finals where the Open Champion will take home $75,000. In the Intermediate Open, the bubble was set at a 220, a 217.5 was needed to get a finals berth in the Limited Open, a 216.5 was the magic number in the Level 1 Limited Open, and it took a 214.5 to make the finals of the Open Prime Time. Dan Huss finished the go-round in first place for both the Intermediate Open and the Open Prime Time on Baja Hollywood Whiz with a 224.5, winning over $5,000 for the go. Baja Hollywood Whiz, by Topsail Whiz out of Hollywood Stunt Girl, is owned by Robert Shearer and Melissa Shearer. Topping the Limited Open and Level 1 Limited Open was David Zimmerman, who piloted Jacs Lil Spook to a 223.5. The two go-round wins netted more than $2,300 for owner Newell Quarter Horses. Jacs Lil Spook is by Smart Spook out of Miss Whoa Jac. For complete results, visit www.nrbc.com. The NRBC also features a full-slate of National Reining Horse Association-approved classes, which run in the East Arena while the Classic is held in the Coliseum. 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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Finalists Enjoy Surpass Open Draw Party
Depending on which side of the bubble their preliminary score fell, Open exhibitors at the 2011 National Reining Breeders Classic were either celebrating or suffering the agony of defeat. Examples of both could be found during the Surpass Open Finals Draw Party on Thursday evening as over 300 gathered. NRBC Show Manager, Mike Christian, noted, “This might be the biggest crowd we’ve ever had for this event!” He added, “And everyone had fun!” Representing the party sponsor, Boehringer-Ingelheim and its product, Surpass, were Amanda McAvoy and Yvonne Koontz, who distributed gifts to all the finalists and assisted with the draw along with emcee Cheryl Magoteaux. The party was held in the Texas Children’s Hospital Arena Club that was decorated with the NRBC’s signature blue crystal, Gist buckles, and all the trophy saddles that would be awarded following the finals. Andrea Fappani received the first place Open go-round check of $17,292 for topping the first round on Tinker With Guns, owned by Rancho Oso Rio. One-by-one, the finalists were called to the front of the room to select one of the signature wine glasses to reveal their final’s draw position on the bottom of the glass. After moving down the line and voting for the final’s judges, the glasses were poured with the exhibitor’s choice of wine. The annual Calcutta was auctioneered by NRBC Board Member Pete Kyle, and raised more than $700 for Rein In Cancer and America’s Horse Cares. The NRBC also features a full-slate of National Reining Horse Association-approved classes, which run in the East Arena while the Classic is held in the Coliseum. 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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Brian Bell Earns Novice Horse Level 1 Co-Championship Titles at NRBC
It was a great day for Brian Bell at the National Reining Breeders Classic. In the National Reining Horse Association Novice Horse Open Level 1 competition, he tied for first place – with himself! Bell scored a 146 on both Electrical Spark, owned by Klein Performance Horses, Del Mar, California, and Topsail Footwork, owned by Troop Quarter Horses, Marietta, Oklahoma. Taking two titles was a relatively simple process for Bell, who was mounted on two great horses. “They were both pretty smooth and easy,” the Marietta, Oklahoma, trainer said. “Electrical Spark has been shown a lot. That’s kind of his comfort zone: He’s comfortable at a 72.5 or 73. Topsail Footwork was kind of green as a 3-year-old. He hasn’t been shown very much, so I was trying to season him and teach him where to go and what to do.” Bell was the last rider to show in the NRBC Classic Open preliminaries the night before being the first draw in the Novice Horse competition on another entry, Sweet Pepto Nic, and had help from his assistant, Nicole Schneider. “We brought 11 horses and just me and her, so we’ve worked hard this week,” Bell said. The Novice Horse Open Level 1 Reserve Champion, with a score of 145, was Easy Okie Dokie, ridden by Greg Gottschalk for Russet Stables Inc., Coloma Wisconsin. The NRBC also features a full-slate of National Reining Horse Association-approved classes, which run in the East Arena while the Classic is held in the Coliseum. 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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Jared Leclair Rides BL Dream Whiz to Win NRBC Novice Horse Open Level 2
BL Dream Whiz was a sweet dream for rider Jared Leclair at the National Reining Breeders Classic. The gelding, owned by Cam Bearden of Fort Worth, Texas, exceeded his rider’s expectations as he won the National Reining Horse Association Novice Horse Open Level 2 with a score of 146.5. “We decided to season him a little bit more this year and show him in the classes like this, just to get him a little more solid. The way he showed today, I probably should have showed him in the derby and tried to make the finals on him,” Leclair, Gainesville, Texas, said. “He was really quiet, guided really well, stopped big, turned big.” The duo won $815 for their Novice Horse Open Level 2 title. BL Dream Whiz will probably become Bearden’s Non Pro mount, and Leclair said if the horse continues to show like he did in Katy, Texas, at the NRBC, he’ll do great for his owner. The horse also brings an added advantage to any rider. “He’s gorgeous. He has tons of style and ring presence. When he’s out there showing, he kind of steals points. When they look good, you feel good,” Leclair explained. Taking the Reserve Co-Championship was Brian Bell, who scored a 146 on both Electrical Spark, owned by Klein Performance Horses, Del Mar, California, and Topsail Footwork, owned by Troop Quarter Horses, Marietta, Oklahoma. The NRBC also features a full-slate of National Reining Horse Association-approved classes, which run in the East Arena while the Classic is held in the Coliseum. 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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Torpey and McCutcheon Win NRHA Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 at NRBC
The National Reining Breeders Classic, held annually at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas, annually boats a payout that exceeds $1.3 million – and part of that comes from the National Reining Horse Association Ancillary classes that are part of the show. On Wednesday, April 20, Jessica Torpey and Lindsey McCutcheon tied for the Championship of the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1, and the pair also shared the Reserve title of the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2, which was run concurrently. Torpey was competing on Sheza Chic Olena, while McCutcheon was riding Mega Beat. Both Non Pros marked a 144.5, to collect $279 in the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 and $400 in the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2. “I bought her in January and have only shown her twice – but she’s won both times,” noted Torpey, of Princeton, Kentucky, who owns Hickory Chic Olena – Sheza Chic Olena’s sire. “She worked well today. It’s hard to get one shown on this pattern, but it went well.” McCutcheon, of Whitesboro, Texas, did compete on Mega Beat in the Non Pro Classic preliminaries, but missed making the finals. “It was my screw up, so I decided to show her today and she was so good!” she said of the mare, who she plans to show at the NRHA Derby. Even though it didn’t happen on Mega Beat, McCutcheon did make the Non Pro finals on her other Classic entry. “I love showing here. It’s so fun and it’s a great place to show because there are so many options.” The NRHA Ancillary classes continue Thursday, April 21, and run through Sunday, April 24. The entire NRBC is webcast free, thanks to Waltenberry Productions. To access the webcast, visit www.nrbc.com. The NRBC also features a full-slate of National Reining Horse Association-approved classes, which run in the East Arena while the Classic is held in the Coliseum. 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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Jordan Donnelly Wins NRHA Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 at NRBC
There were 27 entries in the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 National Reining Horse Association Ancillary class at the National Reining Breeders Classic. When the last entry had left the arena, the title of Champion went to Jordan Donnelly, of Aubrey, Texas, on Smokems Whiz. “She did really well today. She was honest and trustworthy and I didn’t have any problems,” noted Donnelly, who marked a 146.5 to win $625. Jordan’s mother, Kim Ferguson, purchased Smokems Whiz last year and the mare was trained as a cow horse. “She’s turned out to be a really good reiner,” noted Donnelly. “She’s very quick-footed and that is awesome to me.” Finishing as Co-Reserve Champion in the NRHA Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 was Jessicah Torpey on Sheza Chic Olena and Lindsey McCutcheon with Mega Beat. Both scored a 144.5 and won $400. Torpey and McCutcheon were also tied for the Championship of the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1, which was run concurrently, and took home an additional $279. The NRHA Ancillary classes continue Thursday, April 21, and run through Sunday, April 24. The entire NRBC is webcast free, thanks to Waltenberry Productions. To access the webcast, visit www.nrbc.com. The NRBC also features a full-slate of National Reining Horse Association-approved classes, which run in the East Arena while the Classic is held in the Coliseum. 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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Mary Anne Van Degna Sweeps NRBC Ancillary Rookie Competition
Only six years into reining and Mary Anne Van Degna has already found a niche as a winning Non Pro and owner. Her latest success happened at the 2011 National Reining Breeders Classic in the National Reining Horse Association Ancillary Rookie Level 1 and Level 2 divisions. The NRBC first-timer clinched the No. 1 slot in each class with a score of 140.5 on Ruf N Dunit. “He’s just such a great horse, and he does such a great job,” Van Degna said. “I could tell when we were warming up that he was really focused on what we were doing, and I was focused. When that happens, it just feels like it’s going to be a good run.” Van Degna said that by working with her trainer, Marcy Ver Meer, she has been able to improve in her riding abilities to be able to match the skill of her 7-year-old reiner Ruf N Dunit, who she calls “Rocky.” “I’ve graduated to his level,” Van Degna said. Ver Meer rode Rocky in the 2007 NRHA Futurity, claiming the Intermediate Open title. The trainer was also Open Reserve Champion at that year’s Futurity on another of Van Degna’s horses, Gunners Special Nite, now owned by Sarah Willeman and shown by Tom McCutcheon to two Reining gold medals at the 2010 FEI/Alltech World Equestrian Games. “I just love horses, but I could never ride them full time until all my kids were grown,” Van Degna, a stay-at-home mom for over 20 years, said. As soon as their youngest child left for college, Van Degna and her husband, Bob, headed to Cave Creek, Arizona, and established Bar Double C ranch, where Ver Meer is resident reining trainer. “We feel very fortunate to have found Marcy. It worked out that I love her program, and she’s a great coach.” Van Degna said that Ver Meer might also show Rocky in the NRBC Open Classic Challenge on Friday, April 22. The Rookie Level 1 Reserve Champion was Jill Martin, Houston, Texas, who scored a 139.5 riding her New Olena Cash. Scoring a 140 and riding the No. 2 spot in the Rookie Level 2 was Tiffani Avery, Fulshear, Texas, and her Chullo Chic Dream. The NRBC also features a full-slate of National Reining Horse Association-approved classes, which run in the East Arena while the Classic is held in the Coliseum. 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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Win Prizes with SURPASS® Trivia!
NRBC Patron Sponsor SURPASS® is giving participants even more chances to win with the SURPASS® Daily Trivia. Beginning today, people can answer the questions on the cards that are passed out every morning, and return them to the SURPASS® Booth. If all the questions are answered correctly, they will receive a complimentary hat or other prizes. If you can’t find any Trivia Cards, make sure to stop by the NRBC Sponsor/Media Office or the SURPASS® booth to get one.
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SURPASS® To Host 2011 NRBC Open Draw Party!
SURPASS®, a product of Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc., is the sponsor of the Open Draw Party at 6:30 p.m. tomorrow evening. Finalists – don’t forget that attendance is mandatory for all finalists, and all friends and family are welcome to attend. The first-round checks will also be given out.
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Rancho Oso Rio Hosts Non Pro Draw Party
The 2011 NRBC Rancho Oso Rio Non Pro Draw Party, held April 20 in the Texas Children’s Hospital Arena Club at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center, provided fun and excitement for all attendees. Hosted by Rancho Oso Rio, the Non Pro finalists were treated to complimentary food and drinks. Another highlight of the party, and a bragging point of the NRBC, is that top finishers of the preliminary round are able to pick up their go-round check immediately after the draw. Jessica Sternberg, who had the high score of the Non Pro preliminaries and was entered in Non Pro levels 1-4, collected over $11,000! The Non Pro Finals begin Friday, April 2, at 8:30 a.m. with the Intermediate Non Pro, Limited Non Pro, Level 1 Non Pro, and Prime Time Non Pro divisions. After a quick break, the 33 Non Pro finalists will vie for the Non Pro Championship which boasts a first place paycheck of over $40,000!
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Fappani is “Gunning” for Another NRBC Championship
Former National Reining Breeders Classic Champion Andrea Fappani is after another NRBC title, and he brought the big guns to the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas. On the first day of Open preliminary competition, the National Reining Horse Association Million Dollar Rider piloted Tinker With Guns to a 227.5 – currently the high score of the round! Tinker With Guns, owned by Rancho Oso Rio, is a former NRHA Futurity Top Five finisher. Tinker With Guns is by Gunner (Colonels Smoking Gun) and out of Tinker Nic. Currently leading the Intermediate Open with a 224 is Peter DeFreitas and Conquistadors Sandy, owned by Double Run Farm LLC. Conquistadors Sandy is by Conquistador Whiz and out of Ritas San Jo. Topping the Limited Open and Level 1 Open is David Zimmerman, who piloted Jacs Lil Spook to a 223.5. Jacs Lil Spook, owned by Newell Quarter Horses, is by Smart Spook out of Miss Whoa Jac. Scott McCutcheon and Smart Like Valentino lead the Open Prime Time division with a 223.5. Smart Like Valentino, by Smart Like Juice out of Smart Little Jewell, is owned by Rosanne Sternberg. The Open preliminary competition concludes Thursday, April 21, with the final 88 runs. The top 30 Open entries, as well as the top twenty in the Intermediate Open, Limited Open, Level 1 Open, and Open Prime Time, will advance to the clean-slate finals on Saturday, April 23. Following the Open Preliminary competition, all Open Finalists, along with family and friends, will enjoy the Surpass Open Draw Party in the Texas Children’s Hospital Arena Club. The Draw Party begins at 7 p.m., and everyone is invited to join in the excitement. The NRBC also features a full-slate of National Reining Horse Association-approved classes, which run in the East Arena while the Classic is held in the Coliseum. 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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Jessica Sternberg Tops NRBC Non Pro Preliminaries on Shiners Chic
The results have been tallied and the numbers verified. The top thirty entries from the Non Pro, as well as the top twenty from the Intermediate Non Pro, Limited Non Pro, Non Pro Level 1, and Non Pro Prime Time will advance to the clean-slate finals of the National Reining Breeders Classic on Friday, April 22. Leading the way is East Sussex, England Non Pro Jessica Sternberg, who had the high score of the preliminary round with a 221.5 on Shiners Chic. Even sweeter is that Sternberg is eligible for more than just the Non Pro – she’s entered in the Intermediate Non Pro, Limited Non Pro, and Non Pro Level 1! Shiners Chic, owned by Rosanne Sternberg, is by Smart Chic Olena out of Ebony Shines. The bubble score for the Non Pro was a 215, while the magic number in the Intermediate Non Pro was a 214.5. Entries in the Limited Non Pro were shooting for a 213, and it took a 212.5 to advance to the Finals in the Non Pro Level 1. In the Non Pro Prime Time, Christie Batson and First Class Custom led the way with a 222.5. First Class Custom is by Custom Crome out of Smoking Sophie. The bubble for the Non Pro Prime Time was 215.5. All Non Pro’s will draw their own finals order during the Rancho Oso Rio Non Pro Finals Draw Party on Wednesday. Each finalist will be called up one-by-one, and they pick their draw by choosing a special commemorative wine glass against the backdrop of the NRBC’s crystal award display. It’s always a fun time, as everyone waits eagerly to see who gets the coveted draw positions. Everyone is invited to attend the Rancho Oso Rio Non Pro Finals Draw Party, which begins at 7:30 pm and is held in the Texas Children’s Hospital Arena Club. The NRBC also features a full-slate of National Reining Horse Association-approved classes, which run in the East Arena while the Classic is held in the Coliseum. 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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Steve Archer Wins NRBC Ancillary Intermediate Open on One Night Roost
Steve Archer and One Night Roost claimed the National Reining Horse Association Ancillary Intermediate Open at the 2011 National Reining Breeders Classic. The accomplished trainer piloted the 7-year-old stallion to a score of 147.5, collecting $1,050 for owner Carolyn Tellepsen. “He was good today. He did all the hard stuff well. He turned really nicely and stopped very hard,” noted Archer of Richmond, Texas. “He’s very pleasant to show.” Tellepsen, who has long supported the NRBC with her husband Howard Tellepsen, purchased One Night Roost a little over a year ago. “Howard and Carolyn have been my customers for almost 25 years,” he said. “They are great people and always have fun horses for me to show.” One Night Roost has had a successful career. He was the One Hot Reining Horse Futurity Champion, the September Slide Reining Futurity Champion, the 4R Performance Horse Futurity Champion and the Reserve Limited Open NRHA Futurity Champion. “I’m bringing him back slowly the way I like him. We’re going to continue showing this year and maybe move into the Classic Challenge next year,” said Archer, referring to the NRBC’s new program for horses seven years and older. Jeff Petska and Cornbread N Chicn and Todd Martin on Starbucks For Chex tied for the Intermediate Open Reserve Championship with scores of 142.5. Each received a check or $642. Cornbread N Chicn is owned by Trinity Compress Real Estate while Starbucks For Chex is owned by Adair Reiners LLC. The NRBC also features a full-slate of National Reining Horse Association-approved classes, which run in the East Arena while the Classic is held in the Coliseum. 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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Blake Plemmons Wins NRHA Limited Open at NRBC
The National Reining Horse Association Ancillary Limited Open at the National Reining Breeders Classic in Katy, Texas, was decided in a run-off. In the end, it was Blake Plemmons who won the Championship on Wimpys Little Olena. He has only shown the gelding twice. “We’ve actually only had him about four weeks, so I was very happy with how he worked,” noted Plemmons, who rides with Gabe Hutchins in Aubrey, Texas. “He’s a pretty good horse.” Plemmons and Wimpys Little Olena, owned by Theresa Drawdy of St. Cloud, Florida, received a check for $327. “He was a little tired in the run-off but he was still good. He was really good in our original run,” he noted. When asked of the plans for Wimpys Little Olena, Plemmons said, “He’s actually for sale at this point.” Nicole Schneider and Sweet Pepto Nic won the Reserve Championship, collecting $225. Sweet Pepto Nic is owned by Chuck and Sonja Swain of New Ellenton, South Carolina. The NRBC also features a full-slate of National Reining Horse Association-approved classes, which run in the East Arena while the Classic is held in the Coliseum. 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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Jordan McBurney Wins Rookie Professional on Wimpys Little Cee
Jordan McBurney only planned to school Wimpys Little Cee in the National Reining Horse Association Ancillary class at the 2011 National Reining Breeders Classic. However, the 7-year-old stallion changed that when he entered the show pen. “I wasn’t planning to show him, but he worked so well and was so good that I did,” she said. The pair marked a 143.5, winning $293. Jordan and her husband Sean have had Wimpys Little Cee since the stallion’s 4-year-old year, but sold the stallion to the Cardan Partnership a year ago. “The owner lives in England, but left him in training with us. We’ve bred him some this year and we’ll breed him a little next year. We’ll just see how he does. Until then we’ll just keep riding and showing him,” she said. Sean will show Wimpys Little Cee, a former NRBC Intermediate Open finalist, in the NRBC Open Classic Challenge on Friday night. The McBurneys might have had one of the longest trips to Katy – their trip from Arlington, Washington, took over 50 hours! “We definitely had a long drive down here,” she said. Blake Plemmons and Wimpys Little Olena won the Limited Open class that was run concurrently, and claimed the Rookie Professional Reserve Championship to earn $230. Wimpys Little Olena is owned by Theresa Drawdy of St. Cloud, Florida. The NRBC also features a full-slate of National Reining Horse Association-approved classes, which run in the East Arena while the Classic is held in the Coliseum. 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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Maass, Rhoads, and Melo Tie for NRBC Limited Non Pro Ancillary Championship
Not only is the National Reining Breeders Classic one of the world’s most elite reining events for 4-, 5- and 6-year-old horses, it also hosts a full-slate of ancillary classes approved by the National Reining Horse Association. Most of the Ancillary classes are held in the East Arena of the Great Southwest Equestrian Center, and on Tuesday, April 19, the first was held. The Limited Non Pro class ended in a three-way tie for first place between Alexa Maass, Houston, Texas on Flashy With Chrome, Wendy Rhoads, Whitesboro, Texas, on This Rose Will Shine, and Javier Melo on Heza Bantie Rooster. All three entries marked a 140.5, and each collected $93. Prizes included a C.R. Morrison trophy, a $50 gift certificate to Peggy’s Horse Blankets Cleaning and Repair, a pair of Pro Equine Products skid boots. The win was special for Maass, who has owned Flashy With Chrome for two years. “This is actually my first class that I have won with him, so it means a lot. We’re showing for Rookie of the Year this year,” Maass, who trains with Steve Archer, said. The pair will actually compete twice more during the week. Fourteen-year-old Javier Melo is also entered in several classes this week – including the NRBC Youth Classic Challenge. “My horse was really good today. We had a little trouble in our circles, but I think that will be better,” he said. Melo, who rides with Mark Rafacz, is from Pincrest, Florida. Unlike Maass and Melo, Rhoads, of Whitesboro, Texas, is done competing for the week. “I’m going out on top!” she joked after receiving her awards. Rhoads has owned This Rose Will Shine for five years, although she has only been showing for a year. “We had some issues with lead changes this year, so this was the show to get our mojo back.” The NRHA Ancillary classes continue Wednesday, April 20, and continues through Sunday, April 24. The entire NRBC is webcast free, thanks to Waltenberry Productions. To access the webcast, visit www.nrbc.com. The NRBC also features a full-slate of National Reining Horse Association-approved classes, which run in the East Arena while the Classic is held in the Coliseum. 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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National Reining Breeders Classic Begins Today in Katy, Texas
At the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas, it seems that the National Reining Breeders Classic has already been going on for days. The event crew moved in over a week ago and paid warm-ups have been going on in the arena nearly that long, as the facility was being transformed into the fully-decorated formal look that defines the NRBC. Flowers, flags and special displays throughout the facility are part of the unique identity of the NRBC, and displays of the bountiful prizes are another highlight. That face-lift has been going on for a week, but the actual competition begins today, Monday, April 18, at 9 am with the first section of the Non Pro Classic Preliminary round.
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Jessica Sternberg Leads NRBC Non Pro Preliminaries after First Section of Competition
Set against the backdrop of the royal blue curtains around the Great Southwest Equestrian Center Coliseum in Katy, Texas, Non Pro riders pulled out all the stops as they worked to earn a finals berth in the 2011 National Reining Breeders Classic. The NRBC has the distinction of being the largest added-money reining in the world, and simply being a finalist is a great accomplishment – so the competition in this first section was intense.
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Don’t Miss These Important Deadlines!
If you’re on the fence about entering the NRBC Open Classic, don’t wait too long! Entries will close no later than thirty minutes after the end of the Non Pro Classic preliminary competition on Tuesday, April 19. The late fee for entering the Open Classic is $300. Also, late entries for the Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 (1), Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 (1), the Rookie Level 1 (1), and the Rookie Level 2 (1), which all run Wednesday, April 20, will be taken until 4 p.m. on Tuesday, and still be in the draw. The late fee is $25. Late entries will be accepted after the draw is complete up until one hour prior to class starting, with a late fee of $200 and will run in a group preceding the regular draw.
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Ariat Gives Prizes to Drag Award Winners
There are many chances to win at the NRBC – even in the preliminary rounds. The NRBC has featured the preliminary drag awards for the past several years, and this year the awards are sponsored by Ariat. Award winners are announced at the end of each drag and go to the top scorer of the drag during the preliminary round of the NRBC Open and Non Pro Classic. Justin Kindley, NRBC Gateman, hands out the awards at the back gate. Winning one of these special awards is no easy feat. With so many top horses and riders present at the NRBC, just being named a drag award winner is an accomplishment for any rider to be proud of. The awards give more horse and rider combinations the opportunity to be recognized for their skills.
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Kid’s Easter Activities Schedule at NRBC!
Since we’re celebrating the Easter Holiday here at the NRBC, we want to let you know about some special activities for the kids – and kids at heart – this week at NRBC. Tuesday, we’ll have the Egg Toss for kids 10 and under. There will be two divisions – and prizes for the best egg tosser! That will begin at 10 am in the Easter Area outside the Coliseum Arena. Wednesday is the day for the Egg Roll and that will also begin at 10 am. On Thursday from 10 to 1 – you can get your photo taken with the NRBC Easter Bunnies next to the Sponsor Media Office. Don’t miss this opportunity to immortalize this week in Katy – bunny style. We even have bunny ears for you to wear to get into the spirit. Then, Saturday morning it’s time for the NRBC Easter Egg Hunt – for all kids 10 and under. Cheryl Magoteaux needs a few volunteers for the childrens activities. If you have nerves of steel and a sense of adventure, please see Cheryl in the Sponsor Media Office today.
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Todd Sommers and Dave Archer Win Texas Hold’em
Congratulations to Todd Sommers and Dave Archer for having the best “Poker Faces” at the annual NRBC Texas Hold’em Tournament on Sunday night. Jerry Coleman placed third.
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High-Stakes Fun - Before the Show Even Begins!
Competition at the NRBC began early on Sunday morning with the Reiners Golf Tournament, and finished with the annual Texas Hold’em Tournament. Kevin Howell, who coordinated the Tournaments, was pleased with both events. "We really appreciate Cinco Ranch Golf Course for letting us hold our Tournament on their great facility. The players really had a great time."
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Show & Tell Magazine Features Lyle Lovett on Cover!
The official publication of the Great Southwest Equestrian Center, Show & Tell, features famed musician and reining enthusiast on its Spring 2011 cover. The article chronicles Lovett’s career as a musician and his love for horses.
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Numbers Up for 2011 NRBC!
The largest added-money reining in the world, the National Reining Breeders Classic, continues its trend of growth in 2011. The show, which is held annually at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas, has always been a must-attend event - something that hasn’t changed in fourteen years of existence. NRBC Show Manager Mike Christian has announced that the number of stalls reserved for the event has increased substantially.
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NRBC on the TV Screen!
The NRBC Open Classic will be featured on NRHA Inside Reining June 12 and 19 and the Non Pro will be the show's topic on June 26 and July 3.The official TV show of the National Reining Horse Association airs Monday nights at 9:30 pm and 12:30 pm ET on HRTV. HRTV can be found on Dish Channel 404 and is also available on Verizon FIOS, AT&T U-Verse, and some local cable systems. It airs a total of five times weekly, though the other three air times vary.
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Last Chance to Order Golf Carts!
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NRBC RV ORDERS ARE FULL
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First NRBC Payments Due February 16!
The first payment due dates for the 2011 NRBC Classic are right around the corner:
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Don’t Miss the Greater Houston Quarter Horse Shows at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center!
Don't miss the Greater Houston Quarter Horse “Texas Two Step” Shows in Katy Texas. There are several chances for Reiners to practice and exhibit in the NRBC Arena
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NRBC President Tom McCutcheon Wins USEF Equestrian of the Year Award!
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Santa Hill Ranch Wins Classic Challenge VIP Package!
Congratulations to Santa Hill Ranch - they won the Classic Challenge drawing for the VIP Package at the 2011 NRBC!
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Time to think about the NRBC!
Don’t Miss These Upcoming Deadlines It’s that time again! The 2011 National Reining Breeders Classic is just six months away and there are some major deadlines that are quickly approaching. In just over two months, the fee to enroll 2010 foals will increase to $2,500 – so it’s important to get all foal enrollments into the NRBC Office by December 31. Another important deadline is the one for advertising in the NRBC Yearbook – November 8! The Yearbook recaps the previous year’s NRBC, and looks toward the upcoming Million Dollar Show. The rates for the Yearbook are very reasonable, and the Yearbook is unveiled annually at the National Reining Horse Association Futurity in November. It’s distributed all year long, making it the place to be to keep people aware of your business.
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NRBC Creates New Program for 7-Year-Old and Older Horses
The National Reining Breeders Classic has long been the leader in the reining world for introducing innovative ideas, and the NRBC is doing it again with a new program that will certainly transform the industry.
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Congratulations to the NRBC Alumni!
NRBC Champions Head to Kentucky
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NRBC Champions Among Those Competing in the U.S. Selection Trials
With the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games less than 80 days away, reiners are in Oklahoma City this week to vie for a spot on Team USA.
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Congratulations Kim and Craig!
2010 NRBC Champions Win Big at NRHA Derby
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Bonnie Hippensteel Wins 2010 NRBC Non Pro Ancillary Championship on Hes Justa Benz
In a field of 13 Non Pro Riders for the National Reining Horse Association Non Pro (1) ancillary, Bonnie Hippensteel drew the first spot to show her 6-year-old gelding Hes Justa Benz in the Sunday, April 18, class at the National Reining Breeders Classic.
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Jessica Sternberg and Ann Admonius Share Win in 2010 NRBC Intermediate Non Pro Ancillary
Jessica Sternberg marked a 215 on Whizin Off Sparks in the National Reining Horse Association Intermediate Non Pro Ancillary at the 2010 National Reining Breeders Classic in Katy, Texas, on Sunday, April 18, to tie with Ann Admonius on Tivios Lil Dun It. Each rider received a check for $821 and a Morrison trophy.
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Sandy Eustace and Hesa Naughty Boy Win Novice Horse Non Pro Level 1 (2)
The National Reining Breeders Classic is the largest added-money reining in the world, and riders from all over the country make the trek to Katy, Texas, to compete. Sandy Eustace, of Alvaredo, Texas, made the journey, and although she didn’t make it back to the Classic Finals, she still left the Great Southwest Equestrian Center with a Championship.
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Karen Ladd and Lil Ruf Melody Win 2010 NRBC Ancillary Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 (2)
When the last horse of the National Reining Horse Association Novice Horse Non Pro Level 2 (2) Ancillary class at the 2010 National Reining Breeders Classic left the pen, Karen Ladd was ecstatic. She had won her first Morrison trophy on her horse Lil Ruf Melody!
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Ericka Smith-Alcorn Wins NRBC NRHA Rookie Levels 1 (2) and 2 (2) on Mister Montana Nic
Erick Smith-Alcorn of Stilwell, Kansas, won the National Reining Breeders Classic National Reining Horse Association Rookie Level 1 and Level 2 ancillary classes on Sunday, April 18. She was riding the veteran reining horse Mister Montana Nic, who she purchased at the 2009 NRHA Futurity Sale.
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Steve Archer Wins the NRBC Intermediate Open Gist Silversmiths High-Point Buckle on Custom Strategy
On the first day of the National Reining Horse Association Ancillary at the 2010 National Reining Breeders Classic, Richmond, Texas, trainer Steve Archer marked a 147 on Debra Smith’s Hes At Bat and Carolyn Tellepsen’s Custom Strategy to share the first place award in Intermediate Open (1).
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Martin Muehlstaetter Wins Gold and Silver in 2010 NRBC CRI-1*/Matt Mills Wins USEF Reining
With the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games less than six months away, reiners from around the world competed Sunday, April 18, in the 2010 National Reining Breeders Classic CRI-1* to qualify for the trip to Lexington, Kentucky, to represent their country.
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Cade McCutcheon Wins 2010 NRBC Youth 13 & Under and 10 & Under Short Stirrup on Okie Dun Did It
Cade McCutcheon’s parents, Tom and Mandy McCutcheon, are both National Reining Horse Association Million Dollar Riders with many trophy buckles to their credit. And the 9-year-old has obviously inherited his parents’ horsemanship talents as well, winning many short stirrup reining classes over the years. However, when Cade has ridden into the show ring, he’s always had to borrow a belt buckle because he had yet to win one. That is until Saturday, April 17, when he won not just one but three trophy buckles.
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Ty Jenkins Wins 2010 NRBC Intermediate Non Pro Ancillary on Bay Shine
It was almost a 1,700-mile drive from Idaho Falls, Idaho, to Katy, Texas, for Ty Jenkins to come show his reining stallion Bay Shine at the 2010 National Reining Breeders Classic, but it turned out to be worth the trip.
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Bonnie Hippensteel and Michael Bulliard Share First Place in the 2010 NRBC Non Pro (2) Ancillary
Bonnie Hippensteel, riding Hes Justa Benz, and Michael Bulliard on My Royalty Chex both marked a 144 to share the Championship in the National Reining Horse Association Non Pro (2) Ancillary at the 2010 National Reining Breeders Classic on Saturday, April 17. They each earned a check for $706.
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Katherine Berg Wins 2010 NRBC Unrestricted Youth Ancillary on Custom Foxy Lady
Katherine Berg marked a 142 on her 7-year-old mare Custom Foxy Lady to win the National Reining Horse Association Youth Unrestricted Ancillary class at the 2010 National Reining Breeders Classic on Saturday, April 17. The pair earned $27 for the feat. However, Katherine’s talent in the reining pen has earned her even more – the opportunity to obtain a college degree in journalism. The Florence, Texas, high school senior has been showing reining horses since she was in fifth grade but will be traveling to Waco, Texas, this fall to join the Baylor University Equestrian Team.
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Devin Spencer Wins 2010 NRBC Youth 14-18 Ancillary on Gunnin For Diamonds
In 2005, Devin Spencer won her first reining buckle as a green rookie. “It was the first class I ever showed in and it was at 1 o’clock in the morning and I won with a 74, which was probably not deserved,” Devin recalled.
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Karl D. Roberts Jr. Wins 2010 NRBC Limited Non Pro (2) on Tivitos Top Starlet
When Karl Roberts Jr. didn’t make it back to the Non Pro finals in the National Reining Breeders Classic on Tivitos Top Starlet, he decided to take the 5-year-old mare to the East Arena for the National Reining Horse Association Ancillary Limited Non Pro (2) class. It was a wise decision.
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Cody Stark Wins 2010 NRBC Limited Open (2) & Rookie Pro (2) on Blazing In Black
Cody Stark not only won his first reining belt buckle on Friday, April 16, he won two.
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Kim Dooley and Country Custom Win 2010 NRBC Non Pro Championship
The 2010 National Reining Breeders Classic Non Pro Championship was decided in an exciting run-off between two dynamic Non Pro competitors. Coming in as draw 5, Samantha Griffin piloted Dun Playin Tag to a 222.5 – taking an early lead. That lead held until draw 20, when Kim Dooley and Country Custom, by Custom Crome out of Calatrava, jumped up to tie with another 222.5.
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2010 NRBC Open Finalists Announced
When the first round of the Open division of the National Reining Breeders Classic concluded on Thursday afternoon, Shawn Flarida maintained his lead with a 227.5 on RC Fancy Step (Wimpys Little Step x Sonita Wilson).
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Jared LeClair Wins 2010 NRBC Novice Horse Open Level 2 on She Supreme Chic
Jared LeClair had a great day in the East Arena of the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas. Riding Whiz N Guns, he won the National Reining Breeders Classic ancillary National Reining Horse Association Novice Horse Open Level 1, and on She Supreme Chic he won the Novice Horse Open Level 2.
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Jared LeClair Wins 2010 NRBC Novice Horse Open Level 1 on Whiz N Guns
The National Reining Breeders Classic, since its inception, has been the largest added-money reining in the world. And while the elite aged event draws the nation’s top 4-, 5-, and 6-year-old reining horses to the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas, the show also offers a full-slate of National Reining Horse Association ancillary classes.
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It’s Time to Celebrate – McQuay Stables Open Draw Party
Depending on what side of the bubble their preliminary score fell on, Open exhibitors at the 2010 National Reining Breeders Classic were either celebrating or suffering the agony of defeat. Examples of both could be found during the McQuay Stables Open Finals Draw Party on Thursday evening.
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Pre-Show Activities Make NRBC Fun!
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NRBC - It's Always Worth the Drive!
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NRBC Will Host Last Qualifier for 2010 U.S. World Equestrian Games Team Selection Trials
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Randy Paul to Perform at Platinum Performance NRBC Welcome Party
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SmartPak to Sponsor NRBC Non Pro Draw Party
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NRBC Ancillary Class High-Point Winners to Take Home Gist Silversmith Buckles
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Robert Chown to Receive 2010 NRBC Media Award
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Shawn Flarida Becomes NRBC's Leading Rider
A title at the elite National Reining Breeders Classic has become one of the most sought after achievements in a reiner's career. Shawn Flarida, the National Reining Horse Association's all time leading rider, earned the 2008 NRBC Championship and nearly $500,000 of his $3 million plus in earnings have come from the NRBC.
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Andrea Fappani Pilots Cromed Out Mercedes To Win 2009 NRBC Open Championship
It was only fitting that the top two divisions of the 2009 National Reining Breeders Classic Open finals were all about family – after all the NRBC is the top reining sire program in the nation.
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Gabriel Diano Wins NRHA $25K Open at NRBC on Whiz Shady MA
Amidst whistles and cheers, Gabriel Diano piloted Whiz Shady MA to the National Reining Breeders Classic’s $25K National Reining Horse Association Open class Championship. The textbook-worthy run was rewarded with a score of 230.5 from the judges – topping the class by three points!
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Jose Vazquez Wins 2009 NRBC Non Pro Championship on Wound By Juice
When Jose Vazquez exited the Great Southwest Equestrian Center Coliseum Arena on Friday afternoon at the National Reining Breeders Classic Non Pro Finals, he was all smiles. The charismatic rider was sure he had won the Championship – and when his score, a 225, was announced, the celebrating began.
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Exclusive Genetics Hosts 2009 NRBC Open Draw Party
Although the blue crystal and large amounts of prizes were still present during the 2009 National Reining Breeders Classic Open Draw Party, the signature event took on a new look – thanks to the newest NRBC Sponsor, Exclusive Genetics. Multiple TVs throughout the room showcased videos of the finest NRBC reining runs and thrilling bull rides.
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McQuay, Fappani, and Sapergia Top 2009 NRBC Open Preliminaries
The qualifiers for the 2009 National Reining Breeders Classic Open finals were decided after two days of grueling competition at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas. The field of 195 was narrowed to only thirty contenders still going for the Championship prize of $75,000.
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Brian Bell and Shawn Flarida Lead 2009 NRBC Open Preliminaries
The National Reining Breeders Classic Open Preliminaries began Wednesday, April 15, in the Great Southwest Equestrian Center. The field of 195 will be narrowed to the top thirty at the conclusion of Thursday’s competition.
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Suspense and Excitement at 2009 NRBC Platinum Performance Non Pro Draw Party
The 2009 National Reining Breeders Classic Platinum Performance Non Pro Draw Party, held April 15 at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center, provided fun and excitement for all attendees. Hosted by Platinum Performance, the Non Pro finalists were treated to complimentary Platinum Performance bars, plus food, and wine.
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Lyle Lovett and Smart Shinetta Win First 2009 NRBC Ancillary Class
Lyle Lovett did not have firm plans to show Smart Shinetta in the National Reining Horse Association ancillary classes at the National Reining Breeders Classic when his friend and trainer, Todd Crawford, brought the talented mare to Katy, Texas, for Lovett to ride. He decided to go ahead and enter the Limited Non Pro just a short time before the entries closed for the ancillary classes that are held in the East Arena.
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Christy McElreath Leads 2009 Non Pro Finals on Gimme Major Bucks
In only her second time to compete at the National Reining Breeders Classic, 19-year-old Christy McElreath did something many competitors only dream of – she earned a spot in the Non Pro finals by marking the high score of the preliminary competition. But McElreath, who rode Gimme Major Bucks, was also entered in the Intermediate Non Pro, the Limited Non Pro, and the Non Pro Level 1.
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Kim Dooley and Wimpys Little Buddy Lead 2009 NRBC Non Pro Prelims
Amidst the backdrop of the signature royal blue drapes around the Great Southwest Equestrian Center Coliseum, women riders pulled out all stops to mark the high scores of the day in the first half of the Non Pro preliminary competition at the 2009 National Reining Breeders Classic. At the end of the day on Monday, April 13, Kim Dooley, of Scottsdale, Arizona, had marked the high score of 220.5 on Wimpys Little Buddy.
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2009 National Reining Breeders Classic Set to Begin April 13
With the advent of the twelfth annual National Reining Breeders Classic just hours away, the Great Southwest Equestrian Center, in Katy, Texas, was a hive of activity and preparation on April 12.
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Platinum Performance to Host NRBC Non Pro Draw Party
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Exclusive Genetics Sponsors NRBC Open Draw Party
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Multiple Records Set At 2008 NRBC: Shawn Flarida And Wimpys Little Chic Win NRBC Open Championship
The 2008 National Reining Breeders Classic provided a week of thrills and excitement for exhibitors, owners, sponsors, and spectators that escalated to a crescendo on Open finals night, April 19. The Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas, was filled with an enthusiastic reining crowd.
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Jordan Larson and Lena Gallo Win CRI/USEF/NRHA Open at NRBC
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Mandy McCutcheon And I Spin For Chics Win NRBC Non Pro Championship
The National Reining Breeders Classic Non Pro Finals were held Friday, April 18 at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas.
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Brent Wright and Miss Rey O Shine Win NRBC Open Preliminaries
Bridle & Bit Hosts NRBC Open Draw Party Brent Wright and Miss Rey O Shine Win NRBC Open Preliminaries
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Josh Hattig & Samantha Griffin Tie for NRBC Non Pro Preliminaries
Samantha Griffin and Josh Hattig topped the 170-entry Non Pro Preliminaries at the 11th Annual National Reining Breeders Classic.
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NRBC Announces Record Number of Entries for 2008 Show
There will be more exhibitors than ever at the 2008 NRBC.
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NRBC Reiners’ Golf Moves to Bear Creek Golf World Master’s Course
Popular NRBC Reiners' Gold Tournament Moves to Bear Creek Golf World Master's Course
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Bridle & Bit Sponsors NRBC Draw Party
Bridle & Bit Returns as Sponsor of the NRBC Open Draw Party
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Two Rooms Full of Prizes
NRBC Contestants Receive Many Prizes
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Judges Announced for National Reining Breeders Classic
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Hotels for NRBC
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Lone Star Classic offers NRBC Incentives
Partnering to Benefit NRBC Entries
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National Reining Breeders Classic to be Featured on RFD-TV On Wide World of Horses
2008 NRBC to be Featured on Wide World of Horses
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NRBC Hosts Rein In Cancer Activities
Rein In Cancer Activities at the National Reining Breeders Classic
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NRBC Drag Awards Continue
NRBC Prizes and Awards
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NRBC Mare Bonus Expands for 2008
NRBC Mare Bonus Incentive Returns
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The Second Decade Begins for the NRBC
2008 Marks 11th National Reining Breeders Classic
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NRBC Live Web Feed - Watch the Action from Home
Watch the National Reining Breeders Classic from Home!
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The Look of a Leader - the National Reining Breeders Classic
The National Reining Breeders Classic is always innovative.
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Jim Pierce Sponsors NRBC Texas Hold’em Tournament
Texas Hold'em Returns
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Topsail Whiz Approaches $1 Million NRBC Sire Milestone
Topsail Whiz Could Be First NRBC $1 Million Sire
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2008 NRBC Hotel Information
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Collegiate Judging Contest Entry Form

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Another Outstanding Year: NRBC ’07 Foal Enrollments Set New Record!
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NRBC Collegiate Judging Contest Returns for 2008
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Tonya Ratliff-Garrison to Receive 2008 NRBC Media Award
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NRBC Announces Mare Bonus Will Continue
Hot on the heels of the most successful-ever National Reining Breeders Classic, the NRBC has announced that its NRBC Mare Bonus will become a permanent part of the show.
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Stewart Ranch Enrolls First 2007 National Reining Breeders Classic Foal
May 15, 2007 - Byars, Oklahoma – In the past decade, the National Reining Breeders Classic program has become an essential element in raising reining horse prospects.
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Andrea Fappani Rides Custom Legend to NRBC Open Championship
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McCutcheon, Paul, Deck and Garnett Win 2007 Non Pro Titles - McCutcheon Tops A Million
Mandy McCutcheon Wins NRBC Non Pro Becomes First-ever NRHA Million Dollar Non Pro Everyone Attends the John, Lyle and Randy Concert
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Casey Deary Wins NRBC Open First Round on Gunners Indian
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Mandy McCutcheon and Rawhides Banjo Lead NRBC Non Pro Classic First Round
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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at the Great Southwest
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National Reining Breeders Classic Begins Today in Katy, Texas
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Kind of A Drag -- 2007 Drag Awards Sponsored by Pro Management & Just Stitch It
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Jim Pierce Sponsors NRBC Texas Hold’em Tournament
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NRBC Reiners Golf Tournament Returns
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RV SPACES FILLED – OFF-SITE ACCOMODATIONS INFORMATION
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Sell Your Horse With the NRBC
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NRBC Prizes and Awards: A Treasure Chest at the Great Southwest
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NRBC Prizes and Awards
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NRBC ’06 Foal Enrollments Hit a New Record!
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2007 National Reining Breeders Classic Premium Book
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NRBC – Tenth Anniversary – Bigger and Better
Stacy Westfall to Perform Bridle-less AND Saddle-less More Money – More Finalists – New Mare Bonus
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National Reining Breeders Classic to Award Youth Scholarships
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Weather Forecast for the NRBC CLASSIC
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NRBC / Jerry Kimmel-Dun Gotta Gun Hummer to one lucky open entry
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NRBC Plans for the Great Southwest Equestrian Center
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NRBC Open Champion to Earn $75,000!
Byars, Oklahoma – It already boasted the second-highest paying Championship in the entire Reining Industry. But for its tenth anniversary, the National Reining Breeders Classic will step up to another level – paying $75,000 to the Open Champion at the 2007 show, slated for April 16-22 at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas.
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NRBC Expands Show Schedule for 2007
Byars, Oklahoma – Not only will the 2007 National Reining Breeders Classic mark the Tenth Anniversary Show, it will also be the first year for the show to expand to seven days. The 2007 show is slated for April 16-22 at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas.
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NRBC Supports Reining In Russia
On July 4th and 5th, the NRHA and APHA are organizing the first ever demonstration of reining in Russia.
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NRBC Creates Mare Bonus
Byars, Oklahoma – The always innovative National Reining Breeders Classic has announced a new program for the reining industry – the NRBC Mare Bonus.
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More Non Pro & Open Entries to Qualify for NRBC Finals in 2007!
Byars, Oklahoma – The National Reining Breeders Classic has announced an increase in the number of horses that will qualify for the NRBC Finals in 2007. In a meeting in late May, the board voted unanimously for the increases and the new policy will be in place in time for the Tenth Anniversary Show slated for April 16-22 at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas.
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The Backbone of the Million Dollar Show; NRBC Sponsors Already on Board for 2007
Byars, Oklahoma – With the 2006 show only a month past, the National Reining Breeders Classic is already preparing for its Tenth Anniversary show, slated for April 17-22 at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas.
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It Happened at the 2006 NRBC - Million Dollar Milestone for Lil Ruf Peppy
It’s official! Lil Ruf Peppy, owned by Green Valley Ranch, Aubrey, Texas, was named NRHA’s eleventh Million Dollar Sire. At the start of the 2006 National Reining Breeders Classic, Lil Ruf Peppy was less than $3,000 short of the Million Dollar milestone. Limited and Intermediate Open Classic finalists Lil Santana, Pop Tart and Dry Ruf joined forces to put their sire over the top.
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McCutcheon & Dooley Share NRBC Non Pro Championship / Flarida Tops $25K Open/USEF/CRI
Kim Dooley posted a 222 in the National Reining Breeders Classic Non Pro Finals Friday, April 21, and maintained that lead until the final entry – Mandy McCutcheon. Mandy matched Kim’s leading score and rather than having a run-off for the Championship, the two friends chose to share the title as Co-Champions. The 2006 NRBC runs through Sunday, April 23, at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas, and will surpass last year’s total payout of more than $1 million.
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Shawn Flarida & Einsteins Revolution Win 2006 NRBC Open
Shawn Flarida continued his reining major event winning streak by adding the National Reining Breeders Classic Open Championship to his list of accomplishments. Riding Einsteins Revolution, Shawn topped the 2006 event Saturday, April 22, at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas. For the second year in a row, the NRBC awarded more than $1 million in prize money.
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NRBC Closes As Tricia Hamilton Wins NRBC $5K Non Pro
The 2006 National Reining Breeders Classic concluded Sunday, April 23, at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas. Sunday’s schedule featured horse show classes highlighted by the $5,000-added Non Pro, which Tricia Hamilton, of Scottsdale, Arizona, won riding Lenas Taxman.
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NRBC Open First Go Ends In A Four-Way Tie
Sapergia, Flarida, Bissell & McCutcheon Each Post A 223.5 The National Reining Breeders Classic Open Preliminaries wrapped up Thursday, April 20, at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas, with a four-way tie for first. Cody Sapergia, Shawn Flarida, Jamie Bissell and Tom McCutcheon each marked a 223.5 and each earned $10,311 for their first-go scores.
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Sapergia & Flarida Tie For NRBC Open Lead After First Section Of Prelims
The National Reining Breeders Classic Open competition began Wednesday, April 19, with the first of two sections of Open Preliminaries. The second section will run Thursday, with the remaining 69 of 173 Open entries, at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas.
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Morgan Wins National Reining Breeders Classic Non Pro Preliminaries
The 2006 National Reining Breeders Classic kicked off Tuesday, April 18, at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas, with the largest Non Pro Classic Preliminaries in NRBC history – 138 entries. Dr. Jim Morgan drew up early to set the leading pace with a 218.5 and won the Non Pro Preliminaries.
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View A Live Feed Of The 2006 National Reining Breeders Classic
The NRBC begins Tuesday, April 18, at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas, but if you cannot make it out to the show, keep track of the action via a live web cast.
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National Reining Breeders Classic 2006 – Another Million Dollar Year
Last year’s National Reining Breeders Classic exceeded the organization’s expectations by reaching a $1 million payout, and also by honoring Dell Hendricks as a National Reining Horse Association Million Dollar Rider and Custom Crome as an NRHA Million Dollar Sire. The 2006 NRBC is set to exceed last year’s payout and may just crown another NRHA Million Dollar Sire.
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Enter the "Dressed to the Nines" Competition
The NRBC has long been innovative with fun contests and activities and new to the lineup for 2006 is the “Dressed to the Nines” competition for the Ninth Annual NRBC Show.
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Lil Ruf Peppy Sponsor-Media Brunch Set for Finals Day at NRBC
At the National Reining Breeders Classic, the action begins with the first run of the preliminaries on April 18 and builds throughout the show. Saturday, April 22, will see the finals in all the Classic Open divisions as the top finishers from the first round advance to the clean-slate finals to vie for a $60,000 first place check.
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Bridle & Bit Sponsors NRBC Draw Party
The National Reining Breeders Classic has announced that Bridle & Bit will sponsor the NRBC Draw Party slated for 7:30 pm on April 20.
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Malcolm and Donna Davis Enroll First 2006 NRBC Foal
March 15, 2006 - Byars, Oklahoma – 2006 marks the incredible tenth year that reining breeders have enrolled foals in the National Reining Breeders Classic Program and doing so has become an integral part of raising reining horse prospects. In 2005, over 2400 foals became a part of the program!
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QUARTER HORSE NEWS SPONSORS NRBC VICTORY PARTY
For the fourth consecutive year, Quarter Horse News will once again sponsor the National Reining Breeders Classic Karaoke Victory Party following the Open Finals on Saturday night, April 22.
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Friedemann "Heralds" The Opening of the NRBC
The National Reining Breeders Classic has long been identified as an event of signature structure, unique activities and special flair. Vicki Friedemann of Oklahoma City is one reason why!
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NRBC Posts Record Foal Enrollment for 2005
In the past decade, enrolling foals into the National Reining Breeders Classic program has become an integral part of raising reining horse prospects and once again, in 2005, the NRBC saw a record year in foal enrollments.
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NRBC Reiners Golf Tournament Moves to Historic Westwood Golf Club
The National Reining Breeders Classic will hold its annual NRBC Reiners Golf Tournament, Monday, April 17. Sponsored by Texas Star Bank, the tournament will be held at the historic Westwood Golf Club in Houston. Founded in 1928, Westwood Golf Club is located in the heart of Southwest Houston, just 10-20 minutes from Downtown, Greenway Plaza, the Galleria area and the Medical Center.
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Texas Star Bank Sponsors NRBC Reiners Golf Tournament
The National Reining Breeders Classic has announced that Texas Star Bank has become the sponsor of the NRBC Reiners Golf Tournament, slated for April 17 at the Westwood Golf Course.
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Jim Pierce Returns as NRBC Texas Hold’em Tournament Sponsor
For the second consecutive year, the NRBC Texas Hold’em Tournament, sponsored by Jim Pierce, will be a highlight of early-week activities during the Ninth Annual National Reining Breeders Classic April 17-23, in Katy, Texas.
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Dun Gotta Gun/Jerry Kimmel to Host
Friday, April 21, will be an exciting day at the National Reining Breeders Classic! The Non Pro Finals highlight the afternoon, then the evening sets the stage for the USEF Qualifier, run concurrently with the $20,000 added Open Reining. For the second consecutive year, the Dun Gotta Gun/Jerry Kimmel USEF Reception will be held on the concourse of the Great Southwest Equestrian Center Coliseum Arena and it’s quite fitting for this stallion to be the namesake of this event.
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2006 NRBC Yearbooks Available
The National Reining Breeders Classic Yearbook 2006 made its debut during the National Reining Horse Association Futurity, and is now available from the NRBC office.
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Point Bank NRBC Welcome Party
One of the National Reining Breeders Classic’s oldest supporters, Point Bank, is the presenter of the NRBC Welcome Party on Wednesday, April 19.
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National Reining Breeders Classic Hosts Second Annual Collegiate Judging Contest
After the success of the National Reining Breeders Classic Collegiate Judging Contest in 2005, the NRBC has announced that the second annual NRBC Collegiate Judging Contest will be held on Saturday, April 22.
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NRBC Judges Selected
The National Reining Breeders Classic has announced the judging lineup for its 2006 show, scheduled for April 18-23 at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas.
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Lee Schneider to Receive 2006 NRBC Media Award
Byars, Oklahoma – The National Reining Breeders Classic has announced that Lee Schneider, of Fort Worth, Texas, has been chosen as the recipient of the 2006 NRBC Media Award.
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Hit The Lights Carries Dell Hendricks to his Fifth NRBC Open Championship
They could rename the Great Southwest Equestrian Center to "The Dell Hendricks Arena!"
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Wendy Latimer Earns NRBC Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro Championships
The Best Run of a hundred Non Pro's
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Mandy McCutcheon Tops NRBC Non Pro Classic Preliminaries
Lots of Money on the Line in the Non Pro
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