It begins when you decide to breed a mare to a particular
you believe... then you wait...through the birth, then for
the foal to grow to riding age. You wait...for proof that
your decision was a sound one. That this colt, this filly,
can be exactly what you hoped from the beginning. Time is
the true test of an athlete and only the best will stand the
trial of world class competition. The arena is a proving
ground because vision has to take flight to become real.
The National Reining Breeders Classic is, above all, an
arena of dreams... where only the sky's the limit on
achievement and tremendous equine athletes reach for the
promise of their parentage and soar to the stars.
Exceptional performance gains them admittance into the next
level - where they, by realizing their birthrights, will
earn the honor of becoming the sires and dams of the next
Where the process begins again. The circle of life - reining
A Success From the Start...
The NRBC was born in the fall of 1997 when a group of
reining breeders, Tom McCutcheon, Tim McQuay, Pete Kyle,
Dick Pieper, Carol Rose, Gary Putman, and Robert Chown got
together and created the National Reining
Other early members of the team were Colleen McQuay, Cheryl
Magoteaux and Mike Christian.
The fledgling stallion incentive program was projected to be
a success if it could enroll a hundred stallions. That goal
was targeted and passed and the list of subscribed stallions
read like a list of "Who's Who" in the reining industry. By
October first of 1997, before a single advertisement had
appeared, word of mouth had resulted in paid enrollment of
sixty stallions. That number steadily grew to the 200 plus
total the organization enjoys today.
Part of the early success came from melding the fledgling
program with an already-existing show - the Lazy E Classic.
That two-year-old show had already set a precedent of
exceptional treatment of exhibitors, great working
conditions and attention to detail. When the show became
part of the NRBC, the inaugural show, held in 1998, was an
immediate success and the industry raved about the
amenities, social events and overall tone of the show.
Later, in 1998, the organization's name was changed to
National Reining Breeders Classic to reflect the growing
prominence and importance of the event.
The Million Dollar Show!
The Breeders Classic set out to provide a place to show 4
and 5-year-old (and later, 6-year-old) reining horses for
lucrative purses that pay deep into the placings. As the
largest added money reining in history, the NRBC has done
just that - and more.
The first NRBC - in April of 1998, paid over
$210,000, and featured a $10,000 Added Open NRHA Reining
- the largest National Reining Horse Association approved
Open Reining to date, as well as a $5,000 added Youth
In 1999, it paid $345,000 and featured over
$200,000 in added money. Also in 1999, the NRBC Show was
chosen as a qualifying show for the first-ever Cosequin
$100,000 added United States Equestrian Team Reining
presented by Bayer, held in
Gladstone, New Jersey
Both the added money and the designation as a USET qualifier
held constant for 2000, with a total payoff of $346,394.
In 2001, the first year of maturity for any enrolled
foals, the NRBC added purse soared to over $450,000
Saltgrass Steak House
became the major sponsor of the show, which was renamed the
Saltgrass Steak House
National Reining Breeders Classic.
The 2001 payoff zoomed past the half million dollar
mark to over $646,000.
In 2002, the show payout exceeded $700,000 and
in 2003, the total payout was over $820,000!
At the 2004 NRBC Show, the payout exceeded
$900,000, and in 2005 the show crossed the
Million dollar payout mark! The 2006 NRBC Show
payout exceeded $1,100,000! The 2007 NRBC Show
payout exceeded $1,200,000!
Then, at the record-shattering 2008 Show, the payout
was over $1.3 Million Dollars.
In the years since
then, the total payout has never dropped below the million
Along the way, the show has grown from a four-day event in
one arena to one that has competition spanning seven days
with classes going on simultaneously in three separate
But the appeal of the NRBC show can't be explained by dollar
signs alone. The show is like no other, with amenities
designed by the organizers to make showing a fun experience.
Special activities and thoughtful touches set this show
apart. From reiners' roping to reiners' golf, and even
impromptu basketball and stickball games, the NRBC has
always boasted an aura of fun. Generous arena time and paid
warm-up schedules allow exhibitors to enjoy a less rushed
atmosphere than at most major shows.
And in 2011, the NRBC Classic Challenge was added, creating
a venue for enrolled and advanced horses past their
6-year-old year to continue to compete.
The foal owner doesn't have to enroll until the foal is
actually born and there is a liberal time frame throughout
the weanling year. Once enrolled, a foal stays eligible,
whether or not his sire continues to be involved.
Foal owners pay a $200 enrollment fee by
of the weanling year or $250 by
Late enrollments can be made at $2,500 for yearlings, $7,500
for 2-year-olds and $10,000 for 3-year-olds and older. Only
enrolled foals are allowed to compete as four, five and
six-year-olds in the Breeders Classic.
The value of NRBC enrollment has been well documented and
people regularly call the NRBC office or check the web site
for lists of enrolled foals when shopping for prospects.
The National Reining Breeders Classic has changed the face
of reining in modern times and will continue to do so -
breaking records, reaching new goals, and continuing to
provide a quality place to show the world's greatest reining
Stallion owners pay an annual enrollment fee of $1250
(includes Classic Challenge incentive) due on February 1st
of each year and they assist in the promotion of the NRBC by
informing mare owners about the NRBC, using its logo in
their advertising, distributing NRBC information to mare
owners and mailing NRBC nomination forms to the owners of
each live foal at the time they provide a Breeders
Certificate. Stallions are promoted by the NRBC through
regular advertising, press releases, brochures and materials
distributed at major events, as well as in the Annual Show
Program, the Annual Newsletter, and the Annual Yearbook.
The special appeal of the National Reining Breeders Classic
organization and what sets it apart from other events is
that the NRBC is a year-round stallion incentive program.
Why the NRBC is Important...
it's a place to show four ,five, and six year old horses for
international recognition and top prize money.
it's a venue for increasing the value of their reining
it's an opportunity to take an active role in the future of
it's an introduction to an exciting sport that will
ultimately become the only western equestrian event to be a
part of the
Why Should You Become Involved...
Because this event is the highest added-money event in the
world for reiners with a growing purse that has surpassed a
million dollars annually.
It's an opportunity to join a proven winner. The innovative
NRBC has raised the standard for excellence in reining.