NRBC Day 10: Hall Sweeps Non Pro Challenge

It was a successful week at the National Reining Breeders Classic in Katy, Texas, with big stops and smart maneuvers conquering the Great Southwest Equestrian Center. In Sunday’s action The Non Pro Classic Challenge brought tough competition with Greg Hall dominating the event riding Chics Mainattraction to win the titles in all levels and the Prime Time of the Non Pro Classic Challenge, plus the $5,000-added Non Pro worth a total of $17,137.

Chics Mainattraction is by Conquistador Whiz out of Chictastic and has been with Hall since the now-8-year-old mare was 2. Hall scored a big 218 to take home the rewards, which included a custom saddle, six NRHA bronze trophies and an array of NRBC commemorative awards.

“She was very good all the way through – she was very nice and very soft,” Hall said. “I couldn’t ask for anything more. I’m very happy.” Hall said one of his favorite things about the mare is her consistency.

“I’ve shown her about six times in a row without schooling her and she just does everything I want her to do,” he said. “She’s a great horse.”

The Intermediate Non Pro champion was Robyn Schiller riding Smart Like Steady (Steady Tradition x Bar S Docs Gay Bar) to a score of 211.5 for the championship. Schiller purchased Smart Like Steady specifically to qualify for the World Equestrian Games and decided to enter the Intermediate Non Pro in the last minute and it paid off.

“He is a very smart 14-year-old that just wants to be good, so we always fight the anticipation, but this arena really suited him because he usually wants to get strong and I just said go ahead,” Schiller said. “I was very happy with him.”

Archer Wins Sunday’s Open

In the Open Stephen Archer rode Smart Stepin Lena (Wimpys Little Step x Smart Shiney Lena) to a score of 147.5 to win both the Open and Intermediate Open for owner Caolyn Tellepsen. Archer and Tellepsen have a special relationship and enjoy sharing the reining industry together.

“He’s a special horse and a special win for special lady,” Archer said of the day’s success. “He’s a sweet horse and kind and that’s the kind of horses Carolyn deserves.”

After this year of showing under the guidance of Archer Smart Stepin Lena with go to Tellepsen to ride and enjoy. 

Green Reiner Champs Named

Kristi Clark and Jennifer Richards shared the win in the Green Reiner Level 1 with scores of 69.5. Clark rode Living Loving Maid (Starlights Wrangler x Hangten Spanish Lady) while Richards rode Gunna Spook You (Gunnatrashya x Sugarplum Chic).

“It was very calm and quite and I was very calm and quiet for once, so it worked out well,” Clark said with a laugh.

Richard said she was proud of her horse for showing so well, especially after the third run of the week.

“Like Kristi said [about her run] mine was also calm and collected,” Richards said. “It was the best run of the week.”

The Green Reiner Level 2 winner was Dana Pastorino riding Jac Bee Whiz (Conquistador Whiz x Cinch Up Cowboy) to a score of 70. Pastorino and Jac Bee Whiz had a successful week at the NRBC also taking home the championship in Saturday’s Green Reiner as well. She credited her mental prep before her run and her trainers for her success.

“It was pretty smooth,” Pastorino said of her run. “I had good circles and good stops. I just visualized [what I wanted] I closed my eyes and took myself through the pattern before I ran.”

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NRBC Day 9: Scruggs & Muntean Sweep Novice Horse Non Pro Classes Sunday

Scruggs & Muntean Sweep Novice Horse Non Pro Classes Sunday champions were crowned in ancillary classes in the Tellepsen and Wheless arenas.

Mary Jane Scruggs and Laura Muntean swept the field in the Novice Horse Non Pro Levels 1 and 2, AQHA Amateur and AQHA Select to win the cochampionships in all four with scores of 141.5. Scruggs and Muntean share more than the win, they both rode 6-year-old mares to their co-championships.

Scruggs rode HA Lena Olynna and Muntean rode Guns N Whizes. Scruggs and HA Lena Olynna had a good week at the NRBC picking up another win early in the week in the Limited Non Pro.

“My horse was a little fresh this morning, but she was amazing to be so honest all week I was really proud of her,” Scruggs said.

Muntean and Guns N Whizes were first in the draw during the Novice Horse Non Pro, which made for a long class waiting to see if her score held up, but in the end Muntean was pleased with the end result. This is Muntean’s first year to show with Guns N Whizes and Muntean said the mare is proving her worth in the show pen.

“With my mare we were looking for progress all week long and we continued to do that and I was really proud of her, she showed up all week and it paid off,” Muntean said.

Yellowstone Rookie Shootout Consolation

Pam Hinton won the Yellowstone Rookie Shootout Consolation riding Juicy Little Step. Hinton didn’t qualify back to the Rookie Shootout Finals, but she ended the week with a win in the Consolation round.

“It’s very exciting, I had a ton of fun,” Hinton said. “It was the third run of the week and ‘Juicy’ is just a good little boy. He always does what he’s supposed to and he’s just easy to ride and makes it fun.”

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NRBC Day 8: Magnum Chic Dream Becomes $5 Million Sire at the NRBC

By the end of Friday night’s NRBC Open Reining evening, Magnum Chic Dream (Smart Chic Olena x Sailin Barbee) became an NRHA $5 Million Sire. The 14- year-old stallion achieved the feat through the efforts of his foals’ performances at the NRBC. Owners, Jack and Viola Scott were on hand to witness the milestone.

“I log on every Friday and write it all down,” Jack said of keeping track of “Magnum’s” earnings and status. “I was pretty sure yesterday afternoon that he’d crossed it, but Cheryl (Cody) told me this morning [that he crossed the mark.]”

“I think Jack’s been [tracking the stats] for a year now,” Viola said with a laugh. “We’re pleased to death for [Magnum crossing the $5 Million mark as a sire.]”

Viola also noted that it was interesting to realize that Magnum crossed three of his million-dollar marks – $1 Million Sire, $3 Million Sire, and now $5 Million Sire – all at NRBC.

NRBC Youth & Ancillary Champs Named

Saturday champions were crowned in Youth, Non Pro, USA Reining, Green Reiner and Novice Horse Open classes.

In the 10 and Under Short Stirrup Becca Schaffhauser rode Dunnitwithasmokingun (Colonels Smoking Gun x Dun It Doll) to the win with a score of 71. In the Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro Jessicah Keller earned the championships with a score of 143.5 riding Snip O Satellite (New Chex Ta Cash x Snippa Gun). “I’ve been schooling her all week trying to get her ready and she showed exactly how she was supposed to; she was honest,” Keller said. “We raised her, [so it makes the win more special]. I’m really glad everything came together today.”

Jennifer Greenleaf won the USA Reining Amateur class with a score of 142.5 riding Great White Nite.

Jared Leclair and Mark Rafacz shared the win in the Novice Horse Open with scores of 72.5.

Leclair was aboard Lil Coded Jac (Jacs Electic Spark x Hot Coded Candy) owned by Susan Meyer.

“We’ve had Lil Coded Jac for about 8 months now. He’s really talented and he really started to trust me at this show,” Leclair said.

Mark Rafacz rode I Can Beat The Boys (Colonels Smoking Gun x Taris Little Whiz) to the co-championship.

“She’s really a nice mare and I’m thankful for the opportunity to show her,” Rafacz said. “She’s been a good girl since the entire time she’s been here.”

Becky Shelton steered Taris Little Steps (Cromed Out Mercedes x Skeets Dot Tari) to the Novice Horse Level 2 championship with a score of 73.

“My run felt really good. I showed him in the Classic on Thursday and we didn’t make the Finals, so this was kind of my pretend finals run,” she said. “I improved on some things and I’m really happy I got the chance to improve on them.”

Shelda Magistri won the Green Reiner Level 1 riding Smart Von Reminic (Von Reminic x Smart Rose) to a score of 70. Magistri said the 16-year-old has been a great partner leading her to her first ever 70 in the show pen in today’s class. She hopes for continued success in the pen.

“I just tried to be consistent,” Magistri said. “I’ve worked really hard on my stops and I was honestly just really happy that I got my stops down today, it’s been a work in progress.”

Dana Pastorino shared the Green Reiner Level 2 co-championship with Malena Lopez with a scores of 70.5.

“We’ve been prepping all week and it all came together today,” Pastorino said. “I’ve had [Jac Bee Whiz] for about three years, which is about how long I’ve been reining.”

Pastorino rode Jac Bee Whiz (Conquistador Whiz x Cinch Up Cowboy) while Lopez rode Heza Pretty Ruf (Lil Ruf Peppy x Sheza Bonita Whiz).

Cade McCutcheon won the USA Reining Open riding Custom Made Gun with a score of 71.5.

“I was just loping him through trying to get him ready,” McCutcheon said. “I’ve shown him since he was 4 and he’s been really good to me.”

Mathieu Buton won the Equo CRI 3 on Gunna Sassya (Colonels Smoking Gun x Shining N Sassy) with a score of 74.5. Buton entered the CRI class at NRBC in preparation for the WEG test event to be held in two weeks.

“This is my first CRI this year and I have one more tomorrow,” Buton said. “I wanted to do WEG really bad last year, but I couldn’t find the right horse. I kept searching and I wasn’t about to give up.”

Buton ended up with the 2010 stallion and he has big hopes for their success at the World Equestrian Games.

Madison Rafacz won the Youth 13 & Under and the Youth 13 & Under Challenge riding Better Not Rest (Custom Crome x Rest Stop) and she said she takes special care of the 18-year-old gelding. Rafacz scored a 141 to win the class.

“I wasn’t trying to go too fast, because the score wasn’t too high, so I was taking it easy on him,” Rafacz said of her run.

Emilia Reutimann won the Youth 14-18 Challenge, shared the championship in the USA Reining Youth 14-18 with Caleb Sturgeon, shared the win in the Youth 14-18 with Sturgeon and Chalyce Head and shared the win in the Unrestricted Youth with Sturgeon. Reutimann rode Black Hails Gold (Shine Like Hail x Dun Its Black Gold) to a score of 144.5 for the co-championships.

“I showed him yesterday in the CRI and he was really good there for me too, but I missed a mark so that kind of messed me up,” Reutimann said. “Today he was really good.”

In the Youth 14-18 Caleb Sturgeon riding Hollywoodsmokee (Hollywoodstinseltown x Gun Smoke) also shared the co-championship with a score of 144.5. He also shared the co-championship in the USA Reining 14-18 with Reutimann and shared the Unrestricted Youth title with Reutimann.

“I felt really good going in,” Sturgeon said. “This is my third time to show him and ever since the first time showing him I felt an immediate connection with him.”

In the USA Reining 13 & Under Ava Bush won the title riding Shes A Shining Gun (Hes A Loaded Gun x Shining Suzanna) with a score of 138.

“I started off just school showing for the Futurity and she did tried really hard,” Bush said.

Chaylce Head and Chic Is A Steppin (Wimpys Little Step x Sanger Chic) turned in a score of 144.5 to share the co-championship in the Youth 14-18 with Reutimann and Sturgeon.

“It felt really good. She went in there and she did her job and I did mine,” she said. “I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

Emma Lane won the AQHA Youth riding Gunner Gump (Colonels Smokin Gun x Little Patrasha Gump). She also took home the Curtis Berlin Memorial Award for the highest youth score of the week – a 146.

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NRBC Day 7: Latimer Wins Open Classic on Modern Gun

The highlight of the NRBC each year is always the Open Classic Finals and this year’s edition was one for the history books as Duane Latimer rode Modern Gun (Gunners Special Nite x Taris Modern Design) to a score of 228 to top the Level 4 and be crowned the NRBC Open Classic champion. The win was Latimer’s first Open Classic title since 2000 when he won the title on Conquistador Whiz. This year he also topped the Prime Time to become the first Level 4 winner to also win the Prime Time.

“It’s been a little while,” Latimer said with a laugh adding that the 5-year-old stallion performed outstandingly. “He was dialed in really, really good today. I was really happy.”

As is custom in the sport camaraderie and the love of the horse shines through above all else and the crowd’s response to Latimer’s run was a prime example of the excitement and appreciation of reining that abounds at NRBC.

“[The crowd was really behind me] – it was awesome!” Latimer said.

Latimer has had Modern Gun since he was a 2-year-old and knows his style well. He said Modern Gun had been showing and schooling well all week, which set him up to push his horse to his full potential.

“My strategy is pretty much always the same – you go in thinking you can do it,” he said. “I didn’t warm him up much or do too much outside, just loped him around and worked on some steering and then went down there stopped and did our deal. I thought I had him up to it, but you never know.”

Duane collected $75,000 for owner MS Stables along with one year’s use of a Deluxe four-horse Trailer from Twin Cities South Trailer Sales, a custom saddle sponsored by Bob’s Saddles, a Gist Silversmiths championship buckle, Anderson Bean boots, Santa Cruz products and an array of other awards and NRBC trophies.

Andrea Fappani and Pedro Baiao each marked a 225.5 to share the reserve cochampionship in the Level 4. Fappani rode Epic Titan (Colonels Smoking Gun x Princess In Diamonds) owned by Clinton Anderson. Baiao rode Michael Garnett’s Spooksgottachicolena (Spooks Gotta Gun x Braz Us). They each received $41,000 for the reserve co-championship.

Baiao Wins Open Classic Level 3

Pedro Baiao earned the Level 3 championship riding Spooksgottachicolena (Spooks Gotta Gun x Braz Us) to win $20,582. Baiao said he got a few words of special instruction from his boss, Martin Muehlstaetter.

“Martin said to me, ‘Pedro, just see how fast he can go,'” Baiao said with a laugh. ” Baiao didn’t disappoint his employer when he and Spooksgottachicolena marked a 225.5 to ultimately win the Level 3 and tie for reserve honors in the Level 4. “He was really good riding out here the whole week and that was my plan,” he said. “I didn’t know it was going to mark that, but my goal was to test his speed.”

The score was Baiao’s highest score of his career, making the NRBC championship an extra special moment.

“I knew after my second circle I was doing good,” he said with a laugh. “I could hear the crowd yelling and stuff. He hit the first stop so good and I knew some good score would come – not 225.5, but a good score. When I heard the 25 I was so excited. It was the best run of my life.”

Nicolazzi Wins Open Classic Level 2

Ricky Nicolazzi guided Spooks Show Time (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Dolittle Lena) to a score of 219 to win the Level 2 and earn $8,128. Nicolazzi has had the 5- year-old gelding, owned by Rancho Oso Rio, since September 2017 and the duo has been progressing well together sharing a highlight win at NRBC.

“I’m very happy about this horse and the winnings, especially for Rancho Oso Rio,” Nicolazzi said. “They always give me good horses to ride, so I’m really happy about it.”

Nicolazzi admits the Texas humidity took a toll on his mount, which resulted in him riding a little more conservatively than he would have liked.

“[My run] felt really good. He was a little tired at the end I couldn’t push him the way I wanted, but he’s not used to the humidity,” he said. “I don’t warm him up a lot, but I could feel I didn’t have as much horse as normal, but he did really good and showed hard.”

Maddox, Dawson and Borges Share Open Classic Level 1 Championship

There was a three-way tie in the Open Classic Level 1 between Benny Maddox, Chris Dawson and Gabriel Borges with scores of 218 to each earn $2,103.

Maddox rode Thebettertohearuwith (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Chex Out The Cowgirl) owned by Bill Coburn.

“It’s been a privilege to ride behind Andrea (Fappani) and get to show [Thebettertohearuwith] his 6-year-old year,” Maddox said.

The win at NRBC is Maddox’ first major championship which makes the NRBC a special memory for him. “My goal was just to have a cleaner run,” Maddox said. “We still had an over-turn, but other than it was really good,” I’m super excited it’s my first major win and my first major finals, so it’s super exciting.”

Dawson rode Shiney Outlaw (Shiners Nickle x Mereyda) owned by Michelle Cannon. Dawson and the 6-year-old stallion have had a big week in Katy, Texas, taking home checks from their first entry and they haven’t slowed down. The duo improved on their Open Classic Prelims performances to share the cochampionship title.

“We had a few bobbles in the go rounds, but he felt outstanding tonight and showed his little heart out,” Dawson said.

Dawson splits his time between the reining pen and the cow horse arena and says he was pleasantly surprised with the week spent at NRBC.

“It’s been awhile since I’ve been back [in reining competition] and I don’t know that this is the show I would have picked, I mean this is the toughest dadgum reining there is so to come out here and hang with these guys it’s an honor and a privilege,” he said.

Borges rode Checksworthy (Big Chex To Cash x Banjoes Shining Star) owned by Terry Leffew. Borges hasn’t had the 4-year-old mare long, having taken over the reins only in January, but the short time hasn’t hindered their performances together.

“Our second show together was here at the NRBC,” Borges said. “She’s pretty solid in her runs and she’s really nice.”

The NRBC was Borges’ first time to compete in the Level 4 finals, which was both a milestone and a learning experience.

“I feel I can get a little more out of her. It’s my first Level 4 finals so I got a little nervous in the turns, so I didn’t nail the marks but she can mark better than that,” he said with a laugh.

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NRBC Day 6: Vazquez Tops Non Pro Classic

The National Reining Breeders Classic has seen top-shelf competition throughout the week. Reiners from across the country have traveled the miles, put in the hard work and showed up in Katy, Texas, in top form to battle it out for championship prizes and bragging rights.

Friday Jose Vazquez rode Like Shiner (Smart Like Juice x Wind Her Up Shiner) to a score of 223.5 to top the Level 4 and be crowned the NRBC Classic champion and $30,000. Along with his Level 4 win Vazquez also took home the Prime Time championship. This is Vazquez’ first NRBC Non Pro championship since 2009, which makes today’s win special.

“To come here and win is really difficult, the top horses come here, the top riders come here, but I have to sneak in somewhere sometime,” Vazquez said with a laugh.

Prior to entering the pen Jose knew Jack Medows and Chicsdreamofdiamonds were leading the Level 4 with a 222. Vazquez said he used that as motivation to lay it all on the line.

“There’s pressure every time you go in, because if there’s not a 222 [before you] there will be a 222 behind you,” he said, “so the pressure is that it’s not over until it’s over. When I come to a show my hope is to make the finals, but when I make the finals then it changes and I want to step up a little bit and hopefully it will be my day.”

Along with the cash Vazquez received one year’s use of a deluxe two-horse Horse Trailer from Gary and Tammy Raak of Twin Cities Trailer Sales, a custom championship saddle sponsored by Kyle Tack, a Gist Silversmiths championship buckle sponsored by NRBC, a crystal trophy from NRBC, an NRHA bronze trophy, Anderson Bean boots, Whisper Bit from M3 Products, Ultra Cruz Equine Wellness and Joint Care plus other NRBC sponsored products like a custom embroidered cooler, a commemorative champion medal, and champion ribbon collar and roses.

Blake Takes Levels 1 and 3 Non Pro Classic Championship

Mark Blake rode Hot Hollywood Whizky to a score of 218 to win the Non Pro Level 3, Level 1, and the reserve championship in the Prime Time. Along with the $8,400 Blake picked up for winning the Level 3, his Level 1 finish garnered him another $1,553 while his Prime Time finish earned him $1,008.

“It truly was awesome,” Blake said of his run. “I could tell he was ready to roll from the get-go. He was listening and he was with me,” Blake said. “Everything just started to click, the whole pattern just got stronger, so it felt great.”

Hot Hollywood Whizky is by Topsail Whiz out of Hot Hollywood Jewels and has been performing well for Blake in several shows they’ve entered together, which Blake admits allowed his nerves to come into play during the Prelims.

“I was nervous going in, because I felt a lot of pressure from the last two shows that I’ve shown him. We’ve won everything that we entered, so I felt a lot of pressure and it probably showed in the Prelims,” Blake said. “Today that wasn’t there, it just felt great.”

Blake received a custom saddle sponsored NRBC, a Gist Silversmiths championship buckle sponsored by NRBC, an NRHA bronze trophy, Whisper Bit from M3 Products, Ultra Cruz Equine Wellness and Joint Care from San Juan Ranch and Santa Cruz Biotechnology. Plus, other NRBC sponsored products such as a crystal trophy, a commemorative champion medal, a custom embroidered cooler and champion ribbon collar and roses.

Reserve champion in the Level 3 was David McGee riding Knaughtybyknature (Magnum Chic Dream x Princess In Diamonds) with a score of 216. McGee received a Gist Silversmiths reserve champion buckle sponsored by NRBC, a custom embroidered cooler and commemorative reserve champion medal from NRBC, as well as Ultra Cruz Equine Vitamin E Plus from San Juan Ranch and Santa Cruz Biotechnology.

Opell Wins Non Pro Classic Level 2

Emily Opell rode Spook N Reyn (Smart Spook x Reyn Chex) to a score of 216.5 to win the Level 2 as well as the reserve championship in the Level 1. Opell had a busy day picking up wins in the youth classes aboard other horses as well, but the Non Pro victory was her favorite, because it’s her first time to enter the Classic.

“He’s a really, really talented horse,” Opell said of her 6-year-old mount. “I’m so blessed to have a horse and come out here and do this and the run [felt awesome]. He ran in and stopped and I thought, ‘Man, this is going to be a good run.'”

Opell pocketed $4,000 for the first place win, plus $945 for the second place Level 1 finish. She also received a custom saddle sponsored by Scottsdale Western World, a Gist Silversmiths championship buckle sponsored by NRBC, Whisper Bit from M3 Products, Ultra Cruz Equine Wellness and Joint Care. Plus, other NRBC sponsored products such as a crystal trophy, a commemorative champion medal, a custom embroidered cooler and champion ribbon collar and roses.

Kathy Thompson rode Bailleys Sidekick (Gunners Special Nite x A Shining Sidekick) to the reserve championship in the Level 2 with a score of 215.5. Thompson received a Gist Silversmiths reserve champion buckle sponsored by NRBC, a custom embroidered cooler and commemorative reserve champion medal from NRBC, as well as Ultra Cruz Equine Vitamin E Plus from San Juan Ranch and Santa Cruz Biotechnology.

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