From Slide Street E Journal
April 17, 2017 – The National Reining Breeders Classic kicked off its 20th anniversary show April 16, 2017, enjoying $20 million in pay out over the course of 20 years.
The NRBC began in 1997 when a group of distinguished reiners – Tom McCutcheon, Tim McQuay, Colleen McQuay, Pete Kyle, Dick Pieper, Carl Rose, Gary Putman and Robert Chown – came together and created the National Reining Breeders Cup. In its early success the show set precedents of excellence when it joined forces with the Lazy E Ride of Life Classic and became the largest added-money reining in history. In 1998 the organization’s name was changed to National Reining Breeders Classic to reflect the growing prominence and importance of the event.
The first NRBC in April of 1998 in Guthrie, Oklahoma, paid over $210,000 – the largest National Reining Horse Association-approved Open Reining at that time. In 2001 the event moved to Katy, Texas, where it still is today, and paid out a lucrative $646,000. The event has continued to grow in leaps and bounds – last year paying out $1.1 million – while still holding tight to its roots and mantra to provide excellence in the show pen.
Sunday, April 16, began with a church service, an Easter egg hunt, paid warm-ups and opening riding, and concluded with the annual SmartPak Texas Hold’em Tournament. Dan Kind won the pot and took home top honors when he became the poker champion.
Leading the Level 4 Non Pro Classic Prelims is Taylor Zimmerman riding Wimpys Dolled Up (Wimpys Little Step x Dolled Up Gunner) with a score of 220. The Levels 1, 2 and 3 leader is Jennifer Greenleaf riding Survivorman (Colonels Smoking Gun x Shining Survivor) with a score of 218. A three-way tie leads the Prime Time between Maurice Robinson riding Chics Nite (Gunners Special Nite x Wind Her Up Chic), Francesca Sternberg riding A Chic Surprize (Hang Ten Surprize x West Coast Chic) and Andre De Bellefeuille riding Little Gun (Rowdy Yankee x Snow Gun) all with a score of 216.5.
The second section of the preliminary round continues tomorrow inside the Coliseum Arena with the second section of the Non Pro Classic Prelims, followed by the Intermediate Open, Limited Open and Rookie Professional in the Tellepsen Arena, and the Rookie Levels 1 and 2 and Prime Time Rookie inside the Wheless Arena.
The Gunners Special Nite Platinum Anniversary Welcome Party is a perfect example of the exciting things offered this year at the NRBC. The party follows the completion of the second section of the Non Pro Classic preliminary round on Tuesday, April 18 and is held in the Texas Children’s Hospital Arena Club at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center.
The Welcome Party has always been a favorite but this time there’s more on the schedule than ever before. The Gunners Special Nite Platinum Anniversary celebration begins at 5:30 p.m., with a Twentieth Year Platinum Reception and social hour featuring cocktails, drinks and a Charcuterie Board furnished by Steve and Rita Harris. At 6:30 p.m., it’s time for a special champagne toast as champions and contributors are recognized, then at 7 p.m., the Platinum Anniversary dinner – also prepared by the Harrises – will be served.
Sarah Willeman, owner of Turnabout Farms and Gunners Special Nite, has been a part of the NRBC for years, as an exhibitor, sponsor and owner.
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