NRBC Announces Finalists at Houston Event

HOUSTON/KATY  (NRBC) – The largest National Reining Breeders Classic Non Pro class ever, concluded Tuesday, April 17, at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas. Four-time NRBC Champion Mandy McCutcheon drew up on the first day to set the leading pace with a 224 and won the Non Pro Preliminaries, besting 181 other entries.

Riding Always Gotyer Gunsup, by Colonels Smoking Gun out of Always A Dunit, McCutcheon earned $8,684 for the Non Pro preliminary win.

Alejandro Gonzalez topped Non Pro Levels 1-3 in the preliminary round with a 220.5 riding Wimp Daddy, by Wimpys Little Step out of Cody Kay Quixote. Gonzalez collected $2,819 for the three division wins.

Anne Reynolds piloted her horse Shiney And Verysmart, to a 221 to top the Non Pro Prime Time. Shiney And Verysmart is a 6-year-old gelding by Very Smart Remedy out of Shirley Shine. Reynolds took home $575 for the Non Pro Prime Time win.

The top 30 in the Non Pro Level 4 and the top 20 of the other four Non Pro divisions will compete in the clean-slate finals on Friday, April 20.

It took a 216.5 to make it back in the Non Pro Level 4 and Non Pro Level 3 finals. In the Non Pro Level 2, the magic number was a 213, and in the Non Pro Level 1, contestants needed a 211.5 or higher. Non Pro Prime Time competitors with a score of 215 also earned finals berths.

The National Reining Breeders Classic continues Wednesday with the first set of Open Classic Preliminaries in the coliseum arena. Please visit www.nrbc.com for a complete schedule of events, as well as up-to-date results from the show.

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.