APHA Returns to National Reining Breeders Classic! Twentieth NRBC is first stop for 2017 APHA Paint Reining Buckle Program

The American Paint Horse Association and the National Reining Breeders Classic are continuing their partnership for the third consecutive year! Once again custom Gist Silversmith buckles will be awarded to top APHA registered horses at the event in Katy, Texas, this year slated for April 16-23. With a new design in place this year, these award buckles will be offered to the highest-scoring or high-point Paints in the following aged event and ancillary classes:


  • ·        Non Pro Classic – Level 4
  • ·        Non Pro Classic – Level 3
  • ·        Non Pro Classic – Level 2
  • ·        Non Pro Classic – Level 1
  • ·        Open Classic – Level 4
  • ·        Open Classic – Level 3
  • ·        Open Classic – Level 2
  • ·        Open Classic – Level 1
  • ·        Non Pro Classic Challenge
  • ·        Open Classic Challenge
  • ·        Open
  • ·        Non Pro
  • ·        Rookie
  • ·        Youth

APHA Senior Director of Business Development Kalyn Sanders says that the NRBC is the perfect venue for this awards program. “This year, the NRBC is celebrating its twentieth year, and it is known as one of the largest and most popular NRHA-approved events among reining owners and exhibitors. APHA is always excited to provide added recognition to Paint reiners at such a significant event,” she noted.


“We are honored to have the American Paint Horse Association coming back to the NRBC,” said NRBC Secretary-Treasurer, Cheryl Magoteaux Cody. “We are so excited to see the new buckle design – and know that they will be a treasured award for the winners. We appreciate APHA’s  commitment to our show, and love having this additional opportunity for our exhibitors.”


Sanders added, “The NRBC is also one of the NRHA-approved events for APHA World Show qualification. For more information, visit apha.com/reining.”


APHA will also be awarding high point Paint Horse buckles at the Tulsa Reining Classic, High Roller Reining Classic and Southwest Reining Horse Association Futurity. To register your Regular Registry or Solid Paint-Bred Horse today to be eligible for APHA’s awards and incentives, visit aphaonline.com.


Since its inception, the National Reining Breeders Classic has grown to include over 200 subscribed stallions, and in its twentieth year in 2017, the total payout will exceed $20 million. To learn more about the NRBC or to enter your Paint, visit nrbc.com.