National Reining Breeders Classic 2000 Will Be Better Than Ever

In just its first two years, the National Reining Breeders Classic has paid out over a half million dollars and has become the largest added money reining event in the world, with over $215,000 added.

According to NRBC officials, the 2000 event, which is scheduled for April 12-16, will be bigger than ever, even though the stallion program will not reach its first year of maturity until 2001. At that point, the program is expected to pay out nearly half a million dollars in just one year!

Cubby Dunn, NRBC Program Director, reports that stallion enrollment is growing and that over 1500 foals were subscribed to the program in 1999 alone. That bodes well for the future, but don't think the excitement is on hold for the year 2000.

"For this year," begins Mike Christian, Executive Director and Horse Show Manager, "we're looking at a few new highlights."

He outlines some of the new directions and special events the Breeders Classic will pursue in 2000. One is a handicapping system for Prime Time Non Pro competitors—those over the age of 45. In this special division of the Breeders Classic competition, Limited Non Pros begin their score at 72; Intermediate Non Pros start with 71; and Non Pros begin at the customary 70 points. Also new this year for Non Pros will be finals in the Prime Time and Limited Non Pro divisions. All Non Pro Finals will take place on Sunday, April 16.

For the second year in a row, the NRBC Show will host a US Equestrian Team Reining qualifying event, and that is slated to follow the Non Pro finals.

The Open Breeders Classic Finals will be held on Saturday night, beginning at 7:00 PM.

Accenting the slate of National Reining Horse Association approved classes is the $10,000 added Open Reining, which will take place on Friday, April 145, beginning at 6 PM. That's followed by an exhibitor party at the Ramada Plaza Hotel.

The NRBC Show will offer its trademark brand of special events, special awards and special touches, commented publicity director, Cheryl Magoteaux. "As usual, there's everything from Reiners' Golf to special receptions and this year we're pleased to welcome renowned Christian singing artist Susie Luchsinger to the NRBC program. Susie and her husband, Paul, will be on hand to conduct Cowboy Church services on Sunday morning and Susie will help out by singing at some of the opening ceremonies, as well."

Magoteaux also pointed to two new awards that will be given at the NRBC Show. "We'll see the first-ever "Best Amateur" and "Best Youth" awards. These are judged awards and the designations will be made by the judges based on horsemanship, sportsmanship and showmanship."

For more information on the National Reining Breeders Classic, contact the NRBC at 940/437-9004.

About the Author

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief

Stephanie L. Church, Editor-in-Chief, received a B.A. in Journalism and Equestrian Studies from Averett College in Danville, Virginia. A Pony Club and 4-H graduate, her background is in eventing, and she is schooling her recently retired Thoroughbred racehorse, Happy, toward a career in that discipline. She also enjoys traveling, photography, cycling, and cooking in her free time.

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