National Reining Breeders Cup Created

The National Reining Breeders Cup was established in late summer of 1997 with the list of subscribed stallions already readying like a "Who's Who" in the reining world. The NRBC was created to give the offspring of enrolled stallions an opportunity to compete for large purses as four-and five-year-olds and, from the tremendous response, seems to be just what the industry was looking for.

The Breeders Cup format is simple and easy to understand and is modeled after a similar cutting program. Once stallions are enrolled for an annual fee, their offspring may be enrolled—beginning at a discount price in their weanling year.

Enrollment makes horses eligible to compete an four-and five-year-olds in the National Reining Breeders Cup, which will be held at the Lazy E Ride of Life Reining in Guthrie, Okla., beginning with the April 14-19, 1998 event. The 1998 reining features added money of over $100,000, and with conservative estimates the event is expected to pay out over $400,000 by 2001.

The NRBC Board felt that the solid foundation of the annual Lazy E Ride of Life Reining, as well as the size of the facilities, prestige of the Lazy E and its central location all combine to make it the location for the new program.

The National Reining Breeders Cup is a Texas nonprofit corporation whose board of directors includes Tom McCutcheon, Tim McQuay, Dick Pieper, Carol Rose, Pete Kyle, Robert Chown, and Gary Putman. A product of thoughtful planning by some of the major breeders in the reining industry, the National Reining Breeders Cup was created with two purposes in mind.

The first was to satisfy the demand for an economically important event for horses after their futurity year. The Breeders Cup provides a place to show four-and five-year-old reining horses for big money with purses that are structured to pay into the placings with over $100,000 added in its first year.

The second goal was to make the program easy to understand and easy to implement. To that end, stallion owners pay a yearly fee and foal owners pay a one-time enrollment fee.

The owners of each Breeders Stakes stallion pays an annual enrollment fee of $1,000. In the beginning years, the 1997 fee must be paid by the last day of 1997. 1998 enrollment fees must be paid by March 1, 1998. Ensuing enrollment fees of $1,000 annually are due on February 1st of each year.

The foal owner doesn't have to enroll until the foal is actually born, and there is a liberal time frame for enrollment as weanlings. Once a foal is enrolled, he stays eligible, whether or not his sire continues to be involved.

Foals by enrolled stallions become eligible to compete in the Breeders Cup by paying a $200 enrollment payment during their weanling year. They can enroll as yearling, two-and three-year-olds at $2,500, $7,500, and $10,000 respectively. Promotional and administrative expenses are estimated to be less than 15% of the stallion enrollment fees for each year. All fees from foal enrollment and the interest earned on those fees will be used as added money for the Breeders Stakes in respective years.

For more information on the National Reining Breeders Cup call 940/686-0155, or write PO Box 1340, Pilot Point, Texas 76258.

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