When the first round of the Open division of the National Reining Breeders Classic concluded on Thursday afternoon, Shawn Flarida maintained his lead with a 227.5 on RC Fancy Step (Wimpys Little Step x Sonita Wilson). That win earned $17,160 for owner Buffalo Ranch, of Ft. Worth, Texas, and the special oversized check was presented during the McQuay Stables Open Draw Party Thursday night.
The night was full of fun, with the announcement of 31 finalists in the Open, with a 221 needed to make the finals where the champion will earn $75,000. In the Intermediate Open Finals, the bubble was at 219.5, a 216.5 needed to get a finals berth in the Limited Open, and a 214.5 was the lucky number for the Level 1 Open. All Open Prime Time entries made the finals.
In the Intermediate Open Abigayle Mixon led the field of 21 advancing to the finals with a score of 223.5 on Julgun. Mixon and the 4-year-old stallion, by Playgun out of Julie Christie, won $4,611 for the Intermediate division, and an additional $2,688 for a tenth place tie in the Open. Julgun is owned by the Sather Family Partnership.
There was a three-way tie at the top of the Limited Open and Level 1 Open, with Sean McBurney and Tin Top Kat (High Brow Cat x Moms Stylish Pepto), Yonathan Baruch and Ruf Dixie Chic (Lil Ruf Peppy x Dixie Chic Olena), and Bud Lyon and The Sweet Spot (Mark This Spot x Sugar Pop Gun) all marking a 220 to collect $1,249 for the Limited and an additional $404 in the Level 1. Tin Top Kat is owned by Rhodes River Ranch; Sandy and Gary Vickrey own Ruff Dixie Chic; and The Sweet Spot is owned by Mary Jo Greiff.
Patti Brownshadel and her horse Starzz In Hollywood (Smart Starbuck x Sara Goes Hollywood) topped the Open Prime Time with a 222.5 to collect $800.
Complete results can be found at www.nrbc.com.
The McQuay Stables Open Draw Party, held upstairs in the Texas Children's Hospital Arena Club at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center, featured finalists choosing engraved wine glasses to find their finals draw position on Saturday. A Calcutta was held and a substantial amount of money was raised to benefit Rein In Cancer and America's Horse Cares.
The National Reining Breeders Classic, celebrating its tenth anniversary at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas, is the most successful stallion incentive program in reining history. In just thirteen years, the NRBC has grown to include upwards of 230 subscribed stallions and in 2009, there were over 2,800 enrolled foals. Annually, the payout at the National Reining Breeders Classic exceeds $1.3 million. For information on the NRBC, visit the web site at www.nrbc.com or call 580-759-3939.