When the dust had cleared the arena following the last horse of the Open preliminary round of the 2011 National Reining Breeders Classic, everyone clamored to see who would advance to the clean-slate Open Finals on Saturday, April 23. The list of finalists was riddled with horses and riders who have earned major accolades in their career - but a few new comers also graced the roll.
Leading the 35 entries that earned Open finals berths was Andrea Fappani, who rode Tinker With Guns to a 227.5 to win the preliminary round. That win netted $17,292 for owner Rancho Oso Rio of Scottsdale, Arizona, and the special oversized check was presented during the Surpass Open Finals Draw Party on Thursday, April 21.
The night was full of fun, with a 222 needed to make the Finals where the Open Champion will take home $75,000. In the Intermediate Open, the bubble was set at a 220, a 217.5 was needed to get a finals berth in the Limited Open, a 216.5 was the magic number in the Level 1 Limited Open, and it took a 214.5 to make the finals of the Open Prime Time.
Dan Huss finished the go-round in first place for both the Intermediate Open and the Open Prime Time on Baja Hollywood Whiz with a 224.5, winning over $5,000 for the go. Baja Hollywood Whiz, by Topsail Whiz out of Hollywood Stunt Girl, is owned by Robert Shearer and Melissa Shearer.
Topping the Limited Open and Level 1 Limited Open was David Zimmerman, who piloted Jacs Lil Spook to a 223.5. The two go-round wins netted more than $2,300 for owner Newell Quarter Horses. Jacs Lil Spook is by Smart Spook out of Miss Whoa Jac.
For complete results, visit www.nrbc.com.
The NRBC also features a full-slate of National Reining Horse Association-approved classes, which run in the East Arena while the Classic is held in the Coliseum. 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.