The 2010 National Reining Breeders Classic SmartPak Non Pro Draw Party, held April 14 at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center, provided fun and excitement for all attendees. Hosted by SmartPak, the Non Pro finalists were treated to complimentary food and wine. Another highlight of the party, and a bragging point of the NRBC, is that the top finishers of the go-round are able to pick up their go-round checks immediately after the draw.
"Instead of having to wait days or even weeks to get your winnings, exhibitors can pick up their checks within hours," noted NRBC Secretary-Treasurer Cheryl Magoteaux. "This is something we've done for years at NRBC and with the current economy, that's especially helpful to the exhibitors."
SmartPak Marketing Manager Lissa Hines and Western Marketing Manager Becki Bennett were on hand to distribute specially monogrammed SmartPak bags to all the finalists. They also brought plenty of goodies for everyone, from large tubs of supplements to food scoops.
Throughout the draw, everyone waited to see who would draw the dreaded number one position for the Non Pro finals, and when Mandy McCutcheon picked her glass and announced she was draw one with 2009 NRHA Futurity Champion West Coast Mizzen, the chorus of sympathy and the sighs of relief were palpable.
The Non Pro Finalist begin Friday morning at 9am with the Intermediate Non Pro, Limited Non Pro, Non Pro Level 1, and Prime Time Non Pro, with the Non Pro Finals to follow.
The NRBC Show Management announced on Monday that 2010 would be a record-breaking year for the Non Pro division. This year's champion will receive a check exceeding $40,000 - more than any other Non Pro has ever received.
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.
Photo Credit: Mandy McCutcheon by Waltenberry.