The preliminary competition for the 2010 National Reining Breeders Classic Non Pro divisions concluded Tuesday, April 13. Throughout the day talk of the "bubble" was on everyone's tongues, with most competitors waiting anxiously to hear if they would make it back.
On the first day of preliminary competition, Kim Dooley and Wimpys Little Buddy (Wimpys Little Step x All Thats Dun) marked a 220 to lead the field of entries that would advance to the finals. On day two, Ginger Schmersal and Dancer Nic (Tinsel Nic x Shining Dancer) also marked a 220. Schmersal and Dooley's scores would not be bested the rest of the preliminaries, and both will receive first place go-round checks of $6,878 at the SmartPak Non Pro Draw Party on Wednesday evening.
Schmersal was the big winner of the day, also topping the Intermediate Non Pro go-round. She collected an additional $1,434 for that division.
The bubble score for the Non Pro and Intermediate Non Pro was a 214, with the top-30 plus ties in the Non Pro and the top-20 plus ties in the Intermediate Non Pro advancing to the clean-slate finals on Friday.
The top-20 in the Limited Non Pro, Non Pro Level 1, and Non Pro Prime Time also earned a final's berth. The magic number in the Limited Non Pro was a 210.5, and in the Non Pro Level 1 it was a 210, but Jessica Sternberg and Brooke Hokana didn't have to worry about that, as both marked a 217 in the prelims. Each collected $624 for the Limited Non Pro and $463 for the Non Pro Level 1. Sternberg rode Pop Top Whiz (Topsail Whiz x Sugar Pop Gun) while Hokana piloted RR Hi Ho Star (RR Star x Peppy Rey Holly).
Frederick Christen and Skeets Little Annie (Skeets Peppy x Oaks Little Annie) topped the Non Pro Prime Time and won $575 with a score of 221. In the Non Pro Prime Time, a 213 was needed to advance to the finals.
Complete results can be found at the NRBC website, www.nrbc.com.
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.