Jared LeClair had a great day in the East Arena of the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas. Riding Whiz N Guns, he won the National Reining Breeders Classic ancillary National Reining Horse Association Novice Horse Open Level 1, and on She Supreme Chic he won the Novice Horse Open Level 2.
LeClair and the 8-year-old mare, by Smart Chic Olena and out of Abby O Lena, were awarded a 148.5 from the judges, to the delight of She Supreme Chic's owner, Marilyn Farley. "I'm absolutely excited. That was the first time I've ever seen her shown, and it was amazing," she said following the awards ceremony. "It was such a pretty run."
LeClair added, "I've never really had the opportunity to show her. I've schooled her and stuff before. Marilyn let me show her this morning and she was really, really good."
LeClair and Claire drew up early in the draw, and the Texas trainer admits that he had to keep checking back to see how they were doing.
Farley, of Boise, Idaho, purchased "Claire" through Jared and his wife Heather three years ago. Although she admits she usually sells her horses every a couple of years, Claire has probably found a permanent home. "She's very special to me. We'll get some embryos from her and I'll continue to show her for a while," she said. "Then we'll probably start raising some of her babies."
Jordan Larson and Nics Custom tied with Jarvis Anderson and RR Tiz Star Time with a 147.5 to take the Reserve Championship. Both received checks for $549. Nics Custom owned by Frank Millstid while RR Tiz Star Time is owned by Stephanie Anderson.
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.