Byars, Oklahoma - The highly successful National Reining Breeders Classic has announced new benefits for stallion owners.
In its December meeting, the NRBC Board voted to create two new programs in 2002. Beginning with the 2002 Saltgrass Steak House National Reining Breeders Classic Show April 17-21 in Katy, Texas, the organization will add cash sire bonuses to its already impressive list of awards. Owners of the sires of both the Open and Non Pro champions will receive a $2,500 check along with the crystal awards already given.
According to NRBC Board President, Tom McCutcheon, the awards are a first step toward continuing to recognize the over 220 sires enrolled in the stallion incentive program that paid over $630,000 in 2001. He added that the awards program for sire owners has been enhanced, as well, with commemorative plaques to the top ten sires in each division.
Another incentive for stallion owners created during the meeting was the bonus year program. Stallion owners receive one free year of enrollment for every 200 foals that are enrolled in the NRBC. McCutcheon continued, "We've set this policy into place to reward the stallion owners who are supporting this program. Breedings are accumulated over years and when the stallion reaches the 200 enrolled foal mark, his next year of enrollment is free."