The National Reining Breeders Classic doesn't officially kick off until Monday, April 12, but exhibitors and vendors have already settled in at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas. Paid warm-ups started on Wednesday, April 7, but folks began moving their horses in as early as the day before. There are 355 horses entered for the NRBC show with 198 in the Open Division and 157 in the Non Pro Division.
Even though her horse won't arrive until Thursday, April 8, Lori Getzwiller and her husband, Joe, arrived a day earlier after traveling almost 1,200 miles down Interstate 10 from Scottsdale, Arizona. "He drove the entire way here, so of course it was a wonderful trip," Lori said with a laugh. "The weather was great, the travel was great and when we arrived in Texas at 1 in the morning, I couldn't believe how friendly the people were. Plus, the gas is a lot cheaper here in Katy than it was at home."
After driving 780 miles the first day, the Getzwillers stopped overnight in Ozona, Texas, getting up this morning at 7 to arrive in Katy by 2 p.m. Although Lori doesn't show Small Arms Fire until Tuesday, April 13, in the Non Pro preliminaries, she will still be busy for the next few days.
"I'm also a vendor here and have Denim to Diamonds," she said, adding that her trainer, Randy Paul, should have her stallion in Katy by tomorrow.
"I'm eligible for all of the Non Pro divisions, including Prime Time, and I'm pretty excited to show next week. This is one of my favorite shows and it's always worth the drive!"
The National Reining Breeders Classic is the most successful stallion incentive program in reining history. In just twelve years, the NRBC has grown to include upwards of 275 subscribed stallions and in 2009, there were over 2,800 enrolled foals. Annually, the payout at the National Reining Breeders Classic exceeds $1.25 million. For information on the NRBC, visit the web site at www.nrbc.comor call 580-759-3939.