With day two of competition completed, the Saltgrass Steak House National Reining Breeders Classic first round of Non Pro competition is history. Mandy McCutcheon rode Dun Gotta Gun (Hollywood Dun It X Katie Gun) to win the round with a score of 219.5.
In December, McCutcheon rode the stallion to a close finish in the NRHA Futurity, and ended up as the Futurity Reserve Champion after a run-off for the title. Along with winning the round on Dun Gotta Gun and earning $7,302, she also qualified her two other mounts for the Sunday finals – scoring 214 on Dont Miss This and 215.5 on Hollywood Miss Okie.
“He’s a big skier and big turner. He’s probably one of the best horses I’ve shown for a while.”
Dr. Jim Morgan of Pilot Point, Texas rode Wild Sister to a score of 219 to finish in the Reserve slot for the round and earn the top placing in the Prime Time (45 years and older) division. At last year’s NRBC, the mare by Gallo Del Cielo and out of Banjoes Beauty was the Prime Time Champion.
Local favorite David Archer finished the first round in the top slot in the Intermediate Non Pro division, scoring 217.5 to lead the 43 Intermediate entries on Dun It 1998 and ended up second in the Prime Time, as well. Another local favorite, Katie Forest, was just a point behind on My Topsail Gal.
In the Limited Non Pro Zane Haverty rode Little Smart Jac to top honors with a score of 216. Lee Scheffers was just behind with 214 on SB Top Dun.
The top twenty riders in each Non Pro division advance to the finals. In the Non Pro, it took a score of 215.5 to make the Sunday finals. To qualify for the Intermediate Non Pro Finals took a score of 208 or better and the limited Non Pro finals took a 205.5. It took a 196 or better to make the Prime Time Finals.
In $500 Limited Open NRHA Class, held in the Mansion Arena Warwick Schiller rode Hobbys Gun Thief, owned by Laurie Fieguth, to a score of 144.5 to best the class of sixteen horses. The Reserve Championship went to Tracy Lee on Billy Lena owned by Jollete Ryon for a score of 142.
The excitement continued into the evening with the Green Valley Farm-hosted Open Draw Party, held in the mezzanine level of the Coliseum Arena when the Open riders drew Saltgrass Steak House NRBC Frisbees to find their position for the finals.
Saltgrass Steak House National Reining Breeders Classic action will begin again on Friday morning at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas, with the $500 Limited Open run concurrently with the $1000 Intermediate Open. That class will be followed by the $200 Limited Non Pro and Prime Time, then the $1,000 Novice Non Pro.
The draw for the Non Pro Classic Finals will take place at noon, then at 2 pm, the $5000 Non Pro will run concurrently with the $2,000 Intermediate Non Pro and Prime Time competition.
Friday evening is US Equestrian Team night, with the Futures competition slated for 6 pm and the USET Intervet Open Qualifier slated for 7:30 pm.