Byars, Oklahoma - Since the first show in 1998, the Saltgrass Steak House National Reining Breeders Classic has become known as the place to compete for big money. With a payoff in excess of $630,000, and a hefty $50,000 to the winner, the NRBC is rightly perceived as the event where the "best of the best" come together for one very competitive reining.
But to think that the headline Open competition is the sum total of this show's impact would be a mistake, according to founding board member and million dollar rider, Tim McQuay. "I think some people think that this show is so tough, that they can't compete, but that's not right. It is very competitive in the Open Division, but what some people don't realize is that this show is also the greatest reining event for Intermediate and Limited riders, as well."
McQuay gives an example, "In the Intermediate Open in 2001, the winner, Dale Bennett, earned $16,497. This is, by far, the show where you compete against fewer entries for larger purses."
NRBC Executive Director Jeff Magoteaux gives some figures to support McQuay's statement. "Forty-three horses competed for a $80,245 payoff in the Intermediate Open division and 16 were eligible to win $28,692 in the Limited Open. Of those 16, 43% won money. Those are some great odds, from a competition standpoint."
The story is much the same in NRBC Non Pro competition. The 2001 winner, Josh Hattig, earned $23,742, besting a field of only 53 entries. Monica Hicks, who won the Intermediate and Limited Non Pro divisions with a finals score of 214.5, earned $18,000. There were 26 Intermediate Non Pro entries and 21 Limited Non Pro entries. A whopping 48% of those entries earned money.
At the Saltgrass Steak House NRBC, one entry fee qualifies a rider for all the divisions for which they qualify. In the $10,000 added Prime Time division for riders 45 years old and over, 7 of the 11 Non Pro riders that were eligible earned checks - for no additional entry fee.
Magoteaux adds, "Another reason for the NRBC's success is the fact that a huge percentage of our stallions have sired NRBC money earners. At previous NRBC shows, 59 of our 220 subscribed stallions were represented in the finals!"
The National Reining Breeders Classic is the most successful stallion incentive program in reining history. In just four years, the NRBC has grown to include over 220 subscribed stallions and over 6,700 enrolled foals, and the payout at the 2001 Saltgrass Steak House National Reining Breeders Classic was over $630,000. For information on the NRBC, visit the web site at www.nrbc.com or call 580-759-3939.