The results have been tallied and the numbers verified. The top thirty entries from the Non Pro, as well as the top twenty from the Intermediate Non Pro, Limited Non Pro, Non Pro Level 1, and Non Pro Prime Time will advance to the clean-slate finals of the National Reining Breeders Classic on Friday, April 22.
Leading the way is East Sussex, England Non Pro Jessica Sternberg, who had the high score of the preliminary round with a 221.5 on Shiners Chic. Even sweeter is that Sternberg is eligible for more than just the Non Pro – she’s entered in the Intermediate Non Pro, Limited Non Pro, and Non Pro Level 1!
Shiners Chic, owned by Rosanne Sternberg, is by Smart Chic Olena out of Ebony Shines.
The bubble score for the Non Pro was a 215, while the magic number in the Intermediate Non Pro was a 214.5. Entries in the Limited Non Pro were shooting for a 213, and it took a 212.5 to advance to the Finals in the Non Pro Level 1.
In the Non Pro Prime Time, Christie Batson and First Class Custom led the way with a 222.5. First Class Custom is by Custom Crome out of Smoking Sophie. The bubble for the Non Pro Prime Time was 215.5.
All Non Pro’s will draw their own finals order during the Rancho Oso Rio Non Pro Finals Draw Party on Wednesday. Each finalist will be called up one-by-one, and they pick their draw by choosing a special commemorative wine glass against the backdrop of the NRBC’s crystal award display. It’s always a fun time, as everyone waits eagerly to see who gets the coveted draw positions. Everyone is invited to attend the Rancho Oso Rio Non Pro Finals Draw Party, which begins at 7:30 pm and is held in the Texas Children’s Hospital Arena Club.
The NRBC also features a full-slate of National Reining Horse Association-approved classes, which run in the East Arena while the Classic is held in the Coliseum. The National Reining Breeders Classic is the most successful stallion incentive program in reining history. In just fourteen years, the NRBC has grown to include nearly 200 subscribed stallions. Annually, the payout at the National Reining Breeders Classic exceeds $1.4 million. For information on the NRBC, visit the web site at www.nrbc.com or call 580-759-3939.