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Reyzin Wins NCHA Non-Pro Horse of Year; Open Still Up For Grabs

reyzin13ssReyzin and Mary Ann Rapp – Photo by Hart PhotosReyzin, a 4-year-old mare bred and owned by Phil and Mary Ann Rapp, of Weatherford, Texas, edged season-long rival Light N Lily by two points, 86-84, in the 2013 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Horse of the Year race. The NCHA will officially crown its 2013 Open and Non-Pro Horse of the Year winners near the conclusion of the ongoing NCHA Futurity in Fort Worth, Texas.

“It’s great to have accomplished this,” said Rapp, a first-time NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year owner and rider. She’s also cutting’s top career non-pro earner. “It was a hard year. Kaitlyn has a wonderful mare and she’s done an outstanding job showing her.”

Light N Lily (Light N Lena x Meradas Oh Cay x Freckles Merada) competed almost exclusively in limited-age events this year with owner Kaitlyn Larsen Wimberly, of Millsap, Texas. Wimberly was the 2012 NCHA Non-Pro Reserve World Champion, primarily with the 2005 gelding Laredo Montana (Light N Lena x Little Memory Maker x Peppy San Badger). Both were bred and originally owned by Kaitlyn’s father, NCHA Non-Pro Hall of Fame Rider Billy Martin.

Reyzin, the as yet unofficial NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year, is from the first crop of 2007 NCHA Futurity Open Champion High Brow CD (High Brow Cat x Sweet Little CD x CD Olena). He’s the stallion who earned $543,161 and several major titles with trainer Austin Shepard of Summerdale, Ala., according to Equi-Stat records. Reyzin is a daughter of Miss Reycine (Dual Rey x Smart Pudden x Smart Little Lena), a career earner of $134,894 who earned most of that money with the Rapps sharing Open and Non-Pro rides.

He Bea Cat (High Brow Cat x Mae Bea Marie x Freckles Playboy), a gelding bred and owned by Jim Crawford of Lexington, Neb., and trained and ridden by Tarin Rice, of Centerville, Texas, remains the leading NCHA Open Horse of the Year contender with 60 points earned. There’s still a chance, though, the any-age NCHA Open World Champion horse could also NCHA Open Horse of the Year title if it sweeps the Open Show Championship during the Nov. 29-Dec. 7 NCHA World Finals in Fort Worth.

Read more about NCHA Non-Pro Horse of the Year Reyzin in Quarter Horse News.