With nearly $500,000 on the line in the Level 4 Open finals at the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC), reiners brought their best 4-, 5- and 6-year-olds to compete in Katy, Texas, in April. Thirty horses qualified for the Level 4 Open finals, where it took a score of 231 to claim the Championship. Not Ruf At All and Jason Vanlandingham accomplished the feat for owner Vaughn Zimmerman, walking away with the winner’s check of $75,000. Ironically, that is the same amount that Zimmerman turned down for Not Ruf At All when he repurchased the stallion at the 2012 National Reining Horse Association (NRHA)/Markel Insurance Futurity Prospect Sale.
Not Ruf At All (A Sparkling Vintage x All Ruffed Up x Lil Ruf Peppy) was one of eight sale graduates in the NRBC Level 4 Open finals. Zimmerman made a smart call when he took the stallion home that day, as Not Ruf At All had banked $328,150 before the NRBC and now has lifetime earnings of more than $400,000.
Two of the NRBC Open finalists – ARC Gunnabeabigstar and Xtra Voodoo Doc – made headlines when they sold. ARC Gunnabeabigstar was the highest-selling yearling at the 2012 NRHA/Markel Insurance Breeders Showcase Sale when he sold for $50,000 to HDC Quarter Horses USA Inc. Arcese Quarter Horses USA bred and consigned the stallion (Gunnatrashya x Wimpys Little Chic x Wimpys Little Step), who had earnings of $166,114 prior to the NRBC and was the 2014 NRHA Futurity Level 4 Open Co-Champion. He picked up another $21,000 for tying for fifth at the NRBC after marking a 228 with Jordan Larson in the saddle.
Xtra Vooodoo Doc (Shiners Voodoo Dr x Call Me Miss Hickory x Doc’s Hickory) was the highest-selling stallion at the 2014 NRHA/Markel Insurance Futurity Prospect Sale and the second-highest seller overall. Xtra Quarter Horses consigned the stallion, who brought a final bid of $220,000 from Roger Parks. Ridden by Thiago Boechat, Xtra Voodoo Doc, who had earned $400 prior to the NRBC, zeroed in the Level 4 Open finals at the NRBC but still garnered $5,000.
The other five sale graduates in the NRBC Level 4 Open finals were all resold privately – sometimes more than once – in the years between their sale appearance and the NRBC.
Sale graduates in the NRBC Level 4 Open finals:
1st, Not Ruf At All – Repurchased for $75,000 at the 2012 NRHA/Markel Insurance Futurity Prospect Sale
5th (tie), ARC Gunnabeabigstar – Sold for $50,000 at the 2012 NRHA/Markel Insurance Breeders Showcase Sale
11th, Snip O Lution – Sold for $10,000 at the 2012 NRHA/Markel Insurance Breeders Showcase Sale
16th (tie), Tinseltown Flash – $12,500 at the 2013 Legacy Consignment Sale
24th (tie), Gunnafoolya – $15,000 at the 2013 Legacy Consignment Sale
28th, FM Shine N Tag Chex – $18,000 at the 2012 NRHA/Markel Insurance Marketplace Sale
29th, Whiz A Pretty Spook – $13,500 at the 2012 NRHA/Markel Insurance Breeders Showcase Sale
30th, Xtra Voodoo Doc – $220,000 at the 2014 NRHA/Markel Insurance Futurity Prospect Sale
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