The 2020 National Reining Breeders Classic kicked off on Wednesday, August 26, with the Toyon Ranch Emerging Horse Futurity. The 56-entry Futurity featured $4,999 in added money, and Champion Daniel Schloemer rode Recoded to a score of 220 to win $2,040.
Bred and owned by Chandler Winard, Recoded is by Electric Code and out of Chocolate Lady Chic (by Chocolate Chic Olena). Schloemer has a connection to the colt that began long before the horse was born. “We call him Oliver. Chandler showed his dam as a youth. I was working for Dan Huss and we had the horse there, and that’s why I was kind of familiar with the mom,” he explained. “When they asked me if I wanted to ride this colt, I was glad to be involved. I think it helps you as a trainer or a rider in general if you know the mom or dad of the one you’re riding.”
Schloemer took Recoded to the Rocky Mountain Summer Slide, where they made the Open Level 3 and Level 4 finals, at the end of July. “We took him to Denver before this for a little test run and then decided to bring him here. It all worked out and everyone was happy,” he said. Schloemer is focusing on his futurity horses while in Tulsa for the NRBC, and has two horses for the Tamarack Ranch Developing Horse Futurity on Friday and another for the Hollywoodstinseltown Open Futurity on Saturday.
“I thank my owners and the owner of our place. They’re all wonderful. I also thank everyone behind the scenes who makes this possible. It’s a team effort,” he said.
The Reserve Championship went to Pierre-Luc Phaneuf on Mindy Gray’s Concealed Guns. Phaneuf and Concealed Guns (Guns R For Shootin x Sweet Lena Shine x Twice As Shiney) marked a 217 to win $1,241. The buckskin stallion also was bred by Gray, of Florence, Texas.
New Date & Place
The long-reaching effects of the COVID-19 pandemic forced the postponement of the NRBC, which is annually held at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas. Officials with the event said it was so important to the reining industry that Global Reining Sports Group allowed the NRBC to use the Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex at Expo Square during the dates of the Tulsa Reining Classic.
Recognizing the needs of riders at this time of the year, the NRBC Board elected to hold a slate of futurities to allow riders the opportunity to show their 3-year-olds.
Toyon Ranch Emerging Horse Futurity
The Toyon Ranch Emerging Horse Futurity debuted at the 2019 Tulsa Reining Classic, and was pioneered by the Global Reining Sports Group. This futurity rounds out a tiered menu of options that allows trainers to choose the right level of competition for their horses, with the Emerging Horse Futurity focused towards 3-year-old reining horses who might not be as far along in their training or show career.
“I think it’s awesome. I think we should all be very thankful for sponsors like Toyon Ranch who do so much for the sport. We couldn’t do this without the generosity of them and all the sponsors,” Schloemer said. “I also think the format of this show is great. We have several futurities to fit whatever horse we bring to the best of its abilities.”
Complete results and further event information can be found at www.NRBC.com.