Caroline Buchanan made her National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) debut this year, but if Friday’s Non-Pro finals are any indication, she’s already a fan.
She and her gelding, Smokin Paleface, qualified for the finals of Non Pro Levels 3, 2 & 1, and when the day was done, had finished as the NRBC Level 1 Non-Pro Champions. Their score of 214.5 was also good enough to place them in a tie for second in the Level 2, as well as part of a tie for third in the Level 3. All totaled, they won $7,077.
“I’m pretty excited. The run felt really good. He’s been working well for me this past month. Today my game plan was just to be clean and try to make the same run I did in the preliminaries, but fix my mistakes,” she said, referring to the moment in the preliminary round where her horse fell out of stride. “In the finals we fixed that, but I did have an overspin.”
Buchanan and Smokin Paleface, by Pale Face Dunnit out of Lost In Tinseltown (by Jacs Electric Spark), are coming off of another big win, having won the American Quarter Horse Youth Association Reining World Championship.
“When I ran at the Youth World I went in a little slow, so this time I ran in fast and he felt really good,” she said. “This horse is really easy, and he takes care of me really well. He is such a sweet horse.”
Buchanan, a 16-year-old who is about to begin her junior year of high school, also rides with trainer Craig Schmersal. She and Schmersal’s daughter, Addi, both won NRBC titles on progeny of Pale Face Dunnit.
“It’s awesome that Addisyn and I both won today,” she said.