Gina-Maria Schumacher celebrated her first National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) Championship in Tusla, Oklahoma, winning the NRBC Non-Pro Level 4 Championship, scoring a 227.5 riding GunnaStepYa.
“It has been a while since we got close to winning in the NRBC. We always had some little thing happen to us that kept us from taking home the title,” she said. “The run went to plan, and it was a great feeling to win this Non-Pro title because it is his last year of competition as he is a 7-year-old, so this meant a lot.”
The NRHA Million-Dollar rider won $50,000 for taking the top spot. Schumacher, who is from Switzerland and now calls Gordonville, Texas home, purchased the 2016 stallion through her XCS Ranch LLC. after the 2019 National Reining Horse Futurity with plans to show him as a 4-year-old. COVID derailed those plans, but the pair has made up for lost time. GunnaStepYa’s EquiStat earnings will surpass $100,000 with the NRBC winnings.
“I love this horse because of his amazing character, he is so sweet and just so relaxed,” she said. “He is the best-minded and most talented horse I have ever been around and ridden, which makes him extra special.”
The sorrel stallion is by the EquiStat Nine Million Dollar Sire Gunnatrahsya and is out of the 2009 mare SDP A Lasting Step by Wimpy’s Little Step.
Schumacher also tied for ninth place aboard Step N Past Ya (Wimpys Little Step x ARC Sail Past Ya x Gunnatrashya).
Jack Medows and Fire N Rein (Spooks Gotta Whiz x Chicsdreamofdiamonds x Magnum Chic Dream) finished second in the Non-Pro Level 4 with a score of 226.5.