The long miles, hard work and hours spent putting the finishing touches on some of the best reining horses in the country culminated inside the Great Southwest Equestrian Center at the National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) with a crowd-pleasing performance. The focus of the night was the Classic Level 4 Open finals where competitors showed up to battle it out for championship prizes, bragging rights and $75,000.
The National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) has seen top-shelf competition throughout the week. Reiners from across the country have traveled the miles, put in the hard work and showed up in Katy, Texas, in top form to battle it out for championship prizes and bragging rights.
At midnight on April 21, Meradas Little Sue celebrated her 27th birthday. An hour later, she took her last breath and said goodbye to an industry that loved her.
Using the 2 Rein, also called Double Rein, is a time proven training method to transition a young horse from a hackamore to straight up in the bridle.
In April of 2010, Holly Francois spent time preparing Reys Desire for her husband, Lee, to ride in the Open finals at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes. At this year’s event, the scene was nearly identical, only it was Francois's daughter, Sydney Roland, and Reys Desire’s daughter, Desires Time, in the loping pen.
The National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) announced the hiring of Ashley Thomas, who has joined the NCHA team as the youth coordinator. Within this role, Thomas will work with the National Youth Cutting Horse Association (NYCHA) membership and the youth committee to develop, implement and evaluate programs and activities for youth in the cutting community.
The horses in the April 15 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes Open finals clawed their way through sets of difficult cattle to qualify for a chance at glory. With a field of 21 hopeful 4-year-olds and their riders, cutting fans in the Will Rogers Coliseum in Fort Worth, Texas, were anxious to see how the finals would unfold.
Lindy Ashlock had a pep talk with In Reyverse before they went in for their run in the Non-Pro finals at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes in hopes they would improve upon their 214 from the semifinals two days before. They ended up topping the field of 20 horses with a score of 222 to clinch the Championship.
With just a few champions left to be crowned at the National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Super Stakes, the Limited Non-Pro finalists took to the arena on April 14, following the Open semifinals. Out of 12 horse-and-rider combinations, Holly Francois and Smart Dual Kat emerged victorious.