The National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) celebrated its 20th anniversary during this year's show, held April 16-23 in Katy, Texas. Looking back in time, the inaugural event was called the National Reining Breeders Cup, and it was held at the Lazy E Arena in Guthrie, Oklahoma. A $210,439 purse was distributed to the winners of the 4- and 5-year-old event.
When collegiate basketball player Larry Jeffries moved from Illinois to Houston, Texas, in the 1970s, he not only established a successful office cleaning business, he also caught the “cutting horse bug.”
Dry Doc, pictured in 1991, was born in 1968. Sired by the legendary Doc Bar and out of the great mare and NCHA Hall of Fame inductee Poco Lena, Dry Doc was destined to become a star performer and sire. The stallion was ridden to the 1971 National Cutting Horse Association (NCHA) Futurity Open Championship by legendary cutting horse trainer Buster Welch. Dry Doc, bred by Dr. and Mrs. Stephen F. Jensen, of Paicines, California, earned more than $85,000 in NCHA lifetime earnings and 96 American Quarter Horse Association points during his show career.
The National Reining Breeders Classic (NRBC) will be celebrating its 20th anniversary during its April 17-24 show at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas.
Hollywood Jac 86, an average-sized, floppy-eared palomino stallion, is not remembered as one of the reining industry’s best-looking athletes. However, his natural, deep sliding stops made him a legend.
National Reined Cow Horse Association (NRCHA) Hall of Fame inductee Don Murphy’s Equi-Stat record of $179,257 includes 20 years of reining and reined cow horse paychecks (1989-2009). However, he began collecting checks and awards long before that. Murphy is pictured at an Idaho show in 1982, accepting a trophy buckle for winning the Hackamore Championship on Traveling Trinket.