The highly successful National Reining Breeders Classic has announced a record year for foal enrollments.The highly successful National Reining Breeders Classic has announced a record year for foal enrollments.
The highly successful National Reining Breeders Classic has announced a record year for foal enrollments.
According to Bridget Bliss of the NRBC office in Byars, Oklahoma, the 2002 foal total has now reached 1,904.
"That makes 2002 the highest-ever year for NRBC foal enrollments," commented NRBC Executive Director Jeff Magoteaux. "The best previous year was 2000, when we had 1,650 foals enrolled."
Magoteaux attributed the rise in enrollments to a variety of factors. "The track record we’ve had for huge payouts since the program has reached maturity is one big reason. Another is probably the added year of eligibility, since 4, 5, & 6-year-olds are now eligible to compete."
NRBC Board President Tom McCutcheon commented, "I think this shows both the strength of the industry and the strength of this program. People have confidence in the NRBC because it has done everything and more than it promised."
Magoteaux added, "People have confidence in the NRBC because they know 100% of each $200 foal enrollment goes directly into the purse for the show four years later. Because of the enrollment numbers for 2002, in the year 2006 we should have added money approaching $600,000. At that point we could see the payoff easily surpassing $800,000."
People from across the nation and abroad make the trek to Katy, Texas each year for the NRBC Show (scheduled for April 16-20, 2003) and Magoteaux credits the show’s central location, great facility and relaxed atmosphere as contributing factors.
Another plus is the depth of payouts for the event. Not only does the show pay big ($60,000) to the winner and deep in all divisions, it also pays a lot in the go-rounds. For example, the first go-round winner in the Open earned almost $10,000 at the 2002 NRBC.
Two full slates of ancillary classes also help convince exhibitors to make Springtime in South Texas a yearly tradition. "You don’t have to have an enrolled horse to ride in the NRHA classes," Magoteaux explained. "So we get a lot of people who come to compete in the horse show themselves and then enjoy watching the great competition in the Classic."
The impact of the NRBC on the reining industry is tangible. The NRBC show annually holds the National Reining Horse Association’s largest added money open class of the year. And in previous years, almost 15% of the NRHA’s total payout for the year came from this one show.
The National Reining Breeders Classic is the most successful stallion incentive program in reining history. In just five years, the NRBC has grown to include over 220 subscribed stallions and the payout at the 2002 National Reining Breeders Classic was over $702,000. For information on the NRBC, visit the web site at www.nrbc.com or call 580-759-3939.