From NRBC “Slide Street Journal” - The National Reining Breeders Classic Open preliminaries began Wednesday, April 16, at the Great Southwest Equestrian Center in Katy, Texas. At the end of the first day of competition, Casey Deary leads the field of 217 entries – the largest in the event’s history.
Deary, of Whitesboro, Texas, teamed up Freckles Got Ashiner, a 6-year-old stallion by the late Smart Shiner out of Scats Frecklefoot. The 2012 National Reining Horse Association Futurity Champion and Freckles Got Ashiner, owned by Dealer Auctions, Inc., set the pace with a 227.5.
Sitting at the top of the level (L) 3 open preliminary leader board is Sam Schaffhauser, who marked a 224.5 on Gunners Tinseltown. Gunners Tinseltown, by Colonels Smoking Gun out of Miss Tinseltown, is owned by David Silva.
Patrick Flaherty rode Electric Grid to a 222.5 to top the L 2 open division. Electric Grid, by Jacs Electric Spark out of GVS Cherokee Jac, is owned by Jenanne Overgaard.
There is currently a tie in the L 1 open division preliminaries between Roger Barral and Liam MacNeil, who each scored a 220. Barral was riding his horse Whiz N Annie (Walla Walla Whiz x Pamelas Lil Gun), while McNeil rode Gunnersa Prescription (Colonels Smoking Gun x Chics Sompen), owned by the late Mary Jansma.
Duane Latimer, who is poised to become the industry’s next $2 million rider, scored a 223.5 on Whatta Royal Vintage (Hollywood Vintage x Whatta Royal Star). Whatta Royal Vintage is owned by Turnabout Farm Inc.
The NRBC continues Thursday with the second section of Open Classic Preliminaries in the coliseum arena. Thursday evening, the finals draw will be decided at the Cardinal Reining Horses Open Finals Draw Party.
Please visit NRBC.com for a complete schedule of events, as well as up-to-date results from the show.
Congratulations to the winners of today’s ancillary classes. In the Tellepsen Arena, Kathleen Armenta won both the Novice Horse Open Levels 1 & 2 on Chic Of My Dreams.
In the Wheless Arena, John Lehman and Smokin Chex won first place in the Rookie Level 1 after a 4-horse run off. Natalie Campbell and Mega Fashion won the Rookie Level 2.
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